Sunday, December 28, 2014

1988 BMW 318i Touring

The now-classic E30 generation of the BMW 3-Series was introduced for 1982, and would last until 1991. The quintessential RWD sports sedan, the E30 was available in many different trim levels and specs over the years. The Touring, or wagon, appeared in 1987, and (unfortunately) was never available in the U.S. The ultimate E30, the M3, was first offered in 1985. This Touring had its badging removed, so it's impossible to know what model it is; that it's a 318i is a guess.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

1981 Toyota Corolla Liftback

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 liftback has some of my favorite factory rims: the SR5 styled steelies.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

1963 Ford Falcon Wagon

The Falcon, though it wasn't the first American compact of the sixties, was the most modern and most successful. The Falcon featured clean, simple styling, reliable and economic mechanicals, and proved to be the right car for those looking for honest, basic transportation. Falcons always looked great in wagon form, and this one is no exception.

Friday, December 19, 2014

1974 Chevrolet LUV

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 early example has the first front end design, with quad headlights, and still has its original hubcaps.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

1981 Honda Civic Wagon

The second generation Civic arrived in 1980, and was another big hit for Honda. Capitalizing on the success of the original Civic, the new car was a huge improvement in all aspects. It was much cleaner and smoother looking, larger, and had a fantastic front-wheel drive platform. Also, for the first time, in addition to the hatch and wagon, a sedan was available. This '81 wagon is equipped with a 5-speed, and features the early cars' circular headlights.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

1966 Dodge Coronet 500

Introduced for 1965 after a brief absence, the 5th-gen Coronet was nothing like its full-size, finned and chrome slathered predecessors.The new car featured modern, squared off, and extremely handsome styling. Available as standard, deluxe, 440, and 500, the car was available with a variety of engines, ranging from the slant six all the way up to the mighty Hemi. This top-of-the-line 500 has a pretty meaty 383 under the hood, judging by the badges, and the Torq-Thrusts fit it perfectly.

Friday, December 12, 2014

1966 Datsun 520

Introduced for 1965, the 520 replaced the tiny 320, and helped Datsun on the road to success in the U.S. Sharing the same design elements in the front end with the 411, the 520 gained dual headlights in 1967. The 521, and updated and facelifted 520, was introduced for 1969, and would last until the arrival of the 620. This rare, early single-headlight 520 is bone-stock and all original, and features a great patina.