Originally Posted by Ghost
I had a three in the tree in my '68 Ford Custom (4-door sedan, not pick-em-up). Brother had one in his '6? GM 3/4 ton truck. It wasn't that long ago when three in the tree was quite common. I remember when the three speed automatic was huge racing advantage over the more traditional two-speed automatic.
I know you're "Ghost", but "not that long ago" for those who can't pass through walls isn't considered 40 years ago. I doubt there was a three on the tree made after 1974 and that's probably in a pickup.
Maybe someone who knows could fill us in.
Fair to Middlin - An automatic on the column is not a three on the tree.
Here's one and at least there's snow on the ground to keep it relevant. 1973 pickup.
This is how they drive on the prairie, can't see out the windshield.
Quote: about the Bmw 2002 tii
Originally Posted by Rossi Smash
Tog...these are still a blast to drive! The balance, feel, responsiveness, 2,200lbs of joy.......the numbers mean little, it's all about the drive
I would agree.
The point is that no one on this thread would go near a new car with only 138 hp at nearly 6k rpm. 0-60mph in 10seconds as performance?? That's laughed at.
They would not buy it. You probably wouldn't even buy it for your spouse, considering it "underpowered" and thus dangerous.
We are way skewed where power numbers are concerned. Cars have far more power than in the muscle car era, and they can handle and stop, which those could not.
As for the looks dept., well were not always so good these days.
It is probably easier to find a car with 300hp than one that gets 30mpg around town.
We are totally spoiled in the performance dept.
If we were willing to accept 0-60mph in 10secs as a performance car, then a merely decent, above average car would be more like 40+ mpg in the city.
Originally Posted by segbrown
When I was in college, I drove all the way from Littleton to Golden, up Mt Vernon Canyon, in my (manual) Subaru without touching the steering wheel with my hands. Another time I wrote a letter longhand to a friend. What would life be without a few little challenges??
Thank goodness you're alive!
It's not a challenge, it's a distraction.
And no putting on of makeup while you're driving either!.....