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A Car Nut Shows His Pink 1953 Lincoln at the 2016 Carmel Artomobilia

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2016 Carmel Artomobilia August 26-27

Artomobilia’s Jon Pitz speaks with Phil, an admitted lifelong “car nut,” about the pink 1953 Lincoln he is showing at the 2016 Carmel Artomobilia August 26-27 in the Arts & Design District of downtown Carmel, Indiana.

Choice Sets the Stage for Love

In 1953, Phil’s grandmother is given the choice of a second honeymoon or a new car. Fortunately for Phil, she opts for the new car, a top-of-the-line convertible exactly the way she wants it. “Grammie” drives her Lincoln for 20 years before passing it down to Phil.

Pink Lincoln High School Boy’s Dream Car?

Most high school boys wouldn’t be too thrilled to receive their grandmother’s car for graduation. Phil is different. He grows up riding in that pink ’53 Lincoln. While everyone else wants muscle cars, Phil prefers those that can hold all of his friends (preferably at once). Hand-me-down or not.

Grammie Gets One Incredible Surprise

Phil keeps his beloved Lincoln in storage during his college years, then soon begins a total restoration. After the restoration is complete, he drives the car to Florida to surprise his grandmother. “She ran out of the condo in her bare feet to get a better look,” he laughs. “She kept saying it looked brand new.”

Dad Likes Small Ones, Phil Likes ’Em Big

Phil’s passion for cars is handed down from his dad, who restores motorcycles as well as cars. “Dad liked small sports cars but I like big, slow ones,” he says. Phil starts collecting license plates, which now line the walls of his garage. Each one has a story.

You Collect the Cars You Love

Cruising around in a pink 1953 Lincoln with the top down is Phil’s idea of a perfect day. He knows that you collect the cars you love, those that have meaning for you. Restoring his grandmother’s car was a no-brainer because for Phil, you take care of family – and this pink beauty has earned an honored place in his family.

Art Lovers and Car Enthusiasts Celebrate

Artomobilia is a two-day celebration of automotive art and design and the unending passion we have for our classic and collector cars. The weekend festivities kick off Friday night with Fuelicious: A Celebration of Wheels + Wishes, an exclusive event on the grounds of the Lucas Estate featuring 50 distinct collector cars, all in support of the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Saturday, the streets of Carmel’s Arts and Design District come alive with music, food, shopping and some spectacular cars on display. We hope to see you there!

Meet Classic Auto at the Carmel Artomobilia

Classic Auto Insurance is proud to support the 2016 Carmel Artomobilia and classic car collectors everywhere. Visit our booth at the event, and let us help you customize the perfect insurance policy for your one-of-a-kind car. Our expert staff will answer all your questions and help you find the right coverage for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car collection.
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