Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1979 Honda Civic 1200

Along with the B210 and Corolla, the Civic was part of a different "big three" in the 70s: the 3 big economy compacts. The first generation was made from 1973-79, and, despite rust problems, sold well due to the American car manufacturer's inability to design a worthy competitor. Also, the Corolla was more expensive than the Honda, making the Civic even more attractive to buyers. Available as a 3 or 5-door, and a wagon, this last-year hatch looks to be still going strong.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

1984 VW Rabbit GTI

Here's a rarity: an all stock, original Mk1 GTI (though there's also this one...). The VW GTI was the sporty version of the standard Rabbit, and is basically looked upon as the classic, definitive hot hatch. Although the Europeans got the GTI in 1976, it didn't arrive in the states until 1983. This one still has the original "snowflake" wheels--which look great--along with the other GTI goodies.
  
 
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

1969 Ford Galaxie 500

The Galaxie was Ford's full size throughout the 60s and the first half of the 70s. 1969 was the first year of the 4th and final generation. Following the trends, it was even bigger, had bigger engines, and bigger styling. This 500 is about as basic as was available, though the light yellow with a black vinyl roof is a handsome combination.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

1972 Toyota Corona Mark II

The Corona Mk II arrived as Toyota's biggest car in the U.S.: above the Corona and the Corolla. It was a replacement of sorts for the Crown, which, though information is scarce, it appears Toyota stopped importing to the U.S. around the same time.The second gen MkII shown here was bigger, and had styling to match. Just look at that, ahem, unique grill and rear light assembly!
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 22, 2013

1966 Volvo 1800S

The Volvo P1800 is Volvo's most famous and popular sports car. Introduced in 1961, the "S" designation was added in 1963 when production moved to Sweden. Later, near the end of the P1800's life, the 1800ES was introduced, a shooting brake/wagon version of the car. A '66 1800S currently holds records for high mileage; it's due to hit 3,000,000 miles in a couple months (Sept. '13).
 
  
 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

1964 Mercedes 190D

The Fintail Mercedes, named for the fins on their tails, were introduced in 1961, and replaced the Ponton sedans. The 190 was Mercedes' cheaper, more basic sedan, and the "D" on this one denotes a diesel. Seeing such early Mercedes is becoming increasingly rare, but this one appears in great shape for its age.
 
  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

1976 Ford XC GT 351 Ute

You've seen it on Curbside Classic, you've seen it on Hooniverse, and now you can see it here. Uniquely Australian, Utes are car-based pickups, similar to our own pickup cars. This particular one is based on the XC Falcon, and has been made in to a sort of GT 351 clone (the package was never available). This car has been sitting on the Oregon coast for a while now, but hopefully its rarity (at least in the U.S.) means it will be saved.