By on April 17, 2020

1986 Honda Civic in Colorado wrecking yard, RH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

If you’re someone who enjoys thinking back to your high school days, you were either exceedingly popular at the time (jerk!) OR achieved absolutely nothing in later life. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Four touchdowns in a single game at Polk High — that kind of thing.

Others only think back out of distaste for the present and nostalgia for that long-ago era; the simplicity of life, the fashions, the relaxed social and regulatory norms… and the cars populating the student lot. It’s more than a little jarring to see near-mundane rides that could have been had for a few grand in my senior year now fetching eye-popping prices on Bring a Trailer.

Thinking back, should you have invested in an airtight car bubble upon graduation?

Student-owned cars are known for two things: their low purchase price, and the fact they’ll be driven into the ground within three years at the absolute latest. While some rides stood out, coveted by other students, most were wheezy, rusting shitheaps with a resale value approaching zero.

Let’s think back. A base Tercel five-door, Pontiac 6000, base Ford Tempo, mid-90s base Mazda Protege (automatic), Luminas aplenty… yeah, nothing there to nudge anyone’s resting heart rate.

There’s no chance my 18-years-dead Corsica would fetch overseas vacation money if it hit the auction block, even if its condition was showroom mint. And who would be surprised? Older vehicles sometimes fetch exactly what they’re worth (or less). Like that ’85 Cutlass Supreme Brougham that went for $2,900 earlier this week.

A lucky — and likely very satisfied — buyer.

Then there’s Japanese compacts from the late ’80s and ’90s. The twenty- and thirtysomething flat-brimmed Radwood crowd are nuts about fourth-to-sixth-generation Honda Civics. Add Si badging and its auction magic. Bids soar higher than Jim Morrison on a Parisian bender. You could pay for a year of leafy college grounds with the proceeds.

Every generation seems to have its favorites.

So, B&B, was your high school ride questionably reliable transportation and nothing else, or what that particular make, model, trim, and vintage a classic in waiting? Could it break five figures at the auction in good, original shape?

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70 Comments on “QOTD: High School Superstar?...”

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    L-body Plymouth. 100,000 years from now archaeologists would just leave those things buried.

    “If you’re someone who enjoys thinking back to your high school days, you were either exceedingly popular at the time (jerk!) OR achieved absolutely nothing in later life. The two are not mutually exclusive.”

    I’d say they almost always go together. Never understood people (usually men) who can’t shut up about who they think they were in high school. Must have been the last time in their lives they felt important. Sad.

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      Yeah, I noticed that: the popular kids in high school, especially that class president who wears a suit and tie to school, end up staying in their communities, with the girls getting married and becoming volunteers, and the guys, especially the class president, selling insurance or used cars, or working in a bank or loan company.

      A couple of jocks from my high school got coaching jobs, and a couple managed regular attendance on the police blotter. The ones who did the best were unknowns to the popular people in school, left town, and can never find time to return for reunions.

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    Bought a 10 year old, 67 Mustang with a 289 my Senior year in HS, and it fully lived up to the Fix or Repair Daily saying. I still have it, 43 years later, un-restored but maintained, and it’s amazingly reliable. All I had to do was replace essentially everything. Oddly enough, the blower motor and steering box are original.

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      In the 1960s my older sister owned a 1952 Victoria. Eveything worked, but the steering was sloppy. When she had it inspected, the steering box was about to go. She trade the car for a 1957 Pontiac Chief. Glad to hear Ford upgraded the steering in time for the Mustang.

      You shouldn’t have been surprised to replace everything. That first generation Mustang was still an economy Falcon underneath, they just put new sheet metal on it.

      Ford president John McNamara cheapened everything to make the first Falcon profitable, and Ford was still putting cheap stuff from the Falcon on the first-gen Mustang because it was made to fit the second and third generation Falcon too.

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    Arthur Dailey

    VW Type III and Type IV squarebacks. No old American muscle cars, which seemed to dominate student parking.

    But then in Canada or at least Toronto very few students actually had their own car. In our school located in a middle class area of single family homes there were perhaps just over 3 dozen out of an enrollment of nearly 2,000. And in Ontario we went to Grade 13 so it was not unusual (particularly for us guys who played multiple sports) to still be in high school at the age of 20.

    Of course as often as possible I would instead show up in one of The Old Man’s Lincolns.

    Would then park right out front and wait for the crowds.

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      My Pop had a 69 Lincoln at that time. Over 500 pounds and 460 cubic inches of American excess. Most people I knew just wanted something with 4 wheels.

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      My Pop had a 69 Lincoln at that time. Over 5000 pounds and 460 cubic inches of American excess. Most people I knew just wanted something with 4 wheels.

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      I think it might have been more common outside of Toronto, but even then, not much. I know my dad (who’s around your age) didn’t have a car until later in high school (up in York Region), a Toyota Corona he shared with his older brother. For the matter, I don’t know if his high school had enough parking for large numbers of the student body to drive.

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    bumpy ii

    Nope, an April ’79-build Chevy Citation was and is a pile of crap. Back in my early ’90s high school days, a modest student budget would have netted maaaaaybe a ’85 Civic and there is no special love for those nowadays. Wishbones, DOHC, and Si badges were a pipe dream usually answered by a rattly Geo Storm several years later.

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    Dude I had a 1984 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer with the spare tire inside, not on a swing gate.

    I’m certain this year, make and model (don’t forget the rare inside spare tire with faux leather cover) will be worth at least $10,500 at some point in the future on BAT.

    (One of the two sentences above is a lie.)

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      Um. First sentence? Are you sure it was an Eddie Bauer Bronco II? ;-) I knew a guy who said he had a ’67 Pontiac LeMans, but it was obviously a Bonneville coupe with LeMans badging.

      It turns out the popular 1966 midsize styling was held over in ’67, but half the assembly plants were being retooled for the new ’68 midsize platform, and demand outran production. One plant making Bonnevilles actually put LeMans badging on some Bonneville coupes to fill demand, and people bought them.

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    The picture IS my high school ride from ’85!!!

    Well not exactly, because I had a S1500 Civic Hatch but the picture is an LX. My brother had the DX which was even lower on the food chain.

    However a mint condition yellow CRX Si would be great. Maybe even an SVO Mustang too. I knew a few kids with beater Supras, 300ZXs and RX-7s that now are considered Japanese classics. Nobody cared to save any IROCs from back then… and for good reason.

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    When I was in high school in the midwest, mid- to late-70s, muscle cars could be had for rock bottom prices and my high school parking lot was full of them. Camaros, Mustangs, Barracudas, Chargers, 442s, Chevelles. A few Corvettes. Had a Mustang myself.

    My college cars, had I kept them, are what I could retire on today. Five in particular: 1959 Austin Healey Sprite, 1972 BMW 2002tii, 1967 Mustang 390 GT fastback, 1962 VW Kombi, and a 1969 Ford XL GT convertible. Those are all five-figure cars now, and the GT fastback is approaching mid-5-figures.

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    I drove what my parents had which was a regular cab F250 and a 1968 Galaxie 500 2 dr. hard top. The Galaxie 500 wasn’t seen as a cool car at the time but it had the high performance 390 Fe block with 10.5/1 compression ratio, factory dual exhaust and 4 barrel carb. It was reasonably fast and would easily kill the T-Top Camaro’s and Trans Am’s that the rich kids drove.

    I do agree for the most part with what @JimZ said. The popular kids, the jocks etc. didn’t amount to much out of high school. It was like they were all trapped in that mind set. It all was about appearances, social climbing and name dropping. Peaking in high school is really sad. A friend who is now a professor made the same observation.
    The nerds and many of those that were not with the “in crowd” all have succeeded whether that be skilled trades, businesses or professionals. Up until a few years ago, I used to always see the high school cool pretty boy holding the traffic control sign at various municipal job sites. Wow! His mom got him that plumb city job to boot.

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    I don’t think my trusted 1987 Nissan Stanza would be put up on the auction block…even though it was only three years old when I started driving it to school! It got good mileage, and it would hold a lot of people (including a huge trunk for the extra person), but all I could say is that it never broke down!
    I had some friends with the Samurais, the CRX-es, and even one with a semi-restored Chevelle…and I had my little Stanza to drive around in.

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    R Henry

    When I was a junior in highschool (1983), my ride was a 1966 Honda CT90 …the little yellow trail bike with a step through frame , cantalever front suspension, and two rear sprockets—the big one for slow trail work. (picture: )

    Senior year, after I broke the crankshaft on the CT90, I stepped up to a 1975 Honda CL360. (picture: )

    Today, the little CT90s are probably worth more than the CL360s.

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    Neither of the cars I drove in High School would be worth a damn today, though I kinda wish I had the ’78 Lebaron coupe. It was in good shape and with a new carb, paint and vinyl top would be a pretty spiffy boulevard cruiser these days. The ’90 Taurus was a huge upgrade in fuel economy and reliability, but met it’s end in a New England winter after I sold it to a girl I knew in college.

    Most of the kids I went to school with had similarly ignominious rides. Only a couple stand out in my memory…a kid with a Chevy 454SS pickup that loved to do smokey burnouts and another that briefly drove a cherry 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix that had belonged to her grandmother. She kept backing into things with it and her dad sold it out from under her. Mostly, the kids I went to school with drove old trash, because there were lots of malaise era rides still haunting us at the time.

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    I went to high school during the peak Malaise years. My vehicle was a 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40. I added headers and a Holley carb and converted the 3-in-the-tree to a floor shifter. I drove it hard for 5 years and sold it when I went away for graduate school for just about what I paid for it. Looks like asking prices today are in the $20K-$50K range depending on condition and the owner’s level of grandiose delusion.

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      If you had kept yours you woulda had to spend 40 years keeping routine care of it for it to be worth anything. Letting a car sit for long periods leaves all rubber components dryrotted needing replacement, all seals needing replacement, thats alot of $$$ and lot of time. Not worth it.

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    SCE to AUX

    I was driving a rusty 71 Pinto in 1980/81, as well as my parents’ 78 Fiesta and 74 Maverick V8.

    The Pinto and the Fiesta both had the wonderful Kent 1.6 OHV engine. The Pinto was the earliest stripper model (S/N 4432 out of millions produced), so I actually would be interested in finding another early one with the 1.6. 2.0 OHCs were far more common in 71-73.

    The Fiesta was destroyed in its 5th accident in 82 (sorry), and the other cars rusted away. None of them was ever worth anything, and today they would only appeal to the right buyer.

    I’ve never owned a cool car, or one that would appreciate.

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    Most of the cars in my HS parking lot were nothing memorable, just standard fare for the late-90s: hand-me-down Accords, Camrys, and Tauruses, second-hand Civics, etc. But there were a few that really stood out: a late-70s Plymouth Valiant with the slant-6 and rust holes in the floorboards; and an ’84 Wagoneer (not Grand) that not only required a push-start every day, but would empty out the contents of its radiator over the course of the day (he put a drain pan underneath the radiator, then just refill with the contents). There was also the kid with the new Porsche Boxster, but we won’t talk about him.

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    Nope, 1987 Ford Taurus that would be destined for the crusher a few years later, after the Vulcan V6 was losing compression at ~155k miles (not to mention the AXOD was on its last legs). Not remotely collectible, then or now.

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    In 1961 when I graduated HS, I had a 1947 Plymouth 4 door with a 6 cylinder L head engine and three on the tree. That car today is not worth much, if anything.

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    Art Vandelay

    I don’t know about Barrett Jackson money, but according to the Commentariat they’d all pay up for my low mileage, regular cab, 4 Cylinder, Manual Trans gen 1 Ranger (88) XLT.

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    I was not popular at school but I was one the best in math. No one at school had car. I walked to school and back – it was n the opposite side of lane. and so did everyone else. I dreamed about having motorbike though, so I was saving money. I did build the go kart though, for racing, under adult supervision of course – the guy himself was a former racer. I turned out to be not a good racer. May be because I was a nerd.

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    I had a Chrysler Intrepid, so no, zero chance of it ever selling for big money (it wasn’t even the handsome ES, just a base model). Probably the most valuable car among the student body was a 4th gen Camaro Z28, although 2nd gen Integras or a clean 3 door XJ Cherokee could get run up at the right auction.

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    Mine was a base model 66 Mercury Comet 4 dr. It had a 289 V8 with 3 on the tree. The only options were an AM radio and a heater. The paint was Emberglo which was a popular early Mustang color. That made it stand out from other grandma mobiles. Probably not worth much as a collector car but I wouldn’t mind having it.

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    Hell yeah I was rockin’ the ’78 Olds Diesel 5.7! The year was 84/85, Sophomore. I’ve had some of the more infamous Diesels including the 6.0 Powerstroke, so I’m not sure why everyone b!tches. They’ve never given me a problem, knowing their special needs/care/service and usage.

    I was taught to never push the pedal much beyond what the diesel was drinking, as excess fuel would ignite in the exhaust.

    But 85/86 I stumbled upon a junkyard while looking for Olds parts that sold whole cars from insurance auctions. Anyway I found the ’79 Fox Mustang 5.0 I wanted/lusted, for $800, with not much damage, the nose was just shifted 4 inches over.

    Then I found out what it would cost to run it through a body shop. Around $4000. Way too much for me, (the car retailed for around $4000 used), so I ended up back at that junkyard and they had a T-boned 4 cyl ’79 for $600. I knew absolute nothing about fixing cars, but somehow I figured it out. Light blue front clip, burnt orange after that.

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    Bill Wade

    Bought a Hemi Superbird that needed a clutch for $1,200 my senior year. Wish I had it today.

    It replaced a Sunbeam Tiger Mark II that I gave $800 for. :(

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      Arthur Dailey

      Whoa, selling that Superbird is probably even a bigger financial error than my selling of my 59 Eldorado Biarritz droptop (after one day of ownership).

      The Sunbeam Tiger is also a pretty nice collectible.

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    I’m way too young since my time at HS only finished a few years back. Most of the cars are still common now, plus I was in the inner parts of the city, where car ownership is simply just not as widespread.

    Not many students had cars then, maybe a dozen out of the 200 or so at the time…

    Most got cars after HS.

    The ones that I remember:
    1998 Civic
    2001 Magna
    2002 Lancer
    2003-ish Tarago
    2005-ish Prius
    2010-ish Golf
    2009 Patriot

    None of those are worth 10k (AUD) today…none of which were interesting either.

    My Dad got to use a 1977 Toyota Corolla Wagon just after HS graduation but that’s about it…I wish I could have that, would be worth a little to the right person.

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    A high school Junior in ’69, I took five minutes to choose between two $750 cars on the sued lot: a green Spitfire and a red Fiat. I’d seen more Spitfires, and it sure looked sporty. But when I attempted to raise the ragtop, it was like pitching a misfit pup ten. The Fiat’s top was easy to erect with one yank (stop snickering!) and it had a 5-speed, not four. That sealed the deal. I drove that car until college began, and sold it when it needed an engine reseal for a whopping $150.

    Hemmings lists five of these cars now, at prices between $17,000 and $23,000. I wish I could afford one now! If this rare model doesn’t leap to mind, check his:

    Though it was more show than go, with modest power and handling, there was always a sense of style and grace… and that was before I learned it was a mild restyling of a Ferrari. It was reliable, too, and the top never leaked during those Tennessee thunderstorms. Man, what a car! Do I win this question?

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    Mine was neither of questionable reliability nor would it be worth anything major today. It was a 4yo ’82 Subaru GL sedan in “Shiny Maroon”. 5spd, A/C but no power steering or windows (that was an option package). Hand-me-down from my Grandmother. A very good car, I beat the ever-loving snot out of it as only a car-crazy 17yo could do, and it took a licking and kept on ticking.

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    Gen 2 eclipses/eagle talons and hand me dow minivans.
    The kid with the minivan had the most friends.

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    76 BL Mini 1000

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    My HS parking lot, 1974-1977, was as eclectic as you can imagine. From early-to mid 60’s station wagons to a brand new Civic CVCC. Lots of mid to late 60’s muscle, too. My rides were the hand me down ’65 Plymouth Fury I, Fire Marshall capacity: 14 teenagers, and my own ’66 Falcon poverty spec 2-door with three on the tree bought in ’77 for $220.

    Neither ride would fetch any loving care 40+ years later.

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    Jeff S

    High school was a stage of life that most of us get through and most of us don’t see as the pinnacle of our lives. My car was my father’s 62 Chevy II 300 which would be worth something to those who put small block V8s in and customize. Chevy IIs and Novas have become popular with customizers. High school is a distant memory which has disappeared in the rear view mirror.

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    I remember the H.S. parking lot filled with interesting if mostly beat to death 1950’s & 1960’s Iron, about 2/3 of it American .

    In the 9th grade I bought a 1960 VW #117 Beetle for $50 on time payments of $10 / week , it was a steaming pile that needed to be push started and had holes in the wonderful canvas sun roof but it was mine all mine and I cleaned it and kept it as tidy as I could .

    I remember a pink 1956 Cadillac convertible, a really nice clean survivor and a black & white Metropolitan Nash convertible with big BUD MAN stickers on the doors .

    I got my GF pregnant in H.S., does that count ? .


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      “I got my GF pregnant in H.S., does that count ? .”

      Only if it happened in the back seat of that pink ’56 Cadillac

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        Naw ;

        I thought I was all grown up in the 9th grade ~ had my own apartment, job and live in Russian (Estonian) girl friend…

        Michael is out there some where, I wish I knew where .

        Sex in cars is O.K., I prefer less cramped quarters although my psychobitch ex girlfriend had issues and preferred to get live anywhere but in a bed .

        I had a VW Rabbit convertible and we made very good use of it top up or down if the weather was good =8-) .


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    When I turned 17 (in late 1991), I bought a new ’91 Honda Civic Si. It wasn’t the CRX Si that I wanted, but insurance premiums made that an impossibility. It was Tahitian Green (fugly 90s teal) but I bet it would be pretty desirable nowadays.

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    I drove my dad’s 1964 Riviera (see avatar), which was already about 15 years old at the time. Sure, if it was in cherry condition it would be worth a reasonable amount now, but it was already showing signs of wear at the time, as cars did not last as long back then. We did keep the car on the road with limited daily use for over 30 years overall, until we were told that the amount of rust on the frame made it unsafe to drive.

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    My high school whip was an ’82 Mercury LN7, which was basically a 2 door, 2 seat “sport” coupe version of the Ford Escort. 4 cylinder, 4 speed stick, faded yellow paint. Looked like a front wheel drive Mustang. The passenger seat back broke so I had to put a log behind it to prop it up.

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    This QOTD gives me more of an appreciation for my high school. It was big enough (~1,000 kids per class) that the concepts of popular and unpopular evaporated. You could just ignore people you didn’t like. The downside was that that you actually missed out on meeting some people. My brother has a great work colleague who, as it turns out, was in my class. I swear we never met during four years of high school.

    There’s an unhappy medium of, say, more than 75 but less than 500 kids per class where a school’s both (a) not small enough that everyone has to be civil to one another and (b) not big enough where you can seek out your own social set. My inference is that most people’s high schools fell into that unhappy medium. Yuck.

    Also, we were very lucky to be in a streetcar suburb, so it was easy for most people to walk, bike, or take public transportation to school. The only parking lot was a small one for faculty and staff. If a junior or senior drove, he or she had to find parking off campus (easy enough to do, but you had to walk one to four blocks; most people had a go-to public spot or rented a spot in someone’s driveway). We didn’t know who drove which car, nor did we care.

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    I had a 71 lesabre for most of my HS driving time. But just before graduation in May 83 I got my 79 Berlinetta. It was glorious having a camaro at that time. If it was perfect today it might get over 10 grand.

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    When I was in high school, nobody owned a car except seniors, and they were early 1960s hand-me-downs, usually early compacts like the Pontiac Tempest, Studebaker Lark, or Rambler American. The richer kids had Olds F85’s or Buick Specials – those had little V8s. Most kids’ first cars were usually mid-size cars, no older than around 1960, because the older finned cars of the late 1950s were rusting out, almost while you watched. Many of us watched helplessly while future classics we couldn’t afford were offered in showrooms.

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    I started driving and wrenching in 1982 and graduated from my iffy high school in 1984. The old cars we drove sucked, and the new ones sucked about as much.

    I’ve talked about my 1968 Thunderbird coupe before (heard a fourth-hand rumor years ago that it ended up in a museum – if so I hope they had a good body guy). It knocked horribly on 80’s fuel until I discovered an in-line vacuum advance restrictor from circa 1974.

    Relative high points among my peers: 1968 Firebird convertible (with issues), 1970 LeMans.

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    As my high school years were in the late 70s -deep into the Malaise Era – most cars were normal fare for the community. A lot of kids drove mom’s car, or the extra car. So, Olds 98s, Mercedes, Lincolns, a few Caddys, pony cars, new Broncos, and the like. Probably half the kids got a new car for their senior year. Frankly, the content of the student lot probably had an average age of 3 years old. Some interesting stuff besides the usual – one kid had a Lancia, another had an Alfa. A new Civic, though Japanese cars were still a novelty. Only one old musclecar and I remember it more than the new stuff. What was not there were BMWs (still in the Bring Me a Wrecker era), Audis (still considered Volkswagens). Old cars were what the teachers drove.

    I had use of a 72 Eldorado, and, oddly enough, a 1976 Chevy pickup truck. The pickup was bought new for my older brother who got injured during an ice climbing accident. So for the latter half of my senior year I had use of his truck. Dad was not pleased with how my brother kept the pickup so the rest of us received used cars. I was fine with that, though I did not get it until my second college semester.

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    Jeff S

    There were about 4k students in my high school with 775 in my Senior graduating class. The halls were so crowded it took the entire time between classes to get to the next class–I didn’t bother with a locker I just carried all my books with me. A lot of muscle cars, midsize cars, compacts, and a few full size cars with no car older than the early 60s and mostly American–very few Japanese. The reining muscle car was the Roadrunner which were very inexpensive and bought by a lot of guys with after school job that wanted a new muscle car but couldn’t afford a GM or Mustang. The next popular muscle car was a Chevelle SS, the Olds Cutlass 442, Pontiac GTO, and then Mustang which most of them if not new were either 2 or 3 years old. I had my dad’s 62 Roman Red Chevy II 300 sedan. Many of the cars in my high school are now worth a small fortune–my era was the muscle car era.

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    Arthur Dailey

    @fourthreezee: You claim to be well educated, well read and an American veteran.

    Based on your inability to provide data or support for your opinions, the nature of your comments, and the wording that you have chosen, I believe that instead you are instead a Russian bot.

    As proven by American Intelligence services, the Kremlin has a team using social media to try to undermine democracy in the western hemisphere.

    This includes dividing the American public, espousing conspiracy theories, denying scientific evidence, attacking the heritage media, the freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary and even the legitimacy of the American electoral system. All thing that tens of thousands of Americans died defending. Including nearly 60,000 in a war that the current POTUS refused to participate in.

    If you are not and instead wish to engage in a civil discussion using accepted scientific research, or perhaps even to discuss vehicles, then I am more than willing to do so.

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      Arthur, I think you meant this for a different thread, but I agree with you. He showed-up suddenly, has little interest in cars, only uses broad general trigger points in his comments and his comments sound scripted

      I’m going to steer clear of this one

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        Arthur Dailey

        You are correct, wrong thread. But the functionality of this site is so poor that it is becoming increasingly frustrating to use, even without the trolling.

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    My HS car was a 1969 Firebird Convertible. It was a total beater by the time I got to it….but I dumped the 350 engine (today it would be in r/justrolledintotheshop with a discussion of no oil changes, ever)…I put a 400 4/bbl in, from a wrecked Grand Prix, re curved the distributor, and replaced the tattered roof. I worked against convention of the day by using four fat tires instead of jacking up the back with air shocks. There was plenty of bondo in the rear quarters. I saw a clean example recently at a car show, and the going rate is about 50k…so I guess if I had a perfect one, OK, but mine was mostly trashed by the 80’s….but one rule is no one ever throws a convertible away….sold when I went to college, no idea what happened after…

    Had some fun times in that car….

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    Pontiac 6000STE, buttons on the steering wheel, properly gurgly exhaust note out twin pipes, full digital display more impressive than the latest arcade game? He|| yeah it was a future classic!
    I’d love to have one right now.

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    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Late 70’s first car in high school was a hand me down 66 Pontiac Tempest 2 door hardtop with the 230 OHC-6.
    The transmission was slipping so I went to the junkyard and got a replacement for $45.

    Then moved up to a 70 Mustang coupe with the 302-2v, C4 automatic and factory AC. Bought it from an older couple for $300 who were upgrading. The engine was making an odd sound that I thought was timing or valves. I tore it down and found a broken piston skirt. Ended up rebuilding it while maintaining it through the 80’s post college. Also had some rust repair done and a respray. Ended up selling it after 230k and the floors were starting to go.

    I’d own either of these vehicles today as weekend cruiser.

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    Don Mynack

    I had a shitty ’78 Cutlass in high school that burned/leaked a quart of oil a week out of its 260 V-8 putting out about 100hp. I hope it’s metal has been scrapped and recycled into something useful.

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    94 Maxima.
    Pebble Beige Metallic paint, tan leather, Bose sound system, 10 disk Kenwood changer in trunk, moon roof, power windows/locks, auto climate control. Dash cover embroidered with “Pappy” from the original owner, never got the back story on that.

    I’d still take that car over the new rides my peers were driving in 2005.

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    Got my first car after high school graduation, a 67 Mustang with rust holes in the rear quarters big enough to put my size 12 boots through either side without touching metal.

    When I got my license my parents had a 69 Ford wagon with a 390 and 70 Buick Riviera with a 455. Within a year or so both were traded in, the Ford wagon for a 72 Dart Swinger 2dr 225 slant 6/auto – baby blue with white vinyl roof and seats. That was nice for my sister when she got her license a year later, but not the kind of thing any self-respecting young man of that era would want to be seen driving.

    The Riviera was a beautiful car but would never stay in tune. It was traded in for a new 77 Olds Delta 88. My parents got a rebate later on when a bunch of lawyers sued GM for putting Chevy 350’s in Oldsmobiles that year.

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    I was not popular in high school. I have hired many that were. Life has a way of issuing karma payback like you wouldn’t believe. Jocks get a quick head start in life but they almost always mail it in afterwards once they get injured, fat, or run out of money on the loose women they chase after. Then they get hired by the geeks.

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      SO true ! .

      Then they’d come by my shop and try to act like they were somebody and begging for discounted repairs .

      Many of the hot girls too ~ Rene, the hottest cheerleader was so full of herself, ten years later I’m standing in line at Ralph’s in my clean monkey suit on my way to work and there’s Rene ~ all Ghetto Fabulous in mis matched curlers, raggedy house slippers and a worn out and filthy house robe of flannel, just like the ones laughed at in ‘Living Color’ comedy skits….

      Too bad for her .


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    None that I had, but one I looked at I wish I had bought. It was a manual BMW 2002 for $300. Ran fine and the body was in good shape. The interior was worn but not really bad.

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    Back in my day, it was mostly malaise era rust boxes that were pretty well worn out and barely road-worthy. A few of the more popular types all had late 60’s rustangs and they thought they were hot shyte despite the face they were all straight 6 powered and backed by the slushbox. I didn’t have wheels at the time despite my Cadillac appetite and rusted out Vega budget. I was eyeing up a 74 Chevelle that sat in out apartment parking lot unmoved for months. It had rust up to its ears but hey, wheels are wheels, right? I left a note for the owner asking if they were interested in selling but that only served to make them mad. Down the street was a 68 Tempest perpetually with a For Sale sign in the window. It too was a rust box with a replacement engine. The old man kaboshed that one. So I was left to live vicariously thru a friend’s car, a mid-70’s something Dodge Dart that somehow managed to escape the crusher while it was being inserted in to it. No two body panels were the same color and the danged thing overheated when trying to climb any sort of hill. He always made sure to carry extra bottles of water. We spent many a Friday and Saturday night crusing the mall parking lots in that thing. Good times.

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    I went to high school when 70’s American musclecars were just becoming desirable again. This meant that no one really had a jalopy musclecar – but a few kids had something they tried to keep clean. Biggest collectible (today) from then? Probably the 1971 Mach 1 Mustang that one guy owned. Another friend had a ’77 Dodge Charger with the 360 V8. It wasn’t the “rich Corinthian leather” that Ricardo Montalbán offered up for the sister Coronado, but instead a wonderful two-tone black & gray houndstooth cloth. Unfortunately, the 727 Torqueflite and 360 made for a thirsty but not terribly fast combo.

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