Don Messner was one of four brothers, and of the four he was the only son interested in working with his father’s business. When his father split from his previous business partner, he decided to partner up with Don and create the M&M Sheet Metal Co. With strong work ethic and perseverance, Don led the business to success, and in turn it allowed him to indulge in his passion for Chevrolet Corvettes. Sadly, Don has passed away from a terminal illness, but wanted his love for Corvettes to live on.
Don’s wife shares most of his story in the video you see here. She tells us that, like the business, Don’s love for cars and passion for Corvettes also came from his father. Just how strong was Don’s love for Corvettes? Well, to put it in perspective, Don had continued his search for a Corvette Grand Sport even while in hospice care.
Don’s garage, aka “The Toy Box,” was comprised of an extremely sharp 1965 C2 Corvette Stingray, 1967 C2 Convertible, 1969 C3 Convertible, 1989 C4 Coupe, 1990 C4 ZR-1, 1994 C4 Coupe, 1996 C4 Coupe, 1996 C4 Grand Sport, 2000 C5 Convertible (same color combo as the ’67 and ’69), 2008 C6 Z06, and a 2013 C6 Convertible, all of which he has donated to the National Corvette Museum. An enormous gift with priceless sentimental value, Messner hoped that the display of his collection would inspire others to work hard for what they wanted.
It really is a beautiful and heart-warming story. If you have the time, we recommend watching this video – the uplifting story could be just the thing to brighten up your day.