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Car Riddle

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by onlynameleft, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Huntsman

    Huntsman Well-Known Member

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    Sorry if my post seemed negative. I happen to love vintage cars, and have owned a couple early 70's muscle cars over the years. Realistically, there is really no car I've heard of that's 20 years or older that you can depend on for daily use--with the possible exception of a 20-year-old Honda or Toyota. Other things to consider-- Most older cars do not handle bad weather well. At best, they'll leak. At worst, you'll find the handling pretty tough on rainy or snowy roads. When you have a cool car, there's always the question of where to park it. The older cars do not have rubber bumpers, so an old car can be easily damaged parallel parking. If you park in a questionable neighborhood, there's always the fear someone will steal the wheel covers or trim. What about air-conditioning? Many vintage cars don't even have it. I have plenty of stories from my friends and family about trying to make an old car a daily driver. A vintage car is a fun luxury.
    This is simply not true. A '70s Mercedes can make the trek from SF to LA. Even a well-maintained Alfa Romeo can do that not to mention Porsches and the like. Perhaps a '70s 6.9? [​IMG]
     
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    What kind of mileage would a 6.9 do? Just wondering...
     
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    What kind of mileage would a 6.9 do? Just wondering...

    Ideally something like 10-12.
     
  5. jkw

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    That's not as bad as I thought
     
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    This is simply not true. A '70s Mercedes can make the trek from SF to LA. Even a well-maintained Alfa Romeo can do that not to mention Porsches and the like.
    Sure, older cars can make occasional long trips. I just would not want to depend on them as daily drivers with several long trips a year as the OP wanted. When cars are as old as the OP considered (1968-1983) surprises can happen any time. I drove my '71 Olds Cutlass Supreme from Atlanta to Michigan. The car was great on the long trip. Later, the car almost killed me, 'cause the brakes failed suddenly. (it had a single well system) A woman I know owns an early 80's 190 E 2.3-16. She drove it every day 1.5 miles to her work until about a year ago when the motor blew. Even though she and her husband are wealthy, they cannot find a new motor for the car, so the car's on blocks. That car BTW was practically undrivable on even the lightest snow--she swerved out of control while driving about 20 mph and had an accident. Her insurance company cancelled her after paying for the damages incurred in a very minor fender bender. My brother drove his 1972 Pontiac convertible to visit me (2000 mi round trip). Halfway though the journey, the car started blowing smoke. By the time he got it home, the motor had to be rebuilt. Fortunately, he could do it himself. Naturally, there is a huge difference between a car from the early 80's and a car from the 1960's. The 60's and early 70's cars are much simpler, and they come from a time when people drove less. I don't think they are designed to compete in modern traffic day after day, and deliver the comfort and reliability that we are accustomed to in 2008. Huntsman's Jaguar (which BTW is a beautiful car) is from 1986. To me that's not that old. I'm sure with TLC it makes a great daily driver. Does anyone here actually have a car made between 1968 and 1983 that is driven 20 miles a day, every day, with occasional long trips that gives great fuel economy and reliablity? I'd be especially interested to hear about it if that car was made in the 60's or 70's.
     
  7. freshcutgrass

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    An interesting consideration would be a Triumph 2000 MkII


    Here's a nice unrestored 1973

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    [​IMG]
     
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    Does anyone here actually have a car made between 1968 and 1983 that is driven 20 miles a day, every day, with occasional long trips that gives great fuel economy and reliablity? I'd be especially interested to hear about it if that car was made in the 60's or 70's.

    I used to have a 1969 Mercedes 280SEL, which ran very well. I also frequently see people driving those '70s Mercedes diesels.

    As well, I drive a 380SL on a daily basis, which is a V8--it gets about 17-18 MPG.
     
  9. JayJay

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    I used to have a 1969 Mercedes 280SEL, which ran very well. I also frequently see people driving those '70s Mercedes diesels.

    As well, I drive a 380SL on a daily basis, which is a V8--it gets about 17-18 MPG.

    Very close friends of mine have a 1978 450SL. They don't necessarily drive it daily; however, they routinely drive it very long distances. I recall last year they drove it from Indiana on separate trips to Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and Minnesota. The car provides phenomenal performance and gives them very little trouble.
     
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    if you're willing to try a 2dr coupe...a 70's datsun 240z would be freakin sweet http://www.conceptcarz.com/view/phot...40Z_Photo.aspx
    Well, if he's willing to consider two doors, then it opens up a whole world of motoring pleasure. My particular pick would be a late 1960s Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 with the optional racing head on the motor. If you find one without rust (!) they are typically very reliable (in my experience), run well, drive beautifully, look great and sound even better. Or, of course, an early 1970s Porsche 911 - but at least the Alfa has a back seat that can accommodate humans.
     

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