MSCC SEPTEMBER 16 FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE OF MY FAVORITE MYSTAR OWNERS’ STORIES FROM THE ’68 MODEL YEAR 

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1968 was a strong year at Detroit because some legends debuted that year.

Case in point—the 2nd Gen Charger and the 3rd Gen Corvette debuted in the 1968 model year—as did the Road Runner and the AMX.

They were all cool cars, but these are my favorite MyStar stories featuring vehicles from the 1968 run.

Jerry Sutherland

These are in chronological order (not order of importance) so the first owner’s story was featured in April 2009—the first month MyStarCollectorCar went live.

It was about a 1968 MG Midget and the hook on this story was simple–this was his first car. He didn’t even have a license when he bought it and he still owns it today—12 years after the MyStar story and decades after he bought it.

I saw him driving it a few weeks ago—that’s the kind of commitment I liked back then and still like.

The next MyStar owner’s story was done in May 2013, but the ending was far more tragic. It was about a 1968 Super Bee—the first new car for its young owner back in ’68.

This car was crashed twice on the same day one year apart in 1968 and ’69. The car didn’t survive the second crash, but the memory lived on for its owner—and so did the photos he took back then.

The third owner’s story (released in April 2016) from the ’68 era was about a 1968 Mercury Cyclone. This was a classic 60s muscle car with a huge connection to the history of the same family since 1976.

This Cyclone had been a part of the family’s biography, so it has been through everything from weddings to family vacations. I liked the car because it was cool, but the story behind it was even cooler—that’s why it made the ’68 MyStar owner’s story list.

The fourth owner’s story with the 1968 model year theme came out in March 2017. The owner wanted to give his long-hauler father a fitting tribute, so he had to use a truck—a ’68 GMC.

The process was therapeutic and positive because he built an amazing memorial to his dad in the form of a beastly GMC pickup. In the process he also forged a strong connection to his dad’s history behind the wheel of a big rig—he even wrote the same words his dad had written on the window of his semi.    

The fifth owner’s story was another truck story—in this case it was a 1968 Dodge D-100 pickup, and it was released in June 2019. This workhorse made the list for the same reason as the ’68 GMC–it had a direct connection to the owner’s father. This Dodge had deep roots in the family because it was used on the family farm for years.

The truck was brought back to celebrate the memory of the father who bought the Dodge years ago–in 2019, it was a rolling tribute to his memory.

1968 was a great year for Chargers, Vettes–and every vehicle from ‘68 featured as an owner’s story on the pages of MyStar. 

Jerry Sutherland

By: Jerry Sutherland

Jerry Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer with a primary focus on the collector car hobby. His work has been published in many outlets and publications, including the National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post,  Vancouver Sun and The Truth About Cars. He is also a regular contributor to Auto Roundup Publications.

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