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 70s-brown coupe features the later, squared-off grille design, and is sitting on Supra rims.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The new generation Subarus arrived in 1980, available as a hatch, sedan, coupe, and wagon, all available in front and four wheel drive. The styling was modern and handsome, a welcome upgrade from Subaru's strange styling of the previous decade, and the 4WD system was further refined and improved. Interestingly, GL models for the first two years were available with a third headlight mounted behind a pivoting door in the center of the grille. Known as the "Cyclops" these Subarus are fairly rare, and today are appreciated as a piece of 80s weirdness. This "Cyclops"-equipped GL still has its original white rims, and features a host of 80s accessories, including the rear window cleaner and pinstriping.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The classic sporty small car, BMW's 2002 has achieved legendary status today for its great looks, and great performance, whether stock or tuned. The 2002, along with the other BMW sedans and coupes from the same time period, saved BMW at a difficult time for the company. The 2002 was built from 1968 to 1975, and was available as a fuel-injected tii, and a turbo, both highly collectible today. Though 2002s are still relatively common today, the patina on this one, as well as the period modifications make for an interesting find.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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 1982, with diesel and 4x4 variants along the way. This Diesel, besides being in fantastic condition, also has a period camper shell--complete with curly, brougham-y accents.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Debuting in 1966 and lasting until 1985, the Fiat 124 Spider, based on the the 124 sedan, was Fiat's mid-level sports car, larger than the 850 and X1/9. The Spider was designed by Pininfarina, who would later take over production in the early eighties. Powered by a DOHC 4, the Fiat featured handling and performance on par with other seventies sports cars, such as the MGB and Jensen Healey. This Spider, offered at 3000 OBO, features a very seventies brown, as well as very cool 4-spoke styled rims.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The Polara was Dodge's mid-range full-size car through much of the sixties. Available in all body styles, the third generation was introduced in 1965, and would last until 1968. The Polara featured dramatic sixties styling, especially the post-'67 fastback, which, with optional V8s of up to 440 ci, had the power behind the looks. This Polara, though extremely presentable and in nice, original shape, still has the marks of a daily driver.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Although it was originally based on the Invicta, Buick's Wildcat became a stand-alone model in 1963. Though more of a sport coupe or a highway cruiser than an all-out muscle car, the Wildcat still packed some punch under the hood in the form of a 325 HP, 401 CI V8, or an optional 360-horse 425. The Wildcat would last until 1970 before being replaced by the Centurion the next year. This Wildcat is one of the most patina-ed cars I've ever photographed, and looks like it has been (or had been) sitting for a long time.