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Sure, I have a computer and a phone.  But I also always get a calendar from my GM dealer.  And what a beautiful sight in terms of classic cars on it for the month of June.

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Come to think of it, for once, the Buick was the best looking of the Malibu-LeMans-Cutlass-Skylark fraternal quadruplets.  The front and rear were clean and interesting enough.  The side profile had nothing garish about it, including when closed up with a hardtop.  And the dash had tasteful square bezels with small rounded corners.

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It came with quite a few engines.  There were definitely 350s and 455s, but I learned that the 250 c.i. 6 was also available (read the fine print), possibly in down-line models.  It would have theoretically been cool to have a purist convertible with the 6, no A/C, crank windows, buckets, console, gauges, and the alloy wheels shown ... as a hobby car.

Nice car.  Beautiful photo.  Welcome to summer!

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Aftermarket 'tribute' rims, look like 18".
Agree on the Buick looking very nice, tho if we were to switch it up to a GTO over a LeMans, I'd go that way. But all the '70 GM intermediates were basically spot on.

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4 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Sure, I have a computer and a phone.  But I also always get a calendar from my GM dealer.  And what a beautiful sight in terms of classic cars on it for the month of June.

Voila:

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Come to think of it, for once, the Buick was the best looking of the Malibu-LeMans-Cutlass-Skylark fraternal quadruplets.  The front and rear were clean and interesting enough.  The side profile had nothing garish about it, including when closed up with a hardtop.  And the dash had tasteful square bezels with small rounded corners.

KIMG9770.thumb.JPG.f277c9d80b0b8a7370ed837927c1267d.JPG

It came with quite a few engines.  There were definitely 350s and 455s, but I learned that the 250 c.i. 6 was also available (read the fine print), possibly in down-line models.  It would have theoretically been cool to have a purist convertible with the 6, no A/C, crank windows, buckets, console, gauges, and the alloy wheels shown ... as a hobby car.

Nice car.  Beautiful photo.  Welcome to summer!

Sharp Skylark...haven't seen a convertible one in forever.   Always thought the '70-72 Buick A-body 2dr ht roofline was very similar to the Chevelle.  The '70-72 looked better overall IMO than the '68-69 Buicks w/ their sweepspear side crease and low rear wheel well openings.  Though the concave rear was interesting and different. 

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Of course Im gonna be the one to disagree about which A-Body is the looker of the four... 

OBVIOUSLY its the Oldsmobile Cutlass!!!  

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You see, the Cutlass has a rounded pillarless C pillarPin on Cars/Bikes

And in 1970, had a slight hump over the rear wheels. Something the others did not have.

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The Pontiac's treatment was a mix of what Chevy and Buick done with their C pillar.

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While the Chevy and Buick really look like twins

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The front ends of the Chevelle, Skylark and Cutlass from 1970  on are really really similar as where Pontiac's front end is unique.  

But in 1969, the Malibu/Chevelle's C Pillar is most unique from all of them.  

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Anyway, the GM A -Body 1968-1972 is such a beautiful car.  In convertible and coupe form.  Especially the fastback coupes!   

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5 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

You see, the Cutlass has a rounded pillarless C pillar

And in 1970, had a slight hump over the rear wheels. Something the others did not have.

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5 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

Of course Im gonna be the one to disagree about which A-Body is the looker of the four... 

OBVIOUSLY its the Oldsmobile Cutlass!!!  

The Pontiac's treatment was a mix of what Chevy and Buick done with their C pillar.

1968 PONTIAC GTO 2 DOOR HARDTOP

While the Chevy and Buick really look like twins

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But in 1969, the Malibu/Chevelle's C Pillar is most unique from all of them.  

1969 CHEVROLET MALIBU

Anyway, the GM A -Body 1968-1972 is such a beautiful car.  In convertible and coupe form.  Especially the fastback coupes!   

@oldshurst442  You've covered them all!

I'm going to disagree here.  However, I liked one year of Cutlass during this 1968-1972 period.  And it would have been the more formal coupe of 1970 - nice front end, nice side view, and nicer twin vertical lamps inset into the bumper on each side.

One car my dad had, although a purist 1970Pontiac LeMans, was just like that GTO, but without all the bells and whistles.  It had a 250 c.i. inline 6.  That color, if I recall, was Bimini Blue, which I believe is in or near the Caribbean.  Good call on Pontiac's blending the various C-pillar treatments.

You are right in that the Skylark and Malibu coupe are almost too twinned.  So, I think I still like the Buick coupe the most, closely followed by the Pontiac coupe.

It saddens me that, to get a coupe from GM these days, the main offerings are the Corvette or the Camaro.  It used to be raining coupes!

 

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12 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

 

But in 1969, the Malibu/Chevelle's C Pillar is most unique from all of them.  

1969 CHEVROLET MALIBU

 

Anyway, the GM A -Body 1968-1972 is such a beautiful car.  In convertible and coupe form.  Especially the fastback coupes!   

The '68-69 Buick 2dr roofline is very similar to the '68-69 Chevelle...but the lower body is quite different, and the low rear wheel well cutline gave it a frumpy look.

 

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That formal roofline on the '70-72 Cutlass SX/Supreme was Olds' answer to the Monte Carlo and Grand Prix, IMO (without a longer wheelbase or other body differences). 

 

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6 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

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Ok, this one I like.  The vinyl top shape is unusual, or maybe I don't remember it, but that's a nice looking Cutlass coupe.

My votes for GM mid-size COUPES based on appearance from from '70 to '07 would go like this:

70-72:  Buick Skylark (1), Pontiac Le Mans (2)

73-77:  Olds Cutlass Supreme (1), Buick Regal (2)

78-80:  Pontiac Grand Prix (1), Buick Regal (2)

81-87:  Olds Cutlass Supreme (1), Pontiac Grand Prix (2)

88-96 (transition to W-chassis): Buick Regal (1), Chevy Lumina (only part of this span of years, see photo below) (2)

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(Looking at it, this was a very clean looking car that was fairly timeless for a while)

00-07:  Chevy Monte Carlo (1)

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Edit:  I've owned THREE of my (1) choices.  Perhaps I'm biased.  Or perhaps that's why I bought them, or encouraged my parents to buy them.

 

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13 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

The '68-69 Buick 2dr roofline is very similar to the '68-69 Chevelle...but the lower body is quite different, and the low rear wheel well cutline gave it a frumpy look.

 

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That formal roofline on the '70-72 Cutlass SX/Supreme was Olds' answer to the Monte Carlo and Grand Prix, IMO (without a longer wheelbase or other body differences). 

 

2017-07-22-1970-Cutlass-SX-1-3206-640.jpg

 

I missed, like I literally forgot, that the '68-'69 Skylark also mimicked the Chevy versions of the same years.  From the two, year for year, I do prefer the Buick.   From the 4, the Chevy versions of any year will always be in 4rth place for me. 

 

  

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For lack of a better word, I used mimic. Ironically, I wanted to shorten my response by trying to use one word instead of a whole paragraph. 

Me...of all people...wanting to shorten a response with less words used.  

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

For lack of a better word, I used mimic. Ironically, I wanted to shorten my response by trying to use one word instead of a whole paragraph. 

Me...of all people...wanting to shorten a response with less words used.  

Being concise has never been one of my strong points.

^  Look at that ... this very sentence is a step in the right direction!

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4 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Being concise has never been one of my strong points.

You Italian, Me Greek.  We both have a similarity here.  Being concise and efficient with our words and a lack thereof. 

Both Italians and Greeks speak with their hands.    Coincidence?

I thinks its because Italians and Greeks have soooooo much to say, like ALL the time, with passion of course, that sometimes concise words escape us and with the help of our hands, we get our points across.

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

You Italian, Me Greek.  We both have a similarity here.  Being concise and efficient with our words and a lack thereof. 

Both Italians and Greeks speak with their hands.    Coincidence?

I thinks its because Italians and Greeks have soooooo much to say, like ALL the time, with passion of course, that sometimes concise words escape us and with the help of our hands, we get our points across.

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Very different than us Germans! ;) 

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14 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

You Italian, Me Greek. 

I thinks its because Italians and Greeks have soooooo much to say, like ALL the time, with passion of course

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Yes.  Definitely.  And the guy in the gif is a graduate of Wazza Matta U.

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Saw a very clean two-tone blue ‘81-85 Impala 4dr, with white walls.  Driven by a little old lady w/ white hair.  

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Ran an Errand to Business Costco and saw my first Racing Blue Mach-E go by in the opposite direction. Way better looking than the Tesla BEVs. Liking it more and more. Excited to start seeing the Rivian show up this summer on the roads.

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I was out and about today. Had a doctor's appointment in the morning. When I finished with that, I drove.  And drove. And stopped at a Dairy Queen. Had a strawberry sundae (with peanuts). Looked at cars driving by. Looked at people walking by.   

Montreal had a very happy vibe about it today.  

Not the actual cars, but same colour and wheel combo. 

Driven by a mid-twenties hottie.  

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Literally 2 minutes later

Driven by a very good lookin' middle-aged woman.  

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5 minutes later.

Driven by a young punk. He too in his early to mid-20s.  Young punk only because he was a good lookin' guy and he has a nicer car than me when I was in my early to mid 20s I had to get by with a used 1989 red Firebird with a 2.8 liter V6 that I crashed and a new 1994 Grand Am GT also with a V6.  The updated 3.1 liter version. With 4 phoquing doors and that aqua blue/teal colour.  Both engines not even cracking the 200 HP mark while this punk has 450 of them at his disposal!  Phoquer!

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1984ish El Camino.  This same colour combo. Not the same wheels. It had god awful after markets.  I didnt quite glimpse the front end as this is almost the exact same angle I saw it as I was turning right and he was going straight.   I didnt see who the driver was.     The car was pretty beat up. Had rust wholes in the rear quarter panels.  It sounded horrible...

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Parked on a street looking pretty

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On 6/9/2021 at 11:00 AM, David said:

At my Bi-yearly dental cleaning and saw this Cherry Saturn Sky!

Lovely day in the PNW.

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First, those Saturn Skys really catch my eye because they're rare and they were possibly the nicest of this GM set-up.

Second, ah yes, those stunning days in the PacNW, where it's 82F to 84F everyday as you're driving to and from work during the summer, with a clearly visible Mt. Rainier in the distance, and you are planning to spend Saturday and Sunday outside, on or near the water.  But, then, it reliably tanks to 68F and drizzle for the weekend.  Then it goes back up to 82F to 84F on Monday! I've seen that maddening pattern quite a few times.

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14 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

First, those Saturn Skys really catch my eye because they're rare and they were possibly the nicest of this GM set-up.

Second, ah yes, those stunning days in the PacNW, where it's 82F to 84F everyday as you're driving to and from work during the summer, with a clearly visible Mt. Rainier in the distance, and you are planning to spend Saturday and Sunday outside, on or near the water.  But, then, it reliably tanks to 68F and drizzle for the weekend.  Then it goes back up to 82F to 84F on Monday! I've seen that maddening pattern quite a few times.

I love the rain and drizzle, but then I am more of a winter person with my love for skiing and snow than summer.

I will take all the cool drizzle weekends I can get.

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6 minutes ago, David said:

I love the rain and drizzle, but then I am more of a winter person with my love for skiing and snow than summer.

I will take all the cool drizzle weekends I can get.

Don't get me wrong.  I love what I call coffee weather.  Even for a good part of the year. But when summer (like in the PacNW) only lasts 2 or 2.5 months, I don't want it to rain on the weekends!

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