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

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,866
    A few years ago my cable carried Game Show Network and I would watch those old early-mid '70s Match Game shows. They seemed like a pretty loose bunch of panelists! Half of them smoked on-air, I suspect there were a few adult beverages consumed during the tapings, things you could never get away with today.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,780
    I'm shocked at the price, not merely surprised. Having owned a corral of Saab turbos, I'm equally shocked that it could go 54000 miles and not be a total wreck.

    Well live and learn. Personally, I think it's money down the toilet, but there are at least two people on eBay who say I'm wrong.

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    Heck, my college roommate had a dark green 1977 Dodge Aspen SE sedan and I thought it was pretty plush at the time. His previous car was a white 1965 Rambler American two-door hardtop with a red interior.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    The GM forum should be renamed "Uplander Guy versus The Usual Trolls!" :P
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    A ten-year old car when I first started driving was a 1970 or 1971 model, the cutoff point before domestic cars started really going downhill. My first car was a 1968 Buick, so my impression of domestic iron was very positive.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Why thank you, lemko (I think!).

    I see myself as a little bit of truth crusader over there. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion--unless you own and enjoy GM products there. ;)

    I see some of the most ridiculous "facts" posted there, I just can't let them go. LOL
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    16? Are there two plugs per cylinder? Is your car a V-8?
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    I got tired of fighting with those knuckleheads a long time ago. I don't answer any of their posts unless they've got something reasonable to say.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I got tired of fighting with those knuckleheads a long time ago. I don't answer any of their posts unless they've got something reasonable to say.

    No wonder you've been scarce over there lately! ;)
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    ...gold 1966 Plymouth Barracuda at the Wawa on Longshore and Rising Sun Avenue in NE Philly.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,677
    A 10 year old car from when I hit the road would have been a 1983 model, nothing more need be said :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,677
    edited February 2013
    Yes, 2 plugs per, and it's a V8. I think the plugs are also roughly $20 apiece.

    Obscure cars - yesterday spotted my car's twin - another tectite W210 E55, and also a tectite E430 sport with parktronic - very rare option back in the day. This morning saw a little old lady in an immaculate 86-87 XJ6.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    edited February 2013
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/George-Romneys-Personal-Rambler-/281064157945?pt=- - US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item4170bab2f9

    The documentation is hard to dispute, that's for sure.

    Funny, as well off as he was, to have such a pedestrian model--the lowest-line 550 in the Classic series.

    I like the '63 front end better, but I always thought this was a decent-looking Rambler...although I think some '60-62 Chrysler designers must have worked on the instrument panel! LOL

    Conversely, Sherwood Egbert, who was Studebaker's president from '61 to '63, had a '64 Avanti R3 as his personal car. He sold it in '68 through the Avanti club's magazine, and had his name and phone number listed! The car sold for around $75K if memory serves me, a few years ago at auction.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    First one's two tone reminds me of an Outback, just add big tires. Those wheel covers are awful.

    2nd one is nice.

    That last one is so neglected it's sad. Could use a Wheeler Dealers re-do.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,780
    It would make a good street rod! :P

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I'm not a Rambler fan by any stretch, but I'd rather see it stay stock, but I'm biased that way.

    Obviously, on a car like this, the ownership history means almost everything...although the car is in excellent original condition, I'll certainly say that.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,780
    I'm not sure anyone cares much about the ownership history--maybe a little. It's not like Henry Ford's car by any stretch.

    I think Mr. Romney would have been very amused to see it street-rodded.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,677
    I'm really leery of some of the grey market/private import cars that have made it into Canuckistan - I'd want a really good inspection for rust, and to know where the cars came from. That being said, I like the low spec manual red wagon.

    Maybe the Vietnam (yeah, I want a car from there!) car cost that much when new, after insane southeast Asian import duties?
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Well, he was the president of AMC. You had told me it was Mr. Egbert's ownership that had driven that Avanti to $75K a few years ago.

    I will be curious to see what the Rambler brings. Certainly different than a run-of-the-mill Big Three-mobile on eBay, I'll say that.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,677
    I am surprised he had something so relatively basic, as he was a bazillionaire even then. Nice old car.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I worked with an older, soft-spoken, conservative fellow 30 years ago, mild-mannered accountant, and he would say whenever we'd talk cars, that his (new) '64 Rambler Classic was the best car he'd ever owned! It was white, too, but he'd always add that he had the roof painted dark blue.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,780
    edited February 2013
    Did I tell you that? I'm sorry about that--I've changed my mind. I don't think old CEOs that are slipping out of the American consciousness (or like Egbert, not a bad fellow really, have disappeared from it) have much effect on value. Of course, all it takes is one person who thinks so, and who maybe has a Romney shrine in his garage, but I doubt there's much market effect overall.

    It's a curiosity at best.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,677
    When I was a kid, an older lady in town had a pretty 64 or so Rambler 2 door HT - red and white, I thought it was an attractive car. It was in good shape through the 90s. The wagons were also nice looking. But, the mid 60s were probably the pinnacle of American car design - almost everything was nice looking.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    But, the mid 60s were probably the pinnacle of American car design - almost everything was nice looking.

    I've long thought so, but figured it was a function of those cars running around when I was a car-crazy little kid. But maybe it's true...I know you're a good bit younger than me. Good to hear! ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,780
    I used to work for a Rambler dealer when I was in high school, as a kind of lot boy, valet, etc.

    I remember, compared to what was on the road then, that the Ramblers were certainly built to a price. They were the Toyota Echo of their day. When I would go from a Rambler to a Buick Electra on the lot, it was like going from a stagecoach to the starship Enterprise. Well, okay, maybe not quite. :P

    Even when I got my first car ever from that used car lot (Studebaker), it seems so much nicer than the Ramblers, even though it was ten years old.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    edited February 2013
    I think pro-Rambler people would think it's a plus, like the way a lot of Stude folks think Egbert is a larger-than-life figure. I will say that whenever there's an article even in a general old-car mag about the Avanti or performance packages on lesser Studes, Egbert's name is always mentioned.

    With this Rambler, you've got '...it was owned by the Dad of the 2012 Republican candidate and used in the campaign', as well.

    Regardless, I'll like to see what it brings.

    I always heard Ramblers had excellent heaters and defrosters--seriously!

    Since I personally have owned only 1963-66 Studebakers as 'hobby cars', I was surprised to see that metal instrument panel in the Rambler. My cars' dashes were all fiberglass and padded, top-to-bottom. But now that I think about it, I remember my grandparents' '63 Bel Air wagon having a metal instrument panel.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,558
    "Of course, all it takes is one person who thinks so, and who maybe has a Romney shrine in his garage, but I doubt there's much market effect overall."

    And I can more easily imagine a Studebaker fan upping the bid on a 'special' Studebaker, than a Rambler fan on that Rambler. I don't see near the fan base for them.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,677
    I was a kid in the 80s and 90s - not a high point for the automobile. I can appreciate design no matter the era. And at the same time, my dad was a car guy and had old cars, that opened my eyes too.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    edited February 2013
    And I can more easily imagine a Studebaker fan upping the bid on a 'special' Studebaker, than a Rambler fan on that Rambler. I don't see near the fan base for them.

    We are a rabid bunch, for good or bad! ;)

    I'm assigned to work near Harrisburg, PA the last week of Feb. The annual big Studebaker swap meet is in York, PA that very weekend, with a gorgeous '60 Hawk raffle car being given away that weekend, so I can tie the trip to the swap meet into a work expense or two! Am I lucky or what?!

    (Yeah I know, doesn't take much!)
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