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#381 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [fintail]
May 04, 2011 (9:29 pm)
He keep working until age 85, and, actually bought three more cars after the BMW. He had his hips replaced, and, went looking for some really comfortable car seats. He switched over to big Chryslers. He bought a couple of the big long-nosed plush monsters, and, his final car was a Chrysler Concorde. Mom had me sell it after Dad passed away 4 years ago.
#382 of 421 Caddy Seville
May 06, 2011 (10:31 am)
The last Seville was produced last week. Sad, I was amazed at the original, striking good looks and what seemed to be the real potential (never fully realized) to take on the Germans...
#383 of 421 Re: Caddy Seville [texases]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 06, 2011 (11:25 am)
Cadillac did so many things right, and a couple of things really really wrong.
#384 of 421 Re: Caddy Seville [texases]
May 06, 2011 (12:25 pm)
I think the STS was mainly rental fodder for the past few years anyway. Who would buy one new? Good used deal though.
For new, the prices weren't that low, and other than in the V, the mechanicals were nothing special. Combined with boring interiors, hard sell.
#385 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [oldbearcat]
May 06, 2011 (12:25 pm)
Sounds like a character, early adopters are interesting. A 5er back then was a very left field choice.
#386 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [fintail]
May 06, 2011 (8:41 pm)
Dad was a character to be sure. My mother also loved the BMW - she was a closet drag racer. She also loved to drive my Grandfather's 66 Olds Cutlass. It was an unassuming looking green 4 door, but, under the hood lurked a high performance 330 4 bbl rocket engine coupled to a 2 speed automatic. In a red light Grand Prix, few cars at the time could beat it.
#387 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [oldbearcat]
May 07, 2011 (9:30 am)
I'm assuming that 5er back then cost as much as maybe a nice loaded Olds or Buick, but probably less than a lowline Caddy. How things have changed, as now a 5er costs more than anything but the highest Caddy or Corvette.
#388 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [fintail]
May 07, 2011 (11:11 am)
I helped a friend's dad buy a 528i in '79, and I think it was around $15k. One reason they didn't cost as much relatively is the much lower level of options. But I'd buy that car today if I could find a clean one, great combination of performance (it was a manual), room, and quality.
#389 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [fintail]
May 07, 2011 (8:03 pm)
Correct. Dad indicated at the time that the BMW was the same price as a Olds 98 was. His BMW was loaded too - Leather, AC, automatic, sun roof, Blaupunt stereo, power everything, and alloy wheels. He even bought the emergency kit (Hoses, bulbs, extra sparkplugs, etc.) and the factory shop manuals with it. The BMW was a beautiful metalic bugundy red with black leather interior.
#390 of 421 Re: 1970 Riv/Toro [oldbearcat]
May 07, 2011 (9:41 pm)
If the BMW was so good, why didn't stay with that brand, instead of going back to domestic cars?