Curbside Classics Bite The Dust

curbside classics bite the dust

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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  • Afuller Afuller on Nov 12, 2010

    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.

  • Don1967 Don1967 on Nov 13, 2010

    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.

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2022&year2=2022&make=Jeep&baseModel=Wrangler&srchtyp=ymm&pageno=1&rowLimit=50Annual fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.
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