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Mario's Tribute to 1960's Convertibles

1960 Chevy

1960 Chevy Impala

1960 Chevy

1960 Chevy Impala

1960 Chevy Impala 348 V8

1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette 283 V8

1960 Dodge

1960 Dodge

1960 Dodge

1960 Dodge 383 V8

1960 Ford

1960 Ford

1960 Ford

1960 Ford 352 V8

1960 Pontiac

1960 Pontiac

1960 Pontiac

1960 Pontiac 389 V8

1961 Chevy Impala

1961 Chevy Impala

1961 Chevy Impala

1961 Chevy Impala 348 V8

1961 Dodge

1961 Dodge

1961 Dodge

1961 Dodge 318 V8

1961 Ford

1961 Ford

1961 Ford

1961 Ford 390 V8

1961 Olds Starfire

1961 Olds Starfire

1961 Olds Starfire

1961 Olds Starfire 394 V8

1961 Pontiac

1961 Pontiac

1961 Pontiac

1961 Pontiac 389 V8

1962 Buick

1962 Buick

1962 Buick

1962 Buick 441 V8

1962 Chevy Impala

1962 Chevy Impala

1962 Chevy Impala

1962 Chevy Impala 409 V8

1962 Ford

1962 Ford

1962 Ford

1962 Ford 352 V8

1962 Pontiac

1962 Pontiac

1962 Pontiac

1962 Pontiac 389 V8

1962 T Bird

1962 T Bird

1962 T Bird

1962 T Bird 390 V8

1963 Chevy Impala

1963 Chevy Impala

1963 Chevy Impala

1963 Chevy Impala 409 V8

1963 Corvair

1963 Corvair

1963 Corvair

1963 Corvair 164 V6

1963 Dodge

1963 Dodge

1963 Dodge

1963 Dodge 383 V8

1963 Ford

1963 Ford

1963 Ford

1963 Ford 352 V8

1963 Plymouth Valiant

1963 Plymouth Valiant

1963 Plymouth Valiant

1963 Plymouth Valiant 170 st6

1964 Chevy Impala

1964 Chevy Impala

1964 Chevy Impala

1964 Chevy Impala 327 V8

1964 Ford

1964 Ford

1964 Ford

1964 Ford 390 V8

1964 Mercury Comet

1964 Mercury Comet

1964 Mercury Comet

1964 Mercury Comet 289 V8

1964 Pontiac GTO

1964 Pontiac GTO

1964 Pontiac GTO

1964 Pontiac GTO 389 V8

1964 T Bird

1964 T Bird

1964 T Bird

1964 T Bird 390 V8

1965 Buick Skylark

1965 Buick Skylark

1965 Buick Skylark

1965 Buick Skylark 300 V8

1965 Chevy Impala

1965 Chevy Impala

1965 Chevy Impala

1965 Chevy Impala 327 V8

1965 Corvette

1965 Corvette

1965 Corvette

1965 Corvette 327 V8

1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang 289 V8

1965 Pontiac GTO

1965 Pontiac GTO

1965 Pontiac GTO

1965 Pontiac GTO 389 V8

1966 Chevy Chevelle

1966 Chevy Chevelle

1966 Chevy Chevelle

1966 Chevy Chevelle 396 V8

1966 Chevy Impala

1966 Chevy Impala

1966 Chevy Impala

1966 Chevy Impala 427 V8

1966 Ford Fairlane

1966 Ford Fairlane

1966 Ford Fairlane

1966 Ford Fairlane 289 V8 Cobra

1966 Mercury Cyclone

1966 Mercury Cyclone

1966 Mercury Cyclone

1966 Mercury Cyclone 390 V8

1966 Olds 442

1966 Olds 442

1966 Olds 442

1966 Olds 442 400 V8

1967 Chevy Impala

1967 Chevy Impala

1967 Chevy Impala

1967 Chevy Impala 327 V8

1967 Chevy Camaro SS

1967 Chevy Camaro SS

1967 Chevy Camaro SS

1967 Chevy Camaro SS 350 V8

1967 Mercury Cougar

1967 Mercury Cougar

1967 Mercury Cougar

1967 Mercury Cougar 428 V8

1967 Plymouth Barracuda

1967 Plymouth Barracuda

1967 Plymouth Barracuda

1967 Plymouth Barracuda 273 V8

1967 Pontiac Firebird

1967 Pontiac Firebird

1967 Pontiac Firebird

1967 Pontiac Firebird 213 st6

1967 Pontiac GTO

1967 Pontiac GTO

1967 Pontiac GTO 389 V8

1967 Pontiac GTO next to my 67 Impala at Bald Hill, NY car show in 2011.

1968 Chevy Camaro SS

1968 Chevy Camaro SS

1968 Chevy Camaro SS

1968 Chevy Camaro SS 350 V8

1968 Chevy Impala

1968 Chevy Impala

1968 Chevy Impala

1968 Chevy Impala 396 V8

1968 Corvette

1968 Corvette

1968 Corvette

1968 Corvette 327 V8

1968 Dodge GTS

1968 Dodge GTS

1968 Dodge GTS

1968 Dodge GTS 340 V8

1968 Ford Shelby GT

1968 Ford Shelby GT

1968 Ford Shelby GT

1968 Ford Shelby GT 428 V8 Cobra

1969 Chevy Camaro Indy Pace Car

1969 Chevy Camaro Indy Pace Car

1969 Chevy Camaro Indy Pace Car

1969 Chevy Camaro Indy Pace Car 396 V8

1969 Chevy Impala

1969 Chevy Impala

1969 Chevy Impala

1969 Chevy Impala 350 V8

1969 Ford Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang 428 V8 Cobra

1969 Ford Torino

1969 Ford Torino

1969 Ford Torino

1969 Ford Torino 390 V8

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 400 V8

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Video and audio clips

1964 1/2 Mustang First Commercial


1967 Camaro Indy Pace Car Commercial


1960 T Bird


1961 Corvette


1962 Chevy Impala


1963 Chevy Impala SS


1964 Pontiac GTO


1965 Ford Mustang


1966 Ford Galaxie 428 Cobra


1967 Chevy Impala SS 327 V8


1968 Pontiac GTO


1969 Chevy Camaro Indy Pace Car



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Comments

Mario on Jan 21, 2021 said:

The 1960's convertibles were from the best decade ever for style and horsepower. The 3 major auto producers were locked in a game of competition to win over the new baby boomers. Convertibles brought buyers into the showrooms even though they usually bought something else. I was one of the fortunate baby boomers who purchased a new 1969 Camaro SS350. I held it for 10 years before trading it in and wish I would have kept it. Enjoy! Mario

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57timemachine on Jan 23, 2021 said:

I have never been a rag top kind of guy but if I had to pick one here, it would have to be the 1960 Impala rag with the 348. Cheers.

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Mario on Jan 23, 2021 said:

Hi George, the 60 Chevy was the last “finned” Chevy and a real beauty. Good pick you made. I think of the 60s as the muscle car era when hp was king. Those cars will be around a long time. Regards, Mario

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azmusclecar on Jan 28, 2021 said:

I worked at a bowling alley and the asst manager had a 1967 Black GTO Convertible 4 speed red interior.

He sent me on errands in it and what a joy to drive that TIGER. He was the most OCD person I knew of and so I treated his baby like a baby until I opened it up and threw the fan belt and had to limp it back to the bowling alley trying to explain how that could have happened.

I fixed it and never drove or was asked to drive the car again. But we still remained friends. I miss him with his passing. Rest Easy Vance

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Mario on Jan 28, 2021 said:

Another great story Rob, sorry your friend Vance passed away. A buddy of mine had a 64 GTO conv real nice, but the 67 GTO was the best year ever in my opinion. I didn't care for the reshaped 68's and up. I met a guy at a car show once with a clean 67 GTO, a real beauty. It belonged to his son who was killed in Iraq and he finished it off to perfection. Had his son's name engraved on the chrome valve covers in his honor. Mario

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Mario on Jan 28, 2021 said:

I was able to dig up up some pictures of the 67 GTO who's father finished it off after his son was killed in Iraq. The car belonged to his son. I added the pictures to this set. Rest In Peace Hero!

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azmusclecar on Jan 29, 2021 said:

Mario, awesome story.......

IT seems God gave us our memories with attachments to our five senses.

Play an Old Doo-Wop song...I'm lost in the 50s tonight.

Show me a certain car and here come some great memories like I share and sometimes tragic memories as well.

I eat a food that I ate as a kid and all of a sudden I'm young again. Ever eat NIBS, the little black licorice bites and then pretend to spit turbacky?

Cars being such an integral part of my life, the memories flood back in so easily seeing hearing and driving them.

With the pics and the stories associated with them, the clock goes backwards and there I am, rowing the 4 speed in my 1969 Olds 442 as my girl sat next to me thanks to it having a bench seat. The dual exhaust rumble and the steam from the tailpipes as she warmed up (THE CAR) in very cold weather. I wore Hai Karate cologne and bell bottom trousers with leather boots. Steppenwolf howled in the 8 track. Headed for the local drive inn to catch the latest B movies. Oh darn, the windows steamed up so quickly, you couldn't see the movie.

Now what is a gentleman to do?

I climb in the back seat and fall asleep....that's my story and Im sticking to it.....end of story. And no pics.

PS:

We named our son Barry.

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azmusclecar on Jan 29, 2021 said:

I wanted to name our Son, 442, but they wouldn't accept that for the birth certificate. My next choice was Dr. Olds but there was a patent on that. So Barry is was and still is. You win some and then you lose a whole lot more. It's called DIVORCE.

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Mario on Jan 30, 2021 said:

Great stories again Rob! You really nailed it how cars bring back so many memories, some good some not so good.

I have a few of the Doo Wop DVD's produced by TJ Lubinsky, check it out on Amazon. They're awesome! The groups are dying off but they were made a few years ago and they sing just as they did when young.

I love going to car shows and name as many makes and years as I can. My son and friends are amazed how I get them right! And as you said they all have a story to tell.

When I see a 52 Ford I think of my Dad letting me "drive" on his lap. I was only 5 years old and actually thought I was driving!

Drive Ins were big here on Long Island also and that was the place to go on a Sat night date! My 59 Pontiac conv had a large back seat for "resting" as you said. Top up and it was very cozy.

Thank you again for your "colorful" comments, very much appreciated! Cheers, Mario

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azmusclecar on Jan 29, 2021 said:

Funny thing, Vance's 67 GTO had those nice Ralley Wheels on it with the red Tiger Paw stripe on the tire. Someone convinced him to buy a set of Mags.

Vance chose the ugliest, probably only set of Mags made that looked that bad and installed them on his pristine GTO.

People started calling him BATMAN, or Bruce Wayne since the MAGS made the car look more like the Batmobile than the Batmobile did.

It wasn't long until Vance had those Ralleys back on the GTO and if I recall I think I saw the mags in the dumpster behind the bowling alley. They may have made the garbage truck look nice........

or would they? Thanks for the memories Vance.

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Mario on Jan 30, 2021 said:

Love your stories about your friend Vance and his 67 GTO. I always admire the early GTO's at car shows. John DeLorean had a great idea dropping a 389 into a Pontiac Tempest and calling it the GTO option to get around GM's ruling no big engines in small cars. But with the Mustang out it saved GM from not having competition. My 59 Pontiac had the same 389 and it was powerful at 325 hp. Cheers, Mario

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