A Year Of Cars

Today’s post is being written a little later than usual in the day because I had to have my third thyroid ultrasound. (Or was it my fourth?) I have a multinodular goiter; in plain English, I have multiple growths on my thyroid gland. Actually, most people my age have something growing on their thyroid.

Three years ago, one of those growths was biopsied. Two days later, the nurse for the ENT doctor supervising the care of my thyroid “condition” called. She asked, “How are you?” I answered, “You tell me.” When she said the growth was benign, I almost fainted from relief. One of the growths on my thyroid is “troublesome” according to my doctor, which is why the gland needs to be imaged on a regular basis.

OK, that exposition is way into TMI land…


During yesterday’s same-day, but not live, NBCSN broadcast of the Mecum auction from Indy, Stephen Cox asked the crew if they could have any three cars given to them for free, but they all had to be from the same model year, what cars and what year would they choose. As soon as I saw it I knew what I would say and texted Scott Hoke.

I know I have written about this year and these cars before, but I must confess that I don’t know if it’s in this blog or the last one. Anyway, I would choose model year 1963 and these would be the cars:


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Appropriately, all of these pictures are from Mecum. The top automobile is, of course, a 1963 Corvette “Split-Window” coupe, the middle is a 1963 Buick Riviera and the bottom is a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. 1963 was the debut model year for the Riviera and the Avanti and was the debut year for the second generation Corvette and the only year for the now legendary split-window. I have to say that the Avanti in the photo looks better than any other one I have ever seen.

OK, I pose the question to you. If you could have any three cars in history given to you, but they all had to be from the same model year, what year and what cars would you choose?







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12 thoughts on “A Year Of Cars

  1. The same model year makes it kinda tough, but for me 1957. 1957 Ford Thunderbird, Ford Ranchero and 1957 International Harvester S120 pickup. Why the I-H pickup instead of the Ford F100 you ask? I much prefer the more rounded lines of the S120 than the more squared off lines of the Ford.

    Your three choices are much more “classic” than mine, but I like your choices, especially the Avanti. There was a racer who used to run one at the Bonneville Speed Week Land Speed Trials. I believe he was running a small block Chevy engine since finding speed parts for a Studebaker V8 is hard. The smooth body lines of the Avanti made it a good choice for the class in which he ran.

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  2. OK, I’m going new school and high dollar because it’s my party and I’ll buy if I want to buy! The year is…2021!
    First up is the Corvette Z06. Why? Because I want a Ferrari I can get fixed within four miles of my house.
    Second is the Bentley Flying Spur. Hoo boy! Yes this choice goes against the reason I raised for choosing the first car, but as someone says “consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds”. Fast, luxurious, and seats four. There are always flatbeds to take it to the dealers.
    Third is the Kia Telluride. Yes I know a certain person hates SUVs, but some of us like to hall ass and Xmas trees. I though about putting the Bentley Bentayga in the third spot, but that seemed greedy. I hear Kia is selling everyone they make, and its stable mate was nowhere to be found when I had my car serviced recently. I think, like Sally Fields “People like them, they really really like them”.

    So there’s my list and I’m sticking to it!
    PS, glad to hear your glands are in good shape…at least some of them…


    1. Thanks for sharing your choices. Still don’t really know about my thyroid and I wouldn’t say too many of the rest of my parts are in good shape. That Ashkenazi Jew genome is not conducive to great health.


  3. I would chose all three from my birth year;

    1957 Corvette Fuelie with the Duntov upgrades

    1957 Ford 300 with the F code engine

    1957 Desoto Adventurer convertible.

    If nobody would give me those, I would “settle” for

    1957 Olds 88 with the J-2 option

    1957 Rambler Rebel

    1957 Chrysler 300-C

    If you’re gonna wish, go big. 🙂


  4. I’d also go with my birth year, 1969. A tough choice to get just 3, but if I absolutely had to…
    1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 428 4 speed. This has been my favourite car since I remember.
    1969 GMC K1500 pick up, 350 4 bbl (I miss having a pick up)
    1969 Chrysler 300 Hurst, because I love big cruisers and if they’re giving it, may as well go for a rare bird.


  5. Wow! Tough challenge. There was a time when I owned a 1971 MGB. Starting there, I’d probably stay with the British and European imports. Triumph TR-6 comes to mind. I was also partial to the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.


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