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Junkyard Find: 1983 Plymouth Scamp

North American sales of Japanese-made small pickups went crazy during the 1970s, with the Detroit Big Three getting in on the action with rebadged Mazdas, Isuzus, and Mitsubishis. Ford and GM eventually created their own Michigan-style small trucks, the Ranger (1983 model year) and S-10 (1982 model year) but where was struggling Chrysler— in a […] The post Junkyard Find: 1983 Plymouth Scamp appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Gm, Autos, Chrysler, Camino, Michigan, Plymouth, Detroit, Denver, 1980s, 1983, El Camino, Dodge Omni, Plymouth Horizon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard


Junkyard Find: 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sedan

The Subaru Impreza has been with us since the 1993 model year, and you’ll still see plenty of the first-generation Impreza Outback wagons on the streets (and in the junkyards) of Colorado. All US-market Subarus got all-wheel-drive starting in the 1997 model year, so the company’s American marketers had to show a distinction between the […] The post Junkyard Find: 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Denver, Subaru, 2002, Subaru Impreza, Sedans, Sedan, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Impreza, 2000s, 2002 Subaru Impreza, Colorado All US


Junkyard Find: 1969 Chrysler Newport 4-Door Sedan

Chrysler redesigned the big C-Body cars for the 1969 model year, calling the vaguely airplane-ish curved-panel look the “Fuselage Style.” Although the prole-grade Fury and middlebrow Dodge Monaco looked distressingly similar to their upscale Imperial and Chrysler New Yorker/300/Newport siblings in the 1969-1973 Fuselage era (further blurring the Snoot Factor dividing lines among the Chrysler […] The post Junkyard Find: 1969 Chrysler Newport 4-Door Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chrysler, Denver, 1960s, Mopar, Newport, Imperial, Dodge Polara, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Chrysler 300, 1969, Plymouth Fury, Dodge Monaco


2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, Last Gasp of the J Platform Edition

The General built cars on the J Platform for a quarter-century, and J-based machines could be bought new with badges from just about every marque in the far-flung GM Empire. Yes, South Koreans drove Daewoo Esperos, Brits drove Vauxhall Cavaliers, Aussies drove Holden Camiras, and even the Japanese could buy Isuzu Askas and Toyota Cavaliers. […] The post 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, Last Gasp of the J Platform Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chevy, Chevrolet, Denver, 2005, Pontiac Sunfire, Cavalier, Chevrolet Cavalier, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, 2000s, GM Death Watch, J-body


Junkyard Find: 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser

Every time I share photos of an old Toyota Land Cruiser I spotted in a junkyard, the anguished wails from readers commence. Nobody ever asks me where to find those doomed trucks so they can buy parts before The Crusher eats them, and only a few of the anguished wails come from Land Cruiser aficionados […] The post Junkyard Find: 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Autos, Truck, Toyota, Trucks, 1971, 1970s, Toyota Land Cruiser, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, FJ50, FJ55, Land Cruiser, Toyota FJ


Junkyard Find: 2011 Mercury Mariner, Last Gasp of the Mercury Brand Edition

Ever since I found one of the very last Oldsmobiles in a Denver car graveyard, I’ve been keeping my junkyard eye open for other final-year-of-marque Detroit machinery. We’ve got the 1998 Eagle, the 2001 Plymouth, and the 2010 Pontiac, and now it’s time for one of the very last vehicles to wear the Mercury badge: […] The post Junkyard Find: 2011 Mercury Mariner, Last Gasp of the Mercury Brand Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Ford, Autos, 2011, Plymouth, Detroit, Denver, Mercury, Escape, Pontiac, Ford Escape, Mariner, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: 1986 Nissan Maxima Wagon

Even as Toyota kept the Cressida a rear-wheel-drive first cousin to the sporty Supra (sales of that car continued here well into the 1990s), Nissan moved the formerly-Z-based Maxima to a front-wheel-drive platform for the 1985 model year. The new, roomier Maxima continued to be loaded with futuristic electronic gadgetry and a Z-Car engine, and […] The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Nissan Maxima Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Nissan, Denver, 1980s, 1986, CRESSIDA, Wagon, Máxima, Nissan Maxima, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Datsun, Station Wagon


Junkyard Find: 2001 Plymouth Neon, Last Gasp of the Plymouth Brand Edition

Quite a few hallowed (and not-so-hallowed) Detroit brands got axed forever during the decade of the 2000s (whatever we’re calling it now— the Noughts? the Oh-Ohs?), and the one that went to the slaughterhouse first was Plymouth. Starting in 1928 (not-so-coincidentally, just a couple of years after the birth of Pontiac), Americans and Canadians could […] The post Junkyard Find: 2001 Plymouth Neon, Last Gasp of the Plymouth Brand Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chrysler, 2001, Dodge, Plymouth, Detroit, Denver, Neon, Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, 2000s


Junkyard Find: 2010 Pontiac G6

When The General decided to eliminate the Oldsmobile brand— I’m still convinced that the main reason for the execution was the syllable Old in the marque’s name— the process took nearly a half-decade, with nostalgia-drenched “Final 500” editions of the last Oldsmobile models released with great solemnity. Even the ho-hum Silhouette minivan got a Final […] The post Junkyard Find: 2010 Pontiac G6 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, 2010, Denver, Pontiac, ECOTEC, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 2010s, G6, GM Death Watch, Fleet Cars, 2010 Pontiac G6, Fleet Car, Pontiac G6


Junkyard Find: 1990 Mitsubishi Galant GS-X

As we’ve seen in this series, Coloradans bought plenty of all-wheel-drive-equipped AMC Eagles, VW Quantum Syncros, Audi Quattros, and Toyota All-Tracs during the 1980s. The suits at Mitsubishi Motors saw all those AWD-enhanced car sales in snowy American regions and decided to sell some rally-influenced Galants on our shores. A few decades later, this rare-but-not-valuable […] The post Junkyard Find: 1990 Mitsubishi Galant GS-X appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Awd, Mitsubishi, 1990s, 1990, Mitsubishi Motors, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, All Wheel Drive, Mitsubishi Galant, 1990 Mitsubishi Galant, Galant, Galant GSX


Junkyard Find: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbodiesel with 411,448 miles

I like to search for junkyard vehicles with exceptionally high final odometer readings, a task made more difficult by the fact that just about every manufacturer besides Volvo and Mercedes-Benz used five-digit odometers well into the 1980s. Even in the middle 1980s, most cars weren’t really expected to hit the 100,000-mile mark … unless they […] The post Junkyard Find: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbodiesel with 411,448 miles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Diesel, Volvo, 1980s, 1985, E-class, High Mileage, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Mercedes-Benz W123, W123, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Turbodiesel


Junkyard Find: 1959 International Harvester AM-80 Metro-Mite

Looking at my Junkyard Find posts for 2020, I find that I’ve been neglecting American trucks for much of this year (I don’t consider the PT Cruiser to be a true truck, despite being categorized as one by the federal government). For that reason, I’ve decided to share this thoroughly used-up IHC Metro-Mite stepvan before […] The post Junkyard Find: 1959 International Harvester AM-80 Metro-Mite appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, International, Austin, Autos, Truck, 1950s, Denver, Bmc, 1959, IHC, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Panel Van, International Harvester, Delivery Van


Junkyard Find: 1979 Dodge Colt with Twin-Stick Transmission

Chrysler’s run of selling rebadged Mitsubishis began way back in 1970, when the rear-wheel-drive Colt Galant arrived here for the 1971 model year. Those cars sold very well in North America, with sales continuing through 1978. After that, Colt badges went onto the front-wheel-drive Lancer Fiore (later sold here as the Mirage). Here’s one of […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Dodge Colt with Twin-Stick Transmission appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, North America, Mitsubishi, Denver, 1979, 1970s, Mirage, Dodge Colt, Mitsubishi Mirage, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Manual Transmission


Junkyard Find: 1996 Saturn SW1 Wagon with Manual Transmission

We’ve had back-to-back oddball three-pedal cars in this series (a Suzuki Forenza and non-SHO Taurus), so let’s make it three weeks in a row with today’s Junkyard Find! Saturn S Series cars were always cheaper with manual transmissions, but nearly every Saturn wagon shopper insisted on an automatic. I knew I’d find a manual Saturn […] The post Junkyard Find: 1996 Saturn SW1 Wagon with Manual Transmission appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Saturn, 1996, 1990s, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Manual Transmission, Station Wagon, Station Wagons, Manual Transmissions, 1996 Saturn SW1, Saturn SC, Saturn SL, Saturn SW


Junkyard Find: 1986 Ford Taurus MT-5 Sedan

When I visit a car graveyard, I’m always on the lookout for three things: puzzling examples of badge engineering, crazy high odometer readings, and manual transmissions in unexpected cars. One of the rarest of all is a non-SHO Ford Taurus with three pedals, sold under the MT-5 designation for the 1986 through 1988 model years. […] The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Ford Taurus MT-5 Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, Taurus, 1980s, 1986, Ford Taurus, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Manual Transmission, Sable, Sajeev's Bitter Tears, Mercury Sable, Manual Transmissions, Cheap Cars


Junkyard Find: 1974 Mercury Montego MX Brougham 4-Door Pillared Hardtop

For the connoisseur of Malaise Era Broughams, the Mercury Montego MX Brougham checks all the boxes: long hood, “stitches” molded into plastic door panels, unapologetically phony “wood” dashboard trim, low-compression smog V8, and obvious kinship with a much cheaper corporate twin. That’s what we’ve got with today’s Junkyard Find from the year of Richard Nixon’s […] The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Mercury Montego MX Brougham 4-Door Pillared Hardtop appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Mercury, Torino, 1970s, Richard Nixon, Montego, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Ford Torino, Malaise, Malaise Era, Brougham, 1974, Ford Gran Torino


Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Prizm with 321,981 miles

The General established the Geo brand for the 1989 model year, as a way to move low-priced iron designed and/or built by Toyota, Suzuki, and Isuzu (for some reason, Daewoo-built cars didn’t get sheltered under the Geo banner, so the LeMans retained Pontiac badges for its entire 1988-1993 sales run here). Of all the Geos, […] The post Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Prizm with 321,981 miles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Denver, 1990s, 1990, Pontiac, Corolla, Daewoo, Toyota Corolla, NUMMI, Isuzu, Geo, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: 2002 Toyota Corolla CE, Last of the 3-Speed Automatics

Not long ago, I became curious about the production longevity of the good old three-speed automatic transmission in North America. The first really successful true automatic had four forward speeds and the two-speed Powerglide delivered the slushbox to the masses, but the three-speed Detroit automatics of the 1960s truly converted the continent to the two-pedal […] The post Junkyard Find: 2002 Toyota Corolla CE, Last of the 3-Speed Automatics appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, North America, Detroit, Denver, 2002, Corolla, Toyota Corolla, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Automatic Transmission, Miserable Econoboxes, 2000s, Obsolete Technology


Junkyard Find: 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger

Blinged-up personal luxury coupes based on big land yachts and cushy midsize cars printed money for Detroit during the mid-to-late 1960s, and so it made sense to extend the treatment to the lower reaches of the model range. Eventually, Chrysler took two-door hardtop versions of the Plymouth Valiant and Dodge Dart, made some comfort and […] The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, Detroit, Dodge Dart, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Purple Flamed Edition

While it seems that we have always been at war with Eurasia Eastasia and hated the PT Cruiser, the loathing for Chrysler’s retro-styled, Neon-based “truck” didn’t become widespread until well into the smartphone/social-media era of the late 2000s and early 2010s. That was the time when the PT started showing up in large numbers in […] The post Junkyard Find: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Purple Flamed Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Chrysler, 2001, Flames, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 2000s, Chrysler PT Cruiser, PT Cruiser, 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Eurasia Eastasia


Junkyard Find: 1989 Volvo 780 Turbo Bertone Coupe

I’ve documented quite a few discarded Volvos in this series, from the PV544 through the S60, and I never fail to stop and photograph a genuine Italo-Swedish Volvo Bertone Coupe. Here’s the latest, a 1989 780 in a Denver car graveyard over the summer. Volvo developed a powerful reputation for sensible and safe cars by […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Volvo 780 Turbo Bertone Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Turbo, Autos, Volvo, Denver, 1989, 1980s, Bertone, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, Turbocharging, Turbocharger, Swedish Car, Volvo 780


Junkyard Find: 1997 Toyota Camry CE with 5-Speed Manual Transmission

I’ve spent years documenting the rise of the Toyota Camry through the lens of the junkyard, from the homely-but-rugged 1983-1986 V10s through the Taurus-sales-pummeling 1987-1991 V20s to the very last US-market Camry wagons of the middle 1990s. After that, the ubiquitous Camry faded into the boneyard background for me… until about a year ago, when […] The post Junkyard Find: 1997 Toyota Camry CE with 5-Speed Manual Transmission appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Denver, 1990s, 1997, Toyota Camry, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Manual Transmission, Camry, Cheap Cars, 1997 Toyota Camry, Appliance Cars


Junkyard Find: 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC

Ford began selling Lincoln Mark Series cars starting in 1956, with the hand-built Continental Mark II, then mass-produced the first go-round of the Mark III, Mark IV, and Mark V for the 1958-60 model years. Fast-forward to the 1968 model year, for which Lee Iacocca decreed that a luxury-for-the-well-off-masses Thunderbird-based Mark III would be built, […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, Lincoln, Denver, 1989, Continental, 1980s, Lincoln Continental, Mark III, Lee Iacocca, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Mark V, Personal Luxury Coupe


Junkyard Find: 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG

Since trucks, truck-shaped cars, and generally truck-influenced vehicles dominate American roads in the present day, it’s about time I started paying attention to high-end luxurious German truck-like machines in the vehicle graveyards I frequent. Such machines have been easy to find in such places for quite some time now, due to the notoriously quick depreciation […] The post Junkyard Find: 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, 2001, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, SUVs, Amg, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 2000s, Luxury Suvs, M class, Luxury Suv, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, W163


Junkyard Find: 1989 Honda Accord LX-i Coupe

Once Honda started building second-generation Accords in Ohio, the limits of the Voluntary Export Restraint agreement between Japanese automakers and the United States government ceased to mean much for American Honda shoppers. The third-generation Accord debuted in the 1986 model year and sales of these Marysville-built cars boomed. Most were sensible, low-priced Accord DX hatchbacks […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Honda Accord LX-i Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, United States, Autos, Marysville, Ohio, Honda, Denver, 1989, 1980s, Accord, Coupe, American Honda, Honda Accord, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: 1988 Pontiac Fiero Coupe

The Pontiac Fiero started out as an innovative sports-car design, got bean-countered into an overweight parts-bin commuter car with embarrassingly public reliability problems, then got a complete redesign in 1988… which turned out to be the year of its demise. Here’s one of those final Fieros, found in a Colorado car graveyard last year. The […] The post Junkyard Find: 1988 Pontiac Fiero Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: 1988, Colorado, Autos, 1980s, Pontiac, Pontiac Fiero, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Mid-engine, Fiero, 1988 Pontiac Fiero, Mid-engined Cars


Junkyard Find: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE

During my years of documenting discarded Saabs in junkyards around the country (and in Saab’s homeland), I’ve managed to cover the pre-GM American-market models well enough, with a special focus on the 900. In recent years, I’ve been working to cover some of the Saabs from the period of General Motors influence (1989-2000) and control […] The post Junkyard Find: 2002 Saab 9-3 SE appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, General Motors, Turbo, Autos, Denver, Saab, 2002, Saab 9-3, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, 2000s, Turbocharging, Turbocharger, Swedish Car


Junkyard Find: 1988 Dodge Colt DL 4WD Wagon

Chrysler sold various Mitsubishis badged as Dodge or Plymouth Colts from the 1971 model year all the way through 1994. Here’s a Mirage-based fifth-generation Colt in California, the final model year for the Colt station wagon, and it sports both a five-speed manual transmission and the very rare all-wheel-drive powertrain. American car buyers could get […] The post Junkyard Find: 1988 Dodge Colt DL 4WD Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: 1988, California, Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, Awd, 4wd, Plymouth, Mitsubishi, 1980s, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Colt, Station Wagon


Junkyard Find: 1973 Buick Century Gran Sport

After writing about more than 2,000 discarded vehicles during the past 13 years, I haven’t found many legitimate machines from the Golden Age of the Detroit Muscle Car. I believe this era started with John DeLorean’s brilliant marketing of the 1964 Pontiac GTO and ended at some point during the 1972-1974 period, depending on how […] The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Buick Century Gran Sport appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Muscle cars, Autos, San Jose, Century, 1970s, Buick, Pontiac GTO, John DeLorean, American Muscle Cars, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 1973, Malaise, Malaise Era


Junkyard Find: 2005 Volvo S60 With Five-speed Manual Transmission

I’ve documented 60 discarded Volvos since I started my junkyard history project, but 58 of those Swedes were born in the 20th century, and 44 of those rolled off the assembly line before 1990. Just as I’ve done with BMWs in recent years, I’m going to try to document some of Göteborg’s (and maybe Hangzhou’s) […] The post Junkyard Find: 2005 Volvo S60 With Five-speed Manual Transmission appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Volvo, Hangzhou, 2005, Goteborg, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, S60, Volvo S60, 2000s, Swedish Car, 2005 Volvo S60