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mgdriver67 Silver Member Stephen Farrell
Pensacola, FL, USA   USA
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About 1975 I bought a 70ish Opel SW with 4speed and AC at a used car dealer in Mobile. I already had a 73 Fiat 124 Spyder. My wife drove it to Altus Ok for my new job. It was like a cheaper BMW wagon. Not near the body quality but some of the same German feel.
It was about $700 I think. We drove it for a few months and traded for a Volvo 145 with twin SU carbs with automatic and AC which she drove to Leesville La for a job transfer. It was less than $2000 don’t remember but in 76 we traded for a new Olds Omega which was a real pos. It came with such a thin coat of silver paint you could see the red primer under it on parts of the right front fender. Many years later I found the Volvo in an old barn stored with a 72 Chevy Big Block 402 C10 truck. The Volvo body and interior were still in great condition but guy couldn’t get anyone to tune those carbs. I passed on buying it back but bought the pick up. I rebuilt it’s big block and it was a great truck. It was my first of three 72 Chevy pick ups.

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29desoto Gold Member Wayne Sanders
Outside Otis, OR - in the woods!, USA   USA
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In 1975, fresh back from the Southeast, I wouldn't have driven a station wagon on a bet.

You kidding me? Totally uncool. 62 Sprite and 66 Impala SS were my rides.



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"I don't care to belong to any club that accepts people like me"-joined Willamette Valley Club in 2011

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Gerald O Gerald O'Docharty
Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB
In reply to # 3831550 by 29desoto In 1975, fresh back from the Southeast, I wouldn't have driven a station wagon on a bet.

You kidding me? Totally uncool. 62 Sprite and 66 Impala SS were my rides.

Driving a station wagon in the '70s would have been like being seen driving a minivan today.

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dclsmgc David Lukens
Newberg, OR, USA   USA
1968 MG MGC
Picked up a 68 Mercury wagon for 75 bucks with a 429 in it in 1979, Have bought a lot of different cars over the years for not very much put some $$$ into them and drive em till they drop. Couple of the more recent ones are a 97 Jag XJ6L for 200 and a 92 Saab 900 for 250 all run just not very well when I get them. Usually takes about twice what I pay to fix em up into decent cars.
Dave

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spikemichael Platinum Member Michael Caputo
Ocean Shores, WA, USA   USA
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Dad had a '68 1/2 Nomad Wagon, sat 8 with rear facing third seat. Shoulder belts were new that year, mandatory in '69. Has a 307. By '75 my brother had it and Dad was driving the 72 Catalina 400. Brother sold the Nomad for $500 after swapping in a 350 small block and moving the shift from 3 on the tree to Muncie 4 on the floor. Was a respectable wagon then, could pull the front wheels without chirping.
He destroyed a set of Cragars at the drag strip in Epping NH. I remember he came home that weekend on 2 junkyard tires with a single Cragar spoke in his hand.

In '79 I bought a '66 BelAire construction wagon (283? with a 2-speed auto) for $100, In 1981 a '71 Matador Wagon with a 305 (the one car I would buy again without hesitation) for $500, had the plastic on the back seat still. Did that again with a '69 Vista Cruiser in 1993 for $500, Came around the corner to look at it and thought "Holy smokes that's coming home with me before they realize they forgot a 0 in the price!" 45,000 orig miles and everything worked nothing was broken or cracked even the switch handles, always garaged, sweeeeeet car. 455 cid... still it got 15 on the highway and MOVED. a little boggy in the corners but gobs of power. Drove it from San Diego to Massachusetts with 5 kids. Had a blast. Parked in front of my brother's house on July 7 1994 and went in for lunch, a tree fell on it, crushed it.



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