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Well I cannot believe it's December already. In the midst of your Wal-Mart riots, can you take the time to check the parking lot for cool or unusual vehicles to post? Here's the spot for it.
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Saw my '59 Chevy roaring down the highway as I do every Monday morning. December 1st, driving rain, roads have already been salted multiple times, doesn't mean a thing to the guy that owns it apparently. I say good for him, but he'd better be washing it!

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Returning back home to DE from the PA trip yesterday in the mucky rain, I was waiting to turn at a stoplight onto the road into DE and watched a big, black Maybach with MD tags and an old guy driving cruise by in the opposing slow lanes of traffic.

Interesting car and doesn't really stand out as anything more than a slightly enlarged S-class with road filth and basic license plates. First time I've ever seen one.

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I saw a couple GMs from opposite ends of the spectrum today at lunch---a goregous black first-gen CTS w/ chrome wheels, tinted windows, very sinister looking, and a delapidated '75-77 Camaro--primer gray, hole cut in the hood w/ a chrome air cleaner sticking out, mis matched wheels... couldn't tell if it the driver had a mullet, but it looked very much like a low buck rod from about 1985.

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Saw 3 Chevy oldies on the way home--an off-white '63 Chevy pickup (shortbed fleetside), a white '72 Impala 4dr ht, and a mildly donked bronze w/ black top '75 Impala Sport Coupe.

Also, an early Dodge Aspen in silver w/ black top, blingy wheels.

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Saw tho really clean 69-72 Chevy shortbeds...one was red and white two tone, and one was a medium green...both were in good shape.

Chris

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Saw a young guy driving a 2008/9 CTS in Crimson Red with standard 3.6L and AWD he had a huge smile on his face. Not to mention the fact his wife was hott, also the car needs different base wheels.

Agreed. The base wheels have always struck me as odd and out of place. Even as a base you'll want to upgrade from, they're ehh.

Oddly, in my travels through DE, MD & PA for days, new CTS's were one vehicle I rarely, if ever, saw. Hmm.

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While in Groundhog land Punxsutawney, we took my little cousin out for breakfast on Saturday and there amongst the lot of winter filth crusted vehicles was a new White Diamond shorty Escalade Platinum Edition. Another first "in person". Love the wheels, which are really all you notice much of in person, and was dumb struck seeing such a pricey truck in a rather bleak little town.

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The coolest sighting for me for the month so far had to be the '60-62 GMC panel truck 4x4 I saw downtown today. Primer gray, w/ traces of green paint, lifted on big off-road tires, spare tire on the roof, off road lights across the front of the roof, winch on the custom front bumper. HELLACOOL!!!!

Also interesting were a well-worn '70 Mustang Mach 1, light green...great restoration potential...

Also saw a sharp bright red '64 or so Dodge Dart convertible w/ the top down.

I'm loving the cool fall weather, leaves falling off the trees, wind whipping them up as I go down the street w/ the sunroof open.

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Yesterday---

Saw a 'BMW 050i' ---some lunatic took a new Scion xB, replaced the Scion badges w/ BMW roundels and made a '050i' badge from other BMW badges. Madness.

Saw a red/orange '68 Olds 442 2dr sedan w/ black front fender stripes. Had a patina of age, paint fade, bent front bumper, missing grille...looked solid and restorable overall.

Saw a clean lt gray '75-78 Ford LTD 4dr sedan.

Saw two '75-77 Pontiac Venturas ( a white 2dr, a blue 4dr) in someone's driveway, with a bronze 2 dr Nova of the same vintage.

Saw a sharp dark red '89 or so Camaro IROCZ w/ 18 inch or so 5-spoke wheels w/ aluminum rims and gray spokes..very subtle and clean. I love to see 3rd gen F-bodies in good shape.

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Two-tone green, last-gen Ford Granada 2-door. It's so easy to forget they made a Fairmont-based Granada (and it reminds me that Ford's schizo naming practices aren't a new thing, re: 500/Taurus and Montego/Sable... the Fairmont/Granada/LTD and Zephyr/Marquis are earlier examples of fast and loose naming practices @ FoMoCo.)
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Saw a G5, it was excitement!

:lol:

Absolutely nothing interesting these last few days... it's so bad that a BMW 5-Series wagon actually caught my attention today...

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Two-tone green, last-gen Ford Granada 2-door. It's so easy to forget they made a Fairmont-based Granada (and it reminds me that Ford's schizo naming practices aren't a new thing, re: 500/Taurus and Montego/Sable... the Fairmont/Granada/LTD and Zephyr/Marquis are earlier examples of fast and loose naming practices @ FoMoCo.)

Those are pretty scarce... the Mercury version was the Cougar. Both were built only in'81-82, replaced by the similiar Fox-bodied LTD/Marquis in '83. The Cougar was available as a 2dr and 4dr (and a wagon in '82), and different from the also Fox-based Cougar XR-7, which was similar to the Thunderbird of the same years. Ford got a lot of use out of the Fox platform..

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I love the '67-68s...grew up around 3 of 'em. My Mom has a '67 (289), '68 (302) and a '68 XR-7 (390) that she and my Dad bought back in the '60s-70s. 2 were restored back in the '80s, but the '68 302 (3spd manual, manual brakes, manual steering!) is all original w/ 65k miles.

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Saw a few interesting cars today.

First was a bathtub Hudson--48-49 I think, black. What a radical design for it's time. Amazing to see a 60 yr old car out in traffic. Beautiful condition.

Saw a primer black w/ red steel wheels '60 Caddy Coupe de Ville (or Series 62 ht) at a car wash. Massive.

Saw a derelict '76-77 Cutlass Supreme coupe in a driveway, white w/ gray hood & rt ft fender, flat tires.

Saw a blue w/ black top '74 Malibu 2dr parked behind a gas station, no plates.

Lastly, a couple of '80s B-bodies--an '80 or so Caprice coupe, with a later composite headlight ('87-90) front end. It was a red-orange color I remember from '80. The other was an '86 Caprice Classic 4dr, very clean, two tone gray.

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Saw two 60s Pontiacs on the way to work today--a plum/white '66 Catalina and a white '69 Catalina, both 4dr hts w/o hubcaps (black steel wheels). The '66 was very clean, looks like a resto in progress (missing some side trim), the '69, a bit tattered.

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I don't think it's an Opel or Vauxhall At least I don't think, I was thinking Morris Marina.

Ah! Those tailights remind me of a Vauxhall.... I think it was the Vauxhall Viva...

EDIT - Check this out: link. In the case of your pic, it is a Chevrolet Firenza.

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You're right! It's a 1970-1971 Vauxhall Viva 2-Door Saloon... Which was sold in Canada as the Envoy Epic and later the Vauxhall Firenza.

Canadian Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealers continued to sell a rebadged HB as the Envoy Epic through 1970.

The Viva HC (1970-1979) was mechanically the same as the HB but had more modern styling and greater interior space due to redesigned seating and positioning of bulkheads. It offered 2 and 4 door saloons and a fastback estate with the choice of either standard 1159 cc, 90 tuned 1159 cc or 1600 cc overhead cam power. No 2.0 GT version was offered with the new range, although the 2.0 became the sole engine offering for Canada, where the HC became the Firenza, marketed without the Vauxhall name. The cloned Envoy Epic was dropped as Chevrolet dealers now carried the domestic Chevrolet Vega. The HC was pulled from the Canadian market after two model years amidst consumer anger over corrosion and reliability issues. A class action lawsuit launched against General Motors of Canada by dissatisfied owners was not settled until the early 1980s.

In Canada, the Epic's poor reputation lead to it being nicknamed the "Envoy Epidemic."

My first reaction is of course "My God! How has it survived?"

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This last week has been pretty impressive. Dodge Challenger, Ferrari 308, Lotus Elise, my boss has an MG that he drives all the time.

Another attorney in our office has this little car from the 50s that you have to access the trunk by folding down the back seat. I cant remember what kind of car it is. I'll ask him tomorrow if somebody can't think of it here.

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Brand new loaded Stryker Blue '09 G8 GT posed in a driveway of someone on my way to work, someone whose cars are always spotless and they daily, literally, pose them in the driveway for everyone's viewing pleasure as you roll down the road.

Used to have a couple of Ford Lightning's, then most recently a maroon Jeep GC SRT-8 and blue Lincoln Aviator...now the Aviator has been replaced by the fresh & bright blue G8. Wow. What a garage, seriously. Can't wait to see what appears next, to replace the Jeep. Glad to see them with a GM finally, in the meantime. And still...jealous.

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Definately something you don't see everyday :

a brand new, fiberglas, full-body shell of a stretched-wheelbase '73-74 Charger funny car on a trailer. Just the shell fresh from the mold. Big split rear deck spoiler, elongated front end... I have no idea where whomever had this got it- must've been a big bucks commissioned project.

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Now, this is the FIRST time I have seen this car: a previous generation, Malibu SS sedan in black.

I was overwhelmed by my lack of excitement.

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Saw something truly bizzare yesterday afternoon---a pink and white old VW Beetle with custom '57 Chevy style rear fenders and decklid (with the fins, trim, and taillights like a '57), and 3rd '57 Chevy style fin in the center of the roof. Didn't see the front end, so I don't know if it looked like a '57 up there..

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I wonder what the 3900 feels like.

Pretty darn good in my brothers 2008 Impala LTZ, that car moves really well. I talked him out of Camry and then he thought he wanted a Malibu LTZ (then just on the lots) but got such a deal on an Impala he couldn't turn it down.

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'?? Ford Model A frame & 4 cyl/ steering column, mechanical brakes.

'30 Ford Model A Fordor, brown w/ black fenders, excellent restoration.

'36 Ford Standard Fordor, missing grille, hood inside car, complete but unrestored.

circa '38 sedan, peeking out of an engulfing thorn bush in a backyard.

'48 DeSoto 4-dr sedan, grey, unrestored but complete.

'50 Pontiac 2-dr sedan, teal-ish, rough, missing doors, I-8 underhood.

'57 Chevy pickup, white with red band around rear of greenhouse, restored/modified with late-model fenderside bed.

'58 Ford F-100 StyleSide pickup, yellow, solid but unrestored.

'62 Ford F-100, pewter over white, perfect, for sale.

'64 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible, dark blue, needing complete restoration, for sale on a trailer.

'68 Firebird hardtop, never moves from local driveway.

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'?? Ford Model A frame & 4 cyl/ steering column, mechanical brakes.

'30 Ford Model A Fordor, brown w/ black fenders, excellent restoration.

'36 Ford Standard Fordor, missing grille, hood inside car, complete but unrestored.

circa '38 sedan, peeking out of an engulfing thorn bush in a backyard.

'48 DeSoto 4-dr sedan, grey, unrestored but complete.

'50 Pontiac 2-dr sedan, teal-ish, rough, missing doors, I-8 underhood.

'57 Chevy pickup, white with red band around rear of greenhouse, restored/modified with late-model fenderside bed.

'58 Ford F-100 StyleSide pickup, yellow, solid but unrestored.

'62 Ford F-100, pewter over white, perfect, for sale.

'64 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible, dark blue, needing complete restoration, for sale on a trailer.

'68 Firebird hardtop, never moves from local driveway.

That's quite a round of spotting for so late in the season. 'Round here all the old cars are locked away for the season. My father's '37 Packard is hiding in the garage for the winter with 74(!) miles on it. He barely got to drive it before the weather turned bad and the roads were salted to death.

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Well, 4 of those were solo sightings- the rest were at a local auction, but too tasty to pass on mentioning.

There was no stated rule saying these had to be cars in motion, right ?

No such rule at all, sir. I look forward to your "spots" because you're one of the few here that understands that seeing 29 brand new Accords and Camrys and Malibus in your travels isn't really a "spot" and therefore not worth mentioning. I, too, only save my responses in these threads for the good stuff.

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''68 Firebird hardtop, never moves from local driveway.

Shame about the bird, neighbors a block over have a red 67 firebird ragtop that's been sitting under about a billion bikes, sleds, blankets, puzzles, ice skates, and so forth for about the last seven years.

Sad to see a Bird die.

Chris

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>>"I look forward to your "spots" because you're one of the few here that understands that seeing 29 brand new Accords and Camrys and Malibus in your travels isn't really a "spot" and therefore not worth mentioning."<<

Thank you, sir, and how RIGHT you are!!

{"I saw a silver mercedes CLKHFQ-sedan with the optional 19" wheels today."}

Jesus; they're going to be on every other street corner in 4 months, boring the s**t out of even the spotter.

Who gives a flying f**k at a rolling doughnut ?!!?

>>"Nice sig, balthy."<<

Ain't she a sweetheart ?? Damn!

>>"Sad to see a Bird die."<<

Not dead; sleeping.

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6:30 this morning. Dark, cold and rainy at Einstein's Bagels. Saw 3 eclectic cars--2 from the past, one from the future--- a Volvo P1800 wagon, dark colour, a light blue '81-83 Chrysler Imperial in good shape, and the first I've seen in the wild---a gray GT-R!! Very menacing and brutal looking, with huge titanium coloured wheels.

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My buddy's business partner runs a towing service. He has a brand new F-350 tow truck, all tricked out with chrome & some tasteful graphics, riding on what has to be custom-milled, polished alumium multi-spoke rims. Still the same factory 8-lug hubs, too. Tire size.... this is a tow truck, folks ... is 295/40-24.

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My buddy's business partner runs a towing service. He has a brand new F-350 tow truck, all tricked out with chrome & some tasteful graphics, riding on what has to be custom-milled, polished alumium multi-spoke rims. Still the same factory 8-lug hubs, too. Tire size.... this is a tow truck, folks ... is 295/40-24.

That's big... I thought tow trucks and such usually seem to have small diameter wheels with huge tires...

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Sure- a typical tire would be more in the range of 285/75-16 or -18. 24s with 40-series tires ???

Base '09 Corvette wears 40-series tires up front, 35-series in the RR.

I don't know about 40 series, but trucks of that type seem to have narrow tires w/ thick sidewalls.

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Saw a couple oldies at lunch today--one of the last of the C-body land yachts--a tan '74-78 Chrysler Newport 4dr ht in good shape, and a beige '49 Chevy Fleetline (fastback) 2dr, beautiful condition...shocking to see a nearly 60yr old car in traffic.

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'68 Firebird coupe, flat hood, rough & bondoed, overpriced @ $8K.

'67 GTO shell, frame-off, a dried-out husk that's 'going to be restored one day' :rolleyes:

'67-ish Dodge 4x4 pick-up, plow attached.

'64 Galaxie 500 convert, resto started.

'63-64 Riviera, minty green & very presentable, for sale.

The 2 moving vans from the Godfather I movie, still lettered up. Pretty big- bet a vintage Corvette would snuggle right up in the back. The one has a '54 Ford nose. For sale.

'53-56 Ford F-100, freshly painted & awaiting reassembly.

'39 Ford 1.5-ton dump truck with a Marmon-Herrington 4WD chassis. Ex- upstate NY plow truck, solid project. My brother bought it.

A billion injection-molded plastic boredom capsules.

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A billion injection-molded plastic boredom capsules.

LOL

I like to spot when people tart up cars in retarded ways.

I saw a mid-90 Grand Prix sedan with 4 portholes on each side..... but wait! There's more.

It also had Regal GS wheels and a Buick stand up hood ornament...... who says Buicks aren't aspirational! :neenerneener: :neenerneener:

And in a disturbing way, a 2001ish Dodge Dakota who's grill was replaced by an early 80's Benz grill.

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Buick Portholes are one of the first things I remember learning about on a car. My mother grew up in the 1950's, and I remember her telling me about what cool cars everyone thought they were and how stylish she thought "portholes" were.

Chris

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Buick Portholes are one of the first things I remember learning about on a car. My mother grew up in the 1950's, and I remember her telling me about what cool cars everyone thought they were and how stylish she thought "portholes" were.

Chris

For some reason, when I see portholes now, I immediately think of Homer Simpson and 'speed holes'.

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Two sightings today:

1) a '91/92 Firebird Formula in dark green metallic. It was in rough, but saveable, condition.

2) a '95 ish two door Tahoe with barn doors in black. Gorgeous condition - I considered giving pursuit. :AH-HA_wink:

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Two sightings today:

1) a '91/92 Firebird Formula in dark green metallic. It was in rough, but saveable, condition.

2) a '95 ish two door Tahoe with barn doors in black. Gorgeous condition - I considered giving pursuit. :AH-HA_wink:

This is just sooo sad. Last time I went to the salvage yard, I counted 12 decent repairable solid late 80's-early 90's F-bodies.

I like this bodystyle car...were the economy not in major, major trouble I would be working on one now.

Chris

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This is just sooo sad. Last time I went to the salvage yard, I counted 12 decent repairable solid late 80's-early 90's F-bodies.

I like this bodystyle car...were the economy not in major, major trouble I would be working on one now.

Chris

...and the Formulas are quite rare (this one was an even more rare Formula 350). But it also looked to be a work in progress and the owner was not a youngster, so it may have a good future.

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