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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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And this is why you always carry a camera on the road: you never know, even in the pouring rain, when you might come across a 1981 Ford Granada L. I came across this one on Labor Day while passing through Woodlawn on my way to Forrestville. This car (at least, from here) still looks brand new. Tell me, when was the last time you saw one — especially a non-rusted-out one?

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Took a while to get this photo — or to even find out that there was a 1952 DeSoto Fire Dome 8 club coupe hidden under a tarp every time I passed this Tonawanda driveway for the past couple of years. And then Sunday, on my way home from the Labor Day Car Show in Niawanda Park, there it was, out in the open and with a plate on it. Looks like DeSoto wasn’t shy about the fact that there was a V-8 under the hood. That’s some emblem!

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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I thought yesterday’s gloomy weather might put a damper on the annual Labor Day car show in Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park, but nope, there they were! This 1966 Chevy Biscayne two-door sedan was the cheapest full-sized Chevy you could buy for ’66, but this one left the factory with a couple of big-ticket options on the window sticker: a 427 Turbo-Jet V-8 and a Hurst floor shifter. I’ll bet a lot of stoplight races were won, especially before losing the factory steel rims. Nice, especially in red.

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Came across this rather unusual 1957 Nash Metropolitan yesterday while passing through Crystal Beach. Unusual because, through no actual research, I’ve determined that most of the Metropolitans you see these days are convertibles; and almost none of them have taxi signs on the roof!

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Other than the Toronado, this 1980 Oldmobile 98 Regency sedan was the most expensive car in the lineup back in the day. Not hard to see why when you check out the interior shot below (from the brochure). This looks better than some of the living rooms I’ve been in over the years. There was also a confusingly-named 98 Luxury Sedan which was the cheapest 98 for 1980. And don’t get me started on some of the other Olds names from the beginning of that decade, like the Brougham, the Supreme, and the Supreme Brougham. Not to mention the Salon and the Royale. Hard to tell the pecking order, but I’ll at least say that they were more interesting sounding than today’s unimagintive jumble of numbers and letters which masquerade as model names. The black Regency was seen a few weeks back during a Cruise Night at the Texas Roadhouse in Tonawanda.

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Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car pic of the Day

 

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Here’s one from the “You Learn Something Every Day” file: the Pontiac Fiero, when it was first introduced for 1984, was called  the Pontiac Fiero 2M4. And from reading the brochure I also learned that the heretofore unknown 2M4 stood for 2-seat Mid-engined 4-cylinder; they also pointed out that it was the first such production car configuration ever built in America. Too bad America didn’t get very excited over the Fiero, as its final production year was 1988, after a run of almost 372,000 cars. Sales pretty much dropped every year, partly due to poor quality issues, and partly due to a rash of engine fires which garnered a lot of press attention. This one, from the looks of the Liberty plates (and those tires), has been sitting in this Lewiston driveway for quite some time.

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


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YAK Car Pic of the Day(s)

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I say “Day(s)” because this 1977 Pontiac Catalina keeps popping up in my viewfinder. This pic is from last Labor Day’s car show in Niawanda Park. I also came across it a few weeks back at a Cruise Night at the Texas Roadhouse. And I’m pretty sure that yesterday I saw it parked in a Lewiston driveway. It’s a real survivor, perhaps fulfilling the prophesy in that year’s brochure (which you can view here), which sounds a bit like it was translated from Chinese: “But perhaps the best show of Catalina’s value will come years from now. With continued good looks. Pontiac is using the most corrosion resistance materials in its history.” 

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com




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