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YAK Car Pic of the Day

89 toyota van blu snbrn copy

jc yak ny 87-93There’s a certain quaintness to the boxy design of this 1989 Toyota van (it went by a variety of names around the world, but here in the U.S. it was just the van). There’s also a certain “looks like it’s going to tip over frontwards” look to these things. The driver and front passenger sit right over the front axle, and the engine is a bit behind them, which I guess helps the weight balance thing. This one is rather rare, being the cargo van with no windows, as opposed to the regular, windowed minivan you see more often. Saw this one earlier in the week in downtown Sanborn.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

70 dodge a100 grn snbrn f copy

jc yak ny 67-73Before there was RAM there were trucks like this 1970 Dodge A100. Simpler, unpretentious workers never made with the intention of mall-hopping or valet parking. This particular one appears to be in really good shape, something you’d expect of a truck maybe from the southwest; but this one was bought new at S&S Dodge in Lewistown, Pa., and is currently sitting in a Sanborn driveway wearing a For Sale sign.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

72 benz 250c blu snbrn copy

The Mercedes-Benz 250 C was built from 1969-76, and this one is no newer than a 1973, judging from the absence of the federally-mandated 5-mph bumpers which showed up for the 1974 model year. Only 67,048 coupes were built during that span, compared to 1,852,008 four-door sedans. Considering these were world-wide production figures, it’s pretty rare to see one — especially one looking this good — hiding in plain sight in a driveway in downtown Sanborn.

 

— Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

89 eldo gld sanborn copy

Meet the compact 1989 Cadillac Eldorado. Looks nice, but it seems like something’s missing. Like, about three feet’s worth of car! That’s because Cadillac lopped-off almost two feet in the first downsizing in 1979, then almost another foot for the 1986 models. It’s certainly not a bad-looking car, especially without the usual padded roof you see on so many. I guess they figured that sales increased by around a third in ’79 so…  Hmm. We’ll be kind here and say the downsizing fairy took the day off when the ’86 models rolled out, and sales probably didn’t meet Cadillac’s expectations.  Needless to say, when the next restyling occurred for the 2002 models, the were more Cadillac-like. In other words, bigger. Saw this brown one a while back in Sanborn.

— Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

47 chev blk whtfld2 copy

Lookin’ for an old car to drive around in this summer? Passed by this 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster Sport Sedan yesterday morning, and it’s for sale. If you like big, heavy, Detroit iron with living room-sized interiors, this just might be your car. These things retailed starting at $1,276 back in the day; and of course this one’s asking price is substantially higher right now, but hey, what isn’t? I saw it just south of downtown Sanborn; it may still be there.

47 chev blk whtfld copy— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

jim@artvoice.com

 


YAK Car Pic of the Day

68 tr4a wht snbrn

Sometimes you just have to look w-a-y back off the road and see what you find. Like yesterday, driving through downtown Sanborn when I came across this sad-looking 1968 Triumph TR4A under a blanket of snow. I can’t imagine how restorable this thing is, or how long it’s been there; but it doesn’t look too happy. The TR4 was a four-cylinder sports car introduced for model year 1961, followed by the TR4A (suspension upgrade) from ’65 through ’68; a TR5 had a straight six (’67-’69). Then came the all-new TR6 in 1969.

 

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

jim@artvoice.com

 


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There were a few variations of this 1980s vintage Jaguar XJS: coupes, convertibles, and another convertible version in which the door/window frames remained intact and only the roof rolled back, targa-style (like this one). Engine choices over the years for the XJS included V-12s (mechanic to owner: “… that sound you’re hearing is your gas gauge needle spinning around.”), and inline sixes. This black convertible makes an appearance from time-to-time in the parking lot of a Sanborn repair garage. — Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


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95 olds 88 grn snbrn copy

Passed by this 1995 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale yesterday, sitting outside the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Auto Shop garage in Sanborn. I’m assuming, judging from its lack of plates, that it’s a project car. By this point in time, the Olds 88 was what you bought when your neighbor had a Chevy Lumina, and you wanted to show him up — just a bit.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know




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