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  • HEB's very strict with their IDing for some reason. But they're otherwise a cool store. They make so much profit that all the new grocery stores they build (at least in the good parts of town) have rather elaborate fronts, and very detailed insides. In fact, one of the newer locations has parking spots with overhangs and walkways so that you don't get wet, and a toy store and gourmet fast food place built in.

    Anyway, I will need to update my site and put the correct model names for those wagons. I know of probably another 50 cars I can take pictures of, so stay tuned!
  • I think my brother's Tatra colection takes the prize. See his site devoted to these strange Czech vehicles:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Tatras are very interesting cars although terminally weird-looking. The pre-war models were so deadly in their handling that staff officers of German occupation forces were prohibited from driving them. You can imagine a big 3.0 liter 4 cylinder engine hanging off the rear of the car!
  • kw_carmankw_carman Posts: 114
    I recently spotted a VW Fox. I had totally forgotten that they existed, and, TADA! there was one running! Does anyone here also remember the Corrado? Saw one of those too....

    Also, I saw an Audi 100 (mid/early '90s model), and I look at them at think at how nice they look, and then remember their stale reliability problems. darn...
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,456
    nothing special with the blown G60.

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,711
    I thought the early-mid '90s Audi 100 models were at least adequate in terms of reliability. My golf pro had one for 5 1/2 years and 126k miles. Of course, it was in the shop every other week...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    They weren't bad cars. Not great, but better than any Audis before them and not as good as the ones now.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...between an '84-88 5000S and an '89-91 100? I don't see any, other than trim, equipment, safety items, etc.
  • auerbachauerbach Posts: 110
    i'm guessing a late 70's (maybe early 80's) Mercury Bobcat Villager wagon. It was white with the fake "woody" treatment. It was in mint condition.

    I wonder how many of those are still running around.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Probably just the one you saw :) ??

    I saw a '49 or 50 Ford that was either once a wagon or a sedan delivery. It had been lowered, all chrome trim removed, and bamboo siding put on it with rattan. Chrome spokes, whitewalls, jet black inside and out, surfboard on top. Actually looked GREAT!
  • It looked brand new, sounded like a motor boat as It passed by in the other direction at about 35MPH. Do these cars get any respect for a 4 Banger exotic?
  • Saw:

    Avanti coupe - don't know year, pristine condition
    '66 Chrysler Imperial - had his Honey sittin' close
    the new Z - very nice and fast
    chopped and lowered old Mercury - also very nice

    Grand High Poobah
    The Fraternal Order of Procrastinators
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,456
    I spotted a 328 Mondial Spider this afternoon. I know they're probably common in the Bay Area and SoCal but we just don't see Ferraris here and this one was purple!

    2001 BMW 330ci/E46, 2008 BMW 335i conv/E93

  • I saw a hot pink Acura Integra this weekend!
  • jeberjeber Posts: 91
    lol -- I still occasionally see an 80's chrysler "K car" or minivan that has the artificial wood grain paneling--not just the ones with a little trim, but where the WHOLE vehicle is clad in that stuff...I always just think "wow"...... and I'm just sort of rendered speechless! they're almost strange/ugly to the point of being cool, though, ala garth's flame-painted pacer!
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    Want to buy an '89 Caravan?...
  • ... 89 Caravan, 110K miles, only on its third transmission, 2.5 liter inline-4, make offer
  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    '89 Caravan, 90k miles, original 3 speed transmission, V-6, starts and runs great, some structural rust, make an offer.
  • jeberjeber Posts: 91
    If it ain't got the artificial wood grain, it just won't do it for me! gives it that little bit of class, don't ya think? and, if it has a little rust, don't even worry about sanding or bondo, just get some of that plastic wood veneer stuff (probably on clearance at kmart) & epoxy it right on there! problem solved!
  • Chrysler has a fondness for subpar transmissions... they had a 3-speed automatic in the Neon until this year!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,522 that I heard the Neon's 3-speed was their most reliable automatic at the time. It should bbe, as it first made its debut with the Omni/Horizon way back in 1978. They had two decades to work the bugs out of it!

    Speaking of Neons, do they have a power option for the rear windows yet? I remember when the current-gen first came out, if you got power windows, they were front-only...the rears were still crank-operated.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    ...if you got power windows, they were front-only...the rears were still crank-operated.

    You are joking right?
  • Nope, that's how Neons are. I don't believe it's changed. In fact, the half-power half-manual concept is widely used in European cars. Some of the really basic BMW's of last generation came like this (not anymore.)

    A lot of the non premium brands like Renault and Peugeot still practice this.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    and I thought the only fruity thing in france was the president (fine matt, you win).
  • the Prime MInister? How about the President...the Prime Minister is not the head of government in France. :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,522
    Back in 1981, with the K-cars, Chrysler did something similar. The rear windows in the sedans and and wagons were stationary, with only a little flip-out vent window to give you ventillation.

    GM did the same thing with its downsized intermediates for 1978. Evidently, the public outcry was loud enough to make them think twice about doing it again, as the Citation and other X-cars of 1980 had rear windows that rolled down about 1/2 way. Too bad the public didn't cry louder though, as the intermediates had those damn stationary windows right up until the last G-body Cutlass Supreme sedan rolled off the assembly line in 1987.

    Chrysler, which had much more to lose by pissing off customers, reacted pretty quickly. By 1982, they were making the windows roll down, about 3/4 of the way. They originally made them stationary to save money, but found that it cost about the same regardless of whether it rolled down or not.

    I can't imagine that they're saving that much money by skimping on power windows in the rear for the Neon, but for some reason they keep doing it!
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I rode in a 2000 Neon (second generation) kinda recently, it had power windows in front, manual in the rear. It was the same way in 1954, the first year power windows were offered on a Chevy; that year Ford actually touted in at least one ad that their power windows were on all four, while Chevy's were only on the front; in 1955, Chevy offered power on all four. Forty-seven years later...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I think pretty soon all cars will be sealed tight, like modern skyscrapers, or like Neons when the electric windows fail.

    I saw a weird truck today. It was some kind of ancient Japanese pickup truck, but a diesel. Looked like from the 60s, probably an Isuzu I'd guess. I couldn't read the logo because the front end was smashed in. The diesel part was no secret, however.
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Saw the rear end of what turns out to be a '60s Renault, either a Floride or Caravelle, the "sporty" coupe version of the Dauphine.

    Looks like it hasn't been driven for years, an idea with some credibility, but it's a handsome car. I wonder if a tuned VW engine would fit in the back?

    I might be tempted but previous experience rescuing a '65 Fiat 1500 cabriolet from the wrecking yard taught me all I want to know about bringing back weird cars with minimal parts sources and no resale value.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Not only would you have the normal TWO requirements for an automotive restoration disaster, picking a car with a) no parts and b) no resale value, but with the Renault you get the MAGIC THIRD requirement, that just about guarantees disaster--that is, a complete indifference on the part of 99% of the people who look at it.

    Nothing like working that hard and finding out nobody cares--yessir!
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