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Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
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Running the show here at TTAC has a few privileges. One of them is that on a relatively slow news day I can take the site over to put up pictures of General Motors “box” B/C-body cars from the Seventies and Eighties. These shots were found by The Brougham Society’s Kevin Campbell and they showcase one of my favorite Boxes. With its cliff-face front end and stately finlets, the ’77 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight positively exudes natural dignity. To a generation that had no trouble remembering the dismal interiors of the Model T, the C-47, and the Navy LCVP, the all-green velour salon must have been cheering and impressive in equal measure.

At the age of eleven or so, your humble author was driven around quite a bit in a blue ’77 Regency; my father’s business partner had one. Some time in 1982, both of the old men (age of my father in 1982: 36. Age of your author today: 41) went to the Lincoln dealer and joined the Church of The Panther by purchasing a pair of blue Town Car Signatures. I missed the Ninety-Eight. I thought it was better-looking and had a nicer dashboard. Little did I know that GM would cut the legs out from under the full-sized car before I made it into my teens.

Oh well. What’s past is prologue, but these magnificently proportioned sedans will never return.








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