Time Warp Thursday: 1978 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

This is the first one I have seen in the flesh in probably 30 years. Why? Rust? Yeah, based on personal experience. Generic styling, even among corporate sisters? Yeah (again, based on personal experience).

Sometimes

it’s not that hard to say goodbye. Adios, INContinental.  I will miss your giant V8, your really shitty gas mileage and the faux mobster presence.  And the flippy lights. But not the profuse leakage.  You’re worse than one of the dogs that lives in my house. Enjoy auto Valhalla.  Say hi to the Merc and…

What a difference

35 years makes… This Basic dimensions: Wheelbase 1974–79: 127.2 in (3,231 mm) +9.3 Length 1977–79: 233.0 in (5,918 mm) +31.2 Width 1978–79: 79.9 in (2,029 mm) +4.0 Height 1978–79: 55.4 in (1,407 mm) -12.6 Curb weight Actual MPG 4958 +/- at least +487 10 (-11) vs this:

Fool me twice…

I love a good 1978 Mercury Cougar XR7. I also know, having learned the hard, demoralizing and expensive way, that survivor cars are best when they belong to someone else, and you can just shoot or drive them on occasion.  Basically ownership, without the expense. So, I will have to pass on this fabulous opportunity.