By on November 12, 2010

I feel like I’ve become the godfather to hundreds of old cars around town, so when one or more disappears from its usual spot, I usually suspect the worst. And for the second time, I’ve actually witnessed the event, and this time documented it. This Regal Coupe has been a faithful resident near our house, but the other day we stumbled on this sad event. From the long faces of the owner and his fellow mourner, it looks serious. And I have not seen it return since. But fear not; I had already shot it long ago, and it will (re)appear on these pages post-mortem in full CC glory. The other two victims will not:

I don’t go chasing accidents, but when I came across the aftermath of this punch out of two similar-vintage Japanese pickups, I couldn’t resist. The Nissan Hardbody gets the KO, but it’s not likely to survive either.

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26 Comments on “Curbside Classics Bite The Dust...”


  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    With as much dignity as he could muster, the Old Man gathered up the sad remains of his shattered Major Award. Later that night, alone in the backyard, he buried it next to the garage. Now I could never be sure, but I thought that I heard the sound of “Taps” being played. Gently.
     
    Let us have a moment of silence.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    Whatever is wrong with the Regal, it would have never went to JY heaven in that shape. A real shame.
     
    Even the 2 trucks. They would have gotten fixed. Although those are fine to go to JY heaven.

  • avatar

    The Regal is a looker…but since its a non-Somerset, I guess I’m okay with it heading to the yard. Tragic.

    • 0 avatar

      Was there ever a Somerset with RWD? I don’t remember them until ’86 FWD models…

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      A high school buddy (1995 graduate) had a Buick Somerset Coupe, loaded to the gills, the only N-body worth having.  The funniest thing was the digital radio that looked like it was mounted to the console.  His father, Don, (who sold used cars at a GM dealership “OK Used Cars”) called that radio the “fish finder.”  The car had been sitting on the budget lot because of light hail damage (mostly to the trunk.)  Don’s solution?  The very chic addition of a chrome luggage rack to hide the damage.

    • 0 avatar

      Oh yes!  Since 1980, and it was a tasty little dish, if obnoxiously trimmed land yachts are your thing.
      http://forums.aaca.org/f162/1980-buick-regal-somerset-200070.html

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    I thought for a minute that this was the start of a new series of cars in their natural habitat.  You know, an old Cadillac outside of a country club, an old Mercedes outside of a bank, and an 80s GM car on the back of a tow truck. 

  • avatar
    mikenem

    Looks like there’s also 2 less ’90s minitrucks now ;(

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      No great loss. I sold those things back in the 90′s. They could be really spartan. Not a fan. I’m surprised to see the Toyota upside down and the cab intact, I thought they were well known for less than sturdy roofs. Maybe the cap helped take the impact.
       
      Either way, future cat food cans.

  • avatar
    friedclams

    That picture with the Buick is tragic. Those poor old guys in the background… the death of dreams.

  • avatar
    jeanpierresarti

    My Mom had a two tone blue model 83 regal. had the best car interior that my ass has had the pleasure of sitting on. It was some sort of velor type material and even pillow top style cushions.

  • avatar
    segar925

    My mother bought a brand spanking new 1980 Regal virtually identical to the one above, it was probably the biggest POS vehicle she ever owned.  Mom had nothing but problems with that car from the day it left the dealership.  The transmission leaked from day one, the heat/AC temp controls broke after a few years and the paint started peeling after 5 garage-kept years with less than 30K on the odometer.  GM will never sell my mother or anybodye else in our family another vehicle.  

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    The Somerset was a trim package on early Eighties Regals before it became its own N-car compact from ’85 through, what, ’88?
     
     

  • avatar
    Dimwit

    Dan: what’s that from?

    Paul: From saltcentral all your cars are in unbelievable shape for their ages. What happens to most? If the cancer doesn’t get them it looks like anything else is relatively repairable. Even not running, someone around here would still buy it just on condition alone.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Story  That movie contains my favorite quote of all time.
       
      Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man! – That describes my father to a T, even though the guy is only 55 and will live many years without the brand he loved.
       
      BTW I would buy a Regal (cheap) in that physical condition as long as the interior was just as nice.  350/4brl/TH350 would make a nice ride for YEARS to come.

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      Dimwit: I can’t answer that in a comprehensive fashion. This car may well be off to a mechanic to await a proper diagnosis and estimate, or go sit in a lot somewhere until someone decides its fate. I rather doubt it’s heading straight to the bone yard.

    • 0 avatar
      The Wedding DJ

      To Dan:  My nephew would have chased that wrecker down the street, repeatedly screaming “STOP!”

  • avatar
    Joss

    Yeppa definitely a downer having a broken ol’ Buick in autumn. Dad had one an 81/82? Can’t remember. T’was okay but the dada thought the plant ran a bit rough for a 6.

    Somerset edition? Would that be somethin like the last Imperial Sinatra edition?

    Go on Paul find us a Sinatra Imperial to gawk over – has to have all of Bernie’s tapes.

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      Damn; a genuine last Imperial was driving down the street the other day, and I though I didn’t have my camera aboard, so I didn’t try to chase it. Turns out it was in the glove box. It will reappear; I hope.

  • avatar
    afuller

    Back in the early 90′s I was lucky enough to find an ’81 Regal with a blown 3.8 for a few hundred dollars.  The body was imaculate other than a dented trunk lid where the PO had likely backed into something. 

    I dropped a lightly breathed on 400 SBC in it and backed it with a TH400, I kept burning up the TH350s, and drove it for a number of years.  It’s still the one car I look back on with regret for selling.

  • avatar
    don1967

    Paul, there must be a fountain of youth where you live.   My family had two early-eighties cars like this (Olds Cutlass and Pontiac LeMans), and they both fell long before the Berlin wall did.   Within 8 years they went from shiny new metal to rusted-out carcasses with dead powertrains and a long list of replacement parts.  The local mechanic was the only person who cried when we switched to Honda, but then again he was driving one himself.


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