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(It’s Day 1 of Orphans Week — orphans being nameplates which have been retired by their manufacturers…) There was no bigger or sadder orphan than this poor guy — a 1958 Edsel Roundup wagon. Ford abandoned the Edsel a couple of months into the 1960 model year, which was only the Edsel’s third. Bad timing and questionable styling helped hasten its demise. The wagon was basically a Ford wagon with an

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(Finishing up A Week of 1968s…) Of course, not every car in 1968 was a luxury car, muscle car, something at the top of the line. This 1968 Dodge Polara was Dodge’s cheapest full-size offering that year. Fancy-pants buyers could choose the more plush Polara 500, while the Joneses which the fancy-pants buyers were trying to keep up with were buying top-of-the-line Monacos. Photographed this yellow s

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(A Week of 1968s continues here on Day 4…) General Motors restyled its entire lineup of intermediate-sized cars for this year, and few were prettier than this 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The Cutlass, along with offerings from Chevy, Pontiac, and Buick, came in two different wheelbases: 112-in. for all two-doors, and 116-in. for four-doors and wagons. To me the shorter cars seemed better proportioned,

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(Day 3 of A Week of 1968s…) Hard to imagine now, but back in the day full-sized cars like this 1968 Chevy Impala could be pretty hot. Especially if they came with a 385-hp Turbo-Jet 427. Old-school drivers could specify a three-speed manual (special duty version), while the more adventurous (a.k.a. less stingy) type could go with a four-on-the-floor or Turbo Hydra-Matic three-speed automatic. The

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(Day 2 of A Week of 68s…) Years ago I wouldn’t have thought so, but the older I get the more I think this 1968 Dodge Charger R/T might have been the best-looking Charger of all time. Used to really like the original ‘66-‘67 model (and I guess I still do), but this design seems more mature and less gimmicky. Just like me! I found this one a few summers ago on Grand Island. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The

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(Day 1 of 1968s Week…) Why 1968? It was the year I turned Sweet Sixteen and obtained my learner’s permit, which only got me even more interested in cars than I’d already been since… um, birth! This fine-looking 1968 Chevy Chevelle Malibu was typical of the cars in the street back in the day, as compared to the “Dressed to the Nines…” Chevys from the 1960s that you see at many car shows these days.

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(Day 5 of Pickup Week…) Wearing eyebrows that would make Andy Rooney proud is this 1960 Chevrolet Fleetside. Back in the day, pickups as well as cars underwent annual style changes, enabling amateurs like myself to stand on street corners and identify everything that drove past by make, model, and year. Can’t do that with the stuff they’re selling nowadays! Saw this white example a year or so ago

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(Day 4 of Pickup Week…) From the front, this 1957 Dodge Sweptside D100 looks much (but not completely) like any other Dodge pickup. But the side and rear views reveal that a pair of ’57 Dodge station wagon rear quarter panels and taillights along with the bumper have been modified to fit. This is not a one-off custom job, but was factory-made (around a couple-thousand ‘57s and ‘58s were produced)

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(Day 3 of Pickup Week…) This 1967 GMC Deluxe pickup is from the first year of a six-year styling cycle, much of which was shared with the pickups from Chevrolet. Don’t let the Deluxe moniker fool you though, this rather plain example sat on the bottom rung of GMC’s model ladder. It has the small rear window, which was standard for 1967 when a larger window was optional; all had the larger version

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(Day 2 of Pickup week…) This nice 1966 Ford F-100 Styleside shortbed was seen over the summer in Wheatfield. Note the front fender badge, which reads “Twin-I-Beam.” That of course refers to Ford’s front suspension setup, which the brochure describes as “…two front axles for toughness… each operates independently… jolts are isolated, not passed from one wheel to the other…” This praise goes on for