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

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    Well really, cheap enough for an entry-level ticket into the collector car hobby.

    The Cosworth Vega will get some modest respect at local car shows, whereas the regular production Vega is more likely to be ignored. I would stop to look at one, as I haven't seen one in a couple of years.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,360
    This Cosworth is exceptional to my eyes, in the little details of authenticity which interest me most in an old car.

    That said, there are usually a lot more Cosworths on eBay at any given time than truly nice regular Vegas. When the latter show up on eBay, they often outbid so-so Cosworths.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    A Cosworth is worth double a Vega, easy.

    Fortunately the market is not defined by the occasional loopy person who pays too much for something but it rewards the person shrewd enough to pick the right collector car to invest in.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    edited May 2013
    Seeing an early Shadow is worth pennies anyway, why not? Nothing of value really lost. Nice sense of humor. I've seen period conversions of those things, too.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    A Shadow is a throw-away car, so sure, why not have fun with it? Shiftright heartily approves.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,395
    I spotted a Willys Jeep All-Steel Wagon under power and in pretty fair shape, the forest green paint could have been glossier but IIRC they came that way (not very shiny) from the factory.
    "All-Steel" was part of the model name because it was a bragging point in the age when most wagons had high maintenance wooden bodies.

    Later I saw a parked Fourth gen '64-'66 T-Bird coupe that looked in nice shape. It was grayish white and had a painted roof with no landau irons or vinyl covering,
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    saw a few interesting oldies. Most of which I don't remember.

    but one I do was ultra rare. and moving under it's own power, on the highway no less.

    A Citroen SM. white. was going the other way so did not get a close up look at it. This was in the boonies below Binghamton NY, so even an odder place for it to turn up.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    edited May 2013
    When I see those Jeeps, I think of Terry Thomas and someone honking their "hooter" :shades:

    A few old cars out today. Saw a parked W108 250SE - oddball engine size only made for a couple years. Was going to go back and take a pic of it with the fintail, it was gone. Also saw an early 60s small Buick convertible (Special? Skylark?), red with white top, obviously restored. A 57 Chevy - flew by from a distance in traffic so I am not sure, think it was a Bel Air 2 door post, in that bronze color I think called "Sierra Gold" with a beige two tone. Very nice looking first gen Accord. Mint brand new looking 1986 Camry, older driver.

    And I guess both of these are relatively unusual cars:

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    edited May 2013
    "Unusual" depends a lot on geographic location. I imagine the new E-class is very unusual in, say, rural Mississippi, but in major East or West Coast metro areas, or Chicago, not so unusual.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    edited May 2013
    Oh, I meant because it is diesel. From what I anyway have seen in inventories, Bluetec cars must be well below 10% of sales.

    Normal W212s are a dime a dozen here. 4Matic might even be more common than 2WD, at least in my area.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    edited May 2013
    I guess when people do the math on Bluetec vs. gasoline, most Americans conclude that over their expected period of ownership, they can't justify the incremental cost for Bluetec. I'm thinking that the market penetration of diesels will increase significantly, as Chevy, Mazda and, maybe, Nissan offer modern diesels options.

    Diesels appeal to me more than hybrids, but not more that gasoline engines, yet, for my driving.

    Speaking of diesel, I read that MB is offering a new aluminum 2.1L twin-turbo Bluetec diesel option in the GLK, and that this engine will be substituted for the 3.0 V6 Bluetec diesel in the E-Series. Horsepower and torque for the GLK250 are 200 and 369 lbs. feet, respectively. I'm sure you've known this, but perhaps for some, like me, it's new information.

    On another topic, about three weeks ago we briefly discussed that parts of Canada, including Vancouver, may be experiencing a housing bubble. I've since read articles that support this argument.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,593
    You should take the NYer out on the highway and give it an Italian Tune Up. In other words beat the snot out of it.

    Strangely, the NYer seems happier when it's driven fast and hard, with my foot into it. It just seems smoother and more responsive. It's low speeds, idling, coming to a stop, etc where it seems to get cranky.

    This might be tempting fate, but I drove it to work today. I'm going to try and drive it every day this week, and see how it acts. It didn't start up on the first try this morning, but the third. Kinda cool and drizzly this morning, and it hasn't been run since Saturday, so that's no big deal. It stalled the moment I put it into gear, but did start right back up.

    And, for an added bonus, this morning when I turned on the windshield wiper, only the driver's side worked. So, that's something else to deal with. And, I noticed a tear in the top of the back seat, right in the middle. Probably from old age/sun damage.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    edited May 2013
    "...a tear in the top of the back seat."

    Whoops, there goes the NY's resale value (LOL).
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    Nah, that's 'patina'... ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    The only modern gasoline engines that interest me are either very economical, or tuned for performance. The average middle of the road V6 doesn't thrill me with modern 4s being so good. With the 7 speed unit, the gas 6 in the E can beat 30mpg, which isn't bad anyway.

    Yes, the 4 cylinder diesel is replacing the V6. It should work well, as that engine is very popular in Europe. However, that engine has worse NVH - the 6 is very smooth and would be hard to beat. Maybe they can isolate it, and maybe the tradeoff will be worth it for even more mileage (my best cruising at an average of ~60 for 100+ miles was 45mpg). I also kind of like that the V6 Bluetec is somewhat of an industrial unit - used in Sprinters. It will be durable.

    The Canadian gvt is manipulating interest rates and related policies to keep the bubble afloat, but I fear it won't end well there. Especially for condo buyers, of which there are probably a greater percentage of in Canadian cities than in the US. The place has often seemed to follow a similar path to the US, just lagging by some years - once again seems true.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    Cleaned out my phone, a few more paired pics (this time with new tires).

    No need for a backup camera here:

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    Old style is more flamboyant:

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    Half a century:

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    Ah, okay, in that case the upholstery tear adds to the value.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,545
    The Canadian gvt is manipulating interest rates and related policies to keep the bubble afloat, but I fear it won't end well there. Especially for condo buyers, of which there are probably a greater percentage of in Canadian cities than in the US. The place has often seemed to follow a similar path to the US, just lagging by some years - once again seems true.

    Huh?

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    Sorry?

    Just google Canadian Housing Bubble - there are many sites detailing it, some even city-specific.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,545
    Aside from being a totally random non-sequitur in this forum, to compare Canada to the US in terms of any housing bubble is at best media-fueled nonsense. There are many differences, chief among them that in Canada people do not qualify for mortgages unless they have jobs, income, and a track record of paying their bills.

    Now, back to cars.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

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