MARYSVILLE — Ryan Hark recalls the days of his childhood and the special family car they had.
“He had a 1966 Olds Cutlass,” Hark said. “As a kid, I always liked that car.”
Hark, now 48 and a father himself, decided he would have one someday, or something close to it. It was 10 years ago when he noticed an advertisement for a 1967 Cutlass for sale in Indiana. Hark made the call and purchased the vehicle.
The Cutlasses from that era were known for possessing the room of being a family car while still retaining a muscle car look. Hark said that is one of the fascinating features of his car. In addition to the one year difference between his car and the car his father had, there is one other difference.
“Dad had a hardtop,” Hark said. “I wanted to have a convertible and I found one.”
Hark said he is the third owner of the vehicle, which was originally purchased in California. While not used as his primary choice of transportation, he still drives the car regularly rather than letting it set in a garage.
“I drive it to work about once a week,” Hark said. “We have taken family trips in it. We have taken it to a lot of car shows. I like to get out and enjoy it.”
Hark said the car had already went through most of the major rebuild projects. The only major change he has made is adding disc brakes to the car.
“I just have the regular maintenance on it,” Hark said. “It was in good shape.”
Hark said they also go on many family trips in the vehicle. The next planned family trip is to Chattanooga, Tenn.
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