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What could be a more apropos topic for Father's Day than Dad's Cars?

My Dad, a retired Civil Engineer, has always considered cars to be little more than transportation appliances, so I don't know where my interest came from. He's pretty much always been a Ford man, just because my Mother's Brother, a doctor, owned a local Ford dealership back in the 50's-60's.

Dad would buy a new Ford Ranch Wagon every two years from 1952-60. In 62 he broke his pattern and bought a 61 T'Bird. (My uncle, the doctor, traded for a new T'Bird every year, so all the members of my Mother's family bought his used cars. Made for real impressive driveways at family get-togethers.) The Bird was rather small when we three kids got a little bigger, so in 64 he switched to a Ford Galaxie.

Over the next 6 years, after I started driving, Dad had a 66 Mustang, a 68 Torino GT, and a 69 RoadRunner, although I don't recall if he ever got to drive them himself. He also owned the Galaxie, a 68 Impala, and a 70 Chrysler during this period.

After that it was a new Mercury Grand Marquis every two years, from 72-86, and then various Taurus/Sables. Now that he's retired, he recently traded 2 Taurus in last year and got a Ford Focus, which pretty much suits his current needs.

I guess (except for the T'Bird and "my" cars) reliabilty has always been his prime concern. My Mother's input has been limited to "as long as it's not blue."

Happy Father's Day

SB
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