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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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One of the advertising slogans for this 1947 Plymouth Deluxe coupe was “Plymouth Has It!” From the looks of this car’s rear end they might have been referring to trunk space. The rent for an apartment that size in Manhattan would go for about a grand these days. Saw this one last summer at the weekly cruisin’ night at The Texas Roadhouse in Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Although I’m not crazy about the plastic bits added on to this 2003 Toyota Celica, I’m quite taken with the custom two-toned paint job. I’ve seen quite a few custom two-tones around town lately and I must say many of them are well done, others are in good taste — and this Celica is both. The same can’t be said for all of them, however. I’ll try and capture a few more of them in the coming weeks. Actually ran across this Celica a few summers ago in Tonawanda. Nice job.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Just because winter is a mere nine days away doesn’t mean we can’t drag a ragtop out of the YAK archives. So here, to warm you up some, is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible, photographed last summer in Tonawanda. For some reason this one has had all of the badging removed (hiding from Ralph Nader?), but it does retain the cool but fake wire wheel covers.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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When Chevrolet realized that the radical compact Corvair was being embarrassed big time in sales by Ford’s Falcon (both were introduced for 1960), they quickly came up with the more conventional Chevy II, which debuted a scant two years later (new model development usually took at least twice that amount of time). Sales were a success, and everyone at GM lived happily ever after. For a few decades at least. This 1964 Chevy II Nova 400 was spotted a couple of summers ago in Tonawanda, complete with a Kleenex box on the back window ledge. Apparently Kleenex were never needed by anyone driving the car.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


YAK Car Pic of the Day

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If you like ’em big, this 1992 Chevy Caprice station wagon is right up your alley. Hopefully, you live in a wide alley or you may be leaving the car  somewhere down the street. (My Uncle Ray wanted a Caprice sedan in ’95, but he couldn’t drive it through the space between his house and the house next door to get back to his garage. He bought a Monte Carlo.) These wagons, and their Buick and Olds counterparts, are probably the last of a breed — h-u-g-e wagons based on equally huge sedans. Nowadays everyone wants a crossover. Hate to tell most of you crossover owners, but what you really have in your garage is a station wagon that’s been renamed by the marketing deptartment. Oh, and they marked-up the price while they were at it! Saw this white barge last spring on good ol’ Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Photographed this 1951 Chevy pickup last summer on a lot in Tonawanda. I could very well have photographed it the fall before that, or even the summer before the fall before that, because this very restorable truck has been sitting there at least that long. I think it’s time this thing got a move on.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


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This, is a 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, previously known as a New Yorker Fifth Avenue. Didn’t Jacqueline Onassis live on Fifth Avenue in New York? Do you think she would have ever been seen in one of these things? Garish as they were, the Fifth Avenue is one of the reasons Chrysler managed to stay alive during the 1980s — from 1983-89 they sold over a half-million of them. Beginning with the 1984s, the six-cylinder engine was dropped, and all Fifth Avenues came with a 318CID V-8 and TorqueFlite automatic tranny. How luxe were these cars? One of the things touted in the 1984 brochure was “…body-color door handle tape inserts.” Gotta love those marketing guys. Saw this one over the summer in Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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vintage GBHere’s one reason why I usually have a camera within arm’s reach: you never know when you’ll come across a Jaguar Mark IX saloon — even right here in Tonawanda. Produced from 1959-61, and not a huge car by American standards, the Mark IX was nevertheless sufficiently large enough to ferry the Royal family around the British countryside, large enough to be the official ride for Charles DeGaulle’s state visit to Canada in 1960, and large enough for the Nigerian government to order 40 of them (in the official state colors of green and white) for, you know, driving around Nigeria. At the time they went for a whopping ₤2163 in the home market (a bit over US$3,400). 

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com




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