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Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Time to vote them out; These are the Obscure Muscle Cars of the 80’s, 90’s and today…

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Welcome to week three of our review of the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, and this time we are looking at the Obscure Muscle Cars that I highlighted and were produced during the 1980’s, 1990’s and the beginning of the 2000’s. We are going to see what vehicles made it into the Garage from the three remaining American Manufacturers, and then I will pose a question at the end of this posting… Which one of these entries should be given the boot (or possibly none at all…). During this time period, there was certainly no lack of performance machinery, just not all of it produced in this country. Remember, as the Obscure Muscle Car Garage motto goes, there won’t be any obvious Muscle Cars like the Challenger, Corvette, or Performance Mustang. However, there were plenty of “Left-of-Center” nominees that were voted into the Garage, but maybe they really don’t belong. So, it is now time for you to consider who to throw out. Ready? GO!

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Classic Captions – The 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. I’m starting to get sick of Winter, so I thought I would brighten things up a bit, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a Chrysler on a Ski Slope, and the participation rate was awful, and I wonder if it because I’m using vintage images… anyway, let’s review last week’s entries. Our runner up comment came from one of our regulars, PotbellyJoe ★★★★★, and it was a little on the weird side: “Shit, it’s your crazy aunt, she must have been following us. Damn, why did I have to buy such a unique vehicle. Get low, get low Susie. We’ll have to ski our way to safety.” See what I mean by weird? But there was one caption that you all liked a bit better…

And the winning comment was from one of our regulars, smalleyxb122, and he tried to remind us of another Chrysler Product: “…and she began to wonder what it would be like if her Chrysler had skis. She approached the people at Chrysler with the idea, and it was dismissed as purely a flight of fancy.

Seven years later, when Chrysler introduced the Sno Runner, she remembered the thought, and brought suit against the automaker. They reached a settlement entitling her to a percentage of the profits.

She thought a share of the profits was fair enough, until she found out that the Sno Runner was sold at a loss, and with each sale, she owed Chrysler two dollars and some change as her share of the negative profits.

Mercifully, the Sno Runner was only sold for 4 years, but legend has it that Nancy still owed Chrysler fourteen dollars at the time of her death in 1986.”
The Chrysler Sno-Runner has been featured here on the Hooniverse Before, and you can read about it here. Thanks for reminding us smalleyxb122 and congratulations on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and once again I dive into the Flickr Account of Alden Jewell. This ad is for the 1957 Plymouth with the guy telling the audience that he is no millionaire, but the Plymouth is his. This was part of the infamous Plymouth Tag Line when these cars were introduced exclaiming “Suddenly, it’s 1960!” One thing I have noticed with this particular ad image is that if you take the car away, it really doesn’t look dated. Yes, I think this particular advertisement was perfect for the period, and I really think it was a great way to sell a relatively mundane sedan… So, would you have ever thought of a more appropriate tag line? (You can see the full ad here)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption, and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very appropriate image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Minty Fresh 1976 Pontiac Ventura Coupe with only 120 Miles on the Odometer!

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Well, look at what we have here… This is a time capsule that perfectly displays the state of the Car Companies during the depths of the Malaise Era. This is a 1975 Pontiac Ventura Coupe that has only covered 120 miles in its entire life… And it also shows how cars during this time period were optioned. Make the break, and discover this very unusual Pontiac for yourself…

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Publicity Photo of the Weekend – The New for 1977 Buick Opel (by Isuzu)

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Ah the 70’s, such a weird time for automakers. They were trying to sell cars anyway they could while dealing with Government Mandates on Fuel Economy, Emission Controls, and Federal Bumper Regulations. On top of all this, the US Dollar was losing value to the ever stronger German Currency, and the US Core Inflation Rate was hovering around 6% (which was down from only a few years before, as high as 11% for 1974).

So, what does General Motors do to combat both the lack of an affordable small car in their Buick Dealers, and take advantage of a venerable nameplate that has at least some built in equity? They introduce a hand-me-down small Japanese built car, slap an Opel name to the sides, and push in onto an unsuspecting public in 1975. This was the Opel by Isuzu, and it was only available as a two-door coupe for the first two years it was offered in the states. 1977 brought the only addition to the line in this sedate looking 4-door sedan.

So, do you remember these cars (I do, as I owned one from 1976 to 1981)…

Weekend Edition – A 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe V-8 with only 17,500 miles on eBay…

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Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with this… It os a 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe with the V-8 under the hood. The seller claims that this car only covered around 17,500 miles… Oh God, why is this car calling my name? It is the poster child for all that was wrong during this time period… Chevrolet Vega Chassis, Cramped and underpowered V-8, Velour Upholstery, Vinyl Top with Opera Windows, painted in earth tones… I’m sorry, but you will have to excuse me for a few moments…

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Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Time to vote them out; These are the Obscure Muscle Cars of the 60’s…

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Welcome to week two of our review of the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, and this time we are looking at the Obscure Muscle Cars that were produced during the height of the Muscle Car Era, the 1960’s. We are going to see what vehicles made it into the Garage from five American Car Manufacturers, and then I will pose a question at the end of this posting… Which one of these entries should be given the boot (or possibly none at all…). The 1960’s produced a wide variety of North American Built vehicles, including two totally brand new size classifications that included Compacts (Originally built to compete with the ever growing Imports), and Intermediates (Smaller than the Full Sized Cars, but bigger than the Compacts). Remember, this is the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, so there are no Pontiac G-T-O’s, Ford Fairlane 500’s, Oldsmobile 4-4-2’s, or Plymouth Road Runners. However, there were plenty of “Left-of-Center” nominees that were voted into the Garage, like the Big Mercury Marauder, the Small Studebaker Super-Lark, and the intermediate Rambler Marlin… So, it is now time for you to consider who to throw out. Ready? GO!

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Wagon Wednesday – This is probably the Finest 1965 Chevy Corvair Greenbriar Van Ever…

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It has been a while since I have writted a proper Wagon Wednesday Feature, and the Snowpocolypse that the Northeast recently experienced has given me enough time to show all of you what is probably the nicest Corvair Forward Control Greenbriar Wagons in the country. You all know my fascination with Corvairs, and the fact that my family once owned a Greenbriar Wagon ties everything together. This is an especially rare 1965 8-door model, one of the more unusual variants. The auction has ended without reaching the reserve, but so what… This is an unusual thing of wonder. Tell me you wouldn’t like to own it…

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eBay Insanity – Here is a 1970 Chrysler Newport Convertible, with a 3-Speed Manual, Armstrong Steering, and Bench Press Brakes…

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So we are in the middle of the Blizzard of 2015 here in the Northeast, and you know where my thoughts are… on Summer of course, and so I thought I would share this very unusual Chrysler Newport Convertible with all of you, which is my way of getting past the snowpocalypse currently swirling around me… See if you agree with me that this particular Chrysler is unusually optioned, even for a car that was born in 1970…

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Classic Captions – The 1961 Chrysler Newport 4-Door Hardtop Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. New England is about to get a major Blizzard, and I thought I would celebrate this occasion with a Winter Scene, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a Breezeway Mercury with the retractable window, and the participation rate was less than stellar… I swear, the images I think are going to pop seem to just fizzle… so let’s review last week’s entries. Our runner up comment came from one of our regulars, P161911, and it was a different take on why you might open up the back window… “Taco night is much better now with the new Mercury Breezeway.” That was one of the funniest comments all year P161911, but there was one caption that our readers liked a little bit better…

And the winning comment was from a relative new-comer to these parts, 1977chevytruck, and he tied in smoke to something British… “A window to let smoke out? You would think the British would have though of that first. Alas, the cause of the smoke would probably prevent the window from working anyway…” Ah yes, the old reliability of British Electrics… Not very Topical, but very funny none the less, so congratulations 1977chevytruck on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I can’t seem to find ot where I found this image in the first place, though you can purchase the advertisement here. This is a Winter Scene featuring the 1961 Chrysler Newport 4-Door Hardtop, and I thought it was appropriate for the Blizzard of 2015 we are experiencing here in the Northeast right now… This ad is very retro in its feel as far as winter sports goes, with none of the nylon and other man-made fabrics on the models that seems to be a staple of every ski resort across the country. Yes, I think this particular advertisement was perfect for the period, and I really think it was a great way to sell a relatively mundane sedan… So, how would you have arranged the shoot to look even more appropriate?

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (Lucy’s ski lesson… Day One), and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very appropriate image.

Photo Credit: Vintage Adventurers

Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Time to vote them out; These are the Obscure Muscle Cars of the 50’s…

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The Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage has been an interesting series of postings that I introduced here in April of 2013. It was my intent to expand your notion of what a Muscle Car could be, and to zero in on the more Obscure Ones you may have never known about. When this series was introduced, I always kept the option of voting in or out any of the entries profiled. Well, it is now time to make room in the Garage, and for the next six weeks, I will be providing a review of all the inductees, and sorting them by period or classification. This week, we go back and review all the cars and trucks that were profiled and built during the 1950’s, and were also voted into the Obscure Muscle Car Garage by you, our faithful readers. After this quick review, there will be a poll asking which inductee should be voted out (or maybe not…), and by the time we review all the Garage Members, we will have one final vote to see if we lose any members. Ready? Let’s begin…

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