What to drive lust after when you discover cars in jr. high. Seems like an odd choice, right? Well, part of me wanted a Porsche 930 with its 4.9 second 0-60 time.
The practical eco-hippy in me wanted this car: the 1977 Honda Civic.
On our last episode of “Peat GM.” we visited the 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass. This is basically the same car (the A-bodies). They were better than the comparable Fords or Chryslers (at least through MY 1976). This was the everything car for your favorite middle manager. Sporty – look at the wheels and chrome rings! And a floor shifter! And a grab handle!
This is the 1977 Ford Thunderbird. Larry at Upjohn had one, yellow with brown velour seats. “Cramped back seat.” That was the official reason we couldn’t have one in a 4 teenager household. At the time, I thought these were cool. I liked the 1978s better because they had Thunderbird logos …
What to drive to the Concorso Ferrari 2014? Isn’t it obvious? Something American, overweight (duh), festooned with fake scoops,mostly purposeless vents and spoilers, and garish for a strip club decals! Something with a pushrod V8 and leaf springs! and with the worst of all convertible vs hardtop worlds, a T-top! Something so undeniably awesome in its wretched, unapologetic 1970s-ness!. This:
Somehow these guys survived 35 years of southwestern Michigan road salt, craters potholes, half drunk assembly and 20 year old (at the time) technology (Cordoba)/tin foil construction (Futura) to tempt me with their survivor car charms.
You will find malaise, sweet, tasty malaise. Wonder bread and miracle whip and bologna. Air Supply. “CHiPs.” Leisure suits and Hagar and Herb Tarlek.