For the fifth stop of our foray into the Classifieds of Craig, let’s visit someplace a bit different. Instead of ripping the covers away from the backyards of other contributors (and I’ll be doing my own backyard soon enough), let’s mosey to another location related to CC. Nashville was the location of the 2016 CC Meetup and it’s rather ripe with nearly corrosion free pickings.
Case in point in this 1966 Plymouth Fury two-door sedan. While Plymouth built 12,500 copies, you can wager that most were not treated with kid gloves as this Fury I is a fleet grade machine. This Fury being a radio delete car certainly enhances its appeal. Nashville is full of interesting possibilities, but you can’t fall prey to having tunnel vision.
One parallel example of interesting possibilities, having moved into fruitful accomplishment, involves this amazing musical collaboration between Nashville legend Tammy Wynette and a British dance band. The cars in Nashville, much like this song, offer up some opportunities one may not have thought about.
Such as a 1958 Saab on a Ford Bronco frame. If one frees their mind of constraints, there is no end to what can be accomplished.
You just want to make sure the result is something useful and not hokey. The jury is out on this 1976 Pontiac Catalina although this does provide a new dimension to the phrase “sled”.
Then there are the other times automotive creations aren’t fully appreciated until much later. A 1982 Chrysler Cordoba is a prime example of this phenomenon; a great looking car from the wrong company at the wrong time. But they are still there, doing what they were meant to do for their happy owners.
The nice thing about Nashville is the alternatives it provides. If you think a Chrysler is too rich for your blood, or it looks too formal with the chrome grille, you can opt for a 1981 Dodge Mirada. It’s the same car as the Corboba but with a different name and header panel.
Or maybe an Imperial is what floats your boat. This 1981 Imperial sold alongside the Mirada, making a 1981 Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge showroom a rather bipolar place. This Imperial and the Mirada above joined the old school Dodge St. Regis / Plymouth Gran Fury and Dodge Diplomat with the new wave Dodge Omni / Plymouth Horizon and the all new Dodge Aries / Plymouth Reliant.
It would have made for quite an interesting juxtaposition of old and new.
These craigslist ads are a snapshot in time and Nashville currently has a generous number of two-door cars for the taking. We’ve had three rare-birds in a row, so let’s up the ante with this 1990 Buick Reatta. In scouring different CL ads throughout the country, this is only the second one I’ve seen making me wonder if they are dying off or people are keeping them squirreled away for future use.
Undoubtedly the truth lies somewhere in between.
Something that is an undeniable truth is this 1975 Mercury Grand Marquis being a damn fine looking car. All the black paint really makes this girl sparkle and quicken the pulse (well, okay, maybe it’s just mine). There is no denying this car has more presence than the accumulation of the entire 2017 model year production of Camry’s. There is also no denying those aftermarket wheels and wide whites are both an eyesore and a crime against mankind; Ford never put such second-rate crap on a Mercury.
A set of the factory aluminum wheels would help this Mercury proclaim its rightful spot as the crown jewel of the 1975 Ford lineup.
While that Mercury is a bejeweled lady, this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura is a bit more elegant in her demeanor. Perhaps that is the achilles heel with the Futura; I inadvertently skipped past it without really seeing it. Yet something positive must be said for restraint; perhaps the Futura has more the gentle southern demeanor which is a terrific trait of Nashville.
Speaking of, I never have really set the stage for Nashville for those outside the US. While it’s known as the home of country music, Nashville is the state capital of Tennessee and has a population of around 660,000 – quite comparable to Boston, Massachusetts. The Nashville Metro area has just under 2 million people and Nissan North America is the fifth largest employer.
The climate in Nashville is much more temperate than most of the cities we’ve seen so far, with the average low temperature in December and January being barely below freezing and the average high for those same months being 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
This all allows for cars to have little to no rust, and it’s frequently advertised as such, like with this 1966 Ford Fairlane two-door sedan. Being quite original with its straight-six and three-on-the-tree, this Fairlane would make for a great recreational car that wouldn’t drink an inordinate amount of fuel.
Recently, reader 64bler recommended scouring the craigslist in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for AMC products. Doing so revealed some, but surprisingly Nashville has many more. Perhaps it is due to population, but regardless, there are some goodies to be found such as this 1966 Rambler American. While not entirely stock, it still has a six-banger and it would be a fun ride to bomb around the Music City.
For our last car, we must pay tribute to the unofficial car of CC, the car often used as a yardstick with which to compare all others. No, I’m not talking about any Camry or Accord. This particular car has been the frequent source of comments and is a favorite among our esteemed founder, Herr Niedermeyer. May I now show you…
This fantabulous 1971 Ford LTD two-door. Powered by a 429 cubic inch V8 and equipped with power windows, this is simply the ultimate Ford of all time, knocking the 1975 Grand Marquis off her perch. Think of this 1971 LTD as the Queen Bee of all Fords.
Since it would now be impossible for anything better to exist in the Nashville area, stay tuned for our next installment.