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  •  Oh the memories (3+ / 0-)

    I was 18, pregnant, newly married and our 'car' was a sixty something Corvair. It leaked oil like a sieve and we had to make frequent stops at gas stations to buy 'used' sludge oil to fill it up and keep it going. At least gas was 35 cents a gallon.. our next car was a Rambler ;)

    •  Lol again (4+ / 0-)

      I believe I was conceived in a Rambler 440 American.  Another true shitbox, man American cars have come a long way.

      My first car was a Dodge Charger, 1972, 318 small block.  Went 140 in a straight line.  But god forbid you ever had to corner at speed.

      Although have to say my Mazda 3 Speed smokes anything American in its price range. And it's faster, safer, and better handling with far better mileage than anything I've ever owned (and I've owned a few pieces of American muscle).

      Cars are one thing that's definitely gotten better since the 1960s.

      By the way,the genius behind the Rambler was George Romney, Mitt's dad.

      “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

      by RocketJSquirrel on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:44:37 PM PDT

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      •  Don't be dissin' Ramblers! (1+ / 0-)
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        They made the early - maybe premature - attempt to sell more compact and efficient and utilitarian cars to Americans - they were the "proto-Outbacks".

        I first drove in a '63 Classic 660 wagon, the locally infamous "Midnight Rambler". You may have seen it, beige and gold, with a half-dozen guys and, apparently, a fog machine inside. Relatively bulletproof and 16 year old-proof, a modest 6 cylinder in the age of V-8 pigs, with roof rack and fold-down "love machine" front seats.

        I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

        by labradog on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:04:28 AM PDT

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        •  All true (0+ / 0-)

          But they drove like a tobaggon and looked like a turtle and had a top end of like 55mph back when highway speeds were much higher.  My folks had one (the one I was conceived in, I suspect!) when I was very young.  I remember that it was a hideous powder blue and that rusted into oblivion at 7 or 8 years old, after they sold it to the mailman who lived up the street.

          My folks had crazy taste in cars though. Later on we had a freakin Citroen DS21 station wagon, for example.  Pure WTF.

          On the other hand moms made two Subaru wagons go 300k each and I made a Mazda pickup go 200k on nothing but brakes, tires, and one clutch.

          “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

          by RocketJSquirrel on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:47:09 PM PDT

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