Monday, September 30, 2013

1979 Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser

The FJ55 replaced the FJ45 as Toyota's big, four door Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser, of course, was the classic Japanese Jeep--tough, basic, and outdated (the newer ones share only the name). Compare this to a '79 Suburban, and it's easy to see why these are a lot rarer. Not only does it look outdated, it just looks weird, though, like 70s Datsuns, it's a charming, Japanese type of weird.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

1967 Imperial Le Baron

Imperial was Chrysler's elite, ultra luxury brand, and really meant something special until the early 70s. Even more special were the Crown Imperials, the limousines. The sixties Imperials were designed by the same designer who penciled the classic '61 Lincoln Continental, and the same flat sides and modern elements are obvious here as well. I was unable to get a profile shot of this beautiful-condition Imperial, unfortunately, but the crisp and modern styling is still evident.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

1969 Opel Kadett Coupe

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. Kadetts are some of my favorite cars--I just love the way they look, especially riding on slot mags.
  
 
 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

1978 Ford Fiesta Ghia

Sold for just three years in the U.S., the Mk 1 Fiesta was extremely popular in England, but only enjoyed limited success on these shores. The Fiesta featured a very modern, handsome design, much like the Rabbit, and unlike the Pinto, Ford's other compact at the time. The U.S. spec model featured round headlights; this car also sports Ghia trim: the top-level package.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

1970 Datsun 510 Wagon

The 510 is Datsun's legendary economy car--although it was also a capable performance car, with a design and performance similar to BMW's 2002. Economical, sporty, and good looking--no wonder it was (and is) so popular. The 510 also dominated its class in Trans Am, and won multiple rally championships and races. This wagon stands out with its stripes and custom rims.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

1971 Jeep J4000

In 1962, Jeep entered the civilian pickup truck business with the Gladiator, putting the tough and well known Jeep name on a slightly more luxurious and accommodating pickup. More luxurious than earlier pickups based on the Willys station wagon, and the classic Jeep, but still extremely basic compared to pickups today. The Gladiator adopted the front from the Wagoneer in 1970 and continued to have the same basic design until the pickup was retired in 1988. This J4000 has the best wheels you could put on on an off-road machine: large diameter steel rims.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Pontiac's Wide Track was obvious when viewing the '67 Bonneville. Full size really meant full size--in fact the only small thing about it was the wheels! The new-for-1967 grill was one of the most spectacular of the sixties, and still is today. The standard engine was a 400ci V8, though a 428 producing close to 400 hp was available. This Bonneville looks unbelievably menacing with that grill, the patina, and the bare steel rims.