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May 02, 2011 (12:55 pm)
it was his LAST car, unfortunately.
He used to buy a car every couple years, and put the replacement into the "pool" for the kids to use (there were 8 kids).
He LOVED that car! Amazing power, 375 HP. He and I drove from Incline Village to Walnut Creek back in the day, and did it in 21/2 hours...
I never told mom...
#13 of 14 Re: Shoot... [lemko]
May 03, 2011 (7:47 pm)
Lemko, that '61 Chevy actually had a 235 one of Chevy's best engines ever. 1962 would be it's final year.
My parents had a 1951 Buick Roadmaster that I would love to have. It was huge, very strong and powerful. No power steering so I don't know how my petite mother ever managed.
My dad's 1962 Volkswagen bug was another one I would love to have.
I've (knock on wood) never put a dent on any car but I nearly hit a pole one night in that VW. We were down on the docks in San Pedro CA where I grew up when we spotted a wharf rat the size of a tomcat. I was determined to run it over and I chased it all over with the VW.
My buddy screamed out STOP and I stopped with my front bumper about three inches from a huge pole.
The rat escaped to live another day.
May 03, 2011 (10:32 pm)
had a brown 1970 Citroen DS for a couple of years, and I remember taking rides out into the country on Sundays with the whole family in that thing.
It was by far the most stylish car I can recall my folks ever owning - excepting the '98 Explorer of course!
I sure wouldn't mind tracking it down and owning it today - if I managed to restore it, it could be my Sunday driver again, a mere 40ish years later!
That Citroen was a car that still looks beautiful to my eye today, and of course it was a standout for being one of the first cars to have Bosch fuel injection. In an age today when almost nothing automotive looks very good or distinctive in much of a way (IMHO) except for retro-styled models, that Citroen would catch a few eyes I think if I were to drive around town in it now.
I don't remember it giving my dad a lot of mechanical trouble - certainly it never stranded us when I was riding in it - but in 1975 he sold it when we moved to the U.S.
My dad also had a '75 Westfalia (pop-up top, fold-out bed and built-in fridge and all), which was mechanically and structurally the biggest POS they ever owned by a factor of 10, but still has a certain styling distinction to it that would pique my interest if I had the chance to own it today. As unreliable, underpowered, and tipsy as all the Westys were for all the years they sold them in the States, I can still understand why their cult following is so devoted to them.