Friday, May 31, 2013

1958 Edsel Ranger Sedan

The Edsel was a brand of cars (technically separate from Ford) introduced in 1958. Ford worked hard on this new Edsel and claimed it was both revolutionary and modern. However, someone forgot to tell the developers, who made a large, chrome-slathered car that seemed to be stuck in the past. By the late 1958, though the biggest fins were still to come, people were shying away from cars like the Edsel, and its hideous vertical grill didn't help. Today, however, the Edsel is the ultimate in 50s cool. The rear lights, the split bumpers, and even the font on the badges are all just so 50s. And this base Ranger looks great in baby blue with matching rims.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1987 Hyundai Excel GL

Okay, it's a late '80s Hyundai, and doesn't exactly have beautiful, or even interesting, styling. And being remembered for being a horrible, unreliable car doesn't exactly boost the appeal. Introduced in 1985, the low price and modern styling led to good sales, but mechanical problems emerged a few years later. Still, look at those body color bumpers, and those sweet black mesh rims. And, hey, the design by Giugiaro is actually pretty modern.

Monday, May 27, 2013

1979 Dodge L'il Red Express Truck

The L'il Red Express was special muscle-truck edition of Dodge's Adventurer 150. Produced in 1978 and '79 only, the truck's 360 V8 meant it was the fastest American car in 1978. The package added big chrome wheels, stacks, lots of wood, and gold pinstriping and signs on the doors. With only 5,118 made, the '79 truck is a rare sight today, but most that survive are in good shape, like the one here.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

The Sedan DeVille was Cadillac's big sedan throughout the sixties and much of the seventies. The generation pictured here was introduced in 1961, and lasted until 1964. Although the fins were still there, the excess of the '59s was long gone, and the result was a much cleaner and smoother design. The beauty is still apparent here, despite some front end damage. Interestingly, the license tabs on this car were last updated in 1984.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

1971 BMW 2002

The classic sporty small car, the 2002 has achieved legendary status today for its great looks, and great performance, whether stock or tuned. The 2002, along with the other BMW sedans and coupes from the same time period, saved BMW at a difficult time for the company. The 2002 was built from 1968 to 1975, and was available as a fuel-injected tii, and a turbo, both highly collectible today. This 2002 has the earlier, and prettier, circular rear lights, and is finished in a great shade of blue.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

1982 Toyota Celica GT

The 3rd gen Celica was introduced in 1981 with a very angular body, the style at the time. Like the Corolla AE86 of later years, it was available in both notchback and fastback/liftback body styles, and the styling was similar as well. Earlier cars had the exposed, though slanted, headlights, while later cars' headlights were fully hidden. Performance was okay, but a GT-S model was added for those who wanted a sporty Celica. This one looks great with the fender flares, 4-spoke rims, and pre-facelift headlights.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

1969 Ford Econoline Club Wagon

The second generation Econoline was introduced in 1969, replacing the Falcon-based compact 1st gen. This was the first modern American van, meaning it had a hood. In 1969, Dodge and Chevy both still had cab-over-engine vans. This "luxury" Club Wagon has been converted into a camper, and looks great in white and green two-tone.