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Favorite cars of the 70s-80s? Like to hear what the general thoughts are..

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post-100923-0-14024600-1441114675_thumb.My all time favorite was a '70 Chevelle, SS 396, cowl inducted, 4-speed.

The picture is old, but the memories live on. 

 

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The Pinto hatchbacks with the raised lettered Firestone 500 tires turned out to be very hot cars in their day.

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C bodied Chrysler products and mid to late 90's Dodge Ram pick-ups.

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I think various Rivs throughout the 70's and 80's will find their way into solid collector car status- some have already.  Any of the Turbo Buick models should come of age.  The big Buick convertibles especially flashy loaded ones. The big Electra's & Electra Park Aves are starting to bring good money in the market, especially low mileage loaded ones.  And finally the Reatta.

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I think various Rivs throughout the 70's and 80's will find their way into solid collector car status- some have already.  Any of the Turbo Buick models should come of age.  The big Buick convertibles especially flashy loaded ones. The big Electra's & Electra Park Aves are starting to bring good money in the market, especially low mileage loaded ones.  And finally the Reatta.

You got that right.And........ There is nothing like, nor will ever be again a full size stingray.

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My Grandpa had always bought new Impala's every few years. He had bought a new 1970 when I was around 5 years old. It was a beautiful silver car with a dark blue vinyl top and blue interior. My Dad had bought it from him, a few years later. A lot of great memories from that era, and I remember a lot of stuff could be put in the trunk, lol! That being said, I've always been drawn to Impala's from the 60's thru mid 70's. We've also had an El Camino or two in the family, and I've owned about every year from 64 to the 80's. About every car I look for, or buy now, is either one I had when I was a kid, or something my Dad always liked.

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My Grandpa had always bought new Impala's every few years. He had bought a new 1970 when I was around 5 years old. It was a beautiful silver car with a dark blue vinyl top and blue interior. My Dad had bought it from him, a few years later. A lot of great memories from that era, and I remember a lot of stuff could be put in the trunk, lol! That being said, I've always been drawn to Impala's from the 60's thru mid 70's. We've also had an El Camino or two in the family, and I've owned about every year from 64 to the 80's. About every car I look for, or buy now, is either one I had when I was a kid, or something my Dad always liked.

Yes, 1970 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice....actually the whole full size line up. Look at this 1970 Caprice and 1972 Caprice Impala. Both those cars have the LOOK, FEEL, RIDE of Cadillac;

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/dailycap/bilder/70caprice1.jpg

http://hdwallpapers.cat/wallpaper/1972_chevrolet_caprice_coupe_transport_cars_hd-wallpaper-974187.jpg

I think a lot of people have forgot just how nice these cars were;

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One of my '72's was exactly like the one in the link, except mine was different colors.

 

Had a 400 Small Block, the regular PS, PB and AC along with PW, Power Seat and Factory AM-FM. 

 

The only car I ever bought from a dealer (local independent lot). 

 

Was asking $1295, I offered $1000 Cash and it was mine.  This was back in 1990. 

 

Car was in real nice shape and rode like new. 

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Some 1970's cars may have had reasonable

production numbers, but I challenge you to

find nice examples of some of them today!

The following cars are in that category, and

I truly find them interesting:

 

Late 1970's Oldsmobile Cutlass or Buick Century fastback coupes.

The notchback coupes (and sedans) far outsold the fastbacks.

 

1974 Mercury Marquis.  I like that one-year-only grille.

 

1976-78 Dodge Royal Monaco station wagons.  A good-looking

wagon, though late-1970's Chrysler product reliability wasn't

noteworthy. 

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Some 1970's cars may have had reasonable

production numbers, but I challenge you to

find nice examples of some of them today!

The following cars are in that category, and

I truly find them interesting:

 

Late 1970's Oldsmobile Cutlass or Buick Century fastback coupes.

The notchback coupes (and sedans) far outsold the fastbacks.

 

1974 Mercury Marquis.  I like that one-year-only grille.

 

1976-78 Dodge Royal Monaco station wagons.  A good-looking

wagon, though late-1970's Chrysler product reliability wasn't

noteworthy. 

John, did you happen to see the October 2015 the article in Collectible Automobile on The Ups and Downs of the 1973-74 Mercury? Some nice cars in that photo spread, plus the prototypes that were done until the final models were chosen.

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John, did you happen to see the October 2015 the article in Collectible Automobile on The Ups and Downs of the 1973-74 Mercury? Some nice cars in that photo spread, plus the prototypes that were done until the final models were chosen.

 

Now that you mention it, yes.  I was happy to see

that article.  It has many good pictures, though as I recall,

the text basically duplicated everything I could already

find in a car brochure and in Krause's Standard Catalog.

 

I bought a 1975 Lincoln Town Coupe, but for a while

I was keeping my eyes open for a '74 Mercury Marquis--

probably quite similar under the skin--and could never

find a nice one, or hardly one in any condition at all!

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U. S. cars up through 1972 are fairly popular, but once

you reach 1973, the popularity of the models drops off.

The big government front bumpers came in 1973, and

they were coupled with weaker performance and

lower gas mileage from emissions regulations.

 

For an 'American looking' car that falls between 1973 and 1981, I'll go 'outside the box' and search 'Down Under'.  (Only possible exception for me is the 1973 Grand Am)

 

Australia had some great looking cars from that era made by the (once) Big Three without the encumbrances of those ugly 5-mph bumpers and smog-choked engines, while most of the two-door models were true hardtops.  My choice are the Ford LTD Landaus for a 2-door hardtop.  http://www.aussiecoupes.com/landau.html  And if I want a Lincoln, I'll take a 1979 LTD P6 Town Car.  Chrysler also made some nice cars from the times, including the Valiant Charger coupe.

 

Craig

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I like my oddball 1985 Oldsmobile Calais with a 5 speed manual transmission.

 

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Not sure about less loved but a pretty eclectic mix here due to different tastes. TR6, MB R107 chassis SL, 79 to 85 caddy,riviera, and late 70s Z28, T/A and vettes come to mind, but I would likely only pursue the first two at this time. The caddy is unlikely and the muscle cars represent desire from youth.

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A couple things to add here. I know for a fact that cars in California built after 1975 are cars to be avoided by collectors. Why? Because those cars were legislated into the emission testing program to be tested indefinitely, also the state standards for those cars have tightened ( not loosened like you would thing for a aging car ). Say all you want to that statement, but I have a 76 Olds that I bought new and I have every bi annual smog test the car ever took which also has the states minimum and maximum emission standard allowable for passing. They even added in recent standards for NOX that the vehicle never had a standard for when new. This all amounts to legislating these cars off the road. So, people avoid these cars like the plague. I can take my Olds to a OCA meet or a local car show and you would be hard pressed to find any car built after 1975. Historical license plate will not get you a exemption like they do in Arizona.

Two, it is true that emission laden vehicles of the mid 70's and beyond ( until engineers figured out how to make horsepower and a clean engine), in those years the emphasis was placed on three things, One mileage, Two, European box styling ( Mercedes, BMW, Peugeot, VW, Audi etc.). Three, mileage requirements. I happen to like many styles of cars and the years they were produced. Styling and engineering wise they tell a story that should be accounted for and appreciated, and the cars of the 70's and early 80's are alright by me, just like cars of the 20's or 30's. Just remember that a car of 1979 will not out perform most cars of 1969, but they will out perform most cars of the 20's 30' 40's and cars up to the mid 50's and most people have no problem collecting those cars.

If people don't collect the cars of the 70's -80's and beyond there will be a huge history gap in the collector hobby.

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... in California built after 1975 are cars to be avoided by collectors. ... I have every bi annual smog test the car ever took... 

 

Helfen, we must feel sorry for all the red tape you suffer.

 

But did you really mean BIANNUAL smog inspection--

that is, twice a year?  Or did you mean BIENNIAL--

every two years?  Either is bad, but biannual would be

four times as bad!

 

Lenient state regulations can really boost the old-car hobby,

while over-regulation can do the opposite.

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240z, first series 510, Buick GTX, any Corvette. first supra Toyota and first series Celica. any Porsche then GMC syclone, typhoon.

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Agreed unlike the latest bath tub styled Jaguars .. Which never said "Jaguar" to me, the old style is much nicer and with luxurious woods/ leathers.. No one mentions the 81-83? Imperial Cpe , yeah I know fuel injection issues. The proportions weren't bad..

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Helfen, we must feel sorry for all the red tape you suffer.

 

But did you really mean BIANNUAL smog inspection--

that is, twice a year?  Or did you mean BIENNIAL--

every two years?  Either is bad, but biannual would be

four times as bad!

 

Lenient state regulations can really boost the old-car hobby,

while over-regulation can do the opposite.

Sorry you right as it would be Biennial Smog Inspection. There is also another catch to this because California has a annual smog check as well. This annual check is for two types of vehicles. One way to get into annual smog check would be to fall into the Gross Polluter status. Meaning after exhausting a certain amount of money ( determined by the state) on trying to make a vehicle pass it won't, and you are given a one time waver. The next year if it can't pass it can't be registered. The 2nd type of car that would get a annual smog inspection would be a type of vehicle that the DMV see's as a gross polluter in it's records regardless if you own a car that is clean. This happened to me on my 91 Isuzu / Lotus / Impulse. It was always clean, but because so many of this type of car failed it was pulled into the annual program.

But alas, don't feel bad for me as I left the Socialist Republic of California, and now I don't have to smog check any of my cars old or new. Besides Smog checking is a scam because any car with OBD2 tells the owner when it is out of compliance. It's just another way to make money off the taxpayer motorist.

Now back to favorite cars of the 70's 80's Here is another favorite, it's body and suspension engineering and styling come from the 1975-79 Nova and they ride so nice. Notice the Mercedes sedan, BMW sedan influence;

http://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/45875652-770-0.jpg?rev=1

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^^^^^^ Does that have the POS HT 4100 engine in it? I know that with meticulous care the engine may last, but I've always considered them ticking time bombs. I once owned an '84 CDV. It was a lovely car that I was really fond of, but the engine was junk. As I'm strictly part of the non-modified vehicle camp, mid eighties Cadilacs are one glaring exception, that I would rather have one modified with an SBC, and end up with the best of both worlds.

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What cars are the most collectible to you guys and why?? Interested in hearing what cars capture your attention..

 

For me ... Caprice Classics, Ford LTD Crown Victorias, Mercury Grand Marquis, etc. ... cars that can take just about anything thrown their way & keep going ... also awesome road trip cars ... and, so far, none of these have been put on front-wheel-drive cars ... so only RWD!

 

 

Cort :) www.oldcarsstronghearts.com

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^^^^^^ Does that have the POS HT 4100 engine in it? I know that with meticulous care the engine may last, but I've always considered them ticking time bombs. I once owned an '84 CDV. It was a lovely car that I was really fond of, but the engine was junk. As I'm strictly part of the non-modified vehicle camp, mid eighties Cadilacs are one glaring exception, that I would rather have one modified with an SBC, and end up with the best of both worlds.

No, it does not have a HT4100, and the HT4100 is not called a PO+ nor do we use that type of language on this forum unless we want to get kicked off the forum, which might have something to do with the warning points under names.

The answer to your question is the 1975 to 1979 Cadillac Seville uses the 2nd Generation short deck Oldsmobile 350" engine and the transmission is a TH400 Hydra-Matic. The body is a 11" extension of the 1975-1979 Chevy Nova, Pontiac Ventura/Phoenix, Oldsmobile F-85, Omega, and Buick Skylark. The front suspension/ front sub frame is also the same as the Camaro/Firebird. Only the Cadillac gets 5 on 5" wheel centers so that it can use 12" front rotors instead of 11" to use 15" wheels. Cadillac also gets rear disc brakes instead of drums/Note later Camaro Z28 and Pontiac Trans AM's get rear disc brakes.

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I have lots of favorites from that so called "Malaise Era"

1987-93 Cadillac Allante' I've had 3 over the years. They are dirt cheap now.

1975-76 Chev Laguna S-3. When was the last time you seen one?

1979 Chrysler 300. I know its a Cordoba but they have the E58 360 Interceptor engine.

1982-4 Buick Riviera convertible. Nice driver, cheap on parts and very dependable.

 83-88 Monte Carlo SS and it's G-body cousin Buick Grand National. Have had several. Lots of fun for under $10 G's

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