by John Davis
If you’re like us, then no doubt you have a fascination with at least one style or vintage of cars; sports cars, classics, muscle cars, you name it. Well, our FYI reporter Yolanda Vazquez caught up with a collector in Massachusetts who’s into a little bit of everything.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: What am I about to get into?
CHARLES GOULD: This is a 1972 Citroen, and it’s a DS21…
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Nobody takes more pride in showing off their diverse car collection…
CHARLES GOULD: …and it’s just beautiful with all the switches and all of the gauges. It’s very French in its design; very aeronautical; it almost looks like a spaceship or an aircraft…
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ:…than Charles Gould. The Massachusetts native has not one --- but two warehouses full of cars, motorcycles and vintage vehicles. His obsession began at the age of 9, when he bought his first car.
CHARLES GOULD: it was a 20 dollar 1954 Chevrolet that my dad allowed me to buy. He told me if I could get it running I could keep it.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Little did he realize that childhood bet would spur a lifelong passion of all things automotive.
CHARLES GOULD: Yeah, people say I’m out of control.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: A little humor goes a long way when you look at his unusual collection. There are cars from almost every era and every country. But even a collector like Gould has a special passion; European-made microcars. He’s collected everything from a ’69 Skoda to a Morris Minor 1000.
Gould hits the road whenever he can and particularly likes driving this 1956 Messerschmitt KR 200.
CHARLES GOULD: You get in a little microcar and you choose the backroad ‘cause highways are no fun in them. You like the twisty roads and you like the wind in your face. It just changes your whole outlook on life.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: From micro to land yachts, there is no rhyme or reason to the cars Gould buys. It’s whatever tickles his fancy at the time. He doesn’t restore them and he rarely sells them.
CHARLES GOULD: I have a very tough time parting with any of them. Even cars I bought to resell, or I have doubles or triples of—just so hard…
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Gould’s addiction has definitely become a family affair with his two teenage daughters joining in. Both have become certified “gear heads” helping their father fix up cars and take them out for a spin. It all began at a very early age for them.
MONIQUE GOULD: …one of my first words was Messerschmitt. There’s always been cars; we’ve always been riding in them…
TRICIA GOULD: You drive around in these small little cars and everyone around you just looks at them, and they’re in awe of the cars. And it’s just amazing.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: And from time to time, they’ll even go on barn finds with their father—which is how he’s made some of his biggest “little” finds.
MONIQUE GOULD: It’s so much fun to open a barn and see a car there and it hasn’t been touched in years and to think that we can really breathe life into it and make it our own.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Even though Gould wouldn’t admit to a favorite car...he knows every detail.
CHARLES GOULD: This is a 1962 Amphicar; it was made in Karlsruhe, Germany. And up until recently, it was the only non-military amphibious vehicle ever produced.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Gould often takes it for a dip in the Charles River.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: And you take this out?
CHARLES GOULD: We take it out all the time, yeah. It’s no fun owning them if you’re not going to use them.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Holding true to that philosophy, Gould, who works as a full-time attorney, puts all of his cars on display for their family’s annual microcar event that draws fans from around the world.
CHARLES GOULD: It’s a lot of work, but we love it. And it’s become one of the most renowned events in the country for collecting this genre of cars—microcars.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Gould shares his prized possessions with others as a way to keep the microcar culture alive. It’s an enduring legacy of a Massachusetts man who’s made cars a big part of his life.
CHARLES GOULD: I never knew it would be such a huge part of it, but I always knew that I’d be involved with cars. I was just passionate about them all my life.