We know you all have them: Cars that you love for no reason, even when you know they’re objectively bad. Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s aesthetic, or maybe it’s just good old-fashioned pity. Everybody has a guilty pleasure and while we could talk all day about your awesome Volkswagen stories (still great), today we want to know about a non-classic that you will always love and why it’s special to you. As usual, this author will go first and then we’ll ask for your submissions.
This is certainly a case of nostalgia, but I really enjoy front-wheel-drive GM A-Bodies, despite knowing they’re ill-handling, slow cars with paint-shaker V6s. You know them better—especially if you lived in the Midwest—as the Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, Chevy Celebrity, and Pontiac 6000 (plus their wagon versions) that still shed rust flakes all over the country’s middle.
You may know that I recently purchased a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser Wagon that ran the Monterey Car Weeeeak Lemons Rally for $300. We’ll have more on this highway-cruising project car soon, but suffice to say it brings back memories of hanging with high school friends who tested the A-Body’s substantial toughness in rural Illinois with neutral drops, intersection takeoffs, high-speed testing (which requires a lot of straight road), and gross vehicle weight excess. These cars took all of that abuse and usually still sold for a couple hundred bucks to someone in the next high-school class.