Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1970 Datsun 521

The 521 was an updated 520, Datsun's basic pickup, and predecessor to the popular 620 and 720. Introduced in 1966, the truck initially had the same front end as the 411 sedan, though the front end was redesigned for 1970, the same year the 520 became the 521. This one looks awesome lowered slightly on white steelies. The single fender mirror is a nice touch as well.
 
 
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ford Week 4 of 4: 1964 Ford Fairlane Sports Coupe

The fourth-generation Fairlane was introduced for the 1962 model year, and was the first to ride on a new, mid-size platform. With the size change came a change in styling, with the unique 60-61 style replaced with the much more ubiquitous style shown here. The Fairlane was available in a variety of bodystyles and trim levels, with the 500 in the middle, behind the top-of-the-line Fairlane Sports Coupe shown here. This Sports Coupe shows off the excess trim and chrome that came with being the top model in the lineup, including wire wheel hubcaps.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ford Week 3 of 4: 1974 Ford Courier

The Courier was Ford's entry into the import minitruck market in the 70s and 80s. It was a rebadged Mazda B1600, though the grille, among other touches, was Ford-designed. The Courier would last for two generations: the first until 1976, and the second until 1985. This truck features an earlier 'Courier' tailgate, and the ultra-seventies combination of yellow paint with white and brown stripes.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ford Week 2 of 4: 1965 Ford Custom 500

Basically a downmarket Galaxie, the Custom 500, and even cheaper Custom, were the cheapest full size Fords through much of the sixties and seventies. 1965 was the first year of the new third-gen cars, with the handsome squared-off styling and stacked headlights. The Custom 500, of course, was treated to very little chrome, dog-dish hubcaps, and, interestingly, the previous car's circular lights adapted to fit in the new housings. This '65 is about as basic and honest as they come; the white paint and simple trim fits the model perfectly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ford Week 1 of 4: 1975 Ford Thunderbird

By the time the sixth generation Thunderbird was introduced in 1972, the only thing it had in common with the original was the name. Gone was the handsome, unique, sporty two-seater; the T-bird was now a massive coupe, based on a Lincoln Continental (itself a poor use of the name). In fact, to the untrained eye, there was almost no difference between the Thunderbird, Elite, Cougar, and Continental. All were big, all had the same styling elements, and all were vinyl-plastered 70s Broughams. This '75 features a green interior, vinyl roof, and trim pieces, in addition to the handsome green with gold pinstriping body.
 
 
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

1966 Plymouth Belvedere Coupe

Although its first appearance was merely a trim package, by 1966, the Belvedere was its own model, and on its 6th generation. Introduced for 1965, the 6th-gen did away with the curves and strange design elements of early-60s mopar, focusing instead on a squared off, modern design. Available in all bodystyles and numerous trim levels, the Belvedere was also popular with police forces across the country. This 2-door hardtop looks fantastic sitting on the classic combination of white letter tires and dog-dish hubcaps.

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

1950 Bentley Mk VI

The Bentley Mk VI, produced from 1946-52, is one of the most famous and most common classic Bentleys. Designed as a luxury sports saloon, the VI certainly lived up to the sports part of the name, with a top speed of 100 MPH. The chassis was also used as a basis for Rolls-Royces, and the beautiful R-Type Continental. This white-on-white Mk VI has some great accessories, including a central-mounted front light and European plates.