1981 Toyota Trekker was the forerunner of the 4runner

Several years before the 4runner was introduced to the world an odd collaboration between Toyota and Winnebago produced a little known compact SUV conversion called the Trekker. » 1/07/12 11:00am 1/07/12 11:00am

1983 Dodge Ram was a tough truck in an animated world

What better way to prove your truck was truly Ram tough than show it driving in a weird animated world? As evidenced by this strange vintage commercial, that is exactly what Dodge decided to do to advertise their two year old Ram truck back in 1983. » 12/18/11 4:00pm 12/18/11 4:00pm

Close the gap with the 1983 Renault Alliance

As this commercial demonstrates in a very literal and somewhat silly manner, the 1983 Renault Alliance was the car that closed the gap between European technology and affordability. » 11/26/11 9:00am 11/26/11 9:00am

For $3,900, Is This VW Yet Another Jetta?

When introduced to the U.S. in 1980 the Jetta became the first notchback VW ever offered for sale in this country. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Coupe seems a fine example, but is its price a coup too? » 8/10/10 8:00am 8/10/10 8:00am

Snowy Roads, Downpours, and Sandy Beaches DEMAND '83 Subarus!

Remember when you used to have to pull a lever to send power to all four wheels in your Subaru? The hardships our forefathers endured! » 6/19/10 11:00am 6/19/10 11:00am

Sleeps Four, Defeats The Japanese: The 1983 Chevy Citation!

We were just kidding about the "defeats the Japanese" part; let's just say that the X-Body wasn't the Toyota-killer that GM needed in the early 80s. » 5/23/10 12:00pm 5/23/10 12:00pm

Datsun 200SX By Nissan Hopes Brand Confusion Will Fool The Crusher

By 1983, Nissan was in the final stages of phasing out the Datsun name in the North American market, so every Datsun had a little "by Nissan" addendum on badges. Datsun, Nissan, whatever- this one will be scrap steel soon! » 4/03/10 3:00pm 4/03/10 3:00pm

Cordia? What the Heck Is a Cordia?

Yes, we know we're in for a barrage of hate mail from the International Mitsubishi Cordia Zealot League- because every car, no matter how obscure, has a club- but do the rest of you remember the Cordia? » 2/13/10 11:00am 2/13/10 11:00am

How My Youthful Junkyard Scrounging Habit Got My High School Evacuated…

After reading the tale of the science-geek kid whose innocuous Gatorade-bottle-based motion-detector project got the bomb squad on his ass and his life ruined forever, I was reminded of my own similar experience involving a '75 Ford LTD seatbelt buzzer. » 1/17/10 1:00pm 1/17/10 1:00pm

Hot Foreign Babes Disconnect '84 Toyota Corona Drivers From Gravity

Featuring music by Hideki Naoi and Alphaville, this quartet of Japan-market ads for the mid-80s Toyota Corona let potential buyers know that the LASRE 3A engine gave the Corona magical powers! » 12/19/09 11:00am 12/19/09 11:00am

Blow The Past Out Of Your Mind, Blast A V8 Off The Road: The 1983 Volvo…

In the final year of the Malaise Era, American car shoppers were still steamed about those muscle cars that were "legislated off the highways" (under pinko socialist Richard Nixon's watch). Then, from socialist Sweden, came the 240 Turbo! » 12/13/09 3:00pm 12/13/09 3:00pm

Slapstick Japanese Duo Pays Homage To '86 Toyota Tercel 4WD, We Think

We love second-gen Toyota Tercel wagons around these parts, so we always enjoy watching hyperkinetic Japanese TV commercials for what JDM buyers knew as the Toyota Sprinter Caribbean. » 12/06/09 1:00pm 12/06/09 1:00pm

Rear Wheel Drive Can't Save This Starlet From The Crusher

You don't see many Starlets on the street these days, and they're rarer still in the boneyard. Mike 'Clunkbucket' Bumbeck drives a Starlet, so I called him the moment I spotted this one. » 12/06/09 11:00am 12/06/09 11:00am

1983 AMC Eagle: Too Far Ahead Of Its Time?

Who in their right mind would buy a station wagon with four-wheel drive? That's probably what the competitors of doomed AMC had to say back in the Late Malaise Era. » 10/11/09 10:30am 10/11/09 10:30am

This Junkyard Alfa Romeo GTV6 Won't Get To Go Out In A Blaze Of Racin'…

We've seen some members of the Alfetta family excel in 24 Hours Of LeMons races, with one coming in third at the Goin' For Broken race in May. No such luck for this one! » 7/26/09 3:00pm 7/26/09 3:00pm

Honda Honda Honda Honda! Madness Goes JDM To Pitch The '83 City

What's the best way to sell the 1983 Honda City Hyper Turbo? Honda's Japanese-market admen figured that the ska popmasters of Madness would be just perfect for a series of super-frantic TV spots. » 6/28/09 2:00pm 6/28/09 2:00pm

Automotive Worship Object Of The Year: Street-Legal 500-Horse Audi…

While I was at Infineon to drive the STaSIS S5 a couple weeks back, I kept seeing this silver blur howling past everything on the track. It looked like an old Quattro… but that fast? » 12/18/08 3:00pm 12/18/08 3:00pm

The 1983 Mazda Cosmo Big Run: Instant VIP Treatment At The Playboy Club!

Roll up to the Playboy club in a Mazda Cosmo Big Run Genteel back in '83, and you'd be sure to get some special treatment from the bunnies. » 12/15/08 3:00pm 12/15/08 3:00pm

PCH, Hell Uber Alles Edition Revisited: BMW 745i or Audi V8 Quattro?

Welcome to Project Car Hell » 10/23/08 5:20pm 10/23/08 5:20pm, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! In our last Hell Project matchup, we learned that two-thirds of Jalopnik readers would choose a as their ride of choice in the Lake Of Fire. The Lake Of Fire, as we know, is rough on body…

1983 BMW 633CSi

Welcome to Down On The Street » 9/23/08 8:09am 9/23/08 8:09am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. I've been seeing a fair number of E24 BMWs in Alameda lately, so let's add this one to the DOTS parade. We've had , , and so far, and now it's the turn of another '83 (I've been…