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Rainy and foggy so far this May....Friday was particularly gloomy and foggy/rainy...saw a white C7 convertible (top up) out in the gloom.    This morning saw a dark red '19 Camaro SS at the grocery, still had a window sticker and temporary tag, yet the rear bumper was cracked and scuffed. 

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1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

Rainy and foggy so far this May....Friday was particularly gloomy and foggy/rainy...saw a white C7 convertible (top up) out in the gloom.    This morning saw a dark red '19 Camaro SS at the grocery, still had a window sticker and temporary tag, yet the rear bumper was cracked and scuffed. 

Lately I have seen many new auto's where the owners seem too lazy to remove the labels and yet the auto has a license plate, not been washed in a month of sundays and body damage from winter.

Truly lazy asses, that are pathetic use and discard elements of society. Pathetic how some have become.

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10 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Lately I have seen many new auto's where the owners seem too lazy to remove the labels and yet the auto has a license plate, not been washed in a month of sundays and body damage from winter.

Truly lazy asses, that are pathetic use and discard elements of society. Pathetic how some have become.

It's funny, winter and salty roads have been over a few weeks now, but I did see a filthy, salty dented Tesla Model S the other day, just another winter beater w/ curbed rims, cracks in the fascias... 

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Coming out of the casino this evening saw some interesting cars lined up in the valet lines--a matte graphite current-gen Mercedes SL, a clean black early 90s Porsche 911 (964) cabrio, a sharp dark red C7 coupe, and a clean white '89-ish IROC Z convertible w/ red stripes (saw the same car there last year). 

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A sunny Monday morning in suburbia.....went out for coffee and a bagel, saw an eclectic mix of cars out and about.

On the road saw 4 very clean examples of late GM V8 sports sedans---a black STS-V,  a silver 2nd gen CTS-V, a dark gray G8 GXP, and a blue Chevy SS...love 'em all.    Came out of the coffee shop, and it was like a Lexus showroom---2 nearly identical metallic red NXs, a hulking black LX, a slick dark gray new generation LS, and a gorgeous bright blue LC...that is one car that looks much better in person than in photos, IMO...the Lexus ragey mouth front end works on it, IMO.  

On the road heading home saw a brown w/ tan top '70s-80s Fiat 124 Spyder--haven't one of those in ages---a gray Nissan GT-R, a gorgeous black CT6 (parked in the lot of a funeral home--so many funeral homes around here), and a sharp white last gen Regal GS. 

Also an orange w/ black hood Challenger Hellcat and a gorgeous dark red Grand Cherokee SRT. 

And for something completely different, at my local independent auto repair shop, there was a Caterpillar tanker truck...never realized there were Cat-branded trucks (red cab w/ a big "CAT' logo in the grille).    Speaking of Caterpillar, went by a huge dealer/shop with signs for 'Ohio Cat' with a shovel and earth mover out front by a fountain..I guess the local Caterpillar dealer..never noticed it before.   

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Out running errands at lunch, saw a black Grand Cherokee SRT at my groomers, and across the street in an empty funeral home parking lot was a new black Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.  The funeral biz must be booming in Ukranian Village (neighborhood in Parma, Oh). 

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Saw a clean bright red 2nd gen Ford Explorer Sport Trac , a vehicle I had completely forgotten existed..hadn't seen one in a long time.  Back when they didn't have a US market Ranger crew cab. 

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Today's 'WTF' sighting...a white Ford Transit panel van, with a Cadillac wreath and crest badge overlaying the blue oval in the grille. 

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I saw an aqua colored 1994 Chevy Cavalier sedan in near perfect condition.  The owner, a senior, said it had about 95,000 miles on it.  I'd have to look it up and see which 4 banger it had.

But, today, I saw something more annoying and which counters the typical demographics.  Young women who text at the wheel outnumber young men who text at the wheel.  Today, I saw 4 "kids" texting at the wheel - 1 teenage girl and 3 guys.  The girl was in a Japanese econobox sedan.  The guys were in a Subaru Outback wagon, a black, last rendition Dodge Charger, and a white Ford F-150 truck.  The girl was on surface streets.  The guys were on the freeway.  And I remember when it was a big no just to talk on the phone while driving.

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Ran an errand and saw these two beauties. Amazing the twins still look good today.

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Course I like the GMC best, but would take either one! :metal:

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Saw that gen of Monte Carlo that was based on the Lumina, IIRC.  So it would have been a 1995 or so.

It was on the freeway in the fast lane and cruising along nicely.  It was a metallic dark green color.  It was in very good shape, considering its age.

I had almost forgotten about this generation of Monte Carlos.  The very last version (2000-2005 + 2006-2007 refresh) seemed to have been more popular than the one I saw today.

Who the hell said we don't need midsize and full size personal (luxury) coupes?

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Saw two Brand new Rangers yesterday while coming home with the wife and kids from Mothers day dinner. Just visually, they are not that impressive. The wife thought the front end just blended with everything else and she thought it looked as if it was a new F150. Son was equally not impressed with the new trucks. Gonna have to get inside to see how the interior is, but the exterior is meh. Forgettable, if not for the HUGE Ranger on the tailgate.

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On 5/11/2019 at 1:54 PM, trinacriabob said:

Saw that gen of Monte Carlo that was based on the Lumina, IIRC.  So it would have been a 1995 or so.

It was on the freeway in the fast lane and cruising along nicely.  It was a metallic dark green color.  It was in very good shape, considering its age.

I had almost forgotten about this generation of Monte Carlos.  The very last version (2000-2005 + 2006-2007 refresh) seemed to have been more popular than the one I saw today.

Who the hell said we don't need midsize and full size personal (luxury) coupes?

Well full size is pretty much gone for anything but trucks..  For personal coupes you have Challenger or a fair number of luxury options starting with the A5.  I guess there is not enough money to be made on the ones based on mass market family cars with two less doors any more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@frogger  This is all true.  It's weird, though, that, when growing up, it seemed there were more larger coupes chosen by families than there were sedans.  Families were able to get the capacity of a larger proportioned American car in a more attractive silhouette.  Then, when Americans began learning how to design sedans correctly, and which grabbed people's attention, they increased in popularity and the demand for coupes waned.  That's what I think happened.

The Intrigue, released as a 1998 model in late 1997 to mark Oldsmobile's centennial, took the market by storm ... relatively speaking.  I use this as an example because I can't think of many better examples.

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Coupes were a viable alternative when the full-size cars ruled. When the intermediates began to eclipse the full-size cars, it seems the attention to the F/Sers BY THE OEMs waned. Then as each successive model line showed up, increasingly smaller, this is where the disadvantage to a 2-dr became more pronounced, and they waned as a body style.
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This 2500HD was stickered as a 2019- guess I didn't recall the new HDs aren't out yet. Swanky; black, standard bed, Duramax, $65K.  

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A good afternoon for spotting bright red coupes—saw the ‘04-06 GTO from around the corner rumbling down the street, a clean 72 Gran Torino coupe w black vinyl top, and the 70s Lamborghini Jarama from Parma I saw last year.  

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Took the day off and drove down to Ocean City, MD for the 29th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City weekend.  Met up with my bro and his family.  Was a great day.

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I've been there 2 years, '13 and '16. '13 was great, but in '16 it rained and it was a ghost-town. My buddy gets a hotel room and he didn't want to leave, since I rode down with him I was stuck. Even looked into getting a train north but nothing worked out. That was miserable.

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Nice sunny day today...out and about this afternoon saw a clean bright orange '68-69 Chevy C10 step side...I think it was a '68-69 because it had side marker lights and a small rear window..didn't see the front end.  Had '80s Chevy pickup Rally wheels.    Also saw a Solstice in dark green w/ tan interior, top down.  Saw a clean sliver early 90s Mercedes SL top down also. 

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It was a beautiful Sunday for a Sunday drive...went out this afternoon up to Lake County and it was Pontiac Sunday..saw a sharp black w/ gold trim '77-78 Trans Am, and 2 min later a sharp gold '77/78 Trans Am.  In a small town at a garage/resto business there was a black '63 Grand Prix sitting on flat tires w/  8 lug wheels, parked next to a primered '66 Tempest 2dr.   Saw a sharp mid 80s Trans Am in a driveway,  a dark red '05-06 GTO, a silver Solstice top down, and a sharp two-tone green '77 Bonneville Brougham 4dr.    Also saw a clean red '68 Camaro and a gold '65 Dodge Monaco 2dr ht. 

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Saw my first Audi E-Tron in the wild. Boy those are sharp EVs. Really need to see the inside and see how I fit. Sharp CUV.

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On Sunday, I saw one of these.  I was driving, so I could not take a photo.  It was the exact same color as this one in Wiki ... that pale ivory offered in those years.  Unbelievable.

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I believe it was a 1966 Bel Air.  I surfed the web and found the Bel Air and the Biscayne.  The Biscayne had 2 segments in the rear lamps but the Bel Air had 3 segments in the rear lamps, as the Impala did, and the one I saw had 3 segment real tail lamps.  I am guessing it had a 283 V8.  However, the stripped down version came with the 250 inline 6 standard.  Both were indestructible.  The full size Chevrolet modified its front grille and rear fascia ANNUALLY back in the day.

It made for a great sighting.  Oh yeah .... the guy driving it was not even middle aged.  It was a hipster who looked just like the guy who is the spokesman for TD Ameritrade these days ... same glasses, but with a bushier beard.  That also made the sighting humorous.

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It's always a fun sight to see a 50+ yr old car out and about, esp. in the Rust Belt.    

One sighting that seemed funny today...was sitting at a light and saw a clean 10-12 yr old Mercedes S-class at a gas station air pump, the driver was putting air in the tires... it was black w/ dark window tint, blingy chrome wheels.  The young driver was  tall, pale and balding w/ a hard face..wearing a track suit.   Looked for all the world like a stereotype Russian/Eastern European gangster. 

 

Also saw a clean 68 Firebird convertible in a driveway, dark blue w/ a white top. 

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