LIMA — Jack Somerville, of Lima, purchased this 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Convertible in July of 1969 for $2,250. At that time, he received the history of his car.
The car was ordered from the factory by Harry Morin, the local Oldsmobile dealer, for his wife. Each year he would order his wife the newest model Oldsmobile, and it would always be one of the first cars made from the factory.
Mrs. Morin would drive the car until the next year’s model came out. Morin would then put the car on his used car lot, located at the corner of West and Elm Streets.
Mrs. Morin’s 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S was then purchased by a young man who gave it to his girlfriend to drive. Eventually they broke up, and he took the car back.
One night he had it parked in front of his house on West Kibby Street, and his ex-girlfriend threw a can of white paint on the car. Unfortunately the driver’s side window was down, and the paint got inside the car as well. The man had to repaint the car and get new upholstery.
The car was later purchased by Charles Clancy, owner of the Ohio Motor Car Company located at the corner of Kibby and Pine Streets.
Somerville says he saw this beautiful blue convertible with a white top sitting for sale on the lot, and he couldn’t resist. He purchased it and used it in his insurance business for four years. He then purchased a second vehicle, and he only uses the convertible for driving in the summer and in parades and car shows. The car is 100% stock and has been well maintained through the years.
Somerville is the charter president of the Lima Exchange Service Club. He has used his ‘68 Oldsmobile Cutlass S to lead the Memorial Day Parade for more than 35 years. The organization passes out more than 3,500 small American flags each year at the parade.