Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Twister: May The 4th Be With You

Today is Star Wars day -- May the force be with you!  Can you believe that Star Wars is 40 years old? To give some reference, the corollary to Star Wars back in 1977 was a movie that came out in 1937, like Shirley Temple's Heidi or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Now, do you feel old?  I do!  Anyway, to celebrate Star Wars day, today's Thursday Twister is for you guys to pick your favorite car from 1977.


My Star Wars tribute is this 1977 AMC Gremlin offered for $10,000 buy-it-now or make-offer here on eBay located in Paris, MO.

What car from 1977 would you own?

17 comments:

  1. For me, without question, the 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am. Both 'Star Wars' and 'Smokey and The Bandit' were released this month actually and I was seven years old. It was good to be a kid... sans the clothing of course. Click here if you want a good laugh.

    My oldest brother was in college and his buddy had this identical car. (not bad for a college kid, i know) When he would come over, I used to beg him to sit in the driver's seat when it was parked and play make believe. No matter is was a black T/A with black seats with t-tops off and it's been sitting in the South Texas sun. 1st degree burns be damned. The Bandit had wicked power slides to do and a "Texas Bubble Gum Machine" to evade!

    [image src="http://www.transamflorida.com/_DSC0456.jpg" width="500px"/]

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  2. Probably the Honda Accord was the most influential car of 1977. I put down a deposit on one and after 4 months of waiting bought a used vw dasher instead.

    That Toyota is nice, I can't find any actual cars but there is this

    [image src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTc2WDcyMA==/z/b6QAAOSwv-NWVijT/$_1.JPG" width="400px"/]



    1977 was pretty bleak.

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  3. 1977 Datsun 280Z was standard with an 2.8 litre, overhead cam straight 6, fuel injection and radials. 5-speed and AC were optional. I think it was the best buy, most fun and reliable car of 1977, hands down.

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  4. You didn't say anything about budget so I would go with a 1977 308 GTB for sale at Legendary Motorcar. It's an early Fiberglass bodied 308.

    [image src="http://www.legendarymotorcar.com/images/Vehicles/2015/11/1977-Ferrari-308-1419-32.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  5. I was going to say a 280Z as well. There's no Z car goodness missing from them that you can't fix with some earlier bumpers. But then I remembered that you could get one of these in 1977 too. While the 280Z is a rare example of an early 1970s car that had managed to age relatively well, this is an even rarer breed: A car that was introduced in the late 1970s and somehow managed to avoid all the terrible styling trends out in force at the time.

    [image src="https://d3lp4xedbqa8a5.cloudfront.net/imagegen/cp/black/800/600/s3/digital-cougar-assets/tradeuniquecars/gallerymedia/BMW-635CSi.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. You look at the above and then a new BM-wagen and wonder what the hell happened?

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    2. yep, and how they didn't pick up *any* of the styling cues for the current gen 6-er

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  6. Second Gianni on the 308. Jaguar XJC is a good choice as well [image src="http://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/db/dc/66/dbdc66380712f32d53bee7c3290e31be.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  7. TOUGH Choice -
    ALFA Montreal
    TVR 3000
    Alpine A110
    Ferrari BB

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    1. And playing by the local CL rules of KBZ below...

      would have to go with this one that's still for sale - pickins is slim -
      https://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/6109218438.html
      [image src="https://images.craigslist.org/00E0E_fdegoLNQwJ1_600x450.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    2. My local CL has nothing but used up crap for 1977. Except maybe for this VW-based thing (but not Thing) with plenty of sharp edges.

      [image src="https://images.craigslist.org/00e0e_blrVclzRIYD_1200x900.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  8. i got confused - assumed you meant the best 1977 car available from local online options, which (using my ex-local SFCL) really came down to a clean Mustang II Cobra or a super cool Toronado XS with the glass-meets-glass corner on the back window

    [image src="http://www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/comment-image/280412.jpg" width="300px"/]

    but then i thought you meant *any* car available in 1977, which is a lot of cars

    or could also mean cars *introduced* in 1977, of which i've pasted in a list below, and from which, if i could travel back in time to pick up a brand new one from the dealership, i'd have a hard time not going with...

    the Matra Rancho

    [image src="http://stubs-auto.fr/s/cc_images/cache_59467036.jpeg" width="300px"/]

    or maybe the Toyota Kijang

    [image src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/dc/3e/ff/dc3eff83e6bf668f3001fb4c5632526f.jpg" width="300px"/]

    or a meticulously spec'd 928

    [image src="http://www.topcarrating.com/porsche/1977-porsche-928-4.jpg" width="500px"/]

    but ultimately would probably come to my senses for the Vantage

    [image src="http://cdn4.3dtuning.com/info/Aston%20Martin%20V8%20Vantage%201977%20Coupe/factory/7.jpg" width="500px"/]

    Alfa Romeo Giulietta (116)
    Aston Martin V8 Vantage (1977)
    BMW 7 Series (E23)
    Chrysler LeBaron
    Chrysler Sigma
    Chrysler Sunbeam
    Daewoo Maepsy
    Daihatsu Charade
    Datsun 810
    Dodge Diplomat
    Fiat Fiorino
    Ford LTD II
    Triumph TR7 Sprint
    Holden HZ
    LADA 4x4
    Lincoln Versailles
    Matra Rancho
    Opel Rekord Series E
    Peugeot 305
    Pontiac Phoenix
    Porsche 928
    Toyota Chaser
    Toyota Kijang
    Triumph TR7 Sprint
    Volkswagen Derby
    Volvo 262C

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  9. Yes KBZ, YESSSS... Volvo 262C Bertone with a widebody conversion!

    [image src="http://www.volvere.fi/images/Bertone%202013/262C-2013-20.jpg" width="400px"/]
    [image src="http://www.volvere.fi/images/Bertone%202013/262C-2013-23.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  10. http://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/vintage-review-1977-chevrolet-caprice-motor-trend-car-of-the-year/

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  11. I think I'd have to go with a 1977 Lotus Esprit if cost was no option.

    [img src=https://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/59144952-770-0@2X.jpg?rev=1]

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  12. Last of the gen 1 Broncos?

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