1982 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Oscar India: London Gentleman

1982 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Oscar India
Wow. Never ceases to amaze me. What cologne you gonna go with? London Gentleman, or wait. No, no, no. Hold on. Blackbeard’s Delight.

The bumpers are horrible, but not as bad as the tumors you would find on an 80s Countach. The air damn seems to be just that – you can see the front tires through the slats. The blocked off grille? I think I’d rather have the misaligned mesh. Still, the only thing I don’t like is the name.  “Oscar India” makes me think this is a salute to the former reaches of the Empire. Nope.

 

Oscar India” was just the internal code for the car, to throw people off the scent.  Or maybe it did stand for the line’s October introduction. Or it was just a coincidence drawn from the last two registration letters of a Cessna 152.

Regardless, it is one of those names that would work for Nic Cage if he weren’t so into Ferraris.

Champagne would fall from the heavens. Doors would open. Velvet ropes would part. – Memphis Raines

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Camaro Z/28: It Overheats at 80

at least according to Car and Driver magazine back in the day. (We’re searching for the reference-  it was NOT the April ’80 issue.) It wasn’t bad enough that the cars were sapped of all power due to hamhanded efforts* to meet EPA numbers.

*who doesn’t remember fondly the belt drive air pumps? How to decrease particulates per volume of air? Make less soot or better yet, add more air! PHYSICS!

The flipside of the equation is how to get the most go per pound and per dollar. Why use a THM400 – a bulletproof transmission if there ever was one – when a THM 200 will fit. Three speeds is three speeds, right? In the later second generation Camaros, the idea seemed to be “if the speed limit is 55 mph, why give it cooling for 120?”

Just add tape and some fake scoops!  – Roger in marketing.

Camaro Z/28
Looks fast/goes fast. What’s the difference? – Eric Stratton

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1972 HONDA Z600: Let’s Bounce!

Sometimes, size doesn’t matter.* Sometimes, all your smart car technology is no match for a couple of pieces of Reynolds wrap for fenders and some rubber bands for power. Siometimes, you jam it into spots that are just too tight.  No problem.  Just bounce it right back out.

1972 HONDA Z600
Comes with convenient carrying handle.

*Except the size of the bid. $16K for a 42-year-old: cheap for a divorce; kinda pricey for a proto-Civic.
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1971 Chrysler Town & Country: 8 Barrels for Everybody!

The Barrett-Jackson description hardly does it justice. The best $5700 bid you’ll ever make. It’s what the cool people drive for 100+ mph blasts to the beach. The way back doubles as your hotel.
1971 Chrysler Town & Country Just watch out for stray dogs crossing your path late at night. The car “corners like it’s on rails,” in the sense that it is as nimble and responsive as a boxcar, Willie.
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