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What Classic/Collectible car couldn't someone GIVE to you?

Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
Is there a car so uninteresting or repulsive, or so....so...frictionally irritating to every fiber of your being, or...so....so humiliating for you to drive that you couldn't bear it (I have car issues like that) that I couldn't give you a free, running one?

These can also be TYPES of cars, like rat rods, flatbed trucks, etc.

RULES: It's a car you'd have to promise to keep or return to me when you're done with it. You can't take it and sell it, no, you can't.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,617
    I've never had any interest in old VWs. Cute? Sure, but slow, funky handling, and odd (to my Detroit ways) mechanics. No payback to me to want to learn how to keep it running.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    edited April 2011
    Would really loud Harleys count?

    Some 70s style hot rods of classic cars - hacked up Packards, Cords, etc can irk me. But for the most part I am pretty accepting of most cars.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    yeah Harleys count. I couldn't possibly even ride one. A friend loaned me a fairly new one a few years ago 2008 I think---and, being used to British bikes and BMWs, I almost steered it right into a tree on a fast turn. The thing simply would not lean over and turn.

    You no like little VW bugs? I'd take one. At least I could fix it myself.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    I've never been on a HD, but I know from the noise alone that it's not for me.

    I don't hate Beetles...one could make a decent town car, I'd prefer an oval with some period accessories, or maybe even a split, just to be unusual.
  • oldbearcatoldbearcat Posts: 173
    I can think of a number of them:
    Renault LeCar
    Simca
    Honda 600
    Pinto
    Vega
    Corvair
    Chevette
    Vega
    Saab 99
    Chevy II
    Yugo

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    Oldbearcat
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    A fairly motley list you got there Bear, but I would still take the Honda 600 (fun little thing, albeit probably fatal in a wreck) and the Chevy II seems harmless enough as a grocery-getter. I can fix the Honda 600 since it has motorcycle internals, and the Chevy II, while bland, dowdy and boring, could be a very useful, economical car to operate.

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  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    edited April 2011
    I'll start with a TR-7 and a Maserati BiTurbo. A Jag XJS with a V12 too.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    What? You don't need large planter boxes? :P

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    I can probably put up with anything, as long as I fit somewhat comfortably in it, so I dunno if there's anything I'd flat-out refuse to take. Although years ago, someone offered to give me a '75 or so Hornet wagon, and I politely declined.

    I'd probably rule out most small, old-school subcompacts like the Pinto, Vega, Chevette, 70's Civic and Accord, etc, because by todays' standards they're simply too small, too fragile, and too slow, and I'd just feel vulnerable.

    And if it's anything that's typecast as a chick car, like a Miata, VW Eros, Cabriolet, Mary Kay pink Cadillac, etc, I probably wouldn't go for it, either.

    Oh, and any of those horrible neoclassic revivals that were all the rage in the 70's...Packard, Stutz, and so on.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    Remember, the deal is, if you take it, it's your baby, so you'll be responsible for towing it off the freeway, putting out fires, etc. It's given to you "running" but with some of these cars, that is but a fleeting moment.

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,193
    Ruling out obvious misfits like Pintos, Vegas, Gremlins, etc. I'd flat out reject any old Jaguar XJ or 1970s-80s Rolls-Royce. Those cars are the automotive equivalent of a "white elephant." I'd also flat out reject any Diesel or HT4100 Cadillac.
  • omarmanomarman Posts: 713
    Andre I'm not nit-picking about the VW Eos typo but you managed to use chick, Eros, and pink all in one sentence. Well done. :shades:
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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    Ruling out obvious misfits like Pintos, Vegas, Gremlins, etc.

    I think the one little misfit from that era I might be willing to put up with is the Pacer, if it has a 304 at least, and not the 6-cyl. And, in later years, those little Spirits weren't bad looking cars...much nicer than the Gremlin, at least!

    I'd flat out reject any old Jaguar XJ or 1970s-80s Rolls-Royce. Those cars are the automotive equivalent of a "white elephant." I'd also flat out reject any Diesel or HT4100 Cadillac.

    I'd even be willing to put up with one of those, if it were in half-way decent condition, and free. Just make sure to junk it the second something major goes wrong with it.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    I think if you drove a '65 Chevy II with a 300 horse 327 in it you might take that one off your list!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    edited April 2011
    I think condition is a big part of it. If it was a beater, I really wouldn't want a Pinto, Pacer, etc. But if it was a pristine loaded car, yes, I would take one of those. A mint loaded Pacer or Pinto Cruisin Wagon etc would be cool in its own way, and they are showable today. And something like a spotless diesel Seville bustleback would be funny too, for the noise and looks.

    Some of those Euros would be financial suicide, but if someone else could eat any big bills, I'd take one too. Mint condition Rolls Silver Spur in blue like in Cannonball Run II? I've always loved that exact car, so yes.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    Oh, I totally forgot about the Pinto Cruisin Wagon...now that's one Pinto I think would be kinda cool.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    Back in the late 80s my dad twice wanted to buy a Cruisin Wagon as a hobby car, he found 2 mint examples for sale locally - I think they were around 1500-2K apiece. My mother loudly put her foot down. Can't be many left now, I think it would be welcomed at a Ford event.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    edited April 2011
    Nope, part of this "game" is that you have to accept the car and all its ills, including repair bills.

    All you get initially is an offer for a free, good-running, decent looking car.

    So do you want an old 70s era Rolls Royce or don't you.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    How nice is it, what are its pressing needs, what color is it, and how long do I have to keep it? :shades:

    If it truly has been kept up and doesn't need a brake overhaul, interior, isn't rusty etc, and it is nice colors...I could risk it.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    Ah, the last Cadilac Diesel went to the crusher in 1997.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    I know someone who has a Seville Diesel, and he swears by the thing! (as opposed to swearing AT it!) He took it to someplace called "Diesel Doctor" or something like that, and evidently they sorted out a lot of its problems. I saw it at a car show in October, and it was actually moving under its own power. Not sounding all that great, but then it probably never did, even when new!

    I like those bustleback Sevilles, but I think the only one I'd want would be a 1980, which had the Caddy 368. I might chance an '81 with the V-8-6-4, as I hear it's easy to disable the cylinder deactivation.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,860
    I'd actually wouldn't turn down a bustleback with the good engine, no vinyl top, "road wheels" or whatever they were called, etc. A nice light blue or two tone blue would work for me. Same for a similar year and equipped Eldo.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,193
    A V-8-6-4 is the same as a 368. You can tell a V-8-6-4 engine because it's got very tall valve covers that also house the solenoids for the "variable displacemement" feature. It was a cool idea, but the technology just wasn't there. It was like Flash Gordon trying to construct an i-Phone out of 1930s components.
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    but would never own - A Lancia Scorpion. It looks like it might be lots of fun. But it was slower than a contemporary VW Rabbit and somehow even less reliable.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    When the bustleback Sevelles first showed up, a family friend said " They look like a garbage truck from the back"

    And, they do!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    You mean a "Lawn Chair"?

    A shop I knew called them that because like lawn chairs, they usually just sat around, not running.
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    any of those horrible neoclassic revivals that were all the rage in the 70's...Packard, Stutz, and so on

    AMEN!

    At the risk of being sacrificed to the Automotive Gods...Frankly I wouldn't take many of the Italian exotics (Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari) either. Beautiful to look at, thrilling to drive (probably), BUT, I think I would look like a complete Poseur in most of them, and I wouldn't have the stomach to maintain them. A guy in my old neighborhood used to drive a Lambo around, it just looked so ridiculously over-the-top and out-of-place in our quiet middle class neighborhood. It would be like Barney Fife relocating the Taj Mahal into Mayberry...
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    edited April 2011
    Yeah, what were those fake Maserati's that were being sold in the early eighties? I think Chrysler stores sold them?

    THAT is one I wouldn't take!

    I wouldn't take one of those Shay Reproduction Model A's either.
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Chrysler TC. I'd take one for free, I guess. I wouldn't think it would be too much trouble. It is basically just a LeBaron.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,652
    edited April 2011
    There are lots of cars I wouldn't take but the ones that came to mind are Corvette C3s (1968-1982). I like most 'Vettes but the C3s were slow and ugly. No thanks.

    Maybe a late one in the right color in super condition but I doubt it.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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