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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Steve Ouimette, Aug 3, 2017.
I had 2 1963 Dodge Dart rag tops. They werent pretty, but still cool in all its fugliness.
My first car was a '65 Dart. Almost the same exact story.
My mother recently sold her XB.
I loved driving that car when I visited her. Now that it's gone, I may not visit anymore.
How our opinions change over time. There was a time when I wouldn't have walked across the street for bathtub Porsche.
Now I'd kill for one.
I want to "LIKE" this a thousand times!!!!! Back in the sixties, I would actually (but rarely) see one of these on the street. Even the name "Avanti" conjured up images of European sophistication and romance. As I understand, though, they were dogs....sluggish and unreliable. Damn sure looked good, though....
Actually the Kuebelwagen came first. Then the amphibian Schwimmwagen. They also made a armored car version.
There was an AMX for sale near my house; for years it sat with the for sale sign on it and I'd think, "hmmm..." Then one day it was gone never to return. Same story for a Plymouth Satellite next door to my office. But it's for the best. I probably would have lost my Driver's License in the first year of owning it (like when I got my old Ninja 900).
When I was much younger, and thought I might fit in one of those, my wife and I went and looked at a nearly new one advertised in the paper at Jim Burke Ford here in California. I was GOING to test drive it, only to find that while Mrs. TD jumped right into the passenger (going whew oh goody) seat, I simply would not fit in the drivers side. I wondered why the guy had traded it in on a FORD of all things, but I think I figured out why he did, he could actually drive the Ford. I hate it when a long time goal runs head on into practicality!
Ugly? Or cool as all get out? You decide.
I've actually had 2 XB's. Currently I have a "newer" 2012 model and my wife kept my '05 original black box. It's a tin can for sure but it had an odd charm to it, plus the best visibiity in any car. Ever. The newer model is a bit more refined but feels cheesy in a bad way compared to the good cheese of the original. My wife is in love with it but knows one day it will need to be replaced. Most likely with a Mini.
A couple movies I've seen (e.g., "Waynes World") tried to make the Pacer sort of ironic-cool. My feelings about them are colored by having to deal with all the problems my wife and sister had with theirs, back in the day.
What's with the inward pointing rear wheels. It looks.... damaged.
These cars have got a proper "face". When I was a small child I used to car spot (hey there was NOTHING else to do on long trips) so I used to notice cars with "faces".
My first car was the predecessor of the B210 - the 1200. The fastback version was not too different looking than the fastback B210. I had the sedan in the same color as in this ad:
Sorry, that doesn't count. Can't be Jolie Laide. How could not be pure beauty?
It certainly wears it's ugliness on its sleeve...
You made me have to look up "Jolie Laide".