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1979 Chevrolet Malibu, Dad Car
Dad Automobile? 1979 Chevrolet Malibu

I grew up glad and wholesome. And, by that I imply I used to be not disadvantaged of something significant as a toddler. Positive, my dad didn’t pop for a shade TV till 1980, and none of our automobiles ever featured working air con, a lot much less a cassette participant or something approaching efficiency. Whereas this for me was true deprivation, I doubt any court docket of regulation would discover my mother and father responsible of kid abuse.

Whereas my dad loved engaged on his personal automobiles, he by no means actually cared a lot about them. He by no means, for instance, waxed a automobile, and by no means nervous an excessive amount of about driving something sporty or luxurious. This gallery is a tribute to dads like my mine. Sensible and accountable dads who didn’t waste cash on automobiles, or for that matter, first rate TV units. In case your dad was like mine, drop me a observe. The place to go away feedback is down beneath.

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1973 Ford Torino

1973 Ford Torino
1973 Ford Torino

My dad had no objection to coupes, however not often thought of something genuinely sporty. One thing just like the Torino seen right here would have appealed to him, although dad would by no means have popped for the vinyl roof, nor the white-sidewall tires.

Photograph Function: 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport

 

1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S

1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S
1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S

The fantastic thing about the Cutlass S was its enchantment to misers. A superb-looking silhouette and sporty wheels recommend that there’s extra happening right here than there actually is. Be aware that the S, although out there with a tilt steering wheel, and “wealthy French-walnut wood-grained appliqué,” doesn’t come commonplace with a radio, or air con. My dad would have paid further for AM radio. He, nonetheless, had little curiosity in FM.

Basic Automobile Advert: 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

 

1974 Oldsmobile Omega

1974 Oldsmobile Omega
1974 Oldsmobile Omega

The Omega was the poor man’s Oldsmobile. Its mechanically equivalent cousins at Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Buick–the Nova, Ventura, and Apollo respectively–occurred to be the poor man’s fashions from these manufacturers. My father owned a Nova and a Ventura. The Nova, a 1970, featured simply three choices: 307-cubic-inch V8, automated transmission, and AM radio. The black vinyl seats burned the backs of my thighs on many a July day.

NOVA(S): The GM Compacts of 1975

 

1976 Dodge Dodge Aspen

1976 Dodge Dodge Aspen
1976 Dodge Dodge Aspen

My dad didn’t personal an Aspen, or a Plymouth Volaré, the Aspen’s Chrysler Company twin. My did personal a Plymouth Valiant, predecessor to the Volaré, and among the many most rudimentary autos ever bought within the U.S. The 1974 Sedan was at one time white, however a $99 greenback go to to a Chicago Earl Scheib store netted us a yellow automobile with white door jambs. Powered by the legendary Chrysler Slant Six, the Valiant was typically dependable, however arduous to begin in chilly climate. I realized to drive–earlier than my dad knew it–in that Valiant.

Malaise Muscle: 1976-1980 Dodge Aspen R/T and Plymouth Volaré Street Runner

 

1980 Ford Fairmont

1980 Ford Fairmont
1980 Ford Fairmont

The one factor attention-grabbing in regards to the Fairmont was that it was technically doable to wedge a Ford V8 underneath the hood of 1. Although my father by no means owned a Fairmont, it was unlikely he would have ever carried out one thing so conspicuously efficiency oriented as an engine swap. Additionally, my dad did buy a used 1985 Ford LTD, which shared it’s fundamental “Fox Physique” structure with the Fairmont. That automobile was boring, too. It was beige.

Section in Transition: The American Compact Sedans of 1979

 

1979 Chevrolet Malibu

1979 Chevrolet Malibu
1979 Chevrolet Malibu

My dad by no means owned a Malibu, however a buddy’s dad did. His was a single-color coupe powered by Chevy’s gutless 95-horsepower 3.3-liter V6. There was no stepping into bother in that automobile. My buddy was not often handed the keys to the Malibu, as an alternative scoring seat time within the household AMC Gremlin. The Gremlin was sluggish, too.

Chevrolet Malibu Commonplace-Tools Showdown: 1976 vs. 2016

 

1981 Plymouth Reliant

1981 Plymouth Reliant
1981 Plymouth Reliant

The one new automobile my father each bought was a 1984 Pontiac Sunbird. On the time, nonetheless, he additionally thought of a Renault Alliance, and a Chrysler Okay Automobile. The primary Okay Vehicles, which have been extraordinarily standard, have been the Dodge Aries and the Plymouth Reliant. Fortunately for me, dad went with the Sunbird, because the Alliance proved to be a reliability catastrophe, and the Reliant boring as dry pancakes. The Sunbird proved to be a good automobile; it was simple on the gasoline and surprisingly bother free for an Eighties American automobile. Did I point out that the Sunbird didn’t have air con?

What was the Chrysler Volaré?

 

1982 Chevrolet Celeb

1982 Chevrolet Celebrity
1982 Chevrolet Celeb

Dad of a high-school buddy bought a Celeb of about this classic. A lot to the chagrin of my pal, his dad had ordered a base mannequin with the 4-cylinder “Tech4” engine, and never the out there–and really fascinating–2.8-liter V6. Additionally not discovered on his dad’s automobile have been the premium wheel covers or white-sidewall tires seen right here.

Low-cost Wheels: 1991-1994 Chevrolet Lumina Z34

 

1986 Dodge B-350 Maxiwagon

1986 Dodge B-350 Maxiwagon, Dad Cars
1986 Dodge B-350 Maxiwagon

Lengthy earlier than there have been minivans, Plymouth connected the Voyager identify to a mechanical clone of the full-size Dodge van seen right here. Identical buddy who’s dad owned the Malibu additionally owned an old-school Voyager, full with a beefy 360-cubic-inch V8, however not the high-end wood-tone trim seen right here. Although my dad would by no means have thought of a van, the area effectivity of such a rig would enchantment to him.

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