Friday, February 28, 2014

1965 Opel Rekord 1700 Caravan

The Opel Rekord B was introduced in 1965 to replace the Rekord A, though the B was in production for just 10 months. Very similar to the A, the Rekord B received the modern, square light front end as well as a new 4 cylinder engine. The Caravan, or wagon, was only available as a two door, and, with its slim bumpers and modern front end, looked fantastic.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The redesigned '71 Mustang was updated for the seventies, meaning it got larger and fatter, more luxurious, and less of an affordable, fun, pony car. Still, amidst the Grandes and six-cylinders, the Mach 1 and Boss 351 continued the muscle-car legacy, to a point. This Mach 1, available with a 302 or a 351, features the original striping and factory slot mags.

Monday, February 24, 2014

1967 Buick Special Deluxe

Throughout the sixties, the Special was Buick's cheapest mid-size model, below the Skylark. Available as a sedan, coupe, station wagon, and convertible, it was designed during one of GM's best eras for design, obvious when looking at this sharply styled coupe. The white and green two-tone paint on this car looks fantastic, as do the original wheel covers.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

1966 Datsun 411 Sedan

The Datsun 410/411 arrived in 1964, featuring up to date, handsome styling by Pininfarina, as well as modern technology and construction processes. Looking very much like a little Alfa Romeo or Lancia, the 411 proved to be reliable and, in SS guise, reasonably sporty. Like all early Japanese cars, 411s are rare today, so seeing this one, complete with California black plates and yellow fog lights, was a real treat.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

1974 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

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 is painted a very fitting beige: a basic color for a basic car.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

1976 International Scout II

The Scout first appeared in 1960, six years before the Ford Bronco and 7 before the Chevy K/5 Blazer. By the late sixties, these three were big competitors in the SUV market. The Scout II arrived in 1971, and updated it to better compete with the larger and more comfortable Blazer. It remained basically unchanged until 1980, the last year for Scouts, when it gained rectangular headlights. This Scout II sports a unique and cool green/gold paint scheme, with matching rims.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

1977 VW Rabbit C

The now classic Mk1 Golf/Rabbit arrived in 1974, intended as a replacement for the Beetle. Borrowing some technology from newly-aquired Audi, the Golf was an extremely modern, front wheel drive, front engine hatchback--a huge departure from the outdated Beetle. This fairly early Rabbit (as it was known in the U.S.) exhibits the angular Giugiaro styling, and the early small taillights.