Tuesday, August 18, 2015

1972 Toyota Corona

This is the Toyota Corona (T90 series, which went from 1970-1974).  This is not to be confused with the Toyota Corona MKII, which was larger and focused less on fuel economy.

 There were a number of sizes of 4 cylinder engines, I'm not entirely sure which this one was.

 This particular one came with an automatic.  The interior is quite nice; used to be, anyway.

 This one has been picked through quite a bit.  But you don't see this around too much anymore.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

1983 Alfa Romeo Spider

At first, I thought this was a Porsche.  But instead, its even more uncommon.  A third generation Alfa Romeo Spider!

 Based on the big bumper, this would appear to be a Series 3 Spider (the series 2 and prior didn't have the huge bumper in front of it).  
This came with a 1.6L or 2.0L engine, but I have no idea since it was gone already.

Surprisingly large trunk considering the type of car it is.

There were three trim levels: Graduate, Veloce, and Quadrifoglio.  This one appears to be a mid level trim (based in the leather seats and aluminum wheels.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

1983 VW Rabbit GTI

Here's a true classic hot hatch, an '83 Rabbit (Golf) GTI.

 While not the first year of the Rabbit in the USA (that was 1978) this was the first year they made the GTI Rabbit - it was also one of the last.  After 1984 they started using the Golf nameplate.

 1.8L with 90hp.  Not too bad, especially considering the light weight of the car.

 I thought I forgot to check the mileage, since I've heard these things will last a long time.  But I couldn't have, someone took the whole dash.

 I can't tell if this car has been painted orange, or is just a very faded "Royal Red".

1987 Toyota Corolla FX

Here's one you don't see too often.  A 1987 Toyota Corolla FX, "3 door hatchback".  Granted, this is only the standard version, and not the more spirited FX16 (which if it was, it would surely be gutted).

 This particular model was made from 1983-1987.  

 Likely the 1.6L engine.

Pretty standard interior. Although this one did come with the manual transmission.  It also managed to make it 226k miles

Saturday, August 1, 2015

1981 Chevy Citation

Another gem from the 80's.  A Chevy Citation.  

 This was a short-lived car.  They only made them from 1980-1985.  And from 1984-1985 it was re-branded as a Citation II.

Pretty standard interior.  Reminds me a bit of the Chevette I found.  

It came with either a 2.5L 4 cylinder (the Iron Duke) or a 2.8L V6.  The 4 cylinder was the most popular due to the gas mileage, but they produced more V6's due to lack of foresight.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1977 Dodge Tradesman 200

This thing just oozes the '70's.  I mean, look at it!  Its a 1977 Tradesman 200 Van.  Which means its a first generation of the Dodge Ram vans (from 1971-1978).

 The owner must have bought one of the window kits that were common during that era.  This one is an unusual pentagon shape.  Typically I see bubble ones put in this area.  This however, would be appropriate for a Dodge/Chrysler (since the Chrysler logo at the time was the Pentastar).

1970's colors AND art on the side!?  This is fantastic.

 Its even on the rear door.

Interior is pretty beat, but has tons of wood paneling.

View of the hatch on the roof.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser: Dual Pink

A dual tone PT Cruiser, with both tones being pink!

 Manual transmission, and the interior is in great shape.  Although gutted pretty well.  The odometer is electronic so I could not see the mileage of it.

1986 Mercury Lynx L

I'll say it right now, the Mercury Lynx is nothing special.  I wasn't sure what it was at first, but I looked it up; it is simply a rebadged Ford Escort.  They were made from 1981-1987.

This particular one is an L model which as I understand is the mid-level trim.

This one also came with the automatic transmission.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

1989 Mazda MX-6 GT

The Mazda MX-6 had a few different versions, such as the DX, LX, and GT.  This is the GT model that came with the 2.2L Turbo engine.  Which is the same one found in a Probe GT (that I also found at the same salvage yard).

Other than being the GT model, there's not much that's special about it.  Though the power and torque output from the GT model greatly differed 145hp vs 110hp, and 190 ft.lb vs 130.

The GT came with 4 wheel disc brakes, optional ABS, and electronically adjustable suspension.  This one apparently had the optional automatic transmission too.

It also only made it to 156k miles.  (while the Probe GT I found made it to over 200). 

Looks like the previous owner painted the valve cover.

Friday, July 3, 2015

1977 Lincoln Continental

Another late 70's big boat I found (more like ran into). The other being the 1978 Mercury Marquis.  This is a 5th generation Continental - which I think was the only generation to have the little rear oval window.  Take note that this also has the B-pillar light (known as an opera lamp).

Very plush interior.  I love how these cars were so roomy and comfortable.  

 I didn't get a good look but these came with either a massive 400 or 460 (6.6L or 7.5L).  And a 3 speed automatic transmission.

 Can't go wrong with hidden headlights!