Well-known Chevrolet enthusiast Murl G. “Pinky” Randall, also known as Mr. Chevy, has passed away in Pensacola, Florida at the age of 94. Pinky Randall was a lifelong car collector, having owned nearly 200 cars, most of which were Chevys.
Pinky Randall’s fascination with Chevy cars began at a very young age. At four years old, on his way to and from school, Randall would stop to check out a local 1932 Chevrolet coupe. Something drew him to the vehicle, which eventually sold, but in 1948, Randall tracked it down and bought it for $30.
Throughout his life, Pinky Randall, along with wife Joyce, would collect anything and everything associated with the Chevrolet brand. The collection included emblems, toys, license plate frames, models, and patches. It didn’t matter what it was, if it was associated with Chevy, Pinky Randall would track it down and add it to his collection.
Of course, Pinky Randall’s collection included plenty of cars as well. It was estimated that he had upwards of 53 cars in his collection at one point, with many more coming and going over the years.
Just one standout example includes a rare 1912 Little Roadster, a product of William C. Durant’s consortium between the Republic, Little, and Mason automakers. Randall would eventually donate his Little Roadster to the Alfred P. Sloan Museum.
Other notable vehicles in his collection include a 1914 Baby Grand, a 1930 roadster pickup truck, and one of the last Chevy Corvairs ever produced, a green 1969 convertible.
As GM Authority reported in 2020, Pinky Randall also bought the final Chevy Impala every built, finished in Cajun Red.
“By golly, the car made it alright,” Pinky Randall said after acquiring the last Impala. “It handles nice. I like it.”
Pinky Randall also served as National Director at The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) between 1980 to 1994, Director of the AACA Library and Research Center from 1988 to 1992, and president of the AACA in 1985.
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