The Truth About Cars » personal luxury coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1983 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1983-oldsmobile-toronado-brougham-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1983-oldsmobile-toronado-brougham-coupe/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:38:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1309458 The Oldsmobile Toronado started out as a big sporty car, morphed into an Eldorado-styled full-on luxury boat, then spent its twilight years getting progressively smaller and less opulent. Every Toronado ever made had front-wheel-drive and two doors, and every one had at least some Eldorado DNA in its bloodstream. Here’s a downsized-but-still-substantial third-generation Toronado I […]

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The Oldsmobile Toronado started out as a big sporty car, morphed into an Eldorado-styled full-on luxury boat, then spent its twilight years getting progressively smaller and less opulent. Every Toronado ever made had front-wheel-drive and two doors, and every one had at least some Eldorado DNA in its bloodstream. Here’s a downsized-but-still-substantial third-generation Toronado I […]

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No Fixed Abode: High-Low, High-Low, It’s Off To Work You Go http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/no-fixed-abode-high-low-high-low-off-work-go/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/no-fixed-abode-high-low-high-low-off-work-go/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1286506 Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of editing Daniel Ho’s theories on crossovers as reflections of the zeitgeist. In his thoughtfully-written piece, Daniel argues that crossovers are chimeras, reflecting a social trend towards generalized products that combine social signaling attributes from multiple socio-economic categories. The crossover, therefore, is the “blazer and jeans” look, offering […]

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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of editing Daniel Ho’s theories on crossovers as reflections of the zeitgeist. In his thoughtfully-written piece, Daniel argues that crossovers are chimeras, reflecting a social trend towards generalized products that combine social signaling attributes from multiple socio-economic categories. The crossover, therefore, is the “blazer and jeans” look, offering […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Junkyard Find: 1965 Ford Thunderbird Landau http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/junkyard-find-1965-ford-thunderbird-landau/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/junkyard-find-1965-ford-thunderbird-landau/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=960825 A perfectly restored example of a 1964-66 Ford Thunderbird is worth plenty. A beat-up example, even a non-rusty California car, on the other hand… well, it’s one of those cases where you can start with a thousand-dollar car, apply 15 grand to get it into pretty nice shape, and end up with a car worth […]

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A perfectly restored example of a 1964-66 Ford Thunderbird is worth plenty. A beat-up example, even a non-rusty California car, on the other hand… well, it’s one of those cases where you can start with a thousand-dollar car, apply 15 grand to get it into pretty nice shape, and end up with a car worth […]

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Junkyard Find: 1976 Chrysler Cordoba http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1976-chrysler-cordoba/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1976-chrysler-cordoba/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=725114 So far in this series, I’ve had no luck finding Chrysler Cordobas from the first couple years of production. We’ve seen this ’78 (which provided me with a beautiful Corinthian Leather garage couch), this ’79, and this ’80 prior to today, and now we’ve got a genuine, Ricardo-approved 1976 Cordoba. I spotted this car during […]

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So far in this series, I’ve had no luck finding Chrysler Cordobas from the first couple years of production. We’ve seen this ’78 (which provided me with a beautiful Corinthian Leather garage couch), this ’79, and this ’80 prior to today, and now we’ve got a genuine, Ricardo-approved 1976 Cordoba. I spotted this car during […]

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Junkyard Find: 1976 Pontiac Grand LeMans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/junkyard-find-1976-pontiac-grand-lemans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/junkyard-find-1976-pontiac-grand-lemans/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476159 “Personal luxury” became one of the few showroom bright spots for Detroit during the darkest days of the Malaise Era. The definition is a bit fuzzy around the edges, but the basic formula always involved a midsize-or-bigger two-door with a generous helping of disco-grade bling, maybe with some heraldic crests and pleather upholstery. Chrysler had […]

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“Personal luxury” became one of the few showroom bright spots for Detroit during the darkest days of the Malaise Era. The definition is a bit fuzzy around the edges, but the basic formula always involved a midsize-or-bigger two-door with a generous helping of disco-grade bling, maybe with some heraldic crests and pleather upholstery. Chrysler had […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1977-pontiac-grand-prix/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1977-pontiac-grand-prix/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464077 When shopping for personal luxury coupes in the late 1970s, you might have bought the 1977 Mercury Cougar (seen in yesterday’s Junkyard Find), or maybe a Chrysler Cordoba, or perhaps even an AMC Matador Barcelona. If you wanted to go with a General Motors product for your long-hooded, big-on-the-outside/small-on-the-inside coupe, Pontiac had just the car: […]

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When shopping for personal luxury coupes in the late 1970s, you might have bought the 1977 Mercury Cougar (seen in yesterday’s Junkyard Find), or maybe a Chrysler Cordoba, or perhaps even an AMC Matador Barcelona. If you wanted to go with a General Motors product for your long-hooded, big-on-the-outside/small-on-the-inside coupe, Pontiac had just the car: […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Mercury Cougar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1977-mercury-cougar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1977-mercury-cougar/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463944 We make fun of the personal luxury coupe now, just as we make fun of leisure suits, WIN buttons, and Freakies cereal. Still, the rest of the world (except perhaps Australia) never experienced the glory of the huge, inefficient, vaguely sporty coupe with floaty ride and deep-tufted velour interior, and this is their loss. You’re […]

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We make fun of the personal luxury coupe now, just as we make fun of leisure suits, WIN buttons, and Freakies cereal. Still, the rest of the world (except perhaps Australia) never experienced the glory of the huge, inefficient, vaguely sporty coupe with floaty ride and deep-tufted velour interior, and this is their loss. You’re […]

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Junkyard Find: 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1970-lincoln-continental-mark-iii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1970-lincoln-continental-mark-iii/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456199 We’re going to take a break from the Turbo Era Junkyard Finds and take a look at the kind of car that our resident lover of Ford personal luxury coupes really appreciates: a down-but-not-out (yet) 1970 Mark III in Denver self-service wrecking yard. It’s bit rusty and the paint probably started looking bad while Gerald […]

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We’re going to take a break from the Turbo Era Junkyard Finds and take a look at the kind of car that our resident lover of Ford personal luxury coupes really appreciates: a down-but-not-out (yet) 1970 Mark III in Denver self-service wrecking yard. It’s bit rusty and the paint probably started looking bad while Gerald […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Chrysler Cordoba http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1979-chrysler-cordoba/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1979-chrysler-cordoba/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2012 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451616 After yesterday’s Junkyard Find, which was AMC’s answer to the very successful Chrysler Cordoba personal luxury coupe, it seems only right that we look at the car that inspired AMC’s marketers to start searching maps of Spain for car names: the Chrysler Cordoba. Here’s a ’79 that I spotted at a Denver self-serve yard last […]

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After yesterday’s Junkyard Find, which was AMC’s answer to the very successful Chrysler Cordoba personal luxury coupe, it seems only right that we look at the car that inspired AMC’s marketers to start searching maps of Spain for car names: the Chrysler Cordoba. Here’s a ’79 that I spotted at a Denver self-serve yard last […]

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Junkyard Find: 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1972-lincoln-continental-mark-iv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1972-lincoln-continental-mark-iv/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427963 Ah, personal luxury! It’s hard to imagine anything more personally luxurious than a 4,906-pound two-door with 460 cubic inches under its 50-foot-long hood and an interior done up in classy brown-and-cream two-tone. You don’t see many cars with the transmission gear ratios on a plaque in the engine compartment. The Cartier Edition Mark IV came […]

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Ah, personal luxury! It’s hard to imagine anything more personally luxurious than a 4,906-pound two-door with 460 cubic inches under its 50-foot-long hood and an interior done up in classy brown-and-cream two-tone. You don’t see many cars with the transmission gear ratios on a plaque in the engine compartment. The Cartier Edition Mark IV came […]

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Curbside Classic: 1946 Lincoln Continental – The Most Imitated American Car Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1946-lincoln-continental-the-most-imitated-american-car-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1946-lincoln-continental-the-most-imitated-american-car-ever/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:54:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375951 This car is a jaw-dropper, a true classic, and a lucky find that rivals the CC logomobile, but it’s misnamed. By all rights, it should be the Edsel American. It was Edsel Ford’s fine taste and encouragement that made the original version of this trend-setting car happen, and in the process created a car that […]

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This car is a jaw-dropper, a true classic, and a lucky find that rivals the CC logomobile, but it’s misnamed. By all rights, it should be the Edsel American. It was Edsel Ford’s fine taste and encouragement that made the original version of this trend-setting car happen, and in the process created a car that […]

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