The Truth About Cars » 1970s http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:30:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1979 International Harvester Scout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1979-international-harvester-scout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1979-international-harvester-scout/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1325874 Is it fair that I photograph just about every reasonably intact International Harvester Scout that I see in wrecking yards, while ignoring nearly all air-cooled Volkswagen Beetles that I find in the same yards? Probably not, though I’m making an effort to shoot the more interesting Beetles now. No matter what happens with Beetles in […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 International Harvester Scout appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Is it fair that I photograph just about every reasonably intact International Harvester Scout that I see in wrecking yards, while ignoring nearly all air-cooled Volkswagen Beetles that I find in the same yards? Probably not, though I’m making an effort to shoot the more interesting Beetles now. No matter what happens with Beetles in […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 International Harvester Scout appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1979-international-harvester-scout/feed/ 27
Junkyard Find: 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1974-toyota-land-cruiser/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1974-toyota-land-cruiser/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1317314 The Toyota Land Cruiser has been around since the Sengoku Period (OK, since 1951), and all varieties of this truck tend to have plenty of obsessively devoted single-interest fanatics here in Colorado. You’ll see the occasional FJ60 Land Cruiser in junkyards here, and I’ve even seen a well-stripped FJ40 in a Denver yard. Today’s well-thrashed […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been around since the Sengoku Period (OK, since 1951), and all varieties of this truck tend to have plenty of obsessively devoted single-interest fanatics here in Colorado. You’ll see the occasional FJ60 Land Cruiser in junkyards here, and I’ve even seen a well-stripped FJ40 in a Denver yard. Today’s well-thrashed […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/junkyard-find-1974-toyota-land-cruiser/feed/ 20
Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Granada Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1979-ford-granada-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1979-ford-granada-sedan/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1302713 I took my first driver’s test, in 1982, in a loathsome ex-rental-car 1979 Ford Granada sedan, a car that made my beige 1969 Toyota Corona sedan seem both fun to drive and cool by comparison. Since that time, it makes me happy each time I see a pre-Fox Platform Granada (or its Mercury sibling, the […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Granada Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
I took my first driver’s test, in 1982, in a loathsome ex-rental-car 1979 Ford Granada sedan, a car that made my beige 1969 Toyota Corona sedan seem both fun to drive and cool by comparison. Since that time, it makes me happy each time I see a pre-Fox Platform Granada (or its Mercury sibling, the […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Granada Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1979-ford-granada-sedan/feed/ 94
Junkyard Find: 1974 Chevrolet El Camino http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1974-chevrolet-el-camino/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1974-chevrolet-el-camino/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1301737 The Chevrolet El Camino reached its largest size in the 1973-1977 fourth-generation version, while engine power decreased at about the same rate as its bumper size increased. Still, these cartrucks are somewhat sought-after today, more so than the later, smaller G-body-based ones. Since you won’t see many of these vehicles in self-service wrecking yards, I […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Chevrolet El Camino appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Chevrolet El Camino reached its largest size in the 1973-1977 fourth-generation version, while engine power decreased at about the same rate as its bumper size increased. Still, these cartrucks are somewhat sought-after today, more so than the later, smaller G-body-based ones. Since you won’t see many of these vehicles in self-service wrecking yards, I […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Chevrolet El Camino appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1974-chevrolet-el-camino/feed/ 49
Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1979-oldsmobile-ninety-eight-regency-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1979-oldsmobile-ninety-eight-regency-coupe/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1297858 The greatest Oldsmobile song of all time is Public Enemy’s 1987 masterpiece, “You’re Gonna Get Yours” (from all the many great Oldsmobile songs out there), but just what kind of Olds 98 was it that Chuck D used to get all those suckers to the side? I say it was the 1977-1984 tenth-generation 98, and […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The greatest Oldsmobile song of all time is Public Enemy’s 1987 masterpiece, “You’re Gonna Get Yours” (from all the many great Oldsmobile songs out there), but just what kind of Olds 98 was it that Chuck D used to get all those suckers to the side? I say it was the 1977-1984 tenth-generation 98, and […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1979-oldsmobile-ninety-eight-regency-coupe/feed/ 38
Junkyard Find: 1978 Honda Civic Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1978-honda-civic-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1978-honda-civic-hatchback/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1291017 The first-generation Honda Civic sold like crazy in California, and could be found everywhere in the Golden State from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s. These Civics are now virtually extinct, both on the street and in the junkyard, because they were used up and summarily discarded. There isn’t much enthusiast interest in restoring these cars, so backyards and driveways aren’t full […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Honda Civic Hatchback appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The first-generation Honda Civic sold like crazy in California, and could be found everywhere in the Golden State from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s. These Civics are now virtually extinct, both on the street and in the junkyard, because they were used up and summarily discarded. There isn’t much enthusiast interest in restoring these cars, so backyards and driveways aren’t full […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Honda Civic Hatchback appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1978-honda-civic-hatchback/feed/ 46
Junkyard Find: 1973 Chevrolet G30 Hippie Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1973-chevrolet-g30-hippie-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1973-chevrolet-g30-hippie-van/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:15:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1289345 You see fairly modern minivans covered with lefty bumper stickers all over the place, but those aren’t proper hippie vans. Given their value these days, a Volkswagen Type 1 Transporter isn’t a proper hippie van, either, because you can’t be a genuine hippie in the 21st century unless you’ve burned all your bridges to The […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Chevrolet G30 Hippie Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
You see fairly modern minivans covered with lefty bumper stickers all over the place, but those aren’t proper hippie vans. Given their value these days, a Volkswagen Type 1 Transporter isn’t a proper hippie van, either, because you can’t be a genuine hippie in the 21st century unless you’ve burned all your bridges to The […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Chevrolet G30 Hippie Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1973-chevrolet-g30-hippie-van/feed/ 41
Junkyard Find: 1971 Volvo 144 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144-2/#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1288050 The Volvo 140 was the first of the beloved brick-shaped Swedes. It was built for the 1967 through 1975 model years, and it served as the basis for the legendary 240. I owned one, briefly, and found it was a very competent machine for its era. These cars are not worth big money today, unless […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1971 Volvo 144 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Volvo 140 was the first of the beloved brick-shaped Swedes. It was built for the 1967 through 1975 model years, and it served as the basis for the legendary 240. I owned one, briefly, and found it was a very competent machine for its era. These cars are not worth big money today, unless […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1971 Volvo 144 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144-2/feed/ 55
Junkyard Find: 1977 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1977-dodge-aspen-station-wagon-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1977-dodge-aspen-station-wagon-2/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284994 Everyone loves station wagons, right? We saw three junkyard station wagons last week (a 1980 Toyota Corolla, a 1982 AMC Eagle, and a 1984 Ford Escort), and now we’re going deeper into the Malaise Wagon Era with this San Francisco Bay Area Dodge Aspen This one has a decade-old City of Berkeley residential parking permit […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Everyone loves station wagons, right? We saw three junkyard station wagons last week (a 1980 Toyota Corolla, a 1982 AMC Eagle, and a 1984 Ford Escort), and now we’re going deeper into the Malaise Wagon Era with this San Francisco Bay Area Dodge Aspen This one has a decade-old City of Berkeley residential parking permit […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1977-dodge-aspen-station-wagon-2/feed/ 104
Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-van-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-van-2/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278042 The Ford Econoline went from having a forward-control/mid-engine layout to sporting a stubby hood with the engine moved a bit forward for the 1968 through 1974 model years. Every time I see one of these vans in a wrecking yard, it has been so thoroughly used up that I feel compelled to break out my […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Ford Econoline went from having a forward-control/mid-engine layout to sporting a stubby hood with the engine moved a bit forward for the 1968 through 1974 model years. Every time I see one of these vans in a wrecking yard, it has been so thoroughly used up that I feel compelled to break out my […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-van-2/feed/ 28
Junkyard Find: 1979 Chrysler Cordoba http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1979-chrysler-cordoba-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1979-chrysler-cordoba-2/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1255721 Examples of the Chrysler Cordoba continue to show up in the self-service wrecking yards I frequent, though I tend to skip the ones that are particularly wretched and break out my camera only when I’m in the presence of a Cordoba that still has a certain personal luxury aura. So far in this series, we’ve […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Chrysler Cordoba appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Examples of the Chrysler Cordoba continue to show up in the self-service wrecking yards I frequent, though I tend to skip the ones that are particularly wretched and break out my camera only when I’m in the presence of a Cordoba that still has a certain personal luxury aura. So far in this series, we’ve […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Chrysler Cordoba appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1979-chrysler-cordoba-2/feed/ 61
Junkyard Find: 1979 MG MGB http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1979-mg-mgb/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1979-mg-mgb/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1228081 MGBs continue to show up in self-service wrecking yards, with another rubber-bumper Malaise Era example today. In my junkyard expeditions prior to today, I’ve photographed this ’67, this ’71, this ’75, this ’77, this ’77, this ’79, and this ’79 with a Toyota 20R swap, and now we’ve got today’s Denver ’79. This car appears […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 MG MGB appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
MGBs continue to show up in self-service wrecking yards, with another rubber-bumper Malaise Era example today. In my junkyard expeditions prior to today, I’ve photographed this ’67, this ’71, this ’75, this ’77, this ’77, this ’79, and this ’79 with a Toyota 20R swap, and now we’ve got today’s Denver ’79. This car appears […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 MG MGB appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1979-mg-mgb/feed/ 40
Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Fastback Brougham Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/junkyard-find-1979-oldsmobile-cutlass-salon-fastback-brougham-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/junkyard-find-1979-oldsmobile-cutlass-salon-fastback-brougham-sedan/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1172802 The early fifth-generation Olds Cutlass was a huge seller in the United States; not as big as the Cutlass’ peak in 1976 (when it was the best-selling car in the country), but one of the most popular cars on the street during that period. However, very few Oldsmobile shoppers opted for the odd-looking Cutlass Salon […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Fastback Brougham Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The early fifth-generation Olds Cutlass was a huge seller in the United States; not as big as the Cutlass’ peak in 1976 (when it was the best-selling car in the country), but one of the most popular cars on the street during that period. However, very few Oldsmobile shoppers opted for the odd-looking Cutlass Salon […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Fastback Brougham Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/junkyard-find-1979-oldsmobile-cutlass-salon-fastback-brougham-sedan/feed/ 114
Junkyard Find: 1978 Porsche 924 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1978-porsche-924-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1978-porsche-924-2/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1137850 Many Internet Car Experts believe that any Porsche, no matter how battered, is worth big money. Spend some time around the 24 Hours of LeMons and you’ll learn otherwise, and of course you can always find 924s, 944s, 914s, and even the occasional 928 in the cheap self-serve wrecking yards. The 944 is the most […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Porsche 924 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Many Internet Car Experts believe that any Porsche, no matter how battered, is worth big money. Spend some time around the 24 Hours of LeMons and you’ll learn otherwise, and of course you can always find 924s, 944s, 914s, and even the occasional 928 in the cheap self-serve wrecking yards. The 944 is the most […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Porsche 924 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1978-porsche-924-2/feed/ 26
Junkyard Find: 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom, with Bonus 1993 Newspapers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1973-oldsmobile-delta-88-custom-bonus-1993-newspapers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1973-oldsmobile-delta-88-custom-bonus-1993-newspapers/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1126729 The full-sized Olds 88 was around for decade after decade, and we’ve seen a few of them in this series so far. There was this ’67 Delta, this ’70 Delta, and this ’84 Delta Royale Brougham, and of course many of us remain fans of music devoted to the now-defunct marque. Here’s a ’73 Delta […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom, with Bonus 1993 Newspapers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The full-sized Olds 88 was around for decade after decade, and we’ve seen a few of them in this series so far. There was this ’67 Delta, this ’70 Delta, and this ’84 Delta Royale Brougham, and of course many of us remain fans of music devoted to the now-defunct marque. Here’s a ’73 Delta […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom, with Bonus 1993 Newspapers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1973-oldsmobile-delta-88-custom-bonus-1993-newspapers/feed/ 60
Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Ranchero http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1979-ford-ranchero/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1979-ford-ranchero/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1103057 Ah, the Malaise Era! Engines making one horsepower per three cubic inches. Broughams, Landaus, and molded-in fake stitching on petroleum-distillate Simu-Vinyl™ upholstery. And, of course, a pseudo-pickup based on the Ford Thunderbird platform. 1977-79 Rancheros still show up in California wrecking yards now and then, and that’s where I saw this green-on-green-on-green-on-some-more-green ’79 last fall. […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Ranchero appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Ah, the Malaise Era! Engines making one horsepower per three cubic inches. Broughams, Landaus, and molded-in fake stitching on petroleum-distillate Simu-Vinyl™ upholstery. And, of course, a pseudo-pickup based on the Ford Thunderbird platform. 1977-79 Rancheros still show up in California wrecking yards now and then, and that’s where I saw this green-on-green-on-green-on-some-more-green ’79 last fall. […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Ranchero appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/junkyard-find-1979-ford-ranchero/feed/ 68
Junkyard Find: 1976 Dodge Colt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-dodge-colt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-dodge-colt/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1096361 We’ve seen plenty of front–wheel–drive Colts in this series, but (prior to today) the only example of the rear-wheel drive Dodge-badged Mitsubishi Colt Galant we’d seen was this lichen-covered ’72 wagon. On a recent trip to California, I spotted this coastal-rusty example of tape-striped Malaise Mitsubishi glory. Obviously, this car sat outdoors and neglected for […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Dodge Colt appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
We’ve seen plenty of front–wheel–drive Colts in this series, but (prior to today) the only example of the rear-wheel drive Dodge-badged Mitsubishi Colt Galant we’d seen was this lichen-covered ’72 wagon. On a recent trip to California, I spotted this coastal-rusty example of tape-striped Malaise Mitsubishi glory. Obviously, this car sat outdoors and neglected for […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Dodge Colt appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-dodge-colt/feed/ 28
Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Nova http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-nova/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-nova/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1085809 I see many Corolla-based, NUMMI-built Novas in my junkyard travels, but the earlier rear-wheel-drive X-body Nova has become a fairly rare sight in self-service wrecking yards during the last decade or so. Other than a handful of factory-performance versions, 1970s Novas were disposable, cheap transportation appliances, and so the ones that haven’t been crushed by […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Nova appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
I see many Corolla-based, NUMMI-built Novas in my junkyard travels, but the earlier rear-wheel-drive X-body Nova has become a fairly rare sight in self-service wrecking yards during the last decade or so. Other than a handful of factory-performance versions, 1970s Novas were disposable, cheap transportation appliances, and so the ones that haven’t been crushed by […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Nova appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-nova/feed/ 57
Junkyard Find: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood, Terrifying Ocean Rust Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1974-cadillac-fleetwood-terrifying-ocean-rust-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1974-cadillac-fleetwood-terrifying-ocean-rust-edition/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1086657 So many rusty Junkyard Finds lately! We had the Krusty Kressida earlier this week, and then a whole week of corroded Coloradans before that. Now we’re returning to San Francisco, where cars parked close to the ocean dissolve in strange top-down fashion thanks to the constant salt spray and chilly fog. I found this once-luxurious […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood, Terrifying Ocean Rust Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
So many rusty Junkyard Finds lately! We had the Krusty Kressida earlier this week, and then a whole week of corroded Coloradans before that. Now we’re returning to San Francisco, where cars parked close to the ocean dissolve in strange top-down fashion thanks to the constant salt spray and chilly fog. I found this once-luxurious […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood, Terrifying Ocean Rust Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1974-cadillac-fleetwood-terrifying-ocean-rust-edition/feed/ 56
Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Custom 200 Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-custom-200-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-custom-200-van/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1082609 The second-generation Ford Econoline van abandoned the forward-control layout of its mid-engined predecessor and was a big sales success. I still see these vans in junkyards (in fact, I found one in Sweden last year), but I tend to photograph only the most hantavirus-laden campers, attractively weathered window vans, or Chlamydia-enhanced customs. I saw this […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Custom 200 Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The second-generation Ford Econoline van abandoned the forward-control layout of its mid-engined predecessor and was a big sales success. I still see these vans in junkyards (in fact, I found one in Sweden last year), but I tend to photograph only the most hantavirus-laden campers, attractively weathered window vans, or Chlamydia-enhanced customs. I saw this […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Custom 200 Van appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-custom-200-van/feed/ 56
Junkyard Find: 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1972-volkswagen-karmann-ghia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1972-volkswagen-karmann-ghia/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1065402 After seeing this 1986 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 on Tuesday and this 1980 Volkswagen Dasher four-door hatchback on Thursday, it’s only fitting that we should wrap up this week’s Junkyard Finds with yet another old VW: a seldom-seen-in-self-serve-yards 1972 Karmann Ghia. Air-cooled VW Beetles show up in these high-inventory-turnover yards all the time, because 979 trillion […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
After seeing this 1986 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 on Tuesday and this 1980 Volkswagen Dasher four-door hatchback on Thursday, it’s only fitting that we should wrap up this week’s Junkyard Finds with yet another old VW: a seldom-seen-in-self-serve-yards 1972 Karmann Ghia. Air-cooled VW Beetles show up in these high-inventory-turnover yards all the time, because 979 trillion […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1972-volkswagen-karmann-ghia/feed/ 64
Junkyard Find: 1971 International Harvester 1200D Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1971-international-harvester-1200d-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1971-international-harvester-1200d-pickup/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1054353 I find quite a few International Harvesters in junkyards, mostly because I live in Colorado and the IHC Scout makes sense here. IHC pickups, though, aren’t as easy to find. We’ve seen this ’62 Travelette, this ’72, and this pickup-related ’71 Travelall in this series, and now I’ve found this well-used ’71 pickup in a […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1971 International Harvester 1200D Pickup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
I find quite a few International Harvesters in junkyards, mostly because I live in Colorado and the IHC Scout makes sense here. IHC pickups, though, aren’t as easy to find. We’ve seen this ’62 Travelette, this ’72, and this pickup-related ’71 Travelall in this series, and now I’ve found this well-used ’71 pickup in a […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1971 International Harvester 1200D Pickup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1971-international-harvester-1200d-pickup/feed/ 27
Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-monte-carlo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-monte-carlo/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1041017 Examples of the rear-wheel-drive Chevy Monte Carlo have held their value pretty well, especially the A-body-based 1970-1977 ones. Even a fairly rough one can be worth restoring, particularly in Southern California, and so I don’t see many of these cars during my travels to the wrecking yards of the Golden State. Here’s a very rough […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Examples of the rear-wheel-drive Chevy Monte Carlo have held their value pretty well, especially the A-body-based 1970-1977 ones. Even a fairly rough one can be worth restoring, particularly in Southern California, and so I don’t see many of these cars during my travels to the wrecking yards of the Golden State. Here’s a very rough […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-monte-carlo/feed/ 45
Junkyard Find: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/junkyard-find-1973-mercedes-benz-280c-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/junkyard-find-1973-mercedes-benz-280c-2/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023561 There’s a lot of talk going around about how every restorable example of the Mercedes-Benz W114 coupe is worth plenty these days. Five grand? Ten grand? The junkyard tells me that the real-world prices for these cars in non-perfect condition is still quite low, because I see them regularly. Here’s a solid, fairly complete ’73 […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
There’s a lot of talk going around about how every restorable example of the Mercedes-Benz W114 coupe is worth plenty these days. Five grand? Ten grand? The junkyard tells me that the real-world prices for these cars in non-perfect condition is still quite low, because I see them regularly. Here’s a solid, fairly complete ’73 […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/junkyard-find-1973-mercedes-benz-280c-2/feed/ 52
Junkyard Find: 1972 Plymouth Duster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/junkyard-find-1972-plymouth-duster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/junkyard-find-1972-plymouth-duster/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1022833 Compared to the stodgy-and-sensible Valiant on which it was based, the Plymouth Duster was pretty sporty and sold well to coupe shoppers who wanted a cheap car that could handle indifferent maintenance and bad road conditions (the Zaporozhets not being available in the United States). These things were amazingly reliable for the era, when not […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Plymouth Duster appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Compared to the stodgy-and-sensible Valiant on which it was based, the Plymouth Duster was pretty sporty and sold well to coupe shoppers who wanted a cheap car that could handle indifferent maintenance and bad road conditions (the Zaporozhets not being available in the United States). These things were amazingly reliable for the era, when not […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1972 Plymouth Duster appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/junkyard-find-1972-plymouth-duster/feed/ 54