From a bygone era when Detroit still made real cars.
There is probably enough steel just in that nose to build an entire Smart Car.
I have owned a few of those old beasts in my day and I can honestly say they were awesome road cars.
I had a couple of early 70’s Ford LTD’s and they were so comfortable to ride in on long trips that it was like sitting in your favorite chair at home, going 80 miles an hour all day long like it was nothing.
The faster you went the smoother they rode.
I’m sure you remember. Cars from the 60’s, 70’s and even the early 80’s.
Station wagons entire families and all of their luggage could ride in across the country in relative comfort.
Curb weights measured in tonnage and gas mileage wasn’t a concern.
They weren’t rolling entertainment centers and a guy like me, with a set of basic tools in a tool box there was plenty of room for, could fix the damn thing himself on the side of the road for minor things.
Now days you are wasting your time even opening the hood.
Compare those old Road Kings to the aluminum and plastic soap bubbles they have the audacity to call cars these days.
People these days have absolutely no idea just how much road noise they have to put up with every time they get in one of these newfangled Econoboxes compared to the cars of the 70’s.
Beside the claustrophobic feeling of being jammed into a refrigerator with a windshield every time I have to ride in one of them, the very first thing I notice is all the road noise that goes right through the whole car from the tires on them.
Sure, they get double or even triple the fuel mileage but I am at that point in my life that comfort is more important than distance traveled per nickel.
That is one of the reasons I keep that old Caballero.
This is just a picture I snagged off the internet,
Compare the body size and style to that station wagon up above and what do you see?
They are exactly the same vehicle minus a bunch of glass and sheet metal in the back.
Even at 37 years old, the damn thing still gets 20 miles to the gallon and runs like a top, even if it does need a bunch of work done to it now.
No car payment and no road noise. On smooth roads I can hear the clock on the dashboard ticking.
The only things I wished it had is cruise control and heat seeking missiles.