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On the subject of "Highway Patrol", I've caught an episode every once in a blue moon, when I wake up too early. I remember one episode that had a '59 DeSoto hardtop coupe in it...can't remember the series though. I remember at one point some criminals put a man in the trunk and threatened to shoot him. Anyway, there was a chase scene involving that DeSoto, and one thing that was interesting was how well it handled...cornering flatly and stable, slamming on the brakes without pitching about, etc. The cars trying to chase it were wallowing about in comparison. I forget what they were though...I know that Buick was popular with that show, but by '59 I think they might have been using Mercurys as police cars.
Wow...I just looked up "Highway Patrol" on Wikipedia, and they made 156 episodes in just four seasons. The good old days, when a standard season was 39 episodes, and they made those actors work for their money! Just imagine the nightmare it would be trying to get Charlie Sheen to show up for 39 episodes...
I heard about those...I believe the other pairs were owned by Herb Tarlek of Cincinnati, Ed Higgins of Raytown, and Cousin Eddie from Coolidge, Kansas. There was a rumored 6th pair, but little is known about them other than they were from the Baltimore area and known only as "Juror #8"I bought a pair of Gucci shoes at a thrift store once. What kind of man could afford such a shoe? These were the very rare "double gold G" model. Only 5 pair are known to exist in the world, and only two pair are actually on someone's feet. Tony Danza's BiL owned a pair.
I'll let them go for $400.
According to Wikipedia, the Gran Sport could still be ordered with a 245 or 255 hp 455 in '74, so with one of those engines, it might have still been kind of fun. Or, at the very least, it might still be able to chirp one of the rear tires, jerk you around, and make a lot of noise, so at least it *feels* like you're going fast. That's kinda how my '76 LeMans is, until a Prius blows past it and shatters the illusionWhat the heck is a "Marti Report"?
It's a shame to see the mighty Gran Sport name attached to a roach smogged up Buick like that one! 1974 was not a good year for cars in general!
I'll backpedal a bit and say that I do like the hidden headlight model of the '71 Fury. And the Monacos with the hidden headlights, I like those alot. And in most years of that fuselage generation, I thought the Polaras and Monacos looked nicer than the Fury models did.
Traditionally, big Mopars usually handled better than their GM and Ford rivals. I remember reading somewhere that even by 1977, when GM downsized their big cars, that the big, old-school C-body Gran Fury still compared favorably when it came to handling, at least. Of course it was more cumbersome in tight spaces, less space efficient, burned more gas, and was bad in a bunch of other ways, but supposedly it still handled well for such a big brute.