Ford Falcons of the early '60s had vacuum wipers, and American Motors
used them through the late sixties.
The later fifties was a great era for gaudy automobile design. Chrysler
took it a step further with their land yachts that had such quirky
features as big tail fins, a rear view mirror that stuck up from the
dashboard, an odd shaped steering wheel, and push-button transmission
controls. The 57 Plymouth gave a preview of the dual headlight look
with the parking light next to the headlight. It resembled a face with
a black eye.
The best car I ever had was my 69 Firebird 400. It was quieter on the
road then my 99GT, driving position and seat was better, interior was
nicer looking, and steering was actually quicker and more precise
feeling. Handling was worst though. Mileage in normal driving was
not great but I got about 15 mpg on a fast trip and once got 21 mpg
doing a steady 55 mph from phx to LA during the 72 oil crisis. The
99gt is technically a better car and I really like it but it will
never replace the 69 when all categories of "why I like a car" are
added up. And the 69 was still on it's original, unturned front disks
at 125,000 miles. And they were SHOT.
This is still remarkable in it's own right.... This is an article about a
little piece of automotive history... long before we started seeing cars
that look like a half used bar of soap.
Aside from the cross posting, I'm all for little notes like this...
More than your useless cross post. Most of us have owned autos from many of
the manufacturers and are car buffs that enjoy the older models. It was of
interest to many given the number of positive replies.
The cross posting is unfortunate, but I, for one, enjoy this sort of
information, no matter
what the name of the newsgroup
As previously mentioned, most of us are car buffs, not just Ford, or GM, or
I bet they weren't wrapped in that foam stuff I saw around the car.
I'm sure the vehicle won't be drivable or even startable without /
major/ restoration work, but I'd say it's at least a 50/50 chance the
body is in good to great shape.
The real question is, why did they put a case of beer in the trunk?
That's going to be undrinkable now.
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