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Author Topic: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s  (Read 86677 times)

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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #700 on: January 28, 2020, 12:44:48 PM »

Something totally different from the 1980s...aside the K-Car parts:


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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #701 on: February 02, 2020, 01:18:45 AM »

From the time when the Mini-Van was king.  Both are absolutely wretched in appearance, at least the Mitsubishi had reasonable power and a cool swivel seat:


Oh and that 80s talk about the supremacy of FWD layouts, I miss hearing that from my Midwest days. 

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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #702 on: February 07, 2020, 09:04:35 PM »

Turbo Sprint and Spectrum:

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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #703 on: February 10, 2020, 05:44:16 AM »

If one Google's 1957 Cadillac, one will notice pics of both Fleetwood & Eldorado models featuring both single & dual/quad headlight setups.  My guess was that the latter was optional where allowed.  Similar is probably true for the '57 Chryslers and Imperials (such was a separate make at the time) as well.

The only Cadillac for 1957 that had quad headlights was the uber-expensive Eldorado Brougham, which wasn't introduced until March of 1957. Quads had been legalized nationwide by then.
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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #704 on: February 10, 2020, 06:08:36 AM »

Something totally different from the 1980s...aside the K-Car parts:


The Consulier GTP  was a beast. It would beat many much more powerful cars of the day. Another turbo Chrysler that was fast was the Dodge Spirit R/T and its sportier sibling, the Daytona IROC R/T, both with the 224 horsepower DOHC 2.2L inline 4 cylinder with 16 valves. The Spirit R/T was one ot the greatest sleepers of all time because it was one of the least sporty looking cars ever built. They only built them in 1992 and 1993. I think I read that the Spirit R/T was the fastest American 4 door sedan in 1992. It would show the legendary Taurus SHO its taillights in a race.
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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #705 on: February 10, 2020, 10:41:19 AM »

If one Google's 1957 Cadillac, one will notice pics of both Fleetwood & Eldorado models featuring both single & dual/quad headlight setups.  My guess was that the latter was optional where allowed.  Similar is probably true for the '57 Chryslers and Imperials (such was a separate make at the time) as well.

The only Cadillac for 1957 that had quad headlights was the uber-expensive Eldorado Brougham, which wasn't introduced until March of 1957. Quads had been legalized nationwide by then.
That particular Caddy sold the area code that I moved to with my parents back in late September of 2017. The oldest dealership around here, in fact, is Claude Nolan Cadillac which originally opened along the historic Main Street corridor at the point where Hoganís Creek divides Downtown (formerly Pine Street just like in Chicago where that particular Pine Street became a portion of Michigan Avenue north of the Loop) and Springfield (Broad Street just like in say, Philly or Newark for example) back in the early 1900s not long after the Great Fire of 1901 (which is probably comparable to the thirty-years-earlier Great Chicago Fire of 1871) ravaged our cityís Urban Core area which really hasnít grown much since then aside from some notable annexations I guess.
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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #706 on: February 12, 2020, 06:44:56 AM »

From the time when the Mini-Van was king.  Both are absolutely wretched in appearance, at least the Mitsubishi had reasonable power and a cool swivel seat:


Oh and that 80s talk about the supremacy of FWD layouts, I miss hearing that from my Midwest days. 
I like the way they look. Too bad both of them were lemons.

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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #707 on: February 12, 2020, 10:02:27 AM »

From the time when the Mini-Van was king.  Both are absolutely wretched in appearance, at least the Mitsubishi had reasonable power and a cool swivel seat:


Oh and that 80s talk about the supremacy of FWD layouts, I miss hearing that from my Midwest days. 
I like the way they look. Too bad both of them were lemons.


At least Nissan and Mitsubishi ditched their boxy vans for a more conventional body in the 90s, while Toyota (the best-looking of the three Japanese vans from the 80s) hung on to its own design for a few more years with the Previa (predecessor to the conventional Sienna).
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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #708 on: February 12, 2020, 10:23:13 AM »

From the time when the Mini-Van was king.  Both are absolutely wretched in appearance, at least the Mitsubishi had reasonable power and a cool swivel seat:


Oh and that 80s talk about the supremacy of FWD layouts, I miss hearing that from my Midwest days. 
I like the way they look. Too bad both of them were lemons.


At least Nissan and Mitsubishi ditched their boxy vans for a more conventional body in the 90s, while Toyota (the best-looking of the three Japanese vans from the 80s) hung on to its own design for a few more years with the Previa (predecessor to the conventional Sienna).

Those 80s vans would make the perfect test bed for some sort of modern turbo four or six cylinder.  On occasion an Astro Van with a small block V8 shows up, they are among the most uniquely stupid but yet awesome custom cars. 

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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #709 on: February 13, 2020, 09:23:21 AM »

The eponymous Nissan Van as seen in the comparison test was based on the JDM Nissan Vanette and was sold on the US market from 1986-1989. The Japanese version of the van came with an A engine of up to 1.5 liters, but since Americans love torque, Nissan made the fateful decision to cram the 2.4 liter Z engine out of the Nissan pickup into the US market vans. This larger engine generated a lot of heat, making the vans prone to overheating which led to many engine fires. Nissan recalled the vans 4 times before finally giving up and making the offers to every single one back from the owners, Some of the owners didn't want to sell the vans so a few escaped the crusher. As you might imagine, they are extremely rare today but there are still some in use as daily drivers. The attrition rate for these cars has to be worse than the Chevy Vega because American market Nissan Vans were actively targeted for destruction. These vans were really weird and very Japanese. One of my relatives had one of these little oddballs and riding in it was weird.
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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #710 on: February 13, 2020, 11:17:43 PM »

From the time when the Mini-Van was king.  Both are absolutely wretched in appearance, at least the Mitsubishi had reasonable power and a cool swivel seat:


Oh and that 80s talk about the supremacy of FWD layouts, I miss hearing that from my Midwest days. 
I like the way they look. Too bad both of them were lemons.



"Who are you callin' a lemon?"
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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #711 on: February 14, 2020, 06:13:01 AM »

From the time when the Mini-Van was king.  Both are absolutely wretched in appearance, at least the Mitsubishi had reasonable power and a cool swivel seat:


Oh and that 80s talk about the supremacy of FWD layouts, I miss hearing that from my Midwest days. 
I like the way they look. Too bad both of them were lemons.



"Who are you callin' a lemon?"

I recall one of them was a medic Autobot.

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Re: The Sorry State of Affairs in Automobilia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s
« Reply #712 on: February 14, 2020, 08:53:59 AM »

This is what the toy Ironhide looks like in robot mode. The top and back of the toy transform into a battle vehicle of some sort, and the front and lower parts of the toy forms the robot himself. He had a head in the cartoon and looked a lot different from the toy. I always thought it was weird that the toy didn't have a head.

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