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Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Truck, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Corona, Hilux, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978


Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977

A fourth-generation Nissan 200SX surfaced previously in an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, where its squared-off good looks went up against two other Japanese coupes from 1986. Today, we step back two generations and have a look at an 200SX from the Seventies. Maybe you can figure out if Datsun achieved what it was aiming for with […] The post Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Editorials, Used Cars, Autos, Nissan, 1980s, 1970s, Imports, Economy Cars, News Blog, Coupes, Datsun, Malaise Era, Collector Cars, Rare Rides, Compacts


Junkyard Find: 1976 MG MGB

In all of my decades of visiting junkyards, one thing has remained constant: I’ll see a handful of Fiat 124 Sport Spiders and MG MGBs every year, about the same number in 2018 as I saw each year in 2001 or 1987. Here’s the latest: a red ’76 convertible in a self-service wrecking yard in […] The post Junkyard Find: 1976 MG MGB appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, Fiat, 1970s, 1976, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, British cars, MG, MGB, MG MGB, Malaise, Malaise Era, British Leyland, 1976 MGB


Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

GM shrank its B-Body full-sized models for the 1977 model year, including the massive-selling Chevrolet Caprice/Impala. This proved a wise move in light of certain geopolitical events a couple of years later, and the 1977-1979 full-sized Chevrolet coupes got a cool “fastback” wraparound rear glass treatment. Here is such a car, spotted in a Denver […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Gm, Autos, Chevy, Chevrolet, Denver, Glass House, 1970s, Chevrolet Impala, Impala, Caprice, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era


Junkyard Find: 1971 Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi

The early second-generation Volkswagen Type 2 bus is one of those vehicles that’s supposed to be so suffused with sacred nostalgic vibes that any example, no matter how trashed, will sell for tens of thousands of dollars. As we can see here, the presence of this reasonably complete 1971 Kombi in a wrecking yard near […] The post Junkyard Find: 1971 Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Rust, 1971, 1970s, Kombi, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Volkswagen Type 2, Patina, Hippie Bus, Volkswagen Bus, Volkswagen Transporter


Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Oldsmobile has been gone since 2004, which makes it hard to believe that the Olds Cutlass spent most of the period from the middle 1970s through the early 1980s as either the #1 or #2 best-selling car in the United States. For 1979, the Cutlass came in second place (behind the Chevy Caprice), and thus […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, United States, Autos, Denver, 1979, 1970s, Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Olds, Malaise, Malaise Era, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Cutlass Supreme


Junkyard Find: 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle

From 1938 through 2003, Volkswagen Type 1s rolled off assembly lines on five continents, and they sold very well in the United States well into the 1970s. I see many of them in my junkyard travels, but many more have gone unphotographed to The Crusher. Now that I see only a few discarded air-cooled Beetles […] The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, United States, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Beetle, 1972, 1970s, McPherson Strut, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Type 1, 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle, Super Beetle


Junkyard Find: 1976 Plymouth Volaré Coupe

The A-Body Plymouth Valiant (and its Dodge sibling, the Dart), stayed in American production from the 1960 model year all the way through 1976. Legendary for its sturdiness, the Valiant was sure to be a tough act to follow. The Plymouth Volarés and Dodge Aspens appeared in 1976, never gained the affection given to their […] The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Plymouth Volaré Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Dart, California, Autos, Dodge, Plymouth, Aspen, Coupe, 1970s, 1976, Plymouth Valiant, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Dodge Aspen


Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter

The Chevrolet Chevette was a primitive, cramped, rear-wheel-drive econobox hammered together with obsolete technology… that sold like crazy because it was simple and cheap at a time when stagflation and gas prices were up and confidence in the future was down. The Chevette Scooter was the most affordable Chevette; here’s one that managed to evade […] The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chevrolet, Denver, 1970s, 1976, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, Chevrolet Chevette, Chevette, 1976 Chevrolet Chevette, Chevette Scooter


Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford Econoline 150 Campaign Van

During the 2016 American presidential election, those voters who loathed both Trump and Clinton had the option of voting for one of a couple of long-shot third-party candidates, or perhaps the far more rational fourth-party candidate. Those rebellious souls who opted for the fourteenth-party candidate in 2016 went for that Econoline-driving Californian: Jussy G.G. Prussly. […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford Econoline 150 Campaign Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Politics, California, Ford, Autos, Truck, Election, Clinton, Trump, Van, 1970s, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Econoline, Ford Econoline, Malaise


Junkyard Find: 1977 Buick Electra Limited

Back in 2011 we admired a discarded example of the last of the true Buick Electra land yachts: a 1976 Electra Park Avenue Limited four-door hardtop found in a Northern California wrecking yard. What happened in 1977? General Motors, suffering from plummeting sales of thirsty big Buicks in the wake of events beyond its control, shrank […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Buick Electra Limited appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, General Motors, Luxury cars, Autos, Denver, Electra, Northern California, 1970s, Buick, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1977, American Luxury Cars


Rare Rides: Behold the 1969 Marcos GT, a Story of Continual Collapse

Struggling for decades, Marcos Engineering produced very few examples of its flagship GT model. This excellent condition restored example recently made its way up onto the eBay auction block, which presents a good opportunity to take a look at this stylish British sports car. Founded in Wales in 1959, Jem Marsh and Frank Coslin named their new company […] The post Rare Rides: Behold the 1969 Marcos GT, a Story of Continual Collapse appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, England, Wales, Ebay, Eu, Ford, Used Cars, Autos, Export, Volvo, Triumph, 1960s, 1970s, Marcos, News Blog, Marcos GT


Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford Pinto

Ford sold more than three million Pintos during the 1971-1980 period, though most of those were 1974 and earlier models. By 1977, Corollas and Civics and Rabbits had taken a big bite out of Pinto sales, so these later cars are even more uncommon in junkyards than their older brethren. Not that Pintos are easy […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford Pinto appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, Denver, 1970s, Pinto, Ford Pinto, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1977, 1977 Ford Pinto


Junkyard Find: 1977 Toyota Corolla Two-door Sedan

The third-generation Toyota Corolla, still on a rear-wheel-drive chassis, was a tremendous sales success in California. The cheapest model was the two-door post sedan, and these reliable commuters were seen everywhere in the Golden State well into the 1990s. Nearly all are gone, but this ’77 stayed on its own four tires until age 40, […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Toyota Corolla Two-door Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, Toyota, 1970s, Corolla, Golden State, Toyota Corolla, Economy Cars, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1977, 1977 Toyota Corolla


Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Mustang Coupe

The Fox Mustang replaced the much-reviled (but big-selling) Pinto-based Mustang II for the 1979 model year, and production continued through 1993 (or 2004, if you consider the Fox-based SN-95 platform to be a true Fox). Today’s Junkyard Find, spotted in Denver, is a triple rarity: it’s a first-year Fox Mustang, it’s a notchback, and it […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Mustang Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Fox, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Denver, Mustang, 1979, 1970s, Pinto, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Ford Mustang Coupe


Junkyard Find: 1976 Audi 100 LS Sedan

The Audi 100 was the car that made most Americans aware of the Audi brand for the first time. The 100 wasn’t particularly reliable in American hands, to put it mildly, and most examples were long gone by the time the 1980s came to a close. Here’s a long-neglected ’76 that just showed up in […] The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Audi 100 LS Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, 100, Autos, Audi, 1970s, 1976, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, German cars, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1976 Audi 100, Audi 100


Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Dolphin Mini-Motorhome

The third-generation Toyota Hilux pickup (called the “Toyota Truck” in the United States) was a legend of reliability and frugality well into our current century, and plenty of small motorhomes were built on its sturdy platform. You’ll still see them occasionally today, but the skin-crawling ickiness of tenth-owner RVs tends to mean the end comes […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Dolphin Mini-Motorhome appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, United States, Autos, Truck, Toyota, RV, Camper, Motorhome, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Pickup, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era


Junkyard Find: 1979 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

For as long as I have been poking around in American automobile graveyards (35 years), the presence of the occasional Fiat 124 Sport Spider has been a constant. Even while Pininfarina-badged, Malcolm Bricklin-imported 124 Sport Spiders were still available as new cars in the United States, I was seeing 20,000-mile late-70s examples about to be […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Fiat 124 Sport Spider appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, Fiat, Rust, 1979, Pininfarina, 1970s, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Italian cars, Fiat 124 Spider, Malcolm Bricklin, Fiat 124


Cars parked on the mean streets of mid-1970s New York City

Cars: New York City, 1974–1976 collects over 100 of Langdon Clay's creepy shots of cars parked overnight on the streets of New York at its lowest ebb. The scenes evoke Taxi Driver, The Warriors, even a little Snake Plisken. (more…)
Tags: Art, Post, Books, Photography, New York, News, New York City, Cars, History, 1970s, Picks, Escape From New York, Langdon Clay


Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford Ranchero GT Brougham

Since we haven’t seen a Ford product in this series since this Fox Granada four months ago, and we just saw three GM cars in succession, I decided this week would be the turn of a once-plush Ranchero GT Brougham, now fallen on hard times in a San Jose self-service wrecking yard. One of the […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford Ranchero GT Brougham appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Ford, Gm, Autos, San Jose, 1970s, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Ford Ranchero, 1977, Gt, Brougham, Cartruck


Junkyard Find: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham

1974 was a rough year to be an American, but the Cadillac Division wasn’t about to give up on selling opulent two-and-a-half-ton highway dreadnaughts to the plutocracy (that came later). Here’s a well-banged-up Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard last month. Fleetwood was a coachbuilding company with […] The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Luxury cars, Autos, San Francisco Bay Area, Cadillac, 1970s, Fleetwood, Cadillac Fleetwood, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, American Luxury Cars, 1974, Big Fat Luxury Cars


Junkyard Find: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

During the 1970s, if you were sensible and had a fat bankroll, you didn’t buy an Eldorado or Mark IV or even a Toyota Crown. No, you bought a staid, humorless-as-Richard-Wagner Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 sedan, and then you kept it while the pages flew off many decades of calendars. If you were really serious, you got the naturally […] The post Junkyard Find: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Mercedes Benz, Diesel, 1970s, Eldorado, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Mercedes-Benz 240D, 1975, Mercedes-Benz W114, Mercedes-Benz W115, W114, W115


Junkyard Find: 1976 MG MGB

During my 35 years of poking around in car graveyards, one thing has remained constant: MGBs keep showing up. Not in large numbers, but the rate at which these lovable-but-not-particularly-valuable British sports cars get discarded has remained about the same during that period. Here’s a purple model, from the darkest days of the British Leyland era, […] The post Junkyard Find: 1976 MG MGB appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Convertible, Purple, 1970s, 1976, Leyland, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, British cars, MG, MGB, MG MGB, Malaise, Malaise Era, British Leyland


Junkyard Find: 1972 Jeep J-4000, Used-Up Snowplow Edition

Most ’60s and ’70s Detroit cars I see in big pull-yer-own-parts wrecking yards show signs of having spent a decade or more sitting in a yard or driveway. This is not the case with pickups, because just about any pickup that can be made to work at not-too-great expense will be kept on the road. […] The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Jeep J-4000, Used-Up Snowplow Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Truck, 4wd, Detroit, Denver, Jeep, 1972, 1970s, Pickup, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Four Wheel Drive


Junkyard Find: 1978 International Harvester Scout II Traveler

Because I think that any highway-legal vehicle made by a farm-equipment manufacturer is interesting, I photograph IHC Scouts when I see them in the junkyards I frequent (and we have not seen a truck in this series since October, so we’re due). Living in Colorado, this happens often. Here’s a ’78 Scout II Traveler that […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 International Harvester Scout II Traveler appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Autos, Truck, 4wd, Denver, 1970s, IHC, 4x4, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978, International Harvester


Vellum Venom: 1985 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

I stood face-to-fascia with a childhood dream, thanks to a tangential connection to Houston’s 2016 Lamborghini Festival. And yet, like all designs born pure and modified to remain relevant, the original Lamborghini LP400’s purity of form is sometimes absent in this time capsule, all-original LP5000.  But please believe that, LP400 or no, it took every […] The post Vellum Venom: 1985 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Houston, Supercar, Brutalist, 80s, 1980s, 70s, 1970s, Lamborghini, Triangle, Countach, Car Design, Wedge, Vellum Venom, Car Styling, Lamborghini Countach


Junkyard Find: 1979 Audi 5000

Before the Audi 5000 (the 100 or 200 outside of the US market) became notorious for playing the lead role in the first unintended acceleration fiasco (technically, the Ford “park-to-reverse” fiasco involved unintended shifting, not acceleration), it was known as an expensive, luxurious German car purchased by a handful of car-savvy California orthodontists. Sales of […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Audi 5000 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, California, US, Ford, Autos, Audi, Denver, 1979, 1970s, Sedan, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Unintended Acceleration


Junkyard Find: 1972 Dodge D200 Custom Sweptline

The Dodge D-series trucks were getting embarrassingly dated by the late 1960s, with their solid-axle front suspensions and archaic styling, so Chrysler created the third-generation D-series pickups for the 1972 model year. Here’s a reasonably solid three-quarter-ton from the first year of that generation, spotted in a Denver self-service yard. This one is pretty well-optioned […] The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Dodge D200 Custom Sweptline appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Chrysler, Truck, Dodge, Pickup Truck, Denver, 1972, 1970s, Pickup, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: 1976 Buick Skyhawk

The 1975-1980 Buick Skyhawk was a sporty-looking two-door based on the Chevrolet Vega platform, and Skyhawks (and their Chevrolet Monza, Oldsmobile Starfire, and Pontiac Sunbird siblings) were once all over America’s roads. They weren’t build particularly well, and they hemorrhaged resale value in a hurry; by the end of the 1980s, nearly every single one […] The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Buick Skyhawk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, America, Autos, Vega, 1970s, Buick, Monza, 1976, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era


Junkyard Find, Sajeev’s Bitter Tears Edition: 1971 Mercury Montego Sedan

It’s not hard to find Detroit sedans of the early to mid 1970s in California self-service wrecking yards, and so I usually don’t photograph stuff like ’73 Olds 88s or ’76 Chrysler New Yorkers unless they’re in pretty decent condition. However, the 1970-71 Mercury Montego is special because these cars (and their Cyclone cousins) have […] The post Junkyard Find, Sajeev’s Bitter Tears Edition: 1971 Mercury Montego Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Ford, Autos, Chrysler, Detroit, Mercury, Torino, 1971, 1970s, Montego, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Ford Torino, Sajeev's Bitter Tears



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