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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Already, by 1961 Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac couldn’t seem to stand the fact that America liked the new compact-sized cars. Ford (Falcon), Chevy (Corvair), and Chrysler Corp. (Valiant) introduced their smaller cars in 1960 to combat both imports and the Studebaker Lark and American Motors Rambler. The BOP gang decided that compacts should be… um, bigger! Today’s pic is a 1962 Olds F-85, from the second year of the bigger compact. And as things tend to go in America, all of the compacts (and of course, the mid-sized and full-sized cars) grew in size year-by-year until — wait for it! — the next round of downsizing. Amazing. This green F-85 was a guest competitor at last month’s Nash show in Batavia

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know