Posts Tagged ‘gmc’

Not-So-Fun Size – 1977 GMC Jimmy Casa Grande

June 18, 2014

The 1970s brought out more creative solutions to the triple punch of emissions, fuel economy, and safety laws that were getting in the way of automakers’ good time. Marketers could no longer wantonly talk about horsepower when most V8s struggled to surpass 200hp (thanks also to the change to net horsepower measurement), so they had to come up with clever ways to move their metal. Things like “sports” packages that consisted of little more than a spoiler and some vinyl stripes were commonplace, but GM (yes, bad, old, non-innovative GM) took it one step further, adding a camper top to their Jimmy two-door SUV. And so you have a camper that seats 4, sleeps 2, has a stove and sink, and unlike other campers, allows you to go where only 4-wheel-drive vehicles can. Check out this 1977 GMC Jimmy Casa Grande for sale for $3500 in Anaheim, CA.

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Rusty But Trusty on the Street – Two Alfas, Dodge, and a GMC

March 31, 2014

Nothing deoxidizes the rusty cockles of one’s heart like seeing an older car running around on the street, particularly one that was not too common when new, and even rarer now. So it was quite a surprise seeing this well-known (to SF Bay Area Alfa nuts) 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina parked on a side street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, gathering dust. Of course, anything near a busy street tends to gather dust, and while this car is a project from outside appearances, the previous owner had done extensive work on the engine, transmission and suspension before moving out of the area. Hopefully, this car is still being used as intended – the last owner posted on online forums about flying through freeway on-ramps, so it must be in better mechanical shape.

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RustyButTrusty On The Street – Tough Americans and Boxy Germans

October 20, 2013

There must have been a movie or TV series from the 1970s that cemented certain cars in your mind. The Plymouth Fury with the fuselage body is such a car – something about these, particularly when they’re rough around the edges, looks absolutely menacing. For an example, take a look at this Fury coupe parked on the streets of Oakland, CA. Silver is not always a color you’d associate with a scary car, but wouldn’t you be more afraid if one of these was silently pursuing you, as opposed to a modern, shiny black SUV that’s all the rage with the cool kids?

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