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The Jaguar XJS HE (high efficiency) was sold from 1981-85. The original V-12 in the first XJS models provided its owner with dreadful gas mileage, which was not a good thing in the early 1980s; the HE increased both horsepower (from around 250 up to 263) and mpg (to 16, not great but much better than the previous engine’s rating of 12). I ran into this red coupe in Olean almost five years ago.

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Wow, I just looked it up and it was over five years ago that I saw this 1979 Ford Thunderbird on one of my daily drives to Olean. I’ve always liked this body style, which was produced from 1977 through 1979, but they do seem to have a somewhat surprised look on their faces when the headlights are exposed. My favorite is the basest model, without all of the gee-gaws, like the one in the brochure illustration below, in black.

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I used to drive to Olean every day, but I haven’t done that since the summer of 2010, so I guess it was a while ago when I found this 1965 Buick Skylark thin-pillar coupe down there, gracing someone’s front yard. So let’s go down the list: bogus hub caps — check; missing side trim — check; cheesy pinstriping — check. Yep, I’ll bet it was still someones’s daily driver up until the time of those Liberty plates (which were phased-out in 2001). Guess then someone parked it… and left it. Yeah, nice lawn ornament!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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From the archives… took this almost four years ago one morning just north of the City of Olean. Three VWs from the 1970s, two of which had no plates — but they sure made for an interesting conversation piece. I thought of this picture the other day as I remembered the old VW ad titled “Did you ever wonder how the driver of the snowplow gets to the snowplow? …you can stop wondering.” Click here to watch the commercial. — Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

...from the ad

…from the ad


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Ah yes, the 1968-73 Opel GT — known in some circles as the poor man’s Corvette (not primarily in performance circles, but there is definitely a resemblance in the looks department). The Opel GT was sold in North America, alongside other Opels, at Buick dealers. Probably not a good mix, as most salesmen were more interested in pushing you into a Buick with its larger profit margin. But there they were, in all their four-cylinder glory. The name was resurrected for the 2006 model year, for a car sold in Europe which was a clone of the Saturn Sky. In what is a switch from most normal practices, this new Opel GT was built in North America and exported to Europe. It died when GM discontinued the Saturn brand. This rough-looking orange GT was spotted some time ago down in Olean.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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1969 GM publicity photo

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Do a Google search for a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro, and see how many show up with white sidewall tires and full wheel covers. Almost none. Until now. I passed by this one in an Olean used car lot two years ago and was amazed at its condition. Most old Camaros which still exist have at least had their wheels and tires updated – wouldn’t surprise me if this one even has the six-cylinder engine. The ’70 Camaros were among my favorites (often referred to as 1970-1/2 as they were introduced midway through the 1970 model year). One like this could have been yours in 1970 for around $2,700. There’s one on eBay which (as this is written) has been bid up to $2,850 (reserve of course, not yet met). See it here. And see the brochure here.

restored ’70 Z28

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


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’52 Cadillac Series 62, Olean, N.Y.

This 1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible is the same age as I am; but it looks to be in much better shape! Don’t let the extension cord fool you — no, it’s not electric-powered. All ’52 Caddys had a 331 CID V-8 under the hood. This beauty, spotted a while back in Olean, had a starting price of $4,163 and about 6,400 were produced, making this a pretty rare find.

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'64 Mercury Comet 404, Olean, N.Y.

Driving through Olean one rainy morning, saw this middle-of-the-range 1964 Mercury Comet 404 outside a repair garage. I wonder how long it takes to get parts for a 48-year-old car?

—Jim Corbran, You Auto Know




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