Historic car in Colorado heading to the Rose Parade

The car carries a whole lot of history - dating back almost a century.

JOHNSTOWN - Colorado is sending a special delivery to the Rose Parade this year: the car that will be carrying the grand marshal through Pasadena is in Johnstown.

It's a car that carries a lot of history, dating back almost a century.

"Cars are what got us together to begin with," said Marilyn Smith who's been married to her husband Keith for 59 years.

Their hobby for old cars built up into a collection of more than a dozen, including one that comes with a story.

"This car was used in the movie It's a Wonderful Life," said Keith Smith.

It was built in 1919 and driven by Jimmy Stewart in the movie.

From Hollywood, the car bounced from privates owners, a museum and then around seven years ago to Johnstown when the Smiths bought it.

"I feel we have a wonderful life in the United States because of what our veterans and their families have gone through," said Keith Smith.

So they've been lending the car to different organizations to help fundraise to help veterans. They thought their role was going to be more back seat until they got a call over the summer.

"It just seems like a dream," said Marilyn Smith.

It was a call asking if they'll drive the car at the Rose Parade with the grand marshal actor Gary Sinise.

"He's also been involved with raising money for veterans," said Marilyn Smith.

"The value of these old cars is the friends that develop because of those cars," he added.

The Smiths are getting ready to have their car shipped to California and their tickets are booked to travel there as well at the end of December.

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