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  1. Well I am into 1940s and 1970s and some 1980s luxury cars. This is mostly due to the fact that this is what I grew up around with my WWII grandfather born in 1916. The earlier cars don’t do much for me because sadly they can’t be enjoyed here in ca due to the insane traffic (I only take my 21 out twice a year) even my forties cars have a hard time so they don’t get out much but they are started weekly. 50s cars do nothing for me except the 58 imperial and the Mark II. 60s cars are so common and not exciting (I own a 66 mustang which was my first car). My tastes now in car buying are luxury 70s and 80s. I have the Seville 77, 2 reattas, and now my 81 Imperial. I feel that if I am going to buy a classic I want to keep up with traffic and have something super comfortable to drive and the nice part? I find great deals on these mostly under $2k and they are nice and clean usually original or second elderly owner and they get a lot of looks. As as far as cars getting passed down/sentimentality my 21 Chevy, and 41 dodge came through 3 generations, the Lincoln was my grandpas and I bought it back. The caddy is a clone of my grandpas and that is why I bought it.
  2. Full story: “It’s Time for You” So for many years I have loved the 1981 to 1983 Imperials. Famously sold by Iacocca and Sinatra and famous for their infamous 10k recall of the fuel injection system and their ticket price in 1981 being more than any other American car. 10 years ago I test drove a Sinatra but sadly I couldn’t sell my mark v fast enough. Most are either junked or very expensive outside what I am willing to pay. Flash forward to this year and my wonderful wife asks me what I want for a gift for a few different holidays and I of course said an Imperial. So I set out looking for one and I found that junk one last week that was too far gone then I found this one posted the next day. Which is highly unusual for an imperial as most were junked. So I corresponded with the owner who told me that his mom was the second owner for the last 19 years. She is 91 and lost her license due to the trim damage in the back (thankfully no paint or body damage). He told me at had all records back to 1981 and that it was a factory carb conversion. So we set up a time yesterday morning to look at it. It was pouring rain and he was surprised I showed up. I found he car in good shape interior and the paint is shiny and the original but with bad tires and a sagging front. So I took it for a test drive and fell in love. I told him of my love for the Imperials and the fact my grandpa Frimand collected Mopars and that I still have his 1941 Dodge. He told me he did too and that the imperial had a rebuilt transmission and new suspension in front and that his mom loved the car so much but it was time for her not to drive. So in the rain I made him a very low offer (cheaper than a phone), and what was in our gift budget. I fully expected him to say no but to my surprise he said yes! He said he was glad it was going to someone who appreciated it and that it’s small foibles would be fixed. When we were doing the transaction he almost forgot to take the $ from me which showed me he wasn’t selling it for money. I called AAA and the tow truck showed up. The poor driver almost got run over by morons trying to scoot past on a small residential street. One tire even went up the ramp of the truck (see photos). I towed it to my old tire and brake place which was empty due to the rain where the gentleman worked on these new. He told me the suspension was all new! He said it just needs a torsion bar adjusted and two wheel cylinders rebuilt. So under $100 later I had the imperial loaded on the tow truck this time my wife called using her AAA membership and had it towed home (because of the rain and the horrible tires which were bald and destroyed due to the torsion bar and bad alignment). When I got it home I went through the trunk and found loads of spare parts and the receipts. She saved and wrote on every receipt times and dates. She also took a mature safe driving course. The imperial needs the passenger stainless trim replaced below the door and around the wheel well. It also needs the ac fixed and the drivers window. But it drives beautifully and starts on the first try. Thank you to my beautiful wife for the gift and for understanding me and for helping me live my dreams with this and my Seville 🙂. I look forward to many fun years driving this rare and unique car around!
  3. Got it home, still needs a good cleaning!
  4. Well I’m glad it’s in fairly good shape and running a registered. I am also happy that it needed wheel cylinders and a tortion bar adjustment and alignment. Apparently the whole front end has been redone. Lots of newer parts under the hood too.
  5. interior is clean, please forgive the bad pictures it is raining pretty hard today!
  6. So I just picked up my Imperial! It’s raining cats and dogs here in ca and the guy thought I wouldn’t show up. But I did and we negotiated and I got it for under $2k. It runs great. It was low in the front but it turns out it’s the tortion bar, I am also having the wheel cylinders replaced. It is smogged and registered and I already had it transferred. It it has a rebuilt transmission, lots of new parts, factory converted carb. It needs the ac fixed and the power windows and a new set of tires. I am also in need of the rocker molding on the passenger side. The original paint is in good shape and interior is too.
  7. Oh forgot to mention it has a rebuilt transmission about 3 years ago
  8. Well guess what? I am the new owner of the Imperial! Got it for 2k runs great!!! Needs the ac fixed and the power window my suspension guy says he has to adjust the torsion bar. Needs new tires.
  9. Well I think a lot of people remember these when they were new and not as a classic car. This thing is 39 years old, I bought my mustang when it was 35 and it was well considered a classic at that time. My mom considers my 77 Seville a Junker even though it is in excellent shape, my grandma considered the 48 Lincoln I have also a junker of course both are from those respective eras. I also love taking my cars to car shows because I am the only one with one! When I take my Seville everyone is like ‘I haven’t seen one in years!’ It certainly beats being in a sea of unimaginative Mustangs (I own one) or tri 5 chevies or the what I consider boring muscle cars. Most people at the shows grew up with the cars I bring and not these others so they are fascinated by them.
  10. Im sure someone once said that in 1972 about a 57 Chevy or in 1963 about my 48 Lincoln. I don’t like cars from 1994 except the park avenue or corvette and maybe an Eldorado coupe. I feel though stuff like my 77 Seville or this 81 Imperial I am looking at should be more respected. Also the 86 to 90 park avenues, reattas, allantes, corvettes, box town cars, mark vii and even those funky little Cadillacs should have value. I like to drive and enjoy my classics. Sadly here in California anything older than the late 70s is outmatched in today’s traffic. I know i can drive my Seville and it is modern enough to where I can enjoy the drive and keep up with highway speeds. I sadly can’t do that with my dodge, Lincoln and the 21 Chevy is just outright dangerous with the mechanical brakes and 25 mph speed.
  11. Well the fact it has always passed smog is a big deal here in ca. No smog no registration. With a carb it can easily pass with adjustment. Where I ran into the problem with the Seville were the efi sensors which are now unavailable were messed up and sending bad signals to the computer. One was good so they swapped them and it passed. I do like these unique cars from the late 70s early 80s. I feel one day they will be very rare. But I buy them to drive. I would like to daily this imperial twice a week if possible it just looks so different and unique. My my wife is very supportive she said if I want it buy it. It is on my list of interesting cars to buy and I would like to get one while they are cheap. Problem is with an out of state one it is a nightmare to bring one into California. This one is here and registered and was sold just up the street from me when new.
  12. Well they made around 7k across three model years, how many of them are still around, running and in decent shape? Especially considering the initial problems and their unpopularity out the gate.