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New ride, American but thought you'd find it interesting!


nice car!



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North wrote:

They only made about 5,500 LeMans 4 door hardtops versus about 39,000 Catalina 4 door hardtops. What is really striking is that they made 15 2 door hardtop LeMans for each 4 door hardtop LeMans.

I think that back in those days midsize 2 doors were sporty cars but mid sized 4 doors were seen as poor mans family cars. The LeMans cost $280 less than the Catalina but if you ad back the cost of the 350 2bbl the difference drops to $170. For the average family car buyer $170 was a small amount ( less than 5% ) to step up to a much bigger and more solid car.

Mind you the LeMans has a higher trim level interior than the Catalina ( pleated seats, armrest etc).


 As if it wasn't nice enough before, you've turned this into a real beauty!  I've always had a soft spot for 4-door hardtops, they are definitely one of the rarer and most neglected body styles.  And I can say rather confidently that I don't think we will ever see them again.  Yours is one of the nicer examples that I've seen.

Re: mid-size 4-doors vs full size 4-doors... I wonder how the Canadian data stacks up for Beaumont vs full size?  One would think in Canada that the ratio would be somewhat different as we've long been (and continue to be) more frugal buyers than our neighbors to the south.  Likely due as much to the dollar exchange and higher taxation as it is to attitude and practicality.



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MC wrote:
North wrote:

They only made about 5,500 LeMans 4 door hardtops versus about 39,000 Catalina 4 door hardtops. What is really striking is that they made 15 2 door hardtop LeMans for each 4 door hardtop LeMans.

I think that back in those days midsize 2 doors were sporty cars but mid sized 4 doors were seen as poor mans family cars. The LeMans cost $280 less than the Catalina but if you ad back the cost of the 350 2bbl the difference drops to $170. For the average family car buyer $170 was a small amount ( less than 5% ) to step up to a much bigger and more solid car.

Mind you the LeMans has a higher trim level interior than the Catalina ( pleated seats, armrest etc).


 As if it wasn't nice enough before, you've turned this into a real beauty!  I've always had a soft spot for 4-door hardtops, they are definitely one of the rarer and most neglected body styles.  And I can say rather confidently that I don't think we will ever see them again.  Yours is one of the nicer examples that I've seen.

Re: mid-size 4-doors vs full size 4-doors... I wonder how the Canadian data stacks up for Beaumont vs full size?  One would think in Canada that the ratio would be somewhat different as we've long been (and continue to be) more frugal buyers than our neighbors to the south.  Likely due as much to the dollar exchange and higher taxation as it is to attitude and practicality.


 the Chevelles and Beaumonts 4 door hardtops were the Luxury 'export' cars for GM Canada,



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