Saturday, March 30, 2013

1969 Opel Kadett Wagon

Opels were sold by Buick dealers starting in the mid sixties, and lasting until the end of the seventies. Available in the U.S. was the Manta (here), GT, 1900, Kadett, and later the Opel Isuzu by Buick. The Kadett was first sold in the U.S. in 1965. The redesign happened very soon afterwards, to the style shown here. The new Kadett was available in all body style variations, and was fairly popular in the U.S. However, despite that, very few remain, which makes this quite an amazing find. Even more so because of the fantastic color, and overall design of the car. It is truly a stunningly handsome design, in my opinion, with perfect proportions, and just fantastic design elements.
 
 


Thursday, March 28, 2013

1974 Land Rover Series III

The classic Land Rover Series was produced relatively unchanged from 1948-1985. The Series III was introduced in 1971, but was almost exactly the same as the IIA. Like late IIAs, the Series III had headlights on the fenders, and the classic curved sides. Land Rovers were and are extremely capable off road, and very utilitarian. Very utilitarian. Look at those door handles, and all the little hooks and other things. Then remember this is from the mid seventies.
   

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1963 Mercury Meteor Custom Wagon

For 1962 and '63, the Meteor was Mercury's version of the Ford Fairlane. It was only made for three model years, beginning in 1961, and ending after 1963, the only year a station wagon was available. Also available was the fancy S-33 model, which had nicer trim and a better interior. This Meteor looks absolutely fantastic on 60s-style gold slot mags, which compliment this Mercury's 60s styling cues perfectly
 
 
 
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

1969 Plymouth Valiant 100

Basic transportation at its best: the Plymouth Valiant. Has there been such a simple, reliable, and perfect for its purpose car since? The slant six will run forever, so too will the rest of it. Introduced in 1960 to compete with small compacts from the U.S. and abroad, the Valiant lasted until 1976 and, although it was available in fancy trim packages, no one cared. They are still common today, a testament to their reliability, but each Dart and Valiant has its own unique character. This one's appliance beige paint accents the swoop on the lower panels, and looks great with the paint-matched rims. 

   
 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

1973 Porsche 914 2.0

The 914 was developed by VW and Porsche, but Porsche was the only company to put it into production, after worrying their image might be hurt if it was sold as a VW. It replaced the 912 as the cheapest and most entry-level Porsche. Most 914s had Flat-4 engines, while a few, rarer cars had Flat-6s. Today, they are an interesting alternative to the usual British sports cars, especially with the 914's unique roof.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1976 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 Spyder

Bringing back memories of the Mustang and Corvair with its name, the Monza 2+2's "Spyder" package arrived in 1976. Included was a 4.3-liter V8, special striping and badging, and sporty styling cues. The Monza originally arrived in 1975, intended to compete with the downsized Mustang II, and was based on the Vega. I've always thought the Monzas (and their similar GM cousins) were fairly good-looking cars, and this one, despite the fact it appears to have fallen on hard times, is no exception. Although it has had a non-original (spray paint?) paint job applied, a hint of the original graphics remain on the spoiler.
 
 


Monday, March 18, 2013

1965 Studebaker Commander

The Commander name was used on a variety of different Studebaker cars throughout the years, but was usually a mid-range model. For 1964, the last generation of the Commander, and the generation shown here, it was based on the Lark. Available for the Lark was a muscle car option called the Super Lark, which had high performance engines, including a supercharged one. This Commander is from the second to last year of Studebaker production, and exhibits period, hand painted, pin striping.
It is for sale in running, but not driving, shape for $950.