CC Outtake: What’s Scratching and Eating This Seville?

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Sorry; this is not going to by my opus on this generation Seville; that will have to await another day (will it be a Deadly Sin to make it four for four?) You’ll have to wait a bit longer. But this particular example did catch my eye, and not just because of the aftermarket “padded” vinyl roof. Something has been attacking this car; I guess whatever it is, it really doesn’t like it.

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Deep scratches on the hood, right above where the Northstar V8 sits. Is it an animal, or did someone vent their anger at an expensive repair bill when a head gasket let loose?

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And it’s not limited to the hood. These don’t all look like normal wear damage to me. Well, if there’s something to hate on with this car, the engine and vinyl top are certainly the best places to start.

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Did the driver get tired of looking at that piece of tacked-on padding, and give the covering a yank one day?

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Or is it racoons, or cats, a bear, or…just me?

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Looks like a box cutter was employed here. Maybe a big flap of fabric was trailing in the slip stream.

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Strange little round pock marks…this Seville is a crime scene mystery on wheels. Love those “gold” snaps, or whatever they’re supposed to be. More mystery.

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Yes, this generation Seville was a pretty good looking car; finally a worthy successor to the gen1 Seville, which was also a pretty good looking car, in the American idiom. Chuck Jordan finally acknowledged that the influence of the Mercedes W126 and W124 could no longer be ignored, but didn’t ape them either. But something’s clearly eating (or hating) on this one.

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Related Deadly Sin reading:  Seville Gen1   Seville Gen2  Seville Gen 3