Curbside Classic Outtake: Wal Mart Concours Edition

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

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.

  • Stephen Never had such a problem with my Toyota products.
  • Vulpine My first pickup truck was a Mitsubishi Sport... able to out-accelerate the French Fuego turbo by Renault at the time. I really liked the brand back then because they built a model for every type of driver, including the rather famous 300/3000GT AWD sports car (a car I really wanted, but couldn't afford.)
  • Vulpine A sedan version of either car makes it no longer that car. We've already seen this with the Mustang Mach-E and almost nobody acknowledges it as a Mustang.
  • Vulpine Not just Chevy, but GM has been shooting itself in the foot for the last three decades. They've already had to be rescued once in that period, and if they keep going as they are, they will need another rescue... assuming the US govt. will willing to lose more money on them.
  • W Conrad Sedans have been fine for me, but I were getting a new car, it would be an SUV. Not only because less sedans available, but I can't see around them in my sedan!