With the Malaisetastic '80 Plymouth Fire Arrow that we saw yesterday on my mind, I got to thinking about the meaning of the Malaise Era, specifically about the American-built vehicles sold during that period. Not captive imports like the Fire Arrow or quasi-domestics like the Capri, but real Detroit (or Kenosha) machinery. And, yes, I know that Jimmy Carter never actually uttered the word "Malaise" in his so-called Crisis of Confidence speech in 1979; what started as a joke term for the cars of the 1973-1983 period has now hardwired itself into my brain). Then I realized that I've forgotten the quasi-tradition of having a Friday poll for the readers to vote on their favorite DOTS machine of the week, so I owe you some DOTS poll action. That means it's time to jump like the late-70s inflation rate to pick your favorite of Alameda's Malaisewagons!

Looking at these cars, I realize that I've been remiss in not photographing early-80s Detroit iron on Alameda's streets; we have a fair sampling of such cars, so I'll be paying more attention to them in the future. If everyone has a good time with this poll, I might do a Favorite Import DOTS Malaisemobile poll later on.

1973 Pontiac Grand Am

1973 Mercury Cougar

1973 Plymouth Scamp

1974 Ford Torino

1974 Ford Maverick

1974 Plymouth Satellite

1975 Pontiac Grand LeMans

1976 AMC Pacer X

1976 Buick Skyhawk

1976 Ford Mustang

1977 Lincoln Continental

1977 Plymouth Volare

1977 Ford Granada

1977 Oldsmobile Wagon

1977 Chevrolet Camaro

1978 Cadillac Eldorado

1978 Chevrolet Camaro

1978 Pontiac Trans Am

1979 Ford Ranchero