Continuing with our Ads’ posts after a week’s pause.
This one will be a bit short because I saw no point uploading Ads you’ve seen before in previous issues- but I promise to make it up with a host of articles and road tests throughout the reminder of the week.
Yet another Le Car ad…
That’s it. Stay tuned- more to follow.
Fun-But demanding. I know her.
The 626 2-door hardtops of this generation were such attractive cars…
cool, thanks for the walk, remember poring over RnT back then, first car i bought was 82 civic, have a 82 SD now 🙂 both great cars
The classifieds are extra good here. I can’t decide what is more noteworthy – the 78 LTD “Police Interceptor” with its luxurious interior and ultra-powerful 351?
The 69 Charger Daytona with 3900 miles that has been “completely restored”?
The 2 year old 78 Buick Riviera 75th Anniversary edition “collector’s item” offered for a mere $19K?
And, of course, the ever-present 1980 Indy Pace Car Corvette, of which approximately 87% of production was immediately sealed in plastic and stored in garages from coast to coast.
The ’67 GTO for $3500 is rather interesting, as is the four-speed 428 powered ’69 Grand Prix.
The 130 mph tires on that 351 powered LTD is the ultimate in optimism – or overkill.
This has me wondering, could this possibly have been the only 78 Ford LTD ever advertised in Road & Track’s classifieds?
The local PD had 351 powered Custom 500s in ’75 that could barely crack 85.
I wonder what a “non-visible roll bar” is?
I think you can aim higher – the Dino or Speedster for example! The 300 SL hasn’t a price, but I’m guessing around $30k. Where did I park my wayback machine?
KJ in Oz
I had to laugh at the ad for the Hondamatic (2 speed) 400 motorcycle. As fast as a Porsche (0-60) 924. Which had a time of 12.5 seconds 0-60. The 924’s 110 MPH top speed was probably faster than the Honda, though.
*Your highway mileage will probably be lower. Unusually honest disclaimer about Le Car. I guess Renault didn’t want to let anyone down. I remain fascinated by these things, did R&D ever do a road test on them? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one on the road, I suspect Canadian climates weren’t kind to them.
Actually, it looks like all the car ads say something similar. Must have been required.
The window sticker on new cars show the EPA number, but the small print under states that actual results will vary. My CTS is rated at 21, but my actual average is found here(link).
Yeah, but there’s a difference between “your mileage may vary” and “you will probably get less mileage”.
Even at 80 MPH I seem to exceed the highway rating.
I have seen the “you will get less mileage” statement on quite a few ads from this era, reflecting the unrealistic EPA test of the time.
My buddy had a 1980 LeCar….Wonderful ride…great sunroof…a huge canvas one that folded back and very comfortable seats…slow as molasses . Can’t remember whether the wheels were 12″ or 13″ but do remember they were 3 bolt…..Residing in Buffalo it began rusting in 1 year…He traded it in on a Mazda GLC sedan…
I’d still go for the Civic or Tercel over it, honest disclaimer or not.
Just went back to read more of the classifieds. The car to grab that was a total bargain back then? The ’75 Cosworth Vega for $4800!!!!
The peach colored W126…Mercedes had some weird colors back then, especially in the European market.
And I for one miss it. Shades of silver, white and black define Mercedes today, and quite frankly Mercedes no longer has the engineering prowess to justify such an understated pallet either.
Would be fun to call a number on the classifieds section – “Still got that Dino 246 for 19K???” lol
Of all the great (and not-so-great) cars in the ads and classifieds above, I’m somehow drawn in by that Fiat Brava. Haven’t seen one in forever, but I always liked the simple, understated, “honest”, straightforward styling of those. It just somehow speaks to me.