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

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,832
    An absolutely "mint" Chevy Beretta parked on 42nd st. in New York City. What was the last year they made those anyway? This car looked showroom new. Didn't they stop making them in the mid 90s or so? Must be somebody's baby, with a very $$$ little garage.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,573
    Thanks for reminding me - I saw a Cimarron yesterday, first one in years. Driving, so I don't know how it looked inside, but outside looked good.

    Poor Grandmom, sad when that happens. Article in today's WSJ about that same thing, but with sports figures.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    The styling wasn't bad either, really. The Cavalier itself wasn't a bad looking car, fairly crisp, wagon looked decent. When I was a little kid, maybe first or second grade,a friend's mother had a "Type 10" fastback model that I thought was cool - I guess the styling was racy to my young eyes, and it had a sunroof - still an uncommon thing then.

    I knew a guy in high school who had a Cimarron, a later flush lights model.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,832
    a car company can never sit back and rest on its laurels---in this business, you do that and someone will eat you for breakfast.

    Think of the irony of the 1970 Cadillac owner looking in either mockery, or if he was more dignified, in pity, at the little Honda 600 coupe rattling at idle next to him---the Honda being about the size of a lifeboat attached to the luxurious ocean-liner of a Cadillac he was driving.

    Fast forward a mere 12 years and the driver of the 1982 Cadillac Cimarron looks to his right at a quietly idling, roomy and comfortable 1982 Honda Accord--all things considered, every bit as good as the "cadillac".

    Once again, what economists call the "Black Swan" hit Cadillac on its blind side--an unexpected turn of events to which some automakers simply could not respond adequately.

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,966
    1996 was the last year for the Beretta, as well as the Corsica. The 1997 Malibu replaced the Corsica, but I guess coupe sales had fallen off enough by that time, they didn't think the Beretta warranted replacing.

    I liked the Beretta and Corsica when they first came out. Styling looked good, I thought. But the interiors were horrible. And when the Cavalier was redesigned and improved for 1995, I think it put some pressure on them.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,573
    "a car company can never sit back and rest on its laurels"

    I see what you did there...
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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    edited February 2013
    The Type 10 Cavaliers were rarely seen in my parts--and I lived 40 miles from where they were built!

    The '82 Cavalier came out to much interest, somewhere in the middle of calendar '81. I can remember driving with a buddy over to the Lordstown plant on a Sunday and through a fence I saw one sitting there, before they were out. I was stunned at how the rear end was almost an exact ripoff of a Triumph TR-7.

    When they came out, I was stunned at the price. A fully-loaded one could hit $9K--when the sticker of my new '81 Monte Carlo V8 (admittedly, not loaded) was $8,192. Furthermore, the 1.8 liter was reallllly slow, and the quality they talked about was hard to prove to me as I saw a new one on a dealer lot with the glued-on side molding on one door lying on the pavement near the car.

    It was a lousy launch--as was the Celebrity that came out very shortly after. It, too, was expensive for what you got.

    In '83, Chevy made the Cavalier engine a 2.0 liter that by all accounts was a noticeable improvement, and reduced the price of both the Cavalier and Celebrity. At that point, they became best-sellers, so it is possible to recover from a lousy launch.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    I've seen old ads that show the same - a nice early Celebrity was virtually the same price as a Caprice. One was a lot more car than the other.

    Speaking of Beretta from another post, a friend of my mother bought a final run car, a 1996, teal (of course, mid 90s GM and all). It wasn't trouble-free.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,832
    It's interesting, isn't it, how most 80s cars are disappearing from view at a rapid clip? Even the junkyards don't want them, because they take up room without making much $$$ in parts sales.

    Even stranger is how my eyes would just glaze over vintage Mustangs or Porsches in NYC but would, no doubt, immediately lock onto a Cadillac Cimarron, as if to say "wow, you mean there's one left?!!" :P

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    As a child of the 80s, even nostalgia isn't enough for me to want many cars from that era.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,573
    My neighbor bought a new '82 Cavalier wagon, and was immediately disappointed at the 16 mpg fuel economy. He was expecting MUCH better.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    edited February 2013
    I did like the Cavalier wagons. When I bought my wife a new '90 Corsica, I asked if she wanted a 5-speed wagon instead (about the same price). At age 25 she didn't want a wagon.

    I held people who bought Cimarrons in about the same regard back then, as I did those who bought Renault Alliances and Encores....that they must not even remotely be 'car people'! ;)

    BTW, on 9/3/88 (my wife-to-be's birthday), I bought myself a new bright red '89 Beretta GT, light neutral cloth interior. Big tires and nice-looking (IMHO) lacy wheels, and the 2.8 MFI V6. No spoiler--nice, clean looks I thought. I drove it for 74,900 miles and we traded in on a new '93 Caprice Classic. It was trouble-free but really too small for me as an only car at the time (not counting my '63 Lark I bought in May of '88).
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    Other than some highline or tuned/exotic cars from the era, no thanks. I can think of the cars in my family then, and I wouldn't want any of them, really. Not that they were bad for the time, but it seems so much older and newer is simply better.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,966
    It was a lousy launch--as was the Celebrity that came out very shortly after. It, too, was expensive for what you got.

    A few years back, a friend gave me a bunch of old car magazines. Mainly Road & Track, I think, but there were some C&Ds and MTs in there as well. I remember one of them doing a test of a 1982 Caprice, and this was in early 1982...when the gas crisis and recession were still in full swing.

    Yet, they mentioned that Caprices were still selling for about sticker price, while the Celebrity, a new wave family car of the future, seeming like the right car for these fuel-hungry times, was piling up on the lot, with big incentives required to move them.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,573
    One 'common' car from then that I would like back - my '83 GTI.

    But not in a car accident, it'd fold up like a beer can...
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    Other than some highline or tuned/exotic cars from the era, no thanks. I can think of the cars in my family then, and I wouldn't want any of them, really. Not that they were bad for the time, but it seems so much older and newer is simply better.

    I definitely agree.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Always an exception to prove the rule.

    My roommate owned an '84. It broke a lot, though.
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 776
    I agree with you on the Type 10 fastback, that was slick looking for the day. Mom and Dad looked at one along with the Omni fastback. We ended up with the Omni. Served us well for a few years.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,573
    "My roommate owned an '84. It broke a lot, though. "

    I must have been lucky. I had my GTI for 12 years, only time it broke was when the timing belt went. Could have been my fault for not changing it earlier...
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 776
    edited February 2013
    I had an 89 Beretta that I got in 90 with about 9k miles on it. I ran it up to about 70k in 5 years (college car so it sat parked a lot of the time) until I traded it on a Tacoma. I think they gave me 3k for it.

    Bright red w/gray interior. Good looking car, interior was ok for me but I was coming from a 66 Mustang. Just so-so on reliability...didn't have pwr windows and the drivers side would pop its track every so often, alternator went out in a remote section of highway on the way back to school. This was pre cell phone days (or at least it was for poor college students) so that was interesting, ECU went out and the paint on the roof was orange peeling shortly after I got it.

    But was an absolute dog performance wise. It had the 2.0 4 cyl and 3 spd auto. Passing on 2 lane highways should have won me a medal for bravery.

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  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Being a land yacht lover, I'd take any Panther based vehicle from the 80s. Also on the list, RWD Lesabres, Electra-Park Ave, Fleetwood Brougham, Mark VII LSC (HO motor), 84-87 Shelby Chargers, and of course the only collectible American car from the 80s.... (shouldn't even have to say the name)

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,966
    Same here...pretty much anything mid or full-sized, RWD, and V-8 from the 80's would keep me satisfied.

    Actually, let me narrow that down a bit...nothing with a Diesel 350, and also nothing with an under-sized (<300 CID) V-8. And if it happens to be a Pontiac 301, only if it's in excellent shape and lovingly maintained! :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    He replaced it with a Dodge Shadow with the 2.2l turbo. Wasn't much better. Today he drives a Jeep Wrangler.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Give us a hint. First name G, middle name N, last name X? :D
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    I think you may have it. ;)

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  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Thanks hpmctorque, I will.

    Oh yeah I didn't ask - going back to the home country?

    No we're going to Israel for 3.5 weeks to see my wife's grandparents. They're getting older and haven't seen their grandson yet (our son) and we wanted to see how they're doing after my wife's father (their son) passed away a few months ago. We keep in touch with them and my wife has other family there but it will be nice to see them in person.

    I'll probably rent a car there as well. When we were there 5 years ago we had a Daihatsu Sirion, which was a fun drive. We will see what we might end up with this time.

    I wanted to make a slight detour on the way back, renting a car in Amsterdam and driving to Poland for a few weeks to see my family since we will have the time, but being away for a month and a half might be a bit too much for our 3 year old son and it'll cost us a bit to change the return tickets.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,895
    I remember reading the introductory reviews of the J-cars in the car magazines and they all commented on how slow and underpowered they were. GM people tried to brush it off by saying it was the price of fuel economy. They also commented on some of the cost cutting, I recall, like the lack of a finish molding at the ends of the headliner.

    I remember driving them when they were new and liking the interiors of the optioned-up versions (GM always did good interiors back then) but it was bog-slow. I had a rental Omni for a week in '84 and by comparison that thing was a hot rod. By then, Chrysler was using the K-car engine in the Omni and it moved it quite well. The remainder of the car was quite cheap-feeling though.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    That'll be an adventure, driving in Israel. Although the European drive might be more enjoyable.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    My dad had a Horizon hatchback for several years - it was a decent enough car for the era.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,704
    Passing on 2 lane roads is fun in an 85 Tempo, too - I remember that vividly. You had to floor it and pray.
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