John Lizotte's 1956 Ford

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A construction photo of the car. Photo courtesy of Michael L. Brown.
Photo courtesy of the Road Runners of Hamilton.
Photo courtesy of the Road Runners of Hamilton.
A rear end shot of "Longfellow." It was one of Michael L. Brown's favorite cars in the area, and according to him it was quite a car around town. Photo courtesy of Michael L. Brown.
Photo courtesy of Michael L. Brown.

1956 Ford Crown Victoria owned and restyled by Road Runners of Hamilton car club member John Lizotte Sr. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. John bought the car brand new. He wanted a Cadillac, but couldn't afford one according to Allen Schultz. Up front Lizotte modified the front to accept canted quad headlights and a 1953 Chevrolet grille with 9 vertical bars. The hood was shaved and fit with plexiglass windows to show off the chrome plated engine. The rear quarter panels were extended 29 inches before John fit them with 1956 Buick taillights. It was then decked and shaved for door handles before John gave it a 1959 Lincoln Bolero red paint. The interior parts were all chromed. John's Ford was known around town as "Longfellow"[1]

In 2016 Michael L. Brown told Kustomrama that "Longfellow" was one of his favorite cars in the area; "It was quite a car around town!"[2]

John was President of the Road Runners from 1961 to 1967.[1]

Where is it Now?

Longfellow was last spotted in Hamilton in the 1980s by a member of the Road Runners car club. In 2016 it was rumored to be in the Toronto area.[1]


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