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  1. The Blackhawks were based on the Grand Prix, but the 4 doors (Porte IV) were based on the Bonneville: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?53951-Orphan-of-the-Day-08-24-1966-Duesenberg-1980-Stutz-IV-Porte Craig
  2. That was a HUGE improvement, and I'll NEVER figure out why it took 15 years to hide those ugly exposed bumpers as the 1973 Grand Am, Chevelle Laguna and Corvette clearly showed it could have been done right from the start of the mandate. Hemmings Motor News had a one-pager on the early CRT touchscreens about a year or so ago as used in the Riviera. Craig
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    1950 Studebaker Champion Clutch

    No, you're crawling UNDER the car to see why the pedal rests on the floor; not 'maybe'. Suspended pedals cars from 1961 (1963 in Champ trucks) & later had suspended pedals where one could see a portion of the linkage by looking under the hood. Craig
  4. Perfect examples of 1980's GM malaise cars that totally fit the bill of this thread!! They were The General's way of extending the 1974-81 "All show & no 'go'" up into the 1990's. On most of them, it was only a few years before the cheap plastic cladding and emblems started to fall off, and the stickers and paint started peel on those cars, just like the makeup on a three dollar prostitute by the end of the night. (Neither covered by warranty.) Craig
  5. Really? I think a 1968 Chevrolet Impala Custom 2 door hardtop is one of the nicest, most well-integrated designs because of that well fitted bumper with the body-color valence below it. Admittedly that '72 LTD in the photo was 'busy' ungainly for the time, and still is. The 1971 rear is far cleaner in appearance. First, in the 1960's, WE had the ridiculous mindset that anything 'Made in Japan' as all "junk", but it was also radios, TV's, children's toys, etc. It was a hard-earned reputation they won after proving their products were dependable and reliable, and of course they capitalized on it. They HAD to with the voluntary import restrictions on cars which naturally put a cap on how much they could earn. So they got inventive and developed a more refined and expensive product, first with the Cressida and the Maxima, which ended up being successful, and continued onward and upmarket with their standalone brands in the 1990's. You are one hundred percent correct in your statement, "Plus the American carmakers refused to update the larger luxury cars with features that could be found in midsize foreign sedans." They thought they were invincible, and that is what contributed to their downfall and loss of market share. Craig
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    This has happened before..

    A Studebaker club member is currently going through this scenario in California. (Of ALL places!!) http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?93782-Production-order-questions I am waiting to see the outcome of this one. Craig
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    Ornate early electrics--Do any still exist?

    There were other 'ornate' automobiles from that era as well besides electrics: http://theoldmotor.com/?p=62600 https://vintagecarsindia.wordpress.com/1910-brooke-swan-car/ Craig
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    1966-1967 Comets? Where did they go?

    Where was it stolen? I did take a photo of a yellow '67 on the West Coast in 1997 or so. I'll have to look when I get home to see if it was a Cyclone or not. Craig
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    List it on Ebay with a much lower than market value price and have a reserve. Starting with a lower than market value price will more entice bidders than one at perceived market value. Craig
  10. That first lawsuit started in 1977: https://www.nytimes.com/1977/03/15/archives/article-4-no-title-engine-swaps-innocent-to-gm-but-sinful-to.html https://www.nytimes.com/1981/06/28/us/jury-orders-gm-to-pay-10000-in-switch-of-engines.html Starting with the 1978 model year, GM started making the disclaimers in all their advertising, stating the various divisions do 'engine swaps', and will continue to do so. To me, it was rather invalid as Canadian Pontiacs used Chevrolet engines since the 1930's!! Craig
  11. While I do like the 'cabin ambience' of the '66 Fleetwood interior, other postwar Cadillacs had nice interiors, including the 1957-8 Eldorado Brougham, and the 2005 XLR. You can keep those ugly 5-mph bumpers and all the ill-fitting flexible painted urethane filler pieces between the bumper and the body that never fit right in the first place. One advantage you have, is prices for malaise era Cadillacs are in the toilet, and will probably remain so for some time. Here's one for well under $10K. https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1087898/1976-cadillac-fleetwood-for-sale-in-alsip-illinois-60803 Mercedes Benz has always made money, and they've kept their prestige up with the S-class cars and the even more exclusive Maybach. Honda, Toyota, and Nissan must have thought there was money to be made in higher quality, higher priced cars with lower volume or they wouldn't have entered the market with the Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti. Cadillac and Lincoln were both caught off-guard with that assault on their home turf market and are still paying for it. And now Hyundai has made Genesis a marque in its own right, also hoping to capitalize on the fat profit margins the cars in this market have. In the case of the Mustang II King Cobra owner, he DID admit the Australian Falcon XC Cobra was better than his Pinto-based Mustang II, but retaliated by saying that he didn't have $100K AUD to buy one. It wasn't a case of him not being thrilled about my preference of the Australian Cobra over the U.S. Cobra, but he was even more thrilled that I was aware of the Falcon XC Cobra. Craig
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    The decline of Sears

    Here in Canada, it was known as "Pimpson-Queers". Craig
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    The late William Harrah comes to mind, with his comment, "You can't restore them all"! And in his case, money was absolutely NO object. Craig
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    Did your registration form have BOTH your names on it, including your signatures on the waiver at the bottom? Was there also enough space on the trophy to include two names and a last name? Craig
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    The decline of Sears

    Now where am I going to go for spare parts for this? http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?46927-Orphan-of-the-Day-12-13-1909-Sears-Model-K Or this? http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?46900-Orphan-of-the-Day-12-12-1952-Allstate Craig