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#29330 of 30836 Re: Parts Car for Andre? [lemko]
Apr 29, 2013 (7:01 am)
In some ways, I actually prefer the 4-door to the coupe on the '73-77 A-body. The coupe, while still attractive IMO, still fell victim to the cliches of the era such as landau roofs, opera windows, etc. In contrast, I thought the sedan had a very futuristic, airy passenger cabin. Heck, it translated pretty well into a 6000SUX!
Hate the fender skirts though...IMO, they just make these cars look fat! Oh, and I think that color is "Firethorne", which is the color that mine would be, had it been properly repainted. I'm impressed at how little rust is on that junkyard car. I wonder what it was that ultimately sent it to its grave? The Pontiac 350 was pretty reliable, and THM350 transmissions were pretty durable. Of course, that car is now 37 years old, and nothing lasts forever.
#29332 of 30836 Re: . [fintail]
Apr 29, 2013 (10:12 am)
I liked the Supra right at the beginning. That body looked really good. Would be better than you can find in the NE rust area!
#29333 of 30836 Re: . [stickguy]
Apr 29, 2013 (10:15 am)
I noticed that too - even here, the bottom of the rear hatches started rusting by the 90s, and they are very rare on the road anymore.
Apr 29, 2013 (11:36 am)
Since coming back from Essen - which was two weekends ago - I have noticed a few old cars about - mainly at weekends when driving my Magnette. Saw a Ford Escort MkII - possibly an RS one but it was going the other way - certainly sporty. Also a Prewar Ford - looked like a big one - probably an American V8 - it was a "Tudor" as they called them...
Also a fities preserved London Bus - a single decker we knew as an RF - there were hundreds of them once and quite a few are preserved - theres a big old bus scene in Britain.
#29335 of 30836 This is kinda sad...
Apr 29, 2013 (2:11 pm)
but my roommate is watching some tv show (not network tv, judging from the F-bombs they've been dropping), and at one point I heard him say "There's an old car. REAL old!" He paused the tv, and I came in, out of curiosity, expecting to see something from the 30's or 40's that I'd need a book to identify.
Of all things. It was a 1980 Citation. I tell ya...kids these days!
#29336 of 30836 Re: This is kinda sad... [andre1969]
Apr 30, 2013 (5:57 am)
Think about it. Today, a 50 year-old car is a 1963 model. When I was a kid, a 50 year-old car was something from the 1920s and a 1963 car was just a older car somebody down the block had as a daily driver. A 33 year-old car like that Citation would've been a prewar Chevrolet Special Deluxe to me as a kid.
#29337 of 30836 Re: This is kinda sad... [lemko]
Apr 30, 2013 (6:38 am)
Yeah, but my roommate has been around me long enough to know the difference between "old" and "really old"!
But, time marches on. My '57 DeSoto was 34 model years when I bought it (September 1990), and it seemed like an old car, even back then. I guess to me, something from 1957 has ALWAYS seemed old, because it was before my time.
but it's weird to think that my two 1979 New Yorkers are now 34 model years old (soon to be 35!). Somehow, they just don't seem all that "old" to me. Not like that DeSoto did when I bought it.
I think part of it though, might be simply that I can remember a 1979 New Yorker when it was new And, in that timeframe, whenever a new car came out, it had a habit of making the preceding model seem ancient. Now that everything's aerodynamic, and the retro trend has been bouncing around here and there honestly, since the 1994 Ram was introduced, new cars just don't have the ability to make the preceding model seem "old" anymore.
But, I guess to younger kids (my roommate isn't *that* much younger than me...born in '75, while I was born in '70), something that pre-dates their birth, or was new when they were just a little kid, might seem every bit as ancient to them, as my DeSoto or an older car would seem to me.
#29338 of 30836 Re: This is kinda sad... [andre1969]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 30, 2013 (8:10 am)
50s cars look ancient to me now.