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1966 Ford Thunderbird: Jay Novello

1966 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Ford ThunderbirdFew things rekindle family memories quite like watching home movies. When Jim Cairo wants to relive recollections of his late great uncle, he has his pick from a plethora of major motion pictures. The Lake Zurich, IL resident’s relative was character actor Jay Novello. Novello’s silver-screen career (more…)

FEATURE: 1962 Ford Thunderbird


The current owner's father of this 1962 Ford Thunderbird purchased the car in 1966.

Art Kastl’s father longed to walk into a dealership and drive away in a new car. The senior Kastl was a hardworking World War II vet, having served as a tech sergeant in the Marine Corps repairing bombers in the South Pacific. “Dad knew (more…)

FEATURE: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

Lee Bakakos had regretted selling his fully restored 1961 Ford Thunderbird and tracked it down.

Lee Bakakos had regretted selling his fully restored 1961 Ford Thunderbird and tracked it down.

Despite their deep love and devotion, it’s not uncommon for collector car enthusiasts to let go of their special four-wheeled rides. Most things are, after all, for sale if the numbers are high enough. But as Lee Bakakos found out with his 1961 Ford Thunderbird, sometime that massive pile of cash just isn’t worth it. (more…)


Classic car haven

With the Mid West preparing for another round of heavy snow, it seemed like the perfect time to be thinking, and dreaming, about all those special places where our favorite classic cruisers get parked to wait out the arctic winter months. One such garage-mahal belongs to classic-car enthusiast John Petras. This is where he keeps his drool-worthy rides, such as a ’66 Candy Apple Red Ford Thunderbird, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1957 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight. While he’s waiting for that sweet spring thaw, he cranks up Oldies music on his vintage jukebox (a key element of any great garage) and wastes away those dark winter months until he’s back behind the wheel and hitting the open highway.

Want more details on his vintage auto retreat? Read the special in the Daily Herald.

Garage spaces like this can make even the longest of bitterly cold winters bearable.


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