Jim H. Cox was born on May 24, 1942, in Elton West Virginia. He was one of nine children born to John P. and Frances B. Burke Cox.
His father was a coal miner all of his life. According to Jim, he really should have been a mechanic, because he was truly a very good one. As soon as Jim was old enough to hold the drop light, pass tools and clean parts, he helped his father work on cars. This early training eventually lead Jim to a career.
Jim left home in 1960, and moved to New Jersey in 1960. He joined the Army in 1961 and, after completing his tour of duty, settled back in New Jersey. He married to Evelyn Hergert from 1964 until 1981. The couple had three children: James Jr., Lorain Ann and Cheryl L.
Jim eventually left behind various factory jobs to take a job restoring antique and classic automobiles. He started out as a mechanic, but quickly learned how to do body and paint work, wood graining and machine work. He worked for the restoration company for 15 years, and was eventually promoted to Vice President and General Manager.
Beverly and Jim opened our own automobile restoration business, Sussex Motor and Coach Works, in April of 1981 in Branchville New Jersey, but later relocated to Matamoras, Pennsylvania, 1983. For the next 17 years, Sussex Motor and Coach Works turned out many award-winning restorations. They closed the business in 2001.
Beverly and Jim were also avid antique toy collectors, and opened an antique toy store in the same building as the restoration shop. They both thoroughly enjoyed the toys, and the friends that they made along the way.
After Sussex Motor and Coach Works closed, the couple opened an antique store, Olde Scissors Factory Antiques from 2001 until 2006.
Since the late 60’s, Jim was a member of The Classic Car Club, The Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Club and the Antique Automobile Club. He also served as Director and officer of the Society of Automotive Historians .
Jim co-authored a book with Beverly, Walter L. Marr, Buick’s Amazing Engineer, published in 2007. Beverly relied on Jim to write about the mechanical information, while she wrote the history.
Jim is am currently semi-retired and lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his friend Christina King/ Fahnestock, their dog Henry, and Oscar the cat. Jim recently purchased a 1951 Ford , Victoria, which he loves driving and reminds him of his youth. (His first car, at the age of 16, was a 1951 Ford Victoria.) Recently, Jim attended classes in real estate, and is currently looking forward to taking the state exam and going back to work.