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  •  Don't be dissin' Ramblers! (1+ / 0-)
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    They made the early - maybe premature - attempt to sell more compact and efficient and utilitarian cars to Americans - they were the "proto-Outbacks".

    I first drove in a '63 Classic 660 wagon, the locally infamous "Midnight Rambler". You may have seen it, beige and gold, with a half-dozen guys and, apparently, a fog machine inside. Relatively bulletproof and 16 year old-proof, a modest 6 cylinder in the age of V-8 pigs, with roof rack and fold-down "love machine" front seats.

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:04:28 AM PDT

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      But they drove like a tobaggon and looked like a turtle and had a top end of like 55mph back when highway speeds were much higher.  My folks had one (the one I was conceived in, I suspect!) when I was very young.  I remember that it was a hideous powder blue and that rusted into oblivion at 7 or 8 years old, after they sold it to the mailman who lived up the street.

      My folks had crazy taste in cars though. Later on we had a freakin Citroen DS21 station wagon, for example.  Pure WTF.

      On the other hand moms made two Subaru wagons go 300k each and I made a Mazda pickup go 200k on nothing but brakes, tires, and one clutch.

      “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

      by RocketJSquirrel on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:47:09 PM PDT

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