Old American luxury car and full size car thread

Discussion in 'American Cars' started by F50Fanatic, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. #1 F50Fanatic, Nov 14, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
    Post pictures, links, comments, videos of big old American land yachts here please. It can be from any decade, as long as it is big and American.

    Always find big old American luxury cars and full size cars quite interesting, especially now that they are an extinct species. They are the biggest, most extravagantly styled, and most silly cars on the road. Their rides are so smooth that they run over potholes and railroad crossings the same way a modern midsize crossover run over bird poop. I know just how smooth the ride is because I got to ride in a few of them back in the 90's.

    To me those big old cars are a source of nostalgia. Back in the 90's there were a lot of domestic barges from the 60's and 70's running around. A lot of them weren't collector's items like they are now, they are still being used as transportations. Either they got really good paint, or the owners really took good care of them, the majority of them I saw were actually in quite good shape, rust free and looked almost like new cars.

    My list of favorite big American cars:
    1937 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood Limousine
    1939 Chrysler Imperial Limousine
    1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Limousine
    1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
    1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
    1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
    1960 Buick Electra Convertible
    1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
    1964 Lincoln Continental Sedan
    1965 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
    1968 Imperial LaBaron Sedan
    1970 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe
    1973 Imperial LaBaron Sedan
    1974 Imperial LaBaron Sedan
    1976 Cadillac Sedan Deville
    1976 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe
    1978 Lincoln Mark V
    1981 Imperial Coupe
    2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept

    I'll start with a video of 1973 Imperial LeBaron, love it in this color:
     
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  2. 1968 Imperial LeBaron Sedan

     
  3. 1971 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe 440 TNT road test
     
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  4. Imperial 1969 dealer video
     
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  5. Well for me , the golden era of luxury full sizes started in 1957 and ran through 1961 for its first period with the nicest examples of cars with the nicest fins such as:
    1957-1961 Imperial Crown Lebaron Southampton
    1957-1961 Chrysler 300 (c to g models)
    1957-1959 Eldorado Biarritz
    1957-1959 Fleetwood
    1958-1960 Buick Electra 225
    Among these cars, the Mopar models were my favorite, their Exner design won several awards, they had bigger hip, shoulder and leg room than their GM and Fomoco counterparts but also far better handling due to torsion quiet ride


    Then the second golden era of luxury full size and newly introduced personal cars started in 1968 and through 1972 for the best years, my favorite models are :
    1968 Mercury Park Lane Brougham with 428ci
    1969-1970 Mercury Marauder X100
    1969-1972 Mercury Grand Marquis Brougham
    1969-1972 Lincoln Town car
    1969-1972 Lincoln Continental MkIII
    1967-1970 Cadillac Eldorado
    1969-1972 Cadillac Fleetwood
    1969-1971 Chrysler New Yorker
    1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
    1969-1970 Chrysler 300 sedan
    1969-1972 Imperial Crown and Lebaron
    Here again my choice goes for Mopar again
     
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  6. #8 F50Fanatic, Feb 1, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2018
    If I remembered correctly the 1957 300C has 390 horsepower, making it the Hellcat of its time. To put into perspective the late 50's Rolls Royces and Bentleys were barely making over 100hp, the 1965 Mercedes 600 had 300hp. And the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, which was an exceptionally powerful car for its time, had 345hp.

    And I love the styling of the 57 300C, especially the hardtop coupe. To me its best looking car ever made by Chrysler. I saw a copper metallic orange one last year, all original, NOT one of those restomods, looked gorgeous from every angle.
     
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