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Jan 04, 2013 (4:38 am)
I almost asked you, "2002 what?" !
I'm old-skool, but I always hated numbers as a model name of a car.
To me, the worst was the Cadillac "Series 62". They used that up to the '64 model year. You go into the dealer and say, "I want a '61 62" or "How 'bout a '64 62?" LOL
Jan 04, 2013 (6:40 am)
Safety regs ruined the style of many a car.
#27428 of 29829 Re: Buick convertible... [andys120]
Jan 04, 2013 (9:00 am)
Well I didn't see a model name or count the portholes but it looked pretty spiffy for a LeSabre.
LeSabres started getting pretty big, pretentious, and luxurious by the mid 70's, so it would be easy to mistake one for an Electra. Once the 5 mph bumpers went into effect, I think they topped out around 226". An Electra wasn't that much bigger...maybe 231"? I do remember there were a few years where the Electra was actually an inch or two longer than Caddy DeVille.
I always thought the '75 LeSabre convertible was a sharp looking car. Make mine baby blue with the Buick magnum wheels. And a 455.
#27429 of 29829 Re: Buick convertible... [andre1969]
Jan 04, 2013 (10:30 am)
To me, nobody's factory wheels were better than Buick's.
I can just picture that LeSabre, andre--white top and white vinyl seats with blue dash, seat belts and carpet, right?!
I remember our local eye doctor buying a firethorn-colored '76 Eldo convertible when new...white interior with red dash, etc. When I was back in town visiting a few years ago, I saw a slightly beat-up looking Eldo pull up to the intersection, top down, and it was the good Dr.! Still owned it. He was a white belt and shoe kind of guy, and somehow that Eldo seemed just right for him! Before that he had a light blue '71 Eldo convert.
Jan 04, 2013 (10:50 am)
Saw one of these today:
Flat gray primer, Crager wheels w white stripe tires, young guy driving it. Looked like a project car.
From behind, I could see the left rear tire was about 3"-5" to the right of the left front tire. Bent frame I presume.
#27431 of 29829 Re: Valiant [robr2]
Jan 04, 2013 (10:55 am)
"Bent frame I presume. "
Bent unibody, in this case. We had a '68 Valiant for 10+ years, that thing ran forever.
My oddball was a Mk. 1 Rabbit 4-door on the way home from work yesterday (unfortunately nothing special, not a GTI). Didn't stink, so I guess it wasn't a diesel, even more unusual...
#27432 of 29829 Re: Valiant [robr2]
Jan 04, 2013 (11:11 am)
That Valiant actually looks kind of upscale in that dark color, and the nicer Signet trim level.
I remember when Darts and Valiants were common sights on the streets, seeing that occurrence where it was going down the street at a bit of an angle (and it always seemed like the the rear was shifted toward the right, never the left) wasn't all that rare.
Darts and Valiants had a very narrow rear track, something like 55.9" compared to around 59" up front, so I think that helped make the most minor offset more noticeable.
#27433 of 29829 Re: Valiant [robr2]
Jan 04, 2013 (11:11 am)
That Valiant looks much better in the picture than it did on the street. Also, the interior was very cheap looking, but the engines (Slant 6 and V8) and Torqueflyte were really rugged.
I always thought the size was just right for a sport sedan Chrysler version, with upscale exterior styling and a luxurious interior. It could have been Chrysler's answer to the BMW 2002.
#27434 of 29829 Re: Buick convertible... [uplanderguy]
Jan 04, 2013 (11:17 am)
white top and white vinyl seats with blue dash, seat belts and carpet, right?!
Yep, that would be it! For some reason, I always associated that light powder/baby blue as a Buick color. Even though Pontiac, Olds, and Buick also offered it, it just seemed like it was made for Buick. I guess for Olds I always think of burgundy, and for Pontiac, sort of a brown/earthtone color.
I wonder if, for whatever reason, that color was more common on Buicks than the other cars?
#27435 of 29829 Re: Valiant [texases]
Jan 04, 2013 (11:19 am)
Bent unibody, in this case.
I didn't know it was unibody - I thought every before the mid 70's was BOF.
We had a '68 Valiant for 10+ years, that thing ran forever.
With a Slant Six it should run forever.