Curbside Classic Clue Returns From Vacation

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

A while back, I decided to drop dropping hints. That still applies to the verbal kind. But here’s a visual aid: the car we’re identifying is in the foreground, but most conveniently, a visual hint drove past just as I squeezed the shutter. I hope the vacation from CCClueing didn’t take the edge off your skills. I doubt it.

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  • Steven Lang Steven Lang on Jan 05, 2010

    A pink car and a brown car in the background. For obvious reasons I'm thinking the picture was taken in Central California. I'm definitely wrong but I've associated brown cars and pink ones with that part of the world.

    I'm also thinking Neon... probably wrong but I've seen more pink Neons than any other type of Chrysler.

  • Raymond Hieber Raymond Hieber on Jan 05, 2010

    Along the (badge-engineered) lines of a Lebaron GTS: 1986 or 1987 Dodge Lancer.

  • Timothy Timothy on Jan 05, 2010

    My first car 1985 Chrysler LeBaron GTS Turbo complete with 3spd automatic. Midnight blue with beige interior. Non of that atari dashboard for me... tach, spedo, and a full compliment of accessory gauges including battery and oil. Parents bought the car new in 1985, blew a head gasket approximately 2 years later, replaced under warranty. Got the car when I turned 16 in 1994 and drove that bastard into the ground in the next few years... even blew a the transmission after putting it into a ditch. Was towed out by a friend. Bad things happen when you go from grass to dry pavement with the car red-lined and tires spinning at over 85mph (ahh.. the days of the 85mph spedo)... then helped dad replace said tranny in the garage. Ahh back when cars were "easy" to work on. Coolest thing about the car - the vented hood and the turbo designation on the front quarter panels. What is it about our first cars that generate so much love?

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    • Timothy Timothy on Jan 05, 2010

      Absolutely! Then again, when we finally did get rid of the dented, bruised, and rusted car the year was probably approaching 2000 and it still ran pretty well. It had something like 140k on the clock... at least 50k of that very hard, very abusive miles put on by a 16 year old who thought he was Jenson Button...

  • Geozinger Geozinger on Jan 05, 2010

    I had an 1987 Dodge Lancer ES Turbo, 2.2 and 5 speed. Black with a reddish maroon interior, sawblade wheels. Loved that car. Bought it greatly discounted in 1988 as a car returned because of bad credit. A 4 door with a hatchback, it kept me out of minivans way longer than any other kind of sedan would have. The turbo motor was slightly troublesome, I had an idle air speed solenoid that would go bad every 30K, replaced it 5 times in 160K miles. Back when it was primary transportation for my wife, a leaking turbo coolant hose led to a head gasket replacement. She didn't notice the temp gage was pegged... I killed the trans output shaft bearing(s?) in a small rural town in Georgia. The mechanic did his worst, within a year the trans was crap again, later replaced by a new one. With the exception of the later IAS modules, all repair work was performed under the 7/70 warranty! It was a nice sized car and could handle the twisty roads with ease. I'd like to have it back, or better yet, the Shelby version...