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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Some people say if you’re going to bother having a convertible, make it a red one. Like this 1967 Ford Fairlane 500/XL, seen recently (and, it seems, frequently) at a Town of Niagara repair shop. There was a time when the 500/XL sat at the top of the Fairlane pecking order. Then came the muscle car craze, and the XL was just too “fancy,” so the Fairlane GT (and its automatic-equipped stablemate, the aptly-named GTA) was born. The XL became the “luxury car with a sports flair,” while the new GT was “…as great to drive as it (was) to look at.” There’s a difference. I guess. This red drop top is equipped with the optional 289 CID V-8 and non-stock rims. Pricing when new started at $2,950 and only 1,943 were built. Here’s the entire ’67 Fairlane catalog.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know