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Cars That Handle Like Boats  
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

Am I the only one here that likes cars that are huge and handle like boats?

One favorite of mine are the Lincoln Town Car and Continental from the '70s and early '80s. Huge, built like a tank, heavy, big V-8s, and a LOT of body roll!

Unfortunately, these cars are hard to find these days.

Your thoughts?


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

They are even harder to find here in Europe. I remember once seeing a big chevy (I think), it was so huge that a guy could sit in the engine compartment while working with the engine. Never been in one though.

Staffan


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Hell yes, those cars are awesome. The closest I ever came to owning a big car like that was my '85 Cutlass Supreme.

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

We just rented a Cadillac in Florida, it handled like a boat, it was pretty big, but it was an awesome car. Very comfortable, powerful V8 Northstar engine, digital dashboard, it was hard to get back into the Honda.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

Hey Pat!
As you know I drive a 1977 Lincoln Town Car.
I could have taken you for a ride at one of the SFO gatherings. They actually very easy to find and they are cheap too!
You can pick one up for less than a $1000 sometimes.

Mine is in the front.




Oh I miss my Mark V  Sad








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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

Larry....

Check your email. I have some questions for you.



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User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

Superfly, you wouldn't happen to be Leroy Brown would you? Big grin Big grin

User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3715 times:

I love them, but they are pretty rare in South Africa - this is still my all time favourite from that era - the first front wheel drive Eldorado. However I think the cars of the late fifties handled like pilchard boats. By 1970 the handling was much improved.




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User currently offlinePHLFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

Hmmm! Land Yahcts!

When I married my wife in 1990, she had a 74 Plymouth Gran Fury. Nothing like 2 rows of 4 abreast seating. I think it averaged about 8 miles to the gallon! It was a great car to drive. It had a much better ride than the Mazda 626 I was driving at the time and that was with 4 shocks that needed to be replaced.


User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

DeltaSFO and Superfly - question! What car had the largest hood area of all time - If it wasn't this, it must have been close! I think I have the answer somewhere, but will have to dig around for it.




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User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

1978 Olds Custom Cruiser.



User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

Whistler:
How did you find out?!  Laugh out loud



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3695 times:


1969 Cadillac Hardtop Sedan deVille - they don't come much bigger than this. I think this is one car that you had to navigate through the traffic rather than drive.


1970 Cadillac Coupe deVille




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User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

I drove the new Lincoln Town car few months ago..... the car does handle like a boat. Its a very comfortable car but really its not a drivers car.....certainly not for me. That boat feeling on the highway is ridiculous....there is just very little grip and no handling what so ever. I love the tarmac sucking grip provided by most European cars specially BMW,Mercedes even the Jaguar S-type has it. They provide great luxury but at the same time they are light years ahead in terms of feel and handling then the "boat cars"..

User currently offlinePhlflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

Largest hood area? How about the Cadillac Eldorado from about 72-74.

User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

I loved my boat, a 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis! Wonderful car, wish I still had it.



by the way, I think the car with the largest hood may have been the 65-67 Buick Electra 225





User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

My dad had a 1976 Ford Thunderbird that was gold on the sides and creme yellow on top (I am not kidding). It had leather seats, a power glass "moonroof," and a "Quadrasonic" 8-track tape player. This beast was powered by a 466 cui engine. But that hog size only produced 220 hp! The car was great on the road; lots of wallowing over bumps, body roll, etc. They just don't make em like that anymore.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Stretch 8:
Would that have been this car? Big grin



Those cars kick ass!  Big thumbs up



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Superfly: Right you are. The very top of the line T-birds for 1976 had special option groups; i.e., the "Lipstick" red edition, and my dads', the "Creme and Gold" edition (much like the sister Mark IV had the Bill Blass and Cartier verions). The car in your picture sure looks like a '76, but it doesn't have the glass roof, nor the gold sides. Thanks for the photo!




Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineBCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

my old man used to have a Bentley Turbo R and my boyf hated it as he said it made him feel sea sick. I guess that handled like a boat....
pic at...
http://www.fortunecity.com/roswell/prophecy/274/bentur2.jpg


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3630 times:

the Boston Duck tour vehicles are cars that handle so much like boats they are used in and out of water  Big thumbs up

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