Saturday, August 30, 2014

1984 Honda Civic 1500S

The 3rd generation Civic was introduced for 1984, and was available in 4 body styles: hatch, sedan, wagon, and CRX. Styling was boxy and modern, so modern, in fact, that these cars are often confused with the late 80s 4th-gen Civics. The 1500S was available for the first two model years before being replaced by the Si. The package included some minor interior and handling upgrades, but no additional power or engine mods. Although 3rd gens are still fairly common, early examples with non-flush headlights are becoming rare, especially in "S" trim.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

1978 International Scout II

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. This heavily rotted and patina'd '78 still wears its original side stripes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1964 Sunbeam Imp

The Imp, introduced by the Rootes Group in 1963, was their first rear-engine car, and their first modern compact. Unfortunately, like many cars before and after it, the Imp went into production too soon, before the problems had been completely ironed out, resulting in numerous problems and maladies. However, the Imp, which was sold only as a Sunbeam in the U.S., but sold under other nameplates elsewhere, has since developed a following, as enthusiasts have discovered the rear engine and reasonably sophisticated suspension result in excellent handling and performance. Imps are extremely rare in the U.S. today, so it was cool to see another one, especially with such great rims.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1954 GMC Panel Van

The Chevy and GMC 'Advance Design' trucks were introduced in 1947, and were completely redesigned for post-war America. Everything was new on these trucks, including the styling, which, along with their 'Task Force' successors, is now regarded as classic. This massive panel van is a long-wheelbase, heavy-duty model, and "is not abandoned," according to the license plate frame.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

1976 Porsche 914

The 914, introduced in 1969, was developed by both VW and Porsche, though, ultimately, it was Porsche who put in into production.  The 914 replaced the 912 as Porsche's cheapest offering, with the 924 following in 1976. The rare, larger engined 914/6 lasted until 1972, and saw just 3300 produced. This last-year car features the large, black bumpers introduced to comply with crash regulations.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1964 Ford Thunderbird

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.Though it was a full restyle, the new-for-'64 T-Bird looked more like a facelift and seemed, to me, pretty dated. Perhaps it's because even in the mid-60s, as shown on this example, there was still a lot of "space age" styling details that would look more at home on a 50s design. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

1973 Toyota Corona Deluxe Wagon

The Corona was positioned as Toyota's mid-level car--between the Corolla and Corona Mk II. It was also one of Toyota's first successes in the U.S. market--with the 3rd generation selling reasonably well. The fourth generation was introduced for 1970, and lasted for just 3 years. This '73 wagon looks fantastic on period-correct slot mags.