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View Poll Results: Which early 70s mid-line make car do you prefer?
Buick Electra 225 Limited 8 42.11%
Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency 5 26.32%
Pontiac Grand Ville Custom 2 10.53%
Mercury Marquis Brougham 6 31.58%
Chrysler New Yorker Brougham 3 15.79%
Dodge Monaco Brougham 2 10.53%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-28-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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6 also had bad gas mileage in 73. 10-18 range in normal driving, only 14 or 15 on a 300 mile trip. by contrast a Valiant 6 was 12-23, 18 on a trip; Duster 13-27, 23 on a trip

Omega 350 V8 with a 4 bbl carb was 9-17; 11 on a trip. That's worse than a New Yorker from the same year!!

I think something was wrong with GM cars in 73, pitiful mileage, esp the smaller cars

probably emissions controls
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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Went with the Chrysler. Absurd size, a lumbering beast of an automobile. Of all the cars here, the Chrysler and maybe the Buick are the only ones I still see crawl out of garages at estate sales. Can't say I've seen a running example of the others in at least a decade.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Went with the Chrysler. Absurd size, a lumbering beast of an automobile. Of all the cars here, the Chrysler and maybe the Buick are the only ones I still see crawl out of garages at estate sales. Can't say I've seen a running example of the others in at least a decade.

I know - you see alot of the Buick and Chryslers coming out of garages like you say. I guess my car is an exception. I have a 1973 Grand Ville like the one in the ad... it came out of grandmas garage when I inherited it in 2003.

This was taken in January a couple of years ago...

and right after I got it in 2003... this was taken on January 1, 2003. You may notice that I did change out the original hubcaps for the deluxe ones that were offered that year.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:47 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I miss these old boats. Solid and you could sit on the hood and the trunk without putting a dent in the metal. Oh yeah these beasts were cast-iron lol!~
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I miss these old boats. Solid and you could sit on the hood and the trunk without putting a dent in the metal. Oh yeah these beasts were cast-iron lol!~
That's another thing I've noticed when comparing late model cars to those big cars from the 70s. The sheet metal was a lot thicker along with the glass windows. Even the components like brake drums and brake rotors where overly heavy - a good thing in my opinion. They just seemed more solid of a car.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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That's another thing I've noticed when comparing late model cars to those big cars from the 70s. The sheet metal was a lot thicker along with the glass windows. Even the components like brake drums and brake rotors where overly heavy - a good thing in my opinion. They just seemed more solid of a car.
Even the glass is thicker on classic cars! I compared the glass on my '76 Cad and '95 Lincoln. The glass is noticeably thicker on the '76 Cad. I'm talking about the front and rear door window glass.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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Very nice on the Pontiac, very nice indeed.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I miss these old boats. Solid and you could sit on the hood and the trunk without putting a dent in the metal. Oh yeah these beasts were cast-iron lol!~
Yeah, I can lay on the hood of my Pontiac in the picture above at night and look up at the stars without caving in the hood and I am not that light either. Remember the movie "License to Drive" where the two kids are dancing on the hood of the 72' Cadillac?

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That's another thing I've noticed when comparing late model cars to those big cars from the 70s. The sheet metal was a lot thicker along with the glass windows. Even the components like brake drums and brake rotors where overly heavy - a good thing in my opinion. They just seemed more solid of a car.
Oh yes, the brake rotors and drums on my cars are huge... especially the 72 Caprice wagon with the towing package. The brake drums are as big around as the actual wheels.

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Even the glass is thicker on classic cars! I compared the glass on my '76 Cad and '95 Lincoln. The glass is noticeably thicker on the '76 Cad. I'm talking about the front and rear door window glass.
Yeah, I never thought of it before, but yeah you are right- the door glass is thicker indeed.

I have noticed that late 50s-early 60s cars have even thicker window glass.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:18 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Yeah, I can lay on the hood of my Pontiac in the picture above at night and look up at the stars without caving in the hood and I am not that light either. Remember the movie "License to Drive" where the two kids are dancing on the hood of the 72' Cadillac?



Oh yes, the brake rotors and drums on my cars are huge... especially the 72 Caprice wagon with the towing package. The brake drums are as big around as the actual wheels.



Yeah, I never thought of it before, but yeah you are right- the door glass is thicker indeed.

I have noticed that late 50s-early 60s cars have even thicker window glass.
Yup, that was a classic scene in license to drive!

*High Five*
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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Default My car

I have a 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis LS and I'll take this car over all your overpriced, cramped little foreign cars, and also over the awful new Cadillacs and Lincolns out now. My how those 2 brands have gone downhill, in my opinion. Stop with the 3-letter names and the bucket seats....please.
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