The Truth About Cars » 1978 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » 1978 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com CrapWagen Outtake: 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/crapwagen-outtake-1978-volkswagen-rabbit-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/crapwagen-outtake-1978-volkswagen-rabbit-diesel/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:30:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1179906 I recall a few years ago when gearheads and tinkerers happened upon waste vegetable oil as the answer to the high fuel prices of the day. In theory, recycling used fryer grease seems like an elegant solution. In practice, however, restaurants quickly realized there was gold at the bottom of the vat, and the price […]

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I recall a few years ago when gearheads and tinkerers happened upon waste vegetable oil as the answer to the high fuel prices of the day. In theory, recycling used fryer grease seems like an elegant solution. In practice, however, restaurants quickly realized there was gold at the bottom of the vat, and the price […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Fiat X1/9 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/junkyard-find-1978-fiat-x19-3/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/junkyard-find-1978-fiat-x19-3/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=982969 The Fiat X1/9, like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, is one of those old European cars that hasn’t held its value so well, which means you’ll see plenty of them in the sort of self-service wrecking yards that I frequent. We’ve seen this ’78, this ’78, this ’80 and this ’86 so far in this […]

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The Fiat X1/9, like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, is one of those old European cars that hasn’t held its value so well, which means you’ll see plenty of them in the sort of self-service wrecking yards that I frequent. We’ve seen this ’78, this ’78, this ’80 and this ’86 so far in this […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Cadillac Seville Elegante http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/junkyard-find-1978-cadillac-seville-elegante/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/junkyard-find-1978-cadillac-seville-elegante/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=920513 As Aaron Severson explains in great detail in his excellent Ate Up With Motor piece, the 1976-1979 Cadillac Seville (which was essentially a Chevy Nova under the skin), accelerated the long decline of the Cadillac Division that continued with the Cavalier-based Cimarron and didn’t really turn around until Cadillac started building trucks for rappers and […]

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As Aaron Severson explains in great detail in his excellent Ate Up With Motor piece, the 1976-1979 Cadillac Seville (which was essentially a Chevy Nova under the skin), accelerated the long decline of the Cadillac Division that continued with the Cavalier-based Cimarron and didn’t really turn around until Cadillac started building trucks for rappers and […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Porsche 924 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/junkyard-find-1978-porsche-924/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/junkyard-find-1978-porsche-924/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=865002 I’ve learned a couple of things about Porsches while working for the 24 Hours of LeMons race series. One is that Internet Car Experts cannot accept the idea that any Porsche might be had for a three-figure price tag, and the other is that 924s and 944s are absolute nightmares to keep running. You can […]

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I’ve learned a couple of things about Porsches while working for the 24 Hours of LeMons race series. One is that Internet Car Experts cannot accept the idea that any Porsche might be had for a three-figure price tag, and the other is that 924s and 944s are absolute nightmares to keep running. You can […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Corolla Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1978-toyota-corolla-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1978-toyota-corolla-wagon/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=830033 The third-gen Corolla was the car that made Toyota in the Unites States; you saw the occasional Corona or Celica and maybe a rare Crown once in a while before the mid-70s, but the 1974-79 Corolla was the first Toyota that sold in sufficient quantity to make the marque an everyday sight on American streets. […]

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The third-gen Corolla was the car that made Toyota in the Unites States; you saw the occasional Corona or Celica and maybe a rare Crown once in a while before the mid-70s, but the 1974-79 Corolla was the first Toyota that sold in sufficient quantity to make the marque an everyday sight on American streets. […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Alfa Romeo Spider http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1978-alfa-romeo-spider/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1978-alfa-romeo-spider/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=825178 While Fiat 124 Sport Spiders are commonplace in junkyards, the Alfa Romeo Spider has remained sufficiently valuable that few examples make it to the kind of self-service, high-inventory-turnover wrecking yards I frequent for this series. We’ve seen this ’74 and that’s it prior to today (though I have passed by a few junked Alfa Spiders […]

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While Fiat 124 Sport Spiders are commonplace in junkyards, the Alfa Romeo Spider has remained sufficiently valuable that few examples make it to the kind of self-service, high-inventory-turnover wrecking yards I frequent for this series. We’ve seen this ’74 and that’s it prior to today (though I have passed by a few junked Alfa Spiders […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Celica GT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-1978-toyota-celica-gt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-1978-toyota-celica-gt/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=742825 The first- and second-generation Toyota Celica was to my generation of freshly-minted California drivers (I got my license in 1982) what the early Ford Mustang was to those born a decade earlier: fairly inexpensive and sensible, but still sporty enough to make you feel cool. I drove a ’69 Corona four-door, possibly the uncoolest car […]

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The first- and second-generation Toyota Celica was to my generation of freshly-minted California drivers (I got my license in 1982) what the early Ford Mustang was to those born a decade earlier: fairly inexpensive and sensible, but still sporty enough to make you feel cool. I drove a ’69 Corona four-door, possibly the uncoolest car […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Fiesta http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1978-ford-fiesta/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1978-ford-fiesta/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=691874 The Ford Fiesta story is an interesting one, with this car being a huge gamble for Ford’s global operations back in the 1970s. This car was intended for the European market from day one, but a fair number of Mk1 Fiestas were sold the United States for the 1978 through 1981 model years (eventually, the […]

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The Ford Fiesta story is an interesting one, with this car being a huge gamble for Ford’s global operations back in the 1970s. This car was intended for the European market from day one, but a fair number of Mk1 Fiestas were sold the United States for the 1978 through 1981 model years (eventually, the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Dodge Ramcharger http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1978-dodge-ramcharger/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1978-dodge-ramcharger/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=670298 Even though Denver wrecking yards are always full of old trucks, the Dodge Ramcharger isn’t quite as common as its GM, Ford, and Jeep rivals. In fact, this Royal SE ’83 Ramcharger is the only example we’ve seen in this series, prior to today’s find. This tan Dodge is every bit as Malaise-y as the […]

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Even though Denver wrecking yards are always full of old trucks, the Dodge Ramcharger isn’t quite as common as its GM, Ford, and Jeep rivals. In fact, this Royal SE ’83 Ramcharger is the only example we’ve seen in this series, prior to today’s find. This tan Dodge is every bit as Malaise-y as the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Subaru Leone 4WD Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/junkyard-find-1978-subaru-leone-4wd-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/junkyard-find-1978-subaru-leone-4wd-wagon/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=661010 One thing that makes Colorado wrecking yards different from those in the rest of the country is the large numbers of Subarus in every yard. We’re talking the history of Subaru North America in every yard here. In fact, you’ll see more 1980s and 1990s Leones aka GLs, DLs, and Loyales in a typical Denver-area […]

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One thing that makes Colorado wrecking yards different from those in the rest of the country is the large numbers of Subarus in every yard. We’re talking the history of Subaru North America in every yard here. In fact, you’ll see more 1980s and 1990s Leones aka GLs, DLs, and Loyales in a typical Denver-area […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Fiat X1/9 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/junkyard-find-1978-fiat-x19-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/junkyard-find-1978-fiat-x19-2/#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497724 We had an orange ’78 X1/9 Junkyard Find yesterday, so let’s stay in the Microsoft Windows Hot Dog Stand color range and follow up that Fiat with another ’78. This car is also a Denver find, though not at the same junkyard as the orange car. Yes, Fiat USA advertised the X1/9 on television. Then […]

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We had an orange ’78 X1/9 Junkyard Find yesterday, so let’s stay in the Microsoft Windows Hot Dog Stand color range and follow up that Fiat with another ’78. This car is also a Denver find, though not at the same junkyard as the orange car. Yes, Fiat USA advertised the X1/9 on television. Then […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Fiat X1/9 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1978-fiat-x19/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1978-fiat-x19/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497573 For decades now, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider has been a regular sight in American self-service wrecking yards. The mid-engined Fiat X1/9, based on a healthy serving of Fiat 128 components, has been a bit less commonplace in such yards, but I still see them every now and then. We’ve seen this ’80 and this […]

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For decades now, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider has been a regular sight in American self-service wrecking yards. The mid-engined Fiat X1/9, based on a healthy serving of Fiat 128 components, has been a bit less commonplace in such yards, but I still see them every now and then. We’ve seen this ’80 and this […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300D http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/junkyard-find-1978-mercedes-benz-300d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/junkyard-find-1978-mercedes-benz-300d/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484327 After finding a couple of Mercedes-Benz W123 coupes for this series, I decided to shoot the next four-door version of this legendary machine that I spotted. Here’s one in solid, stolid brown. It’s pretty tough to beat the diesel W123 for sturdy construction and utter lack of corner-cutting in the build-quality department. These cars cost […]

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After finding a couple of Mercedes-Benz W123 coupes for this series, I decided to shoot the next four-door version of this legendary machine that I spotted. Here’s one in solid, stolid brown. It’s pretty tough to beat the diesel W123 for sturdy construction and utter lack of corner-cutting in the build-quality department. These cars cost […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300CD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1978-mercedes-benz-300cd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1978-mercedes-benz-300cd/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467905 Mercedes-Benz W123 coupes aren’t so easy to find these days, though I was able to spot this Crusher-bound ’78 280CE last year. Last week, in a different Denver-area yard, I ran across today’s find: an oil-burning ’78 300CD. With the 3-liter OM617 five-cylinder diesel engine, a strong contender for the Most Reliable Car Engine of […]

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Mercedes-Benz W123 coupes aren’t so easy to find these days, though I was able to spot this Crusher-bound ’78 280CE last year. Last week, in a different Denver-area yard, I ran across today’s find: an oil-burning ’78 300CD. With the 3-liter OM617 five-cylinder diesel engine, a strong contender for the Most Reliable Car Engine of […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Datsun 810 Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-810-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-810-wagon/#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462842 The Datsun 810 became the Nissan Maxima a couple of years into the 1980s, and you rarely see the 810 nameplate these days. Every once in a while, however, an 810 shows up in The Crusher’s waiting room. Here’s a ’78 wagon I found in California last month. The 810 shared quite a few components […]

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The Datsun 810 became the Nissan Maxima a couple of years into the 1980s, and you rarely see the 810 nameplate these days. Every once in a while, however, an 810 shows up in The Crusher’s waiting room. Here’s a ’78 wagon I found in California last month. The 810 shared quite a few components […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Lotus Esprit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1978-lotus-esprit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1978-lotus-esprit/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459807 In all my years of crawling around in high-turnover self-service wrecking yards, not to mention old-timey slow-turnover wrecking yards, this is the first Lotus I’ve found. And it’s not just some boring Eclat— it’s a genuine mid-engined Elite! Granted, it’s been picked over pretty thoroughly… Someone with a Sawzall got most of the fiberglass body, […]

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In all my years of crawling around in high-turnover self-service wrecking yards, not to mention old-timey slow-turnover wrecking yards, this is the first Lotus I’ve found. And it’s not just some boring Eclat— it’s a genuine mid-engined Elite! Granted, it’s been picked over pretty thoroughly… Someone with a Sawzall got most of the fiberglass body, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Datsun B210 Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-b210-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-b210-coupe/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456787 We saw a 1975 Datsun B210 hatchback Junkyard Find a few weeks back, and this ’74 B210 hatch about a year ago. Today, we’ll look at a fairly solid example of the B210 coupe. This is a car that was once as numerous on American streets as is any mainstream 21st-century econobox today, but the […]

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We saw a 1975 Datsun B210 hatchback Junkyard Find a few weeks back, and this ’74 B210 hatch about a year ago. Today, we’ll look at a fairly solid example of the B210 coupe. This is a car that was once as numerous on American streets as is any mainstream 21st-century econobox today, but the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 and 1978 Ford Mustangs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1977-and-1978-ford-mustangs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1977-and-1978-ford-mustangs/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456736 The Mustang II stands as the poster child of the Malaise Era; based on a miserable economy car yet bearing the name of a beloved icon from a more optimistic period. You don’t see many Mustang IIs these days, for obvious reasons, but a few are being kept alive by enthusiasts. Here’s a pair of […]

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The Mustang II stands as the poster child of the Malaise Era; based on a miserable economy car yet bearing the name of a beloved icon from a more optimistic period. You don’t see many Mustang IIs these days, for obvious reasons, but a few are being kept alive by enthusiasts. Here’s a pair of […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/junkyard-find-1978-mercedes-benz-450slc/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/junkyard-find-1978-mercedes-benz-450slc/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447391 The Mercedes-Benz R107/C107 is one of those cars that tends to be valued according to a binary system: a near-perfect example sells for a healthy five-figure sum, while one that’s even slightly beat is worth about as much as an ’86 Nissan Sentra with an alarming rod knock and a glovebox full of used syringes. […]

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The Mercedes-Benz R107/C107 is one of those cars that tends to be valued according to a binary system: a near-perfect example sells for a healthy five-figure sum, while one that’s even slightly beat is worth about as much as an ’86 Nissan Sentra with an alarming rod knock and a glovebox full of used syringes. […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Fiesta Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/junkyard-find-1978-ford-fiesta-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/junkyard-find-1978-ford-fiesta-sport/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446407 We saw a junked first-year Plymouth Horizon last week, but Chrysler’s Simca-based econobox wasn’t the only Euro-Detroito subcompact to make its North American debut in 1978. The first-gen Ford Fiesta, which had been a tremendous sales success in Europe, showed up in American Ford showrooms… where it was met by puzzled stares from car shoppers […]

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We saw a junked first-year Plymouth Horizon last week, but Chrysler’s Simca-based econobox wasn’t the only Euro-Detroito subcompact to make its North American debut in 1978. The first-gen Ford Fiesta, which had been a tremendous sales success in Europe, showed up in American Ford showrooms… where it was met by puzzled stares from car shoppers […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Plymouth Horizon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/junkyard-find-1978-plymouth-horizon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/junkyard-find-1978-plymouth-horizon/#comments Sat, 26 May 2012 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446120 Yesterday’s Junkyard Find was one of the better-known examples of the Simca-based “Omnirizon” platform, and you still see 80s Dodge Chargers here and there. What you won’t see often is today’s Junkyard Find, a first-year Plymouth Horizon. I found this one languishing in a Denver self-serve junkyard. This car was the first true subcompact car […]

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Yesterday’s Junkyard Find was one of the better-known examples of the Simca-based “Omnirizon” platform, and you still see 80s Dodge Chargers here and there. What you won’t see often is today’s Junkyard Find, a first-year Plymouth Horizon. I found this one languishing in a Denver self-serve junkyard. This car was the first true subcompact car […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Datsun 510 Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-510-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-510-sedan/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435066 Wait a minute— this Malaise Era heap, with its solid rear axle and AMC Hornet-esque lines, this car can’t be a 510! That’s what I thought when I spotted this car at a Northern California self-service yard last month, having forgotten that Nissan’s American marketers slapped 510 badges on the 710/Violet/Stanza/200B for the ’78 and […]

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Wait a minute— this Malaise Era heap, with its solid rear axle and AMC Hornet-esque lines, this car can’t be a 510! That’s what I thought when I spotted this car at a Northern California self-service yard last month, having forgotten that Nissan’s American marketers slapped 510 badges on the 710/Violet/Stanza/200B for the ’78 and […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Volkswagen Transporter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-volkswagen-transporter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-volkswagen-transporter/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432301 Like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, your typical second-gen VW Transporter typically spends many years as a never-started project in a back yard or driveway (because everyone loves an air-cooled VW bus!), then washes ashore at a junkyard. I’ve been seeing these vans in about the same numbers in junkyards for a couple of decades […]

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Like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, your typical second-gen VW Transporter typically spends many years as a never-started project in a back yard or driveway (because everyone loves an air-cooled VW bus!), then washes ashore at a junkyard. I’ve been seeing these vans in about the same numbers in junkyards for a couple of decades […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Datsun 280Z http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1977-datsun-280z/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1977-datsun-280z/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432187 After a couple of 1970s Italian sports cars for our last two Junkyard Finds, it’s time to look at the Japanese competition. Malaise Era Z Cars are not uncommon in California junkyards, and I spotted this fairly rough example in an Oakland yard last month. Judging by the extremely weathered paint, I’m guessing this car […]

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After a couple of 1970s Italian sports cars for our last two Junkyard Finds, it’s time to look at the Japanese competition. Malaise Era Z Cars are not uncommon in California junkyards, and I spotted this fairly rough example in an Oakland yard last month. Judging by the extremely weathered paint, I’m guessing this car […]

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