It often pays to change one’s regular walking routine, and by moving over one block on the way home from the river, we came across this fine assemblage. Four CCs clustered together. Let’s take a closer look.
There’s a Honda Civic tall-boy wagon up there, just like we had in 1984. Wonderful car; so roomy for such a small footprint. This is what young families drove before CUVs.
Behind it is a Geo Metro, which like the Honda, were once so common. No more. And there’s a couple of GMC pickups; the gray one of course on generation newer than the bronze one.
The one in front is a fine example; a 3/4 tonner with eight lug wheels and full-floating rear axle. But I doubt this one still had the V6; Chevy V8 power undoubtedly.
One more shot.
So it looks like the oldest vehicle gets driven the most?
My dad had a couple of squarebody GMCs, a ’73 and a ’79. He bought on price and Fitzpatrick’s GMC beat Shearer Chevrolet both times on identical trucks, as well as comparable Ford and Dodge ones, interestingly given GMC’s current “we’re a Luxury Brand” positioning.
I had a Geo Metro around the turn of the millennium. Gas was flirting with dropping below $1/gal for a while and I could fill the tank from empty, buy a 20oz Coke and get change back from a $10. When the engine made a sewing-machine sound at idle it was time to add a quart of oil (even given the small crankcase this wasn’t enough to set off the low-oil idiot light, and it test-phased so it wasn’t broken).
Mine was that bright non-metallic blue. Every time I see a ’90s car in this one’s satin black I wonder what screaming ’90s color it originally was. Maybe it’s time for this one to have a date with a few gallons of acetone to get down to the factory paint?
Nice find, that loaded GMC 2500 looks to be in great original condition. Wouldn’t mind it sitting in my driveway.
To this day, if I could find an ’86 Honda in mint condition, my wife would be ecstatic!
It counts as a COAL for her.
Hers was silver with optional AWD. 5-speed stick. And amazing amounts of room for stuff.
Sadly, at 150,000 miles or so, major Michigan rust out did it in.