Sal Marzano, 71, of Manorville owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for October 6. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS. Check out more photos of the car on NewsReview.com.
1) When did you get the car?
I got the car in 2001. I bought it in Atlantic City at the Atlantic City auction in February. They have a car corral where they sell the cars off the floor before they went to auction.
2) What shape was it in?
It wasn’t bad, but it needed work. It had rust spots. It was what you call a 20 foot car. From 20 feet away it looked good. The reason I got it was that it was just like the car I owned in 1965, but that one had a hard top. I kept looking for a ’65 because that was the first year they came out with this color Tahitian turquoise. I fell in love.
3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?
I guess getting the body straight. The body was solid. They had to cut out the rust and replace it with metal. JFA auto body in Bohemia did the body work and Unique Performance in Medford did the engine work. I restored the trunk and the back interior.
4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
I love the fact that it is a convertible. My wife Sharon and I go cruising in the summer. It makes you feel young again, like you are a kid.
5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?
My very first was a 1954 Ford. It was the Crestline. I bought it in 1959. At that time I only had a certain amount of money to spend. All I had was $500 and it only had 32,000 miles on it.