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    We had a 1969 model. It was turquioise with a brown interior. It had the 400 engine, I believe.

    We traded it for a 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout with a 360, which was a rocketship in a much smaller car.

    My dad actually disliked big cars. I'm not too big no them myself, although I think that they had style. Olds was at is peak in the 1968-1970 period. I miss those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    We had a 1969 model. It was turquioise with a brown interior. It had the 400 engine, I believe.

    We traded it for a 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout with a 360, which was a rocketship in a much smaller car.

    My dad actually disliked big cars. I'm not too big no them myself, although I think that they had style. Olds was at is peak in the 1968-1970 period. I miss those days.
    Me also...

    I am casually looking for a "driver" neat old car... ideally a VW Thing but if I found a nice old Boat I'd be very tempted!

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    Eric -

    Get the old boat.

    I can't believe that mid-late 1970s cars are now collectors items. I never thought I'd see the day.

    Times have sure changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    Eric -

    Get the old boat.

    I can't believe that mid-late 1970s cars are now collectors items. I never thought I'd see the day.

    Times have sure changed.
    They have - and generally not for the better. I always smile when I see an old American car from the '70s or '60s... damn they were huge. A mid-70s Nova, for example, is longer and seems bigger than a current E-Class Mercedes and absolutely dwarfs a Camry or Accord....and the Nova was a "compact" in its day...

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    Very true.

    Check out the dimensions and the weight of the 1975-1979 Nova. Almost as big as a Chrysler 300 and lighter than a Nissan Versa\!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrol...2.80.931979.29


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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    Very true.

    Check out the dimensions and the weight of the 1975-1979 Nova. Almost as big as a Chrysler 300 and lighter than a Nissan Versa\!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrol...2.80.931979.29

    There's no way a Versa weighs over 3200 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    Very true.

    Check out the dimensions and the weight of the 1975-1979 Nova. Almost as big as a Chrysler 300 and lighter than a Nissan Versa\!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrol...2.80.931979.29

    There's no way a Versa weighs over 3200 lbs.

    1.8 SL Versa XTronic CVT weighs in at 2758 lbs.

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    Oops. My bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    Oops. My bad.
    The concept holds, though...

    In terms of overall size (length, wheelbase, interior room, etc.) a mid-1970s American "compact" was as large as a typical current-year "full-size" car.

    To get anything like the backseat/trunk room something like a '78 Oldsmobile 98 Regency sedan offered, you'd need to get an extended wheelbase S-Class or BMW 7.... the typical current year mid-size sedan has cramped back seats and a small trunk... at least, by the standards of the 1970s!


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    Re: Old gas hawgs

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    Oops. My bad.
    The concept holds, though...

    In terms of overall size (length, wheelbase, interior room, etc.) a mid-1970s American "compact" was as large as a typical current-year "full-size" car.

    To get anything like the backseat/trunk room something like a '78 Oldsmobile 98 Regency sedan offered, you'd need to get an extended wheelbase S-Class or BMW 7.... the typical current year mid-size sedan has cramped back seats and a small trunk... at least, by the standards of the 1970s!

    Now, compare that '77 Nova to a '55 Bel Air. The '55 was probably shorter. But it was taller, so there was more rear seat room.

    It's not so much that we're down-sized now, as that we were grossly up-sized in the '60s and '70s.

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