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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Admittedly, most of the stuff Katie and I photographed at the C.T.C. Auto Ranch, located just outside of Ft. Worth, TX, was — okay, I’ll say it — junk. But there was a lineup of interesting cars for sale along the fence as you drove in. One of the more complete cars (it even has a license plate) was this 1961 Buick Special Deluxe, which sold new for $2,519 but could be yours today for just $2,995. This was the first year for GM’s senior (larger than normal) compacts: the Special, Olds F-85, and Pontiac Tempest. They were all a bit larger than the 1960 offerings of Ford (Falcon), Chevy (Corvair), and Chrysler (Valiant — which wasn’t officially a Plymouth until 1961). In their catalog, Buick refers to this new size not as compact, but as — are you ready? — special. See them all here.

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— Jim Corbran, Y’all Auto Know

 


  • MaxPlanck

    Great shot of a real rara avis, Jim! It looks to be ready to go once it got some air in the tires and some fresh gas…