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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff T. View Post
    Reading the tread on the liquid tire chain made me think of an odd Buick that one of my uncles on my mother's side of the family owned.

    He had a Buick four door, perhaps of mid 1980's vintage with a manual four speed and sport suspension. My uncle was a boat owner who said that you could not propperly pull a trailer with an automatic so since he was a GM employee he got his LeSabre or whatever it was built to his preferences and walked down the line as it was being assembled.

    That Buick may be somewhere in Tennessee, My aunt and uncle retired somewhere down there after he retired from GM and the mechanic that kept the car up aquired it after my uncle passed on.

    So what is the oddest (in your opinion) optioned car you have ever seen.

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    That Buick sounds like a 1978-79 Century; they could be special ordered with 4 gears.
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    This thread wouldn't be complete without mention of the Newman & Altman era Avanti II's. They actually encouraged a customer to go ahead and order a brand new Avanti II 'his way'. There have been some standouts among them mentioned in previous threads on them.

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    In 1976, while selling cars at Fort Wayne American, I ordered a new Hornet 2 dr sedan for a customer who wanted no power steering, just optional electric overdrive transmission. When he asked for rubber floor instead of carpet , I found a way to order it that way. No radio or anything else.
    About 5 years later I found the car in a junkyard, it was wrecked, had to be that car , still had the rubber floor.

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    Perhaps slightly different than strange options, but strange anyway ...

    One of my friends was a mechanic at a Chrysler dealer for several years. In the late 1970s, when Chrysler had bad quality control, he did the pre-delivery inspection on a new car which had Dodge chrome on one side, and Plymouth chrome on the other.
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    My dad also had a strange 67 Firebird. It was a 400, 4 speed, convertible, with manual brakes and steering; unfortunately it was stolen in 1978... I also know of an 88 Porsche 911 non-turbo widebody in Fla, one of 8 built for the U.S.
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    Our local Dodge dealer had a beautiful Nightwatch blue 1981 Dodge St. Regis on the showroom floor with a Chrysler Newport trunk lid on it! I mentioned it to our salesman and he said he hadn't noticed it!!

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    To: qsanford,----I'm not too surprised to hear about that St. Regis. I worked for Chrysler during that time period, and build quality was quite poor. (i.e. Wind whistles and Water leaks) Real bad!

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    Back in the days when you could actually order a vehicle no power steering and manual drum brakes was the norm. A/C was a big deal.
    I'm dealing on a 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T.440+6,4-speed with a 3.54 Dana rear end.No power steering or brakes which was not uncommon,not even thought of as rare.
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    Note that since I'm from the Wash DC area and quite a few American brand cars came back here from use overseas during the 1970's so they tended to have some odd features i.e. a guy gave me a ride in a 1968 Ford LTD. I believe it was a 4 door hardtop, car had a 390 V8 with a 3spd on the column due to the fact if an AT crapped out in some place like Kabul, Afghanistan, no one could fix it hence the manual tranny. And it had a power seat. Another oddball was a 1967 Pontiac Executive 4 door sedan, 400 V8 but no options whatsoever with the possible exception of a radio............3 spd stick, manual everything.
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    Had a 56 Golden Hawk that had power windows, power seat, Chrome valve covers, and 3spd OD.
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    My buddy had a '64 Galaxie 4 door with factory 390, 3-2 barrels, and four speed. We called it the moonshiners special.
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    My aunt and uncle who lived just outside Miami, FL bought a new '53 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop with the only option being two-tone paint- no heater, no radio, black walls, dog dish hubcaps. A few years ago I responded to an ad in The Washington Post and bought a '63 Daytona hardtop Skytop- only options were the skytop and a heater- six, three-speed stick, original 6.00x 15 black walls, dog dish hubcaps.

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    I remember as a little kid going with my Dad to pick out his new Pontiac (Safari? Whatever the Malibu-sized one was called) in '78. He got all the way thru the colors and options until they got to the part about not building him one with a 4-speed. I remember having a blast getting to sit in all the shiny, brand new cars while this was going on until he came and got me- "Let's go Danny, I won't pay money for a car with an automatic transmission so we're leaving." We then went down the street to the Chevy store, and went all the way thru it again (and I got to play in a whole new set of cars.) Awesome. So, my dad got a nice Malibu with a bunch of options and a manual transmission. The back windows didn't roll down though which was always strange.
    Now that I think of it, the one new car I've had I had a hard time getting one with no options (manual trans, windows, seats, etc.) I guess my Dad's idea of what should be on the car kinda rubbed off on me.

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    Back around 1970 I bought a '56 Commander four door that had been in a fender bender. It was two-tone green with all-vinyl pleated green interior, auto. trans., and power windows on the front doors only. I parted it out! Sure wish now I would have fixed and kept it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwain G. View Post
    Back around 1970 I bought a '56 Commander four door that had been in a fender bender. It was two-tone green with all-vinyl pleated green interior, auto. trans., and power windows on the front doors only.
    This '58 President that was mentioned here not long ago also had 'front-only' power windows. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ight=president

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