But I think the content overcomes the lack of image quality.
This is the odometer on the 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix that my Motoring TV colleague Bill Gardiner keeps as a 'courtesy car' for his customers.
(Hey, it's free - they don't expect a Cadillac...)
And yes, that number reads, 779,634.
As in kilometres.
Bill says the car was built in Oshawa, so good on the guys and girls out there.
The 2.8 litre V6 engine may have been built in GM's St. Catharines engine plant; not sure if we can verify that, but we'll try.
Bill does say that the 2.8 which morphed into the 3.1 had 'no torque', but revved willingly and was 'indestructible'.
At least until 1995 when they went to something he calls 'thermoplastic gaskets', which allowed coolant to leak into the oil and created what he calls a 'short fuse' on this engine!
My Mother-in-Law's last car, a 1987 Chev Celebrity, had that same engine. Never a hiccup. Yes, the lock-up torque converter locked up and wouldn't unlock - instead of a Big Buck transmission overhaul, Bill just disconncted the electrical connector to that switch, and it became a 'normal' three-speed. Worked fine for another ten years.
My next-door neighbour/lead guitar player Rockin' Robin Rooke also has rung up huge klicks on a variety of GM cars over the years.
So yes, Some Mothers Do Have 'Em.
Some good, some bad.
But credit where credit's due.