A 5th generation farmer, Lloyd Arthur is an antique car enthusiast. He is married with 4 children and has lived outside of Ralls, Texas, his entire life where he has bought, remodeled, and sold several antique cars.
Lloyd’s interest for antique cars started in the mid to late 1970’s mainly because of his father who loved old cars and enjoyed working with his hands. His father bought, fixed, collected, and sold old cars while he was growing up. In 1977, Lloyd purchased his first car, a green 1930 Ford Model A four door sedan. This car was financed by Security Bank and Trust, now Vista Bank. This car can be seen in the photo gallery above. Simply click the thumbnail image to scroll through the images.
Lloyd’s father was a big fan of Studebakers. His father, a WWII POW, was discharged from the army in California after being wounded in action. Lloyd’s mother and father planned to drive their 1928 Studebaker President back to Texas, but the tires would not make it. In his father’s own words, “I could see the air in the tires.” Since tires were hard to come by in this era, the car was traded in for something that would make the trip back to Texas. His father always regretted selling that Studebaker and was continually on the hunt for one to restore.
In the spring of 1980, his father found his dream car to restore. The 1930 Studebaker President FE seven passenger car was for sale in Martinsville, Indiana. The car was purchased and hauled back to Texas, where it would sit in storage for several years as Lloyd’s father farmed and tried to find parts to restore the car. After his father retired, he physically was not able to work on the car. Lloyd’s father passed away in 2005. It was in 2009 at the Thanksgiving table that Lloyd, his brother, and his 2 sons decided to fulfill their father/grandfather’s dream and rebuild the Studebaker.
The 1930 Studebaker President FE seven passenger car is scheduled to be completely restored this year. This project has taken a little longer than planned for the Arthur family, but given the nature of farming, “free” hours are hard to come by.”
Vista Bank is proud to be a part of the Arthur family!