Medina, a 1971 T-code Monaco

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The car, whose previous owner lived in upstate New York, first popped up on FCBO last September. How it became mine a few days ago, and what I knew of its history at the time of purchase, is detailed in this thread. I plan to post updates (as well as post questions and entertain discussions about the car) in the current thread.

Attached is a photo of the car that I took at the Culvert Road, the only road that goes under the Erie Canal. Wyatt and I drove by there, a mile or so of its former home on Portage Road in Medina, NY, as part of a final test drive before loading up the car.

I hope you like this photo as much as I do!

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You and Wyatt both know how to photograph an automobile to bring out its best from all the right angles. In terms of my tastes for automotive design, I rate the 71 Chrysler 300s at the top of the list, but right behind by only a hair is the 71 Polara/Monacos which to me are virtually identical in appeal. Just outstanding design from about any angle for any of them. I believe you really scored an extremely hard to find car both in terms of options and condition - these cars are among the very hardest to even come across anymore. Well done! And Elwood Engle was a genius. Right up there with Virgil Exner. And Chrysler had them both.
 

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Congratulations, I look forward to seeing the car and meeting you at Volo.
 

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Nice score... I suppose you'll have to learn to live with the stripe in her britches... I'll be checking her out in July.
 

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Just outstanding design from about any angle for any of them. I believe you really scored an extremely hard to find car both in terms of options and condition - these cars are among the very hardest to even come across anymore. Well done!

Great great car.

Congratulations! Nice car and couldn't be going to a better home.

Nice score... I'll be checking her out in July.

Well folks, thanks a lot for all the kind words. I really, really like the car, and will do my best (with Wyatt's help) to keep it in good shape!

I am aware of its rarity, too. I only know of a few FCBO members who own '71 coupes (@polara71, @71Polara383, @Autoengineer, and @saforwardlook) and just one who owns a four-door (@akiran). Another member (dustin71) had a '71 Monaco 4-door hardtop but I have not seen a post by him in over 5 years. Maybe we should start a registry for 1971 Polaras and Monacos!

EDIT (2-13-2019): I forgot @3C's & a D? who has a ‘71 Polara coupe. It’s GY9, too!

I suppose you'll have to learn to live with the stripe in her britches...

Exactly. If/when I repaint it, it'll be in the original color. Since I am not a huge fan of GY9 (based on the photos I've seen -- I still have to see it in person and could well change my mind), I am in no rush to go through a costly repaint. As is, it's the wrong color, the paint job is not perfect, and I am not a fan of the bumblebee stripe either -- but for the time being I plant to treat the paint as a protective "wrap" and to drive the car to meets this spring and summer.

EDIT (2-13-2019): I just read a thread I'd missed about a '72 GY9 Imperial, and I actually can see why my car's original color would be really nice in the right light. Still won't repaint Medina this year or even next, but the likelihood that I do it sooner rather than later has gone up.

Congratulations on the purchase I'll be seeing the car tomorrow lol.
I'll be checking her out in July.
I am anxious for Carlisle
Congrats! Hope to see it at Carlisle.
Congratulations, I look forward to seeing the car and meeting you at Volo.

I've registered Medina for Volo, and I need to do the same for Carlisle (I've only registered my '70 'vert there so far) and MoparFest. My hope is to do all three, so that a max nbr of people can see the car in person, but that's a lot of time and miles. What Wyatt and I will be doing meanwhile is troubleshooting and driving it to smaller shows, so that I am reasonably certain that the car can be driven reliably and safely long-distance.

Right now, Wyatt is replacing Medina's heater control valve. Thanks to @saforwardlook for sharing with us, in real time, the experience he has gained in that respect from his many cars!
 
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The car, whose previous owner lived in upstate New York, first popped up on FCBO last September. How it became mine a few days ago, and what I knew of its history at the time of purchase, is detailed in this thread. I plan to post updates (as well as post questions and entertain discussions about the car) in the current thread.

Attached is a photo of the car that I took at the Culvert Road, the only road that goes under the Erie Canal. Wyatt and I drove by there, a mile or so of its former home on Portage Road in Medina, NY, as part of a final test drive before loading up the car.

I hope you like this photo as much as I do!

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Allllrighty then! Really nice looking Dodge you got there. Can't wait to see it in person.
 
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