Hi Folks, please feel free to send this to anyone or any list. We are hoping to help out Jeff, Bob Dolfi and Damon Lanza in their search for Mario Lanza's car. Thanks Bon
In speaking with Jeff, we decided to combine our efforts to locate Mario's car. Here is his offer to anyone who can help locate the car;
$3000 Reward For Mario's '49 Cadillac
This is quite the quest. A number of years ago, my brother Rip received a very nice letter from an LA woman after one of his feature stories on Mario appeared in the LA Times. Rip sent that letter and others on to Bob and Damon to share with them. The interesting thing about the letter in question was that the woman said she owned Mario's '49 Cadillac and had kept it in good repair. The woman eventually passed on, leaving the car to her son...who contacted Bob about selling it several years ago. At one point, Bob actually went to the man's home and saw the car, now painted a powder blue, in the garage. Not long after, apparently, the man reportedly moved to somewhere in the midwest, taking the old car with him. He next contacted the Museum and Mary Papola about the car...still wanting to sell it. The museum was not in the position of such an expensive undertaking and all that came of it as far as I know was that Mary informed Bob of the man's contact, etc. I have been trying to track that car down for years. Bob very kindly has recently spent a great deal of effort trying to locate the man's information in his records but has run out of places to look. I've asked Mary and she thought she might have his data in some of her notes...which were possibly boxed up when the museum moved to its current location. She promised to search for it but apparently has had no luck. I am pleased to state that Bob has agreed to oversee a proper restoration of the car if it can be found and if the man's asking price is reasonable. As many of you know, Mario had at least two Cadillacs. This particular one is the 1949 model. I am offering a $3000 reward for information which not only locates the man and the car but leads to a successful purchase of it. Please email me at sightings@... with any information. This car needs to be saved and restored.