days of N3's youth in the golden age of amrika (if you were middle class or rich white/STEM academic from other parts of world)
Don't know about that - too far ahead, sorry, but my Evil 6th coujin used to have a 1972 Pontiac Catalina 2-door, with a 400cu in (not cc) 8-cyl V-8. Not bought in 1972, but circa 1980. 66,000 miles. After the insurance company had paid off the prior owner's claim (it was 3rd hand for him) as totalled. E6C put on a "new" rusted fender of a different color on the crashed side (spray paint is just not the same as original car paint), ripped out the pieces that had torn into the tire, a carpet-runner piece as the parking light cover, and it was as good as new. Polis came by as this surgery was going on at the university lab, they wanted to know if there were stolen goods in the trunk. (No, it was the govt-owned tools that were taken from the lab w/o permission, but they didn't care or didn't ask
, went away embarrassed at the total innocence of the perps. The guy at the Shop asked to give the roadworthiness certificate (scam in existence then) took one look at the carpet-runner covering the light fixture anc called his boss - but E6C pointed out that this was new technology, shatterproof and all. Better than the original. Got the certificate. First time merging on to the Interstate in horror, foot pressed down, it went from 0 to 75 (mph) before E6C could take a breath of relief and look at the speed gauge and wonder why everyone else was so slow. Curiously, ppl stayed a respectful distance - may have had something to do with the rusted multicolor fender. Cruised another 40,000 miles, mostly highway before the carburettor gave out. Oh what a car! The seats were made for Size 60 musharrafs to lean back and get their bellies under the steering wheel. The engine noise was better than a Harley, esp. after it got warmed up by Interstate driving. Positively purred. Handled like a sports car that it was, on mountain roads, but was smooth as silk on the highway (a wheel base like a ship helps..)
A great American Model Year, 1972. By the early 1980s import cars were junk. (so were most American cars, but not the 1972 Pontiac Catalina). Left turn at a stop light with A/C on, the New American Small Chevrolet (Chevette?) would stall. Ford Pinto would catch fire. Ford Escort literally came to 1mph with pedal to the floor trying to make it up Pike's Peak (14,000 ft) b4 E6C gave up. Audis would go backward if you tried to go forward. VWs usually had their engine compartment open because they needed fixing so often. Datsuns were big enough for cats to travel in comfort. The AMC Gremlin looked cool standing still but that was about it.
DT should bring back the Pontiac Catalina, but even the Pontiac model is kaput I think.