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  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Anybody want a free Town & Country? You haul it away and it's yours! :p
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Spotted in the parking lot today, the ultra-elusive, 2000-05, Impala "convertible" in base level trim!

    How's that for "obscure" :p
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    wow, my eyesight must be getting bad. As soon as I looked at the pic I posted, my first thought was "damn, I didn't remember that rip in the top!" Didn't notice it wasn't a tear, until you pointed it out, texases...
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    You still driving the Park Avenue? I know you've talked about replacing it for, what, 3-4 years now?
    Nah, unfortunately the Park Avenue is terminal, as well. It'll probably be the next to go. It has electrical issues and tends to kill the battery, so towards the end of its run I was driving around with one of those portable jump-start things. It also needs suspension work, brake work, rear shocks, and has other issues. The fuel lines are rusting, and I think the brake lines rusted through because one day it finally lost its brakes...fortunately while in the yard! I dropped the insurance on it and turned in the tags back in October.

    The 2012 Ram has been my daily driver, and it's up to around 37,000 miles. I had toyed with the idea of trading it right around the 5 year mark, so I could get into something under warranty again, but that's coming up. September 23 of this year will be 5 years, so I guess I'll have to sing or get off the pot! It's amazing how fast the time goes by.

    One advantage I've learned, of a regular-cab pickup, is that if you go out with a group of friends, you're never asked to be the driver!

  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Looks nice, andre. I seem to remember a lot of those cars being a beige color back then.
    Thanks. Like they say in the old Steve Miller Band song, "Everything's better when wet!" :p

    For 1979, Chrysler built about 15,000 5th Avenue Editions, and every single one of them was a 2-tone cream-over-beige, so that might be why the beige seems to stick in everyone's mind. I think they built around 55,000 New Yorkers in total, so that one color scheme would account for roughly 27% of them.

    For 1980, sales cratered, and I think they only built around 13,000 New Yorkers in total. I don't know how many were 5th Avenues, but Wikipedia states that 7356 were built in 1980-81 combined. For 1980, they added a "Black Walnut metallic" as a color choice on the 5th Ave. Here's a brochure pic of it.

    For 1981, the 5th Ave package offered "Driftwood Gray over Light Heather", "Mahogany Starmist over Heather Mist", or "Light Creme over Light Cashmere". That last one might have simply been the same 2-tone creme/beige from earlier years, just with a different name. For 1979, it was called "Designer Cream over Designer Beige".