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  1. I only remember a few from my early days (up to 1987 in suburban Lexington, KY when we moved out to the country and didn't have neighbors). My best friend's dad was a Mercedes guy and drove a brown early 80's Mercedes sedan forever. There was a 1980's Ford truck at one house that seemingly never moved. I also recall one friend's parents having a couple 1980ish Cadillacs. They were much older than the rest of the people on the street. Her mom and dad adopted her when they were in their late 60's. I was so consumed with my father's cool projects (1961 Vette, 1973 Vette, 1978 Vette) and big lifted Chevy trucks and Blazers that I didn't really pay attention to the daily drivers around the neighborhood.
  2. Collectors keep things organized and clean. They can collect old, rusty, and broken things, but they are still organized and clean. Collectors know what they have. Hoarders do the opposite. They often don’t even know what they have, and certainly don’t take the time to keep things clean and organized.
  3. They make me look presentable, that’s for sure!
  4. I just bought my Solstice Coupe last month. Very fun.
  5. Sure they will. My father started restoring his 1967 Nova in 1990. That would be like starting a restoration on a 2000 model in 2023. That said, there are infinitely less people with many fewer resources available to do such projects as there were even in 1990. Paint and chrome are becoming relatively unaffordable in many cases, and parts suppliers are slowly being shut down or consolidated. It’s at a point already where it doesn’t make a lot of sense, except for unique situations, to restore “normal” cars.
  6. There are random parts availability problems in all sorts of places right now. Restoration, aftermarket, insurance claims, everything. It seems a little random though as to what is delayed. I’m an auto insurance adjuster and restorer.
  7. Took my ladies for a ride today
  8. In my humble opinion, as a prewar 4 door Buick owner, any offer over $20,000 would be a great one. I think something in the $15,000 range might be more realistic.
  9. You will have to point out where he said the red was iconic. All I see is him saying black and gold eagle is, which is true for many people.
  10. My first thought is someone replaced their factory Toyota/Lexus badge with a version of an F-Sport badge.
  11. Hagerty has a category that allows you to drive it more than just to shows and in parades. Maybe your less than 6000 miles fits there?
  12. I’ve been to a few Indy speedway races, though not the Indy 500. Fun events l, that I prefer to NASCAR because you can actually carry on a conversation with those around you. They are relatively much quieter and, fewer in number. That said, as far as in-person motorsports, nothing beats NHRA Top Fuel. The feeling is indescribable, and the events are very spectator friendly. A ticket gets you basically anywhere you want to go.
  13. A 1939 Chevy tank (they make those) fits perfect in a 1939 Buick (not reproduced) just have to adjust the filler neck a bit. Maybe a 1940 would also?
  14. For me, it’s the trim rings with black walls. I like the Firestones.
  15. Hagerty has a few different usage rate tiers. From not even tagged/licensed at all, to shows and parades only, to occasional driving.
  16. Remember, History Channel programming (or any other mainstream programming) is never made for experts or enthusiasts on the topic. These shows are for people who have an interest in the topics covered and are wanting to learn something, simply be entertained, or both. Experts on the matters will inevitably complain, unless they understand the intended audience and take it in accordingly. I will watch it knowing what to expect, and, and long as there is a picture or video included of an old car, I will enjoy it.
  17. Those cylinder heads are just beautiful. Automotive jewelry brought back to life!
  18. I am an auto insurance adjuster (not in FL) and I have dealings with auctioned cars every day. Auction houses make mistakes. They deal with hundreds of titles. They lose them sometimes. They confuse lot numbers and transfer them incorrectly. It happens. I can easily see a car going through an auction and not getting transferred correctly. It definitely happens. In my state it usually gets caught within a year as the owner will get a tax bill and then I quite as to why, as the vehicle was sold long ago and is no longer theirs. There are various incomplete title transfer forms and processes to correct these errors. I would wager your car was sold to an out of state buyer, and since states don’t really communicate well at all in terms of auto titles, someone dropped the ball along the way when registering it there. Since there is no property tax in FL on cars, I can see why it would go on for years without consequence to the buyer. In my state it usually comes to light within a year due to the tax bill that comes along.
  19. This. Sadly for the planet, but great for the seller, there are enough people who either a.) don’t possess the ability to read between the lines, ever, or b.) just enjoy moving their money a way from their own shoebox for any random circumstance.
  20. There are links to the specific cars in his first post. The Chevelle is a 454 and the Camaro is a 350. Neither are stock engines, so it’s still a guess really.
  21. On the face, using factory numbers, of the Camaro should be faster and handle better. More HP and a lighter car with less front end weight. The engines are modified so there is really no way to know for certain.
  22. Pessimistic outlooks on EV’s are almost always framed by applying current electric infrastructure and economics to their arguments. As if overnight we will all be doomed because millions of EV’s will suddenly appear. Over time, money will move where it needs to move to make them work. If they don’t work and can’t be charged usefully, people won’t buy them. If you think we are going to be forced into them before it’s reasonable to use them, then you have other problems that EV’s just seem to trigger. Problems will ultimately exist just as they do in any industry. Those who solve them will be billionaires. Our country is the most mobile on Earth. We are becoming less and less so. There are endless dynamics at play that will never stop moving in whatever direction the money is.
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