Skip to comments.Ugly American Cars (My Vanity Rant)
Posted on 09/09/2012 9:23:53 AM PDT by count-your-change
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For the most part I agree with you, but the Acura NSX still deserves a place on any list of the 10 best looking cars ever...
I have those Carroll Shelby Vector wheels on my trike.
It was all I could afford.
Those wheels belong on an Escalade, not an Aston Martin.
Mine was a ‘73.
It had 273,000 miles on it when the odometer stopped working.
I drove it 2 years after that.
There was NO place it couldn’t go, weather be damned.
The ex used it as a trade in and it went to the local salvage yard.
Two weeks later, my mom saw a young kid driving it south on I-81.
It may still be running, for all I know.
[and boy, could it ever jump off the line...I could do 35 in 1st gear]
Jay Leno on Top Gear was great. Say what you will about Leno, he’s a car guy all the way. He even left Jeremy Clarkson dumbfounded.
Never trust the judgment of high school girls!
Mine had the 258 and yes, it burned the ‘muscle cars’ off the line because of the insane gear ratio.
30 mph in 1st gear and they couldn’t catch me, especially after I cut down the shift for a shorter throw.
Yeah! Once the new design of the Mustang in 2011 came out, I was excited about them again. Took the plunge a year ago and got one - I couldn't resist. My 2012 V6 gets about 21/28 MPG average and ~330 HP with mods (303 STOCK!). Here she is the moment the dealer brought her around to the front of the office.
It's good that you understood it wasn't you that the girls liked.
I just got one of these used so I could double the mileage of the Yuke.
23mpg and I can still fit the dogs and plywood in the back.
[it seriously needs some flames or sumthin', though] LOL
It has a surprisingly 'sporty' feel in the handling.
[which means I'm racing around corners almost on two wheels]..;D
Way back in the day, I dated gal who drove a purple one
I used to drive across northern Arizona in my old LTD at 70-75 mph. with the classical music station on, just floating along like sitting on my couch at home. Those were good times.
I drove a '73 Buick 225
He calls it the "most unreliable car ever made" as he never mamaged to complete a return journey in it.
I had a Gremblin X.... 304 v-8, four on floor,.....It kicked a lot of chevy, and Ford as$. Paid 2500.00 NEW!
Whoa..that was the “X” Gremlin!
Mine was...get this..”Trans Am orange”.
Talk about desperate advertising attempts.
If I could find one, I would happily buy an AMC Javelin or AMX.
They were wicked things.
Weird Gremlin trivia:
“Bill Clinton drove the back roads of Northwest Arkansas in his green AMC Gremlin” during his 1974 campaign for the only attempt he made for a seat in the United States Congress.
An AMC Gremlin with a Levi interior was owned by the George H. W. Bush family and driven by George W. Bush in 1973 while getting his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.”
When I was a kid working in the filling station my boss had a 73 Olds 98. Big old boat but I loved driving it. It was like you said cruising on your couch.
Some us look first at a car for its utility.
I want it comfortable, I want to be able to get in and out and not have to do a contortionist skit, and I don’t want the neighbor’s dog to be able to tear the front bumper off as happened to a police car.
Having to pay a garage $200 to replace a battery makes a car not so good looking to me despite all the flashy plastic and fake chrome.
I had a '76 Monte. I replaced the transmission in it twice and replaced the engine once because I loved the darned thing so much. I think I drove that car for close to 16 years.
My very first car when I was a high school kid was a '72 Cougar XR7
Mine was forest green with a 3/4 white vinyl top. It had a white all leather interior. The dashboard instrumentation was ahead of it's time. No idiot lights, lots of gauges. It gave you the feeling of being in a cockpit when the dashboard was all lit up at night.
Even though it was really on the luxury car side of the balance sheet, it had the 351 Cleveland engine in it and few of my friends Camaros could keep up with me (got a lot of tickets in that car).
Wish I still had it.
The car lover, which you are not, has very little to chose from. The car prol, like you, has so many ugly appliance type vehicles to choose from. Not fair.
Not all models and not always cheap but available. And the tools are being made for the less than professional restorer, the plasma cutters, shears, etc.
I picked the 2007, beautiful color, pre-owned by an elderly suburban couple, as clean inside and out as if it had just rolled off the assembly line, even smelled new.
Only 20,000 miles on it. Roomy, built like a Barack Shiite house, crumple proof in an accident, good mileage, biggest trunk on the road, almost new Michelins, no repair bills big or little as yet, no monthly payments, this baby will outlive me.
All this and heaven, too, for $14,000 plus tax and the usual little extortions.
Eat your hearts out, everybody, LOL.
Wish I still had mine, too. It had style and rode so smoothly I never needed cup holders. I would set a coke on the seat and it never once spilled. And you didn’t need arm muscles to turn the wheel like today’s vehicles. Oh, and leg room!
Got a basic 2000 Tacoma 4 cylinder pickup with 258,000 miles on it. Not a single service problem of any description since I bought it used with 21,000 miles on it in 2003. Still purrs like a kitten. Nice styling too (at least that’s what a few people have told me). Never could get more than maybe 120,000 miles out of any domestic truck without serious service problems.
Had four Toyotas over the past 35 years with pretty much the same story including a ‘77 Corolla wagon that my sister and I put 410,000 miles on before selling it in the mid 90’s. Other folks may have had trouble out of their Toyotas but I sure haven’t.
You lucky baddog, you!
To see them lunge down in the front and rear up in the back going off the line was always hot!
Once in a great while, somebody will bring one to the local drag strip.
I get crazy.
If somebody gave me a 16V Scirocco or Corrado, I wouldn’t care if I had to climb through the freaking rear hatch to get in and out.
And he said that the security system used to call his phone at all hours of the night, saying that it had been “kidnapped”. He’d have to run down to the garage to make it was still there.
The guy in the building next to mine has one. I hadn’t seen one in 15 years. I really didn’t age well. The mix of ‘80s and ‘90s lines are kind of bland. The new NSX is beautiful.
I saw a 1990 Toyota Supra the other day, and the owner kept it pristine. It still fits in twenty+ years later.
BEST retro car of the current crop, and I’m not even a Ford fan. New Camaro (heavy, over-sytled), not so much.
I remember the late 1980s/early 1990s generation of “mustanges” and they were erstaz-ricers. Lots of plastic and an insanely huge selection of aftermarket plastic, lights and whistles. Ugh.
The current Mustang is amazing, but it might give way to a new Euro-mustang. Yikes.
The “estate wagon” needs to make a comeback.
The last one I really liked was the Buick Roadmaster Wagon. Huge, powerful, beautiful.
The Europeans have made some nice wagons, but they’re too small. The American SUV is a poor replacement.
These guys were given a rare Buick ragtop if they could drive it home.
The only problem is it had been sitting outside for 30 some years
Utility is my number one concern as well. I’m a bicyclist, so hauling bicycles around is job 1. I need a 2” receiver for my bike rack, and the ability to just throw a single bike in the back without the rack is a plus. My Explorer is up to the task, but it’s not pretty. My idea of a good looking car would be something like the latest Chevy Malibu.
Good god, please don’t bring back station wagons. The memories, the horror, anything but....
“As for size blame the CAFE rules and it is only going to get worse.”
Now might be a good time to buy futures in lawn mower wheels, the demand from the auto industry may drive the price up soon.
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