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Funny how similar this is to my story. My grandfather had a 1964 Lincoln Continental. Always loved that car and have many memories. It was the first car I actually “drove” – while sitting in his lap! In 1969 he traded it in on another new Continental. His salesman kept the Continental and stored it at my neighbor’s house, so I still got to see it for many years. While I was in college my grandfather passed away in 1973 as well, at the age of 81. The salesman passed away … my neighbor passed away. I don’t know what… Read more »
Just LOVED this film…there is no better custodian than Rich Plavetich. I saw this gorgeous Continental last weekend proudly driven by Rich and was just drawn to it. Thanks for making this film it has such soul and I’m sure brought all the viewers back in time to some kind of family car, boat or lasting memory…Petrolicious is THE BEST!!!!
Every one of my vehicles also has some kind of story to go with it. My grandfather was a dentist. While not a car guy, he was a tinkerer who built many things in his garage like toys, furniture, stained glass, guns, jewelry, musical instruments, and even a couple plywood family runabout boats all of my aunts and uncle learned to ski behind when they were in grade school. I’m thankful I got to spend a lot of time with him in that garage building things, and that I also got to ski behind a boat he built before it… Read more »
Many thanks for remembering us that beyond the love of automobiles there is above all love and memories of our beloved ones. We do owe them so much.
I haven’t got a Lincoln yet but already a B 20 and D.B.s and CD. You are most welcome if you pass to Bandol /circuit Paul Ricard in French Riviera.
Pierre Henry Mahul
Rich , you still have many years to enjoy your Grand father ‘s Lincoln so don’t worry too much about finding someone who will take care of it. Although I’m not a big fan of these kind of cars, this one looks magnificent especially with the suicides doors . I like the look of the rear . Really unusual design.
A wonderful story, your grandfather would have been proud to see it. Thank you for sharing and i hope it finds a home where someone will care for it like you have done richard.
touching story, elegant car.
What a fantastic story. I constantly tell people that the stories behind the cars are what are truly meaningful and keep me so close to the collector car community. This is a really touching and special story and I appreciate being able to hear about the family history of this car. Thank you for sharing, sincerely.
Another lovely, personal presentation of both car and owner. So much warmth and sincerity in both words and visuals – much appreciated on a dreary March morning. I believe the designer was Elwood Engels. He was subsequently recruited by Chrysler where he continued his ‘exploration’ of long edges and deftly sculpted surfaces.. Cheers
Good grief that nearly had me fillin’ up at the end.
Lovely story, terrific car, fav vid in a very long time.
What a great car. I’ve always loved the ’62 Continental: The almost minimal sculptural shape, The clean horizontal lines, the careful application of chrome, the suicide doors… What a car. And a great story too. I don’t have children either, so I can relate to how you feel. I really hope you find the right person to become the custodian of this masterpiece. Both your family and the car deserve it.
And to add a little detail…
Oy vay, do I understand this, or WHAT?!?
Rich, great story about a great car. Your grandfather would be proud that you have taken such wonderful care of his beloved Continental. I got a bit choked up when you were talking about your mom at the end and it reminded me of my grandfather and about how much he meant to me. Thank you, David
Hi Folks, Rich here. Thanks for your kind comments, and special thanks to the Petrolicious crew for inviting me to tell the story of my grandfather and his influence on my life.
To answer your questions . . .
The grill badge is indeed a Shriners emblem.
In addition to the Lancia Aurelia shown in the garage shot, the “little guys” seen in the background include a ’59 Deutsch Bonnet HBR5 and a ’65 Matra Bonnet Djet. Variety is the spice of life.
I’ll be… time to Google!
That’s a wonderful collection of automotive milestones, sir! I love the Continental, especially the 62 model year. The Aurelia is such a wonderful designed and engineered car. I have an issue of Automobile Quarterly here somewhere about Deutsch Bonnet and I seem to recall there’s a mention of the Djet in it somewhere too. Anyway I’m going to reread it 🙂 Enjoy your cars, and wishing you many more great miles in all of them!
Thank you for sharing with us your heart and soul that you put in your life.
I am a lucky owner of a ‘Simca 8 Sport’ that is depicted in 2:33 and 3:12 behind you, framed, could you give us some details from this picture provenance, please? (btw, that is a great car too 🙂 J.Almeida
Hi Almeida –
Good catch. Yes, that is a Simca 8 Sport – I own this car as well. Really original car with only 40k km, untouched except for a repaint in 1953 . . . and it raced at Sebring for the inaugural race on 12/31/50! Page down to “as found #16” in the article below:
Touching piece… excellent…
Being a Turk, I can see why most would think there may be an Ottoman/Turkish connection with the fez’ed figurine and the scimitar/crescent moon grill badge…
But I think its more related to The Shriners Fraternal Order ..
Rich: can you verify..?
What’s the very distinctive grill badge? Can anyone enlighten me?
Wow! Great story. Great guy. The people and the stories are what make the cars valuable.
Great story! The pipe in the car really shows your respect by your grandfather- lovely detail!
As a European I could help noticing one other thing – Ottoman Empire/Turkish symbol on the front grill?
Regards from Portugal!
Great car, great story, and what a great caretaker for future generations. Recognize the Lancia, but what’s the little guy in the back of the garage?
Always nice to see a fellow Pittsburgh guy do good. While I enjoy the majority of the short films on Petrolicious, this was extra special. Well done.
best told Automobile Story in a long time!
Very nice story and car! What is even nicer is the Lancia Aurelia peeping from the corner of your garage – would love seeing that one and hearing its’ story.
I wasn’t expecting to tear up on a Wednesday morning. Kudos to the owner for preserving that beautiful Lincoln and the memory of his grandfather. Another great video.