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    This old Pontiac followed me home

    Actually I bought it.......My Wife thinks I should start a car lot called "Old ugly cars nobody wants" lol. I grew up around cars from the 80's, and these cars just aint around anymore....at least not in this condition. It's an 1985, very base model, gravely 2.5 iron duke, no a/c, no cruise...nothing! It only has just over 50,000 miles on the clock and spent most of it's life in a garage, it runs like new yet. Not much love out there for A cars, but driving it does bring back memories, I had a loaded 85 when I met my Wife in 1996!


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    Re: This old Pontiac followed me home

    This is an interesting conundrum.

    An extremely good example of a car which was very popular in it's day, but now has about zero collector interest. The few people interested in 1980s A-bodies would want a more optioned-up car. Nothing you could do to it with aftermarket parts would really increase it's interest.

    Maybe you feel like you're obligated to "adopt" this thing? Perhaps you could stick it into a barn for another 20 years and perhaps someone would care. (probably not.)

    Or you could just drive it into the ground and be Stripper Pontiac 6000 Guy.

    Just don't get into a collision because compared to modern cars, these are death traps.

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    Wow, GM at its vanilla best, circa 1980s.

    Congrats on your find, lightly-used older cars are IMO always a good find.

    Some day this car may be worth today's equivalent of 100K. There are many pretty ordinary cars from the 40s, 50s, and 60s that today are worth ungodly amounts. Nobody in their right mind would have thought that when the cars were young.

    Indulge your hobby. But as vcs2600 says, I'd keep the car for old car festivals etc. I wouldn't want old construction as my DD. I still remember the video of the 1959 Chevy crashing head-on into a 2009 Malibu. The fitty-niner folded up like a house of cards.



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    Re: This old Pontiac followed me home

    How much did you pay?

    How did you find it ?

    The no A/c is a tough throw back to a bygone era though'. Thanks for sharing .

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    Shouldn't be impossible to add AC. That's the only modernization I would do. Drive it until the wheels fall off!




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    Now you need an '86 Grand Am!
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    Great find!

    While I am certainly one to drool over true classics and muscle cars, I've professionally bought and sold more than 100 over the years, it's these rather mundane, plain-jane, almost invisible cars that actually get my attention. Gently used "everyman's" cars are relatively rare. Why? Because they were bought for basic commuting, for the most part, and were almost never babied like many luxury or performance cars are.

    "Base" 6000's were rare back in '85. There may be a single digit amount left in this condition. The fact that it triggers memories for you makes the find that much better!

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    Nice find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quixote88 View Post
    Great find!

    While I am certainly one to drool over true classics and muscle cars, I've professionally bought and sold more than 100 over the years, it's these rather mundane, plain-jane, almost invisible cars that actually get my attention. Gently used "everyman's" cars are relatively rare. Why? Because they were bought for basic commuting, for the most part, and were almost never babied like many luxury or performance cars are.

    "Base" 6000's were rare back in '85. There may be a single digit amount left in this condition. The fact that it triggers memories for you makes the find that much better!


    My thoughts mirror yours. I attend many collector car auctions and always seem to gravitate towards these everyday cars, if there should even be any around. I've noticed cars from the early to mid 80's are becoming extinct, X-bodys, K cars, A cars, all that FWD junk has all gone to the crusher. Yes...nobody really cares for this stuff, and it's value will likely never be anymore than the few hundred I paid out for it, I kinda like driving that nondescript 80's family car.

    This car was bound to be junked as well. The original family owners had no use for it, basically sat in a garage. It had an antifreeze leak which was the last straw for them. I put a $50 water pump it in (took 15 min to install btw) and she's ready to roll. One thing I noticed is how small this car feels/Is, this was considered a midsize back in the day, parked beside a 2010 Malibu this car looks more like a sub compact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corwaa View Post
    This car was bound to be junked as well. The original family owners had no use for it, basically sat in a garage. It had an antifreeze leak which was the last straw for them. I put a $50 water pump it in (took 15 min to install btw) and she's ready to roll. One thing I noticed is how small this car feels/Is, this was considered a midsize back in the day, parked beside a 2010 Malibu this car looks more like a sub compact.
    Good story. That antifreeze leak is similar to so many other stories I've heard over the years as to why a car was eventually junked. Enjoy your new ride (Even if the wife doesn't understand it!)!

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    Nice find, had a 86 Celebrity wagon that I ordered new, 2.8 MPFI, Gage's instead of idiot lights, needed it with 4 kids. Car ended up going 245,000 miles, original transmission, and engine, never overhauled, it was the energizer bunny on wheels. Boys ended up using it in HS and would throw all their street hockey gear in, and the net on top, to go play street hockey. Ended up being known as the Battle Wagon by them and there friends. Ended up selling it to a guy at work for his son. It would not die.
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    Some of those Celebrity's especially just wouldn't die no matter what. Bulletproof, nearly, but definitely not rustproof. Growing up in Upstate NY I saw more Celebrity's get junked because they rusted out and couldn't be fixed anymore. People loved those cars as winter rats especially.

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    Now you need to find an AWD STE to park beside it
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