Discussion in 'Wheels, Wings, Mud, and Water' started by Adam, Nov 19, 2006.
That 'big schnozz' design trend which seems to have peaked in 1969-71 always amused me.
The "Big Schnozz" era faded with the advent of the USA mandated 5 MPH bumpers as part of Federal mandated safety standards, just to let you and those not around to know about this. Several cars with really stylish and beautiful front bumper designs got affected by this, the MGB especially so.
It's like they had there last design "Hurrah!" before the 5 MPH bumper regs!
The MGB was absolutely ruined by the reg. But it was still selling so they went ahead with it. They actually jacked up the whole car's ride height so that the bumpers would meet regulation height. Not exactly beneficial for a sports car's handling.
Some cars actually looked better though IMHO. Battering rams! Functional as hell though--now we have no bumpers at all and people do a bang-up business repainting urethane 'bumper covers'. The worst are those baleen-whale grilles so many cars have now--Audi started it--no protection whatever and they're a lot more expensive to fix than a urethane cover.
It was all I could do to resist posting a photo of the '69 Grand Prix.
(But this is the Ford thread.) Now that's a schnozz. But I like it actually.
I owned a 1973 El Camino with 454 motor and that car had some bumpers.
One time someone rear ended me at a red light and it barely scratched my bumper messed his front end badly.
It was his fault and I just laughed it off.
Loved driving that car. That car had a super nice ride like a Cadillac.
In the winter time I never wore a jacket that heater would smoke you out the passenger compartment was so small.
Towed small boats, motorcycles, and snowmobiles with it effortlessly. I'd inflate the air shocks a bit first.
Something about those big torque motors it never strained and was smooth at any speed.
Even w/o an overdrive freeway driving at 60 mph would give you 18 mpg.Motor was barely working.
Owned the car close to 12 years and gave it to my dad for another 5 years and he sold it to a guy with truck who just wanted motor and transmission they were still very good.
File photo of my big noser.76 grand marquis with the 460 gasaholic motor.Loved gas stations but what a highway couch.
Heaven would be sleeping across the back seat of that thing as a kid while your parents piloted it down the smooth, uncrowded interstate.
A beautiful car. Grand Marquis de Sade! Land Yacht. 92% of a Lincoln Continental.
Biggest problem I had was going through a green light at an intersection, by the time I was half way through it turned red,lol.Smoothest riding car ive ever been in including the monster caddy.By 76 the 460 was severely neutered by smog junk.I would of much preferred the earlier 460 and its attendant hp! 15 mpg whether towing or what ever unless you really stepped into the pedal then it went to zero fast.I would buy one today if I could afford to.
On Saturday on barrett Jackson 3 boss 429,s are rolling across the block.Drool,slobber ,cry,2 1969 one 1970.
This is like the Lincoln I had . It had the "economy" 400 in it .
It was a 428 CJ and I think it came from the factory with the ski rack. Awesome car.
Here's some pics of my 69 Cougar. Just a 351 Windsor but still a nice driver.
I have a 66 Mustang Fastback that I've been working on forever. Maybe I'll get it finished someday. I'm going to put a 302 roller cam engine in it with some AFR 185 heads that I have. Should run decent.
Great SQ with Flow Masters
when they say economy 400 as compared to what?The 460,lol.
Remember the ford elite.Always liked them.
My Mom and Dad had a 74 Elite
Yes, the 460 4V. Nothing is as comfortable, as quiet, as effortless on the highway! Lincoln styling up there with the finest, the lines are tasteful and ageless.
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