The LUV was first sold in 1972, joining the other minitrucks from Datsun, Toyota, Ford, and Mazda. The groovy name was an acronym for the decidedly less sexy-sounding Light Utility Vehicle. A rebadged Isuzu Faster/P'up, the LUV lasted until 1980, with diesel and 4x4 variants along the way. This '78 has the later, single headlight design, and some sweet white dog-dish hubcaps.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
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. This automatic-equipped wagon is painted a great shade of 70s gold.
Monday, March 23, 2015
A true design classic--in the same league as the Beetle, Austin's first Mini was produced in 1959. By the time production finished, 5.3 million had been made. The Mini was brilliantly designed, with great space utilization in the interior as well as under the hood. Performance was peppy too, especially in "S" guise, and Minis enjoyed success in rallying and many other forms of racing. This earlier car looks great on tiny steelies with dog-dish hubcaps
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Nissan Stanza, especially the first generation, is one of those cars that has become pretty rare, but no one noticed or cares. First sold in the U.S. around 1983, the Stanza was pretty unremarkable and conventional, with sedan or 5-door variants available. Flush headlights appeared for 1985. This Stanza is pretty sweet all decked out with a trunk-mounted luggage rack and some super 80s rims.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The Chevette, introduced in 1976, was Chevy's small compact through the seventies and eighties. The Chevette was available as a 3 or 5 door, and even a two seater Scooter model. Though it is now remembered as a lemon, it was popular at the time, and was a somewhat-worthy competitor to the Japanese. This pre-facelift example is the 5-door bodystyle, new for 1978.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Marauder name has had an interesting history, having been applied to a variety of different cars over the years, though it was always the performance variant. The first generation featured a flush/positive sloping rear window, as well as a variety of large V8 engine options. The second generation lasted just two years: 1969 and 70, and had dramatic styling, and an available 429. Finally, the name was reintroduced in the 2000s on a sporty version of the Grand Marquis. This '65 looks menacing in black on steelies-the perfect look for the Marauder name.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The TE72 Corolla has achieved a near-legendary status among Japanese nostalgics, regarded by many to be as classic as the Datsun 510. And it's easy to see why: handsome, crisp 3-box styling, rear wheel drive, and fairly good performance, especially for a basic economy car. This Corolla exhibits the later front end with two square lights; earlier cars had quad circular lights. By far the most common body styles were the two and four door sedans, along with the wagon; the two-door fastback, coupe, and liftback are much rarer today. This rusty coupe wears the extremely handsome SR5 steelies.
*sorry about the grainy phone pics*
*sorry about the grainy phone pics*
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Audi 4000 debuted in 1980 with the quattro arriving four years later. The CS quattro was the ultimate version--sold only with a 5-speed manual, it had four wheel drive, cool graphics, and 5-cylinder engine that put out 115 BHP. The styling, like all 80s Audis, was incredibly clean, fresh, and modern. This early '84 looks stunning in Alpine White.