Artist David Verdosci of Thomaston, Conn. has owned a 1955 Plymouth Savoy not once, but twice. The car’s composition simply appeals to him as he explains in My Ride.
BY BUD WILKINSON | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
David Verdosci recalls the first time he spotted – and the first time he bought – his 1955 Plymouth Savoy four-door sedan.
The year was 1994 and it was parked off a state road not far from his Thomaston home. “(I) saw it sitting in a driveway and fell in love with it the second I saw it. (I) lLiterally went back a few hours later and bought it. I’d never seen anything like it. I thought the lines were gorgeous. It just looked like an artist had drawn it,” Verdosci said.
Verdosci knows a bit about artistic composition as he’s an artist himself and he views the Savoy as being “humble, unassuming, but classy.”
The vehicle is a bit weathered, with faded, worn black paint on the exterior.
“This was going to be my artist’s car,” he said. The large trunk would easily hold easels and canvases.
Ashner never drove it before he sold it again.
“He never got a chance. He was a real busy guy. He ended up parking it in a barn. It sat there untouched up until 2013,” Verdosci said.
Verdosci then learned that the car had been moved to Ashner’s pool store. Verdosci went to look at it.
There was “algae on it. Mice had slept in the headliner. But she was exactly as she was,” Verdosci said.
“They pulled the cars out,” said Verdosci. “They obviously dried them out, fixed whatever they had to. I always explained whenever I would work on the car why there was roofing tar just brushed underneath every bit of this car, which I think is what made it survive in its original condition all of these years and never rot.”
The Savoy was Plymouth’s “every man car. It was their middle of the line,” Verdosci said.
While it lacks power steering (as well as seat belts), Verdosci said the Savoy isn’t a bad driver.
Verdosci doesn’t drive the Savoy that much or that far, but he does plan to the take it to the inaugural car show on Sunday at the Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine, which runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Aug. 26. It may not be a show car, Verdosci said, “But it’s real.” The Savoy will revive memories for spectators.
The body style certainly was popular for Plymouth in 1955 as the brand sold 704,455 units, a 52 percent increase from the previous year, said the website Curbside Classic.
A magazine ad for the model noted that it was “officially declared MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR OF THE YEAR in a unique award by famed Society of Illustrators.”
One thing Verdosci hasn’t done with the Savoy is paint it – either the body or on canvas. He is saving to give the exterior a fresh look.
However, Verdosci did add, “I have done a lot of paintings in it.”
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