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Eye Candy: 1967 Chrysler Newport

Published December 27, 2013

The Car: 1967 Chrysler Newport

The Owner: Lita Garant, Windsor

The Story: Rick Garant is a good son. We know this because he refers to his mother, Lita Garant, as his “hot Mama” and says she and her 1967 Newport are both “eye candy.”

Rick sent us these pictures of his mom with her baby, taken on her 90th birthday almost two years ago.

“My hot mama and her hot car!” Rick says proudly. (She complained afterward that her jaunty pose messed up her back, noting, “I wish I was 89 again!”)

Lita is the Newport’s original owner and has kept it in its original condition, from parts to paint colour  — “Money Green,” Lita calls it. And yes, it is still very much on the road.

Cars are meant to be driven and appreciated and Lita makes sure it gets plenty of both.

She takes it out a couple of times a week and enjoys the attention it attracts and the conversations it sparks.

“One time she was grocery shopping and saw a couple of ladies staring out the store window,” he says. “She strolled over to them and asked them what they were looking at. They said, ‘Look at that car! It’s beautiful.’ She was tickled pink to be able to tell them, ‘That’s my car!’ ”

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, and how long you’ve had it. 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.

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1967 Jaguar E-Type

1966 Mustang convertible

1965 Beaumont Sport Deluxe

1963 Ford Fairlaine

1941 Willys Coupe

1955 Chevy Bel Air

1976 Corvette coupe

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

1974 Corvette Big Block

1969 Chevelle SS

1963 ‘Barn Find’ VW Beetle

1973 Super 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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