Another shot posted by Dean Edwards
1970 Cadillac. It looks a bit like a 1977 at first glance. Someone took the time to futz with the rear wheel well to make it look like an open skirtless design.
What a 1970 normally looks like….
I mistook it for a ’77 too (those taillights) but then noticed the rear window angle was too sloped
You’re thinking 1978, which were similar to 1970. The 1977 tail lights were similar to the 1969 Caddy.
Those wheelcovers are partly to blame.
That would be 1970 Coupe De Ville. The door handles are located away from the “fender flare-up”. The Coupe De Ville has thicker C-pillar with vertical side window opening and sloping rear window.
1969 had the taillights with integrated reverse lights. 1970 moved the reverse lights to the bumpers.
Of course, the rear wheel skirts were removed, and wheel openings were trimmed with chrome stripes.
Maybe they could send a Probe to look down the hole once the Caddy has been pulled out of it
Maybe they are just getting ready to put some sawdust in the differential.
This is the former location of ‘Land Mercury Sales’ at 194 Talbot Street East, Leamington, Ontario. There is now a strip mall at this spot. You can confirm the co-ordinates by the small apartment building in the background. Former owner ‘Kurt Gossen’ passed away in 1997.
The adage “Time never sleeps“ I was told growing up encapsulated within a photo.
I guess this is the frugal Canadian version of the Amarillo sculpture. Excess in moderation.
The Cadillac Ranchette.
Nice sleuthing! And time-wise, I’ll hazard a guess of 1993, though it’s strictly vibe-based. That, and a first-gen Probe on a used-car lot was more likely with the introduction of the 2nd generation in ’93.
I was wondering that too. I think the white Ford F150 on the right side may be the newest vehicle on the lot? Though I can’t tell for sure if the two-tone F150 on the other side of the sign is the same generation or if it’s the previous generation.
I.ll take the yellow Monte Carlo, I hope it has a console…
No Consolation prize for you! It is a Canadian poverty spec model, so 350, A/C, and split bench.
Gossen was a real character. He used to sponsor a Burn-out contest, where people could bring their car and spin the tires on a wettened surface. Trouble was that it was in town, and I think that the township or insurance folks took a dim view of the proceedings. This shot was circa 1991 at his used car location.
Nice variety of stock. Including the late 80s Lincoln Town Car, with the fabric carriage roof. A two tone early 80s Seville, and the aero Cougar and Thunderbird. A couple of GM B-body wagons. Even a Chrysler Dynasty hiding in the back. Dodge Dynasty in the US.
“Ran when entombed.”
A poor mans version of the XJ6 gateposts a guy has here.
No one listens to me, but Grandma can’t drive anymore!
It’s a real “down to earth” deal.
Wow, wonder what caused the sinkhole. That photo sure takes me back to 1990s and early 2000s Newfield, NY. Blobby 1970s cars, angular 1980s cars, and curvy 1990s cars all in the same parking lot. Got even more bizarre when the late 1990s Cougar, Taurus, and Voyager showed up.
Me too, as much as I feel I was cursed with being born too late, being a kid in the 90s-00s and seeing the evolution of 70s to 90s car design showcased so casually in any given parking lot left a lasting, if not unrealistic, impression of how different and individual cars could be. I used to get the biggest endorphin rush when I saw round headlights on a car like that Monte Carlo!
That could well be my friend’s Monte in the background. Swivel buckets and console. He put some money into it (to his wife’s annoyance) and I think it ran mid 13’s at Cayuga drag strip. I thought that car looked ridiculous going down the track.
I have pondered and fantasized that if not for the insurance premiums, oil embargo, switch to unleaded gas and other conspiring circumstances hadn’t taken place to obsolete the segment, that PLCs would have become revered high performance machines in all their neoclassical glory.
Looks like the Fremont Troll bit off more than he handle with that poor caddy. He was finally captured and frozen in Seattle while trying to munch a VW Bug!
“You have some dirt in your carburetor. Once we get that cleaned out it should run just fine.”
Evidently, this Plymouth met the same fate some years earlier, prompting the National Enquirer to launch an investigation about aliens landing and burying front ends of cars in the middle of the night.
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