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Classic automobile returns to Dover after three-decade absence

Classic automobile returns to Dover after three-decade absence

Michael Francioni of Long Island, N.Y., poses with his 1964 Buick Electra 225 at the Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum in Dover. The car's previous owner was Loretta Eleanor Deis of Dover.

DOVER — On Monday, “Loretta” returned for a take a look at to Dover right after an absence of extra than 32 years.

“Loretta” is a 1964 Buick Electra 225, desert beige with 60,000 miles on her. She is owned by Michael Francioni of Extensive Island, N.Y., only the second particular person to very own the car or truck.

Loretta Eleanor Deis of 708 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, acquired the automobile brand name new in 1964 from the Weaver Motor Co. of Dover. She compensated $5,000 for the automobile, investing in a 1954 Oldsmobile 98 at the similar time.

Deis died in 1988, and Francioni procured the Buick from the estate in 1990. 

“It can be been a great, fantastic car,” he said. “At this level, it really is almost family members. I do not get in touch with it the Buick. It can be termed Loretta. All my spouse and children and friends know that when I say Loretta, it’s that car or truck.”

The Buick is just one of eight vintage cars and trucks he owns.

He has taken the auto to shows all throughout the country and was on his way to the Buick Nationals in Chicago when he stopped in Dover on Monday to check out spots involved with Loretta Deis. He arrived with his buddy and fellow motor vehicle enthusiast David Kycia of Connecticut.

The 1964 Buick Electra 225 was purchased new from the Weaver Motor Co. in Dover for $5,000 in 1964.

They frequented her loved ones home Dover Burial Park, wherever she is buried and the website of the Weaver Motor Co. on Entrance Road in Dover. They also stopped at the Reeves Victorian Property and Carriage Home Museum in Dover. 

Plans to appear residence

He experienced been prepared on coming to Dover for quite a few a long time, but the vacation was postponed because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.Coming listed here was on his bucket listing.