Curbside Classic Outtake: Wal Mart Concours Edition

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake wal mart concours edition

Stopping in at Wal Mart always raises the possibilities of some interesting people and car watching. There’s a web site dedicated to the remarkable sights of the Prepare yourself! And buried in that treasure chest are some wild cars too. I’m sorry to say my brief venture into Wally Mart this morning doesn’t measure up to the best of theirs, but it’s worth sometimes to just stop for a second and smell the…old cars in the parking lot. Gallery follows:

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  • Johnnyboy Johnnyboy on Jan 29, 2010

    A Fifth Avenue! Those M-Body Chryslers used to be so common but are getting RARE.

  • MadHungarian MadHungarian on Jan 30, 2010

    I get the feeling we were supposed to look at this and laugh at the poor redneck Walmart shoppers' beaters. Not me; I would be happy to have a bunch of those cars (does that make me a redneck?) In particular: -- when was the last time you saw a reasonably intact and unmodified CRX? -- all those cute genuinely small and genuinely light and genuinely simple econoboxes you can't get now (2d gen Civic, Tercel and Colt hatches). 40 MPG and no car payment, what's not to like? -- that Eldorado Biarritz is about 1990 vintage. The 4.9 liter engine is more reliable than the Northstar that followed it, and it performs plenty well in this light platform. Yes, it's a pimpmobile, but that's what makes it fun, and it's a pimpmobile that fits in any parking space. -- and yes, that Maverick. My first car was a '70 Mav coupe. I have to say that I never expected them to be collectible. However, people have discovered the little secret of Mavericks: just about any performance or handling mod you can do to a first-gen Mustang can also be done to a Maverick. So a little bit of work can turn that prosaic looking sedan into quite a sleeper.

  • Leonard Ostrander Pet peeve: Drivers who swerve to the left to make a right turn and vice versa. They take up as much space as possible for as long as possible as though they're driving trailer trucks or school busses. It's a Kia people, not a Kenworth! Oh, and use your turn signals if you ever figure out where you're going.
  • Master Baiter This is horrible. Delaying this ban will raise the Earth's temperature by 0.00000001°C in the year 2100.
  • Alan Buy a Skoda Superb.
  • Alan In Australia only hairdressers would buy this Monaro as its known as. Real men had 4 door sedans and well hung men drive 4x4 dual cab utes with bullbars and towbars. I personally think this is butt ugly. Later iterations of the Commodore were far better looking.
  • Jeff As a few commenters on prior articles on this site about the UAW strike mentioned many of the lower tiered suppliers could go bankrupt and some could possibly go out of business if the strike is prolonged. Decades ago Ford and GM owned many of their own suppliers but as we all know over the years manufacturers have been outsourcing more parts and with just in time supply there is little room for any interruptions to production including strikes, natural disasters, and anything unforeseen that could happen. When the strike ends there will be delays in production due to parts shortages. It costs suppliers money to just keep making parts and stockpiling them especially when many parts have razor thin profit margins.