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    Aside from Cadillacs?

    Aside from Cadillacs, in all their guises, is their another carmaker that has consistantly produced cars that you just had to have?

    In thinking about what I have owned and what I wish I had owned, the products of certain carmakers keep recurring on the list. This isn't to say the some brands haven't had one or two attractive models. BMW 2002s and '80s 6 series coupes come to mind. But I am really thinking have consistantly produced one after another of truly desirable cars.

    Two makers immediately spring to my mind. Jaguar and Alfa Romeo. While Jaguar definitely petered out in the 1970's, their post WW II models were really something unique. Starting with the XK120 and the Mark VII sedans in the late forties and early fifties and continuing on with the E-type and Mark II 3.8 & 4.2 litre sedans in the sixties and finally the original and absolutely brilliant XJ6 sedan. All exceptioanlly beautiful cars that set performance standards for others to follow. That isn't to say these cars didn't have there faults, but when it came to setting new standards for beautiful design, excellent handling (for their day) and exciting performance the Jaguar cars produced under the Sir William Lyons supervision were outstanding.

    Unfortunately in the 1970's, after Sir William retired from the scene and Leyland took control, and on to the present Jaguars became just a rehash of former designs which lost some of the purity of design to regulatory requirements and over embellishment. Unfortunately this decline, which may be scene as other car makers catching up with and superceding Jaguar's strong points, while Jag languished.

    The other company that, in my mind, has consistantly produced great cars that combined great performance and style would be Alfa Romeo. From the Giulias and Duettos of the '60s to the Milanos and 164's of the 80's and 90's, on to the 155's and 159's and Breras of the new millenium. All have shown beautiful design, exciting performace and super smooth feel and operation, in my experience only equalled by Cadillacand Jaguar, and to a lessser degree BMW.

    What makes a car desirable is always subjective, but the above two makers always sem to come up with sometning to keep me coming back. The new crop of XK's from Jaguar and the 8C's from Alfa can get me thinking about a bew car when most of what is offered today leaves me yawning and reaching for a yachting magazine!

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    aston martin.
    triumph

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Florian View Post
    aston martin.
    triumph

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    There's a gorgeous British Racing Green TR6 in my neighborhood I would love to have!

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    What was my 1980 TR7



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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    rolls-royce.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Jaguar, but I've never had the daring/patience/means/insanity. I've drooled over them since forever.

    The Mazda Miata has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. I remember I was at a Mazda dealer in the early 90s; my parents were shopping for a minivan. My metal jacket button was tapping the sheet metal of a 1990 Miata and the salesman asked me to back away. Somehow, I haven't yet gotten around to owning one. Great cars, all of them.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Hmmm.... aside from Cadillac....

    I really like Buick, and I think from the '50s to the current day, there's a model produced in almost every year that I'd buy. When most other automakers hit rock bottom in the mid '80s, after everything had lost their power, speed and style, Buick stuck it out with the Grand National, a car that was faster than contemporary Corvettes. Buick to me has always been a slightly sportier (aside from the recent 5-6 years), less gaudy, cheaper Cadillac.

    Same with Lincoln too. In the early '80s, when they didn't have any power out of their V8's, they atleast looked great and were able to be fun to still cruise around in. When those awful Continentals hit in '88, they still made the cool Town Car and sporty, fun Mark VII LSC. I always really liked Lincoln, but not as much as Cadillac.

    Mercedes Benz as well. There's a Mercedes from most eras (aside from the dark days of the early '00s) that I'd be happy to buy.

    Oh, and of course, Chevrolet. Their model selection is so wide, it's hard NOT to find a car you like from any certain year.
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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    I know it's a Ford, yet I've long fancied the 1984 Lincoln Continental. (I think this model was even available with the famed Ford Turbo Diesel.)

    What intrigued me most was the interior/instrumentation. Very advanced and modern-esque. Plus, the "Continental" script on the passenger side of the dashboard was backlit illuminated in green at night, which was too cool... but not as cool as the electroluminescent crests on the sail panels of the early '90s Fleetwood Sixty Specials!

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac_Fan View Post
    I know it's a Ford, yet I've long fancied the 1984 Lincoln Continental. (I think this model was even available with the famed Ford Turbo Diesel.)

    What intrigued me most was the interior/instrumentation. Very advanced and modern-esque. Plus, the "Continental" script on the passenger side of the dashboard was backlit illuminated in green at night, which was too cool... but not as cool as the electroluminescent crests on the sail panels of the early '90s Fleetwood Sixty Specials!
    Ford diesel in a Lincoln? They used a BMW diesel in the Mark VII in 85 or 86 - someone should check the years to be sure. I don't believe the diesel was available in the Mark VII when it was introduced in '84.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Bro-Ham, this is all I found after a cursory search:

    http://forum.love-fords.org/showthre...l-Turbo-Diesel

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    the diesel was in the original brochures from Lincoln, I would bet maybe 6 were sold.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    RR and Bentley. Elegant, well-tailored designs that just ooze class.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    I love Porsche. I've drooled over 911's since I can't tell you when. I love how Porsche has kept the overall design philosophy the same ever since the first generation 911 and how every generation keeps getting better and better. I also like Honda's for there overall simplicity and reliability (most specifically the 90's Honda models like Prelude, Civic, and Accord) and how they are so well built they outlast many cars still on the road today while still offering more fun than any run-of-the-mill Toyota.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Aside from Cadillacs? Other cadillacs.

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    Re: Aside from Cadillacs?

    Chevrolet for me, and that's seriously the only brand I can think of that fits the criteria.

    From Corvettes, Chevelles, wagons, Monte Carlo Aerocoupes, Impalas, Camaros, etc. etc.

    There are so many cars I LOVE from Chevrolet. I think I'll have at least one in my garage until the day I die.

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