Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Your Mother Let You Out Wearing That?

I mean really...this is just bad.
This is the front cover, fairly reasonable, even if the hat's a bit cheesy.

Here's another Mathis album--they are both dated 1972. I am not sure which came first...guess I could google that :). This one is much more sartorially reasonable, although still representative of the era.

Why, he is almost handsome here!
It appears that the upper one is first, then the lower one. Just wondering.

Monday, November 14, 2011

1987 Plymouth Sundance

I swore after 1975-76 driver's education that I would never drive a Chrysler product because the Fury that we had was broken all the time. It was a challenge to get ones hours in sometimes due to the frequency of the car's mechanical problems. My family drove VWs and Saabs and Ford four wheel drives for winter.
My first car after the family hand me down was a 1982 Ford Escort. It wasn't a bad little car, pretty reliable and fun to drive. I found it squirrelly in the winter--the back end felt like it wanted to come around when driving on snow packed roads. So when it came time for a new car, I was willing to look at other cars.
I saw the ads for the Dodge Shadow on TV and thought it was a cool looking car and so went to the local dealer. I was so ignorant of the ways of Chrysler that I stopped at the Plymouth dealership not knowing the difference. There I test drove a 1987 Sundance, with two doors and the turbo. It was great, felt more stable than the Ford. I took it, thank you very much. Price: $6500 after trade. Since then I have owned two more Chrysler products. It handled well, the turbo made it plenty peppy, the transmission was strong, it was pretty reliable. I did blow the turbo after my long cross country drive to move to Kansas City but it was under warranty and Bud Brown Chrysler (RIP) fixed me right up.
A good car that I wish I could have managed to keep.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

8 Tracks

A local thrift store had a good supply of 8 Track tapes the other day. This is just a sample of what was available. Other artists available were Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Ted Nugent, Kansas, and the sound track "Nadia's Theme."

The irony of the CDs in the background is not lost on me.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Record Club

I don't know if record clubs still exist--I just can't imagine in this day and age that they have survived. They were still operating in the early 1990s, I do remember. It wasn't too bad a deal as long as you dealt with the picking of the selection. Otherwise you ended up with stuff you didn't want and paid too much for it to boot. It is fun to look at the featured artists here--who we still remember and who is lost in the groove-yard of time.

I am not sure when this is from--since cassettes and 8 tracks are offered I would guess late 1970s or early 1980s.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Station Wagon

I have to say that when I see a wagon like this one today I start thinking of it as a collectors item...

The Name Is Nissan

Just love the old cars in this ad, which is trying to convince the consumer that the name of the company is the only thing that is changing.

Question: Is there a "classic car hobby" in Japan?