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1986 Stanza Wagon

1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon

When you think Nissan, you likely think of models such as the Altima, Pathfinder, Rogue, or some other popular, high-volume vehicle. Indeed, Nissan will come close to selling half a million Rogues and Rogue Sports in 2018.

Ford Triton V10

Ford’s Modular V10 engine has been in production since 1997.

Car and truck engines are designed in a relatively small number of cylinder configurations. Inline 4-cylinder and V6 engines are easily the most common, with V8 mills coming in third in popularity.

2003 Ford Explorer NBX

2003 Ford Explorer NBX

One relatively easy way for an auto manufacturer to spur the sales of a given model is to play around with the trim levels offered.

1994 Eagle Summit

1994 Eagle Summit

If I may be allowed to overgeneralize, allow me to suggest that American car buyers appreciate utility, but would rather a given vehicle not look too utilitarian.

2005 Chrysler 300 C Touring, Forgotten Wagons

2005 Chrysler 300 C Touring

Fact: You can’t sell a station wagon in the United States anymore. Fact: You can dress a station wagon up like an SUV and sell that, as evidenced by the popular Subaru Outback.

GM LLR Vortec 3700, GM 5-Cylinder Engine

The LLR Vortec 3700 is one version of the only 5-cylinder engine General Motors has ever made available in the U.S.

Americans tend to enjoy their engine cylinder counts in even numbers. Engines of 4-, 6-, and 8 cylinders have powered an overwhelmingly large majority of the vehicles ever sold in the U.S, and for good reason.

1987 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

1987 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

Long before the automotive Asian Invasion, German carmakers were happily and successfully selling vehicles in the U.S. The official importation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles began in 1952, though the company’s cars were imported independently for decades prior.

Forgotten Volkswagens

1986 Chrysler Limousine

1986 Chrysler Limousine

I was pumping gas for a living in 1986, a job that enabled me to do more than my fair share of car watching. Thus, it saddens me a little to compile this list of forgotten rides.

1984 Toyota Van

1984 Toyota Van

America is rich with historic auto brands. Ford, for example, goes back in time nearly as far as the car itself. Likewise, Chevrolet has existed for longer than most people have been alive.

1981 Rover 3500, Forgotten Vehicles of 1981

1981 Rover 3500

Cancelled after just 22 episodes, Mr. Merlin was a sitcom starring Barnard Hughes as the legendary wizard Merlin working as a mechanic in modern-day San Francisco. The show’s saving grace was the casting of the lovely Elaine Joyce as one of Merlin’s fellow sorcerers.

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