Featured Fords

1969 and 1970 Cougar Eliminators

“I own 3 Cougars: a 1969 CJ Eliminator, 1969 CJ convertible, and a 1970 Eliminator (standard 351C-4V). It is not because I am a rich collector. I am just frugal. I bought the CJ Eliminator new in June 1969 and just held on to it. I bought the 1970 Eliminator in 1972 when the two-year lease ran out (it has been my daily driver for a lot of years), and the ‘69 Convertible I bought as a retirement present to myself in 1994.

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Collector Car Insurance

You’ve been preparing for this show all year. Your hotel reservations have been made for months and you and your buddies came out a day early to make sure you’d get to the show early to secure the best spots. You haven’t been working on her all year to park her in the back row. Waking up this morning wasn’t hard, even though falling asleep last night was. You quickly scan the hotel room to make sure you have everything you need. Polish– check. Favorite cloth– check. Keys– check. You’re all set. You grab a coffee and a Danish from the lobby and you and the boys are on your way. As you leave, everyone teases you about winning best in show, but you know it’s yours. You get out to the parking lot and everyone disperses to their rightful vehicles. You look at the spot where you’d left her the night before. It’s empty. You stop dead in your tracks and blink in disbelief, quickly convincing yourself that you must have forgotten about moving her. Panic starts to set in. Your heart is racing, palms sweating. You frantically scan the parking lot and she’s nowhere in sight. This cannot be happening.

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Dyno Don's Comet

I started this journey when I found out that the 1965 Comet Cyclone I had found back in ’03 was previously owned by the legendary Dyno Don Nicholson. The supporting paperwork stated that Dyno had later given the car to his head mechanic, Dave McGrane.

Dave had been on Dyno’s team touring and racing the funny car circuit back in the ’60s. The team of Nicholson, Earl Wade, and Dave McGrane had nearly 50 straight wins under their belts!

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1964 Comet

In May of 1964, I was passing by a Lincoln-Mercury dealership, and noticed this beautiful black ’64 Comet sitting in the showroom. It was the Cyclone version, which had a 4-barrel 289 and a 4-speed. I had to stop and look at it - what could it hurt? To make a long story short - I left with it.

In 1966, I took it to the track to see what it would do. It was not impressive, but I had fun. I went back the following weekend and ran a little better. By this time I was getting hooked. We fitted a Hurst shifter, Hooker headers, and some cheap cheater slicks.

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1959 Mercury Commuter Wagon

My neighbor Marie was the original owner of my wagon. Marie was a school teacher working in the China Lake, CA, area. Her parents lived two doors down from my house. They wanted her to have a heavy car for safety when she traveled home. Well, then she moved back to San Jose and the car was too big for her in town. She told me that one day she drove the car into her garage and said that she would “never drive that car again.” I believe that that was in 1969.

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Yellow Rose Classic

Back in the late 2000s, we attended this show. It was then held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. These photos are from that show.

The two-day event is held indoors (thankfully). With 105 degree temps blistering the asphalt outside, the ice cold A/C inside really helps bring the crowds in. That’s not to take anything away from the spectacular Fords and Mercs on display; they do a pretty good job of pulling in the spectators all by themselves!

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1961 Ford Starliner

“Beautifully proportioned to the classic Ford look” is how the ads of the day described the 1961 Galaxie. Apparently they were right on the mark as the new styling received a design award for “Functional expression of beauty” from the Centro Per L’Alta Italiana.

Taking a step back from the radical look of their 1960 model, Ford’s stylists abandoned the scalloped grille and hood for a concave grille mounting four horizontal headlamps for the 1961 Galaxie line. 1960’s slab shaped sides gave way to a more rounded look in 1961 and Fords trademark large round tail lights returned. Fins made their final appearance on the new Fords and their proportions further complemented the car’s classic lines.

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1960 Ford Sunliner

Following its 1959 introduction, the new Galaxie shared radical styling changes with Ford’s entire 1960 line. The 1960 Fords looked like nothing seen before or since. Even the casual observer would note that Ford’s signature round tail lamps were missing, replaced by a one year only set of semi elliptical shaped lamps, nestled beneath a set of smooth horizontal tail fins that were far more tastefully presented than those of rival Chevrolet, who had at least toned it down from the bat wings of 1959. Up front the new Fords sported a scalloped hood and grille (known to some as the banana grille) replacing a more sedate 1959 predecessor. Of particular note when discussing the 1960 Galaxie is the fact that these were the widest Fords ever to roll off the assembly line at 81.5 inches, surpassed only by the Wide Track Pontiacs, and when coupled with a reduced overall height of 54.5 inches, the new Fords looked even wider. Riding on a 119 inch wheelbase, the 1960 Galaxie featured a tread width of 61 inches up front, 60 inches at the rear and measured 213.7 inches from nose to tail.

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