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Category Archives: 80's Cars

1977-1982 Pontiac Catalina: Under The Under Dog


Base models of any given car are often overlooked by the automotive press in favor of more exciting trims with more power and features. You’ve seen it before: the brochure … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

1985-1989 Ferrari 328: Moving From Magnum


Its always tough to follow a popular act. The Ferrari 308 had become the face of Italian Exotica to millions of viewers of the American TV show “Magnum P.I.”. Sales … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

1989 – 1992 Dodge/Plymouth Colt: Turning Japanese


When I was in college during the late ’80s, I would hang out at the small Byers Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth dealership that was next to the campus of The Columbus College of … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

1981-1982 DeLorean DMC-12: The Future Still Looks Like the ’80s


Ask anyone to name a famous car from film or TV and the DeLorean DMC-12 is likely to be in the top 5 right up there with General Lee Charger … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

1982-1985 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe


A few years ago I wrote about the 3rd generation Firebird – not the fancy SE, Trans-Am or GTA, but the humble base car. It’s counterpart over at Chevy was … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

1977 – 1981 Chrysler Lebaron: First Act in Chrysler’s Hat Trick


During the 1970s and ’80s, the market for coupes flourished in America. In fact there were whole categories that no longer exist today like the personal luxury coupe. As a … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

1982 -1985 AMC-Renault Fuego: The French Resistance


History knows the French Resistance as a movement against Nazi occupation of France during the Second World War. More recently, other kinds of resistance have marked French cars, especially in … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

1974-1982 Lotus Elite II: The Would Be Shape of Things to Come


For most people when you mention Lotus, images of the wedge shaped Esprit come to mind or more recently the tiny Elise and Evora. For even more people it’s difficult … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

1971 to 1974 De Tomaso Pantera – America’s First Real Supercar


Anger can be a powerful motivating force. It’s what fueled Henry Ford II’s drive to develop the GT40. As Ford’s first supercar, it went on to several victories over Ferrari … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

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