I wasn’t commenting on the Cadillac. In short I feel as if, while it’s not out of my ability to get one legally, I’m not ready for such a car.
Like a tiny 1980s Toyota. Not bad but certainly not something I’d personally pine for, then again I just prefer what’s more local to me. I am however (speaking of smaller cars) interested in a 2000 Honda Insight:
The appeal is its fuel efficiency. Small engine, manual transmission and hypermilers love it and some even put a boat-tail modification on it for higher efficiency. Oh and it has an aluminum body too though that may be a year-specific feature.
I’ve never driven one of either, they don’t look bad though. They reminds me of the AMC Pacer (1970s):
Yes, the car that was in “A Goofy Movie” and “Wayne’s World”. Aesthetically I like it yet it was poorly made; sub-par A/C and the engine was a last-minute decision once they couldn’t get rotary engines for them and they only got 18 MPG which for their size is not that great; larger cars from a few years later and maybe even its own time period can beat that easily. I like the idea of modifying one though, they do have rack and pinion steering which I’ve never experienced before.
Volkswagen Kharmenn-Ghia, correct? I may have spelled that wrong.
Respectfully speaking, most of what I see there is Rad Racer. Not saying it’s bad but personally speaking I’m not sure what the appeal is except the fast acceleration reputation.
Pre-emission cars may have been stinky yet I’ve been hearing some were a lot better on fuel than you may think e.g. 15 City/20-24 HWY. Not speaking for that 1958 Imperial I saw on Jay Leno’s Garage or a 1958-60 Ford Edsel but maybe a 1950 Oldsmobile. I have no first-hand experience with this though. First-year catalytic converter cars showed a decrease in performance and MPG. Yeah, they’re still inefficient compared to cars today but pre-1974 they were better. I know someone who has a 1963 Plymouth Fury III with the 426 Wedge engine, I’m reading it gets something in the neighborhood of 373/385 H.P. or 413/421 H.P depending on if it has a dual 4-barrel carburetor or not.
Oh and speaking of this I’m reminded that someone swapped a newer engine into a Ford Edsel and routinely gets around 20 MPG instead of 10 - as long as he still owns it, that is; he swapped it maybe 8 years ago by now.
I haven’t ever been offroading. I wonder what it might be like if I ever fix up that 1941 Dodge Truck which I may or may not inherit in wake of Grandpap’s death. The truck needs nearly everything looked at except the frame; it hasn’t been on a road for over 40 years.