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• minty '63 Cutlass 2-dr hardtop, silver/champagne color, with a jaunty red accent stripe across the grille, resting but poised in driveway (nose toward road).
• minty '68 442 convertible, dark green, tan top, motoring with gusto.
Both seen in rural eastern PA.

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Today was the day I had to go in, pack up my cubicle and became like @Robert Hall working from home full time.

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At least I got my setup at home now.

On the way out with all my stuff, saw a true oldie along with a modern auto in the parking garage. 

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Have to say seeing the eTron again, that CUV has a phat ass.

Sadly, so many businesses are gone. One of my favorite as they made just awesome breakfast/lunch only meals was "The Biscuit Bitch" RIP.

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I get a twinge of cognitive dissonance when I see a Pontiac GP, which uses the same platform as the car I ultimately bought.  It has the same powertrain, too.

This one is (light bulb goes on) Fusion Orange metallic, clearly an inaugural 2004 color that might have carried forward into 2005, because this unit, in sound shape and cruising effortlessly down the freeway, did not have a trunk lock cylinder.  Also, one has to give Pontiac some credit for having the moxie to offer a polarizing and sportier color like this on the GP.  Not so with other W-body GM vehicles of the same years.  I don't know if I'd want to own a Fusion Orange metallic car, but I like(d) seeing these.

This was on the 4th of July ... or the next day.  Will never forget Pontiac!  Have loved them for as long as I can remember.

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On 7/10/2020 at 4:17 PM, balthazar said:

Clean F’em-250, I think these are early ‘80s: 

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'78-79.  Looks like the roof is squashed.

1 hour ago, balthazar said:

First time under the sky in maybe 26 years:  

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Lots of patina..you going to get it running again? 

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^ Mostly dust. Patina is minimal. More will buff out.
Lookit the shine still in dem flanks :

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Yes- the plan is to get running again.

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Saw this small Chevy this morning.  What's to remark about?  Well, anymore, when you look at car brochures or web sites for more economical cars, you can pick your exterior color to be: 1) white, 2) black, 3) silver, 4) charcoal, 5) red, and 6) navy blue.  I'm not asking for 15 to 20 colors like they had decades ago, but kudos to Chevrolet and maybe other GM brands for this cool color, similar to one found in '75 GM BOP products.

The downside is that, for the interior in the lower trim levels, your color choices are: 1) black, 2) black, and 3) black.  

Nonetheless, this is a recent and cool color added to the GM stable.

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Seeing more and more people living out of trailer's. Never seen such a base model Toyota truck before.20200712_165422.jpg

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"Living out of trailers..."

The RV industry is booming because people still want/need to go on vacation but they don't want to fly in rickety sky buses.  So they're buying/renting RV.

Please provide proof the person is "living" in that camper.

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6 hours ago, ocnblu said:

"Living out of trailers..."

The RV industry is booming because people still want/need to go on vacation but they don't want to fly in rickety sky buses.  So they're buying/renting RV.

Please provide proof the person is "living" in that camper.

This individual works at blue cross/blue shield and started living out of the camper in March of this year. Now there are 3 others that also park in the lot who work there, no longer living in an apartment. It is what I have noticed. Will take a pic next time I drive down that parking street by their campus. Never had the RVs before the pandemic and now seems to be more moving around but in this area.

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Tonight, I was behind a new mid-engine Chevy Corvette.  I see one anywhere from once every 2 weeks to once a month, so it's sort of a treat.

IMO, the best combo is white/burgundy leather interior or silver metallic/burgundy leather interior.  This one was (enamel) orange and it looked great.  It had temporary plates.  The exhaust purr was pleasing to the ear.

Given that I was behind this new Corvette and they are fiberglass, I moved into an adjacent lane as quickly as I could.

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On 7/8/2020 at 7:23 PM, David said:

One of my favorite as they made just awesome breakfast/lunch only meals was "The Biscuit Bitch" RIP.

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Great name.  Surprisingly NOT PC for Seattle.  I like it.

Saw this during lunch.  I guess whether or not you leave the top down depends on the neighborhood.  While not a big fan of FoMoCo in general, this take on the Mustang was reasonably well done - at home in the New Millennium but also with definite ties to its original styling cues.

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33 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Great name.  Surprisingly NOT PC for Seattle.  I like it.

Saw this during lunch.  I guess whether or not you leave the top down depends on the neighborhood.  While not a big fan of FoMoCo in general, this take on the Mustang was reasonably well done - at home in the New Millennium but also with definite ties to its original styling cues.

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I liked them in the retro lt green and lt blue colors back around '05-07.

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45 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Great name.  Surprisingly NOT PC for Seattle.  I like it.

They still have their trailer and one location, the southern food is Da Bomb. Limited Menu, but better than nothing.

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Mask up Bitches per their web site! :roflmao:

Menu Love: https://biscuitbitch.square.site/s/order?location=11ea68c98f76d396a76c0cc47a2b1e8c#2

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9 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

I liked them in the retro lt green and lt blue colors back around '05-07.

This is the light green that's like a metallic mint or the toy car lime?  Yes, pony cars look good in those colors.

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8 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

This is the light green that's like a metallic mint or the toy car lime?  Yes, pony cars look good in those colors.

The retro colors were Legend Lime and Windveil Blue.  They reminded me of '67-68 colors. 

 

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@Robert Hall I had that blue on, not one, but two Cutlass Supremes and it's a great color!  That green works on sporty cars.

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I could talk about the first-gen Chrysler 300 I saw in a supermarket parking lot yesterday, but I was more amused by, how right outside its passenger doors, someone really WIGGED OUT!

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I'm not in calendar order, but the car turned 12.5 years old last week!  I took it out on the open road.  Some interesting sightings:

THREE last gen ('06 or '07) Monte Carlos on the interstate - silver, black, and navy blue - cruising along faster than me, probably at ~ 70 mph, so their (then new) VVT Chevy V6s are still up to the task.

I saw one of these!  They're rare.  Possibly badged an Opel Corsa in Europe when it looked like this.  I might see one or two Saturn Aura sedans a month, while I see one of these coupes about once a year.  This Saturn Astra was also in great shape and cruising along nicely.  Don't know what engine powers them.

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I also saw a Tibetan monk (Asian man with a shaved head, orange robes, etc.) at a large gas station complex / truck complex next to the interstate.  I have no idea what rules they have about what they can and cannot do while circulating in (American) society, but it's not an everyday occurrence that you see one.

As for the Saturn Astra, its styling is NOT derivative and is fairly unique.  Kudos for that.

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53 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

 

I saw one of these!  They're rare.  Possibly badged an Opel Corsa in Europe when it looked like this.  I might see one or two Saturn Aura sedans a month, while I see one of these coupes about once a year.  This Saturn Astra was also in great shape and cruising along nicely.  Don't know what engine powers them.

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As for the Saturn Astra, its styling is NOT derivative and is fairly unique.  Kudos for that.

The Astra was the Opel/Vauxhall Astra in Europe, the Corsa was a smaller car (more Sonic sized).    The Astra some years in Europe was a available with an interesting optional windshield that wrapped up into the roof.    There was also a folding hardtop cabrio version (called Twin Top), kind of the predecessor of the Cascada.

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5 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

The Astra was the Opel/Vauxhall Astra in Europe, the Corsa was a smaller car (more Sonic sized).    The Astra some years in Europe was a available with an interesting optional windshield that wrapped up into the roof.    There was also a folding hardtop cabrio version (called Twin Top), kind of the predecessor of the Cascada.

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This sounds right.  I like the coupe more so than the convertible.  What's going on in that Opel's front headlight assembly?  I'm guessing low beam, high beam, and amber turning signal.  It doesn't look that bad.

I always wanted to try one of these in the automatic version when across the pond.  Instead, I was either given smaller automatics ... or larger automatics (i.e. Opel Insignia wagon, with a flawless shifting 6 speed automatic).

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Within 10 minutes of each other - one near a smaller city hall and the other at Costco - 2 Pontiac snouts - 1 new and 1 old(er)

Beautiful G8 sedan in excellent condition:

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Pontiac Firebird Formula (350!):

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Did the Pontiac 350s hit the quarter million mile mark easily with routine maintenance?  Don't know much about them.  People talk about how far their Olds and Chevy 350s go. A lot of glare, so I couldn't see what I was aiming at, but I got "350."  (Also, it had a/c, a manual trans., and a rear spoiler).  Obviously, '70 to '73 ...

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Excluding known , verified lemons, most any post-war vehicle can go 250K with good maintenance. It's not a rarity. There's a number of documented cars from the '30s going 500K.
Pontiac built excellent V8 motors.

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