Monday, December 30, 2013

The Top 25 30 Cars of 2013 (Part 1)

Picking just 25 cars was too hard, so this year there are 30.

1950 Studebaker Champion (5/5/13)

1959 Ford Panel Truck (11/3/13)

1976 Lancia Scorpion (11/7/13)

1972 Toyota Corona Mark II (7/24/13)

1962 BMW 700 (2/6/13)

1979 Jeep J10 Honcho (11/5/13)

1975 Honda Civic CVCC (1/21/13)

1967 Pontiac Bonneville (9/17/13)

1972 Citroen DS Wagon (8/5/13)

1970 Chevrolet Malibu Chevelle (7/8/13)

1973 Opel Manta (1/6/13)

1978 Dodge Colt (12/28/13)

1987 Renault GTA (4/19/13)

1978 Plymouth Sapporo (8/17/13)

1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S (9/9/13)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

1978 Dodge Colt

The original Dodge Colt was a rebadged Mitsubishi Galant, but for 1977, Dodge began badging the smaller Lancer as the Colt. The new Colt had to compete with the many capable compacts available in the late 70s, and, while they were reasonably successful at the time, the early Colts have disappeared. I have been wanting to see one of these for a while now, because of their handsome styling and rarity, so I was happy to capture this solid '78 last week.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Sedan

Isn't it funny that, with all the furor surrounding the big-engined cars, the 4 door Chevelles seem almost rarer. I like an LS5-equipped SS just as much as anyone else, but I find the more pedestrian, Malibu-badged sedans just as interesting--if not more. 1972 represented the last year of the 2nd-gen Chevelle, and the end of an era, as the new '73 cars represented a shift toward the personal luxury cars that dominated American lineups in the seventies.

Monday, December 23, 2013

1979 AMC Spirit AMX

The AMC Spirit was introduced in 1979, as the replacement for the old Gremlin. But underneath the new body was the same, 9 year-old Gremlin platform. The AMX was the performance version, and included every gaudy 70s muscle car cliche. Huge graphics? Check. Lots of unnecessary body add-ons? Check. A tiny V8 engine that didn't live up to the hallowed name of the car? Check. But that's exactly what makes this car so cool today. It could only be from the 70s.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

1969 BMW 2500

BMW's E3 sedans were praised for both their performance and luxury, much like BMWs today. The styling was extremely fresh and modern--10 years later, BMWs still looked the same--but still were handsome and up to date. This early, small-engined 2500 looks great with the original rims and small bumpers.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

1989 Chrysler LeBaron GTS

The LeBaron GTS, introduced in 1985, was Chrysler's answer to the sporty European luxury cars flooding the market. And really, from the outside, they succeeded. Modern, handsome styling with Euro touches such as the five door silhouette and gold mesh rims. In GTS guise, it received the 2.2L Turbo, which gave it fairly peppy performance for the time. The LeBaron never looked better than this example, with its brown paint and matching gold pinstripes and rims.