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Although technically not a car, this Serro Scotty Sportsman travel trailer would look great behind some wood-grained station wagon from the late 1960s, which is the era this thing came from. According to a 1968 magazine ad (below), it listed for just $795 and slept four-to-five — I guess it depends on how well they all knew each other. This one is sitting in a yard in the Town of Wheatfield.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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What is it about these cars that makes guys want to jack up the back ends? Earlier in the week we showed you a similarly-raised ’63, now here’s a 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova sport coupe with the same stance. I’ve never been a fan of this look, although I do like this car. Just bring ‘er back down. Please. See this one often in Wheatfield.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


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The look of this 1975-ish MGB is what you end up with when the federal government comes up with mandates which affect a car’s outward appearance. Good God, those bumpers! (See the pre-ugly bumper ’69 below.) A few years previous, in order to meet headlight height regulations, manufacturer British Leyland merely raised the car on its suspension an inch or so. Did it affect the car’s handling? Hah! You have to ask? This blue number can still be seen parked in a yard in the Town of Wheatfield, weird top and all.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com 

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If it’s true that “the longer the name, the more the car costs,” then this 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser SL must have cost a fortune. (You could probably throw the “Ciera” moniker into the mix also, although in 1992 it didn’t appear on this wagon. But, c’mon, it was a Ciera!) It’s $19,595 as-new price translates to 33,161 of 2014 dollars, so yeah, it was pretty expensive. Especially for a car with ancient technology (even then!). With only 1,932 of them produced, I guess the buying public agreed. I see this one regularly in service in the Wheatfield-Niagara Falls area.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


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jc yak ny 66-73This 1967 Pontiac Tempest is unusual in the fact that it’s a four-door. And not a GTO. Seems like most mid-sized Pontiacs which are still around from the mid- to late sixties are muscle cars. Whatever happened to all of the Dad cars like this one? In 1967 Pontiac sold over 30,000 Tempest four-door sedans, compared to over 65,000 GTO two-door hardtops, but I’ll bet the ratio is much higher than 2:1 for GTOs to Tempests that have survived. This one was seen in Wheatfield some time ago.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com


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Okay, so what’s the first thing you noticed about this 1999 Chevrolet Corvette coupe which is different from most of the newer ‘Vettes you see today on the road? That’s right, it’s actually wearing a front license plate. Most seem to wear the “Corvette” blank on the front bumper (see brochure illustration below) which admittedly looks better, but I suspect is highly illegal in New York state. In 1999 the Corvette, for the first time, came in three body styles: the coupe (with its removable roof panel), the convertible (with its fold-down fabric roof), and the new hardtop — the first fixed-roof Corvette since the ’67 Sting Ray. I passed this light pewter metallic example yesterday in Wheatfield.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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Even the copywriters in the marketing department weren’t sure about this 1976 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, as on the same brochure page they refer to it as both a “de Ville” and a “DeVille.” One thing for sure though, it was the last of the big Cadillacs, as in 1977 General Motors downsized all of their big cars, including the Caddy. The de Ville wasn’t the biggest car in the Cadillac corral though, as that distinction belonged to the Cadillac Limousine, which is not to be confused with the Fleetwood 75 nine-passenger sedan. Actually, they were both the same size, although the official specs list the nine-passenger sedan as being .2″ taller, while the limousine is 143 lbs. heavier. But they were both big. Big. This de Ville is currently letting the grass grow tall around it while waiting for a buyer in Wheatfield.

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

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jc yak nyBack when this 1974 Mercury Montego was new, there were several after-market companies offering custom bits to make the intermediate Merc look like a mini Lincoln Continental Mark IV. This example has the opera windows and trunk lid, but not the front grille and headlights seen on some cars. It might have seemed like a good idea, but I find it difficult to believe these guys ever found buyers for this stuff. Then again…

This one’s for sale in Wheatfield if you’re interested in owning your own little bit of 1970s kitsch.

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

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