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Wow, 6th of June and no one has spotted anything interesting to mention even when out for Groceries.

Today was a weird day as I found a very rusty Yugo, an old baby powder blue Chevrolet Luv Truck and a Yellow rusty Datsun mini pickup. Have not seen any of these auto's in years.

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Lincoln Parade Float XXXL :

Styling-wise, my favorite year of '70s GM B/C/E models is 1971, followed by 1972...before the bumpers got too big and they still had 2dr hardtops.

The '75 Grand Ville convertible was a sweet looking car...really like the front end w/ the rectangular headlights that year.     My other favorite biggun of that year was the Buick Electra coupe.

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Been out twice so far this month...post office last Wed and bank drive thru this morning.  Saw nothing interesting.   Nice weather this morning, though.  

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June 1st sighting ... in the evening ... boo:

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The owner of a LIME Ram truck would have to be marginally more "interesting" than that of a black, white, red, blue, or silver one.  Or maybe not.  Just a thought.

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Went out twice today...came up to a stoplight and a sweet dark blue '69/70 Grand Prix rumbied up behind me.  No vinyl top, red pin striping.  I've seen this car in traffic from a distance before, but never relatively close...

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Spotted June 3rd -

Here's a new(er) and small(er) Infiniti SUV sporting 2 liters of turbocharged power.  What's with this salmon color?  It reminds me of Nissan 280 ZXs and the GM intermediates and full sizes of the early '80s.  They say trends come full circle.

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This was in the parking lot at Publix in Dania, FL

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I don't like all the sheetmetal curves on this vehicle.

That funky orange structure (across Dania Beach Blvd.) is the Dania Casino.  It used to be a jai alai place years ago. 

You might still see blue hairs.  What you won't see are paper cups full of nickels.

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Spotted June 4th - is it any wonder there is so much Mopar RWD in South Florida - no snow, sleet, ice, etc.

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Two of the same car, looking sharp and being kept away from other cars in a corner of the parking lot at a gym

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Nice angle - this car has some great lines

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Not my rental, but here's a charcoal colored Charger in the return lane - the charcoal (metallic and enamel) benefit from shiny aluminum wheels instead of the darker industrial looking ones.  Wish I had this as my rental.

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1 hour ago, trinacriabob said:

Nice angle - this car has some great lines

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Not my rental, but here's a charcoal colored Charger in the return lane - the charcoal (metallic and enamel) benefit from shiny aluminum wheels instead of the darker industrial looking ones.  Wish I had this as my rental.

🤔 Wonder how they are sanitizing the rental auto's with Covid-19 raging in Florida?

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

🤔 Wonder how they are sanitizing the rental auto's with Covid-19 raging in Florida?

I think they are SUPPOSED to disinfect the high touch areas.  I was dropping off only.  I would again wipe down the steering wheel, dash controls, and door handles. Also, fabric seats would fare better than leather seats in this scenario.  I would also leave all the windows down partway to make sure the wind while on the road moves any stale air out of the car.  I'd figure that, in about a day, the car would be my personal airspace.   In a funkier neighborhood or if there was weather, I might not crack the windows as much ... or at all.

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On 6/9/2020 at 4:11 PM, trinacriabob said:

Also, on June 3rd, I spotted a few "mistakes:"

Symmetrical ones, at that!

I'm missing it.

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Repair shop had (5) '66 full-size Pontiacs, including a convert & a wagon:
 

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I saw 3 Corvettes today.  

A kid that works for me, his dad owns a C6 Vette convertible.  Yellow.  His dad picked him up after his shift.  Had a Z something or other fender logo.  Looked like a Z06 logo but the Vette itself did not look like a Z06...   Have to ask him about it tomorrow. 

I saw a C7 modified Vette. All black. Fender flares. Front grille was modified. Had a toothy grille.  I didnt see what C7 it was as he was driving a little on the swiftly side.  

Looked kinda like this diecast  model. Especially the grill.  

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And then, I saw an awesome, 1972, red exterior, red interior, T-Top Stingray.  Great condition. Awesome sound coming from the 350 under the hood.  I asked him about it at the red lights we both were stopped at.  

 

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18 hours ago, balthazar said:

I'm missing it.

It's my dated reference of a few years ago, through rental reviews of the Malibu and general comments, of how the kink with the fattened moulding looks like a drafting or fabrication mistake. 

Which I find too bad since, looking at the vehicle from the rear or in rear 3/4 view, it has a nice tail lamp assembly and fascia.  The first time I rented one, an older gentleman also filling up at the same gas station told me he liked my 'Bu.

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I've had one of the current Malibus as a rental, back in '16.  It was ok.   Thought the styling was a bit busy, esp. the front and side contouring...I find the previous generation to be better looking, IMO.

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7 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I've had one of the current Malibus as a rental, back in '16.  It was ok.   Thought the styling was a bit busy, esp. the front and side contouring...I find the previous generation to be better looking, IMO.

I'm in total agreement with this.  I have also had the last-gen with the Camaro-esque rear tail lamps and raised trunk lid as a rental.  Except that it's a little chunky in places, I also liked it better - the safer and taller styling, the 2.5 L 4, etc.  

Probably better to merge the better aspects of the last gen and the current gen, like the current seating position and the cowl that sweeps down from the windshield toward the driver.  The gas mileage on the current one is quite a bit better, though.

The same would have been applicable to the Grand Prix, for example.  Some aspects of 1997-2003 were better while other aspects from 2004-2007 were better, though the last-gen Grand Prix was edgier and more memorable as an overall package.

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9 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

 

The same would have been applicable to the Grand Prix, for example.  Some aspects of 1997-2003 were better while other aspects from 2004-2007 were better, though the last-gen Grand Prix was edgier and more memorable as an overall package.

With the GP, I really liked the roofline of the '97-03 and front and rear...the replacement was too slab sided, iMO...

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On 6/9/2020 at 9:54 AM, Robert Hall said:

I think that is the Infiniti that shares a platform w/ the Mercedes GLA.  

If it is, I think that is an Infiniti QX30.  Poor seller.  The GLA outsold this by at least 3 to 1.

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4 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

If it is, I think that is an Infiniti QX30.  Poor seller.  The GLA outsold this by at least 3 to 1.

Yes, that's it..it's out of production since last year..was only around for 3 model years.   I think I've seen one at an auto show, but don't recall seeing one out in the wild...was built in the UK.

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1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

Yes, that's it..it's out of production since last year..was only around for 3 model years.   I think I've seen one at an auto show, but don't recall seeing one out in the wild...

I did see a QX30 in a local parking lot almost two years ago (October 2018).  It was white.  I actively wondered who would buy that car.

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Beautiful perfect June weather today...went to Ace Hardware to pick up a few bags of mulch for yard fun, and saw a sharp blue w/ white stripes 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 rumbling down the street..great exhaust note.

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Went to the BMV to renew my DL this morning, not too painful.   Saw a sharp dark blue w/ red stripe and red interior C7 Corvette Grand Sport convertible in the parking lot.

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Saw these 2000s GM sleds parked outside an IHOP

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Another less than optimally kept Monte Carlo SS with the rare 5.3 V8.  Would much rather have seen an LT with the larger V6 in spotless condition.

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Last-gen Aurora with what looks to be the extra cost pearl white paint.  I wonder how V6 to V8 sales stacked up for the last-gen Aurora.  The inconspicuous badge near the (temporary) license plate on this one said 3.5, so it was a V6 and not a V8. 

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