Friday, January 31, 2014

1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible

The Mercury Cougar arrived in 1967 as a reskinned Mustang, though it was marketed as being more luxurious and "European" than the Mustang. To prove this, it had hidden headlights in the front, and way-cool sequential turn signals in the rear. For 1969, a convertible was added to the lineup, and the grill gained the prominent center section shown here.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1970 Plymouth Road Runner

The Road Runner was introduced in 1968, along with the Dodge Coronet Super Bee, as a cheap muscle car--performance without the high cost. Available with a 383, 426 Hemi, or 440, luxuries in the Road Runner were kept to a minimum. The formula proved to be a success, as the Road Runner was one of the best selling muscle cars of the sixties and seventies. This '70 features the super-cool dust-trail-into-the-sidescoop option over "Limelight" green paint.

Monday, January 27, 2014

1971 BMW Bavaria

The Bavaria, sold only in America (though the same basic design was available elsewhere), was praised for both its 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 Bavaria, though it doesn't show up very well in the photos, is painted neon green-yellow, which appears to be original. A far cry from the shades of silver and black most luxury cars today are painted.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

1960 Ford Falcon

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. This first-year sedan has the 1960-only concave grille, and the white paint further cements the basic simplicity of the Falcon.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

One of the most distinctive cars of all time, the stainless-steel DeLorean was made amous by its appearance as the time machine in Back to the Future. Designed by John Z DeLorean, of GTO and Firebird fame, the DMC-12 was made for just two years before the company went bankrupt. The car was originally supposed to be powered by a Rotary engine, but it was replaced with a Renault V6, that, unfortunately, wasn't very fast. Still, the stainless steel bodywork, gullwing doors, and distinctive styling meant that it looked good despite the performance.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1976 Subaru DL Wagon

Compared to the still-popular and (relatively) common Subaru DLs and GLs of the 80s, the earlier cars are exceedingly rare. Yes, this one has a vinyl roof. On a 70s Subaru Wagon. Then again, this car also has a huge, cursive, "front wheel drive" badge on the back, and the DL badge has a cowboy-themed font. Cars don't get much quirkier than a old Subaru.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

1976 Chevrolet Vega Sedan

The Vega was supposed to bring driving excitement to the economy class while simultaneously giving GM a true competitor to the imports, but, although it had great handling, the Vega wasn't particularly fast. It also had a tendency to rust, was only available with two doors, and suffered from GM's cost-cutting tactics (but it was more expensive than competitors). Still, at least it was fairly handsome...