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

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What about the Opel GT's have not seen one of them in a long time (in person). I remember there were a few in the used car lot of the Chevy Dealer after my Father squashed my purchase of a 75 Cosworth.I was under 21 and the dealer had to have a parent approve the sale. So after that was over the salesman, being a salesman said "look around maybe we can put that deposit towards something else" ........ the Opel did not happen either. Those Opel's were pretty cool 70's cars

 

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Strangest part of the GT were the headlights. They rotated sideways and were actuated by a lever next to the driver's leg.

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On ‎17‎/‎05‎/‎2016 at 0:44 PM, padgett said:

Strangest part of the GT were the headlights. They rotated sideways and were actuated by a lever next to the driver's leg.

I remember that.   And they actually looked good either way; open or closed, as they didn't look like a 'pop-up' headlight when exposed.

 

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i like the 1969 to 1972 pontiac grand prix's, real long hood, short trunk styling, beautiful vertical grill, too bad they build a convertible of these years.

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Only GP 'vert was a '67, 71 was the last year until 1988 for a manual transmission. Heard a long time ago that John the Z decreed that the '69 GP would have a longer hood than the Lincoln Mk III and is - by 3/4". Makes for a ginormous fan shroud.

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3 hours ago, pontiac1953 said:

i like the 1969 to 1972 pontiac grand prix's, real long hood, short trunk styling, beautiful vertical grill, too bad they build a convertible of these years.

Charles, remember the black 69 GP that was featured in Smoke Signals that a guy and his wife turned into a convertible? That was a great looking car!

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2 hours ago, padgett said:

Only GP 'vert was a '67, 71 was the last year until 1988 for a manual transmission. Heard a long time ago that John the Z decreed that the '69 GP would have a longer hood than the Lincoln Mk III and is - by 3/4". Makes for a ginormous fan shroud.

Did you know the 69 and later GP would not have happened if it weren't for Pete Estes. That also goes for the 64 Pontiac GTO.

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I find driving my ** Shadow ES Turbo to still be very satisfying - they were quick for their day, had Z rated tires so handled great, and had very nice upgraded interiors.  The ES is a forgotten 80's gem. 

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How many of the Shadow ES Turbo's were made? Better question, does anyone know how many remain? I don't ever recall even seeing one in the day

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Never have been able to find out how many were built John.  The first year was 87, the 88's had the rear spoiler added and a few other goodies, the 89 and up became more mainstream with alot of the special items disappearing like the Z rated tires. Here is an 88 factory photo. 

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The CXS Shelby-ized version was the rare one, these were just a regular Shadow ES that had the optional turbo engine (bulge hood was required for the turbo.

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On 5/21/2016 at 10:54 PM, helfen said:

Charles, remember the black 69 GP that was featured in Smoke Signals that a guy and his wife turned into a convertible? That was a great looking car!

yes, that was a beautiful high quality conversion, looked factory.

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