Oh, for the love of large cars. For you green peas out there, the large car is that classic long hood truck. 379 and 389 Peterbilts, W900 Kenworths, Freightliner Classics and others with a front end long and level enough to host a football game.
I’ve driven my share of 379s and I can assure you they have huge advantages and few drawbacks. In fact, they only have 2 real drawbacks,
- Lower fuel economy due to having the aerodynamics of a mobile home.
- The ability to get so close to a midsize car at a stoplight that you can no longer see the car. Oh, those cool tinted bug deflectors make matters worse.
The Good Side Of Large Cars
That being said, the large car rides smoother and quieter (as long as you’re not running straight pipes) and turns more heads than any aerodynamic truck out there.
Let’s face it, aerodynamic trucks weren’t just designed for maximum fuel economy,they were also built to look less intimidating. You can add dual stacks, polished aluminum wheels and hundreds of chicken lights to your Cascadia, but it’s still a Cascadia.
What got me going on this rant is a Facebook comment on one of the many trucking-related pages I follow. The whining trucker was complaining about dinosaur truckers who drive big-nosed trucks, and how hard it is to back into a parking spot in a truck stop between two of these large car classics.
Speaking Of Large Cars
I found this 69 Mercury Marauder X-100 on Hemmings.com. It’s as long as a 379 Peterbilt, and it weighs in at just under 4,200 pounds. BUT WAIT! It’s equipped with a 429 Cobra Jet. Who wouldn’t love blasting down the highway in this CJ powered luxury car.
Before you complain about the 2 ton and then some curb weight, take a look at the new Dodge Challenger. Even the 6 banger with a few options comes in at nearly 4,000 lbs. The loaded V-8s are all the way up to 4,400 or more.
You’ve got to admit to enjoying the pure simplicity. No airbags to accidentally deploy. No engine codes to throw or On-Star calling because it can’t tell a car wreck from a race track. It’s simple, raw and luxurious, all at the same time.
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