Desert Mountain resident and history enthusiast Bob White restored Tom Mix’s famous 1937 Cord. Walking into his home you pause for a moment, overwhelmed with excitement, having to take a breath. The home itself is a museum with antiques of all kinds, but that is a story for another day. As you descend the spiral staircase, you see Tom Mix framed movie posters lining the walls, then you come upon the most impressive "man cave" you can think of. Every detail is extraordinary, and the whole place takes you back in time.
Bob White shares, “When we built this house 12 years ago, I wanted a special place for my car collection. We built our 'show car garage' under our house with a separate entrance. It is 3,000 square feet and is just as nice as the rest of our house. It can hold 7+ cars. We also have an artifact room for our Indian collection and antique guns. Most other collections are throughout the house.”
Tom Mix was one of the first Hollywood Western film stars between 1909 and 1935. All but 10 of his films were silent movies, and he helped to create the genre overall. He was a role model and a hero to millions of youth, always exemplifying ethical behavior. Tragically, he died at 60 in a car accident in Arizona in his 1937 supercharged yellow Cord.
Avid car collector Bob White found this vehicle in Missouri in 2010. Bob completely restored the vehicle by Pebble Beach standards down, to every last nut and bolt. Bob shared some interesting things about the car and its history. Tom Mix put twenty things on the vehicle, including some medals from the King of Denmark: he screwed holes in them and put them right on the hood of the car. Tom also stored a gun inside the car and Bob was able to find the original leather for that gun to remake the holder. The original gun is famous and was in the Tom Mix Museum in Oklahoma. His daughter would get mad because Tom would say, “Grab the wheel” and by the time she did, he was already pulling the gun out to shoot things along the road. The car has won 31 awards thus far and has been showcased at national car shows.