Posts from ‘Forgotten’

Sep
18
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.

Sep
11
2005 Chrysler 300 C Touring

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.

Aug
02
GM LLR Vortec 3700

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.

Jul
31
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.

May
26
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.

Feb
27
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.

Feb
22
1981 Rover 3500

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.

May
03
1990 Daihatsu Rocky

1990 Daihatsu Rocky

It’s entirely possible you have no memory of the TV show “Uncle Buck.” That’s probably fine, as by most accounts, the show was terrible, and unworthy to bear the name of the classic John Candy feature film. Not surprisingly, the “Buck” television show failed to last a complete season.

Dec
18
Chrysler Executive Limousine

Chrysler Executive

Now 90 years old, Chrysler is an automotive marque of the classic sort, with a past rich in history and storied product offerings. Ask someone to randomly name a few Chrysler vehicles, and you’re likely to hear model names including Imperial, New Yorker, LeBaron, and maybe Cordoba.

Dec
08
Pontiac LeMans GT-37

1970 Pontiac LeMans GT-37

With a legacy that spans eight decades, the Pontiac brand is rich with model names that are the stuff of legend. Even those entirely disinterested in things automotive would recognize such monikers as Bonneville, Firebird, Grand Prix, and GTO.

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