1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado: If Only

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This is the 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado convertible. [Ed.: as if there is a difference from a Coupe de Ville] I had a chance at buying one [ed.: a ’65 or ’66 de Ville convertible] in high school.  Dad said no, even at just $275. The convoluted start up process scared him. (It was a piece of crap, after all.)  The 429 V8 under my right foot terrified him. The 10 mpg scared his wallet, in case I ever got stranded.

But, oh, would I be the king of the high school parking lot.  Way more so than in my VW 411.
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1976 Pontiac Sunbird: Cindy from the BK Lounge

Speaking of things that haven’t aged well: the 1976 Pontiac Sunbird.  This is what you get when you turn a Vega into a “Monza” and then pretend to create an entirely new car for Pontiac.  What do we have?

  • a “formal” roofline instead of a hatch. Now there’s two body styles, like with a Mustang II. Woo hoo.
  • Stick some vinyl on the roof.  Now it’s like a Mustang II Ghia, and also a small Grand Prix (a car Pontiac liked and so did America).
  • Give it a faux Firebird front end.  “Sporty” is dealerspeak for “shitbox with a nosejob.”
  • A V-6. It sounds sporty on the order sheet. at least

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