An amusingly British way to sell your rare Austin Ute

It's rarer than hen's teeth and more rotten than a pear sitting in the owner's orchard, but that is only the beginning of the amusing description that accompanies this 1976 Austin Ute. » 11/06/11 11:00am 11/06/11 11:00am

Settle the whose Jeep is better debate with banjos and hoonage

When Jeep introduced the new longer wheelbase CJ-7 as a compliment to their CJ-5 model they opened the door for spirited musical debates between CJ enthusiasts like the ones seen here. Whether you thought your CJ-5 was the toughest rig around or your CJ-7 could take a smaller Jeep anytime, it was clear there was… » 8/20/11 9:00am 8/20/11 9:00am

1976 Subaru commercial highlights adventures in good cars and bad…

As the times change, so too do the vehicles in which you are unsuccessfully trying to attract female attention—at least according to this Subaru commercial. What better way to follow up two decades of hitting home runs with your interesting automotive choices while striking out with the opposite sex than purchasing… » 8/13/11 9:00am 8/13/11 9:00am

"Jungle Jim" burnouts

Long before John Force, "Jungle Jim" Lieberman won over crowds and gained a following with his huge burnouts and drag strip showmanship. Jungle Jim built a large fan base with his theatrics and wild rides down the drag strip. This picture was taken in April of 1976, a little over a year before he died in an off track… » 4/02/11 12:30pm 4/02/11 12:30pm

1976 and 1979 International Scout IIs


Welcome to Found Off The Street, our look at cars found on the cape that rust liked so much it decided to summer there; Cape Cod, MA. Today we have a pair of 1970s International Harvester Scout IIs » 12/19/10 9:00am 12/19/10 9:00am

1976: Chevy Beauville and Fiat 128 Combine Fuel Economy, Reliability

Going through some old photos, I've discovered a couple of shots of my sisters posing with the Martin Family Motor Pool, circa 1976. Yes, you could still get 620 roll film as late as the Gerald Ford Era! » 8/22/10 4:00pm 8/22/10 4:00pm

Another Datsun King Cab Doomed, Lack Of Cup Holders Probably To Blame

Earlier this year, we saw this '79 Datsun King Cab pickup in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard. Here's another one, in a different yard but with the same sad story: truly small pickups are just too small. » 8/21/10 11:00am 8/21/10 11:00am

Even Volkswagen Made a Bicentennial Edition!

Even the Germans got into the act when celebrating the American Bicentennial, with this Spirit Of '76 dash-plaque-equipped 1976 Beetle convertible. Bonus points if you can name three more Bicentennial Edition cars! » 7/04/10 4:40pm 7/04/10 4:40pm

What To Drive This July 4th? Bicentennial Eldorado!

Coming not quite two years after Richard Nixon's resignation and just barely a year after the Fall Of Saigon, the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was somewhat muted by Malaise. Meanwhile, Cadillac was building its last convertible Eldorados. » 7/04/10 4:00pm 7/04/10 4:00pm

Early 5 Series Would Like To Return To Bavaria, Heading To Chinese…

You don't see many E12s on the road these days, but I saw two of them at a Northern California self-service junkyard a few weeks ago. Here's a fairly clean-looking '76 530i that's Crusher-bound. » 6/20/10 11:00am 6/20/10 11:00am

Could This Be The Greatest Terrible Car Ever Made?

It's big, it boasts a body designed by the Italian design house responsible for the Maserati 5000 GT and Alpine A106, and it packed Buick V8 power under its vast hood. And, uh, mumble mumble Lucas Electrics mumble mumble. » 4/03/10 2:00pm 4/03/10 2:00pm

1976 BMW 2002

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. I've been passing this car by for a few months, because I mistook it for this 2002Tii. » 4/03/10 9:00am 4/03/10 9:00am

Malaise Nova Hangs It Up After 34 Years

As a former '76 Nova owner, I've got a bit of a soft spot for these cars. They were primitive and somewhat shoddy, but they got the job done. Here's one at the end of a long, rough road. » 2/27/10 11:00am 2/27/10 11:00am

It's About Time... For The 1976 Chevette?

Was the new-for-1976 Chevette really a "new kind of American car," as claimed in this ad? With rear-wheel drive, anemic pushrod engine, and abysmal build quality, it was more like a new kind of unconditional surrender to the Honda Civic. » 1/09/10 1:00pm 1/09/10 1:00pm

Relive The Joys Of '76 Chevy Nova Beater Ownership, 1991 Reno Parking…

Since I've already plugged all this crappy analog video hardware into my computer in order to digitize the glory of a '79 Ford Granada, we might as well continue to unearth car-related tidbits from the Murilee Martin Videotape Archives. » 12/06/09 3:00pm 12/06/09 3:00pm

1976 Sebring-Vanguard Citicar

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. 500+ vehicles into this series, we've finally got an electric car! » 9/27/09 9:00am 9/27/09 9:00am

See, Not All Pintos Blew Up!

In general, cars at the high-turnover self-service junkyards tend to be 15 to 20 years old, but some types of cars disappeared from junkyards long before their time. The Pinto was such a car. » 8/01/09 10:00am 8/01/09 10:00am

Junkyard Jackpot: BMW 2002, Corolla GT-S, Triumph Spitfire

Just yards away from the now-much-picked-over junked Volvo Amazon, I stumbled across this incredible trifecta of junkyardy goodness at my local self-service yard. Three cars that each deserve the full Jalopnik Stamp-O-Approval™! » 7/18/09 12:00pm 7/18/09 12:00pm

Donked AMC Hornet Sportabout Sports Hella Bass, Truck Nutz

Normally, we wouldn't recommend adding big ol' donkin' wheels, JC Whitney leaf-spring shackles, and Truck Nutz to a Malaise Era wagon. However, this combo works perfectly on a primered '76 Hornet Sportabout! » 5/09/09 10:30am 5/09/09 10:30am

What Does The Billetproof Chief Perpetrator Drive?

When you're in charge of both Billetproof and the Concours d'Lemons, you aren't allowed to use a Camry as your daily driver. No, you must roll Kenosha style! » 5/03/09 9:30pm 5/03/09 9:30pm