I like what their upholstery lady Sue calls them: Azz Monkeys
1967 FB 400, original CA car (smog), now 455, finally in Paint Jail after 19 yrs. Metal work & block sanding done. Jambs painted. Color coat on, color sanding underway 2006 Mustang V6 Pony, factory ordered, 28 K miles, future retirement cruiser and classic(?) 1994 Chevy K2500 HD 4x4, 454 TBI, goes anywhere, tows anything, current DD Old projects, gone but not forgotten: 1980 Turbo Trans Am 1970 Mustang fastback, 351C 4Bbl, auto 1988 Mustang GT, 5 speed 1983 F-150 4x4, built 302
From what I have seen, the Classic Pontiac community is much different than others. Most the the people I know who have classics are all Fords (mustangs, tbirds) and a few chebby's. You ask a chebby's owner about his C and he tells you about how awesome his LS1 swap is going to be... Odd.
I have two "classics".. 67 Firebird, which is a total pile of crap, but I do love it. Especially the history that goes along with it. Years of poor maintenance and terrible restoration decisions have taken their toll, but it is slowly becoming something that is not entirely embarrassing. I would never take it to a car show, b/c I would constantly have to say "the previous owner this and previous owner that". The few Pontiac people I have met who have seen the car feel badly for me.. It's kind of funny, actually. But.. Hey.. It's my car and I love it....
Now, on the complete opposite spectrum.. My 88 Ford F150, with 300CI straight 6 5 speed gets the looks. I guess this look is "in" now (thanks a-s-s monkeys).. It has an amazing "patina" because Ford couldn't get paint to stick to a truck in the late 80's to save their life. And it is accented with just the right amount of rust. I love this engine.. Torque for days. 0-60 in about 10 minutes, but you can pull anything. The 6" lift and 35" tires seem to be the things that make everyone love it. I swear.. I could park that truck in lot next to my Firebird, and I'd have people staring at the truck.
I have never had anyone offer to by my Firebird. I have had at least 50 offers on my truck.
Just amazes me the difference between car cultures. Am I just crazy...or do you notice it as well?
Car culture is a funny thing. My Firebird is BRIGHT RED! It's loud. A bit obnoxious. But when I drive it around I get a lot of big smiles and thumbs up from the male public. The women do their best not to acknowledge me and not make eye contact and get away as quickly as possible. General discust is mostly sent in my direction. Now I restored my wife a white 56 Tbird some years ago. Porthole top, fender skirts, white walls. The whole nine. When we take it out the women are all over that thing. Invariably we will be waiting for a stoplight and a woman will pull up and roll her window and tell my wife how much she loves her beautiful car. Mostly men just kind of give a fairly subdued head nod or a chin up recognition. Funny how different the reactions are along gender lines.