The "green machine" was magical because it always took us somewhere fun like the pool, the lake, the A & W or a family function that distracted from any sort of adult supervision. For a parent wanting to share a similar experience with his or her kids, this 1970 Lemans fits the bill. Instead of doing the socially expected thing, which is to get a Suburban, you could dump your $1.60 gas into this barge.
Yes, you will have to stoop a little lower to get your kids inside and you will have to learn how to drive a proper RWD car in the winter like your ancestors. There is no remote start and your only safety features are lap belts and 5000 lbs of Newton's first law of motion. If you can handle these compromises, then you may be able to create a relatable experience with your kids that they will never forget.
DT Editor Vince: Big thanks to Andy for the tip and words, if the big one ever hits SoCal and I have to move to South Dakota, this would be my first purchase.