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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Can’t believe it was almost five years ago that I found this 1954 Ford Customline Tudor sitting in a very eclectic used car lot in Falconer. The Customline sat in the middle of Ford’s lineup for ’54, between the cheaper Mainline and fancier Crestline. This would be the third and final year of the styling cycle, before the all-new ’55s hit the showrooms.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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The 1973 Plymouth Valiant was always a sensible, reliable car. Maybe that’s why, once the Duster coupe replaced the two-door sedan version, it pretty much left the Valiant in its… dust. Who wants sensible when you can have something that looks better? Lol. This gold four-door, which looks like it was purchased new at Schmitt’s Garage in Bowmansville, was seen during better weather in the Town of Niagara.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


Pretty Vacant

Ted Rall explains how the rust belt city of Dayton, OH decreased its vacancy rate—by demolishing historically significant buildings.

Click here for the scoop.

Could a similar motive be at play in Buffalo?


Fast Times at Erie County Hall : Dankert-Maurer Appointment Withdrawn

Filed under: Uncategorized

Love to know what happened to precipitate this.

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Just put the finishing touches on this week’s YAK column on the new Lincoln MKC, so it seemed as good a time as any to once again visit one of the photo albums of Facebook friend Jim Jordan of Oklahoma City. This album is titled “Disneyland for Car Guys,” and it features over 120 photos taken on a trip to Missouri, including this 1949 Lincoln Sport Sedan. I’ve always thought the front of these cars had a rather sad look to them. Perhaps they had a peek at Cadillac’s sales numbers.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Another gently-used pickup is this 1992 Ford F-150, seen often tooling around the City of Niagara Falls. Although this photo was taken a few years back, I still see this truck regularly; the last time wearing a pair of snow tires on the rear axle. It must get washed often to keep the rust away. Nice.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Movie Day here at the YAK home office, and this time it was the 1956 musical High Society. In this pic, we see Grace Kelly driving Frank Sinatra in her 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (please people, no Grace Kelly driving jokes). Although I enjoyed the movie, I’ll admit to not being a Bing Crosby fan (horrors!); and I’ll also admit to fast-forwarding through all of his numbers in the movie. Go ahead, hate me.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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The first time I passed this 1969 Ford Torino GT fastback it was sitting on this trailer. I passed it again a while back, down on the ground, so from that fact, and also that it’s wearing Virginia historical plates, I’ll assume that the Cambria homeowner in whose yard it is parked is the car’s new owner. You must admit that you don’t see many of these around anymore. I wonder why? They sold over 61,000 of them, and it just seems like the type of car that would have been deemed collectible decades ago. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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