Sometimes we look through an old photo album and find a picture of a person or place and we will be waxing nostalgically about that memory. For us car dudes and car dudettes there are other things that may be hiding in old photo albums: Old CARS!!
Pictures of cars or motorcycles we use to own. Of course we always say:
“I wish I kept that one” but you know you would not own any of the other cars that followed if you did, and what fun would that be?
This latest photo album dive started with me finding this car behind a house. This looks to be a 1974 with the Federally MANDATED huge A$$ park benches as a sad excuse for bumpers. Other than that: We dig it. Love the color…or what’s left of it.
This prompted us to take a look back in my brother’s album from 1981. That does not sound too long ago but these are 33 year old pictures. Ronald Regan became president, Muhammad Ali retires, Lady Diana marries some dude named Charles and the 52 Iran hostages was released.
This is a 1972 model. This is the first year for flush door handles. We would probably not opt for the pop-up sunroof today but at the time it was all the rage. We like those super rare optional Volvo wheels. The we sold black but just like the valve cover on this car they got polished. Jan Wilsgaard designed a concept car called P358 and that design would be used for the 164 design.
Did you know that they did not have mobile phones back then??!! How did they survive?
I mean, people were not able to instantly post a picture of their meal on the great big web, how did they manage get thru life?? …and what about the people that did not get the benefit of seeing that meal, how did they cope?? Just saying…those were hard times!
Swedish Butt: The earlier 164 cars had the smaller 140 style tail lights but the big”164″ on the rear facia made sure everyone knew you were traveling in style and comfort.
A stylish car from every angle. Speaking of waxing…my brother is still talking about that super smooth six cylinder with amazing low end torque. This car was equipped with 4 speed overdrive and you could hit second gear very quickly and enjoy the 6 cylinder power.
Vintage tin is still sitting around for someone to save them from the crusher. I don’t know where these cars are today or if they still are around but that’s not the point.
Go out on a car or truck safari sometime.
Here is some inspiration:
How about a super rare Russian Skoda convertible? Stock or custom, it could be cool.
The interior could clean up very well. A turbo charged 4 cyl with a five speed? You would be the ONLY one at the car show!
Since we are looking at furrin’ material…here is a 1962? Volvo with the old style grille. Could make for a nice car if fixed up. Still being driven at this point.
More Swedish iron. This 1967 wagon is a desirable car for vintage Volvo enthusiasts.
This flat black Falcon was being used as a daily driver. I can think of worse cars. I think some shiny paint and it will be someone’s cruiser.
1970 Monte Carlo as seen outside a tire shop. It is fun to see nice iron being used as daily drivers as opposed to the standard econo boxes. This car is sporting the worlds longest hood. Cool design. The Monte Carlo was actually built on the Chevelle cowl. That actually opens up some possibilities: The Chevelle was available as a convertible. Imagine a Monte convertible. Someone needs to do this. Just saying!
Econolines anyone? These have some cool lines and deserves to be rescued. In these early 60’s vans you can still see the Edsel DNA in the head light surrounds.
Do yourself a favor…find a vintage car, truck or motor cycle and fix it up to your liking and then DRIVE IT !
…waiting for you to get busy restoring them. There was a time in my life when I had “spare time”.
Spare Time is something that is available after you have managed to do everything you need and should do. That includes all honey-do’s, yard care, house maintenance and restoring or rebuilding ALL your current projects…Then…and only then will spare time magically appear.
Armed with spare time you can now restore more cars…like these:
CA black plated ’65 or ’66 Cadillac 2 door hard top makes for a great ride.
190 Benz or 280 sedan, take your pick. One of the few cars that retains that famous Mercedes thunk when closing a door even on a well worn example. Love it. How about an LS powertrain in that sedan but all stock on the outside? Works for me…
1959 Lincoln with parts car. If you feel like blocking out six feet of quarter panels or spending $2,000.00 in material alone this is the car for you.
How about a Triumph? Bottom line: No lack of projects out there to fill your spare time!