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Saw a black or dark blue 63-64 Rambler Classic 4dr w flames painted in the front fenders and hood.  Sitting in a driveway. 

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Thank you for starting this thread for this month.

On New Year's Day, I saw a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix in near perfect condition.  While not a big deal, what made it unusual and definitely a 2004 was that it was Fusion Orange (IIRC), or basically metallic rust, that was only offered that year.  It had the base alloy wheels.  None of the GP's W-body siblings were offering an orange or a rust paint job that same year.

It's great to see so many of these on the road some 14 to 15 years later.

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This will always be one of my favorite dashboards, even though the build quality and materials aren't top shelf.  It has always made this a fun car to drive (rent).

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I was behind a silver GP of that generation this afternoon. 

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Saw a new Ranger today...crew cab 4x4 in that orange/gold color in front of the showroom of the local Ford dealer..looks good. 

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Not really a 'spot' but stickin it in here anyways.

I stored this '63 in my shop a little over a year for a relative, he finally sold it in Dec. and the guy paid up/picked it up today. He has restored other Corvettes, says he's going to do this one, too. Original 340 HP 327 4bbl/4-spd car. Will need a body-off going over- has been sitting since 1969 (!!!!). Godspeed, lil plastic Chevy!

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We got about 3 inches of snow.  I went riding and stopped at the local Chevy and Ford dealers.  Ford place has moved to their spanking new building (on the site of their old, old building, which is closer to town on the same road as their old building).  Chevy dealer has a white Blazer AWD RS, MSRP $50.7k.  It is pretty, wouldn't want to replace 21" tires as optioned, wouldn't spend $50.7k on it even if I had the money.  First Blazer I've seen in person.

Ford dealer has THREE Ranger Supercrews, all Lariats, all black in various states of spec, MSRP $44-$45k.  First Rangers I've seen!  While the Blazer left me neutral due to its price tag, I actually got tickled looking at the Rangers, like I used to when viewing a new vehicle for the first time.  They look great, TALL but great!  Now I want one, spec'd more conservatively of course.

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Got a few inches of new snow last night.  Sunny out today, i went out to shovel the driveway and clear off my sister's Trax--the way the snow blew, only the left side and roof had snow, right side was completely clear.   Jeep is in the garage, coated in salt and slush from running around downtown yesterday afternoon...need to run it through the carwash this week. 

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Saw some interesting newer Cadillacs in the last few days:

I saw a Cadillac funeral procession car with the amber strobe light on top of its roof.  It was not a hearse.  It was a black CT6.  It looked slick.

An XT4 was next to me on the freeway.  I like the way they have modified the tail lamps by taking them down along the exterior edges of the rear lift gate and then boomeranging them back toward the center.  Nicely done.

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Stayed home this weekend w/ all the foul weather, and have watched a bunch of movies.  One old movie w/ Robert Mitchum (Foreign Intrigue, 1956) had this neat '49 Delahaye 135 cabriolet...blue w/ red interior, the top was half open in some scenes.

Also watched another Mitchum film--'The Friends of Eddie Coyle' (1973)...gritty '70s crime film set in the Boston area..had a gold late 60s Mercedes S-class, a neat lime green '71 Road Runner, several '71-72 Galaxies and LTDs, a dark green w/ white top '69 Camaro SS, a Karmann Ghia, and Mitchum drove a battered matte black '62 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. 

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