Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1981 Toyota Celica Supra

Many forget that, before it was a high performance sports car, the Supra was a grand touring, luxury version of the Celica. The 1st generation car appeared for 1979, sporting a number of unique changes over the Celica, including a much longer hood to fit the inline-6 engine. This car, which, according to the plates, is a last-year '81, looks elegant in its silver paint.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

1968 Volvo 1800S

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 1800S has the addition of a large canvas sunroof installed.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

One of the most polarizing American cars ever made, and, to me, one of the best looking, the 1st generation Toronado was created when GM was at the top. Who else would create a massive, daringly styled personal luxury coupe, and then, for the heck of it, fit it with that "high-tech" front wheel drive? White has to be one of the best colors for it, but really, I can't imagine any color making those massive flared fenders, drooping over the fat tires, look bad.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1977 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 handsome yellow and white Scout still wears its original hubcaps.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

1978 Datsun 510

Disappointed by the limited success of the original 510's replacement, the fat and weird looking 610, Datsun redesigned the body and brought back the storied nameplate in hopes to drum up a few more sales. Yes, it had the quad headlights and the little design element on the C-Pillar. But the similarities with the first-gen ended there. It may have been ok for a cheap economy car, but 510 it was not. This second-gen, which, because of their unpopularity, are rarer than the first-gen cars, has managed to hang onto its original hubcaps.

Friday, October 17, 2014

1972 VW Type 3 Fastback

The VW Type 3 was first introduced in 1961, and arrived in the U.S. four years later. The styling and comfort was a departure from the tiny Beetle VW was known for, but the Type 3 still had the rear-mounted, air-cooled engine of its smaller brother. Available in only the Fastback and Squareback bodystyles in the U.S., the Type 3 Notchback is today rare and sought after in the states. Although still fairly common today, this one's cool rims and unique lavender paint are definitely interesting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1985 Mercury Marquis Wagon

The Mercury Marquis first appeared in 1983, sharing its fox platform with the Zephyr and Capri. Mercury's version of the Ford LTD, the Marquis featured 'aero' front end styling, though still with sealed-beam headlights. The ultimate Marquis was the LTS--a Canada-only variant of the LTD LX, which featured a 5.0 V8.

Monday, October 13, 2014

1949 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

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 all-stock 3100 looks great with a little patina on its dark green paint.