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Optional 8-track player... in 1983? :facepalm:

These old commercials are always fun to watch, but its amazing just how crappy those cars were... 1983 doesn't seem that long ago... but then I'm old as dirt.
 

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So it was cassette or 8 track.

Well, think about the era in the 70's where many still had 8 track tapes.
They had the option of AM/FM, AM/FM/8-track, AM/FM/Cassette with the AM radio standard. I guess it makes some sense looking back. But i was 16 in 1983 and even then the idea of an 8-Track seemed like ancient history.
 

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They had the option of AM/FM, AM/FM/8-track, AM/FM/Cassette with the AM radio standard. I guess it makes some sense looking back. But i was 16 in 1983 and even then the idea of an 8-Track seemed like ancient history.
Well think about this some cars just a few years ago were still offering a cassette player such as the Mercury Grand Marquis and that seemed ridiculous
 

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The problem with 8-track is that the cartridge would sag after inserting and all a couple of times due to wear on the sides so you needed to use something to prop the cartridge level so it would play. Otherwise the sound was all werbilly. Such technology back then.

How would an updated EXP Concept 2-seater based on the Escort Concept or Focus be as an all electric or alternative power sourced vehicle?
 

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Well think about this some cars just a few years ago were still offering a cassette player such as the Mercury Grand Marquis and that seemed ridiculous
Not all that ridiculous when you consider the age of the people who bought those Mercs, I'll bet they had nice sized collections on cassette! I'm sure the same logic applied to the 8-track in 1983.

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I actually wanted an EXP turbo when they came out. I liked the front air dam and the overall look of the car, plus I was just about to be of (legal) driving age and figured the era of turbo fours was underway.

Nowadays, I'd be much more interested in cramming an Ecoboost V6 into a Merkur XR4Ti.
 
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