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  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I test drove a Vigor a few years ago (with a 5-speed), then a 190E 2.3 automatic right after (they were on the same used lot). The Vigor was faster (though not what you'd call fun to drive) and roomier, but generally felt ragged. I'm not a big fan of frameless doors on sedans, and the thing still looked like a big Accord. I'm also not a big fan of 5-cylinder engines.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,635
    I was a previous gen Camry so badged today. WTF?
    Must be an aftermarket deal.

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

  • hahaha!
  • lokkilokki Posts: 1,200
    Basically Acura did it because Audi did it. I always thought Audi did it because they were stupid. What's the point of an I5? Why not go ahead and make it a 6?

    In both cases the cars were clean designs at the same time the engines were done, so it wasn't done to fit it into the available space.

    I submit that their current popularity speaks to their success as a design.
  • I saw a brand new 2003 Nissan Z350 in white parked on a parking meter downtown last night. It looked pretty nice, but the hump is pretty portly.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 20,635
    AFIK Audi pioneered the concept based on the idea that they'd be torquier than a 4 but use less fuel than a 6. Gains in fuel efficiency have
    negated the latter and Audis and Acuras are all even numbered cyl counts now. Meanwhile Volvo now makes a line of Turbo and non-turbo fives--maybe just to be different.

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

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yep, fewer mouths to feed was the basic rationale.
    It's still a sound concept but debatable as to any real necessity or advantage.
  • well about 30or 40 post back someone asked about the VW pickup based on the microbus . I got a 61 sitting in my driveway waiting for me to restore ..

    i drive a truck everynight so i see many cars , i am in ca , but do to the 80's < man i killed alot of brain cells then > can't remember alot of names but i will try lol

    today i saw a way pos renault alliance convertable , a La car , and a freugo ? is that spelled right .
    also saw a late 50's early 60's toyota or datsun pickup in back of a house behind a garage and it wasn't on blocks . might go back and see if i can get that cheap it really looked clear from where i was at on the road .
    also saw my first 350 Z car fly by me today . still had the dealer plates on it .
  • I moved to a new house about 2 weeks ago, and am getting the feel for all the neighborhood cars. While I'm only about 10 blocks away, it's on the other side of a major road so the neighborhood's vastly different. I live next to two (2) Eagle Medallions, one a sedan, one a wagon, both really beat up.
  • sildogsildog Posts: 50
    Please get that picture of the 4 door El Camino in Chicago! I am dying to see it!
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,711
    Hey, don't be dissing 5-cylinder engines! The 2.4-liter twin-cam five in my 850 is the smoothest powerplant I've ever known.
  • How often do you meet engines? :)
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    Today, in SF, I saw for the very first time a BMW 760. Had the 19" wheels on it.

    It also had liscence plates with the typical american dimensions, except it said "Consul" at the top and did not have registration stickers. Diplomatic plates maybe?

    Anyway, there was a hot mid 20's girl with long blond hair driving it:)
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I haven't seen the four-door ('80) El Camino lately. If I see it, I'll take some photos (I'll even pick up a disposable camera if I don't have the digital with me). It's extra wacky. I have an eighteen hour work day tomorrow though, so probably not gonna happen.

    Today I saw a Subaru DL/GL/Loyale (white) with a fake convertible roof (in blue). Nothing has been spared this treatment, apparently. Jeez Louise.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Toyota should have kept them on in the Lexus lineup or something. (T_T)
  • Newer or older one?
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I saw a second-gen (82-84) silver-blue metallic, rusty Cressida wagon near DePaul University yesterday.
  • This morning:

    1. A Toyota Cornona wagon- a woodie!- in that 70's avacado green.

    2. *3* Hummer H2's. Two yellow, one reddish-brown.
  • I saw a Cadillac CTS this morning. That's how rare they are here.
  • Love that CTS styling, eh? Move to Detroit! >;p
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    That's a Renault F-U-E-G-O, which I think means "Tow Me Away" in Spanish.

    Anyone ever see a Bond Equipe GT?

    How about a Fiat Toppolino?
  • I drove from Madison to Chicago the other morning to pick my friend up at the airport. In the 2 hour drive between 6 and 8 am I saw 6 vipers, 3 Corvette convertibles (with the tops down), 2 late Camaro convertibles (with the tops down) and 4 Ferraris. Everybody must be getting the last fling of summer out of there system here this weekend.
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  • I took a drive in the hilly texas hill country today.

    I saw a bunch of cars! I saw my first 2003 E-class, an E500... looked very sharp, but who would expect less? Perhaps the best sedan ever. The panorama roof is pretty neat.

    I saw something in a puke yellow color... i want to say it's a 1960's compact. It has the same boat tail design as the early 70's Riviera, only in a smaller form with a upside down triangle window between the boat tail window and the driver's side window. I want to say something from AMC... any guesses?

    A Cavalier hatchback (probably from like 1982?)
  • Saw a green SVX today w/Florida plates.
  • The AMC Marlin was a boat-tail, but it wasn't really compact. http://www.geocities.com/marlin1965/MyMarlinPage.html


    Anyway, I saw a black and white 1958 DeSoto Fireflight parked in Manhattan last night. It even had a "Shoe" cartoon in the window. Shoe owns a 1959 DeSoto.
    I didn't realize that some cars in the 50's had flipper style door handles.


    Last week I saw a rare elusive electric yellow-green Honda Insight parked by Bertucci's in Woodbridge, NJ.

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I saw an SVX, with those tiny windows rolled down, full of people. I'm assuming the a/c was inop because it was hot and humid here today. I think the one I saw was black.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,560
    ...it might've been a Barracuda. The Marlin had huge oval rear windows, whereas the Barracuda's were smaller, and more triangular in shape...


    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/bacaruda/cudart.jpg


    AMC and Mopar products often shared a lot of styling similarities back then.


    Oh yeah, speaking of flip-up door handles, I think AMC was actually the first (domestic maker, at least) to offer them. Back then, a lot of cars had door handles that were similar to old-time refrigerator handles, only mounted sideways. If you grazed a pedestrian with your car, the handle would slice right through them.


    I saw a '58 DeSoto 4-door sedan, about a year ago, out on the highway. I think '58's are the rarest of the '57-59 design today. I used to be in the national DeSoto club years ago, and remember that there were actually more '59's in the club than '57 or '58's. The '57's were much more popular when new, but rusted like crazy. The '58's sold poorly, due partly to recession, the bad rap of the '57's, competition from within Chrysler, and poor marketing. The '59's were better built, but still sold poorly. I think that's why they survived better though, because they were built a bit better and had better rust-proofing.

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ....I saw a black BMW 635 coupe on Friday. The car appeared to be in very good condition.
  • I saw a Ferrari 328, a 1969 Lotus Europa, another Lotus of similar vintage, that I barely fit in (I did tech inspections), a Caterham 7, an MG Midget, a Porsche 928 (pretty darn slow on the course) and an older Alfa Romeo GTV (which was pretty darn fast on our course)

    FWIW,

    TB
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    If you are bigger than 5' 8", and you are wearing shoes, don't even attempt to drive a Lotus Europa.

    There's not an Alfa made that doesn't handle well for its vintage.
  • I see I was incomplete, the Alfa was a GTV6. Makes a bit of difference. It was both loud and fast.

    It had dealer drive-away tags on it, so I probably wasn't really street legal. It was not one of the cars I teched.

    Then there was the late 70's or early 80's Pontiac Sunbird (looked like a Chebby Monza) with the 3.8L V6. Big, heavy iron engine in small car. It didn't turn very well. Mediocre street tires also were a factor.

    It was a pretty car, in excellent shape. It looked showroom new.

    TB
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    My parents briefly owned a '78 Pontiac Sunbird (coupe, not hatchback) with the 3.8. It was pretty quick, but didn't handle so great (smallish wheels and all), and was an absolute nightmare in snow (lots of front end weight, little in the rear w/RWD). Nice looking car at the time, though, it was the requisite-for-1978 silver with dark red vinyl interior.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Today I saw a Citroen 2CV with the full-length cloth sunroof, quite rare here in Chicago.
  • Today I saw: an ugly mid-80's Hyundai Excel with faded maroon paint and a carriage roof.

    Also, a yellow-green Insight...intersting to look at...
  • Insights are pretty common here. In fact, there are a dozen Priuses on the lot, and they sell more than the Echo ( at least that's what the salesman said.)

    I was in Houston yesterday and in the IKEA parking lot, I spotted a car I had never seen before! I always can tell a car from a far distance, but this car looked like a Ferrari Testarossa. Then I was saying to myself "it has to be a Fiat" (due to the AMC-style door handles which were used on larger Fiat models).

    Lo and behold, it was a Lancia Scorpion! Never seen one in my life. It had the exact same door handles as the Lancia Beta sedan. In fact, I think it's technically a Lancia Beta Scorpion. Anyway, it was a really awesome looking car. It looked like a Ferrari in MR2 proportions.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Went to a "Mule Days Parade" Monday - best car was a Edsel station wagon with "regular" (not "classic") plates. Looked like a daily driver.

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  • Saw an Olds Delta 88 today. Old-school... don't tell the GM Card Club, though, over in GM's Might... don't want them to drool and flood the forum...!
  • I saw a Buick Reatta coupe today. I have never seen one before. It actually looked very classy...not the typical Old-Man Buick style. I'll try to find some pictures.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,280
    ...but back to back saw a brand new yellow Mini... looked real sharp, followed by a MINT copper-colored Datsun 280ZX... the wife has always wanted a Z!


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  • wishnhigh, I see a ton of those around here. They look good in comparison to a lot of other GM products.

    magneto: very nice looking classic!
  • Magnteophone: I've seen a car similar to the silver one three down on the page that you placed a link to. It was in "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" and belonged to the female race driver. The Lancia fell in love with Herbie....etc.

    Reattas are not that uncommon around here...I've seen several, but not that recently. They look pretty cool...nothing you'd think of when you hear "Buick."
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    There are thousands of them in and around Philadelphia. Personally, I prefer the Ninety-Eight Regency. I had yellow 1979 model that gave me 148,000 miles before it was demolished by a box truck. There is a green 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 convertible near my workplace which is much more uncommon.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,560
    ...I saw an '80-83 Dodge Mirada, in dark blue, with a faux convertible top. Looked to be in pretty good shape. I always thought these were one of the few cars whose looks weren't trashed with a fake convertible roof.
  • There are some GM cars I rarely see:

    Pontiac Parisienne
    Caprice wagon
    pre-1983 Buick Centurys
    two-door Cutlass Cieras
    pre-1983 Monte Carlos and Grand Prixes
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...drives a black 1978 Monte Carlo in the movie "Training Day."
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,560
    ...if you can tell the difference between an '82 and an '83 Monte Carlo ;-)

    Around here, I probably still see more Montes from the '81-88 style than I do all the newer Montes and Lumina coupes combined.

    Hey, that's one I don't see too often...the Lumina coupe that was offered for a few years. I used to think they were pretty nice looking, from the outside, at least!
  • Weren't the pre 1983 Monte Carlos smaller and more squat?

    I tend to see more of the newer versions of the Monte Carlo and Lumina. The egglike ones...

    I drove through a small town east of Austin on my way to Houston and noticed that there were a lot of older GM and Fords that I would never see in a "new" large city such as austin. And if I do, they're almost always jalopys, hooptys, or beaters. But in the small towns there are lots of older well kept cars.
  • Also, in River Oaks I saw a 70's or maybe very early 80's Isuzu I-Mark sedan. It's basically a carbon copy of a Vauxhall Chevette.
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