(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – This collection is made up of cars from the mid-70s and newer – that aren’t already in another folder. As I stated in an earlier entry Somernites always seems to bring out Monte Carlos and this doesn’t stop with the first generation. I spotted a couple more we never reached and likely more were lurking about. I wonder how many they’d draw in for a Monte Carlo-only showcase…?
Some might say this is another ‘Chevy heavy’ gallery and they’d be right, but I don’t set quotas. I don’t walk past 10 Mopars or blue ovals to reach a Chevy. When I find one like this excellent, survivor ’76 Nova Concours then I have to stop and gawk. This low-mile sweetheart is a family heirloom passed down from the original owner whose only stipulation is that it sleeps in the garage with a cover on it. It’s a bit of an oddity in that it was ordered with a 305, three-on-the-tree, and dual exhaust. The car is nearly flawless, but the exhaust system was completely toast so they put in some fresh headers and duals without mufflers. It actually sounds pretty good.
The 4-eye pacecar was nice to see again and the excaliber conversion appears to be based on a Granada. I’ve seen Thunderbird, Cougar, and other versions of these, but a Granada is a new one for me. We can’t not talk about the Buick Zombie Response Vehicle. How much fun could you have with a cheap, reliable GM FWD mid-size with large all-terrain tires and fenders by sawzall…? Lots of folks were checking it out so it’s dollars:views ratio is likely higher than most.
Enjoy and come back for a couple more samples.