Saturday, May 31, 2014

1976 Buick Skylark

In 1975, Buick brought back the Skylark name for their two-door Apollos, renaming the whole line "Skylark" a year later. The Apollo/Skylark, was, of course, a Chevy Nova in all but the name. The Buicks had slightly different front and rear ends, ventiports, and different hubcaps than the Nova. This Skylark wears a Pontiac hubcap in the rear, and is painted in the color of the seventies: brown.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

1963 Ford Falcon Econoline

When the VW Bus was introduced, the domestic manufacturers scrambled to release competitors. Chevy had the Corvair Van, and the later Chevy Van, and Dodge introduced the A100, all with a similar COE design. Ford's offering was the Econoline, based on the Falcon. Introduced in 1961, the Econoline was available as a pickup, panel van, and the passenger van shown here. The COE Econoline would survive until 1967, when it was replaced with a more conventionally-styled van. This Econoline, interestingly, has Falcon badging, and no badging to denote it as an Econoline.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1976 Datsun 610 Wagon

By the mid-70s, Datsun's magic had ended and their weird period had begun. The original 510 and 240Z were gone, and what was left was an assortment of fatter, slower, and way, way weirder-looking cars. In addition, their labeling seemed strange--the 610 was apparently Datsun's luxury car. This bright orange wagon is a perfect example of the downfall of Datsun--strange, conflicting shapes make up the styling, and, well, it just doesn't seem like a very inspiring car. Of course, that weird styling is what makes this car so cool--it's just so seventies!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

1959 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

One of the most famous British cars ever built, the Morris Minor was introduced in 1948, and, over the next 23 years, would see more than a million copies made. The Morris was designed as a basic economy car, and it completely filled its role. It was simple and robust, though the Minor was still comfortable and featured decent driving characteristics. This Minor 1000, the final generation, has been customized slightly with bright red paint and a black racing stripe.
 
 
 
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

1985 AMC Eagle 4x4 Wagon

Produced at a time when AMC had a hopelessly outdated lineup, the Eagle line was one of their last-ditch efforts to save the company. Everything from a wood-paneled wagon to a luxury personal coupe was available lifted and equipped with 4x4. The crude mechanics, however, didn't do much to persuade already skeptical consumers to buy an Eagle. Still, the Eagle was ahead of its time--it was one of the pioneers of 4x4 passenger cars, an idea that has become common today. This Wagon is in spectacular condition--the paint and body are near-perfect.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

1990 Subaru Sambar 4WD

The Sambar is Subaru's kei class truck, and was first introduced in 1961. The fifth generation model was introduced in 1990, and, like the generations before it, was available as both a truck (shown here) and a van. Interestingly, though common for a Subaru, many of the kei trucks are 4WD, making them even cooler. Another JDM import like the Delica last posted, this Sambar is an example of the many kei trucks in Canada. 
Pictured in Victoria, BC.
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

1991 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon Chamonix

The third generation Delica arrived in 1986, and was available as plain-jane commercial versions or tricked-out, luxury 4x4 vans, like the one here. The passenger version, known as the Star Wagon, received a facelift in the early 90s to the style shown here. Delicas, and the later Delica Space Gear are extremely popular imports in Canada, where the vans have a huge following and are practically common. This Delica sports 'Chamonix' trim, adding to the fascinating JDM-ness of this van.
--Photographed in Victoria, BC