Tag: 1980s

Rare Rides: A Custom Aston Martin V8 Shooting Brake From 1998

Ever wondered what a bespoke shooting brake might look like if its donor vehicle were a long-wheelbase convertible? Wonder no more, for today’s Rare Ride is just such a vehicle, and is also an Aston Martin. The car which would become Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage model began with the (relatively) lower performance Virage, which debuted […]

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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. […]

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Rare Rides: A Base Model Nissan Sentra Wagon From 1982

What’s Datsun, Nissan, and Sunny all over? It’s this pristine Nissan Sentra wagon, hailing from 1982. The Sunny line started back in 1966 as a compact car which touted fuel efficiency and economical motoring as its most important qualities. Intended as a competitor to the Toyota Corolla, it was introduced the very same year. A […]

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Rare Rides: A 1990 Ford Taurus SHO in Stunning Silver

Tell me — do you enjoy luxury, power, and a high level of standard equipment, all wrapped in a family-friendly sedan package? If so, it sounds like today’s Rare Ride might be for you. It’s a well-preserved Ford Taurus SHO from 1990. Ford modernized the American sedan market with the introduction of its slick, aero-friendly […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Japanese Coupe Action in 1986

Sporty styling, flip-up headlamps, and promises of performance. These three had it all in the mid-80s, but which one goes home with the Buy? Let’s find out. Today’s trio came about from a discussion on the Isuzu Impluse Rare Rides post the other day. Commenter MRF 95 T-Bird is way into Eighties Japanese coupes, not […]

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Rare Rides: Control Yourself With the 1985 Isuzu Impulse

Today’s Rare Ride has brown paint, a tweedy tan interior, and super rad 1980s Italian design. Think you can control your Impulses? Okay, no more puns. Known elsewhere as the Piazza, Isuzu’s new rear-drive coupe debuted as the Impulse in North America for 1983. Impulse was a direct replacement for the Giugiaro-designed luxury 117 Coupe, […]

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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 […]

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Rare Rides: This Merkur XR4Ti From 1989 Is Pristine

Imagine you’re an American auto executive in the 1980s, looking on in desperation as all the youthful and wealthy customers head almost solely to BMW showrooms for their sports-oriented sedans and coupes. Now imagine you work at Ford, and you’ve decided to do something about it. By the way, you’re Bob Lutz right now. It’s […]

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Rare Rides: The Ford Versailles Ghia From 1993 – a Quantum Experiment

The recent news of the potential alliance brewing between Ford and Volkswagen seems like a novel idea. But what if I told you it was already tried long ago? Come along, we’re taking a trip to Versailles. Ford likes to use Versailles as a model name. It used Versailles in the 1950s in Europe, where […]

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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 […]

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Rare Rides: The 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept, for Double Barrel Shooting Brake Needs

Today’s Rare Ride is what happens when you take the generally British idea of a shooting brake and combine it with some designers in Michigan who had big ideas. It’s the 1985 Trans Am Kammback Concept. It’s real, and it is spectacular. The Trans Am name first appeared as a performance trim package for Pontiac’s […]

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Rare Rides: An Absolutely Beautiful Peugeot 504 From 1975

Rare Rides has featured a couple of Peugeot vehicles before, like this 106 from Canada or this 405 from The America. But both of those were sporty cars from the Nineties. Today we have a look at a Peugeot from the Seventies which is most definitely not sporty. It’s a stunning 504 with a diesel […]

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QOTD: Change Is a Bad Thing?

On the Junkyard Find post at the start of this week, conversation turned to vehicle models which resisted change from the designer’s pen (or ruler) and the engineer’s… tools. Today we talk about the good old days, and how sometimes things stay the same. The very subject of the Junkyard Find is my example for […]

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Rare Rides: A Serious All-terrain Truck From Volvo – the 1979 C202 Laplander

Today’s Rare Ride fits squarely in the I Didn’t Know About This file. It’s a military-grade Volvo from the 1950s, which the company transformed into a civilian vehicle nearly three decades later. Presenting the C202 Laplander. The Laplander range of vehicles began development in the early part of the 1950s. The Swedish Army, in need […]

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Rare Rides: A 1994 E500 – the Porsche Sedan by Mercedes-Benz

What do you get when you combine the sporty personality of Porsche with all the comfort and luxury of a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The answer is this E500. In the late 1980s Mercedes found itself riding a wave of popularity. Building quality automobiles of restrained and tasteful luxury had served the company well for quite some […]

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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 […]

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QOTD: Worst of the Worst?

In a Question of the Day post earlier this month, Matthew Guy inquired about the manufacturer which had the greatest number of great cars in their company’s history. Today we’re going to flip it, and talk about all the awful things. Prepare your fingers for the incoming salt. Reading the request for greatness, my mind […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: A Rear-drive C-body Showdown in 1980

A few months ago we selected a General Motors C-body from the three on offer in the mid-1990s, right at the end of the front-drive platform’s lifespan. Today’s trio is a variation on that theme, as suggested long ago by commenter Sgeffe. He wanted to talk about rear-drive C-platform offerings — the full-size GMs available shortly […]

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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 […]

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