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My local Jeep store has 23 new '18 Wranglers in stock..

Sport S trim ranges from 34,8xx to 44,4xxx. 

Sahara trim ranges from $41,2xxx to 46,5xxx.

All 4drs, no Rubicons. 

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What is it with the nicer weather and Cutlass convertibles?

Today I saw a 1972 Olds Cutlass 442 convertible in white, with color keyed rally wheels, a black interior, and buckets but the automatic shifter on the column.  The guy was real nice, as he was parked and not moving with traffic.  He told me it had the 350 V8.  The car looked good in white.

This guy also told me he had a 1985 Regal Grand National, also a coupe.

Then, I saw a 2000+ last-gen Pontiac Bonneville in black and in perfect condition.  It had wheel covers and a spoiler.  I'd prefer alloy wheels and no spoiler.

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Saw a dark blue C7 Z06 at the grocery this afternoon, white haired fellow who appeared to be north of 70 loading groceries into it.   Also saw the usual assortment of Buicks, along with Pontiacs--a bright red 2nd gen Vibe (I forgot about those--rather clean w/ no cladding), a black Grand GT 4dr w/ scooped hood in good condition, a dark gray G8, and a black last generation Grand Prix.  

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Saw this today walking around Mountlake Terrace. Sad that they let such a car just rot away.

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There is one of those in my neighborhood, same color.  In good condition, see it driven occasionally. 

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2 hours ago, dfelt said:

Saw this today walking around Mountlake Terrace. Sad that they let such a car just rot away.

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You have to give Buick some credit on this one.  This was definitely one polarizing car.  The Riv has gone up and down like a yo yo in terms of being polarizing.  This car had some great angles and some not so great angles.  The coolest thing about it was the dash, which sloped away from the driver and stayed under a wrap-around ridged cowl, had all the gauges, and had some nice wood appliques, even though they were probably fake.

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The dash in these I think was a homage to the '63-65.   I liked the tapered rear on these, looked like the longest rear deck in the 90s. 

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15 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

You have to give Buick some credit on this one.  This was definitely one polarizing car.  The Riv has gone up and down like a yo yo in terms of being polarizing.  This car had some great angles and some not so great angles.  The coolest thing about it was the dash, which sloped away from the driver and stayed under a wrap-around ridged cowl, had all the gauges, and had some nice wood appliques, even though they were probably fake.

While in general Bill Porter (the Riv's designer) is a bright spot in this era, I always had some solid reservations on details of the final Riv's design. The 'rear chin spoiler' & the pinched front & rear fascias that undermine the car's dimensions. I think it's 85% of the way there and the general envelope is inspired and fresh, but it needed some more 'bake time' on the details.

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The seating position in that Riv was a little low.  There was a lot of hood and a lot of trunk on that one.  I think it would have looked better as a slightly shorter car.

Move over, Cutlass convertibles.  Today, a late 60s/early 70s Pontiac GTO convertible coupe went whizzing by.  The top was up.  I thought it was a 70.  Someone opined it was a 69, or maybe a 68.  I wondered what the engine might be.  I was told it was unlikely it would be a 350.  And that it was most likely a 400.  The color was a lighter metallic green.  The convertible top was white.  I couldn't see the interior and am not sure as to the wheels.  I'm hoping they were the PMD rally wheels.  The honeycombs were great ... but on later cars.

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'68-69 GTOs were all 400 CI. It gained the 455 in '70 (that motor's first year). No GTO 350 until either '73 or the 350-only '74.

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So, I'm assuming they didn't "force" '70 to '72 buyers into the 455, meaning the 400 would continue as the base engine ...

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Random thought of car sightings...after almost a year full time in NE Ohio, I've seen a few of the 80s CBOP PLUX coupes out and about (Monte Carlo, Regal, Cutlass, GP), but exactly zero '80s-90s Cougars or T-Birds, which is surprising considering they were built here...

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^ Interesting observation. I have a 'visual filter' that mostly precludes me noticing '80s and up vehicles, but I would concur on that here; can't recall the last Cougarbird of that era I've noticed.

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I get a grace period.  It's actually June, but I spotted this one in May, on the 18th to be exact.  It belongs to someone I know.  It is a 1994 Impala SS (same as the 1994-1996 Caprice) and is equipped with a 5.7 V8.  It is a hobby car for this individual and not a daily driver.  It has the buckets and a non-operating console, so the shifter is located on the column.  It was explained to me that the shifter was on the console in 1996 ... where it should be.

Familiar shape (Caprice) but different execution (Impala SS):

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This bas relief applique on the rear fender came standard:

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Old school - turned the "right" way, with the transmission behind it and lots of room.  Identical to the 4.3 "baby" V8 of the same years in appearance.  The placard is the only way to distinguish them.  Don't be scraping off the placard:

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Look at the clearance between the radiator/fans and the engine.  Also, note the pulley diagram.  It's a weird one ... all the stuff is on the left:

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Nice ... only the speedometer is digital (along with the odometer) but everything else is analog.  Presumably less to go wrong:

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Old school center stack, with a cassette player, and a huge glove box bin.  Buckets, in leather, but the shifter is not on the console:

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3 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I get a grace period.  It's actually June, but I spotted this one in May, on the 18th to be exact.  It belongs to someone I know.  It is a 1994 Impala SS (same as the 1994-1996 Caprice) and is equipped with a 5.7 V8.  It is a hobby car for this individual and not a daily driver.  It has the buckets and a non-operating console, so the shifter is located on the column.  It was explained to me that the shifter was on the console in 1996 ... where it should be.

Familiar shape (Caprice) but different execution (Impala SS):

IMG_2018-05-18_19-06-54-b.thumb.jpeg.a171bb31e306f08c16867227fa3043f6.jpeg

 

This bas relief applique on the rear fender came standard:

IMG_2018-05-18_19-07-10.thumb.jpeg.965e734a37cf15b4e3e1524cc9bb684f.jpeg

 

Old school - turned the "right" way, with the transmission behind it and lots of room.  Identical to the 4.3 "baby" V8 of the same years in appearance.  The placard is the only way to distinguish them.  Don't be scraping off the placard:

IMG_2018-05-18_19-00-25.thumb.jpeg.213a9de313177ebbaeaccf3cd462c71d.jpeg

 

Look at the clearance between the radiator/fans and the engine.  Also, note the pulley diagram.  It's a weird one ... all the stuff is on the left:

IMG_2018-05-18_19-02-28.thumb.jpeg.ff85deb99712fe0c03ec41e9574a5c92.jpeg

 

Nice ... only the speedometer is digital (along with the odometer) but everything else is analog.  Presumably less to go wrong:

IMG_2018-05-18_19-03-34.thumb.jpeg.ea0987eacc01764f312bea904d27749a.jpeg

 

Old school center stack, with a cassette player, and a huge glove box bin.  Buckets, in leather, but the shifter is not on the console:

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Loved the Impala SS, One car I really wanted to own, but just was never financially able too when they were being built and sold. Loved it in the Maroon color they had.

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On 6/1/2018 at 8:28 AM, dfelt said:

Loved the Impala SS, One car I really wanted to own, but just was never financially able too when they were being built and sold. Loved it in the Maroon color they had.

Maroons are funny - they can be too "candy apple" or be deeper and uptown.  In the SS, that would have looked sharp with beige buckets.  In Caprice form, it would have looked great with a corresponding maroon interior.

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13 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Maroons are funny - they can be too "candy apple" or be deeper and uptown.  In the SS, that would have looked sharp with beige buckets.  In Caprice form, it would have looked great with a corresponding maroon interior.

Yup it was sharp.

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Pictures never did the color justice IMHO.

This was a nice Full Size sedan.

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Would have loved it if they had offered this interior on the Impala SS Maroon.

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Was the '94-96 Impala SS only available w/ a gray interior?  That seems to be the only color I've seen them in (gray is my least favorite car interior color).  

 

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1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Was the '94-96 Impala SS only available w/ a gray interior?  That seems to be the only color I've seen them in (gray is my least favorite car interior color).  

 

They had 3 colors, Grey, Black and Tan.Most of the ones around here are tan or black, yet I saw many Grey in Texas when I lived in that hell hole for a year. Weird :blink:

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The ones I saw in Co and Az always seemed to be gray if I could see the interior.  Lots of dark window tint in the desert. 

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19 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

The ones I saw in Co and Az always seemed to be gray if I could see the interior.  Lots of dark window tint in the desert. 

Definitely not my favorite interior color at all.  However, that's what I've got now.  I sure would have liked the metallic glacier blue (offered in the previous M.Y.) with a dark blue interior (never offered in the LaX). 

It's weird when people tint windows in places that aren't sunny.  Each state seems to have a saturation ratio or percentage of what they will allow.  It's needed in the Sunbelt.  Not many things worse while motoring than a blistering hot dash and steering wheel.

On 6/5/2018 at 12:39 PM, dfelt said:

Would have loved it if they had offered this interior on the Impala SS Maroon.

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In my book, this is great stuff.  People below a certain age may never experience this.  And I don't think it's ever coming back.  Had they put it in a SS, they would have had to set it up in 40:40 buckets and put an operating console in it.

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