The new, 3rd gen Toyota Corolla was introduced in 1975, and affirmed Toyota's reputation for amazing build quality and good economy. It needed to, as it had many strong competitors at that time, both from Japanese manufacturers and domestic makers (though their compacts were hardly competitive.). Despite a higher price and fewer features than the competition, it was still a popular car during the gas shortages. It appears the only option on this base-model sedan is the automatic transmission.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Jeep CJ-8 was introduced for 1981, and was another addition to the Jeep lineup. Basically a standard CJ-7 with a pickup bed, the Scramblers also had a longer wheelbase. Like other Jeeps of the same period, Scramblers were available in all kinds of cool stripe kits, though this one has a more subtle scheme. Scramblers are some of my favorite Jeeps today, and, because of their rarity, it's always nice to see one.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The fourth generation Impala was introduced for 1965, and continued to become more and more popular, setting a sales record in the process. In addition to the array of V8s and generous interior space, the Impala also featured handsome styling; the coupes, especially, are now regarded as true design classics. This heavily patina-ed sedan looks menacing with the black steelies and creeping moss.
Monday, January 19, 2015
The B210 replaced the B110 in the mid-70s, and, despite the weird styling, managed to be quite popular throughout its life. The B210 was the right car at the right time--it was introduced during the gas crisis, and the period when the Japanese companies were seeing huge success. The B210 was available as a hatchback or notchback sedans, though both were strange looking, especially the front and rear. This 70s-brown hatch is in pretty nice shape, though it does have some non-original hubcaps installed.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Here's an incredibly rare car: the US Grand Prix Edition Celica was only available in 1980, and just 500 were made in each color (available in red, white or blue). The package featured the stripes, an egg crate grill, and a couple other small modifications. Otherwise, it was identical to a highly-optioned 2nd-gen Celica GT Liftback. Most USGP cars that survive were squirreled away when new as collector's cars, so it's interesting to see such a rare car in beater, daily-driver condition.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Ever since its first use on a huge, 4x4 military truck, the Power Wagon name has been synonymous with big, tough, trucks. Just look at this massive thing. Huge ground clearance, big winch bumpers, and loads of utilitarian, function-over-form features. The Town Wagon, a passenger version of the Town Panel, first appeared in 1954, and would continue in its same basic form until 1966. This '64 is in nice shape, with just the right amount of patina.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Grand Prix appeared during Pontiac's wide track era, and was affixed to some of the best looking cars of the sixties. The Grand Prix was always something special; even into the third generation, the single round headlights gave it a unique, sporting flair. Unfortunately, the styling began to decline sharply, and by 1977, it was nowhere near as individual, and instead featured a ubiquitous four-light front on an interesting, but ultimately flabby body.