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#27664 of 29612 Re: Auction Week in AZ [andre1969]
Jan 20, 2013 (1:21 pm)
Thanks for confirming that the Astre still had the Vega 140 in '76. I was so used to seeing it in ads referred to as "Vega's Dura-Built 140" I couldn't remember when Pontiac stopped using it. I knew there was at least one year when the Vega had the aluminum engine and the Astre didn't.
When they made Vega-based "Monza S" hatchbacks in '78 and '79 too (I think--our dealer hardly got any), plus "Monza" (really, Vega) wagons in '78 and '79, they were all Iron Dukes or the optional V6 (I'm thinking 3.2 liters). The "Sunbird" (Astre) wagon continued into '78 and possibly '79 as well.
Jan 20, 2013 (8:35 pm)
On the road today - BMW clown shoe M coupe, ~75 Ford big wagon, not a woody, but looked relatively nice.
#27666 of 29612 1961 Ford 4-door...
Jan 21, 2013 (9:39 am)
spotted from a distance, parked behind a building. Most of it was blue, but it had black fenders, and looked rough in general, but useable. There was a Ford product of similar vintage parked next to it, but I didn't get a good look at it. Looked like it might've been a Mercury.
Also saw an old Ford medium-duty flatbed truck on the road. Not sure of the year, but it looked kinda like this:
I think they pretty much looked like that from 1967-79. I know the pickups were redesigned for 1973, but I don't think the medium-duty trucks were.
Seems like those Ford medium-duty trucks were everywhere for the longest time... school buses, delivery trucks, light-duty dump trucks, and so on. But, other than today I can't remember the last time I've seen one.
#27667 of 29612 Re: 1961 Ford 4-door... [andre1969]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 21, 2013 (9:48 am)
You don't see 'em anymore for the same reason you don't see many old commercial vehicles---they were worked to death. This is also why you so rarely see the base model 4-door "stripper" sedans anymore. They were used and discarded, and never looked upon as much more than utilitarian.
#27668 of 29612 Re: 1961 Ford 4-door... [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 21, 2013 (10:06 am)
Yeah, that's why I was surprised to see one still in use! It looked like it was in good shape, too. The red paint of the cab was faded, but it wasn't dented, rusty, or anything.
There's a Mack dump truck still running around locally. In fact, the last time I had driveway gravel delivered, it was the truck that brought it. Not sure how old it is, but it looked like this:
I think they called this the R-series. Seems like these were all over the place at one time too, but again, now you hardly ever see them. Apparently they had a really long run though. According to Wikipedia, they were built from 1966-2005!
Jan 21, 2013 (4:04 pm)
Speaking of commercials, I saw a 70s looking GM "Top Kick" big dump truck on the road today, condition looked OK but it was smoking a bit. Also a nice early MR2 and a pastel blue Festiva.
#27670 of 29612 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 21, 2013 (4:19 pm)
I like old FS trucks like that for some reason. Always had a soft spot for the round fender IHs, going back to when I was little and visited my Grandparents in Vermont. And those were everywhere out in the country. That was also another one that changed very little over a few decades.
#27671 of 29612 Re: . [stickguy]
Jan 21, 2013 (5:11 pm)
I like some old trucks too. A lot of 50s models are cool, I like the mid 60s Ford trucks, and 70s era GM trucks can be nice, if they are a loaded edition. The convertible Blazers are pretty cool, and the Jeep variants of the era are nice too. Real trucks and SUVs, their lack of intentional style almost makes them stylish in a way.
Or maybe I just like the eye catching convertible + targa Blazer from "Earthquake"
Jan 21, 2013 (5:38 pm)
A big white 75-78 or so NYer 4 door HT just drove by. Saw the mean sounding 72 T-Bird I see now and then drive by not long ago, too.
#27673 of 29612 Re: Auction Week in AZ [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 22, 2013 (8:04 am)
I mentioned earlier that there were some cars for bid shown in "barn-found" condition. It seems the Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America went for a staggering $803,000!
Wow! I'm really fond of nice Aurelias (I have a scale diecast of a a Spider America) but I don't see how one in that condition could possibly be worth so much. What do you think Shifty?
PS- Porsche 356s were going for good money (+$100K). Here's the Auction results.. My favorite 356 was the "Convertible D" (listed by Gooding as a " 1960 356B Roadster" (lot #46 $184,000).