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Post# 463572   6/3/2023 at 16:50 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

Just a small sample of what is in front of my store on a nice Saturday

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Post# 463575 , Reply# 1   6/3/2023 at 18:41 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

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Post# 463629 , Reply# 2   6/5/2023 at 16:45 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Looks great, Jimmy! Thanks for sharing!
It was before my time, but my parents had the four door version of that '59 Galaxie. Theirs was black too. Beautiful car!
That silver Lumina Euro caught my eye too. My taste in cars is all over the place. I love a lot of '70s, '80s and '90s cars that most people would call junk. Currently, I'm wishing I could find a nice Chevy Citation. Yup. Most people seem to hate them. I love them!


Post# 463634 , Reply# 3   6/6/2023 at 09:16 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Thanks for sharing this!

Now THAT is what I call a car show - one I would would take any of my classics to any time!
I love those small old towns like that with their historical traits and close-knit community. Even more I love the GE appliances sign on that one building!

So many unique cars - not enough time to mention what I like about them all.
The military Jeep is a sure standout, and the 78ish Cutlass as well (since I am an Olds guy and an old friend had one). I have fond memories of the late 80's Camaros - I learned to drive in those (and Mustangs also) around 1988. The Galaxie is a winner in my books for sure.

My dad had a black Lumina Eurosport in the early 90's - last car I ever knew he had before he passed. He had an early 80's tan Chevy pickup before then - saw a similar one in the pictures.

Very nice event - I wish I lived closer to towns like that. Closest one to me is 40 minutes away.

I quit going to local car shows here, as here in the big city, they are too full of late model cars which can easily be seen in the Walmart parking lot. And those are usually the top 'winners'. Too much booming mumble-rap, always too hot out, and too many non-socials (unless they are bragging about their Car Toys electronics installations)...
I have restored a car on my own and know all the hard work that goes into it - that is so often overlooked at these shows. The rarity as well. I will admire a 60's 4-door sedan with a straight 6 before I even look at a 2012 Corvette (I don't look anyways...)

Barry, I wish you luck on the Citation search. They are out there, just very few and far between. I had actually sed a white Chevette recently but cannot remember where. A dream maybe??
Those little underdogs definitely attract attention though - more and more I have found, from young and old alike. I should know, as I still drive my mom's old 78 Pinto as my winter driver. Rarely a day passes when I do not get some kind of positive attention. I had it at a car show long ago and parked next to a new Corvette (one of a few dozen). Mine had the bigger crowd around it just because they are so uncommon to see in person. It is fun to drive as well. The stick shift even makes it a bit 'cool' now days, lol...

Post# 463638 , Reply# 4   6/6/2023 at 12:22 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Hey, Rob.
That's cool. I've owned two Pintos, myself, over the years. A '77 or '78, that was an automatic, and I believe, a '79, that was a four speed. Despite the way people made fun of them, I thought they were fun to drive. Heck. I even like how they look!
I have a special challenge with finding any decent older cars, because of living in New England. The winters and road salt are brutal. You see vehicles less than ten years old that are rotting away.
My current "fun" car is a 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2. I bought it in '89, because they're so rare. And, a friend also had one.
For several reasons, I don't drive it any more. I think the novelty wore off for me a long time ago. Now, I'm more drawn to the type of cars that used to be everywhere, but have now gone nearly extinct.

Post# 463642 , Reply# 5   6/6/2023 at 13:37 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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That Lumina caught my eye also, simply because I have a W-Body of similar vintage, a 1995 Olds Cutlass Supreme convertible. I like to say it's too old to be new and too new to be a classic, but it's fun on sunny days.

Texaskirbyguy wrote: I quit going to local car shows here, as here in the big city, they are too full of late model cars which can easily be seen in the Walmart parking lot.

I reply: I know what you mean. My dad collected antique cars and the pride of his collection was a 1935 V-12 Lincoln that he acquired in the '50s and kept until the end of his life. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and they had come cool car shows. One of the requirements was cars that members could display at shows or take on tours had to be at least 35 years old, and restorations had to be to factory original specifications. Street rods and heavily modified vehicles were not allowed. Although Dad preferred prewar cars, he always kept a more contemporary car, barely old enough to qualify, to take on tours, as he wanted something with air conditioning and cruise control and power steering. He almost never took his older cars out of the garage.

Post# 463643 , Reply# 6   6/6/2023 at 14:00 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Barry, I do agree that Pintos are fun to drive. 2.3L and a four speed is fast enough for me and keeps me out of trouble with the law.... Unless I do a 3k clutch dump through a U-turn, making my own smoke screen, lol. I used to do that in the 90's, but not no more. It still has the original clutch with 176k on it. Do not look forward to changing it...
Rack and pinion steering, front sway bar, and rear leaf springs makes for respectable handling for such an old car. It is light weight, too, only about 2800 lbs with me in it the last time I was at the local sand and stone place getting landscaping rock.
I do think the 77 and 78 are the most attractive with the shovel-nosed Chevy front end and wider rear lights and bumpers. The egg styling fits in with much newer cars, too.
My car has been in the Dallas area since new so there is very little rust on it.
I had even took it back to Town East Ford a while back for pictures - that is where my mom bought it in '78. She had special ordered the uncommon 'Pony' edition - the totally stripped down version. Never seen another of those in real life, hard to find online, too. No power anything. Not even a cig lighter or radio! Has a good heater though. Like driving a big enclosed go-kart...

So your Grand Prix is the G-body? I have the Olds cousin to that, the Cutlass. No aftermarket mods on it - all factory options. Not fast but classy and comfy. Those were considered 'personal luxury' cars back then - a big thing in those decades. My mom had the 4 door version of mine, same year, but the luxury version. It was like driving/riding in your lay-z-boy!

I feel for you all in the NE - that salty slush is brutal to vehicles. I watch the South main auto youtube channel (in New York) and I see how they rot in short time.

Post# 463647 , Reply# 7   6/6/2023 at 17:50 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Yup. It's a "G-body".
They were all pretty much fully loaded. It's more of a luxury model, with a NASCAR designed aero package.
This was when I had it towed to my mechanic to get it back on the road after I let it sit in the garage for twenty years.
I kind of created my own "barn find"!

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Post# 463652 , Reply# 8   6/6/2023 at 20:22 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Barry , I thought it was a G-body - very nice looking! This was Pontiac's sport version of their G-body - all the other divisions had theirs.
Hope you hold on to it and keep it up. The Grand Prix seems to be the least common G-body, and the 2+2 even more so. That would stand out at a car show.
I have an article from Car and Driver from back in those days that compared all 4 of the sport version G-bodies. I think it was titled 'Modern Muscle'. I know I have it, if I find it I will let you know.
I really do like all of the division's G's - one of my favorite body styles. They were the last of the body-on-frame versions for those models.

Post# 463653 , Reply# 9   6/6/2023 at 20:33 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Human, I would sure like to have seen your dad's 35 Lincoln - Those were works of art to say the least. I hardly see cars like that at shows which is unfortunate.

I can understand why his rarely left the garage, as I feel the same about mine despite not being near as unique. Driving around here is dangerous, boring, and someone is wanting to race or something. I have no trust to leave my best cars in most parking lots here due to thieves or vandals.
I prefer to get out on the open road and cruise, but it now takes 30 minutes just to reach an open road...

Post# 463655 , Reply# 10   6/6/2023 at 22:40 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Hind end of the Lincoln

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I can't believe I actually found a photo of Dad's Lincoln online (see link below)! I guess this is from the site of the consignment company my mom and sister used to sell it after Dad died. It was a one-off custom body, built by Brunn. This photo was taken inside the four-bay garage Dad had built behind their house. The green car next to it is a 1941 Chrysler. The black and white photo below was published in a book called 'Fifty Years of Lincoln Mercury' by George H. Dammann, Crestline Publishing, 1971. I believe the photo was taken at Brunn's facility shortly after the car was completed. It is interesting to see it with the top down, which is something I never saw in person. The canvas top as seen in the color photo is original from 1935 and has shrunk up over the years so that it won't reach the snaps above the rear fenders. Dad never put it down because he said he was afraid he would never get it back up if he did. Also of interest is the car did not orignally have spare tire covers, as pictured in the color photo. Dad took those off of a 1937 Lincoln sedan he had as a parts car.

The caption for the book photo is a little hard to read in the 'zoomed out' view in photo 2. It reads: "Another special Brunn creation was this full-custom convertible sedan, designed and built for Miss E. H. Sears of Chicago, a member of the Sears-Roebuck family. The car utilized the 145-inch chassis, and featured customized wheels and elongated chrome-plated headlights." The caption text misidentified the original owner. It was actually owned by Eleanora R. Sears (1881-1968) of Boston, Mass., a noted athlete and socialite, and no relation to the Sears-Roebuck corporation. When Dad bought the car in 1957, it was housed at her summer home in Ogunquit, Maine.


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Post# 463666 , Reply# 11   6/7/2023 at 10:53 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Wow - that Lincoln is a beauty, even from just the rear! Burgundy is one of my favorite colors. Good match with the beige top, a bit like my Olds convertible.
Nice colorful history to go with the '35 as well - thanks for sharing.
The '41 wouldn't be a Windsor, would it??

Post# 463669 , Reply# 12   6/7/2023 at 11:49 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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If I recall correctly, the '41 Chrysler was a Town Sedan. The notchback roof line is a bit unusual, as most of them were fastbacks. It originally had a two-tone paint job, with the roof a different color from the body, as indicated by the chrome strip running between the roof and the body, but at some point, it was repainted a single color.

Post# 463757 , Reply# 13   6/10/2023 at 16:44 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Another Saturday night

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Post# 463761 , Reply# 14   6/10/2023 at 18:08 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

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Post# 463792 , Reply# 15   6/11/2023 at 19:11 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
And the first 1967 Toronado I've seen here.

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Post# 463833 , Reply# 16   6/13/2023 at 21:21 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
I love Toronados...

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My dad was a district sales manager for Oldsmobile (sold the cars to the dealers) and those first generation Toronados were the first car that really captured my imagination when I was little. I especially liked the hideaway headlights and was disappointed when that feature was eliminated from the 1970 models, although I now understand the reasoning behind that decision. This car, with its headlights stuck in the 'up' position shows the reason why. They frequently malfunctioned, especially in colder climates. As a child, mainly riding in the back seat, I always thought it was a thoughtful touch to have a second door handle, accessible from the back seat. I've never seen another two-door car with that particular feature.

Post# 463841 , Reply# 17   6/14/2023 at 20:11 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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The 1970 and 1978 Cadillac Eldorado had the 2nd door handle on the armrest to allow opening the door from the rear. I'm thinking that all the model years in between did also and maybe even earlier.


Post# 463897 , Reply# 18   6/16/2023 at 10:31 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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That would stand to reason as the Eldorado and the Toronado were essentially the same car with different cosmetic treatments.

Post# 463938 , Reply# 19   6/17/2023 at 20:20 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Nice weather, lots of cars

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Post# 463939 , Reply# 20   6/17/2023 at 20:24 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
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Post# 464097 , Reply# 21   6/24/2023 at 18:00 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Roadmaster in the rain

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Post# 464147 , Reply# 22   6/27/2023 at 09:22 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Like I had said before, that is a car show I would love to attend each week!
Such a big variety of old and obscure cars - loved looking at these.
Least amount of newer crap that I had ever seen at a show..

I would not have taken any of my cars in the rain though - guess I am just not that hard core.
Thanks for sharing - wish I could have been there.

Hmm - no G-body in this batch; they just jump out at me, lol...

Post# 464156 , Reply# 23   6/27/2023 at 17:14 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"--wish I could have been there.--"

If any are nearby and want to see vintage cars and vacuums the once a year all day car show is July 8th.The Roadmaster had one of the best original, correct and clean engine compartments ever seen here.And look at what parked in front of my book store!

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Post# 464247 , Reply# 24   7/1/2023 at 18:33 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
No rain this week

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Post# 464248 , Reply# 25   7/1/2023 at 18:47 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
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Post# 464270 , Reply# 26   7/2/2023 at 16:46 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Love that Yellow Bug!!!

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That yellow VW brings back some fun memories. That one looks to be a '71 or '72 Super Beetle. I had a '73 Super Beetle the same color my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. I loved that little car. I sold it after I got my great aunt's '77 Buick Skylark coupe, which had all of 14,000 miles on it in 1983. I've often thought I'd like to have a classic Beetle again, not necessarily as a daily driver, just something for fun to tootle around in when the mood strikes. I doubt I'll ever do it, though.

Post# 464423 , Reply# 27   7/8/2023 at 09:59 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
All day car show

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Post# 464425 , Reply# 28   7/8/2023 at 10:53 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
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Post# 464435 , Reply# 29   7/8/2023 at 18:26 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
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Post# 464436 , Reply# 30   7/8/2023 at 18:28 by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
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