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

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  • jljacjljac Posts: 649
    Must've been a 1967-71 T-Bird if it had the suicide doors The early ones had self-locking doors that would lock when the car moved including when they were towed through a car wash. The car would exit the car wash with the motor running and the keys locked inside. I believe they were modified to lock at a higher speed. Not bad for a four door car, but I don't believe that a Thunderbird should have four doors.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    A W123 is like an old truck - workhorse. When they are still doing commercial duty in harsh locations almost 30 years after the end of production, you know something is strong about them.

    Not much odd today, but saw a 2CV, Ferrari 412, 80s Sierra wagon, and a MB SLC doing a bit of a power slide in the rain in downtown Cologne.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,009
    The W123s have tremendous build quality, but all the accessories or sub-systems on them seem to fail often. This is one reason why the "strippers" are the best---less to go wrong. You simply won't find a W123 for sale in the USA without something wrong with it. But then, hey, these are old cars! Most cars their age are long dead.

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  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,940
    Enjoy the trip Fintail !
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,940
    If anyone out there is within reach of London - Brighton, tomorrow is the annual veteran car run - an early start for me as I'll be on Westminster Bridge to watch them rattling south from about 7:10am..

    About 500 cars entered, and great to watch - providing the rain holds off...
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    That's right, and Wayne mentioned that too on his show. The car he found was an absolute stripper - roll up windows, no passenger mirror, probably didn't have AC. When the fancy stuff fails, it gives people an excuse to neglect the rest of car. No doubt the low models have good survival rates.

    Speaking of low models, I have been peeking in E-class taxis. About 80% of them are manual, including 2012 models. Saw another W124 still doing taxi duty today, and a few oft-derided W210s.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    London-Brighton is on my bucket list. I'd love to participate in something like a Mercedes Simplex, too - but a little dear for me.

    Odd cars today: Nice W123 coupe, very early Espace, 924, 70s Beetle, 90s Explorer,

    And something parked on this street is unlike the others:

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,009
    We will expect your dispatch in due course, with its usual thoroughness of course. Carry on!

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,201
    Are Lemko and Andre in town!
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,597
    Saw a nice-looking 190SL drive by yesterday - most interesting car I've seen on the road around here for months. Dallas is not a good area for car spotting...
  • omarmanomarman Posts: 708
    Wow 500 cars entered! I didn't realize that many started. A neighbor who lived across the road from me in the 70s was invited to the 1959 event with his 1899 Locomobile steamer. He and his wife called their car Tillie the teapot. :D I found a youtube video which shows their car (#34) around 0:12 at the start of the run. You can just barely make out the Ohio historical license plate.

    Hope there aren't many DNFs with that many vehicles running this year. I remember that the Weiant's Locomobile did finish back in 1959 but it took a bit over 6 hours. :shades: How many people are expected to turn out to see the event? Should be fun to watch rain or shine. Have a good time.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,205
    Why yes, a MAXI Buick.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    Big fish in a small pond :shades:

    Today saw a Corrado, a 2002 Baur cabrio, a 70s Citroen DS, and have seen several MB C124s thhe past few days.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,009
    I saw a car last week I bet you've NEVER seen, at least not in the USA--- a Baur 320i. :shades:

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    Depends on what size. I did have a couple toy E30 Baurs when I was a kid :shades:

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,009
    This was a Baur 320i with a 325 engine and 5 speed. Nice car!

    I find this configuration a bit odd, but that's just me I guess. Maybe I'm just having Triumph Stag horror flashbacks.... :P

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    edited November 2012
    So an E23? 80s grey market import?

    The partial convertible design is odd. Maybe gives more structural rigidity.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,009
    grey market, yes.

    sure, if you chop the roof off a car, you are essentially cutting the top off a hollow pyramid.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,631
    edited November 2012
    The partial convertible design is odd. Maybe gives more structural rigidity.

    Not to mention better roll-over protection. In the early 70s lots of people thought that more stringent safety regs would doom the traditional ragtop convertible. The '76 Eldorado was assumed to be the last ever made by the Big Three so a lot of basket hoop and T-Top "convertibles" came out.

    Thankfully they were merely interim stop gaps

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  • au1994au1994 Posts: 784
    I have actually seen one in my office park. I about went through my window trying to see where it turned in so I could chace it down.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,077
    That would be an E21, I think..

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,997
    What is that car behind the Park Ave? It might just be the perspective, but it doesn't look much smaller than the Buick!

    Every once in awhile I'll see one of those '91-96 Park Aves out and about, and nowadays I think they actually look pretty petite. Length-wise, I don't think it's much different from my 2000 (around 206" long I think), but the '91-96 was much more tapered in the front and back, and no doubt narrower and shorter.

    Most cars here in the states have plumped up quite a bit since the mid-90's, so that might be one reason those '91-96 models seem smallish to me. Of course, in Europe, I'm sure they're mastodons compared to just about anything short of a bus!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    It's a Skoda Octavia, which is the same platform as a Jetta. Must be perspective. The Buick was in very nice condition, too. There's a cult in Europe who like big American cars.

    I also saw a Chrysler Cirrus the other day, original 1995 style, those are thin on the ground even in the US, not to mention here. Small cars here are the majority, and some are very small. A real economy car here is a scooter, which are also everywhere.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Re.: '91-96 Park Avenues..I always liked the styling, but I remember looking at them when new and thinking they were smallish. Even when one got instruments inside, the gauges even looked small! Around here, I've seen them where the bright metal trim strip on the rear quarter is rusted completely through!
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,205
    edited November 2012
    A Park Avenue with the supercharged 3800 and th optional touring/rallye (or whatever they called it) suspension option would be a nice luxury cruiser. Roomy, comfortable, with decent performance and road manners, plus acceptable fuel economy.

    The '97-'05 generation is an improvement over the '91-'96, which borrows heavily from the squared off body '85-'90 platform.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,201
    I saw what I believe was a Saab 900 series station wagon today. Said Saab on it, so it wasn't a Volvo. I don't think I've seen that before, even on the east coast.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,077
    Probably a 9-5 wagon?

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,201
    May well have been and the funny part of it is that I actually saw it in the Midwest of all places!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,582
    the rebirth series. not sure if it was a '77 8 or 9. Yellow, along rt 13 somewhere in Maryland or Delaware. Looked real nice, and for sale!

    I actually really liked them when it returned for 1977. Nicely done package, for the time.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,766
    I visited the MB Museum today, it is an amazing facility and worthy of the time. I last visited 3 years ago, and was still able to spend several hours there seeing it all again. Something obscure and unusual were some W116 based safety cars from about 1973, not in the museum but sitting at the adjacent dealer. These cars were test units for the original MB airbag and ABS units. And endless dozens of other priceless amazing cars to be seen, too.

    And a snapshot from the competition cars area, with a nice fintail rally car in the foreground.

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