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#31 Yadda Yadda

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:30 PM

Wow - what a great find!  Welcome to the forum Jeff!

 

This probably was not a Magic Skyway car, but rather a display vehicle as Jeff's father describes.  The low VIN number ('008) is the key clue...

 

Near the end of the '64 Season, several examples of the new-for-1965 Ford, Mercury and Lincoln automobiles were displayed at the Ford Pavilion from Sept. 25, until the Fair shut down on Oct. 18, 1964.  Due to the tight timelines involved in getting these cars prepared for the Fair and on display by Sept. 25, most of these cars were very early production cars for the '65 model year - hence the very low VIN numbers...

 

This internal Ford memo describes some of the changes that were planned for the 1965 cars (and it specifically mentions a '65 Comet on one of the external turntables - most likely, the east turntable nearest the Grand Central Parkway):

 

Attached File  1964-09-22 - Display Vehicle Changes.jpg   325.9KB   31 downloads

 

Also, it should be pointed out that despite what this memo says about it not being "possible to procure, modify and install any '65 convertibles (other than Mustang) for the Magic Skyway" at least two 1965 model year cars were actually installed on the Magic Skyway at the end of the 1964 Season - a Burgundy Mercury Monterey (VIN# 5W45P500016) and a Rangoon Red Ford Galaxie 500 (VIN# 5W65Z100401)...

 

So - the gist of all this is that there is a very narrow time frame available for photos of Jeff's car to have been taken: Sept. 25 - Oct. 18, 1964...

 

BTW - After the Fair closed for the 1964 Season, most of the early 1965 vehicles at the Ford Pavilion were removed and taken to Di Blasi Motors in Corona, NY for repairs and storage before being eventually turned over to the NY Sales District for sale or assignment - and brand-new '65 vehicles were brought in for the 1965 Season of the Fair...

 

Cheers!

Kevin



#32 WF65COMET

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:31 AM

WOW Kevin where did you come up with that internal Ford memo ? Do you have any more documents like that ?   Jeff



#33 guillaume

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:55 AM

Very interesting document! Thanks for sharing!




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