We’re into our mailbag again this week. Here we go.

We’re into our mailbag again this week. Here we go.


Cars of our past


Q: Greg, I have fond memories of my first car, a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. I worked at the Hollywood Brand Candy Factory in Ashley, Ill., and lived in Sesser, Ill. I was responsible for making a living for myself and my young son and needed transportation to work.


So I called Taylor Motor Company and they brought a car over for me to look at. I bought the car wondering if I could make the payments of $30 a month. In two weeks time, I had my driver’s license and started making the trips to Ashley. Ron Emery was the salesman who sold me the car. I have since had many other cars, but that Plymouth Barracuda was my favorite. My son etched his name in the dash of the car.


My uncle told me the only thing wrong was the fact that it did not say Ford on it. He happened to work at a Ford garage. I was never sorry that I bought that vehicle and I cherish the memories of having owned it. Thanks, Sue Utlaut from Illinois.


A: Sue, thanks for sharing your memories with our readers. As for a ’65 Barracuda, I have a fond memory, too. A friend of mine had a speed shop back in 1968 in Vineland, N.J., and a new customer came by with a ’65 Barracuda Formula S. It was a beauty, with a high-performance 273 V8 with 235 horsepower.


The customer had us do lots of speed work on it, including fenderwell headers, 650 Holley carb, bigger solid lifter cam, new 4.30 gears and a Mallory ignition. We had just finished the headers when the police showed up with a tow truck. Turns out this “new customer” had stolen the car!


Thankfully, this customer had paid up front for the work, and from what I remember the real owner was pretty pleased. The “customer” then spent some time in the “Gray Bar Motel” to ponder his future.


Ford Fairlane


Q: Greg, I read with interest your recent article covering old Ford products. I have a 1963 Ford Fairlane with 16,000 miles and I desire to sell it. The brakes need work, but it’s in fairly good shape.


I also have the salesman's showroom book offering all the paint chips and pieces of upholstery. Can you recommend the best way to sell my Fairlane? The car is located in Wheaton, Ill. Thanks for your assistance, Les Gaskins.


A: Les, first and foremost, put an ad in your local newspaper’s classifieds, as selling it to an area enthusiast is much easier and cheaper than selling to someone across the country. However, the latter is certainly doable, so if you are unsuccessful selling in your region, place an ad in Auto Roundup and Hemmings Motor News. (You can do so easily on their respective Internet sites.)


With just 16,000 miles, I’d say the Fairlane will move fairly quickly. If any readers are interested, Les’s email is lgaskins@rcn.com.


Greg Zyla writes weekly for GateHouse Media and welcomes reader questions on collector cars, auto nostalgia or old-time motorsports at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840 or at greg@gregzyla.com.