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Rare Rides: The 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2, Not Actually Named Aerocoupe

Rare Rides previously examined a rare Grand Prix. It was from a Pepsi contest and separated from the coupe you see here by only three years. Today we consider the end of an era for Grand Prix, with the very special 2+2. Pontiac’s full-size V8 Grand Prix coupe debuted for the 1962 model year as […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Dodge Raider, Sawzall Roadster Edition

Even after the Mitsubishi Overlords began selling vehicles under their own badging in North America in the early 1980s, Chrysler continued selling those very same vehicles with Dodge, Plymouth, Eagle, and Chrysler emblems. One of these machines didn’t stay on sale for long, but captured the hearts of a devoted American following: the Dodge Raider, […]

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Rare Rides: A 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport Cabriolet – Ultimate Rarity Assured

Today’s Rare Ride is quite possibly the rarest Chevrolet Celebrity ever made. And it’s also, possibly, one of those cases where rare does not equal desirable. First things first: the car you see here was a very special aftermarket conversion, and was not produced by General Motors proper. Regular Celebrities were built in coupe, sedan, and wagon varieties, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LS Brougham

For better than three decades, Chevrolet sold Americans full-sized sedans with angular lines and — in most cases— V8 engines. Beginning in 1959 (or even earlier, depending on how strict you are about the definition of “angular”), a big rear-drive Chevy box sedan was the most mainstream American motor vehicle… and that came to an […]

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Rare Rides: The Very Rare 1982 Mazda 626 Two-door Sedan

Today’s Rare Ride is boxy, brown, and well-equipped. It’s an unpopular variant of a less-than-mainstream midsize car of the Eighties. And at 38 years old, it’s managed to escape the rusty fate to which most all of these succumbed long ago. Let’s check out the 1982 Mazda 626. Mazda’s first 626 carried the name Capella […]

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Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – Eighties Exotica and a Childhood Toy Story

Today’s Rare Ride is a seriously sporty evolution of Ferrari’s well-known 308 GTB. Built as a homologation special, the 288 GTO was one of the most exclusive vehicles Ferrari produced in the Eighties. It’s a car which became relevant to me this past weekend, when a rusty example was unearthed in my parents’ backyard. The […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Hyundai Excel 3-Door Hatchback

Until the appearance of the Chrysler 200 and the current generation of Mitsubishi Mirage, the fastest average showroom-to-junkyard speed I’d ever seen with a new car took place with the first-generation Hyundai Excel. Even the wretched Yugo, its rival for the title of Cheapest New Car Available In America, seemed to hold together until at […]

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Rare Rides: A 1990 Oldsmobile Troféo – Last of Personal Luxury

Today’s Rare Ride is one of those last-of moments for a historical nameplate. For nearly 40 years, Toronado was the luxurious coupe flagship of the Oldsmobile brand. But changing consumer tastes and a thinning of the herd at General Motors meant that, by 1990, the Toronado name was not long for the world. Let’s talk […]

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Rare Rides: The Practical and Luxurious 1979 Mercury Zephyr Villager

Today’s Rare Ride comes from a time when the family wagon segment was alive and well and Ford was eager to use its brand new Fox platform on as many vehicles as possible. Presenting the wood-clad Mercury Zephyr Villager wagon, from 1979. The Zephyr name originated as a line of luxurious Lincoln vehicles in the […]

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Rare Rides: The Practical and Elegant Lamborghini LM002

Today’s Rare Ride is one which defies most all expectations of vehicles in its class. It’s larger, more powerful, more exclusive, and more ridiculous than any of its contemporaries. Suitably, it has a raging bull emblem on its hood. Presenting the Lamborghini LM002 from 1990. The very first four-wheel drive production vehicle from Lamborghini was […]

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