Tag: junkyard

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

<img data-attachment-id="1670280" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-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="1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1670280″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – […]

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Junkyard Find: 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Sport

<img data-attachment-id="1669792" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-2001-Volkswagen-Beetle-Sport-in-Colorado-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="2001 Volkswagen New Beetle in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-2001-Volkswagen-Beetle-Sport-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-2001-Volkswagen-Beetle-Sport-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1669792″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-2001-Volkswagen-Beetle-Sport-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”2001 Volkswagen New Beetle in Colorado wrecking yard, LH […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion

<img data-attachment-id="1668698" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-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="1978 Ford Mustang Stallion in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1668698″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1978 Ford Mustang Stallion in Denver wrecking yard, LH […]

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Junkyard Find: 1952 Mercury Custom Sedan

<img data-attachment-id="1665848" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1952-Mercury-in-Colorado-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="1952 Mercury in Denver wrecking yard, RH view" data-image-description=" 1952 Mercury in Denver wrecking yard, RH view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1952-Mercury-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1952-Mercury-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665848″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1952-Mercury-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1952 Mercury in Denver wrecking yard, RH view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth […]

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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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Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon

<img data-attachment-id="1665756" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-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="1981 Toyota Corona in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1981 Toyota Corona in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665756″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1981 Toyota Corona in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view – […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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