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

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,004

    Now that Park Lane was kind of a beast, pretty pimpin'. Merc's didn't seem to sell all that well in the Chicago burbs back then. It was GM territory, but not really too bad for Mopars either. seemed weird that there were big Ford dealers, but not a lot of Lincoln Mercury, and those around us were kind of small and old fashion looking. The Mercury of that era I didn't particularly care for was the 60.

  • berriberri Posts: 4,004

    I like it. it kind of reminds me of the taillight treatment on a 1962 Imperial

    Some saw it as jet age like Ima mentioned, but some saw them as a pair of [non-permissible content removed]. I was kind of neutral, and still am. It did make the Merc standout from rear profiles and maybe that's what Ford was trying to do - differentiate it from all the Olds and Buicks in the parking lots without going Exnerish like over at Chrysler..

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590

    For the most part I'm not a fan of the '61-64 Mercury, but I too like the '62. I think the rear end treatment is pretty cool, and I think the front-end is pretty handsome, in a Buick-ish sort of way.

  • berriberri Posts: 4,004

    When I think of 60's Mercury's, I'm reminded of the breezeway rear windows although I think they only ran something like 63-66 or 67. My favorites though are the mid 60's Marauders.

  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,272

    @berri said: When I think of 60's Mercury's, I'm reminded of the breezeway rear windows although I think they only ran something like 63-66 or 67. My favorites though are the mid 60's Marauders.

    The breezeway window showed up in '57 in the Turnpike Cruiser, but I think they didn't use it again until '63.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,004

    Yeah, forgot about those Turnpike Cruiser rocket ships. But in the mid 60's you could get the Breezeway as an option on a basic Monterey 4 dr sedan. I think as that option went on though, more buyers moved back to the basic rear window and the breezeway went into history. I don't think it looked all that good on the updated design 65/67. Speaking of breezeway, I remember back in the 50's and early 60's where homes sometimes had a breezeway between the back door and the garage and some used those jalousie (however you spell it) windows that cranked open all those small horizontal window pieces.

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,358

    I think they continued into '67, although were no longer reverse-slanted. I think by then the window only went down a few inches.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,913

    Saw a nice looking W126 and a pretty clean ~73-77 Celica fastback this afternoon.

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590

    This evening, coming out of DC I spotted a pristine looking 1985-88 Nissan Maxima, in a champagne/driftwood color similar to my Park Ave, but lighter. It doesn't seem that long ago that these cars were all the rage, but I can't remember the last time I've seen one. One thing that struck me was how tiny this car was, by today's standards. They didn't seem that tiny back when they were common. Small, yes, compared to the types of cars I prefer, but back in the day, there were just more small cars on the road, so they didn't seem so dwarfed by everything else on the road.

    Also spotted a first-gen Lumina sedan, paint peeled down to bare metal in places, and with some serious rust in the lower regions. Can't remember the last time I've seen one of these, either.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,913

    You need to visit western WA again, you'll get your fill of cars from that era. A co-worker drove one of that era Maxima up until just several years ago.

    Only old car spotted today was a ~65 Mustang coupe. And I've been seeing a Tempo drive down my street in the evening now and then.

    @andre1969 said: This evening, coming out of DC I spotted a pristine looking 1985-88 Nissan Maxima,

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071

    Heck, a lot of those once-small Japanese cars have grown tremendously. Yesterday's Accord is today's Civic. I just saw a new Nissan Altima the other day and it seemed big compared to my BIL's old Altima.

  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,898

    The current Accord looks like a Peterbilt, next to the original Acura Legend.

    My uncle had an '85 Maxima wagon. Drove it until 1995. I loved that car..

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,913

    Was up in Bellingham today, an area known for odd cars. Saw 2x Audi V8s (parked at the same house), an Audi 90 (unrelated), another 80s VW double cab 4x4 - this one pulling a trailer rather than being shown off, about a zillion VW vans, a 63-64 Nova 2 door HT that looked to have been parked outside for years, and a later series 60s Continental 4 door.

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,358

    See the Postwar Studebakers section; I recently posted a car for sale that was interesting to me that happens to be in Bellingham.

  • berriberri Posts: 4,004

    Out on the interstates today and saw a white Toyota Previa in pristine shape. Haven't seen one of those in years. I also saw a first for me at least, a regular UPS delivery truck towing a smaller UPS trailer that looked like a tall U-Haul in UPS livery. I'd never seen that before.

  • omarmanomarman Posts: 676

    maybe a UPS tagalong trailer for delivering to mailbox rental service. photo UPStagalong_zps1dae048d.jpg

  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,898

    UPS uses those to go to "rural" towns, that are pretty good size, but not big enough for a terminal. Sometimes, they have one big customer that will have enough inbound packages to fill the trailer... So, drive 60 miles, deliver that trailer full first, park it, then run the route in the Step-van.... then, go back and grab your trailer for the drive back.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,601

    UPS will leave those trailers at shippers whose volume might overwhelm a package car during high volume periods like Christmas.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,913

    Saw an 87-88 T-Bird turbo this morning, and an early 80s big Blazer, diesel, camo paint - think Chet's vehicle in "Weird Science".

  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424

    Saw a '74-ish Plymouth Satellite 4-door in traffic yesterday. Looked to be in very good shape. First time in, well, decades...

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