We kept a 1969 Chrysler from 1976 when my wife and I dated to a few years back. It was photographed for a series of collectible car publications and still shows up in coffee table books from time to time. Here's one from the set. I was eating a sandwich behind the photographer when this shot was taken.
A gloriously huge and heavy car that handled like a dream, it would also get out of its own way. Equipped with the 440 V8, "TNT" option rated at 375 hp, the engine was claimed to be conservatively rated. It would scat off the line or at highway speeds when the secondaries on the Carter AVS 4-barrel were opened up. Couldn't pass too many gas stations with that engine and a 5200 lb. curb weight.
An informal photo taken at a roadside park when the boys were young.
My 1964 Chevy C10 stepside longbed named "Charlotte". She's far from done but I gave up my second favorite car (2003 Subaru WRX named "Buttercup") to make her my daily driver in non-motorcycle weather. I can't be in this truck enough.
My two favorites happen to be my first car and my last used car.
First: 1967 Olds Cutlass ragtop, back in the day when one could pick up a good condition 10/11 year old rag top for about 400 bucks.
Convinced me of the fact that a man should own a drop top car at least once in his life(ended up with 3 in my mis-spent youth),unfortunately she didn't survive my high school years as me and some buds out tooling about on a dark country road( that these days ain't all that dark or country) topped a hill to have my headlights reflect off a chrome bumper.
Some local teens had wanted to go check out the "haunted house" off that road but didn't want to get his nice brand new 78 Monte Carlo muddy by parking it on the muddy shoulder so instead parked it in the middle of the east bound lane just passed the crest of a hill with no lights.
Second: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the 400 High Output,a buddy of mine sold it to me in 1985 for 1,500 and since he was a friend he threw in a repaint back to showroom new since the drivers side window had been broken and he'd gotten a bone yard deal on two electric window doors so she was repainted to all black once more but with the 79/80 (more gothic and cooler looking) graphic package.
That was one serious bad a$$ car and if anything you had to work hard at not lighting up the tires and when you stood on her,well hold on tight cuz you were slammed back in the seat.
Traded her in on my first new car in 1988 and thought that would be the last I'd ever see of her, fast forward 20 or so years,a company that specializes in all thing Firebird/Trans Am called Year One announces a deal with Burt Reynolds to produce Burt's Bandits, a classic 77 TA body but with modern engine and suspension and Year One is scouring the country for Firebirds and TA's in sad shape to become Bandits.
I'm sitting at a light in my work truck when a flat bed with a Year One graphic pulls up to the light next to me with a black 77 TA on the back,one of the side windows is busted and she's looking pretty sad but something's just a little odd and then I notice the 79/80 graphics and the little thought is could it be my old ride?
I inched the truck forward to try to get a look down inside to see if I could spot any verifiable personal mods,fortunately the sad condition of interior included the center console's lid had been torn off to reveal the two toggle switches we'd Macguyvered in for the after the fact power windows.
So a happy ending for my beloved TA.
1966 Mustang tudor coupe and my latest being the 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L
My favorite car was a 95 Ford Ranger I bought from my Uncle when I left for college. It was a sad day for me when I let it go I am convinced that for a single person it is probably the most useful car you can buy.
Dream car would have to be 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with the 428 Cobra Jet and a 4 speed. Such a shame I don't have the funds, but I still have the dreams..
Oh, this Twinkie thing, it ain't over yet. -Tallahassee
I've had lot's of vehicles since my first one in 1965. I'm a bit of an enthusiast and have had '67 Camaro Coupe RS, 327 V8, 4 speed Muncie. 1962 Volvo PV 544s with B 18S engine...twin carbs, 4 speed.
'67 Matchless 750cc Scrambler, '78 Yamaha SR 500...both motorcycles.
A lot of other vehicles, but my all time favourite....97 Chevy Astro van. RWD, HD suspension...comfortable...could tow 5500 lbs of trailer...1800 lb. payload and that 4300cc V6 was very torquey and durable. Very practical and useful.
As you say it was RWD and it was more truck than all the FWD minivans we checked out.
I don't usually miss vehicles that much...but this one I certainly do. If GM brought out an Astro replacement...RWD, etc....I would be first in line.