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David Mihalko, Sr., president of Restoration Specialties, dead at age 74

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David Mihalko Sr., bought his first car, a 1929 Ford Model A, in 1955 at the age of 14. His $35 investment would ignite a lifelong passion for classic cars, and in 1980 the long-time Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) member became the owner of Pennsylvania classic car parts supplier Restoration Specialties & Supply, Incorporated. On Sunday, April 10, David died in his sleep, age 74.

His passion for classic cars extended far beyond the Model A, and his collection also included a 1963 Porsche 356 and a 1956 Ford Thunderbird, purchased for his wife, Mary Alice, as a 50th anniversary present. David still owned the very same 1929 Model A he’d acquired as a teenager at the time of his death, and in 2013 the car was the subject of a complete restoration.

Steve Moskowitz, former executive director of the AACA, called David a “pioneer in the field of providing restoration supplies,” and as a 54-year member of the AACA and an active member of the Flood City Region Antique Auto Club, he was a familiar face to many in the hobby. Fittingly, David had spent the days before his death at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Auto Fair, staffing his company’s booth, dispensing advice on restorations and catching up with friends from the hobby.

Restoration Specialties will continue to be operated by his wife, Mary Alice, and his sons, David and Jeff. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the AACA Library or the AACA Museum.