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Eye Candy: 1968 Firebird

The 'Criminal' has been man's lifelong obsession

Published October 4, 2013

The car: 1968 Firebird

The owner: Chris Sorley, Aurora, ON

The story: There isn’t much Chris Sorley wouldn’t do for his 540 HP 1968 Firebird. He vividly remembers when his parents bought the car from his Uncle Jack in Bobcaygeon in 1968. Chris, just 7 years old, was instantly smitten.

“By the time I was 16 it was mine,” he proudly recalls. “The quarter panels were flapping in the wind by then and the motor was at the brink,” he says, but he had plans for the aging beauty. For two years, he’d been squirreling money away from his job at the local arena and now he was ready to start spending.

“For 1o years, every penny and all my spare time went into that car,” he recalls. “Later I sold the motor to pay for my first year in university, but I kept the car.”

Over the years, it’s had a body off restoration, a paint job, interior makeover, an LS3 conversion and more.

Oh, and the word “CRIMINAL” on the vanity plate? That’s a hat tip to the university degree the Firebird’s motor helped buy.

“I’m a lawyer now and have a degree in criminology,” Chris says, “but when I drive it I’m still just a 16-year-old.”

Show us your candy: Do you have a beautifully restored or modified car? Send us your good-quality pics along with a few sentences about why it’s special to you. Please include your name, city of residence, make and year of the car, how long you’ve had it and if we choose it, we’ll run it in Toronto Star Wheels and online at Wheels.ca. Send your email to wheels@thestar.ca and be sure to use “Eye Candy” in the subject line.

Want more candy?: Click the links below to sample the full collection of past Eye Candy cars sent in by readers.

1976 Corvette coupe

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

1974 Corvette Big Block

1969 Chevelle SS

1963 ‘Barn Find’ VW Beetle

1970 Mercury Spoiler

1970 Plymouth Superbird

1979 Pontiac Special Edition Trans Am

1954 Chevy half-ton pickup

1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air

1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible

Inked ’93 Nissan Skyline GTR

1950 Mack Truck

1981 Camaro Berlinetta

2011 Ford Ranger

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