Sunday, March 30, 2014

1991 Audi 200 Quattro Avant

The 3rd generation Audi 100 sedans were introduced in 1982, with the slightly more upscale 200 arriving a year later. At the time, the cars were extremely advanced and modern, with styling that still looks amazingly fresh today, and competent mechanicals to back up the modern looks. The Avant, or wagon, featured a beautiful sloping, fastback silhouette, making it, in my opinion, one of the best looking cars of the eighties and nineties. This later Avant looks absolutely fantastic in white with matching white rims.

Friday, March 28, 2014

1962 Ford Thunderbird Landau

Ford's Thunderbird started out as a two seat roadster, though in 1958, the new 4-seat 'Squarebird' arrived--bigger, more practical, but never as cool. In 1961, the Thunderbird was redesigned, featuring the distinctive pointed front end and afterburner taillights. Two new models were introduced in 1962: the Landau, which had a vinyl top with landau bars, and the Sports Roadster, which included a large fiberglass panel covering the rear seats. This Landau shows off the distinctive 3rd-gen styling, and looks great in white with the aqua top.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

1977 Dodge D100 Adventurer Club Cab

The 3rd generation D100 was introduced in 1972, bringing Dodge's truck offering up to date with the F150 and C10. The third generation also saw the introduction of the Club Cab, the first of its kind, which featured a slightly longer cab for extra storage space. Available also, in the late seventies, were special Adult Toys line, which included the L'il Red Express, Warlock, and Macho Power Wagon, among others. This Club Cab Adventurer exudes a real "muscle truck" feel with its slot mags and white-letter tires.

Monday, March 24, 2014

1984 VW Quantum Wagon

The Quantum replaced the Dasher as VW's U.S. market version of the Passat in 1981. Available as a sedan, wagon, or strange hatchback, the Quantum was fairly conventionally styled (except that hatchback!). The 4WD Syncro was introduced in 1984, and flush headlights appeared in 1985. This fairly early Quantum is in great shape, and features the earlier, non-flush headlights, as well as a set of extremely 80s hubcaps.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

1982 Toyota Corolla Wagon

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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

1979 International Scout II Traveler

The Scout first appeared in 1960, six years before the Ford Bronco and 7 before the Chevy K/5 Blazer. By the late sixties, these three were big competitors in the SUV market. The Scout II arrived in 1971, and updated it to better compete with the larger and more comfortable Blazer. It remained basically unchanged until 1980, the last year for Scouts, when it gained rectangular headlights. Travelers, like this one, had a longer wheelbase than standard Scouts, and were available with the soft top shown here or a large fiberglass roof.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

1970 Buick Estate Wagon

In 1970, Buick introduced the Estate Wagon, their first full-size station wagon since 1964. However, the Lesabre-based model would only stick around for one year before being redesigned and beccoming even bigger for 1971. Of course, as Buick's luxury wagon, it was treated to four ventiports, and fake wood was an option. This car, however, has an even rarer vinyl roof instead of the wood, which looks great on the Buick rally wheels.