The Concord replaced the Hornet in 1978 as the car with "the luxury Americans want...at the size Americans need". Little was changed from the Hornet, but the benefit to this old design was that the quirks had been worked out, so reliability and build quality was surprisingly high. Available in all body styles, the Concord lost its distinctive single headlights after 1978. The gold mesh rims on this one are definitely outside the norm, and lend the car a European flavor.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
The Fairmount arrived in 1978, the first model built on the long-running and successful fox platform. It replaced the Maverick as Ford's basic family sedan, competing against the Malibu and Aspen/Volare, from Chevy and Dodge/Plymouth, respectively. It featured more modern, square styling, and the full range of bodystyles never available for the Maverick.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The Grand Prix first arrived in 1962, during what was Pontiac's (and, arguably, GM's) best era. It acted as the sporty, top of the line trim of the full size line. Available with large, high-output V8's, as well as a 4 speed, the Grand Prix could really live up to its name. Wide-track era Pontiacs have some of the best styling ever, and the Grand Prix was no exception. They're just handsome cars.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Advertised as the "Driving Man's Economy Car", the Datsun 710 replaced the classic 510 in 1973. It was reliable enough, but the weird styling didn't do it any favors, and, well, just compare it to the 510. Also, it seemed unsure of what it was supposed to be. Economy car? Sporty car? Semi-luxury car? Oh well, today their weirdness and uniqueness makes for an interesting find. How can you not like those curvy windows? The missing bumpers on this one certainly improves the styling.
Monday, June 29, 2015
The Falcon, though it wasn't the first American compact of the sixties, was the most modern and most successful. The Falcon featured clean, simple styling, reliable and economic mechanicals, and proved to be the right car for those looking for honest, basic transportation. 1962 was the first year the Futura trim, only offered on the two-door, was available.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The massive fourth-generation Deville series arrived in 1971, and was all you would expect from a full-size luxury car of the seventies. Everything was huge, and elegant, brougham-y touches were everywhere. This one has been customized slightly, with a two-tone paint job and muscle car touches such as the cowl-induction scoop and white letter tires.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Isuzu Trooper first arrived in the U.S. in 1983, and was one of the first modern SUVs sold here, though it was soon joined by the S10 Blazer, XJ Cherokee, 4Runner, and others. Of course, the Trooper was a little more rugged than those, but that made it an immensely practical and capable off-roader. These early circle-light Troopers are getting rare, especially in such great original, stock condition. This one looks awesome on its original white steel rims.