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#18 of 26 Re: Pic [oldbearcat]
Feb 26, 2011 (2:20 pm)
Back in 1993, I came close to buying a 1960 Olds 98 hardtop coupe. Seller wanted something like $2500 for it. It was fairly rust-free, but had been repainted, silver, and looked like a big Coors beer can. The interior was mostly gutted, and had the seats from a 1960 Bonneville in it. They did have door panels that could go in...but they were Bonneville, and not 98.
I passed on it, but then they called me a couple weeks later, saying they really wanted it gone, and would take $1500.
I really hadn't thought that much about the car, and don't regret passing on it, but it was kinda cool. Around that timeframe I did buy an '82 Cutlass Supreme coupe with a 231 V-6, that turned out to be a turd. Looking back, maybe I should've gotten that 98 instead!
#19 of 26 Re: Pic [andre1969]
Feb 26, 2011 (11:30 pm)
As I remember after Dad bought the 59, he then swapped it for a new 62 - which was quite quick and also very nice. The 62 got replaced by a 65 98 - which Mom hated because it was slow and heavy. Then in 1970 Dad came home with a Toronado GT with the hot 455 in it. The car was beautiful, luxurious, and, quick - in a straight line. The Toro was the last Olds Dad ever owned. One evening in 1977, he left in the Toronado, and, came home with a new BMW 530i.
#20 of 26 Re: Pic [oldbearcat]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 27, 2011 (8:45 am)
Back then in the 1970s, when you jumped from a domestic car to a foreign one, it felt like you were in a different universe. Now the switch is hardly noticeable....you do notice it but it's not terribly dramatic in such a way as your dad must have felt in '77.
#21 of 26 Re: Pic [oldbearcat]
Feb 27, 2011 (9:36 am)
I suspect what your dad chose was chosen by a lot of traditional non-elderly highline buyers at the time, and it reshaped the domestic automotive landscape. He tried something else, and never looked back. Indeed, a 530i back then was a different breed than anything from home.
#22 of 26 Re: Pic [andre1969]
Feb 28, 2011 (9:31 am)
That 1960 Olds would've bankrupted me as I'd have been obsessed about it having the proper interior and paint.
#23 of 26 Re: Pic [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 28, 2011 (10:27 pm)
I got to drive Dad's BMW a lot - went on some business trips with him. It's high speed prowness was impressive. He kept the car for 17 years, and, then, his tastes changed. He sold the BMW and bought a big Chrysler sedan. He'd had both of his hips replaced, and, I guess they were easier for him to get in, and, more comfortable. When he finally quit work due to a heart attack, at 85 years old, he had a loaded Chrysler Concorde for his daily driver. Mom had me sell it for her after he died.
#24 of 26 Re: Help! What classic car is this grill from? [texases]
Mar 16, 2012 (3:27 pm)
Anyone know this one? Thanks!
#25 of 26 Re: Help! What classic car is this grill from? [oldcarphoto]
Mar 16, 2012 (4:11 pm)
Pretty sure it's a 41 Plymouth
#26 of 26 Re: Help! What classic car is this grill from? [fintail]
Mar 16, 2012 (6:50 pm)
Yep, looks like this: