Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The Type 181, or Thing, was introduced to the U.S. in 1973, and was about as crude as cars come. Based largely off the outdated Beetle, and outdated military designs (the 181 was used as a military vehicle as well), it's no surprise the Thing was extremely slow and unsafe for a 70s car. This Thing still has its original side stripes, as well as a removable hardtop roof.
Monday, October 28, 2013
The second generation Celica, introduced in 1978, replaced the popular and classic 1st generation. Like the earlier cars, the new Celica was available as a notchback coupe or fastback. Early cars, like this one, are easily identifiable by their round headlights; later cars had square lights. This first-year GT has the prettier circular lights, which, along with the dark grey steelies, make for a great looking package.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The Javelin was AMC's sporty, muscle-car coupe, made from 1968-74. Like the muscle cars from the big three, the Javelin was available as hot as you wanted it, with a straight six as the base engine, and an available 315-horse 390. Javelins were also successful in Trans-Am, sporting unique red, white, and blue paint schemes. This first-year SST has the original, fake mag hubcaps as well as a great shade of bronze.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Although they were much more popular in Japan, there was a time in the 80s when every major Japanese manufacturer had a straight-front, COE van available in the U.S. Nissan's Van arrived in 1987, and was sold for only a couple years. What makes the Nissan even more scarce, however, is the fact that every single one made was recalled and destroyed. After reports of engine fires due to overheating, Nissan bought back every Van sold in the U.S., making survivors extremely rare.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Porsche 911 is one of the most famous and recognizable sports cars in the world, if not the most. Introduced in 1964, the 911 is still made today, and still has the same shape as the original. The early cars, made before the huge spoilers and bodykits cluttered the original pure, clean shape, are the most beautiful, at least in my opinion. This Targa, which had a removable roof, sits on classic Fuchs rims.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Cutlass was Oldsmobile's midsize A-body, and shared underpinnings with the Chevelle, Skylark, and Le Mans. Available was the 442 muscle car package, which, depending on the year, came with a monster engine and other uprated components. It's easy to see the cool split front and rear lights on this car, despite the front end being a little worse for wear.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Galaxie was redesigned for '64, with styling still looks handsome today--especially those afterburner taillights. The 500 sat in the middle of the Galaxie Hierarchy, with the Custom below and the XL above. Available was a 425-hp 427, though this car has "only" a 390. The five spoke mags on this car complement the coupe's great lines perfectly.