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Lovers of 'classic' cars born to be mild
USA TODAY ^ | 29 March 2002 | Marco R. della Cava

Posted on 03/29/2002 1:27:13 PM PST by Deadeye Division

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:39:28 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

PASADENA, Calif. Saturday nights in Pasadena are like Sunday mornings in the Bible Belt. Here, the object of worship is the automobile, and its intensity makes the Aztecs' sun-lust seem half-hearted. As the spring sky slowly turns Ferrari red, scores of vintage cars glide into a parking lot outside the Fuddruckers restaurant for a weekly chrome-and-steel fashion show ruled by custom '30s Ford hot rods, souped-up '50s Chevys and beefy '60s muscle cars of all stripes.


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TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cars
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What's your favorite "nerd" car? Chevy Nova?
Ford Pinto?
Mercury Bobcat?
Plymouth Duster?
Pontiac Aztec?
Yugo?
All AMC cars (Gremlin, Pacer, etc)?
1 posted on 03/29/2002 1:27:14 PM PST by Deadeye Division
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To: Deadeye Division
AMC Matador: What were they thinking?


2 posted on 03/29/2002 2:06:45 PM PST by Dakmar
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To: Deadeye Division
What a fun article! Makes me want to buy an old Pinto. You know, really -- and call me a nut if you will -- Pintos have pretty nice lines. It's just that they've gotten so much bad press that it's hard to regard them objectively. AMC Gremlins? They are hideous, and that's simply objective truth; but they're so uncool they're cool -- a bit like Louis Rukeyser, really.

Viva los Nerdcars!

3 posted on 03/29/2002 3:11:08 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Deadeye Division
Dodge Dart. That car took more abuse than any automobile should ever be able to withstand and kept right on going.
4 posted on 03/29/2002 3:27:02 PM PST by riley1992
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To: Yardstick
I've had a bunch of the so-called "Nerd Cars" in my driving life. AMC's have been, by far, the most reliable cars I have ever owned, mainly due to their mechanical "over-engineering". The V-8's used in their full size cars were the same ones that they used in their police packages (Remember "ADAM-12"), and the parts AMC didn't produce themselves were sourced from GM, Ford, & Chrysler, and are still easy to obtain. Just don't tell the parts counter guy it's for an AMC, or he'll either charge double, or tell you there's NO WAY it'll fit!
5 posted on 03/29/2002 3:49:28 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: riley1992
Darts is cool, I guess, lol.


6 posted on 03/29/2002 4:14:58 PM PST by Dakmar
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To: riley1992
My mom's old dart ran like a top the day we had to haul it to the junkyard because the whole body had rusted out.....

I like Roadrunner Superbirds, personally.

7 posted on 03/29/2002 4:18:27 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: Bella_Bru
I like Roadrunner Superbirds, personally.

Here's a nice one.


8 posted on 03/29/2002 4:28:53 PM PST by Dakmar
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ohhhhhhhhhhhh.......must have that car!
9 posted on 03/29/2002 4:34:30 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: Bella_Bru
I know exactly what you mean. Pretty, pretty, pretty, evil snorkely looking predator car, come join the hunt... :-)
10 posted on 03/29/2002 4:39:20 PM PST by Dakmar
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But, great as the Superbird is, nothing can beat the 1970 Mercury Cyclone GT from a styling standpoint. It's certainly dated by todays standards, but if I was designing cars I would make the look cool, like this.

You can almost smell the cheap aftershave swinger smell from that car, eh?

11 posted on 03/29/2002 4:54:56 PM PST by Dakmar
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To: Deadeye Division
All AMC cars (Gremlin, Pacer, etc)?

Every single time I see an AMC car I think: "What happened? Have I been thrust into a parallel universe, where cars are ... not quite ... right???"

I don't know about them being reliable - just something about their styling was so ... strange.

12 posted on 03/29/2002 5:01:47 PM PST by jennyp
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To: Deadeye Division
My mother had a Pinto wagon with a V-6 in it. I inherited it in 1984. The first thing I did was take it out on Highway 4 and blew all of the carbon out of it- it ran like a sonofagun. The acceleration was excellent, especially given what it was.

I have to admit, I miss the "Mysterymobile".

13 posted on 03/29/2002 5:06:17 PM PST by Riley
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The Pinto Cruising Wagons were neat looking.
14 posted on 03/29/2002 5:17:57 PM PST by Dakmar
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I had the regular windows in the back on mine. I put a pair of Electrovox home stereo speakers in the back and used to drive around with classical music thundering out of it- Don Dorsey's "Bachbusters"!
15 posted on 03/29/2002 5:21:22 PM PST by Riley
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Vote for the nerdiest car at article link. USA TODAY Quick Question Results
16 posted on 03/29/2002 5:43:16 PM PST by Deadeye Division
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To: Riley;riley1992
That must have been fun. I will always remember the look I got when I would pull up to an intersection with some Buddy Holly music cranked up on the speakers. Some people just don't know what to make of a long-haired right wing lunatic in a foriegn sports car belting out the verses of "Raining In My Heart" in the car right next to theirs.
17 posted on 03/29/2002 5:43:29 PM PST by Dakmar
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To: Dakmar
Here's a nice one.

Yeah, it is. I'm just wonderin' what it's doin' with a hoodscoop off a Coronet R/T.

18 posted on 03/29/2002 6:00:56 PM PST by uglybiker
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To: uglybiker
Good eye! I never would have noticed that if you had not pointed it out. It looks cool, but would seriously diminsh the value of the car unless it's a factory one-off or something.
19 posted on 03/29/2002 6:15:00 PM PST by Dakmar
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Hey, be nice. He asked for our favorite 'nerd' cars. Mine qualified all the way around. Duck brown and the driver's side door was actually bolted shut. I had to climb in Daisy Duke style. LOL
20 posted on 03/29/2002 6:24:12 PM PST by riley1992
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