The Redusernab Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1969–73 Imperial Coupe


Welcome to another edition of the Redusernab Obscure Muscle Car Garage, where I find Obscure Cars that should be considered Muscle Cars, and then try and convince you that they belong in the Garage. Chrysler Corporation was at the forefront of the muscle car era, offering iconic high-performance machines such as the Road Runner, the Charger, the Super Bee, the Plymouth GTX, the Baracuda, and even the Chrysler 300. There is one division within the company, Imperial, that produced more of an understated luxurious automobile. However, by 1969, Imperial shared most of its body, chassis, engine, and even its dimensions with its Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth stablemates. With this in mind, one could purchase a coupe version of the Imperial, equipped with a 440 CID V-8, and have almost as much performance as either the Dodge Polara, or Plymouth Fury GT, in a more refined package. So, is the Imperial an Obscure Muscle Car? Let’s find out.

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Classic Captions – The 1980 Toyota Celica Sunchaser Edition


Welcome to the Redusernab Classic Captions Post, and once again, it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. When I was on duty for the Weekend Edition I did a post on the Toyota Celica Sunchaser, and look what I found, but we will get back to that in a minute…


Last time, we had an image of a young couple and a Jeep Wrangler, and it seems that the participation level was a bit light, so once again I have to ask What’s up with that? The runner-up comment was from longtime Redusernab Fan, Tomsk (Who is actually the senior editor of another website, ), and this was his caption: “Sadly, the pilot for The Fresh Prince of Moab was never picked up.” Very funny Tomsk, but there was one comment that was the overwhelming favorite this time.

And the winning comment came from Atomic Toaster Poster Extraordinaire, , and it tied in one of the more memorable design flaws of this particular version of the iconic Jeep: “I have a dream that some day I’ll be judged by the content of my character and not the shape of my headlights.” This was a well thought out caption, so congratulations engineerd™ on winning the classic caption contest this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I came across this particular image after writing about the Toyota Celics Sunrunner over the weekend. This is a publicity image for the conversion, but I am not sure if it was for Toyota, or the manufacturer of the Sunrunner Conversion. Did you know the you could get a Sunrunner Conversion on an AMC Concord or Eagle? (By the way, ) Anyway, this image has it all for the 80’s… The guy with way too much hair on his head, as well as around his upper lip (Wow, what a Porn Stache, Bro!) with a very svelte beauty who isn’t at all blonde, but is in some sort of a minimalist swimsuit. God, I really loved the 80’s… So, what do you think the relationship is between this young and attractive couple… Friends, Lovers, Sex Slaves? Why not tell us what you think in the comments and I’ll just stand over…………….here!

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (You know, this really is a very provocative image), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this rather unusual image.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1980 Toyota Celica Sunchaser With No Information!!!

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Ok, so here is a weird one for all of you Hoons who frequent this site. This is a 1980 Toyots Celica with a Sunchaser Convertible Conversion. Pretty rare and wonderful, right? You would think the dealer who took it in trade might want to sell it for top dollar by describing how rare and wonderful the car really is. The Dealer might want to describe how the condition of the car is, how many miles it has, and what are the other features of this very desirable Japanese Sport Coupe/Convertible might come with. They might also want to describe how many were made by the conversion company. Guess what… they do NONE of that. Want to read the listing they did manage to put together? Make the jump and read on…

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Weekend Edition – Not One But Two 1955 Imperials on eBay; Chrysler Attempts to build a better Cadillac!

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It is Father’s Day here in the US, where we celebrate all the things (both real and perceived) our fathers have done to endear themselves to us. Looking back at decades past, it seems like the 1950’s was a time of unlimited optimism, which is really total bullshit. Yes we had true advances in many fields, from space exploration, to tapping the promise of Nuclear Power Generation. We also had the escalating Cold War between the East and the West, as well as major Social Problems here at home including Racial Segregation. So, the 50’s wasn’t all that rosy when it comes to reality, but this was a time period that left a fascinating Automotive History, and here are two of the most optimistic vehicles introduced right in the middle of the decade. Take a look at these two Imperials by Chrysler, and see why the number three automaker was optimistic about trying to catch Cadillac to be dominate in the Fine Car Field…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with only 10,700 Miles on the clock!

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Starting out this Father’s Day Weekend Edition, I thought I would highlight this 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was once owned by the Father of the current seller. This car is a true time capsule, covering only a little over 10,000 miles since it was purchased new. Looking at this particular Monte Carlo, there is really nothing that special about the car… It is finished in a Medium Brown with a Tan Vinyl Roof, Vinyl Interior, Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, AM/FM Radio, and Whitewall Tires… This is a car that you would find at your neighborhood Chevrolet Dealer in 1976… Nothing stands out as a Special Order… So, why is there so few miles on it, and why is it being sold now?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1982 Lincoln Continental on eBay; The Other Fox Body Lincoln

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I thought I would run this particular eBay auction as the last post for the Saturday edition of the Redusernab Weekend, and it really is a tasty little number, don’t you think? This car was designed a little later than the other two “Bustle Back” luxury cars that were offered at nearly the same time period; The FWD Cadillac Seville, and the 2-Door Chrysler Imperial. Lincoln designers actually tried to tone down the Bustle Back very late in the game with a last minute addition of a horizontal brushed-chrome strip that ran along each side of car. This added trim (along with the in vogue two-tone color combinations) gave it a more conventional appearance in comparison to the Seville. This is also a Fox Chassis underneath the Bustle Back, with a 5.0L V8 that was the last carbureted engine found on a Lincoln. So, is this Fox Bodied Lincoln desirable, or not?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1964 Studebaker Commander with a reported 8,800 miles on the Odometer!!!

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Competition is what really killed off the Studebaker (Lark) Commander and Cruiser lines. This was suppose to be the bread and butter of the Studebaker Lineup, and while Brooks Stevens did a masterful job of updating the look of the volume Sedans and Wagons, the other domestic car makers were catching up rapidly with their compacts and mid-sizers. The Chevy II was only two-years old by this time, the Ford Falcon and Mercury Comet both received updated sheet metal, the Plymouth Valiant and Dodge Dart were wearing one year old bodies, and even the Rambler American was all new for 1964. There was also the onslaught of Mid-Sized cars from GM (Buick Special, Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, Chevy Chevelle), Ford (Fairlane, Meteor), and Rambler (Classic) so this left the faltering Studebaker no where to go unless it updated their volume sedan and wagon models. Unfortunately, they shut down their US facility in December of 1963, and folded altogether two years later. So, where did this wonderful Studebaker Commander come from, and is it Lustworthy?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Choose between this 1983 Olds Cutlass Supreme, or this 1986 Mercury Cougar LS…

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Continuing on with our Redusernab Weekend Edition, and here are a couple of mid 80’s personal luxury cars that I spotted over at (Yes, again…). This was at the crossroads of the 80’s design paradigm between traditional (Cutlass) and New Wave (Cougar) that appealed to the exact same audience. So which one seemed to hold up best when viewed 30 odd years later…

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Weekend Edition – 4 Broughams from the Brougham Society Facebook Page…

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Let’s start this weekend with some luxury in the form of these Broughams that were highlighted on recently. As we all know in the blogging community, the fascination for the Brougham started with on Jalopnik a few years ago, and the flame has been carried on since within , , and even here on Redusernab. Now, is that really a bad thing?

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Redusernab Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The Lexus SC 400

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Welcome to the Redusernab Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to show that Japanese machinery can be classified as a muscle car.

The Lexus SC 400 debuted on June 1, 1991 in the United States as a 1992 model. The SC 400′s 4.0 L V8 is the same engine used in the LS 400 luxobarge. It is an arresting design, with details one would have never expected from the Japanese only a few years earlier. However, this particular car follows the tried and true American muscle car formula, that being a RWD two door coupe (or sedan), stuffed with a brawny V-8 engine. Let’s discover the Japanese Muscle Car, the Lexus SC 400.

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