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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2014, 09:01:28 PM »
Mark - you are getting too technical with the time frames.  The 90s and 80s are a blur to me now. 



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« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2014, 09:03:17 PM »
the K car from Chrysler

Perhaps the worst American cars ever made.   I'd rather have an AMC Pacer.

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« Reply #32 on: September 23, 2014, 09:49:33 PM »
When my Nana passed away in 1997, I inherited her 1988 Plymouth Reliant K with less than 4000 miles on the odometer. It had an AM radio, a bench seat, and an ash tray the size of Wisconsin.

It was unsafe to drive. Pulling out on highways was a task and a half. It took at least 20 seconds to get up to 55 MPH.

Oddly enough, with under 10,000K on the engine, a head gasket popped. I put a junk yard 2.2 in it and sold it. Good riddance.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2014, 10:06:33 PM »
an ash tray the size of Wisconsin.

That is imagery right there.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2014, 10:19:38 PM »
I made a killing in the early 2000s, buying up all the LeBaron "k" vertibles.  I was actually sending 3-4 a month down to Florida.  They were easy to find in excellent shape for under $2k back then and I was selling for $2500-3500, who knows what they were getting for them down there.  My dad thought this was a trend and decided to keep one as a collector, which I cannot get rid of right now, but I digress.  What he didn't know, apparently those LeBarons were the new Miata in the gay community down there.  So, I always referred to it as the "gay" vertible and my dad never knew.  It actually was my dad's favorite vehicle.  I grew up on those Chrysler turbos, I had a 1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z back when I was 16.  I was known in the tri-state as the eclipse, talon, laser, stealth and 3000gt dealership (probably sold 100 of these turbos).  And before someone writes it, yes, those are all vehicles from the 90s.  My unicorn still to this day is a Dodge Omni GLHS, I have never had an opportunity to purchase one.  I have only seen one in my life.
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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #35 on: September 23, 2014, 10:33:05 PM »
I worked at a mom and pop cvs/walgreens/etc type of place in high school.  The pharmacist had a Dodge Viper and a Omni GLHS.  He used to swear up and down that the Omni was more fun to race/autocross.

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« Reply #36 on: September 23, 2014, 10:37:12 PM »
Dodge Omni GLHS, I have never had an opportunity to purchase one.  I have only seen one in my life.

There's a guy in Uniontown (technically Waltersburg) who owns a GLH-S. It's all original other than an electronic boost control solenoid and a mild pro tune. I'm pretty sure it went low 13's in the 1/4 mile. He rarely drives the car. He also has a Shelby Daytona (the 80's front wheel drive kind).

The same dude used to own an extremely rare removable hard top version of the Maserati TC. TC's were another 80's hidden "gem" of sorts.

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« Reply #37 on: September 23, 2014, 10:38:32 PM »
What he didn't know, apparently those LeBarons were the new Miata in the gay community down there.  So, I always referred to it as the "gay" vertible and my dad never knew. 

It must have been the fine Corinthian leather (if you're under 35, you're not expected to understand).

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« Reply #38 on: September 23, 2014, 10:42:03 PM »
What he didn't know, apparently those LeBarons were the new Miata in the gay community down there.  So, I always referred to it as the "gay" vertible and my dad never knew. 


It must have been the fine Corinthian leather (if you're under 35, you're not expected to understand).


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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #39 on: September 23, 2014, 11:04:37 PM »
We sold three Chysler "Maserati" T/C hardtop convertibles.  Beautiful interiors and decent Pininfarina design, they also did the Cadillac allante, another 80s gem if you weren't one of the unfortunate to get a 4100 engine.
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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #40 on: September 23, 2014, 11:31:28 PM »
What he didn't know, apparently those LeBarons were the new Miata in the gay community down there.  So, I always referred to it as the "gay" vertible and my dad never knew. 

It must have been the fine Corinthian leather (if you're under 35, you're not expected to understand).

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #41 on: September 23, 2014, 11:34:26 PM »

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It must have been the fine Corinthian leather (if you're under 35, you're not expected to understand).
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What a car!  I drove several new ones back in the day.  Loved them.  I would hate them now.  Big boats, poor handling and gas mileage.
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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #42 on: September 23, 2014, 11:35:11 PM »
We sold three Chysler "Maserati" T/C hardtop convertibles.  Beautiful interiors and decent Pininfarina design, they also did the Cadillac allante, another 80s gem if you weren't one of the unfortunate to get a 4100 engine.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #43 on: September 24, 2014, 07:43:13 AM »
Nothing tops the Nissan Stanza 4WD Wagon

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #44 on: September 24, 2014, 07:56:35 AM »
I worked at the VW plant in New Stanton from open to close.  Only drove Volkswagens for about 11 years, all 'employee-discounted' prices.  Rabbits, GTIs and of course Porsches were all on the menu.

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