Saturday, July 30, 2011

In a former life it was a minivan...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Where Ford Mustangs Go To Die

A resting place for Ford Mustangs from the 1980s.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tiny Pick Up Truck

Made in the early 80's, it's called a Dodge Rampage.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rust Buckets of the 1980s

Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation, the makers of Jeep, in 1987. Before the takeover, a lot of the cars that Americas fourth automaker was building were really Renaults. But before that they came up with their own cars...

AMC had been very innovative in their designs. I think the reason many American cars of the 1980's were so boxy and utilitarian looking was because unique looks initially sold well but, then when the autos got older, odd design features became a detractor.

The Picture above is of an AMC Pacer. When it first showed up it was so unique looking that everybody wanted one. Then they became rust buckets.

Many likened the Pacer to a rolling greenhouse because sitting inside of one was like being in a glass dome. You did not want to leave a baby or a pet in one on a hot day!

While many of these were made in the darker automotive time called the 1970's, anyone from the 1980's is familiar with them. They may have been ugly but, certainly, were built to last!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

1979-1983 American Motors Corporation Spirit

I saw this car in Kitchener, Ontario:

Many of you are probably more familiar with the AMC Gremlin or the Pacer, rather than the Spirit. Well, this is the car that America's 4th automaker built to replace the Gremlin. And it's a lot sleeker, too.

The Spirit came with a 4, 6, or even an 8-cylinder engine. What was weird was that AMC bought the 4-cylinder power plants from its competitors, GM and Volkswagen. The 8-cylinder AMX version of this model is the most desirable today. There was, however, an 'Eagle' version of this car which had all-wheel-drive. AMC, with Jeep as its most important division, was the leader in 4-wheel-drive.

This car was also unique because the Spirit was built in a total of three different countries: The United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Sadly, as AMC's market share began to dwindle with the popularity of Japanese imports, they began to start selling French-designed Renaults. This car would end up being replaced by the Renault Encore.

Chrysler purchased AMC in 1987 because they wanted the crown jewel: The Jeep division.