Rolling Artwork Adorns The Syracuse Nationals
Pontiac’s iconic “Chief” ornament adorns the hood of Bobby Coln’s 1955 Safari station wagon. And it still lights up. (RacinToday photos by Martha Fairris)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The former owner of an auto salvage yard and the current owner of a classic 1955 Pontiac Safari station wagon, Bobby Coln is living in car-guy retirement by this vow.
“This car will never end up there,” said Coln (the “l” is silent), adding that the pride of his Pontiac fleet is destined to remain a family fixture in Savannah, Tenn. “It’s not for sale at any price. I’ve been offered crazy money for it, like $125,000. You couldn’t replace it. You can’t hardly find another Safari for sale.
“I saw one in Daytona Beach 25 years ago, and said, ‘I’m going to have me one of them cars one of these days.’ I love the style. I call it my art-deco car; it’s got so much chrome it just catches my eye.”
Coln’s Safari surfaced as one of three on display during the recent 17th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals at the revamped New York State Fairgrounds. A production of the Right Coast Association of nearby Brewerton, the three-day event billed as the “Largest Car Show/Happening in the Northeast” featured approximately 8,000 street rods, customs, classics, antiques and trucks. Read the full story »