The Courier was Ford's entry into the minitruck market in the 70s and 80s. It was a rebadged Mazda, though with a Ford-designed grill. The first generation shown here lasted until 1976, and the second (and final) lasted until '85. The early Couriers are becoming rare, so it was a treat to see this one, especially in such good and original condition.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
The Hillman Minx was one of a few Rootes Group cars exported to the U.S. in the '50s and early 60s. Designed by Raymond Loewy (of Studebaker fame), the Minx was unpopular in the U.S. market. Seeing one today is rare, on account of the low starting number, and low survival rate. The aqua and white two-tone on this sedan, excuse me, saloon, looks great, and the patina is perfect.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Chevette, introduced in 1976, was Chevy's small compact through the seventies and eighties. The Chevette was available as a 3 or 5 door, and even a two seater Scooter model. Though it is now remembered as a lemon, it was popular at the time, and was a somewhat-worthy competitor to the Japanese. This Chevette is a sweet specimen, with its roof rack and dog-dish hubcaps.
Monday, June 24, 2013
The 4th generation Fury was introduced in 1965, and had modern and handsome styling, a change from the previous generation. Available was the Fury I, for commercial (taxi) use, Fury II, Fury III, Sport Fury, and Fury VIP. The Fury II was the mid-range, basic (but not too basic) sedan. This '66 has the best wheels ever made, slot mags, and the silver paint looks great.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Though advertisements said "it's pretty easy to think you're in a sports car", the Celica, introduce to the U.S. in 1971, was actually a fairly capable performance machine. The Celica was available in LT, ST, and GT trims, though it's hard to tell what this one is. This first-year Celica has been parked outside a repair shop for years, and is in solid, though incomplete shape.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The classic Land Rover Series was produced relatively unchanged from 1948-1985. The IIA was made from '62-'71, but is identical to the earlier Series II. The IIA was extremely successful around the world, and sold very well, and continues to be popular. This one seems to have been fitted with some aftermarket graphics, and sports an amazing patina.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The El Camino was Chevy's pickup car, introduced in 1959 to compete with the Ford Ranchero. Like the Chevelle it was based on, the 3rd generation arrived in 1968, available in the high-performance SS 396 package. For 1969, the SS had the 396 again, with 265-375 HP, depending on how hot you wanted it. It's surprising--though awesome--to see a SS still on the job. This one's bed is filled with doors from a '60s Chevy Greenbrier van.