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What to drive for a week while mom’s Zephyr is in the body shop. Again.
There can’t be too many left. Especially if you drove them like my brother and I did. It seemed like a good idea in the winter of 1980: replace the 7 seater Oldsmobile with a smaller, lighter car. The choices were basically Fairmont vs. GM A-body. Even my Dad knew that the AMC Concord and the Aspen/Volare twins were decrepit old shitboxes rooted in the 1960s.
I can tell you first hand that:
- it’s woefully underpowered. 88-hp is just not enough.
- The only thing imaginative is the hybrid strut front suspension and aluminum bumpers instead of heavy chromed steel.
- Everything else is derivative. The headlight/running light pattern is from every other American sedan of the day. The vents are leftovers from Mark V production. Everything is a rectangle.
- It’s not that efficient. The trunk is shallow. The seats are basically amorphous slabs of foam on the floor.
- Did I mention cheap? Everything inside is brittle plastic, thin vinyl or flimsy urethane.
Nevermind that you have 5 hours of driving through the Jundland Wastes. The destination is worth it.
No, you’re NOT seeing double. This is just a taste of the duplication this year. We lost track of how many orange 1970 Boss 302 Mustangs were there for the taking. It’s not just a Russo and Steele thing. Want a 1957 Pace car?
|1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER CONVERTIBLE PACE CAR $49,500|