Like the majority of classic car enthusiasts, Vince Tripoli fell in love with cars at an early age. He has vivid memories of several automobiles from his childhood, most notably his father’s copper-and-cream 1956 Chevy, which he restored and still owns. Vince was drawn to 1960s and ’70s muscle cars in high school, and began tinkering with small engines with the hope that one day he might work on cars. That dream came true in 1983, when Vince took on his first overall body restoration – a 1974 Chevy K-5 Blazer that became his daily driver for several years. The longtime police officer (1978-99) has since restored many cars, including a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am Gold special edition, ’72 Chevelle SS, ’47 Chevy, ’56 Chevy, ’36 Chevy, ’86 Grand National and two ’65 Mustangs. Vince, who now works as a private investigator, is currently restoring a 1964½ Mustang for his wife, Patti. Of all his cars, he is especially fond of his 1970 Chevelle SS.
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