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Photos from the Cleveland Auto Show today.  New cars and old cars.

 

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Over the weekend, went skiing and on my way home exiting the freeway, this beauty popped up, could not get my phone out fast enough to get a full pic as I honestly did not know what brand, but it was a pretty car.

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Nice...'56 Plymouth I think...

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28 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Nice...'56 Plymouth I think...

Was in lovely shape. Person really cares for their car.

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I spotted a very well kept '89ish Dodge Dakota convertible. 

One of these, but in blue with a white top

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I spotted a very well kept '89ish Dodge Dakota convertible. 

One of these, but in blue with a white top

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I saw one in red with a white top...ratty...think it might have been the Shelby version....but very clapped out. On the same trip to Michigan where I saw the 58 Ranchero.

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Early Dodge Aspen, tan sedan, tattered daily driver.  Old man heading to the grocery store.

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Beautiful Mach 1 Mustang. Looked all original. Some one loves their car as much as we do @ C&G.

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Walking home from the bus after work and saw someone had this skylark sadly stored. 😥

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Saw a clean Chevy Tahoe Hybrid in black on the freeway earlier.  Don't see those very often.  Also saw a sharp red Ferrari 458 Italia coupe..good weather to have a sports car out. 

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At a light this afternoon saw a very clean 58 Chevy Apache stepside pickup.  A dark teal w red steel wheels.  Had a 1958 Ohio license plate. 

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4 different oddities....

#1. 1960s era Falcoln based Ranchero on a car carrier headed north on Ohio 315. Could not get a good look at it to determine exact year.

#2. On a load of crushed cars...sadly...what looked like a 1950s era finned Mopar. 4 doors...but was on back stack of cars...could not get a look at the front. Looked like it had either been restored at one point or extremely well kept original.

Not sure if wrecked or stripped for parts or...?

#3. Eighties era Rolls Royce...just out cruising.

#4. New Jetta R...in an Orange color. Looked good...could see myself buying one.

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Some spotting

1 - over the weekend - getting on at the ramp on the other side of the freeway was a 1975 or 1976 Cadillac Eldorado coupe.  The body was intact but the metal bumpers and fins were not in the best shape.  It was silver with a silver landau top, which was reserved for the upscale GM cars.  The lower divisions didn't have gray interiors to go along with this combo but Cadillac (and Buick (Electra/Park Avenue) and Olds(98 Regency)) did.  As far as I could see, this one was burgundy inside.  I couldn't believe its length.  Sort of like landing a great white that snags a record for its size.  This car weighs over 4,800 pounds and cruises with a 500 c.i. V8 ... or 8.2 liters ... or 8200 cc.

2 - over the weekend - a studious looking high school kid is parked next to me at the store playing on his phone with his girlfriend in an immaculate last gen 2003 Pontiac Bonneville LE in purist form.  What a relief.  No cladding, no spoiler, wheel covers.  I asked him if he'd sell it.  He said that he just got it from his grandmother with about 25,000 miles.  I told him he was lucky to own one and wished him well. Of those bigger cars, the Bonnie was the only one I liked, and in purist form, except for adding the base alloy wheels.  This kid's car was the metallic bronze color and it was beautiful.

3- on Tuesday, a Pontiac Sunbird sedan of 1988 to 1994 vintage is sailing past me on the freeway at about 70 mph.  This car was clean.  It looked like a Cavalier.  It had the red appliques from some optional package.  I don't know much about the 1.8 and 2.0 4 cylinders of that day but apparently this one has held up for 25 to 30 years and was maneuvering like a whipper snapper.  I don't know if it had Eco-Tec technology in its 4 cylinder engines that early.  It's rare to see a Cavalier or a Sunbird these days, let alone a Cobalt.

Dud sighting - a Camry under 5 years old is going down a major boulevard at about 10 mph below the speed limit.  It was nighttime.  The streets were uncrowded.  There was not much lighting because it is a wooded area.  As I get next to the car, it's a 30-something dude who, based on the glow coming from his phone, is texting away.  I guess that justifies going 10 mph below the speed limit ?!?  Ass hole.  There are many deer that cross the area he was driving through.

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I wish I had been able to take a picture, but driving back home with my lunch in heavy traffic I had a Sprinter van pull in front of me. Specifically it was

Sprinter AMG on Left door.

V6 Bluetec on Right door.

🤔 If a Performance cargo van is considered Luxury, then MB truly has lost the crown of uber luxury and is now as many here have stated just another Toyota / Chevrolet / Ford, etc. Automaker with some seriously overpriced auto's.

SPRINTER AMG Vans? 🙄

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I don't think their has been an official AMG version of the Sprinter...I saw a few Sprinters in Phoenix/Scottsdale w/ AMG badging, but I assume someone added the badges.

Googling Sprinter AMG I found this from 2005..

https://www.motor1.com/news/54360/mercedes-amg-sprinter-63-s-unveiled-with-503-bhp/

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Lovely little early Beetle Cabriolet in a shamrock green with mint white top, ahead of me in traffic on this Saint Patrick's Day.  Beautifully restored.

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I wonder if going onto a dealership's lot constitutes "spotting."  It's deliberate and not random.

At any rate, I was looking at some Chevy new car inventory.  While there, I saw some Sparks.  Yes, Sparks ...  $15K before discounts!  I opened up the base model doors and it had MANUAL WINDOWS, one of few production cars to offer those.  You should have seen some of the wild colors on some  - "Passion Fruit" and "Toasted Marshmallow."  The amount of sheetmetal beyond the rear wheels is "disturbing," and the trunk is very small.  There's not much more than what's on a Smart car.  These Sparks are small.  I'd bet Chevy offers them in Europe.

Big demerit:  No temperature gauge on this car.  Just an idiot light.  Perhaps you can scroll the D.I.C. options and get the coolant temp. displayed.  

As far as Chevy trimming their line up, the Spark stays while the Sonic bows out, am I right?

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At one time the Spark, Sonic, Trax, and Cruise were sold in Europe as Chevys...back before GM quit Europe.   Not sure if the Spark and Sonic are staying in NA, don't recall hearing anything about them. 

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It's like early 80s Benz month here in Pittsburgh. I don't know where they all came from all of the sudden. 

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I saw one of the last Pontiac Grand Prix GT coupes turning in front of me yesterday to get on the freeway.  It was probably a 2002 or 2003.  It was in a metallic dark bronze color and was in near perfect condition.  God, I miss good old fashioned mid size GM coupes.

About a week ago, I saw a late 90s (97,98,99?) base Grand Prix sedan in what I call the Schwinn bicycle metallic blue in the library parking lot.  It was beat to hell.  The badge indicated it had a 3800 V6.  I was surprised to see a beehive lady get in it and drive off.

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15 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

It's like early 80s Benz month here in Pittsburgh. I don't know where they all came from all of the sudden. 

A friend of mine in SoCal once said of his small 190 sedan that it was a "throw away car."  Come to think of it, I don't see that many around.  The idea of bringing a Benz to (more) people with slimmer wallets was a good idea.  Too bad it wasn't an heirloom Benz as they all should be.

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Dreary gray day outside that still looks like winter, but saw a couple sweet newish Mopies out rumbling around...a green Charger SRT and a black Challenger SRT, one behind the other going down a frost-heaved potholed major street near mea..

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I forgot this one.  It was about a week ago.

I saw a 1994/5/6 Thunderbird coupe in the dark metallic green.  It was badged with a V8.  This meant it had the 4.6 SOHC V8.  The best part is that it had the contraption sitting on top of the roof that said it was being used as a delivery car for Jimmy John's!  I remember that these cars were sold loaded with the power options included and were sensibly priced - about $16K to $18K back in the '90s.

Basically it was like this, but with the small V8 badge, though not in as good shape:

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I was once given one of these Thunderbird coupes out West as a rental car and took it over the border to Vancouver.  I was fairly impressed with how quiet it was and how it had enough power.  Not too thirsty at highway speeds.  Little did I know this would become an heirloom engine that would power both the Grand Marquis and many Lincolns.

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