Posts Tagged ‘Nineties’

1992 Chrysler LeBaron Coupe, American Compacts of 1992

1992 Chrysler LeBaron Coupe

When Chrysler introduced the first Cordoba back n 1975, the carmaker almost seemed to apologize for rolling out a “small” Chrysler. Indeed, the ‘Doba was small by Seventies-era Chrysler standards, but would seem positively burly only a decade and a half later.

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.

1979 Cadillac Eldorado, Luxury cars that looked special

1979 Cadillac Eldorado

Special is a funny word, and it doesn’t always mean something good. One hopes to avoid “special” classes in grade school, for example, and there isn’t a kid alive that looks forward to a bowl of Special K.

1990 Mitsubishi Sigma

1990 Mitsubishi Sigma

According to at least one source, Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime, despite having completed an estimated 900 works. Incredible as it may seem now, contemporaneous critics found Van Gogh’s work to be dark and lifeless—a snub that no doubt helped pave the way to the artist’s eventual suicide.

1991 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedan

1991 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedan

Here’s a tip for you aspiring auto scribes out there: If you want to see a lot of reader feedback, create a best-looking list.

There’s almost nothing more subjective or arbitrary than an evaluation of something’s aesthetic qualities, and almost nothing more irresistible to readers. With that in mind, I present the 10 best-looking sedans of 1991.

1991 Hyundai Scoupe

1991 Hyundai Scoupe

It may seem hard to believe, but Hyundai has been a player in the U.S. for nearly 30 years. The Korean maker’s roots in Canadia reach back even further–Hyundai Pony and Stellar models entered that market for the 1983 model year.

1990 Chrysler Imperial Abstract, 1990 Auto Quiz

Identify this 1990 car, and four more.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz we’re featuring the cars of 1990, and only 1990. All the vehicles in question were available for sale in the U.S. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature.

1996 Acura SLX, Early Japanese SUVs

Anxious to exploit the exploding consumer interest in SUVs, Acura tapped Isuzu for a version of that maker’s Trooper. The SLX became Acura’s first truck.

Fact: Japanese automobile manufacturers were just as willing as American makers to build fuel-thirsty trucks, they just weren’t as good at selling them. Had early versions of the Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota 4Runner sold nearly as well as the Ford Explorer, history might recall said companies less as the “green” good guys they came to be considered.

Sexy Sedans

Acura Vigor

There was a long period where the words sexy and sedan simply didn’t belong in the same sentence. Some might argue that the pair can describe classic-era Cords and Duesenbergs, but wouldn’t you still rather have the 2-door version?


Plymouth Prowler

Perhaps failures is too strong a word. But these are all vehicles that impressed me mightily when new yet suffered lackluster sales and were discontinued without being replaced by a similar model. For sake of brevity, the list includes only models that disappeared within the last decade. A couple are now fairly inexpensive used cars, while others have achieved cult or collector status and unfortunately remain out of easy financial reach. Did I miss your favorite?