Tag: 1990s

Junkyard Find: 1990 Buick Reatta

<img data-attachment-id="1665816" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1990-Buick-Reatta-in-California-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="1600,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1990 Buick Reatta in California wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1990 Buick Reatta in California wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1990-Buick-Reatta-in-California-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1990-Buick-Reatta-in-California-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665816″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1990-Buick-Reatta-in-California-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1990 Buick Reatta in California wrecking yard, LH front view – […]

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’80s, Baby: Check out the Totally Rad Retro Makeovers One Artist Gave a Few of Our Faves

Recording artists Cardi B and Bruno Mars attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for NARAS) No, it’s not #ThrowbackThursday—but we’re willing to call it #WayBackWednesday, because we’re knee-deep in nostalgia after seeing a series of artworks immortalizing some of […]

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QOTD: Most Overpriced Non-luxury Vehicle of the 1990s?

<img data-attachment-id="1577905" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1992 Camry Wagon" data-image-description=" source: http://consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/92812081991001.jpg ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1577905 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg” alt=”1992 Camry Wagon” width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>For the past couple of weeks, Wednesday’s QOTD posts have asked a simple question: What […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Rare Rides: A Pristine 1997 Toyota Paseo of the Cabriolet Variety

Today’s Rare Ride is the rarest version of an already rare economy car. It’s a sporty and simple Toyota Paseo cabriolet, hailing from 1997. Toyota first offered the Paseo in 1991 as a sporty replacement for the deceased two-door Corolla. The Paseo and its more economically-minded and serious Tercel sibling rode atop the Toyota Starlet […]

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Rare Rides: The 1991 Lotus Elan, With Power by Isuzu

The Rare Rides series has featured a couple Lotus-related items before. The first was this Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was an Isuzu with some Lotus badges on it. Then came the Elite, which was a real Lotus. Today we take a look at the Elan, which mixes it up with Lotus badges and an Isuzu […]

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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 […]

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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: 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 […]

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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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Buy/Drive/Burn: Mediocrity Personified in Sedans of 1996

You’ve seen all of today’s contenders before on the roads, likely more times than you can count. Forgettable because of how middling they were, hundreds of thousands were sold. Which one would you actually buy with your own money? The year is 1996 and you’re a family sedan customer. You don’t want to spend a […]

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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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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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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 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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