Down On The Oakland Street, 1994: Before Taurus Beaters Were Cheap Enough

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

The reason I’m only doing ’65 Impala Hell Project posts every week or so is the fact that it takes for-freakin-ever for me to search and scan endless sheets of 35mm negatives and slides for images that are relevant to the story (the 1999-vintage SCSI film scanner I’m using sure isn’t helping matters). There is an unexpected bonus that comes with this process, however: I keep running across interesting car photos shot during my travels.

I shot this panoramic photograph out the window of my Impala in early 1994, just south of the Nimitz Freeway on High Street. That spot looks much different now, thanks to a new onramp configuration and Shell station upgrade, and you won’t see dudes hauling a pile of crap on the roof of a Malaise Era Torino wagon any more; look for Tempos and Tauruses in that role today.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Tejasjeff Tejasjeff on Aug 25, 2011

    We had the same wagon.72 Gran Torino. The Old Man bought Ford because he has been raised on the farm working on them. That POS broke him off Fords for the rest of his life. The most memorable fault among dozens was the rear window that refused to stop leaking. the Dealers fix was to add a ball of sealant in corners until the warranty ended. It was a wretched auto.

  • Marko Marko on Aug 25, 2011

    In the Northeast, these cars were long gone before the mid-1990s.