Posts from ‘Cheap Wheels’

May
23
1987-91 Ford Tempo All Wheel Drive

Ford Tempo All Wheel Drive

Cheap Wheelsby Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The Tempo was an overlooked Ford sales success of the Eighties. Introduced as a 1984 model in two- and four-door varieties, Tempo wore the Blue Oval’s then-trendsetting aerodynamic “jellybean” styling pioneered on the 1983 Thunderbird. The front-wheel-drive chassis shared some elements with the U.S.-market Escort, but rode a longer 99.9-inch wheelbase. Tempos ran a “new” 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that was a descendant of the Sixties-era Falcon inline six.

Mar
27

1997 BMW 318ti

Cheap Wheelsby Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

BMW’s 3-Series has been around long enough that its basic premise is well defined. Think sporty, rear-drive, premium-priced sedans, coupes, and convertibles. Handsome, if maybe a bit conservative, styling is part of the mix, as is a highly desirable overall package.

Dec
26
Ford Ranger Splash

1993 Ford Ranger Splash

By Don Sikora IICollectible Automobile Magazine

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Introduced for 1983, the Ford Ranger compact pickup’s first major redesign didn’t come until 1993. The previous truck’s simple, straight lines were replaced with smooth, subtle curves, but overall the Ranger still resembled a smaller-scale F-150. Then Ford added more style later in the ’93 model year with the addition of the Ranger Splash.

Jul
08
ZEPHYR

2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Cheap Wheels by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The first Lincoln to bear the name Zephyr arrived for 1936. It was a medium-price car with unit-body construction and a “flathead” V-12 engine. Zephyr soon accounted for 80 percent of the luxury brand’s sales, and by 1940 became the basis for the stunning Continental. Somewhat surprisingly, the Zephyr name didn’t return after World War II.

May
24
1999-2004 Chrysler 300M

1999 Chrysler 300M

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Not surprisingly, the Chrysler 300M was named to invoke the legendary 1955-65 Chrysler 300 “letter” cars. Like the originals, the 300M was intended to be a more powerful driver-oriented car than other Chrysler sedans. This reborn 300 even used the “M” suffix in an attempt to resume the series where the 300-L left off 34 years earlier.

Jan
27
1987 Mercury Cougar

1987 Mercury Cougar

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by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Introduced for 1967 as an upscale Mustang cousin, the Cougar quickly became the shape-shifter of Mercury’s cars. First it morphed into an intermediate-sized personal-luxury coupe, the success of which tempted Mercury to extend the Cougar name to four-door sedans and station wagons. For 1983, Cougar returned to its two-door roots as a conservative variant of the highly aerodynamic Ford Thunderbird. While that ’83 is important in the Cougar saga, it’s the 1987 and ’88 versions that we’d like to suggest as your next set of cheap wheels.

Jan
21
1963 Simca 1000 Sedan

Simca 1000 Sedan

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Back in the Fifties, when Americans started buying imported cars in significant numbers, the Big Three responded with “captive imports” made by their European branches. Ford and GM looked to West Germany and the UK, but Chrysler’s earliest imports came from France. One of them, the 1963-68 Simca 1000 sedan, is the subject for this installment of Cheap Wheels

Nov
10
1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Springs

1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Beach

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

What has two doors; is 218.2-inches long; and is white, pastel yellow, and wood-grained all over? If the first thing that pops into your mind is the special-edition 1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Beach, you may have just identified your perfect set of cheap wheels.

Sep
23
Dodge Shelby Lancer

Dodge Lancer Shelby

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Carroll Shelby tweaked an incredibly diverse group of cars in his long career. Many of them are coveted high-dollar collectibles, but a much smaller subset provides interesting candidates for a set of cheap wheels. Consider the 1988-89 Dodge Lancer Shelby, a second attempt to modify Dodge’s K-car-based four-door hatchback into a European-style sport sedan. 

Jul
30
Datsun B-210

Datsun B-210 Hatchback

Cheap Wheels by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Even before the first oil embargo, subcompacts like the Chevrolet Vega, Ford Pinto, and AMC Gremlin started to gain traction with American car buyers. Once gas prices spiked, smaller-still fuel-sipping imports increasingly caught buyers’ attention.

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