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

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10 hours ago, padgett said:

In 71 there were two. The Town Coupe

 

 

and the Mark III

 

 

Easy way is the turn signals and rear wheel arches.

 

 

 

How about trying the main design cues, the grille and Continental hump?

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Perhaps the greatest car I've ever had was a 1973 Monte Carlo - 454 automatic, with all smog junk removed, swivel buckets, a/c, special wheel option (ie non-steel wheels from GM) lowering unstrung weight considerably, coupled with exceptionally long wheel/suspension travel ... a real tribute to the design talents of  ...?   Dang, cannot remember his name at the moment ... John  Delorean?   

     Just my 2 cts worth ...

             Bob i

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71-73 Boat Tail Rivieras like this 73. Early to Mid 80s Riv convertibles.

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Perhaps the greatest car I've ever had was a 1973 Monte Carlo - 454 automatic, with all smog junk removed, swivel buckets, a/c, special wheel option (ie non-steel wheels from GM) lowering unstrung weight considerably, coupled with exceptionally long wheel/suspension travel ... a real tribute to the design talents of  ...?   Dang, cannot remember his name at the moment ... John  Delorean?   

     Just my 2 cts worth ...

             Bob i

 

 

John DeLorean and Pete Estes

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19 hours ago, bobcanuck said:

Perhaps the greatest car I've ever had was a 1973 Monte Carlo - 454 automatic, with all smog junk removed, swivel buckets, a/c, special wheel option (ie non-steel wheels from GM) lowering unstrung weight considerably, coupled with exceptionally long wheel/suspension travel ... a real tribute to the design talents of  ...?   Dang, cannot remember his name at the moment ... John  Delorean?   

     Just my 2 cts worth ...

             Bob i

Oh my - goes to show how radically different one's experience can be.  My '73 Monte Carlo has the distinction of being the worst car I ever owned.  I did like the sunroof (leaked though), swivel buckets (sort of, always enough wiggle to feel odd though), etc. and the styling was nice - the round headlights were kind of cool compared to the later cars.  But the one I had was a mechanical dog (transmission linkage, ignition, bog runner no matter what we tried) that you could hear rusting away on a quiet night.  Glad your experience was different - big block and no smog are big differentiators , to be sure!

 

I think for US cars the '79 - '85 Eldo/Riv models are kind of cool cars.  Continental Marks are cool as well.

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1979-1985  Buick Riviera...comfortable and elegant, but not a hot rod!  And those Chrysler Town and Country convertibles...so quirky and so 80s!!

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I would take a '73 Grand Am over a Monte Carlo of the same year anyday!  All the Chevelle/Monte Carlo 'A'-body line showed a 'built down to a price' look and feel about them, where the Grand Am did not.  Even the wood on the dashboard was actually real.  Above all, the front of the Grand Am was far better looking without those ugly 5-mph bumpers ruining the design.

 

Craig

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AFAIR there were 7 73 Grand Ams built with SD455s (saw some photos from Milford) but fell victim to the EPA decree as did the SD455 in the Grand Prix (GA actually had a GP interior). Am on my third GP and second with a manual trans.

 

Do remember the '73 GA as being better looking in a four door than a 2 door.

 

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I like the 1971 and 1972 Buick Riviera as the most exotic design of the 1970s, and that is why I restored this one for my wife and she took it to a Senior.  I also just purchased a somewhat interesting 1978 Buick Riviera 75th Anniversary Special of which they only built 2,899 of to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Buick.  This particular car is one owner, 37,500 original miles with the original bill of sale from the dealership.  That makes it even more interesting, especially since it is pristine and garage kept. All of these cars were black and silver with a silver leather interior.  Yes, the Buick History says it was actually leather instead of vinyl in this model.Our 1978 Buick Riviera.jpg

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13 hours ago, padgett said:

Do remember the '73 GA as being better looking in a four door than a 2 door.

 

I also agree.  Much better balanced design.

 

Craig

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53 minutes ago, Dynaflash8 said:

I like the 1971 and 1972 Buick Riviera as the most exotic design of the 1970s, and that is why I restored this one for my wife and she took it to a Senior. 

 

1971 Buick Riviera RH rear.JPG

As I stated in a previous thread, the 1971-'72 Rivieras are more sharply defined at the tail vs. the flatter '73 tail, and much better looking. 

 

Craig

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I am going to unashamedly bring a European flavour to this topic and say that my fave cars from the 70`s and 80`s (well there are two of them) are:- Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Lancia Delta Integrale. If people are not familiar, I could probably find pics.

 

Aston were a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen at the time they were building the all alloy 5.4 litre V8, each with the engine builders name on a plate on the cam covers. 

Lancia won the World Rally Championship a dozen times in succession with the Integrale. A turbocharged and charge-cooled 16 valve four cylinder of 2 litres, with torque sensing 4 wheel drive. The fastest thing over ANY twisty road.

 

Adam..

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45 minutes ago, Alfa said:

I am going to unashamedly bring a European flavour to this topic and say that my fave cars from the 70`s and 80`s (well there are two of them) are:- Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Lancia Delta Integrale. If people are not familiar, I could probably find pics.

 

Aston were a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen at the time they were building the all alloy 5.4 litre V8, each with the engine builders name on a plate on the cam covers. 

Lancia won the World Rally Championship a dozen times in succession with the Integrale. A turbocharged and charge-cooled 16 valve four cylinder of 2 litres, with torque sensing 4 wheel drive. The fastest thing over ANY twisty road.

 

Adam..

Here, we could only drool over them as they were never 'fedralized' for North America, and the ones that were had their engines so detuned with smog equipment which made their performance pathetic.  And the few that were, got those ghastly 5-mph bumpers which obviously appeared like the afterthought it was on those cars. 

 

If you want a European car from that era, go over to Europe and get one.

 

Craig

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5 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

I like the 1971 and 1972 Buick Riviera as the most exotic design of the 1970s, and that is why I restored this one for my wife and she took it to a Senior.  I also just purchased a somewhat interesting 1978 Buick Riviera 75th Anniversary Special of which they only built 2,899 of to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Buick.  This particular car is one owner, 37,500 original miles with the original bill of sale from the dealership.  That makes it even more interesting, especially since it is pristine and garage kept. All of these cars were black and silver with a silver leather interior.  Yes, the Buick History says it was actually leather instead of vinyl in this model.Our 1978 Buick Riviera.jpg

1971 Buick Riviera RH front 3.JPG

1971 Buick Riviera RH rear.JPG

Very nice!

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Not being an expert on American cars , love the 70s bmw 328 CSI or even better 80s 635 CSI , performance and drivability superb . American wise love corvettes , anyone love a European cars?

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pilgrim 

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Pilgrim those BMWs will increase in value and are already doing so, nice cars and much more upscale than the early 2002s which are also cool.  For those two decades, most on my want list would be Euro - TR-6 (had one, would not mind another, still a bargain), air cooled Porsche 911 variants, MB R-107 (have one, love it but one is enough) and even the Jag XKS - especially a 6 cylinder car (undervalued I think, for now) would be of interest to me.  One car I missed the boat on is the Ferrari 308,  Not that long ago a Ferrari 308 was a $25,000 car - sometimes less, but the service is $10,000, so the care and feeding kept the values down on these for a long time.  The incredible cost of the older cars has finally driven those values up  dramatically.

 

When one thinks about the 308, air cooled Porsche 911 or for American cars, the Trans Am, it is hard to believe what some of the best examples are going for now vs. 6 or so years ago.  So if it was desirable then, it should appreciate now, usual rules apply, just like with earlier cars.  

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16 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

I like the 1971 and 1972 Buick Riviera as the most exotic design of the 1970s, and that is why I restored this one for my wife and she took it to a Senior.  I also just purchased a somewhat interesting 1978 Buick Riviera 75th Anniversary Special of which they only built 2,899 of to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Buick.  This particular car is one owner, 37,500 original miles with the original bill of sale from the dealership.  That makes it even more interesting, especially since it is pristine and garage kept. All of these cars were black and silver with a silver leather interior.  Yes, the Buick History says it was actually leather instead of vinyl in this model.Our 1978 Buick Riviera.jpg

1971 Buick Riviera RH front 3.JPG

1971 Buick Riviera RH rear.JPG

Is the 78 the one for sale in Hemmings?

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Wouldn't mind a 89 Trans Am with the turbo Buick but were never available with a manual trans. Did consider a later Firebird 3800/manual but am at limit for cars now & prefer DOHC.

 

 

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On May 4, 2016 at 6:11 AM, Dynaflash8 said:

I also just purchased a somewhat interesting 1978 Buick Riviera 75th Anniversary Special of which they only built 2,899 of to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Buick.  This particular car is one owner, 37,500 original miles with the original bill of sale from the dealership.  That makes it even more interesting, especially since it is pristine and garage kept. All of these cars were black and silver with a silver leather interior.  Yes, the Buick History says it was actually leather instead of vinyl in this model.Our 1978 Buick Riviera.jpg

 

 

Congrats on your recent purchase!

 

A few years ago, I almost bought a tan-brown 2-tone 1978 Riviera.

 

 

Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner)
"Gonna make some dreams come true" __ Hoyt Axton __ 'Della & the Dealer'

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On 5/8/2016 at 11:51 PM, ScarredKnightfan said:

 

Congrats on your recent purchase!

 

A few years ago, I almost bought a tan-brown 2-tone 1978 Riviera.

 

 

Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner)
"Gonna make some dreams come true" __ Hoyt Axton __ 'Della & the Dealer'

 

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But all 2899 of the 75th Anniversary Editions were black with silver sides and a full LEATHER interior, no vinyl interior.

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12 minutes ago, Dynaflash8 said:

But all 2899 of the 75th Anniversary Editions were black with silver sides and a full LEATHER interior, no vinyl interior.

Again, is your car the one that was in Hemmings?

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I had several 70's cars, when they were just cars, but my fav was a '77 Datsun (Nissan) 280Z 2+2. Quick and a blast to drive. Glad I didn't have that car when I was a teenager or I might not be around to be talking about it. I was still redlining (6,400 rpm) it when it had over 100,000 miles on it.

Keith

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On May 10, 2016 at 9:32 PM, Dynaflash8 said:

But all 2899 of the 75th Anniversary Editions were black with silver sides and a full LEATHER interior, no vinyl interior.

 

Correct ... I mis-typed, my apologies.  It was a 1977 model I almost bought.  Again, sorry for the error.

 

 

Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner)
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