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1984 Fiero Spyder concept.  Factory job.  Two prime examples of Pontiac engineering prowess that were smacked down by corporate.

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This thing is dear as heck.  Transit Custom Nugget! 

 

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Found this today, at my favorite hippie drug store.  Happy little accident, it was!

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Aging... and genetics is a very funny/tricky thing.
Suzanna Hoffs, of the Bangles fame ~

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Jamie Lee Curtis ~

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Both born in 1954 sorry : 1958

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I just googled Susanna Hoffs and this GIF appeared.

Its amazing...how just this moment in time...

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has been etched in my memory. And right here as a GIF...as it seems, has etched many male's memories. 

And to think, how sexy she is in that one moment...without her sexualizing herself to the point of sleeziness, but because she is a very naturally sexy woman. Just giving us guy fantasies with only the movement of her eyes!!!  INCREDIBLE! 

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They're both 60 - try & tell me Curtis looks a day under 80. I don't know if Hoffs has had work done, but you look at her neck & her hands & I say no way. She could easily be Curtis' daughter... or granddaughter by appearance. 2018 :

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Not that I was in the Bangles tent back then, but she's sort of a 'thing' from that video- to the point of the gif. Very hot, great eyes. Plus, she's doing the '80s/ big/ Jersey hair thing. ;) Still looks great.

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First I saw this, I thought it was steam-powered, but that's a conventional IC engine. Guy appears to be steam-cleaning / pressure washing it. Wood spoke wheels with non-pneumatic tires, weird quad leaf spring packs linked together, HD as hell. Make unknown.

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6 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Had a good time at the Cleveland Auto Show.    Pictures here.

 

Thank you!  Of the classics, I really like the mint green Buick Skylark 1970-ish convertible with the rally wheels.  Of the GM intermediate quartet, the LeMans/GTO and Skylark/GS were nicer than the Cutlass and Malibu of that year.

Also, in looking at the photos, I'm going to guess that the bright blue Charger had a V8 and the gray one had the standard V6.  I do not like the cheap looking blacked out plastic grille on the current Chrysler 300.  The 2014-2015 grille might just be the best of the lot for the current 300 model.

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The Skylark was a 72 IIRC.  Parked near the gold ‘70 LeMans Sport convertible.  I really liked the 67 LeSabre coupe and ‘69 Electra convertible.  The blue Charger was a V8 R/T.  It’s funny, the gray plastic engine cover on the smaller Hemi doesn’t look like it’s changed much from the ‘06 Charger R/T.   

When I went last year I didn’t go in the classic car section...didn’t realize it was there last year. 

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My picks from Robert's great batch would be the '56 DeSoto & the '62 GP.
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I've had this magazine (cover & article) since 1983, when my grandfather & I were doing some light pilfering at the junk yard/shop next door, once the woman who owned it passed away and it was unoccupied. GF felt he was justified, having to look out his kitchen & dining room windows at rusting stoves, mattresses, crates, metal and all other sorts of debris maybe 20 feet from his house, for decades (they lived there starting in 1948- I don't know when the junk shop started up). I only know it was '83 because I just looked them up; the husband passed in Dec '82 and she passed in April '83.

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I also am in possession of this double-sided porcelin dealership sign that might have come from the same establishment. Thinking recently I might sell it- it's hanging on a wall inside my shop, down at the far end. If I look at it once a year, it's by accident. I believe it's worth around $500.

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

My picks from Robert's great batch would be the '56 DeSoto & the '62 GP.
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Both were really sharp.  The GP would have looked better with whitewalls and 8-lug Pontiac wheels, IMO.  Did you see the pics of the one owner 63 Bonneville?  

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Memories resurface from time to time, jarring our version of reality:  I was into Subarus in the late 70's.  Weird and wonderful back then, but rust buckets in the extreme.

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Ha, their version of the Cutlass Supreme: 

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Can't recall when I last saw a 70s Subie..those were weird looking...I vaguely remember seeing a few early wagons in Colorado in the oughts...and they were white or beige.  I don't recall ever seeing the 2dr hardtop body style. 

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I wanted one of these for a hot minute back in the day: 

 

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8 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Both were really sharp.  The GP would have looked better with whitewalls and 8-lug Pontiac wheels, IMO.  Did you see the pics of the one owner 63 Bonneville?  

Agreed on the GP.
Bonne certainly was creamy- but 2 strikes for me; I hate 'baby blue' and the chromed, non-factory fender skirts simply ruin it. 60 secs and 2 discus throws later and the car would rise 2 full letter grades.
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RE Subaru in general- they certainly have cultivated a long history of being torturously ugly.

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4 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Agreed on the GP.
Bonne certainly was creamy- but 2 strikes for me; I hate 'baby blue' and the chromed, non-factory fender skirts simply ruin it. 60 secs and 2 discus throws later and the car would rise 2 full letter grades. 

Yeah, I hate fender skirts on vehicles that didn't come with them..but the guy was in his 80s so who knows...at least he didn't go full JC Whitney on it. 

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Ya- I don't get the long-running fashion of slapping skirts on cars that didn't come with them- it's almost universally a worse look.
And in the custom arena- 101% of the 'cruiser / bubble' skirts look awful.

Here's the same body shell '63 vs. 64 Eldorado- the '63 looks fine but I prefer the '64 ~

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Yeah, that was one year only quarter panel for the Eldorado, I believe?  Regular '64 Cadillac convertibles still had skirts. 

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Correct- only on the Eldo. A nod to when they had completely unique rear clips ['55-'58], in a small way. ALL other '64 Cads had skirts.

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Speaking of vintage Cadillacs, I recently watched a TV show from a few years ago set in Miami Beach in 1958-1960, 'Magic City'...had a bunch of neat cars..the lead character drove a white '58 Eldorado convertible and then a white '59 Cadillac..the main villain was chauffeured a black '58 Fleetwood Sixty Special 4dr ht.  Lots of late 50s eye candy cars for various characters and background scenes..  

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3 minutes ago, balthazar said:

^ Automotive Royalty.
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W. T. F. ~

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Ah...the 1985 GMC Denali...had it existed w/ 50s inspired trim. ;)

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