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Well, with Christmas decorations going up in the department stores, that can only mean one thing, it's almost Halloween! What have you seen on the roads as you're out and about, dodging spirits?:)

Wicked black A5 for me today, and about 4 million Cobalts. Isn't it funny that as soon as you buy a certain vehicle, you start to notice every single one you pass by?

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I saw a clean pale yellow '65 Mercury Comet 2dr sedan (must be quite rare) and a sharp maroon '69 Mercury Marquis convertible today...with the top down. October is the start of convertible weather here. Also saw a '69-70 Chevy shortbed fleetside PU for sale, gray w/ flames on the sides.

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I hate to report that I saw a brand new Lincoln MKS...with a freakin' fake convertible roof! :banghead:

I don't know why this irritates me so much. It isn't my car and the owner can do whatever they want, but still, what are these people thinking? Do they really think it looks like an actual convertible?!?!?! I don't even like the MKS that much and I still just want to slap them upside the head. OY!

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This lovely Buick is right around the block from me. :confused0071:

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Looks like Viper and Sixty8 went to the same party.:)

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Wicked black A5 for me today

That makes this weekend the official coincidence weekend! Black A5 behind me in traffic yesterday.

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Saw a mid 60's Jeep J-20 pickup truck yesterday, still working hard, loaded up with sections of an old stockade fence headed for the dump (or so it seemed). I haven't seen one of those in years.

Also, my father's 1937 Packard Super Eight, freshly restored, is now registered and insured and inspected and hit the road for the first time since 1975 yesterday and racked up a grand total of 66 miles.

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Saw this beaut last weekend while car shopping...'66 Galaxie 500. They want $10500 for it, which is a little high IMO, but it's in pretty great shape. It only has a 289 though.

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'85 Mercury Capri ASC McLaren convertible...very limited production...they want $8500

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'75 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible, great shape again

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'66 Dodge Coronet, another convertible

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'72 Dodge Charger

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'86 Buick Grand National

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'64 Mercury Montclair

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Some nice rear ends

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2 Chevy Traverse

1965 Thunderbird, painted and modified into a Turner's Ice Tea promotional vehicle. The trunk is one giant cooler.

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Isn't it funny that as soon as you buy a certain vehicle, you start to notice every single one you pass by?

Yeah, why is that?

Anyway, to answer the post... a Rambler station wagon yesterday at Autozone. I couldn't tell you which model it was, however.

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mustang, that's a '73 Grand Ville convertible, not a '75. That Galaxie is very nice, but something seems off about some of the trim. Did Galaxies have hood ornaments and notchback roofs? I am not sure, as I'm not as "up" on Fords as I am GMs. Nice pics!

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mustang, that's a '73 Grand Ville convertible, not a '75. That Galaxie is very nice, but something seems off about some of the trim. Did Galaxies have hood ornaments and notchback roofs? I am not sure, as I'm not as "up" on Fords as I am GMs. Nice pics!

Yeah, I thought they maybe took the hood ornament and some of the trim off the 500's, but I did a quick google search and it looks like some did have hood ornaments and extra chrome trim. I always assumed the 427 was the only engine offered in the 500, but apparently they offered a smaller 240 straight six. The thing I don't understand is that the window sticker said this car had a 289, but that engine was never an option on the Galaxie, so someone must've done a swap.

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Extremely early International Scout with no top--right hand drive at that!

Another Ford Flex

Buick Reatta

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Took a little Sunday drive up in the mountains... up to Payson, Cottonwood, Jerome, and Prescott and back to Phoenix... saw a variety of interesting cars... highlights:

in Rye, a junkyard full of motorcycles, lawn mowers, and 50s cars--there was a '53 or so Studebaker 2dr wagon, mid '50s Dodge panel truck, and an early '50s Chevy pickup on top of a stack of misc. 50s cars..all with decades of surface rust. Also a '59 Ford panel truck in decent shape, and an '80s Dodge 400 convertible w/ a pickup cap in lieu of a convertible top.

On the road, a older Land Rover pickup..50s vintage, I think--had the close-set headlights in the grille panel between the fenders.

There was a rod run going on through Payson, I think..I saw a bunch of '30s-40s rods, and a goregous light green '55-56 Chrysler 300. Saw a very sharp white w/ black top '65 GTO... and a '70-72 Plymouth Duster in orange w/ dog dish hubcaps.

Also a gold w/ white top '73 Jeepster (I think it was a '73, because that is the year, IIRC, that had the un-CJ-ish front end--chrome grille).

Also, a red & white '60s 'Old' Mini parked at a gas station w/ 2 Austin-Healey 3000s.

And a Toyota Corolla 2dr ht wagon from around '80 in decent shape.

Edited by moltar

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1965 Thunderbird, painted and modified into a Turner's Ice Tea promotional vehicle. The trunk is one giant cooler.

Weird, I too saw a '65 T-Bird. Except it appeared stock.

Also saw a Prowler ('twas dark, didn't see what color it was)

67-69 Camaro SS (didn't get a good look to see what year)

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2 Chevy Traverse

1965 Thunderbird, painted and modified into a Turner's Ice Tea promotional vehicle. The trunk is one giant cooler.

Interesting..googled it, they call it the 'TeaBird'...

Turners Iced Tea

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mustang, I went to YouTube and saw a few vids on '66 Galaxies. The car you posted appears correct, all the ones I saw had the same trim and hood ornament (the LTD trim package debuted for '66, I thought your black Galaxie was really an LTD, but it isn't). I also think by that time all Galaxies were 500s, and probably had a wide range of engine options.

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mustang, I went to YouTube and saw a few vids on '66 Galaxies. The car you posted appears correct, all the ones I saw had the same trim and hood ornament (the LTD trim package debuted for '66, I thought your black Galaxie was really an LTD, but it isn't). I also think by that time all Galaxies were 500s, and probably had a wide range of engine options.

Lots of options, lots of models. Below the Galaxie, there was the Custom (Ford's equivalent of a Biscayne), then Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500XL, Galaxie 7Litre, and LTD. Some years had a Custom 500 also, not sure about '66.

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Exactly the third Astra I've seen so far (in the US)

Oh yeah, saw a blue 5-door yesterday....knew I was forgetting something.

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Well, with Christmas decorations going up in the department stores, that can only mean one thing, it's almost Halloween! What have you seen on the roads as you're out and about, dodging spirits?:)

Wicked black A5 for me today, and about 4 million Cobalts. Isn't it funny that as soon as you buy a certain vehicle, you start to notice every single one you pass by?

I suppose it's once you buy a specific model, you become very aware of it and start noticing them around you. That happened to me in '00, bought my Jeep, and suddenly started noticing Patriot Blue Grand Cherokee Laredos everywhere... I still see many in that color, very popular apparently (even the ones I saw in Europe were all dark blue, black, or silver, but in Limited trim).

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I saw a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass H/O 15th Anniversary Edition when we took the kids to Shady Brook Farms in Bucks County (PA) for pumpkin picking yesterday. It was like this one:

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...however, it was nowhere near as nice looking as the one pictured!!

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Beautiful white G8 GT with dark windows, sprinting by with the sun shining on it as I stood in a convenience store parking lot.

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Below the Galaxie, there was the Custom (Ford's equivalent of a Biscayne), then Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500XL, Galaxie 7Litre, and LTD. Some years had a Custom 500 also, not sure about '66.

Close; '66 Ford ~

Custom

Custom 500

Galaxie 500

Galaxie 500 XL

Galaxie 500 7-Litre

Galaxie 500 LTD

289 definately was still around for '66- it was standard in at least the 500 XL.

Ford had some monster motors; at the top of the heap~

Thunderbird High-Performance, 410 HP 427, 4bbl

Thunderbird Super High-Performance, 425 HP 427, 2x4bbl

SOHC, 616 HP 427, Hemi, 4bbl

SOHC, 657 HP 427, Hemi, 2x4bbl

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Audi R8 up close at a parking lot in front of a hardware store. Sky blue/silver tt.

Bronze Metallic 1960 Oldsmobile 4-door hardtop (I think it was a Dynamic 88)

1948? DeSoto, awesome patina, looked like a barn-find. Sitting in a driveway in Middleton, MA

and (saved best for last!)

1963/4 Corvair Greenbriar passenger van, MINT!!! orange with the two-tone-paint;

off-white inside the belt line. Te guy driving it, a gentleman in his late 40s... looked

like he was piloting a Ferrari F40by the look on his face. :)

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:lol: @ O.B. 1960 Buicks are AT LEAST one model year too new for me.

XP: Got your text msg. about your Dad's Packard!

It's been a long time coming. You know I will demand that ride

I was promised. Tell him congrats, what an amazing car that eloquent

Packard is, one of the finest in the Merrimac Valley. :)

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Today at lunch, saw a '70s Datsun B210 GX hatchback, faded blue paint but solid. Parked behind it was a very clean '82 Celebrity 4dr, dark gray w/ gray interior. I think it was a repaint, no badging. No visible rust (the ones I remember seeing in NE Ohio were all rusted out (esp. the decklids and wheel arches) by the late '80s-early '90s).

Saw 2 '08 CTSes---a black one w/ tinted windows and chrome wheels, and a dark gray one.

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I had to travel to North Brunswick for work yesterday and took Route 130 North - which takes me right by Perrine Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Hummer-Saab. As I passed I witnessed a 2009 Hummer H3T being unloaded from a carrier. On my way home, I stopped by the dealership to have a look - Carbon Black Metallic, fully loaded, $41k and change. With Hummer up for sale I was wondering if these trucks were going to make it out to the dealers; now I know they're on the way. I have to start playing Power Ball or at least the NJ Lottery :P

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I keep seeing this red 944 Turbo for sale....can't get 68's words out of my head, however.

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A red Turbo Sprint with faded paint, immediately followed by a retina-searingly yellow smrt. The Sprint looked huge.:lol:

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Chrysler Town & Country, only notable because I see them about as often as Halley's Comet.

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wacky late-1980s/early-1990s style "Kuston" Chevrolet reg-cab./step-side pick-up.

The truck was originally a 1980-87 M.Y. The customization included some slick

bowtie-shaped tail lights hidden inside the rear rollpan. EVERYTHING on the truck

was gloss black... except for the glass and headlights.

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A special edition, from the Biden rally today:

Priuses galore (duh)

Lots of SUVs, many of them high dollar ones, MBs, BMWs, Range Rovers

Several Mustangs of various generations

A very loud, drag ready Firebird

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On a drive back from Buffalo last night, I was passed by a new, bright white Chevy Traverse. This is the first one I've seen in person. From the pictures, I didn't think I'd like them but it was actually pretty sharp.

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Out on the highway today I tawt I taw a Chevy Traverse up ahead. And I did! I did taw a Chevy Traverse, a silver LTZ with a dealer tag flapping against the liftgate, no doubt on a test drive. The rear end is simple, clean, and identifiable immediately as a Chevy with the double round taillamps.

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About 10 min ago, on the way back from lunch, I saw a goregous black '65 GTO convertible, black interior, top down, red line tires and Hurst wheels. Drool.

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FINALLY saw my first goddamn BMW X6 on the streets. Not what I expected.

I don't know my Ferraris very well, but it was some FR car, might have been a Maranello.

Also...

-Impreza STi hatch

-an early 50's four-door I can only assume was a Chevy

-57ish Corvette with the top down

-chop-top classic Ford truck

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A car carrier full of brand new 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, heading east-bound on the PA Turnpike outside of Lancaster County, roughly 8:00 AM yesterday. I guess after GM's/Chevy's TV advertising push last week they'll finally be hitting the dealer's lots.

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I saw a Renault 4L on TV News!

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1964ish Corvette coupe on the way to work this morning.

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While out at lunch today, I saw a very clean 1987-1990 Caprice 9C1 police cruiser, in full City of Phoenix Police Department trim, with steelies and DDs. Interesting to see a car that old still in use (had a uniformed cop driving it).

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Saw probably my 3rd Genesis in the wild today. A perfectly nondescript car. Looks like everything and therefore looks like nothing.

Also, I saw a Plymouth (or was it Chrysler?) Prowler the other day on my way to class.

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Light teal VW Routan, at the VW dealership. It is the polar opposite of what a VW van should be, imo.:blink:

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The Chevy dealer near me apparently took delivery of quite a few Traverses, as there are 4 of them in front of the lot.

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Over the past couple of weeks:

'56 Chevy station wagon, two-tone blue

'55 Chevy station wagon, gray/black w/ flames

'55 Chevy station wagon, I foget what colors

all within a span of 5 days.

Red Ferrari Mondial t cabriolet

'09 Mazda 6 (hot)

'09 Nissan Maxima (hot)

'09 Chevy Aveo5 (blech)

Some other stuff that I forget.

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A Plymouth Volare that somehow survived the last 30 years

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bobo, you know, you just reminded me, there has been a light green/dark green two-tone Volare riding around town in showroom condition recently, with a young hipster driving it. It has a tiny exhaust pipe, it must be the stalwart Slant Six under the hood, purring away like a contented old housecat.

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Spotted my first two Genesises, a ilver one, followed immediately behind by a light blue one. And yeah, they really dont' look like much more than some conservative sedan that happens to want a taste of the premium market.

But I saw lots of classics too:

Nova convertible

55 Bel Air convertible

61 Impala

63-64 Impala convertible on dubs.

Also a Diplomat or Gran Fury. It really would be nice ot have one of those M-bodies.

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There's an absolutely worn, and tired looking '50 Ford

4-dr sedan that's registered and driven by some guy

who lives in these condos by UPS. I always glance over

to see whether it's parked in it's usual spot, amongst

the '05 Civics and '02 Corollas in the condo parking lot

as I drive from UPS to my day job.

I've never seen the car on the road and I assumed by

the cracked window, tub of marvel's mystery oil and

Lucas products in the back seat, 35-yer old gray primer

and rocker panel patches that the car is only driven

around town, probably at 35 mph with it's big, knobby

John Deere-esque snow tires.

Yesterday while Julie (Amelia still "in utero") Sofia and

I were on a short roadtrip up Rt.495 when I see the

car on the opposite side of the highway looking like it's

trying to go for the Bonneville Salt Flats "stock 4-door"

world record in all out speed.

Seeing that Mad Max '50 Ford tearing up the highway

put such a big smile on my face.

Way cooler than the Ferrari 599-GTB I saw a week ago.

Light teal VW Routan, at the VW dealership. It is the polar opposite of what a VW van should be, imo. :blink:

Agreed. And those "procreation intervention" commercials ar so

dumb, insulting and annoying they even annoy my pregnant

wife, who the other day said: That's stupid, they should

bring back the "Veeeehh-Duuhhhbbb!" German Rocket-scientist

guy who destroys Hondas.

I laughed in agreement! :metal:

EDIT:

I forgot to mention some other cool "spots"

- 1930-31ish Ford Model-A 2-door sedan

- 1964 Chevy Impala ragtop with high-jacker shocks. white/red-interior/white

- 1st gen. (1964 iirc?) Malibu two-door hardtop

- 2009 Challenger in a funky blue color... (repaint... it was KUZtom)

- 1959-or was it 1960? Ford Thunderbird hardtop

- early 1980s Mercury Zephyr TWO-DOOR. Talk about a SQUARE car! (not w/ the slanted C-pillar, 1979 style greenhouse)

- Gorgeous fat-fendered 1937 Chevy 2-door 5-window Rumble-seat coupe...

(stock exterior, all the bright-work, riding on a trailer shod with Hoosiers) :spin:

Edited by Sixty8panther

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Today while walking at lunch, I saw 2 Challengers--a white w/ black top 73-74 in decent shape and an orange '08/09 SRT8...nice to see some real, RWD V8 cars amongst all the disposable FWD generics that one usually sees on a typical city street.

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Saw a 70s Barracuda yesterday. Those things are extremely wide to be so short and flat, reminds me of driving a pizza box.

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Saw a car hauler today with 3 H3Ts on top, 3 G8s inside... saw a gorgeous, rumbling black '71 Centurion convertible oozing down the street last night right around sunset, top down. Droooooll....

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Model A 2-door sedan sounding like it had the original fart can on it, patina for days, on a shakedown run around the block, from the restoration shop across the street from work. Stare-worthy, even for two goth kids sitting on the front steps of a tattoo parlor.

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-A pair of Traverses riding on a hauler

-gunmetal grey Quattroporte :drool:

-new M3 sedan

-A Prius that looked like someone painted cow spots on it.

Edited by DetroitNut90

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Man, they are milking that whole Prius thing for all its worth, aren't they.

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Today---

a '79 Lincoln Versailles in tan w/ a padded top and aftermarket continental kit, wire wheel hubcaps on wide whitewalls. Haven't seen one of these in ages.

a GMC Avalanche---a black 1st gen Chevy Avalanche with a GMC front clip.

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While out car shopping tonight:

A bunch of Wranglers (duh, thats what I was shopping for)

---A quick note on this; I need to get out of the habit of calling them "Jeeps" because anytime I would say "this lot doesn't have any Jeeps" my s.o. would reply, "Theres one right there" and point at a Grand Cherokee

But other, more interesting sightings:

Lexus IS300 SportCross (had to google it to find out what it was actually called)

Volkswagen CC (pretty good looking, $28k sticker)

Audi TT Cabrio (orgasmic if it weren't for...)

Porsche 911 (White, gorgeous, I didn't want to leave its side)

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Some offbeat sightings today.

Saw a faded blue '72 Ford Galaxie 4dr sedan in traffic and a faded but solid blue '68 Chevy longbed pickup.

The really outrageous sightings, though, were the black 1940 Buick Special Eight 4dr sedan (6-window) in the Target parking lot and the green w/ yellow spoke wheels Model A 5-window coupe (one of the handful existing that wasn't converted into a hot rod, but kept stock) driving along in traffic!

Shocking to see cars that old away from a car show, out in the real world!

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There has been a guy using a Model A as a daily driver for the last month or so.

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Mr. small, I am not quite sure what your new avatar is... but it looks like an elephant in the lotus position. Please clue us in, kind sir.:blink:

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Mr. small, I am not quite sure what your new avatar is... but it looks like an elephant in the lotus position. Please clue us in, kind sir.:blink:

Hmmm..I thought it was a glowing brain at first, now it reminds me of one of the Hindu gods.

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Hmmm..I thought it was a glowing brain at first, now it reminds me of one of the Hindu gods.

Bingo! Ganesha ... or Ganpati - The lord of Peace, Prosperity and Intelligence.

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Well thanks, small. He looks like a cool guy.

Back to dah tread, I did not see anything out-of-the-ordinary today in my travels.

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Saw a beautiful '59 Bel-Air two-door hardtop on the way to work this morning; probably the coolest thing I've seen in my travels in a while.

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What is that in the last photo? Some sort of small FWD generic with a fake convertible top?

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What is that in the last photo? Some sort of small FWD generic with a fake convertible top?

Toyota Crapolla with fake convertible driven by an Old Lady from Sunshine State.

Edited by smallchevy

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Hey Scar, we've got ourselves a new spotter thread for Nov, if you give a damn.:)

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