1982: It's A Malaise-O-Rama $2188 Sale At Bert Weinman Ford!

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Now, Bert Weinman Ford in Chicago was sacrificing those new '82s at below dealer cost, but who cared when you could pick up an air-conditioned '77 LTD Country Squire 9-passenger wagon for $2,188?

And that wasn't all! How about a '77 Chevrolet Malibu, a '77 LTD Brougham hardtop, or a terrific '77 Mercury Marquis… all for 2,188 bucks apiece? Or would you take a brand-new Ford EXP instead?

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John Krewson

Sorry, but I can't get excited about these things. They were big and clunky and poorly-thought out and brown, and they seemed to match the world of 1982 all too well. I was 13, the age where I should have liked any car regardless of anything, but these were the cars we had to sit through while waiting for the future to catch up with us.

Just a few years before that, though, a backwards-facing rear seat and a long road trip was all I asked from the world.