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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,425
    Black one (the best color, IMO, brought the different parts together, like black did on the early '80s Supras). Had it 12 years, mostly in Anchorage, never let me down, fun to drive every day, 25 mpg no matter what.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Actually it had the button deal. :P

    I never got to excited about the shifter sticking up. I looked at it as a foot obstacle for a 3rd person who sat in the middle and thus prefered the button. ;)


    P.S. andre, trust me you don't want to take on this trucks bad luck pal. Hopefully it will be better off now since I've replaced so many parts. My wife said my buddy is about done with it. One of the dash pieces was damaged and thus needed replacing.

  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I miss my '94 Ford SHO
    Red on Black - Automatic

    I've had nicer cars since, but I constantly think back to just how much fun that car was to drive.

    I'd probably still have it in the garage today if it wasn't quickly becoming the money pit it was.

    Got to the point where it passed everything but the mechanic's garage.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,979
    Nice car.. But, you can use the name Taurus... It's okay.. ;)

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  • :D Walt, you just made my day with that one! :shades:
  • bryanbryan Posts: 217
    1. My 1975 White on White on White with red dash, carpet, and some other trim Caprice Classic Convertible. Every option available--sitting on the showroom floor. Impulse buy on the spot! Fond memories of driving the car; had the A/C go out one month after warranty up! A few other nit picky issues, so I traded it with 22K miles for...

    2. My 1977 Olds Cutlass Salon 2-door, white with burgundy landau vinyl and cloth buckets. That car was just super. No issue other than the digital dash clock never worked, so I stupidly traded it with 12K miles for...

    3. My 1978 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ, burgundy with burgundy landau vinyl and gold velour buckets. Beautiful car, and really got stupid when I sold it and bought an '81 Datsun 200SX.

    Gosh was I a dumb youngin'.

    Of the three, the most valuable is probably the Caprice, but the best driver by far was the '77 Olds Cutlass. I like what I'm driving now, but I guess I miss my youth as much as the cars??? ;)
  • I got this car back in 99' way before the whole drift scene blew up here in the U.S. Back then these cars were dirt cheap and a dime a dozen. Mine was silver metallic blue, SE, with the pop up sunroof, with only 80K miles, bone stock. It wasn't the quickest car at the time, say compared to a Integra GSR which were so popular back then, but that thing handled pretty darn good, definately better than those Civics and Integras stock for stock. I think I paid $4,500 for it and the thing was practically mint. These days, I see some 89' sohc engines with a bunch of ebay hack mods go for that price.
  • joecarnutjoecarnut Posts: 215
    My first car was a 69 Mach1 with a 351 windsor that would beat most other cars. It was dark green with a flat black hood, scoop, and hood clips.

    After I bought it I found oil was leaking out the back of the trans and we had to replace the yoke. Evidently the guy abused/raced the car alot. It I had went for a longer test drive I would have noticed it but he always wanted to do just short test drives. I learned to late why.

    It had a 4-speed with a hurst shifter and posi-traction rear end that he said he put in.
    He must have done a lot to the engine too but he never told me what he did, but it really did beat everything. Even a camaro with a Keith Black engine in it.
    It also handled great and was just fun to drive. Decent hoghway mileage in the high 20's.

    As I was young I was starting to get too many tickets.
    Then I noticed my carburetor was loose on the manifold for some reason.
    I tightened it up but that didn't cure it as a screw fell out and went thru the engine and messed the engine up robbing it of nearly 15& of its horse power.

    We tore it apart but couldn't find the damage or the screw.
    Probably a more knowledgable person could have repared it.

    We got it running and eventually sold it to some guy for about $1800.00.

    I still have old friends that fondly remember that car to this day.
  • I loved my 855 Turbo, It was a strange old-lady dark beige, with very tasteful black wheels (aftermarket) It had a few choice modifications made, it loved to spin the front rubber like crazy, being in art school, it was great, because I could experiment with large peices of canvas. So comfortable, unassuming and fast. If I could just get enough together to start modifying my project 87 760 turbo, Id feel some sort of consolation again, I think. :cry:
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I'm still in therapy because of this.
    It's not a Taurus, It's not a Taurus... :cry: :cry: :cry:
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,979

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  • It was my first car, and other than the nostalgia it still manifests, it was fairly unexceptional. It only had a 318, automatic transmission, skinny 14 inch tires, drum brakes all around and no options.
    I bought it in the summer of 1974 for $900,(after watching Bullitt) a few months after finishing Army basic training. A month after buying it I was shipped to Alaska for two winters as a Nike/Hercules radar operator. The car suffered from neglect and went downhill quickly. Traded it for a 1972 Duster 340.
  • Get off the couch. ;) Yes, it's a Taurus but the SHO was described by Csaba Csere no less, as "a dazzling car, the most important automotive breakthrough in years. The first sedan to combine top-rank, autobahn-ready performance with great handling...etc." Praise like that make it easy to forget its pedestrian heritage. This from C&D, 12/88.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Chubby Cheddar is a shmoe, and that rag of his ain't worth the ink it takes to print. ;)

    Other than that, good words for a good direction from FoMoCo. Why can't they learn to keep the baby when they empty the bath? :confuse:

    I guess in retrospect, after reading through all of these reminiscences, that it would have been a good thing to keep the '65 Olds 98 convertible. It was in pretty decent shape and if I could have stored it, Barrett-Jackson could have seriously inflated its value for me, and I'd have walked away with the kids' tuitions!

    I sure as heck wouldn't pay five cents to drive the thing again... :sick:
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,979
    18 years ago.. the Taurus SHO was truly amazing.. if only for that Yamaha engine...

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  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Heck, the whole SVO program was a kicker. I'm a big fan of skunkworks programs, personally. I think they're great for morale, for both interior and exterior publics, regardless if they produce viable commercial product.

    Crying shame that some beancounters lump them in with marketing on the expense ledgers to drop the R&D numbers...
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Yeah, they ruined it with the third gen, Mr Limpet looking model.
    V8 or not, it couldn't stand up to the 2nd gen in any way.
  • What hurt more was that you could not get a Manual version anymore.
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    That's overstating it some, but it was 1988. Nissan didn't put a DOHC mill in the Maxima until 1992, and no one else had an FWD sedan that could outrun its grandma back then.
  • For the time it was phenomenal and Mr.Csere was probably guilty of hyperbole.
    But the worm does turn and by the last V8 incarnation journalists couldn't scrape it off their shoe fast enough. By then SHO was a 'Shouldn't Have Oughta'.
    Yesterday evening while driving to work, I saw a late 80's CRX (excuse me, Honda Civic CRX :)) with what looked like 20 inch, honeycomb style rims. Horribly, horribly ugly, but it reminded me that I once owned a CRX, a 1984, the first year it came out. With 1.3 liters of Honda muscle it passed no one but the gas station. It was a true 50 mpg car.
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