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It's Time to Play "WHO AM I"?


1. Give your mystery car a mystery name so that we can run 2-3 contests at once and we know which mystery we are referring to. e.g. "the unloved one".

2. Must be a CAR or a CAR-PERSON.

3. Get "real" when you do this. Not many people are going to know much about the 1910 American Moosejaw or Henry Ford's tailor.

4. Do it up like an autobiography. Have fun. e.g. "I was born in the time of the Great Depression, of humble origins, but ended up racing at Indianapolis." (and more if you wish to clarify if you are a car or a person).

5. Make it difficult, but not impossible.

I'll start off with what i hope is a fairly easy one.


  • I am one of the most maligned cars in U.S. history, but not necessarily the most famous one that everyone laughs at. I don't understand why. I was attractive, technically interesting and fun to drive. Had someone shown more interest in me, I might have developed over time into a unique American creation.

    Even today, I'm not worth very much. Sadly I may never be rehabilitated.

    Who Am I?

    You can ask for more hints if you wish, but I have the right to decline to give them. :shades:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    My first guess would be a 1960 Chevy Corvair?
  • very close. Try another year.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    1965 Corvair then, first year of the 2nd-gen? Didn't GM actually put a lot of effort into that one, compared to the '60-64, to clean up its handling act?
  • Yes '65 Corvair. Well they put STYLING effort but kept many of the same maladies (of course). The tail-happiness was corrected in 1964 actually, before the new body style. The '65 Corvair coulda been a contendah for the "American Porsche" or perhaps the Miata. One of GM's most regrettable errors, but then they kept the Corvette, which they were planning to kill in 1955.
  • parmparm Posts: 723
    OK, I'll play. Here goes:

    While my model name was produced both before and after this year, one of my most popular hardtop iterations is referred to by a two-word nickname - of which, this first year I was produced tends to be more synonymous with this term. I shared my body style with other corporate cousins, but I’m generally regarded as the most sought after by collectors.

    What year and make/model am I??? And, what’s my two-word nickname?
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,119
    I'd guess "The Goat," but I'm not sure to which Pontiac GTO year(s) you'd be referring, assuming that's even the one you're describing.
  • parmparm Posts: 723
    Nope, not a GTO. Think rear roofline.
  • parmparm Posts: 723
    Nope, not a GTO. Think rear roofline . . . . . . sort of.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    How about '61 Chevy Impala "Bubble Top"? (ignoring the other "Bubbletop" name ;) )
  • parmparm Posts: 723
    DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!!!

    Actually, I thought the '61 model was the only year for the bubble top, but in the "minutes" of exhaustive research I did before posting the question, I came to find that the term "bubble top" also referred to some 1962 models.

    BTW, the "pop" in the title was a hint (albeit an obsure one) aimed at the whole bubble top thing. :P
  • pretty good effort parm. Thanks!

    PS: Your mystery car doesn't have to be OLD!
  • I'm a Corvette that deserves better. My hard-headed older brother gets all the glory, and a lot of it, too--- even though we're very close in age. It's not fair! I look almost the same, and I can do anything he can do! In fact, if I have to say so myself, I'm really an improvement in subtle ways.

    Worse yet, even my *younger* brother gets more respect, even though he's barely younger. All he's got is a bit better athletic ability. He can go fast and stop on a dime. I take a bit longer to do that.

    If you saw all three of us coming towards you, you'd think we were triplets. But get close, and suddenly I am unfairly judged.

    Who am I?
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,119
    The C5 Z06, the older brother being the ZR-1.
  • Nope, but a good guess. Remember this is a year, not a model, and it is bracketed by two siblings.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,119
    Okay, I'll let a Corvette expert take a whack at it.
  • parmparm Posts: 723
    Sounds like we’re talking about a fairly modern car here. I must admit, if it’s newer than 1972 (perhaps 1974 for a Vette), my interest tends to fade pretty quick. Mainly because major changes to the Corvette’s styling occurred so seldom between the mid 1970’s and 1997 resulting in a homogenized product for many years in a row. Heck, there haven’t been that many changes since ’97. Tough to get excited when the same warmed over car is trotted out year after year. And, some of the Vette’s styling cues in the 1980’s were absolutely horrid. I’m sure a true Corvette enthusiast would see it differently. But, to me, they’ve become somewhat of a dependable appliance (albeit a sporty one) that few can afford – compound that if you’re talking about a ZR-1 which is absolutely a great car and I’d love to have one. But, how often does one really need to hustle from 0-100 in less than 13 seconds and stop on a dime when stopping on a quarter is more than adequate? Sorry, didn’t mean to be such a buzz kill. I’m sure somebody out there will know the answer. It just ain’t me! :confuse:
  • Nope not a modern Vette.

    Hint: We are talking about C2s
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,272
    I'll take a crack at this. I will say the 1964 Corvette, maybe the convertible to fit the reference to "hard-headed older brother", which would be the '63 split window. In 1965 the "younger brother" had the 425 hours 396, the first year of the big block.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • And a GOLD STAR to bhill.

    That is correct. The '64 Corvette coupe, whilst at the very least a well-sorted out version of the '63, merely doesn't have that split back glass, thereby relegating it to secondary status in value and prestige to its nearly-identical older brother.

    To further add insult to injury, the 4-wheel disk brakes of the '65 are much prized (actually a good thing in a Corvette, which, prior to this time, could only seriously race in a straight line, to be taunted in the curves by cheeky little Mini Coopers).

    So the unfortunate '64 coupe, while certainly not CHEAP to buy, is always in the back row of the C2 beauty pageants.
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