In '76 I bought a used '75 Landau with swivel seats and the 454 cu in V8. It had Positraction, but with it's dreadful weight distribution, it left so much to be desired, living in the snow belt. I always drive on the top half of the gas tank, and put a couple of concrete corner blocks far forward in the trunk. Good snow tires rounded out the equation. My commute was 50 miles each way, 5 days a week. Certain modifications were made on it so it would use leaded gas which was way cheaper than that new-fangled unleaded crap. The catalytic converter went too, and the air pump. We got it up to 12 MPG -- far better than 10. Hubby had a '75 as well, also in silver-grey. I had a vivid dream one night that I had a big hole dug in the front yard and I buried it, to ensure one less guzzler on the road. I was stopped at a stop light once and a guy in a big old T-bird was looking for some music and had taken his eyes off the road and rammed me at 30 mph, knocking me through the intersection. The bumperettes had to be changed on the Monte; the T-bird went to the junk yard. His car was the crumple zone lol
I had a similar thing happen with MY Monte. A minivan took a left on a red light & cut me off. I had to turn left, into oncoming traffic. My front, passenger side bumper hit her rear fender. Her vehicle was towed away. I had to bend my fender back out & then drive home. My insurance company said the age of my car was the only thing that saved me from injuries lolz
I think I remember it's weight being a bit over 5000 lbs which is way over what my 94 town car was. I could get 30 mpg on the hwy with the town car 4.6 V8. Another time I was in the Monte following a battered old van down a wide one way street he slowed and pulled to the right so i took the left lane. Just as I was coming along side him he made a left turn and my lovely curvacious front fender destroyed the side of his van which was 99% rust and 1% paint and metal. I was guilty because the center marking was worn off the road so they considered it as me passing him on a 1 lane road resulting in a collision. He was a young guy too and was cool about it and said not to worry about his van as he would just get some sheet metal and pop rivet over the missing area. I had the front suspension raised and air shocks in the rear which gave me additional ground clearance in the snow. I miss that car.