The Comet was Mercury's version of the Ford Falcon, and the name continued on as their version of the Fairlane, and later the Maverick. For the first generation (pictured here), the Comet was a slightly luxurious and upscale compact, and, similar to Chrysler's Valiant, wasn't badged as a Mercury until 1962. Styling was similar to that of other period Mercuries, but seemed cluttered compared to the clean Falcon. The Comet shown here, though it has some front end damage, looks great in dark blue with matching rims. Definitely a more interesting compact than any new one these days.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The 1984 Hurst/Olds was a limited edition muscle car package based on the Oldsmobile Cutlass. It was only available in silver with black stripes, a reverse of the '83 scheme, and with only 3,500 made, it was rare, too. Included with the Hurst package was the special paint, spoiler, and hood scoop. Under the hood was a 180 HP V8, and more performance goodies included dual exhaust and (of course), a Hurst shifter. They were, and are, sharp looking cars, but the limited production numbers means seeing one is a treat. This one is no exception, with its shining silver paint and chrome rims.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Datsun 810 was introduced in 1977 as a luxury and somewhat sporty sedan. The car used the same engine as the Z, which was good for 125 HP. As a luxury Japanese car, it competed with the Toyota Cressida, which, with its stand up grill, looked quite similar. This 810 is pretty solid, but is beginning to show its age. The elderly apartment complex it's parked at has some great period 60s-70s architecture.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Though it was the final year of the 1st generation, the 1968 LTD looked nothing like previous model years. New were the hidden headlights, and an overall styling refresh. The LTD was introduced as an affordable-luxury car; based on basic Fords yet upgraded with premium features. This LTD has a middle-range 390, though monster 427 and 428 were available. Standing out with its vinyl roof and sweet hubcaps, this LTD has great patina: well-used, but not uncared for.
On a different topic, today is the one-year anniversary of the creation of this blog. It's been really interesting and fun.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Renault GTA was a one-year sporty version of the AMC/Renault Alliance. Available as a coupe or convertible, the GTA was available in only a few colors, and was truly limited, with only 5,515 coupes made. From a performance standpoint, the 95 HP and 10 second 0-60 time are laughable today, but put the GTA at the same level as respected rivals like the GTI and CRX. Also included with the GTA package was lots of sweet styling cues, like the large alloys, bodykit, and interior modifications. This forgotten 80s pocket-rocket (much like the Chevy Sprint Turbo) is a little mossy, but still looks sharp with its body kit and bright red paint.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Chrysler Cordoba was a personal luxury coupe, Chrysler's first, and was introduced in 1975. The circular lights were distinctive and unique, though they were changed to Monte Carlo-style rectangular ones later in its life. Sales were big, partly due to the fact that people liked getting the expensive Chrysler name on a cheaper car. The Dodge Charger cousin didn't sell nearly as well, but then again, it didn't have Corinthian Leather! This first generation looks fantastic in grey and maroon, and manages to look muscly with the aftermarket rims and dual exhaust.