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In preparation for the weekend, we’ve one other number of advantageous automotive examples on AutoHunter worthy of your curiosity and a focus (if I could also be so daring). All of them resonate with me for random causes, and maybe you possibly can add your explicit cause why they could or could not resonate with you.

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1960 Buick Electra 225 convertible

1960 Buick Electra 225 convertible
Out of all of GM’s redesigned Mopar-fighters for 1959-60, the Buick has all the time been probably the most polarizing to me. I’ve by no means been too eager on the canted headlights of the ’59 Buick, however I’ve warmed as much as the 1960 as soon as somebody confirmed me the contours that emanate from the headlights and attain the door — a pleasant contact.

1960 buick electra 225, Diego’s Friday AutoHunter Picks, ClassicCars.com Journal
401ci Nailhead V8 

I are likely to have an affinity for the upper trim ranges for Buicks of this period. The Electra 225 was obtainable with bucket seats, which is one thing that I don’t affiliate with luxurious fashions although I believe within the period it was commonplace until sporty buckets-and-console fashions began to take maintain. This 1960 Electra 225 on AutoHunter has the usual vinyl bench, but it surely nonetheless exudes class in ways in which few automobiles might in 1960. Value mentioning is the Mirrormagic instrument panel, which used an adjustable mirror to present you a glare- and reflection-free view of the speedometer. And word the Wildcat 445 decal on the air cleaner, which signified the torque of the 325-horsepower 401 that was customary within the Electra collection.

1960 buick electra 225, Diego’s Friday AutoHunter Picks, ClassicCars.com Journal
1967 Ford Fairlane GT/A

1967 Ford Fairlane GT/A
I can’t say I’ve been a fan of those both. I favor the Cyclone’s styling and, between the 1966-67 Fairlane, I favor facets of the 1966’s styling. Objectively, one of many issues with these automobiles is that the 390 was not a lot competitors for the GTO regardless of the “The best way to cook dinner a Tiger” promoting; one other was that Ford downgraded each the usual engine (390 in 1966, 289 in 1967) and the horsepower score of the 390 (335 in 1966, 320 in 1967).

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Be aware the dash-mounted tach.

Nonetheless, there’s nothing improper with these automobiles in any respect.  If something, Ford was first to supply a superb computerized with guide management, therefore the “A” in GT/A. This Fairlane GT/A on AutoHunter has obtained some mechanical upgrades that embody a 750cfm Holley, upgraded camshaft, headers and three.55 gears. For a Ford man, there’s a lot to love right here.

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1934 Pierce-Arrow 836A sedan

1934 Pierce-Arrow 836A Sedan
I’ve long-known that Buffalo-based Pierce-Arrow was one of many nice automobiles in American historical past, a part of the “Three Ps” (Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless). What I didn’t know was that the corporate launched a cheaper model to take care of the consequences of the Nice Despair, although it was nonetheless considerably costlier than Cadillac’s LaSalle. Generally known as model 836A, it was obtainable as a two-door Membership Brougham and four-door Sedan. Its 135-horsepower V8 was down 5 horses from senior V8 fashions, and the 136-inch wheelbase was down three, although Pierce-Arrow additionally supplied automobiles with V12s and 147-inch wheelbases.

1960 buick electra 225, Diego’s Friday AutoHunter Picks, ClassicCars.com Journal
1934 Pierce-Arrow 836A sedan

After all, most Pierce-Arrows since 1914 will be recognized by the trademark design with headlights fared into the entrance fenders, a glance that wouldn’t be adopted by others till the mid/late-Nineteen Thirties. Paradoxically, the state of New York outlawed this configuration, which is one reason why not all Pierce-Arrows had this distinctive look. Just one,740 Pierce-Arrows have been inbuilt 1934, which wasn’t sufficient to maintain the model after a couple of extra years.

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1977 Pontiac Grand Prix

1977 Pontiac Grand Prix
The Seventies usually don’t arouse lust from automotive fans because of authorities rules and automakers’ inabilities to rise above them, however I really feel Normal Motors was in a position to develop the styling of Malaise-era automobiles fairly properly. Have a look at GM’s full-size automobiles that got here out in 1971 and perhaps you’ll agree that they nonetheless seemed good (higher?) in 1976. Would you say the identical for GM’s Colonnade coupes?

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Gauges are by no means a foul factor!

Whereas the 1973 Grand Prix was a advantageous redesign of the pioneering 1969-72 model, I believe Pontiac deserves credit score for retaining it engaging by way of 1977. That 12 months the collection included Grand Prix, Grand Prix LJ, and Grand Prix SJ. The primary two featured a pitiful 301 V8 customary, whereas the SJ was the fortunate recipient of an ordinary 400 four-barrel. Although not for everybody, this 1977 Berkshire Inexperienced Grand Prix on AutoHunter has the optionally available 350 four-barrel and does a superb job of exhibiting how nicely GM weathered the last decade earlier than issues really turned “company.”

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