Friday, August 30, 2013

1970 Opel GT

The GT was a small sports car produced by Opel in the late '60s and early '70s. Based on the Kadett, the GT was available with either a 1.1 or 1.9, which produced enough HP for such a small and light car. Interestingly, Opels from this period were sold at Buick dealerships, showing the more upscale intent of these cars. I suppose with older, rarer cars such as this, it's a good idea to have spare parts on hand, and I'd wager having two complete cars is enough to keep up with any mechanical failures the best one may have.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

1963 Mercury Comet Custom Coupe

The Comet was Mercury's version of the Ford Falcon, and the name continued on as their version of the Fairlane, and later the Maverick. For the first generation (pictured here), the Comet was a slightly luxurious and upscale compact, and, similar to Chrysler's Valiant, wasn't badged as a Mercury until 1962. Styling was similar to that of other period Mercuries, but seemed cluttered compared to the clean Falcon. The styling touches definitely look a lot better on the coupe, compared to the sedan.

Monday, August 26, 2013

1981 Chevrolet Citation

The Citation, Chevy's first front wheel drive car, also seemed to be Chevy's first competent compact, at least at first. Sales were huge for the first year; Chevy couldn't make enough to fill all the orders. But then the problems started happening. Not only was the Citation just cheaply made, but it had a huge number of mechanical faults too. Sales plunged, and the "new" Citation II couldn't save the car. This Citation is in amazing condition, and the dark green with chrome slot mag-ish rims look great.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

1979 Toyota Corolla Wagon

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 '79 wagon, one of the last years of the 3rd gen, is painted in a great shade of blue-green.

Monday, August 19, 2013

1977 Peugeot 504 Diesel Wagon

The Peugeot 504 is one of those cars that is extremely popular and common all over the world--except the U.S. Although Peugeot stopped production in 1983, South American and African countries continued production well into the mid 2000s. As far as styling goes, the 504 is reasonably handsome, though the sedan has a strange slanted trunk. The wagonwas gigantic; this one benefits from a roof rack and cool original hubcaps.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

1978 Plymouth Sapporo

The Plymouth Sapporo arrived, along with the twin Dodge Challenger, in 1978. The Mitsubishi Galant Lambda upon which it was based was first made 2 years earlier. The Sapporo was positioned as a more upmarket/luxury sport coupe, as opposed to the sportier Arrow and TC3. I had seen this Sapporo driving twice, and saw it parked once when I was without a camera, but I finally captured this rare find. Check out that big, brushed metal hoop over the passenger compartment!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan

The Bel Air was Chevy's highest trim offering on their full size cars in the 50s. Today, the '55-'57, or tri-five Bel Airs are regarded as some of the best designs of the fifties. The earlier, 1st generation cars also exhibit great fifties styling, obvious when looking at this chrome-covered beauty. Unlike most restored Bel Airs you see at shows, this one is a sedan, and is painted in an  fantastic shade of orange.