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Ugly American Cars (My Vanity Rant)
count-your-change | 9/9/2012 | count-your-change

Posted on 09/09/2012 9:23:53 AM PDT by count-your-change

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To: Vaduz
"No car has had classic lines after 1972."

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...

51 posted on 09/09/2012 10:14:05 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: barmag25

I have those Carroll Shelby Vector wheels on my trike.

It was all I could afford.

*sigh*


52 posted on 09/09/2012 10:15:30 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: cripplecreek
I agree completely...Shelby made some nice rides as well.


53 posted on 09/09/2012 10:15:44 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: cripplecreek

Those wheels belong on an Escalade, not an Aston Martin.


54 posted on 09/09/2012 10:18:31 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: JoeProBono

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]

LOL


55 posted on 09/09/2012 10:19:04 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: count-your-change

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0XtNGuijqc


56 posted on 09/09/2012 10:19:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Maybe it's just both of us but I agree. It's like the same design studio passes around their basic model and everyone changes it just enough to make sure parts are not interchangeable.
57 posted on 09/09/2012 10:19:48 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: max americana

Never trust the judgment of high school girls!


58 posted on 09/09/2012 10:22:38 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.

;D


59 posted on 09/09/2012 10:23:30 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: yank in the UK
I love the new generation of Camaros, and mustangs. Americana at its finest

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.

My Stang

60 posted on 09/09/2012 10:26:17 AM PDT by America_Right (Remember, Republicans have a lot more in common with Democrats than they do with Tea Partiers.)
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To: count-your-change
American car manufacturers don't have any exclusive rights to ugliness. Consider the Nissan Juke, the Mazda 3, and the Kia Soul.
61 posted on 09/09/2012 10:27:40 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: max americana
I’ve had ricers’ since high school. Burned my money from summer work souping them up. Had no problems getting girls.

It's good that you understood it wasn't you that the girls liked.

62 posted on 09/09/2012 10:30:46 AM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: central_va
I feel your pain.

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

63 posted on 09/09/2012 10:30:57 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Salamander

Way back in the day, I dated gal who drove a purple one


64 posted on 09/09/2012 10:30:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Nakota
The few Lincoln Town cars left go for rather low prices and if I were in the market I'd head to the Southwest to buy 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.

65 posted on 09/09/2012 10:31:42 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Proud2BeRight
Fart can? Oh, you mean...


66 posted on 09/09/2012 10:32:50 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: cripplecreek
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67 posted on 09/09/2012 10:34:13 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: JoeProBono

I drove a '73 Buick 225


68 posted on 09/09/2012 10:34:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: desertfreedom765
I have trouble telling the Asian tin from the American since American may be imported from Asia.
69 posted on 09/09/2012 10:35:32 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: cripplecreek; SJSAMPLE
He loved the car but said it wasn't worth the money if you intended to drive it on the road.

He calls it the "most unreliable car ever made" as he never mamaged to complete a return journey in it.

70 posted on 09/09/2012 10:36:04 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: JoeProBono

I had a Gremblin X.... 304 v-8, four on floor,.....It kicked a lot of chevy, and Ford as$. Paid 2500.00 NEW!


71 posted on 09/09/2012 10:38:31 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: JoeProBono

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.”


72 posted on 09/09/2012 10:39:04 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: count-your-change

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.


73 posted on 09/09/2012 10:44:32 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: central_va
The '39 Ford is still the ultimate Ford


74 posted on 09/09/2012 10:44:37 AM PDT by Inyokern
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To: count-your-change
It's hard to imagine a car uglier than the 1959 Chevrolet.


75 posted on 09/09/2012 10:48:14 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Melas

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.


76 posted on 09/09/2012 10:48:38 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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My 1966 FJ40


77 posted on 09/09/2012 10:50:12 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: count-your-change

78 posted on 09/09/2012 10:53:22 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: bgill
You have good taste.

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

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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.

79 posted on 09/09/2012 10:53:46 AM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: FastCoyote
Now that is a CAR! Smooth lines with no pretensions of being a mini star ship or a Transformer toy. A fine example of what Detroit can build when it knows what it's doing.
80 posted on 09/09/2012 10:54:24 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

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.


81 posted on 09/09/2012 10:54:52 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: JoeProBono

82 posted on 09/09/2012 10:56:43 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: nodumbblonde
The only bright side to the production of ugly cars is that the restoration market is booming with new replacement parts for older models.

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.

83 posted on 09/09/2012 11:00:40 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Salamander
Photobucket At the tender age of 17, after working and saving all my money working at the A&W drive thru. I paid 3200.00 for my first new, off the show room floor AMX 1970. It was the best car I have ever owned. Then in 1974 I bought an AMX and fell in love again. God they were beautiful! Sexy! and Oh so good to me!
84 posted on 09/09/2012 11:01:24 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: count-your-change; mickie
8 months ago I went to my Lincoln dealer....didn't like the new Lincolns (I like my shift by the steering wheel, not the floor), didn't like the price.....he took me outside to show me three used Lincoln Town cars he was trying to sell as they're not being made any more.

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.

Leni

85 posted on 09/09/2012 11:01:41 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: 2111USMC

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!


86 posted on 09/09/2012 11:03:26 AM PDT by bgill
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To: smokingfrog
My Karmann Ghia was a hoot


87 posted on 09/09/2012 11:04:11 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: count-your-change

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.


88 posted on 09/09/2012 11:08:48 AM PDT by tlp2001 (Capitalism is based on human strength, Communism is based on human weakness)
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To: baddog 219

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.

;D


89 posted on 09/09/2012 11:08:57 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: central_va

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.


90 posted on 09/09/2012 11:11:55 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Oztrich Boy

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.


91 posted on 09/09/2012 11:12:38 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: smokingfrog

92 posted on 09/09/2012 11:13:53 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Joe 6-pack

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.


93 posted on 09/09/2012 11:15:02 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: factoryrat
George Romney (not Mitt) was one of those bean counters who could not understand why two halves of a car body could not be built, painted at the same time and then welded together into one.
Part of a presidential “brain trust” I hear. I guess that means you have to trust they have brains because they sure don't show it.
94 posted on 09/09/2012 11:15:45 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: America_Right

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.


95 posted on 09/09/2012 11:17:37 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Salamander

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.


96 posted on 09/09/2012 11:19:23 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Salamander

These guys were given a rare Buick ragtop if they could drive it home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAFoX3jfvzY&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIM7gSNbX08&feature=fvwrel

The only problem is it had been sitting outside for 30 some years


97 posted on 09/09/2012 11:21:16 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: count-your-change

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.


98 posted on 09/09/2012 11:23:04 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Good god, please don’t bring back station wagons. The memories, the horror, anything but....


99 posted on 09/09/2012 11:24:23 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Nuc 1.1

“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.


100 posted on 09/09/2012 11:25:09 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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