Spending time around older cars, you realize that there were a lot of common items that anybody under the age of 25 hadn’t experienced unless they drive old cars on purpose.
Imported compact sedans did much to eat up US market share in the 1980s, and so General Motors responded with its own unique formula.
GM’s ’70s downsizing first cut back the footprint of its big rear-wheel drive cars. Then it converted compacts like the Skylark to front-wheel drive.
Today it’s all about the crossover, but back in the 1970s and 1980s, the coupe was popular. These junkyard Buick coupes illustrate the tail end of that trend.
Junkyard browsing is fun when it shows us how cars decay. But it can be unsettling when you see a car that ended up there after a violent end.
The year 1972 was the Vista Cruiser’s last year with the added greenhouse superstructure, and this example found streetside shows us how stylish it was.
The tough Slant Six engine dragged many Chrysler products into longer life cycles than the rest of the cars could bear. This well-used LeBaron tells the story.
California’s mild climate is exceedingly easy on cars, and it can slow the process of decay to a crawl, as this original blue-plate Cavalier shows.
These vintage Fords exemplify the decades in which they were made, with styles that were typical for their times.