Leave It To The Australians To Make Us Want A 1982 Toyota Corolla

If this vintage commercial is to be believed while Americans were using the 1982 Toyota Corolla to commute to work our friends down under were using the compact cars to hoon and party in the outback. » 6/02/12 4:00pm 6/02/12 4:00pm

Dreaming of someday with the 1982 Datsun 280ZX

Most car lovers are familiar with the sensation detailed in this 1982 Datsun commercial, even if the object of their "someday dreams" isn't a 280ZX. » 11/12/11 9:00am 11/12/11 9:00am

1982 Toyota Celica Supra has the right stuff

It takes the right stuff to make a great performance car and that was exactly what the 1982 Toyota Celica Supra had—at least according to race car driver/designer Dan Gurney. » 11/06/11 4:00pm 11/06/11 4:00pm

1982 Ford F-150 will take you to the top of the heap

Why did Ford build the giant pile of logs seen at the beginning of this classic advertisement from 1982? To demonstrate why the company designs it's 4x4s to "log" high mileage without sacrificing toughness. » 8/28/11 9:00am 8/28/11 9:00am

Rare AMC Eagle Sundancer is ultra-weird fun in the sun

We aren't sure there is such a thing as a normal AMC Eagle, but we feel safe saying other models of the 4x4 car were a lot less strange than this Sundancer convertible model. These convertible Eagles were offered through AMC dealers as an expensive coach built option for only two years. The Eagle's notoriously rust… » 8/13/11 11:00am 8/13/11 11:00am

The 1982 Datsun Trucks Cowboy Up

Saddle up and take a look at what the Datsun truck lineup had to offer for 1982. The little trucks were advertised as being rugged and thrifty, just like the unnamed cowboy spokesman who owns 3 of them. » 12/11/10 12:00pm 12/11/10 12:00pm

Be Sure To Dress In Pleather For The Future: The 1982 Trans Am!

The movie Tron must have had a profound effect on GM's marketers, who apparently decided that the semi-computerized Quadrajet on the Firebird's 305 engine was really a time machine! » 9/05/10 3:00pm 9/05/10 3:00pm

What a Small Car Can Be, When It's an Oldsmobile: 1982 Firenza

Say you're a banjo-pickin' young stud a-hankerin' for a nice new Cadillac Cimarron, but just can't come up with that fat inflationary Cadillac price tag? No problem! The General has an Olds-badged J Body just for you! » 7/17/10 6:00pm 7/17/10 6:00pm

Sunroof, Great Mileage Can't Keep This Le Car Out Of The Junkyard

A few months back, I spotted this '82 Renault Le Car in the "fixer-upper" section of an East Bay wrecking yard. "How much?" I asked. "800 bucks!" was the reply. Nobody bought the little Renault, and now it's Crusher bait. » 6/05/10 4:00pm 6/05/10 4:00pm

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Alameda has quite a few Rabbit pickups seeing daily-driver service, so let's check one out today. » 4/25/10 9:00am 4/25/10 9:00am

Ove Andersson Makes a Happy Choice By Hooning a 1982 Toyota Starlet

We're pretty sure that's the late rally monster Ove Andersson getting all sideways in a growling '82 Starlet, although it's possible that Toyota honored the Starlet's utter cheapitude by substituting Joe "Over" Andersson, Wisconsin dirt-track racer, for this ad. » 3/27/10 11:00am 3/27/10 11:00am

Can You Spot The Problem With This Corolla's Center Link?

There's much more to an engine swap than making the new engine fit under the hood. Say you're trying to drop a Ford 302 into an '82 Corolla, and the Toyota center link won't clear the new engine's oil pan… » 2/13/10 1:00pm 2/13/10 1:00pm

This Maxima Wagon Is On Death Row, But Phonograph-Based Voice Warning…

The Datsun 810 became the Maxima for the 1982 model year, but the Datsun-to-Nissan changeover hadn't taken effect yet. That means you're looking at a very rare Datsun Maxima wagon… and it's doomed. » 1/16/10 11:00am 1/16/10 11:00am

See The Daihatsu Charade In Its Natural Element

The Charade's ill-considered name didn't help its North American sales any, but perhaps Daihatsu would have moved more of them off the showroom floor if they'd pushed its glorious racing history over here. » 1/02/10 11:00am 1/02/10 11:00am

I'm Not An EXP, Says Doomed Mercury LN7 To The Crusher

When was the last time you saw an LN7 on the street? This car going to the junkyard probably cuts California's LN7 population by 20% » 10/11/09 12:00pm 10/11/09 12:00pm

1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Mercedes-Benz built the R107 for nearly 20 years- definitely DOTS-worthy! » 6/27/09 9:00am 6/27/09 9:00am

1982: It's A Malaise-O-Rama $2188 Sale At Bert Weinman Ford!

Now, Bert Weinman Ford in Chicago was sacrificing those new '82s at below dealer cost, but who cared when you could pick up an air-conditioned '77 LTD Country Squire 9-passenger wagon for $2,188? » 6/21/09 1:30pm 6/21/09 1:30pm

1982 Datsun Voice Warning Box Used Tiny Phonograph Record, Just Like…

Certain high-end Datsun models of the Late Malaise Era came with a seriously science-fictiony feature: the car talked to you! That's no big deal nowadays- $1.29 worth of silicon- but back then it took hardware.
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Project Car Hell, Teutonic Nemesis Edition: BMW 750iL or Porsche 928?

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! The lowly flatworm can learn to avoid pain, but not us. » 3/29/09 5:00pm 3/29/09 5:00pm

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. In the German cars of DOTS, the Rabbit count was too low!
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