Name That Car

His Easter car with its fancy tiara is a keeper.

Reminisce - - Spotlight - BY KEN COL­BERT • MOUNT PLEAS­ANT, PA

Al­most as far back as I can re­mem­ber, I have loved this model’s per­fect lines and fan­cied own­ing one. Over the years, I’ve owned three, in­clud­ing the top-of-the line ver­sion that I still have.

I bought the first one from my brother in 1987, fixed it up, used it for car shows and fun, then sold it for a $200 profit. In 1989, I bought my keeper and grad­u­ally brought it back to its cur­rent re­stored con­di­tion.

Sev­eral years later I bought a third one in Long Is­land, New York. It had only 20,000 miles on it but re­quired some restora­tion. I fixed it up, used it daily for a few years and then sold it to a friend who thought it was the nicest car in his large col­lec­tion.

The ver­sion I still own was dubbed the Easter car be­cause the pol­ished stain­less steel tiara across the roof gave it the ap­pear­ance of an Easter bas­ket with a han­dle. And the fac­tory op­tions for pas­tel col­ors—yel­low, pink, green, blue, or­ange—put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the nick­name.

Mine is from the sec­ond year of pro­duc­tion for the Easter car, when about one-fourth as many cars were pro­duced as in the in­tro­duc­tory year. So the sec­ond-year model, with up­dates like heav­ier stain­less and chrome and a larger en­gine, is more de­sir­able to col­lec­tors.

It had the new “life­guard de­sign” fea­tures—deep-dish steer­ing wheel, padded dash and seat belt op­tions. Many (in­clud­ing me) re­gard this as one of the most beau­ti­ful cars ever pro­duced for the av­er­age driver.

Back then it sold for about $2,400.

To­day it’s worth a lit­tle more, though I doubt I’ll ever sell. My wife, Linda, and I have re­fined it through the years. In our eyes, it’s still in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful.

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