- Jul 2, 2018
1988 Crown Victoria, Southern import, 49K miles and rust free. It's got some typical old-car BS to sort out, but over the summer this will transition into my new daily driver. If they're not gonna fix the roads around here, I'll just drive something that laughs at potholes.
Original 31-year-old paint is damn near flawless, and there's really no rust on the body, visible or not. This was a $20,000 car in 1988, or $43K in today's money.
Captain's quarters, the Blue Velour Suite. How times change: No cupholders but 4 ashtrays.
Temporary (?) solution to the dry-rotted tires. Sort of like wearing Nikes to the opera. It's up on stands so I could fix a fuel leak. It's back on the ground now, and no longer douching the driveway with unleaded.
Drive a modern car and you'll really appreciate this old boat. Visibility is God-like. All 4 corners are easy to see, the pillars are thin enough that not even a skinny kid on an MB is gonna evade my gaze. No electronic nannies or explosives, no touch screen, no stupid snarling face. Yeah, it's kind of slow, and it wallows a bit (okay, a lot). It's not a BMW and it doesn't want to be.
This is my third '88CV, and by far the nicest. The last one was 20 years ago, and it's good to be back on the bridge.