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It was $729K. Here's the complete listing. My first thought was "Suddenly it's 1978!", but it was built in 1983. It had a den off of the living room that had this textured wallpaper stuff that somewhat resembled rattan, or flattened bamboo. VERY dated, but in good condition.
One major bonus is that, even though the house only has a 2-car garage, at least it's a large-ish 2 car garage. I could easily fit the DeSoto and 5th Ave, my two longest cars in, with room to spare. I've seen some houses where, even though they're advertised as a 2-car garage, they often have a small staircase going up to the side door, that cuts one of the bays to about 15 feet.
I'd have to build a second garage, but at least this house has a large, level yard. Some of the homes I've looked at might have had large lots, but they would be hilly, have mature trees, etc, and just not very conducive to building a second garage. One of them was also on a steep hill, and I just kept having these mental images of my DeSoto at the top of the hill, losing its brakes...it wasn't a pretty image!
Last week, I went for a walk and spotted an early 80's Mercury Lynx RS. Abandoned, apparently for awhile, in the woods along a local hiker/biker trail that used to be a railroad right-of-way. I thought I knew about all the old abandoned cars around here, but this particular morning, at this time of year, I guess the morning sun hit it just right and the reflection caught my eye. Anyway, here it is, in its full glory...
I'm actually surprised the taillights are still intact, since most of the other easily broken stuff has been smashed out. I was sort of tempted to pull them off, in case anybody ever needed them in the future. But, I guess there aren't too many people out there restoring cars like this! Sometimes my hoarder mentality kicks in...
Only problem with those older cars, is that the GPS was a bit more low-res. Here's the display from a c1982 Trans Am...
If I really wanted to go the Altima route, I could get my Mom's 2008. I think it's a 2.5SL or something like that (4-cyl, with leather). It's pretty nice, and does have a sunroof. She's thinking about getting a new car, and would be trading this one in, and did ask if I wanted it.
I'll admit I do kinda like it...plus it's green, one of my favorite colors. But, I figure I'm also 45 years old, and maybe it's time to quit driving Mommy's hand-me-downs. Plus, I also have a bad memory of the last time she gave me a car. It was a 1986 Monte Carlo. I got t-boned while delivering pizzas in it. The car was totaled, and I went into the emergency room, but checked out okay other than a bump here and there and the typical adrenaline rush/mild shock (I remember the paramedic asking me if I knew who the President was, and I couldn't get his name out, but was able to say "Intern-dude", and I remember them chuckling over that )
But, I remember when I mentioned to them that I got into an accident and the car was totaled, the first thing out of their mouths was "well why were you driving THAT car?" (from my stepdad) and, get this..."I thought you'd use that car for only special occasions, and NOT delivering pizzas" (Mom). Nothing along the lines of, "Thank God you're okay!" or anything like that. And Mom did apologize later saying that of course she was glad I was okay, but that, she was also kind of hoping to see just how long that car would last. It was 12 years old and had 179K miles on it when she gave it to me, although I put another 13K on it in just three short months!
Oh, yeah, in 2002, Mom sold me my Granddad's old '85 Silverado, initially for $1200. I paid her $200, but then after that she kinda guilted me into taking in a semi-feral cat she had. She said I didn't have to pay her the remaining $1000 because I did that. Well, the cat was nothing but trouble, borderline psychotic. Peed in the furnace ducts in the living room. The second time it peed on my bed, I took it back to my Mom, along with a check for $1000, and said "Happy Mother's Day!" (it was around that time of the year).
I remember years ago, when I lived in my condo, one of the neighbor's kids got stuck on an ice patch in the parking lot. The car was a 1992-99 LeSabre, and this was around 2002 I guess. The neighbor was some kind of federal cop, in his late 40's I guess, and drove a '91 BMW 5-series. I'll never forget the cop pushing against the back of the LeSabre, telling the kid to give it some gas, and when the front wheels spun out on the ice and the car went nowhere, I hear him holler out "Oh, you got FRONT WHEEL DRIVE!" like it was some kind of revelation.
I wonder if "cylinder status" is as big a deal to younger buyers these days.A survey a while back revealed that more than half of new 3-Series owners didn't know that their car was rear wheel drive, or all wheel drive derived from RWD architecture. Therefore, my guess is that cylinder count doesn't mean as much to young buyers as in previous generations. It's probably not even a consideration for some, as long as performance is adequate. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if some owners don't even know how many cylinders are under the hood.
Alas, the demise of the American love affair with the automobile has been on a downward spiral for some time now...