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jc yak ny 67-73Really, if you’re gonna park your 1971 Mercury Montego MX and leave it sit for a few years, get it away from the trees so I can get a better pic. Some people are just so inconsiderate! I used to pass this car in Machias every day on my way to and from Olean. Took this pic in 2009, and wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still sitting there.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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I guess that not every 1991 Chevy Caprice was either a police car or a taxi cab. Here’s a brown civilian sedan which was looking forgotten about sitting in a Machias driveway three winters ago. This was the first year for this “bathtub” styled Chevy, and even though they were a pretty big seller (almost 202,000 of them went out the door) many weren’t happy with the closed-up rear wheel wells. For the 1993 models, they were opened up, revealing the entire tire and not looking quite so heavy. The Caprice sedan sold for around sixteen-and-a-half grand when new, and there was also a wagon version which shared a body shell with the Olds Custom Cruiser and the Buick Roadmaster. They were big cars. B-i-g cars. Check out the ’91 Caprice brochure here.

character car from a "Grand Theft Auto" video game

character car from a “Grand Theft Auto” video game

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


YAK Car Pic of the Day

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s one of those cars I’ve seen in several locations over the past few years: first, with a For Sale sign in the Village of Lewiston; then in a driveway on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls; and now it can be seen (For Sale again — or maybe still) in front of a repair shop on Military Road not far from the Fashion Outlets. It’s a 1969 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight holiday coupe, almost as big as a Cadillac (shorter by a half-inch) and better looking, I’d say. Available also as a four-door sedan, four-door hardtop, and a convertible, Olds called the Ninety-Eight a “masterwork of classic elegance.” But someone, somewhere, at Olds was pinching pennies — the Ninety-Eight was equipped with four ash trays… but only three lighters. What the heck!

(and the answer to yesterday’s YAK Pic from the Machias scrapyard is a 1968 Ford Fairlane 500)

'68 Fairlane 500 brochure art

’68 Fairlane 500 brochure art

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Okay, let’s see how good you are at identifying these old wrecks. This yellow example was found a few years ago while I was roaming around a Machias junkyard. It actually looked in pretty good shape, considering its fate. You’ve got a few clues to work with here. Look for the answer tomorrow.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


YAK Car Pic of the Day

'50 Dodge Coronet, Machias, N.Y.

I always get a bit jealous when I see a car that’s quite a bit older than mine, but looks quite a bit better than mine. Even worse when it’s older than me. Like this 1950 Dodge Coronet Club Coupe, spotted a while back near Lime Lake.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


Wheels in the grass

1967 Mercury Monterey

1967 Mercury Monterey

On my way to Olean I spotted this 1967 Mercury Monterey sedan parked in the grass on Rt. 16 just south of Machias. A pretty rare find these days. Come to think of it, I don’t remember seeing that many on the road back in 1967, either. Fords, Chevys, Plymouths — they were everywhere. Ford produced 15,177 Monterey four-door sedans for the 1967 model year. Compare that to 130,063 Ford Galaxie 500 four-door sedans made the same year and you can see why you hardly see a ’67 Merc in this rust-prone part of the country some 40 years later. This one, if you’re interested, has a for sale sign on the window.