Although their pickups were reasonably modern and competitive with the Big Three's trucks, International, like most independents, lagged behind in sales. The final generation of IH pickups were introduced in 1969, and featured simple, square, modern design, though underneath it was basically the same truck as the earlier generation. 1974 would be the last full model year for IH pickups, with production ending midway through 1975.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
The B13 Nissan Sentra arrived for 1991, and further refined Nissan's basic, boring compact. However, available for the first time was the hot SE-R version, which featured, among other upgrades, a naturally-aspirated version of Nissan's popular SR20 engine. Backing up the engine was a competent suspension and handling, as well as various visual upgrades. Today, finding an SE-R, especially one that is stock and original like this one, is rare.
Friday, November 21, 2014
The first generation of the Ford F-Series was introduced for 1948, and marked, in addition to the introduction of the extremely popular F-Series line, the first time the Ford trucks received their own, dedicated platform. This generation would last until 1952, though would see many different updates and design changes throughout. This heavy-duty F3 has some cool period accessories, including a spotlight and year-correct plates.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Mk1 Scirocco, penned by Giugiaro, is now recognized, like the Mk1 Golf, as a true design classic. Introduced for 1975, the Scirocco shared its platform with the Golf, though it was reworked for sportier handling and driving characteristics, not to mention the much sportier coupe bodystyle. This early Mk1 features a beautiful dark purple paint job, and color matched GTI rims.
Monday, November 17, 2014
The Nova was Chevy's compact, and arrived in 1962. The car shown here is the last of 4 generations, though the name was subsequently revived in the eighties for a rebadged Toyota. The Nova was usually a fairly strong seller, partly due to the fact that you could get one as a slow sedan all the way up to a full muscle car SS. This two-door hatchback has amazing patina, and has managed to hold on to two of its original hubcaps over the years.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The BRAT was Subaru's small pickup, and, according to ads, was "fun on wheels". Today, BRATs are most famous for the backwards-facing seats in the bed. These were installed so Subaru could call the BRAT a passenger car, and avoid the high tax on small trucks imported to the U.S.--known as the the chicken tax. The BRAT was restyled for 1983, bringing the styling up to date with the rest of Subaru's line. This early DL features, in addition to its original white wheels and jump seats, some awesome stripes and graphics.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Stock, original AE86 GT-S's are a fairly rare find today, though, since starting this blog, I've seen quite a few. Generally, those that survive are either badly customized, turned into drift cars, or are expensive builds. The 86, of course, is Toyota's legendary rear-wheel-drive Corolla, and the GT-S was the top performance variant, with a 4AGE engine. This car's lack of graphics and bare steelies would point to a base or SR5 model, but the worn GT-S badge on the trunk says otherwise.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Chrysler models were completely redesigned for 1957, gaining more headlights, more chrome, and bigger fins. Dodge's 9-passenger Sierra Spectator was the top-of-the-line, full-size wagon in their lineup. With less than 3500 produced, the Sierras are very rare today; I had never even heard of the model before spotting this one. This example, which will hopefully receive the restoration it deserves soon, sits next to an early 60s Dart, and, even more interesting, an fairly early Porsche 911.