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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


Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic

Jaguar XJ40s are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as I wander around searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of the Jags I’ve photographed prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine […] The post Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Jaguar, Denver, 1990s, 1992, Jags, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, British cars, Vanden Plas, British Car, Luxury Sedan, Luxury Car, Depreciation


Junkyard Find: 1978 Subaru DL Sedan

Living in Colorado, I see so many discarded Subarus during my junkyard explorations that it takes a very unusual one to make me reach for my camera. An SVX might do it (though not always), or maybe a BRAT (again, not always), or perhaps a Subaru with Saab badges. A really early Subaru, from the […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Subaru DL Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, California, Autos, Subaru, Saab, Rust, Leone, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, Subaru Leone, Malcolm Bricklin, 1978 Subaru


Junkyard Find: 1980 Datsun 310 Coupe

Nissan sold lots of the original Datsun 510s in the United States, and so the remainder of the 1970s saw a whole series of model names ending in “10” showing up in Datsun dealerships. Some (e.g., the 610 and 710) were Bluebird-based cars like the 510, but the 310 was really a Cherry-based Nissan Pulsar. […] The post Junkyard Find: 1980 Datsun 310 Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, Nissan, Cherry, 1980, 1980s, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Datsun, Pulsar, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, Nissan Pulsar, Datsun 310


Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

Over the decades since the 1960s, the Detroit car companies have tried their best to make dollars selling their Euro-market cars in North America, with varying degrees of success. Ford did tolerably well with the Capri and Fiesta over here, then raked in little American-market income with the Merkur XR4Ti and got bombed, Dresden-style, with Merkur […] The post Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, North America, Detroit, SVT, Denver, Dresden, 1990s, 1999, Contour, Fiesta, Merkur, Ford Mondeo, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard


Junkyard Find: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan

More pre-1960 vehicles than one might think show up in the big U-Wrench wrecking yards; you won’t find a ’55 Chevy coupe, but I’ve seen Nash Metropolitans, a ’55 Buick, a ’49 Dodge, a ’58 Edsel, a ’53 Willys, and a ’50 Studebaker in recent years, and that’s just a small sampling. Today’s Junkyard Treasure […] The post Junkyard Find: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Dodge, 1950s, Denver, 1952, Buick, Pontiac, Sedan, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Manual Transmission, Flathead, Straight Six, 1952 Pontiac


Junkyard Find: 1986 Toyota Tercel Wagon

Used-up examples of the 1983-1987 Toyota Tercel wagon (known as the Sprinter Carib in its homeland) still show up in junkyards today, but nearly all of them are the four-wheel-drive versions; the humble front-wheel-drive ones weren’t as desirable (once they became beaters, hoopties, and/or buckets) and mostly got crushed a decade ago. Here’s an ’86 […] The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Toyota Tercel Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, Toyota, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Station Wagon, Sprinter, 1986 Toyota Tercel, Tercel, Toyota Tercel, Carib, Sprinter Carib, Toyota Sprinter, Toyota Sprinter Carib


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: 1984 Toyota Van

When Chrysler had such a smash hit with the K-derived minivans of the 1980s, Toyota USA needed some kind of family hauler bigger than the Cressida, Camry, and Tercel wagons. The solution, from the perspective of the suits in Aichi, was obvious: Americanize the TownAce mid-engined van and ship it west ASAP! Here’s an ’84 […] The post Junkyard Find: 1984 Toyota Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Chrysler, Toyota, North Carolina, 1980s, 1984, Van, Minivan, Aichi, Toyota USA, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Toyota Van, 1984 Toyota Van, HiAce


Junkyard Find: 1989 Nissan Stanza Sedan

By the 1989 model year, the weak-selling Nissan Stanza Wagon (aka Nissan Prairie) was gone from the United States, but the unrelated Nissan Stanza sedan continued to sell (poorly) through 1992. You didn’t see many of these cars back then, and they’re exceptionally rare Junkyard Finds today. Here’s an ’89 that I found in a […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Nissan Stanza Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, Nissan, 1989, 1980s, Violet, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Datsun, Auster, BlueBird, Nissan Bluebird, Nissan Stanza, Nissan Stanza Wagon, 1989 Nissan Stanza


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: 1984 Dodge Ram 150 Royal SE with Slant-Six engine

Can you imagine buying a new full-size Detroit pickup truck with the top luxury trim package and less than 100 horsepower? In 2018, such a truck would be smashed to bits by angry mobs, were it to appear in a showroom, but this half-ton pickup with 95 Slant-Six horses, four-on-the-floor manual transmission, and the Royal […] The post Junkyard Find: 1984 Dodge Ram 150 Royal SE with Slant-Six engine appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ram, Autos, Dodge Ram, Truck, Dodge, Detroit, Pickup Truck, 1980s, 1984, Pickup, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Slant Six, Luxury trucks


Junkyard Find: 1982 Dodge 400 Landau Coupe

Lee Iacocca’s original Chrysler K Platform spawned an incomprehensible tangle of K-related offspring between the 1981 and 1995 model years, but only a few U.S.-market models were true K-Cars: the Chrysler LeBaron, Plymouth Reliant, Dodge Aries, Dodge 600, and Dodge 400. Of these, the 400 has been the hardest for me to find in the […] The post Junkyard Find: 1982 Dodge 400 Landau Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, 1980s, Lee Iacocca, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Iacocca, 1982, Malaise, Malaise Era, Chrysler K Platform, Chrysler K Car, Chrysler Lebaron


Junkyard Gem: 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster

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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: 1999 Acura SLX

Even though we’ve just had two Japanese Junkyard Finds in a row, I’ve been searching for a discarded Acura SLX for so long that I had to share this ’99 in Denver immediately. As the 1990s progressed, it became clear to vehicle manufacturers who did business in North America that they had to sell luxury […] The post Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Autos, Truck, Awd, 4wd, Honda, North America, Denver, 1990s, 1999, Acura, Isuzu, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: A 1993 Honda Civic DX Sedan With 323,486 miles

As the owner of a very battered fifth-generation Honda Civic, I’m always aware of examples of Honda’s 1992-1995 subcompact when I spot them during my junkyard travels. I see plenty of these cars with odometers showing better than 300,000 miles, but it has taken a frighteningly wretched-looking one to get me to whip out my […] The post Junkyard Find: A 1993 Honda Civic DX Sedan With 323,486 miles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Honda, Denver, 1990s, 1993, Honda Civic, Civic, High Mileage, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 1993 Honda Civic, High Mile Cars, High Miles


Junkyard Find: 2003 Nissan 350Z Coupe

These days, I find many discarded Nissan Z-Cars from the 280Z through 300ZX eras, with the occasional 240Z or 260Z thrown in to add variety. 350Zs, though, have retained sufficient value to evade the high-inventory-turnover self-service yards where I get most of my Junkyard Finds… until now. Just as BMW Z3s and Mazda RX-8s began […] The post Junkyard Find: 2003 Nissan 350Z Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Nissan, Denver, 2003, Mazda, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Datsun, 2000s, Nissan Z Car, Japanese Sports Cars, Nissan 350Z, 350z, Datsun Z Car


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: 1989 Chevrolet Corsica, Ministry in Poetry Edition

I have found the self-service wrecking yards of Phoenix to be among the best in the country when it comes to discovering top-shelf Junkyard Finds, so much so that I have taken a couple of trips there just for the junkyards. You’ll see everything from a Taurus MT-5 to a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 4.5 to […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Chevrolet Corsica, Ministry in Poetry Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Religion, Corsica, Arizona, Autos, Chevrolet, 1989, 1980s, Phoenix, Mercedes Benz, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Chevrolet Corsica, 1989 Chevrolet Corsica, Chevrolet Corsica Ministry


Junkyard Find: 2005 Scion xB, Devil Vampiress Edition

Toyotas mostly don’t show up in the big self-service wrecking yards until about age 15, so discarded Scion xBs are just beginning to appear in U-Wrench-It inventories. Here’s a Scion Toaster covered with totally brutal airbrush murals, spotted in a Denver-area yard a few months back. I can’t tell whether the front body parts got […] The post Junkyard Find: 2005 Scion xB, Devil Vampiress Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Customization, Colorado, Custom Cars, Autos, Toyota, Denver, 2005, Mural, Scion, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Airbrush, Rukus, xB, 2000s


Junkyard Find: 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

While Chrysler developed endless variations of the original K Platform, adding branches to the K-car Family Tree through 1995, only the Dodge Aries/400/600, Plymouth Reliant, and Chrysler LeBaron were true Ks. The K-cars saved Chrysler from near-certain bankruptcy, with the first Dodge and Plymouth versions rolling off showroom floors as 1981 models; the LeBaron came […] The post Junkyard Find: 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Denver, Convertible, 1980s, Dodge Aries, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 1982, Chrysler K Platform, Chrysler K Car, Chrysler Lebaron


Junkyard Find: 2000 Mercedes-Benz C230

During my junkyard travels, I see plenty of high–zoot European luxury sedans, as once the owner of one of these complex masterpieces of technology stops getting every problem fixed, they depreciate down to hooptie-Sentra price levels in a hurry. Today’s Junkyard Find is a fairly clean 21st-century C-Class with some rough edges, discarded because it’s […] The post Junkyard Find: 2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Denver, 2000, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 2000s, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Supercharger, C-Class, Kompressor, Supercharging, 2000 Mercedes-Benz C230


Junkyard Find: 1986 Dodge B250 Leopard Van

I see two types of distinctively Coloradan sticker-covered vehicles in Denver-area self-service wrecking yards. One type is the stony-ass wastoidmobile Subaru plastered with decals from cannabis dispensaries, vape-juice shops, and microbreweries. The other is the battered outdoorsy Detroit truck, plastered with decals from mountain-bike shops, ski resorts, rafting outfitters, and environmental causes. These types tend […] The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Dodge B250 Leopard Van appeared first on The ...
Tags: Colorado, Ram, Autos, Truck, Dodge, Detroit, Denver, Subaru, 1980s, 1986, Van, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Dodge Van, 1986 Dodge Van


Junkyard Treasure: 1993 Geo Tracker, Illinois Rust Edition

When The General created the Geo brand in 1989, the idea was that cars designed and/or built by Toyota, Isuzu, and Suzuki could be sold in the United States under the GM flag (Geos became Chevrolets after 1997). Of all the cars that bore Geo badging, the Tracker stayed in production the longest, when a […] The post Junkyard Treasure: 1993 Geo Tracker, Illinois Rust Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: SUV, Chicago, United States, Gm, Autos, Illinois, Chevrolet, Tracker, Rust, 1990s, 1993, Samurai, Suzuki, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Samurai, Geo


Junkyard Find: 1983 Mercury Lynx L Wagon

Before the North American Ford Escort became a Mazda 323/Protegé sibling, the folks in Dearborn masterminded a Mercurized version known as the Lynx. Escort wagons are rare now (though I have shot a couple during my junkyard wanderings), so I did a double-take when I saw this optioned-up ’83 Lynx wagon in a Phoenix self-service […] The post Junkyard Find: 1983 Mercury Lynx L Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Arizona, Autos, Wagons, Mercury, 1980s, Phoenix, 1983, Escort, Mazda, Dearborn, Wagon, Lynx, Ford Escort, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard


Junkyard Find: 1986 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon

Living in Colorado (as I do) and spending a lot of time in junkyards (as I do), I see discarded Subarus. Lots of discarded Subarus, in fact, so many that I only notice the more interesting ones — say, an XT Turbo or a really ancient wagon out of a novelty song. Today’s Junkyard Find isn’t […] The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: 1988, Colorado, Cannabis, Autos, Awd, 4wd, Denver, Subaru, 1980s, Leone, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Gl, All Wheel Drive


Junkyard Find: 1968 Ford LTD Sedan

Full-sized Detroit sedans from the 1960s, cool as they are, don’t get much interest from those willing and able to take on project cars. With so many millions of these big boxy four-doors made — they were the default mode of transportation for most Americans back then, remember — plenty still sit in barns and […] The post Junkyard Find: 1968 Ford LTD Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, Detroit, Denver, American Exceptionalism, 1960s, 1968, Ltd, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Ford LTD, Land Yachts, 1968 Ford LTD, American Sedan


Junkyard Find: 1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE Sport Coupe

Thirteen years after the final Grand Am rolled off the assembly line, examples of Pontiac’s N-Platform-based sporty commuter remain very easy to find in American wrecking yards. For the second-generation N-based Grand Am, which debuted for the 1992 model year, the wretched Iron Duke engine went away, replaced with various pushrod 60° V6s and the […] The post Junkyard Find: 1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE Sport Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, 1990s, Pontiac, 1994, Pontiac Grand Am, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Oldsmobile Quad 4, Quad 4, GM N Platform, 1994 Pontiac Grand Am, Grand Am


Junkyard Find: 2008 Saturn Astra XE

Remember the Saturn Astra? A Belgian-built Opel Astra, it was supposed to replace the Ion, but GM had a few distractions around that time and axed the Saturn Astra early in 2009… followed by the Saturn brand itself. Just two model years, poor sales, weird Euro-Detroit badge-engineering hijinks, and a near-instant disappearance from cultural memory: […] The post Junkyard Find: 2008 Saturn Astra XE appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Gm, Autos, Saturn, 2008, Opel, Astra, Opel Astra, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 2000s, Badge Engineering, Saturn Astra, 2008 Saturn Astra