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Old 03-21-22, 09:38 PM
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Speaking of Pontiacs....... My buddies and I wished our Catalina looked this cool when we did a 1100 mile overnight "road trip" to tow back another Pontiac.



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Old 03-30-22, 02:20 PM
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1960 Austin Healey Sprite with a Land Rover V8 . . . That's Buick's old 215 cu in Aluminum V8 that they put in the 1962 Special. The one Mickey Thompson took to the Indy 500. All sorts of ways to fix that 'plant up.
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Old 04-02-22, 08:26 AM
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Gary Ormsby's mid '60s AA/FD
First over 200 mph at Sacramento June 9 1965
7.42 / 202.12 at Half Moon Bay CA Sept 1965

Cacklefest - The Vagabond AA/FD
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Old 04-04-22, 04:57 AM
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Old 04-04-22, 08:25 AM
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Old 04-06-22, 08:09 AM
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OMG! A BMW Fiero!
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Realistically, BMW M1 came out long before Fiero.
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Old 04-11-22, 12:58 AM
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wow never seen the M1 before, very nice
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Old 04-18-22, 04:48 PM
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Old 04-19-22, 09:45 AM
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I liked both of those but a '66 Eldorado in that good of condition I have to like. I actually had a '61 Fleetwood that one of my dad's wives traded me even for my '61 Plymouth Valient. She didn't want the car. She was just getting in good with family (Marriage lasted about a year). An idiot sugered the gas tank because I was going with his ex. They had already split up. I don't know what it did to the motor but it clogged up the carburetor right away. I don't remember what I did with it but I think I just left it sitting where it was when it stopped running.




Here's a '58 Eldorado

I got a Eldorado Cadillac
Wit's a spare tire on the back
I got the charge account at Goldblatt
But I ain't got you


"I Ain't Got You" by Billy Boy Arnold
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Old 04-19-22, 06:01 PM
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We had a 70 Eldo that belonged to my late FIL.



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Old 05-01-22, 12:15 PM
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A selection of beautiful old British cars I spotted in London this weekend.






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I saw this today, obviously no space for a bike, but I imagine a custom bike rack over the engine bay and Drillium Dude 's Davidson on the back as he heads in search of some European mountain passes to cycle and drive. A 2001 Lambo Diablo.

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Old 05-14-22, 08:55 PM
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Oooooooooooooooooooooh! I want!
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Old 05-15-22, 05:46 AM
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Two Classics, One Car:
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The old ones have a character that the new ones struggle to repeat. But driving even a 10 year old car is disappointing compared to something current.

I have a Jeep Trackhawk. It has modern suspension, modern tires, modern brakes, modern shift controls and selectable modes and transmission, modern all wheel drive, modern set the temperature climate control, modern adjustable seats, modern heated seats and wheel, modern ventilated seats, and auto-follow cruise control. Carplay so my phone in integrated for NAV and WAZE.

But the real differentiating modern feature is TRACTION AND STABILITY CONTROL. It makes that 600HP rear wheel drive S63 even possible. Without it, that car would be in a ditch twice a week on dry pavement and twice a day in the wet. Before the Jeep, I had a CLK63 and after that a SL63. The traction AND stability control on those things is nothing short of amazing. The Jeep doesn't even come close, but it doesn't need to because the AWD more than makes up for it. I had a mid 80's 5.0 Mustang GT... bought it in November and driving it home in a snow flurry, it was in a ditch before I even got it home. The car was literally undrivable in any of snow. Put it in drive, take the foot almost off the brake, and it breaks the rear wheels loose at IDLE and slides sideways while still at a standstill. Undrivable.

I also have a 2015 Town and Country used as a work truck... the lack of carplay seems trifling, but I do miss it and the auto follow cruise control when driving it.

I honestly, I think that I, a life long gear head, am finally ready for the coming age of electric. I think the road trip charging stations are finally viable and frequent enough. I'll probably get the new F150 electric sometime in the coming year or so. Not sure how I feel about "single pedal driving" though.

I was at a car show remembering some of the classics I've owned (beat to hell junkers to get me through school) and driven (the really nice ones I never got to own)... and I had this thought: NOSTALGIA IS BEST LIVED IN YOUR MEMORY. Actually driving some of those cars just reminded me how miserable they are to actually drive compared to the comfort and luxury of modern cars. Even just the honey sweet smell of the raw exhaust from leaded hi-test... best enjoyed in my memory, because I had a headache after 10 minutes of wind buffeting and raw exhaust.

I do still love the classics though. Just no longer want to actually own one.

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I love vintage styling, especially old wristwatches and have sort of a collection. The real vintage stuff is leaky, hard to set and sometimes impossible to service to basic good working order. Vintage cars are the same but I can have 50 nice old vintage watches to fret over and probably end up selling them for a small profit, but 5 vintage cars would break me.

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I came to the show once to look at old cars and new generation cars. I can say that the old cars have a soul of their own. They are all different. There's something special about each car. Nowadays, unfortunately, a lot of cars are alike. They do not catch on. I always wanted to buy a Mercedes Benz. My father had an old model and he really loved that car. That's probably why I have a love for these cars. We used to go buy mercedes benz rims together all the time. He taught me to take care of the car like a girl, to buy her the best things. Now I do it on the internet. Which models do you like better, the new ones or the old ones?
I'm actually not as negative about Mercedes modern designs as I am about modern car designs in general. I'm ignoring the SUV's, the Cross overs and the people carriers here, those can't be expected to be saved by good design. In the saloons, coupe's and luxury class they found some design language that is pretty distinctive in the sense that I know it's a Mercedes from the corner of my eye. There's often a few lines too many, they often mess up the part under the front bumper, ore some weird lights, but that's Mercedes. It's a company of stubborn idiosyncratic engineers and designers who can't hide that entirely.. I've come to appreciate the things that don't feel entirely right about many Mercedes designs.

Still I think the number of truly beautifull cars Mercedes has produced in it's entire history is under 10, maybe even 5. There's something off with all the others, but that's not the point of Mercedes to me, they make a lot of cars that are charismatic rather than perfectly pretty. I personally never liked the old Mercedes in your post, the W126 or it's successor, but it's predecessor the W116 is extremely charismatic imo. .I'm really fond of it's contempory the 190, the compact saloon, allthough saloon is a big word for what's effectively a 3-seater. I don't believe the modern ones are as well made and they've had serious reliabiltiy issues about 20 years ago, and that 'build to last' was a charm in itself. Still, buy a good one, few cars more expensive than a cheap old Mercedes.
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Old 05-30-22, 07:29 AM
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Growing up this was one of my dream car to have..
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Amazing, some of the classic cars that are available these days.
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