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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.