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Wednesday October 8, 2014
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1954 Olds F-88

1954 Olds F-88 Sports Car
Part One - Why the F88?

1963 Cobra Ad

The Cobra Story - a Focused View
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Jerry Lester Gran Torino

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1972 351 CJ Ford Gran Torino

Cro-Sal Olds 455

Oldsmobile's Twin Turbo
Can-Am Aluminum 455!

1959 Ramchargers High 7 Mighty

Ramchargers Stories - Part 04
The "High & Mighty"

1963 Pontiac 421 GP

Big Bad Boys - Muscle Cars
did not start with the 1964 GTO!

1963 Ford-Mercury 427

Ford's FE Big Block Story
Part 1 - 1958 through 1965

1972 44s W-30 Test

The Big Sleep: Performance in the
In-Between Years 1971-1982

1962 Max wedge 413

Chrysler's"RB" Wedge Development Through the Years

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Members' Cars Are Living History
This continues our "living history" Series. As we said last month, we post member's cars and car show coverage because these cars and trucks are real, live examples of the materials we are working to save on the Society's website. Both our documents and the cars are significant and important, so we will take time to show you this significant part of automotive historical preservation. Just like us at the society, these people are "preserving the past for the future".

Karen Morris 1959 Ford Fairlane

Karyn's Fairlane was originally sold by the Kott & Smolar Ford in suburban Los Angeles. That dealership is no longer in business,
but Karyn's car still is.

1959 Ford Fairlane rear fins

Fins were all the rage in 1959 (think '59 Chevy)
but the Fairlane's were more subdued.

1959 Ford Fairlane 332 V8

Karyn has left the engine and trunk compartments as they are,
clean but not detailed. There's a beauty in this.

New Zealander Karyn Morris shares her slice of American history!

by Karyn Morris and the AHPS Staff -
reprint with permission only

As a young girl, New Zealander Karyn Morris had always wanted to own an American car. This stemmed from being brought up going to hot rod shows and watching shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider.

When she was ten, her father shipped from the U.S. the featured car, a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 four-door hardtop along with both a same-year Ford Fairlane Galaxie 500 Skyliner (retractable) and same-year Sunliner (convertible). To make a long story short, he slowly restored the Skyliner and Sunliner while the Fairlane accumulated almost two decades of dust in the garage. 

After this much time, Karyn’s mother had had enough and wanted the four-door gone.  Rather than some stranger striking a deal her parents, Karyn had done her homework and knew that the person with whom the deal would be struck would be her.

Her research told her that the ‘59 Fairlane four-door hardtop was a fairly rare car. Although a significant number Galaxies were produced, only 9,308 four door pillarless Fairlanes were produced (at US $2,602 a pop). The car had what she believed to be its original dealer license plate frame from Kott and Smolar Motor Company in the Los Angeles suburb of Wilmington (later Don Kott Ford in Carson, California–closed in 2007).  When her father bought it from the original owner, it showed 86,000 miles on the odometer, and the plastic was still on the seats.

Karyn has owned the car for about three years now.  She says that she received no “family rate” for the car but paid her parents a fair market price for it because she wanted it to be truly hers and she wanted to be able to personalize it in any way she saw fit without fear that family members would object.  This said, she’s largely kept it stock!

The car has its original Ford 332 FE engine and two-speed Fordomatic transmission.  Karyn changed the ignition over to electronic with Pertronix components, and the engine runs well.  She had the rear rims widened and the car lowered because, as she puts it, “I hate thin tires and stance is everything!”

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