Exotic and Classic Cars

The Pride of Ownership: La Jolla resident has three restored vintage cars

The Pride of Ownership: La Jolla resident has three restored vintage cars

By the time La Jolla resident Bill Roper was a toddler back home in Mississippi, he was the family car authority. A self-proclaimed car nut, he fondly retells a story from his youth in which his expertise was tested.

“My dad and granddad would take me into town and I would just name every car on the road. I’ll never forget, one time I was driving with my mom and dad and I spotted and identified a parked Buick. My mom said, ‘No, that’s an Oldsmobile.’ I said, ‘No, it’s a Buick,’ and told my dad to turn around. I insisted he turn around and he finally did. We pulled up, and sure enough, it was a Buick. From then on, I was the car expert of the family,” he said. “I just love cars....

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