Everett Philla of Acushnet has owned his classic 1955 T-Bird since he was 14 years old. the car was a surprise birthday gift from his dad. There was one problem he recalled, "I had to wait 2 years to get behind the wheel before I finally got my driver's license. " Mr Pilla was the envy of his schoolmates at Fairhaven High School. "I drove it to school and everybody wanted a ride in the 2 seater. We were creative in packing as many passengers inside to go for a ride" Philla (FHS Class of'66) chuckled.