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Old 09-20-2010, 02:15 AM
 
Location: suffolk,england
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yeah they only car slipping through in 1973 with decent numbers were the 455 super duty trans-ams.
The 1973 SD-455 Trans Am was likely the last great vintage muscle car. It wouldn't be until the mid 1980's when car companies would start to create similarly performing vehicles such as the Buick Grand National.

i saw a TRANS AM last week,i heard it coming and spun round to look , lovely sound from the exhausts and it looked a dream as it leapt up the street. afterwards i could smell the unburnt fuel in the air .
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Very nice interior! Yes, I think Mopar did a better job in the 60s with making their cars more luxurious than they did on the upscale early 70s models. I know that the 66 Caprice and 66 LTD were very luxurious cars, but this top level 66 VIP is almost up right there with them!

Interior of a 65 Caprice...

Interior of a 65 LTD...
The base price of a VIP was only $3,133. And a V-8 engine was standard equipment (318-cu-in). It looks like you got a lot for your money!
A true 6-passenger with 60 inches of shoulder room front and rear.

My dad once brought home a friend's car overnight. A '69 Plymouth Fury III. It also had a nice interior. I did take a few photos of it. I'll see it I can find them.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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Default oh yes

that 65 VIP seat looks very solid. come to think of it our 71 Duster seat looked like that and the quality was pretty good but you didn't sit high up and you didn't get the back support you needed but still the quality was pretty good

but we lucked out by getting a deluxe interior with a fold down center armrest and shag carpeting
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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that 65 VIP seat looks very solid. come to think of it our 71 Duster seat looked like that and the quality was pretty good but you didn't sit high up and you didn't get the back support you needed but still the quality was pretty good

but we lucked out by getting a deluxe interior with a fold down center armrest and shag carpeting
Actually, it's a '66 VIP (there were not Plymouth VIPs in '65) but I know what you mean.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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The base price of a VIP was only $3,133. And a V-8 engine was standard equipment (318-cu-in). It looks like you got a lot for your money!
A true 6-passenger with 60 inches of shoulder room front and rear.

My dad once brought home a friend's car overnight. A '69 Plymouth Fury III. It also had a nice interior. I did take a few photos of it. I'll see it I can find them.
Indeed. While the LTD and Caprice may have been a little more upscale looking on the luxury appointments, I am sure they carried a heavier price tag!

I am a GM fan and love those Caprices and they are very luxurious, but that LTD interior is really something... looks even more luxurious than some Lincolns of that era imo.

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Actually, it's a '66 VIP (there were not Plymouth VIPs in '65) but I know what you mean.
Yeah, this is the only 65 VIP I know of... some sort of prototype...

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Indeed. While the LTD and Caprice may have been a little more upscale looking on the luxury appointments, I am sure they carried a heavier price tag!

I am a GM fan and love those Caprices and they are very luxurious, but that LTD interior is really something... looks even more luxurious than some Lincolns of that era imo.
It is surprising how good those "low-priced" full-sized car looked. Inside and out.

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[Yeah, this is the only 65 VIP I know of... some sort of prototype...
Yes, a prototype/experimental car. Definitely not a production car!
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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In CR's tests of early 70's big Mopars, they got somewhat better gas mileage than the competition from GM and Ford. To illustrate I will show mpg range to be expected in normal driving and then mpg on a 300 mile trip:

72 Impala: 8-17; 13
72 Catalina 8-17; 14
72 Fury 10-19; 15
72 Galaxie 9-17; 14
72 Marquis 7-15; 11
72 LeSabre 7-16; 12
72 Delta 88 7-16; 13
72 Newport 8-18; 13
73 Marquis 7-16; 12
73 Caprice 8-16; 13
73 LTD 8-16; 13
73 Fury 9-18; 14
73 New Yorker 8-16; 13
73 Electra 7-16; 12
73 Impala Wagon 7-15; 11
73 Country Sedan 7-14; 12
73 Fury Cust Suburban 7-16; 13

first of all, do you feel these differences are significant? would you let a difference of 1-2 mpg's in the 300 mile trip or normal range make or break a decision to buy or not buy?
I am sure that most owners of the above mentioned cars treat them as collectibles or projects or a nice car to take out on certain days, and not as a "daily driver", so I don't think gas mileage enters into the purchasing decision
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:33 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I had a 64 Galaxie 500 with a 390 and a 4 speed and it got around 10 MPG but I didn't care because gas was .35 cents a gallon.
Those were the good old days.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I had a 64 Galaxie 500 with a 390 and a 4 speed and it got around 10 MPG but I didn't care because gas was .35 cents a gallon.
Those were the good old days.
My dad had one of those in 1974. It was a 500XL 2dr hardtop. Something happened to the axle (among several other things), he got angry and fed up, took to a junkyard that belonged to a buddy of his, started it and placed a brick on the accelerator pedal (why, I could not tell you)! His friend ran out, took it off before the engine blew up and gave him $50 for it. lol. What a idiot. lol.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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66 Galaxie 4 door 500 sky blue, paint started peeling badly when the car was about 7 or so. naturally, after renting a 72 Fury III and a 73 Gran Sedan on vacations then coming back home to the old Ford was a letdown for me. I tried to goad the folks into getting a 73 Fury but they said we didn't need THAT much space!!!

they sold the Ford to a guy and bought a beautiful 75 Buick Century Regal 4 door beige with brown vinyl roof. Tho the old Ford was a solid quiet riding car, the new Buick made it look like a tin can
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