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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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I was watching a Ch. 4 news story on a Tonawanda police chase from early yesterday morning, and thinking what a shame it was that one of the City of Tonawanda’s new Ford Taurus-based Interceptor police cruisers was damaged. So of course I went back in the archives and dug up this 1960 Ford police car brochure (back then they were police cars, not police cruisers). You gotta love that speed-check machine on the roof — it was probably very high-tech at the time. I’m also trying to figure out if that’s a forward-facing rear-view mirror mounted on the trunk lid, and if it is, do you suppose that’s how the officer behind the wheel checked your speed as measured by the high-tech roof contraption? Wow. And check out this feature: “Chair-high, 23° Posture-Perfect, foam-padded front seats.” No mention of how comfy the back seat was.

City of Tonawanda Ford Interceptor

City of Tonawanda Ford Interceptor

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


YAK Car Pic of the Day

This forlorn-looking Plymouth Club Coupe (circa 1946-early 49) has been sitting in the back of a used car lot in the City of Tonawanda for a while now. The styling was new for the post-war period beginning with the 1946 model, and cars produced up until March 1949 looked pretty much the same; the “later” 1949 models appeared after that (both styles were titled as 1949 models). Someone apparently replaced the front turn signals on this one with a pair of J.C. Whitney-ish lights, as no available photos or sales material show these cheap-looking round lenses. A little rust showing here and there on this red example, but from this angle it looks restorable.

’46 brochure cover art

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


YAK Car Pic of the Day

Two 1975 Chevy Novas (Novi?), Tonawanda, N.Y.

No, this photo wasn’t taken 30 years ago. It’s a City of Tonawanda driveway, circa 2012, and this pair of 1975 Chevy Novas are still (it would appear) on the road. The one of the left, if you’re not up on your Nova lore, is the coveted Nova LN (the “L” I assume stands for luxury; the “N” — for what, “Nova?” Nova Luxury Nova? What were they thinking?). The brochure (which you can read for yourself here) points out one of my favorite Nova Luxury Nova luxurious features: “…a distinctive smoked lens over the instrument cluster.” Well, nothing says “luxury” like smoked plastic. The car on the right is the base Nova (or, as I would call it, the “Nova ULN,” or, “Nova Unluxurious Nova”). I guess this family just couldn’t come up with the extra $500 twice for two LNs, so someone in the family has to stare at their speedometer through an unsmoked lens. Life is tough.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…


YAK Car Pic of the Day

For years I’ve been seeing the above 1965 Chevy II 100 around the City of Tonawanda. Yesterday I finally saw it when I had my camera, where it was sitting in front of the neighborhood repair shop. These things were so simple, that even today, any mechanic who’s been around for a while (and the guy at this shop certainly qualifies) can probably work on them blindfolded. At a mere $2,011 this was the cheapest ’65 Chevy you could buy, and it was in the final year of its three-year styling cycle. Personally, I think I like it better with the whitewalls and dog dish hubcaps. But, that’s me.

from the brochure

 

 — Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…

 


New Ford Police Car

2013 Ford Interceptor, City of Tonawanda, N.Y.

The City of Tonawanda police are drivin’ some stylin’ new Ford Interceptor patrol cars, slowly replacing the aging Crown Vics in their fleet. The new Interceptor Sedan is based on the Taurus, and there’s also a Utility model based on the Explorer. You can read all about them here. Or, if you’re unlucky, you can see one up close and personal — from the back seat! 

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know