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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: 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: 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: 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


Piston Slap: An Emissions Digression, Dodging Diverted Air?

TTAC Commentator Nate writes: I’m working on a 1979 Dodge D200 with 360CID V8 4BBL carbureted engine, automatic trans, A.I.R. pump, EGR valve, and charcoal canister for the fuel tank hydrocarbons. The underhood factory decal says “California Medium Duty Emissions” and it has no catalytic converter from new. So here’s my situation: All hoses, pipes etc. […] The post Piston Slap: An Emissions Digression, Dodging Diverted Air? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Nate, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Malaise Era, A.I.R. pump, Air Injection Reactor Pump, Dodge Truck, Emissions Controls, California Medium Duty Emissions


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 1981 Ford Escort GL Sedan

By the early 1980s, Ford needed a replacement for both the image-challenged and obsolete rear-wheel-drive Pinto and the minuscule, German-built Fiesta, and so a Detroitified distant cousin of the European Ford Escort came into being for the 1981 model year. Here’s a rare ’81 sedan, photographed in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard. I have […] The post Junkyard Find: 1981 Ford Escort GL Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Ford, Autos, 1981, 1980s, Northern California, Escort, Pinto, Ford Escort, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1981 Ford Escort


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: 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Every so often, I’ll be poking around in one of the self-service wrecking yards I frequent and I’ll come across a very nice older car, clearly babied by its original owner for just about its entire life. It will be a car whose resale value depreciated to insignificance decades ago, dooming it to a junkyard […] The post Junkyard Find: 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, General Motors, Gm, Autos, 1980s, Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Cutlass, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, Ciera, GM A Platform


A beige-ish bash: Malaise-era cars get their own show

1982 Chevrolet Cavalier Cadillac Cimarron. Image courtesy OldCarBrochures.com. Even to this day, some car shows across the country refuse admission to any vehicle built after 1972, as if every carmaker had suddenly conspired to never again build a desirable or collectible car after that date. However, one car show scheduled for next month will only admit cars from after that date and on through what’s commonly called the automotive Malaise Era. According to show organizer Bryan Davis of Fresn...
Tags: Fresno, Legislation, Shows, Regulation, United States, Davis, Autos, Seventies, Nineties, Eighties, Fresno California, El Segundo California, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Exhibitions And Events, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car


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


Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Pickup, Scrap Hunter Edition

The third-generation Toyota Hilux, sold in the United States as the Toyota Truck or Toyota Pickup (remember, this is the extremely un-frivolous company that, even today, sells a luxury sedan called the LS), achieved legend status very early in its career. An 800,000-mile example will be equally comfortable hauling a dozen or two Taliban fighters […] The post Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Pickup, Scrap Hunter Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, United States, Taliban, Autos, Truck, Toyota, 1981, 1980s, Toyota Hilux, Hilux, Pickup, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era


Junkyard Find: 1983 Toyota Cressida Station Wagon

It has taken a few decades, but Toyota Cressidas now show up at the big self-service wrecking yards in respectable numbers. I find these Lexus ancestors very interesting, so I shoot most of the ones I see; so far in this series, we have seen this ’80, this ’82, this ’83 wagon, this ’84, this […] The post Junkyard Find: 1983 Toyota Cressida Station Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, Toyota, 1980s, 1983, Toyota Cressida, CRESSIDA, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Station Wagon, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1983 Toyota Cressida, Toyota Cressida Station Wagon


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: 1983 Cadillac ‘Bustleback’ Seville

The first-generation Cadillac Seville was a sibling — or maybe first cousin — to the proletariat rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Nova, selling well while also cheapening the Cadillac brand. The second-generation Seville, introduced for the 1980 model year, moved to the Eldorado’s front-wheel-drive platform and gained a bold “bustleback” rear body design. Here’s an example of a […] The post Junkyard Find: 1983 Cadillac ‘Bustleback’ Seville appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Luxury cars, Arizona, Autos, Seville, Cadillac, 1980s, Phoenix, 1983, Chevrolet Nova, Eldorado, Cadillac Seville, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era


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