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Lest you think I’m sitting in my home office all winter, cozying up to the computer with a warm mug of hot chocolate (or cold beer) as I post old Pics gathered during the nicer weather — think again dear YAK-reader. Here is a snowed-in 1973 Ford LTD which I spotted earlier this week in Sanborn. It sure looks like it’s been there a while, and somehow I’ve passed by here several times a week for the past couple of years without taking note of it. This was the year that bumpers starting growing into something more like the cow-catchers on old locomotives. And it would only get worse before it got better. The LTD used to sit at the top of the full-sized Ford heap until the even-ritzier LTD Brougham came along in 1972 (“Elegance plus”, Ford called it… and why would they lie?). By now, the full-sized Fords had gotten so large, that Ford did away with six-cylinder engines after the 1971 model year, and the standard engine was now the 351 CID V-8, hooked up to a Cruise-O-Matic transmission; power steering was also standard, thank God — imagine trying to parallel park one of these beasts without it! See the whole full-sized 1973 Ford lineup here.

Galaxie 500 in color 6D (aka yellow)

Galaxie 500 in color 6D (a.k.a. yellow)

nice LTD Brougham interior shot

nice LTD Brougham interior shot

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • MaxPlanck

    Those beasts had to be the bane of high school driver’s ed programs of the day. Parallel parking one of them is like trying to sandwich an 18-wheeler on one of Buff’s narrow thoroughfares and think the LTD’s “cow-catchers” caught a lot more than cattle….