Frugal Friday, Among Other Things

Going back to yesterday’s post for a moment…a lot of people have asked me why I don’t do more commercials. Well, that’s another endeavor that has been corrupted by credential-ism. Ad agencies and their clients want “proven” talent and/or, I kid you not, people who have taken acting lessons. What a bunch of f*ck*ng b*llsh*t! Just because life isn’t fair doesn’t mean we should just keep our mouths shut.


From my WONDERFUL wife, a Friday Funny:



I have to admit that it is increasingly difficult for me to find cars for Frugal Friday. I have compiled the list of all Frugal Friday cars so I won’t repeat myself, at least not too much. Still, this is not a blog about SUVs or Ford Taurus four-door sedans.

For some reason I hear the words of the late Dennis Hopper in my head, “If you can remember the sixties then you weren’t there.” Hey, look at this:



From this Hemmings ad a picture of what seems to be a very nice 1966 Pontiac Bonneville:



The seller claims the car has only 64,000 original miles and is a two-owner vehicle. The ad also states that the car has new tires, new shocks and a new exhaust system. The asking price is $18,000.

Of course, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Pontiac. I also think this seems to be quite a nice car. About 42,000 Bonneville hardtop coupes (called Sport Coupes by Pontiac) were produced in 1966 at an asking price of $3,354. Pontiac was in the middle of its eight-year run (1962-1969) as the third best-selling make in the US.

From the year before America lost much of its innocence, 1962, here is another car from Hemmings:



This is a 1962 Ford Thunderbird listed at $9,850. 1962 was the middle of the three-year run of the third-generation Thunderbird, often called the Bullet Bird. The ad copy is sparse, but hey, they’re asking less than ten grand for the car.

Just under 70,000 Thunderbird hardtop coupes, both with and without the Landau roof, were sold in 1962. The list price for the non-Landau version was $4,321. The standard engine was Ford’s 390 cubic-inch V8 rated at 300 HP/427 LB-FT of torque. That’s not a weak engine, but the car weighed about 4,100 pounds.

This is well-worn territory, but I think it bears repeating that although it’s the first-generation Thunderbirds that are revered today, the subsequent generations sold much better. Remember that about 70,000 T-Bird hardtop coupes were sold in 1962; only 53,166 cars were produced for the entire first-generation (1955-1957). It is the automobile business, after all.

Once again, I ask for Frugal Friday suggestions from you. I will also ask, once again, if you want Frugal Friday to continue as a weekly feature. Thanks.








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6 thoughts on “Frugal Friday, Among Other Things

  1. “Farfrompoopin” 😂🤣😂🤣👍

    Those “bullet birds” are my favorites of the T-birds, even over the 2 seaters, of which the ’57 IMO is the best. I think Ford hit a sweet spot with the personal luxury car concept with the “bullet birds” the later T-birds lacked.

    I know you usually don’t do trucks, but a possible Frugal Friday candidate would be a Studebaker pickup from ’49-’64.


    1. Many thanks for this and all of your almost 200 comments on this blog. Glad you liked “Farfrompoopin.”

      I like the first-gen T-Bird best, but the Bullet Birds are appealing to me as well. I know I don’t show a lot of FoMoCo vehicles, but this morning’s ’62 T-Bird looked interesting to me.

      If you somehow found yourself with $100,000,000+ would you try to revive the Packard make? I am not really a fan of hypotheticals, but dreams may be different. Yeah, that’s my rationalization.

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      1. … hee hee … I’ve thought about reviving Packard since I was 13 when I drew one out and sent the drawing to Harold Churchill who was president of Studebaker-Packard at the time. The answer is “yes” I probably would try though it is difficult to make a business case for doing so. I’ve got the car(s) all mapped out – three wheelbases; the three being variations of one basic platform. The car would make no attempt to crack into the mass market. Its competitors would be the Mercedes-Maybach and the upper end Rolls-Royce. Yes, it would be a V-12. One of the variations would be aimed at the diplomatic/head of state market. There’s not a lot of volume there, but the idea is to regain the prestige market Packard all but abandoned under George Christopher who put Packard on its path to destruction.


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