By Lynne Meredith Schreiber
Special to The Detroit News
“Every collector remembers that moment when the light bulb went on and he fell in love with cars. For Orofino, it was when he drove the first 1955 Ford Thunderbird off the assembly line.
‘I thought it was a cute little car,’ said Orofino, who worked at the Ford plant in Livonia, designing transmissions.
In 1959, Orofino opened a garage in Farmington called the Classic T-Bird Shop and started appraising exotic cars. Three decades later, Gerald E. Siepierski asked him to appraise his Cadillac Mozelle, a one-of-a-kind shiny black two-door with silver velour upholstery and black carpeting. It’s only been driven 950 miles.”