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My grandfather drove an Imperial for years- IDR what year, but his last one had an electric rear window and a push button transmission. I think they also put the push button shifter in New Yorkers.
TMMLSHILALPGHawk wrote: ↑May 23rd 2020, 4:34pmAs much as miss some older cars and appreciate Cod's restos I've never been able to gin up much nostalgia for those '70s behemoths.
I miss '70s American behemoth cars like a miss '50s polio.
From the vinyl tops that quickly looked like tigers fought on it to really bad corrosion resistance, the grace and agility of a Jersey garbage barge, acceleration that could be measured with a calendar, the fuel efficiency of a PT boat combined with the speed of a Roman galleon to a near-criminal waste of space there's just not that much to miss.
I suppose, objectively speaking, a '64 Riviera wasn't better but it seemed to be.
I believe it was Brock Yates that said the difference between a classic car and just an old car is that people lusted after the classic even when it was new. And that's why my '76 Cordoba will never be anything other than an old used car while MB 300SLs couldn't cost any more if they were made out of gold.
I drove one of those Imperials brand new in '71. You didn't so much step on the accelerator than you rang below decks for more steam.
My father at one time had a 1960 valiant which had a push butte transmission.3Flushes wrote: ↑May 23rd 2020, 8:39amMy grandfather drove an Imperial for years- IDR what year, but his last one had an electric rear window and a push button transmission. I think they also put the push button shifter in New Yorkers.
They were great cars, indeed.
I have a similar memory albeit with a fundamental difference. I was manning the helm on the bridge of the boss's big-ass Imperial on Route 87 and I too didn't see the exit. Well I actually did but no where near when I should have. Not understanding the suicidal nature of what I was about to attempt I ordered both rudders hard over. The sensation was memorable. The entire bulk of the thing listed what seemed to be 30 degrees to port and the coachwork and upper decks seemed to move about a yard to the left of the keel and boiler room. Even worse the ship was approaching a 15mph curve on the off ramp at about 60mph according to the instruments - there was no physical evidence of speed apart from the squealing rubber and cacophony of tortured metal as it navigated a turn more appropriate to a contemporary Spridgit.
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