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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – How about a 1974 Imperial Crown Coupe, claimed as only 1 of 57 made…

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Continuing on with theWeekend Edition, and here is an interesting Craigslist Listing… This is an ad for one of the 57 Imperial LeBaron Crown Coupes sold for 1974, a claim that I find dubious at best. While not really willing to take the time to find out if it’s true, this is the last really big Imperials offered beefore these cars became the Chrysler New Yorker the very next year. Collectible or Forgettable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a Rare 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD on Craigslist…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I am going to start out with this gem I found on Craigslist. This is a car that GM decided to produce in the late 80’s to try and compete with Audi and BMW. The STE was introduced for the 1983 model year, and featured a high output V-6 engine, 5-passenger seating as standard, specific alloy wheels, and most of the luxury features offered on the imports. The last 6000 STE was produced for 1989 before the STE nameplate moved to the Grand Prix. So is this last year model desirable?

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GM of the Early 21st Century, and a look back at their “Innovative Products”… Were they innovative or innocuous?

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By now, you are all well aware of the column written by Bob Lutz for Road & Track (online) that appeared on Jalopnik’s Kinja site recently. If not, hit the links I’ve provided and read all about the Aztek, the much maligned model that was actually a great idea executed badly. There was a lot of that going around at GM, and within the article, Mr. Luts eluded that (then GM Chairman) Rick Wagoner decreed that from some point on there was going to be 40% of the new product-line was going to be “innovative”, whatever that really meant. So, besides the Aztek, I am going to speculate what products could have fit within that 40% of innovation, before the bottom fell out of the car business in 2009. This would be new vehicles from the 2002 model year, and the Aztek will take front and center… So what else may qualify? Make the break, and speculate along with me…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a US market 1974 Opel Manta 1900 with less than 24,000 miles…

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Let’s take a look at an original 1974 US Market Open Manta 1900. The Mantas I remember from the time period was in the Luxus trim package, meaning that they all had a higher grade plush interior fabric, AM and FM Radio, some fake wood trim on the dash, and Rallye Wheels instead of hub caps and trim rings. Well, this car has none of that, but is it still desirable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here’s a 1998 Nissan Stagea 260RS Estate… Wait… What?

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Continuing on with the Hooniverse Weekend Edition of Quick Hits, and this was originally a Craigslist Listing I discovered, but it was a little short on images, so I went to the dealership web site to see what this car was all about. The Nissan Stagea is a JDM model that was never offered here in the US. So, does this recent Canadian import make you lust for late model Nissan Estate Cars?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1971 Ford LTD Convertible that is unusually equipped…

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Welcome to the Weekend Edition of the Hooniverse, and I thought I would start out the weekend with something a bit unusual. I know, it’s another Detroit Boat from the 70s that I seem to love so well, so what is so unusual about that (you might be saying to yourself)… Well, according to the listing, this car comes complete with a Marti Report stating that this LTD Convertible is the only one equipped with both Factory Air Conditioning (unusual in itself on a convertible during this time period), and a 3-speed Manual Transmission…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A First Generation Mazda MPV 4WD Van on Craigslist…

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Continuing on with the Weekend Edition, and when was the last time you saw one of these? This is a 1996 Mazda MPV Van wit the 4WD system, in relatively good condition, and with relatively low mileage. The Mazda MPV was rather unique when compared to other Minivans of the era in the fact that it was primarily a Rear Wheel Drive platform, and offered 3 front hinged doors (later models offered 4 doors), which didn’t follow the accepted Minivan Formula at this time. However, do you think this Mazda is more interesting because of the differences, or less so?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1978 Volkswagen B1 Dasher on Craigslist…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I will start out this edition with what is probably a Unicorn when it comes to Volkswagens… This is a 1978 B1 Dasher, and it is one of the later Fuel Injected versions. When was the last time you saw one of these (or even its close cousin, the Audi Fox) in anything approaching acceptable condition? Make the jump and see if your want level rises, or not…

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Weekend Edition – What would you do with this 1976 Mercury Grand Monarch Ghia?

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Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend Edition, and I thought I would start out with this eBay listing of a 1976 Mercury Grand Monarch Ghia Sedan… Wait, what is a Mercury Grand Monarch? Well, these cars were built as a near top of the line model to bridge the gap between the Luxury Imports being offered during this time period, and yet offer all the comfort and plushness expected of the full-sized domestic Ford Models. Make the break, and I will fill you in…

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