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My Favorite Car: '68 Buick Skylark Custom, Fred R. Klunk, 69, Carlisle, Pa.

'68 Buick Skylark Custom

I purchased my 1968 Buick Skylark Custom in the spring of 1968 shortly after returning from the Republic of South Vietnam, where I served with the 4th Infantry Division. Affectionately known as "Old Blue" to some and "Blue" to others, this vehicle has been my one and only car for the past 43 years. A four-door hardtop with a Maui blue exterior and a black vinyl interior, equipped with a 350cc engine and a 4-barrel carburetor, "Blue" has provided me and many others with over 386,000 miles of pleasurable and reliable travel. It was used to transport the bride and groom in several weddings through the years, including my daughter's, my brother's and, of course, mine. "Blue" still carries a regular Pennsylvania license plate (FRK-1) because I have never considered it an antique or vintage car even though it qualifies for such designation. I have never displayed it at car shows because it is not a "display car." Being my one-and-only car, it will not be sold at any price — at least during my lifetime — or without my permission. "Old Blue" has served me well all these years and I could never part company with it.

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