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I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

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  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,023
    I liked it as much at the end of its run as I did at the beginning.

    I like the older front ends better like Lemko's. In 90 it got the composite headlights and wrap around bumpers, that take away from the classic look IMO. Of course, you could get the Chevy 350 which makes up for it a little.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,320
    I like lemko's styling better than the later ones, too, not only with the composite headlights but the wide silver section on the bottom of the sides, and the filled in rear door little window.

    I always liked on Caddys, starting in '84 I think, when the side molding was entirely the same color as the car, no chrome beading, which gave you the nick protection but gave the clean look of no side molding.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    Oh, the pain! I really want another old Toronado. That was such an awesome car. I had one in Colorado and I'd put 4 luggy snow tires on that thing and I literally chewed Aspen snowdrifts to pieces.

    That one is a most....er...unpleasant....color, but the price is...well...negotiable.

    I wouldn't care if the car got 4 mpg. This is the car that god would drive.
  • berriberri Posts: 3,996
    I think the original Toronado is classically designed in the same vein as an XKE or 63 Sting ray (wait, I'm thinking that's not one of your favorites!). Personally, I like that Toronado in gold or silver.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,885
    edited May 2013
    Seems like a lot of car for the money, and no doubt could be had for less. Not bad.

    Recent oddballls - Amazon again, another 60s Land Rover, nice W126 380SE in light grey with 1986+ wheels.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,320
    63 Sting ray (wait, I'm thinking that's not one of your favorites!).

    You might be thinking of me. Particularly in silver, I think they look like they came right off the 'Buck Rogers' TV show! Too many fake scoops IMHO and I think the split window is dumb. But what do I know.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,067
    edited May 2013
    ...black 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible mouldering away under a partially removed tarp near a seedy repair shop at Algon and Oxford Avenue in a marginal neighborhood. Sad to think this forlorn car was once some successful person's pride and joy.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,320
    Love those Kennedy-era Lincolns. When we were in L.A. last summer, after early Mustangs, those were the biggest number of old cars we'd see on the streets.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    I have no large beef with the Stingray except it needs some finessing so that it doesn't drive like a flatbed truck. Nothing a few grand wouldn't fix.

    RE: 63 Lincoln---that's a car worth saving if it's a convertible. They were troublesome cars, and the restoration wouldn't be easy, but the value of that model is only going to go up and up. It's one of those "iconic" cars you see on t-shirts and in bad automotive art shows.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    edited May 2013
    Someone did a very nice job on this custom Ranchero

    ROOM FOR FOUR

    Be advised, if you watch the video, it features the winners of last year's Crappy Music Festival.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,320
    ..black 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible mouldering away under a partially removed tarp near a seedy repair shop at Algon and Oxford Avenue in a marginal neighborhood. Sad to think this forlorn car was once some successful person's pride and joy.

    I've always thought that there's nothing worse than an old, beat-up luxury car. 'How far they fall', it seems. Much worse than an old, beat-up econobox.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    Most of the old luxury barges have to go through the "can't afford to fix it" stage, and if they survive that, they are usually so messed up that even with a potential value of $80,000, that Lincoln is going to be a break-even proposition. As for the old luxury sedans, their current market value, even in pristine condition, is so little that there's no chance of restoration anymore.

    Added to that, today's luxury cars, being mass-produced, robot-built, and grotesquely complex, don't stand a chance of survival IMO, except for the ones that are never allowed to deteriorate----the low mileage "survivors" kept in meticulous storage and used infrequently.

    Somewhere around $80K--$100K market value seems to be the cut-off point for dragging old cars in horrible condition out of the weeds. I still see horrendously deteriorated "woodies" being restored, and of course, limited production foreign exotics, but for most old cars, they have to be pretty solid before anyone will take them on anymore.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,575
    I've always thought that there's nothing worse than an old, beat-up luxury car. 'How far they fall', it seems. Much worse than an old, beat-up econobox.

    I remember back in the early 1990's, there was a '68 Sedan DeVille sitting, for sale outside of a local bar/pool hall. I went in to inquire about it. It belonged to a guy who worked there, and he only wanted $500 for it. He let me drive it around the parking lot, but I couldn't take it on the road because it had no tags on it.

    Gotta confess, I was oddly drawn to it. It sounded nice, and seemed to run well, and from what little you could tell from parking lot speeds, seemed to drive nice. But, it was a dark primer gray, had some dents here and there, and a pretty trashy interior. I guess to me it was cool in sort of a "reverse chic" sort of way, although it also looked like something a serial killer might drive in a Lifetime Original Movie! :surprise:
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,067
    I'm thinking more like Nick Nolte's 1964 Cadillac convertible in "48 Hours."

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,575
    Nah, this '68 wasn't quite that nice. Oh, on the subject of old luxury beaters, got my blue NYer back from the mechanic yesterday. It has a new starter, and he tweaked around with a few wires, but said he didn't want to get too involved with it, without my okay. So, I told him I'd try it out and see how it acted, and make the decision from there.

    It only stalled out twice on the way home, but on the plus side, it started right back up! Drove it to work today, and it stalled once, but again, started right up. Guess the real test will be when I walk out the door this evening!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,885
    edited May 2013
    A neglected Rolls is probably tops for that, although a vintage Caddy can do it too, seeing as they were so high up at one time. For some reason, a worn neglected MB doesn't give me the exact same feelings, as I guess I assume they have a huge mileage on them, and are just used up - as the cars have a more utilitarian bent in Europe than in NA. I've seen Y2K era high end cars already starting to look a little down on their luck.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,442
    Watched part of the movie 'The Salzburg Connection', a spy 'thriller'.
    Of course the most of the bad guys drove black Mercs including a fintail that was blown up, although a couple of them drove a VW 411. The 'good guy', Barry Newman, a kind of anti James Bond, rented an orange 2002 and ended up driving a 911 Targa by the end of the movie.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,575
    Well, today was about the most drama-free trim home from work in my '79 NY'er, in recent memory. Went out around 4:15 pm to start it up, and it fired right up. Almost like a new car. And I mean, a NEW new car, not a new 1979 car! :P It was idling way too fast, but at some point, it did kick down, because when I got home I was able to shut it off in "park" without it dieseling on.

    Oh, and here's a pic I took of it at work, just for the heck of it. Uplanderguy will appreciate what's parked next to it!
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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,540
    Spotted on the way to work today, on the top level of a car carrier trailer, a '76 Buick Electra 4-door hardtop. Black vinyl roof over burgundy body, chrome Buick road wheels, looked very fresh. Either heading out of town to a new owner or headed in for the same purpose. Never saw this one around here before, so maybe the latter. Unusual to see a big luxo-barge from that era being treated so gently.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

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