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Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Horizon

After the Oil Crisis of 1973, Chrysler didn’t have the resources needed to design and build a subcompact economy car from scratch. Fortunately, Chrysler’s Japanese ally, Mitsubishi, was willing to ship over plenty of cars to be sold as Dodge and Plymouth Colts (we will not discuss the wretched Plymouth Cricket aka Hillman Avenger at […] The post Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Horizon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Horizon, Dodge, Plymouth, Denver, Omni, 1980, 1980s, Dodge Omni, Plymouth Horizon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise


Junkyard Find: 1989 Honda CRX

The Honda CRX is one of my very favorite 1980s cars, hailing from an era when Americans paid well over MSRP and/or waited for months for the privilege of getting a new Honda. Twenty years ago, I owned a few early CRXs (before giving up on the carbureted CVCC examples, which were impossible to get […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Honda CRX appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, Honda, 1989, 1980s, Honda Civic, CVCC, Honda CRX, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Fast and Furious, Crx, 1989 Honda CRX


Junkyard Find: 1995 Ford Mustang GT

After writing about junkyard cars since early 2007, I just realized that the newest discarded Mustang I’d documented was a 1984 model. As you’d imagine, Mustangs from the late Fox and SN95 eras are easy to find in North American wrecking yards, so I resolved to shoot the next interesting one I found… which turned […] The post Junkyard Find: 1995 Ford Mustang GT appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Fox, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Mustang, 1990s, Pony Cars, Ford Mustang GT, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Pony Car, 1995, 1995 Ford Mustang, 5.0 Mustang


Junkyard Find: 1979 MG Midget

BMC and then British Leyland churned out MG Midgets and near-identical Austin-Healey Sprites for 20 years, with the final example coming off the Abingdon line in 1980. Because project-grade Midgets still clutter garages, driveways, yards, and fields throughout the land and they’re not worth much, the clock runs out for many of them every year. […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 MG Midget appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, Bmc, Convertible, 1979, 1970s, Abingdon, Leyland, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, British cars, MG, Sprite, Malaise, Malaise Era


Junkyard Find: Big Sexxy, the V8-6-4-powered 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Finding a Malaise Era Cadillac in a self-service wrecking yard is interesting, especially when it has Cadillac’s not-so-successful first attempt at a cylinder-deactivation engine. Those cars don’t make me sad, though. A nicely customized show-car Cadillac with metalflake paint and pro-applied airbrush work in a junkyard — that makes me sad, even if it did […] The post Junkyard Find: Big Sexxy, the V8-6-4-powered 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Denver, 1981, Cadillac, 1980s, Custom, Fleetwood, Cadillac Fleetwood, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Brougham, Lowriders


Junkyard Find: 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Sport

The early-21st century fad for retro-styled cars, including the PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500, got its start with the late-1990s introduction of the Volkswagen New Beetle (we’re still waiting for a Nissan model made to look like the Datsun F-10). Like most people (and especially like most who had ever owned […] The post Junkyard Find: 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Sport appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Vw, Turbo, Autos, Fiat, 2001, Volkswagen, Nissan, Denver, Beetle, Cooper, VW Beetle, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Volkswagen Beetle


Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion

After the first-generation Mustang went from frisky lightweight to bloated monstrosity, Ford transferred the name over to an economy car based on the Pinto. This proved to be a wise move, in light of certain geopolitical events that took place right around the time the first Mustang IIs began rolling into showrooms, but most of […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Denver, Mustang, Special Editions, 1970s, Ford Pinto, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978, Ford Mustang II


Junkyard Find: 1952 Mercury Custom Sedan

Ordinary family sedans of the 1940s and 1950s look cool and everyone claims to love them, but the sad reality is that hardly anyone with the time, money, space, and skills to restore an old Detroit car bothers with the postwar four-doors. I see 1946-1959 American sedans, mostly in pretty solid condition, with depressing regularity […] The post Junkyard Find: 1952 Mercury Custom Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, 1950s, Detroit, Denver, Mercury, 1952, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Flathead, 1952 Mercury, Flathead V8


Junkyard Find: 1990 Buick Reatta

The Buick Reatta is one of the more interesting attempts made by The General to steal back some North American buyers who had defected to European luxury brands. For a while, I’d photograph every junked Reatta I found, but more and more kept showing up in big self-service wrecking yards and I stopped paying attention […] The post Junkyard Find: 1990 Buick Reatta appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, 1990s, 1990, Buick, Buick Reatta, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Reatta, Two Seaters, 1990 Buick Reatta


Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon

Because my very first car was a 50-buck ’69 Corona sedan in dazzling beige, I always photograph Coronas when I see them in wrecking yards. Sadly, Toyota stopped selling the Corona in North America in 1982, which means that I might see one every couple of years these days. Here’s a luxurious, fully loaded 1981 […] The post Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1981, 1980s, Corona, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Station Wagon, Malaise, Malaise Era, Toyota Corona


Junkyard Find: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan

While I live in Denver, my family and work ties in the San Francisco Bay Area make me a regular visitor at the incredibly well-stocked self-service wrecking yards of the region between San Jose and Richmond. These yards don’t have quite the selection of Subarus and IHC Scouts that I see in the yards around […] The post Junkyard Find: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, San Jose, Volvo, Denver, Richmond, 1990s, San Francisco Bay Area, 1994, IHC, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, European Luxury, Straight Six


Junkyard Treasure: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan

While I live in Denver, my family and work ties in the San Francisco Bay Area make me a regular visitor at the incredibly well-stocked self-service wrecking yards of the region between San Jose and Richmond. These yards don’t have quite the selection of Subarus and IHC Scouts that I see in the yards around […] The post Junkyard Treasure: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, San Jose, Volvo, Denver, Richmond, 1990s, San Francisco Bay Area, 1994, IHC, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, European Luxury, Straight Six


Junkyard Find: 1991 Dodge Shadow Convertible

The Dodge Shadow and its Plymouth Sundance sibling were among the last members of the extended Chrysler K-car family to be built, sold from the 1987 through 1994 model years and replaced by the Neon after that. Millions were sold, but these cars are all but forgotten today. Chrysler built a handful of convertible Shadows, […] The post Junkyard Find: 1991 Dodge Shadow Convertible appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, North Carolina, Convertible, 1990s, Charlotte, 1991, Sundance, Shadow, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Dodge Shadow, Plymouth Sundance, 1991 Dodge Shadow


Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox

If you’re a European car manufacturer in the middle 1980s, what do you do when Tercels and Excels and Justys make your value-priced econobox seem too expensive in North America? If you’re Volkswagen, you call up your Brazilian operation and start building Americanized versions of the VW Gol, successor to the Type 1 Beetle in […] The post Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Fox, Vw, Brazil, Autos, Volkswagen, North America, Denver, 1980s, 1987, Volkswagen Fox, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, 1987 Volkswagen Fox


Junkyard Find: 1989 Pontiac Sunbird GT Turbo

Since The General built cars on the J Platform from the 1982 through 2005 model years, I still see numerous examples of the J during my junkyard travels. Most of those are late-production Cavaliers and Sunfires — not so interesting — but today we’ve got a genuine high-performance Sunbird bearing one of the most important […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Pontiac Sunbird GT Turbo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Turbo, Autos, Denver, 1989, 1980s, Cavaliers, Pontiac, Chevrolet Cavalier, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Pontiac Sunbird, Turbocharging, Turbocharger, J-body


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 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