My Classic Car: Gene’s 1957 Ford Skyliner

My Classic Car: Gene’s 1957 Ford Skyliner

When I was 15 years old, my father rented out one bay in our garage to an engineer from Bell Aerosystems.

My car with its cousins at a regional meet in Dayton | Gene Colucci photos

My car with its cousins at a regional meet in Dayton | Gene Colucci photos

When I was 15 years old, my father rented out one bay in our garage to an engineer from Bell Aerosystems. The engineer had a brand new Oldsmoible 98 convertible, black with red interior and a white top and those spinner hubcaps.

What an eyeful when he pulled it into and out of our garage, “spotless and gorgeous.”

But what caught my eye was the salesman for the local Ford dealer who would pull up across the street in a new two-door hardtop Fairlane 500. The ’57 Ford had a sleek flair that held my attention.

Time goes on and my first ownership was an Olds 88 with the 98 motor and later I bought the 1957 Ford convertible and then built many wrecks and fixed a lot of decaying ’57 Fords in western New York where the weather and salt used on the roads was not too kind to the sheet metal.

 Skyliner regularly wins awards at car shows

Skyliner regularly wins awards at car shows

I did a lot of paint and collision work during my college years and painted an extremely long 1957 baby-blue Skyliner. It seemed like I had to order an extra
two quarts of enamel just to cover the extra surface area of that gorgeous car.

Fast forward to 2009 when I purchased a solid-black 1957 Ford Skyliner. That trophy car is my favorite to drive, including all the mid-year Corvettes that I own.

That car with its gold and stainless trim against black seems so formal that I feel as if I should be wearing a tux when I get in to drive it. She sure gets the looks and takes home the trophies when I show it.

— Gene Colucci, Lewiston NY

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