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You Are What You Drive?



  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    Here's a famous fintail movie appearance: Marathon Man Road Rage

    I don't remember the movie well enough to say what kind of person the driver may have been, although I suspect that he was fintail's "Nazi war criminal, trying to remain incognito". :blush:

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,937
    Yep, that's a great scene. I think the fintail driver was the brother of an old criminal who had stolen some kind of treasure during the war, or something like that. Probably one of the typical fintail demographics....maybe along with retired doctors (my car was originally owned by a doctor), old pilots, maybe some professors or scientists, etc.

    Hit a heating oil truck at 30mph and it explodes :confuse: ....but you get to see the crumple zones at work anyway.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    Hit a heating oil truck at 30mph and it explodes

    I guess British physics are the same as Hollywood physics when it comes to car crashes...ANYTHING can explode!

    I think there's also a Hollywood law, at least with lower-budget movies, to film the same explosion from three different angles. Dunno if there's a British equivalent of that law.

    **Edit: oops, brain lapse. I got mixed up and was had James Bond on the brain when I typed that above, and not "Marathon Man".
  • pburiakpburiak Posts: 10
    I'm not sure what my cars say about me. My daily driver is a loaded 2006 Impala 3LT. One of my classics is a 1969 Chevelle Malibu convertible-red on red, with a black roof. It has rally wheels and white letter tires, but it's a bench seat, has an automatic on the column, and powered by a 350 2-barrel w/single exhaust. A nice, smooth cruiser, but not a "muscle car" by any means. My other classic is a 1972 Chevelle (base model, not Malibu) 4-door post sedan. 250 straight-6, powerglide, no power steering, no power brakes, rubber floor mats w/o carpet, dog dish hubcaps, and probably came with radio delete.

    The 1968-72 GM A-bodies are my favorite vehicles of all time, especially the convertibles, but I think they're all awesome. My other "fetish" as far as classics go are the "strippo" models from the 60's-70's-Biscayne, Ford Custom 500, base level Novas, Chevelles, Valiants, etc. I just like seeing how basic you could order a car back in the day, and how a la carte the options were-like how you could get a basic Biscayne but still get the hot big-block powertrain.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,937
    Another piece of Hollywood physics is that any crash on a highway must involve at least one car becoming airborne. I swear the James Bond fintail scene was on youtube, but I can't seem to find it.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,937
    Old stripper cars are somewhat interesting, for how stripped they can be.

    Back in the 90s my dad had a run of hobby cars, and he had a 68 Fairlane that was an odd mix. It had base hubcaps with no beauty rings, vinyl bench seat, manual steering and brakes, and a 3-on-the-tree...but it had a V8 and a AM radio.

    I find the really loaded cars of the period to be interesting too, when you start finding power windows/seats etc on a late 60s middle market car.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,075
    Shoot, a Chevrolet Caprice with every option is hardly less luxurious than a Cadillac of the same period. I'd take a loaded 1971 Chevrolet Caprice because it bears a strong resemblance to a 1969-70 Cadillac.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The 71 Caprice was a beautiful car to be sure.....Actually, I like the 69 - 76 Chevy Impalas/Caprices a lot. They were tributes to the days when America was in charge of the world car market, design and dominating size. Those cars could seat 8 easily!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    I like those big Chevies too. I think the one I'd really want would be a '72 Impala. My grandparents had one, a forest green 4-door hardtop with a white vinyl roof. I think I like the '72 so much because IMO, it was the cleanest looking of that generation. The '71 was nice too, but I don't like its more pretentious Cadillac-esque grille quite as much as I like the low, clean grille of the '72. Then the '73 got kind of fussy again, although I liked the '74-76 styles.

    I also really like the Buicks from that era. Nice clean, handsome smooth beasts. I don't find the Pontiac or Olds styling quite as attractive though. The Oldsmobiles got a bit fussy in their details some years, like the peaks over the headlights, and Pontiac had that retro thing going on with the narrow, tall grilles and peaked hoods, like they were trying to bring the late 30's kicking and screaming into the 70's.

    In contrast though, I didn't really care so much for those "fuselage" '69-73 Mopars. The styles with the hidden headlights, like the Imperial, and the sportier models were kinda cool, but in many cases they just looked fat. I thought the '74 Plymouth Fury and Dodge Monaco were beautiful looking cars, although they were a straight ripoff of a '71-72 Buick!
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Those cars could seat 8 easily!

    Three in the front seat, three in the back seat, and two ex-breathers in the trunk. :P
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    would something like a '71-76 Impala/Caprice be cumbersome to drive on a daily basis? I'm sure they would be for most people, but what about someone like me, who's accustomed to a '67 Catalina, '79 New Yorker, or '85 Silverado?

    I never really had a chance to drive a big GM car from that era, with the exception of a '75 LeSabre 4-door sedan that was for sale at a local car lot. Believe it or not, at the time I only had ONE car! A 1969 Dodge Dart GT that I had just repainted, and it looked really nice. So I wanted to get a "beater" to help preserve the Dart. Only problem was, they wanted more for this beater LeSabre than I had paid for the Dart!

    It didn't seem all that cumbersome back then, but that was also a long time ago.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,075
    Ask the man who owned one. I had a 1975 Cadillac Sedan DeVille four door hardtop and this is about as big as a passenger car ever got. They can be cumbersome on a lot of curves, but the ride is extremely smooth and nothing beats the way these cars just g-l-i-d-e down the block. You don't just pull up to the curb, but e-a-s-e on up to it. They are excellent cars to be seen in and to see yourself in. I often hoped I'd get stopped somewhere where there were a lot of store windows just so I could see my reflection in this sleek classy ride, especially when I had all four windows down.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    That was the motto of Packard Motor Co. until they folded. :)
  • Oh yeah!!...Can you say COPO?
  • People call me something similar...
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    My first car was a 2001 Sentra. I guess that paints me as an everyman who occasionally wanted a cheap thrill on the interstate ramps while saving at the pumps.

    When I lost the car, I briefly considered the Altima in 2003, which had just changed its styling to its current form. Again, the hot rod and practical sides of me were at war. The compromise came in the form of a red Aerio SX: It had more power, haul things as needed, could be (and still does, except for the color) be distinguished from every other vehicle in a parking lot, and had better room and seating positions than most compacts at the time (my sister has a 2001 Cavalier which, to me, feels like getting into a very low bathtub).

    "Is that a truck?" some people would ask.
    "Nope." Not much of the local (personal) market had discovered that it was possible to haul stuff at more than 21 mpg overall.

    Now, custom usually demands that I immediately swap the car for another brutal assault on my wallet for the next three to five years. I like having money, so I'll hold onto the vehicle until something non-replaceable and/or down-payment expensive breaks, forcing me to consider a new vehicle.

    If I were to pick a vehicle today, I think I'd go for the Mazda5. Practical and zoom-zoomy at the same time. Curse my dual nature!
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    I think many of us on Edmunds have a dual nature, if not a triple or quadruple one.
    There's not a car made that doesn't compromise some things, nor will there ever be one. That's one reason why many people have more than one vehicle, in addition to need.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I'm conflicted: I normally drive a Lexus for work because it's large, comfortable, will take clients in comfort, has navigation and bluetooth, very helpful tools in my trade. BUT, I just fell in love with, and acquired a Thunderbird (picture on Carspace) that I am really enjoying, in fact, haven't driven the Lexus since I got it. I know what it says about me, I'm nostalgic, ergo; old enough to remember the original Thunderbirds, and liked 'em, trying to capture my past in a car, and probably having a mid life (actually, it's too late for that) crisis.

    Do both cars together make me Schitzo-effective?
  • Just effective. The Lexus is about clients or friends or family. The T-Bird is all about you. Roll with it.
    Wow...and I don't have a psychiatry degree!! ;)
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,730
    It would seem that in a good economy what you drive is more important than in a bad economy. When I see people driving anymore I just think, well at least they can afford to drive. ;)

    What my cars used to say about me is different than they would today. Today they say, "paid in full, got the pink." :shades:
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