How’s this for a CC trifecta? For some reason, the 1968 song by Dion was the first thing that popped into my head.
Hat tip to whatnext2010, who posted this trio to the Cohort. Nice job!
Decisions, decisions. I don’t like the grille on 66 Cudas, and the mid-70s Caddy is too new. None of these cars in my dream garage, bit the picture is a nice catch.
As a fellow Mopar Man, I am stunned! The ’66, to me, always had a much more modern face, so to say. The Formula S did mess that up with the stripe, however..
Sorry, I think the 66 Barracuda grille is too flat and plain. I prefer the 65, but I really like the 67-69 front. The center of those reminds me of the center point of a drill bit.
All 3 are crap, pan to the left for 2 much more interesting choices.
Are you channeling Bryce now? 🙂 And the proper terminology here for that is “rubbish”.
Please excuse my French. That old pickup certainly doesn’t look to be rubbish and would handle all my yard rubbish quite well.
Quite right. Rubbish, crap and shitbox are the general terms here for vehicles you dislike. Shitbox often used for vans or trucks, hence the box connection.
They have in common that they often refer to vehicles built on the other side of an ocean,
any ocean will do.
When they were new, I though those ’78 Chevelles (or were they only Malibus by then?) had beautiful clean styling compared to the last of the Colonnades, but now it just looks classic. And by classic, I mean old (sorry to steal your line, Click and Clack!).
Malibu only, the Chevelle name was canned when they downsized them.
That is a very lucky shot.
Finally! No “Big Truck” article!
This week’s truck obsessions has been an entertaining as the blow out of my Firestone Steel 500 radial tire was.
Where have you been all week? We’ve had cars on every day. On Monday we had the Scirocco Mk1; on Tuesday the Saab 9000; on Wednesday the Chevy Turbo Sprint; on Thursday we had three car posts: Scirocco Mk2, Cutlas convertible, and a bunch of Show Car classics; on Friday we had the Fiat 124 coupes and Junk Yard cars……
Your negativity is about as entertaining as a blow out 🙂
I’m wondering as to how you caught all 3?
Doesn’t look like a car show.
There is also the 70s era Ford pickup on the far left. Likely a get together.
They were coralled for the TV show Once Upon a Time, but I don’t know how such an eclectic mix fits into the show? Interestingly sometime later I got an even more interesting cohort shot at a garage in the same area, which was a totally random grouping.
Those early Barracudas are a rare sight at UK shows compared to the E body.Very nice,a shame they are so overlooked
Take the caddy’s power plant & put it into the Malibu, that would make real interesting.
Blasphemy…but better than the above comment.
There must be a classic only parking bay, good catch.
Surprised to hear as much negative stuff about these. All served their intended well.
Malibu: While an A body, really a decent replacement for the Nova as well. More space efficient then either the Chevelle or Nova. I had good experience with these and the coupe was a perfect replacement for somebody getting out of an older Impala coupe.
Barracuda: Cool now, but dated and showing too much of its compact roots in its day.
Cadillac: A wallowing pig to some. But if you and your wife wanted to take another couple from Omaha to Lincoln to catch a Huskers game, this was THE car. Smooth, quiet, spacious seats, powerful AC. There is a certain fun factor wheeling one of these hardtops around that makes up for the 2% of the trip where the ponderous handling would have been a pain. Besides, having the power steering cranked to full whine while having everyone in the car help guide backing out of some impossible space was a subtle form of bragging.
I always appreciate your balanced views Dave. I agree with your good assessments. Given it’s 10-12 MPG, I’d say the hardest case would be for the Caddy. But as a second ‘fun’ car, it has a lot of merit.
People seem to really like those box-Malibus as street machines; simply stick an LS-Something under the hood. They’re light and simple. This example even has the nice Chevy Rally wheels on it. The only problem is the tan color.
Early ‘Cudas are appealing in a weird way, but I like the second generation much better, maybe even better than the E-body variants.
+1 I thought I was the only fan of 67/69 Barracudas.Another rare sight at shows compared to E bodies and Mustangs and Camaros.My brother had a 69 fastback til he lost his storage space
Gem, I’m with you on ’67-’69 Barracudas, as well as ’55-’56 Chryslers. You have Mopar “perfect pitch” in my humble opinion. 🙂
You guys can have those little micro cars, I’ll take that sweet 75 SDV.
Reminds me of my dads except his was Jennifer (aka SKY) blue. About a week after he got it, the dealer gave him a loaner in this color (is it jasper green)?
Too bad the quality of these things was so dismal, because I’ve always had a soft spot for these faux luxo- barges.
Loving that Cadillac and nothing else!
Jennifer blue was one of the most beautiful Cadillac colors from the 70’s in my eyes. I think it was offered in 1975 and 1977. Not sure why they skipped 1976. It was a beautiful creamy French blue, no metallic. You don’t see many cream colors today, just metallic colors. Too bad.
Not only that, it appears it was only offered by ANY manufacturer in those two years (1975 and 1977).
From what I can determine from looking at cross-references, it is catalogued for all six of GM’s U.S. divisions in 1975, but became a Cadillac exclusive color when it was reprised in 1977.
There was a Dunbarton Green too, that was like creamy mint color, it looks good on an Eldorado convertible.
I also happen to like the crazy 1974 metallic green Persian Lime Mist.
My grandfather not only had a Jennifer Blue Cadillac from that era (which I believe I remember riding in before he traded it for a Grand Marquis in one of my earliest car memories), but in keeping with the times, he also had a blazer of similar hue,which he at times wore with red plaid pants and white hush puppy loafers. Because that’s what you did if you were a 70-something retiree going to play golf in Hobe Sound c. 1980.
Coming up next on Skinemax After Dark: “Jennifer Blue”…
I always found it odd that they skipped a year. Perhaps customer complaints of some kind from 1975 applications? I had a neighbor whose father picked up a two year old 1975 Sedan De Ville back in 1977 when I was a kid here in Westchester County, NY. I loved the car overall, but I found the color to be especially beautiful. At the time, my father had a 1975 Oldsmobile 98 LS in Sandstone, another cream color. Nice car, but that Cadillac was in another class. And I remember riding in that Cadillac, noticeably smoother and quieter than my father’s 98 which also had a beautiful ride. But the Cadillac was like a tomb inside. I mean that in a good way of course.
Some of these comments are a little outta character for a CC post. Did Bring a Trailer go down for a bit with some commentators seeking refuge here? 😉 I want a 76 caddy bad, but only the talisman, Only problem is when a good one comes up idon’t have the money or space and when i have the money and space the only ones around look as though they’ve been used as artifical reefs.
Yeah, I’ve been on the scope for a Fleetwood Brougham too, I would love a Talisman, but I would take a nice d’Elegance, hell, even regular leather interior one if it was a good deal, clean and loaded. I’ve seen some with rust holes so big you could drop a Chihuahua in them.
There was a really nice Apollo Yellow 74 Talisman that was on ebay about 6 years ago that I was close to pulling the trigger on, it even had a sunroof. Arrgghh. I was already out of space and I would have had no where to store it, and you really can’t let one sit outside, it would be a crime.
If you go Fleetwood you lose the coolness of the 4 door hardtop though. There’s a sweet blue Talisman for sale on Ebay right now.
Oh that Malibu. Not my choice of color, but always a pleasure to drive, especially with a larger engine. Mine had 150k on it when I got it and it made the trip from northern VA to Nashville just fine. That’s also the car that sold the quickest out of any I’ve ever owned. Even with the transmission shot.
That is a very interesting shot. I’m torn between the DeVille and the Barracuda. The Brougham side of my personality goes for the DeVille, and the practical side goes for the Barracuda. The ’66 is not my favorite year, but that looks to be in nice condition and is a nice color, so I wouldn’t pass it up if it came my way. A Slant 6 with a 4 speed would make a nice package. I never cared for that generation of Malibu. I’d much rather have one of it’s corporate cousins.
About the Abraham, Martin, and John connection, one part doesn’t fit. All three of those models have been killed off, but the Malibu was resurrected and lives on.
Gimme that Cuda! Beautiful example! Although I don’t normally like GM anything, those Malibu coupes do speak my language. Whats not to like about a clean and tidy 2-door that just begs for some Cragars and a little souping up?
I gotta side with MoparRocker74 on this one. Barracuda all the way. The Malibu is a bit plain for me, and as for the Cadillac, well I would rather not own something that you can sit in and watch vinyl cracking.
If there had been a Fairmont and a 70s Lincoln on either side of the Barracuda, there might have been something to think about here.
Kidding aside, that is a very cool shot. As a period shot, though, the Barracuda would have been a worn-out beater along side of two late model GM cars. Someone needs to start collecting beaters of all ages to supply to Hollywood for movies.
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