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Category Archives: 80's Cars

What’s Wrong With: Chrysler


This series of What’s Wrong With could have been made just for Chrysler. For much of my life Chrysler has been in some kind of financial trouble. My first awareness of … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

1982-1988 Ford EXP: Ford’s Bold Paper Tiger?


There was a time when small coupes were all the rage in America. My high school years will filled with Fieros, MR2s and Pulsars. These cars came about in part … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

1974 – 1980 Ford Escort MkII: The Beginning of a Global Dynasty


It’s no secrete that I’m a big fan of the Ford Escort. The mention of it to my friends usually evokes laughter based on the (sometimes undeserved) sordid reputation of the … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

1983-1987 Buick Regal T-Type: Spooling Up to Greatness


As Buicks go, the turbo cars like the Gran National and GNX get all the attention and rightfully so. They established Buick as a luxury performance brand on par with … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

1975-1983 Volkswagen Rabbit : The Start of It All


Small cars are now a major fact of life in the American market. There was once a time when they were the occasional novelty with so so reliability. The VW … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Volkswagen Santana: Quantum Physics in China


The Chinese auto market is an odd thing. There Buick is like Lexus and VW was like Toyota. Was because VW has lost its sales dominance to Buick of all … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

1977 – 1983 Maserati Kyalami: The African Queen?


Big sporting coupes have been a segment that European automakers have been consistent with ever since the ’70s. Of course big by their definition is merely mid-sized by ours, but … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

1979 – 1982 Dodge 024/Plymouth TC3 : One Mission Two More Cars


Most car enthusiasts wouldn’t give a second thought to products from Chrysler’s darkest days. The late ’70s and early ’80s was a great example of what a car company could … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 6 Comments

1983-1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI: The Original Pocket Rocket


When the VW Rabbit appeared in America in late 1974, it had very little in the way of direct competition. The few front wheel drives cars on the market oddly … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

1976 – 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula: Italian Inspiration?


Imagine it’s 1977 and you’re in the market for a new American made small car, preferable a sporty one. You’d have few choices, as the concept of a small car … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 3 Comments