Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1974 Ford Pinto Runabout

Though it's most remembered for its tendency to blow up when rear-ended, the Pinto wasn't completely terrible, as so many people claim. The styling was crisp and handsome (at least until the 5MPH bumpers came along), and, like other Detroit compacts of the era, handling was decent (decent enough to be a worthy competitor in SCCA races). Still, compared to the Japanese compacts, the Pinto was still big, slow, and had bad space utilization.This Pinto shows off the huge 5-MPH that were new on the Pinto for 1974. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

1967 Chrysler Newport Custom

As the cheapest model of the Chrysler lineup, the Newport had the least amount of chrome and trim--though there was still a lot! For 1967, the Custom was introduced, and included various upgrades to match its higher price. Engine options for the fourth generation here included the high-hp 383 and 440--though all that power was necessary to haul around the Newport's huge mass. This Custom shows off the square styling introduced for '67, almost as imposing as an Imperial.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

1971 Volvo 1800E

The Volvo P1800 is Volvo's most famous and popular sports car. Introduced in 1961, the "S" designation was added in 1963 (and the "P" was dropped) when production moved to Sweden. The 1800E was introduced in 1969; the "E" meant the car was now equipped with fuel injection. Later, near the end of the 1800's life, the 1800ES was introduced, a shooting brake/wagon version of the car. A '66 1800S currently holds records for high mileage; it recently hit 3,000,000 miles. This '71 shows off the cool black alloys that were introduced with the 1800E.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

1989 Dodge Colt Vista

The Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista, a rebadged Mitsubishi Chariot, appeared around 1984, and brought a larger, "tall wagon" (sort of like today's crossovers...) to the range. The Vista was available in regular front-wheel-drive, as shown here, or a jacked-up full-time 4WD. Around 1988, the Vista was facelifted, gaining flush headlights, among other changes. This subtly two-toned Vista features the original, extremely 80s alloy wheels.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1969 Buick Electra 225 Convertible

The Buick Electra and Electra 225 were some of Buick's full-sizers throughout the '60s and '70s. The third generation cars were introduced in 1965, and featured extremely crisp and clean styling. 1969 saw a facelift with a new, lower grill, along with other changes. This '69--the second to last year of the 3rd generation, is in beautiful condition, and looks great on the Buick rally wheels.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1972 Land Rover Series III

The classic Land Rover Series was produced relatively unchanged from 1948-1985. The Series III was introduced in 1971, but was almost exactly the same as the IIA. Like late IIAs, the Series III had headlights on the fenders, and the classic curved sides.Quintessentially British, Land Rovers were available in the short wheelbase shown here, and a longer, station wagon style.

Friday, July 18, 2014

1985 Audi 5000S

The 3rd generation Audi 100 sedans were introduced in 1982, with the slightly more upscale 200 arriving a year later. In the U.S., the car was known as the 5000 before 1988, when it adopted the 100 and 200 designations for the tail end of the 3rd generation. 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 5000S has the earlier non-flush front lights; a change in crash rules eventually brought the front end styling up to date with the rest of the car.