The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Knows The Roads From Oregon To Maine!

You may know the '85 Olds Cutlass Ciera best as the car that Jerry Lundegaard gave to a couple of North Dakota hoodlums as partial payment for a harebrained fake-kidnap scheme in the movie Fargo. Quite a claim to fame, that- but don't forget that the Cutlass Ciera was all about patriotism back in the day. Yes, the… » 5/21/08 2:40pm 5/21/08 2:40pm

1985 Toyota Supra

When you start the week with an old Datsun, why not end it with an old Toyota? Somehow, though, the mid-80s Supra doesn't feel all that old, in spite of its incredibly 80s lines and graphics. We saw a good example of its 4-cylinder sibling (or maybe "cousin" is a better way of describing the Celica/Supra relationship of… » 5/16/08 9:00am 5/16/08 9:00am

America's Best-Selling Import: 1985 Nissan Sentra

Overhead camshaft! Front-wheel drive! Computer-controlled carburetor! Life was good back in '85, because the cheapest Nissan was also the most technologically advanced (though we're pretty sure you couldn't get the futuristic "Door Is Ajar" talking alerts in the Sentra that year). And why don't car ads have voiceovers… » 5/15/08 10:00am 5/15/08 10:00am

Another Advantage To Racing A Volvo: Free Parts Car!

Now that the 24 Hours of LeMons shit-talking has begun, I find it necessary to present some more evidence to show that the V8-ified Volvo 240 is Your Best Race Car Value, even though it means giving away some tricks to our real competition (i.e., the other teams driving Swedish steel). You see, some teams are coming up … » 4/15/08 4:00pm 4/15/08 4:00pm

Nissan Pickups For 1985: Major Motion!

After a decade of their vehicles getting vandalized by enraged Rust Belt residents whose local economies were failing faster than the mechanical components in a Ford EXP, Japanese automakers figured they'd better start working on the whole image thing; you know, associate their products with wholesome values from the… » 4/03/08 12:00pm 4/03/08 12:00pm

You'll Squeal Like a Pig For an '85 Toyota Pickup!

The funny thing about Toyota's 1985 claim that 95% of all Toyota trucks ever built were still on the road is that it's probably still true today (although perhaps the attrition rate is higher among Warlord Edition™ Hiluxes, what with all the high-explosive ordnance they tend to encounter in their daily routine). Here… » 3/14/08 1:00pm 3/14/08 1:00pm

1985 Tercel 4WD Wagon: The Official Car of Santa Claus

Ever since we had an '85 Tercel 4WD wagon on DOTS, I've been trying to find an ad for the thing to use in this series. Yes, it's a hokey Christmas-themed ad, but at least there's some low-yield hoonage involved. Was 1985 the high-water mark for Toyota, before the accountants took over and focus-grouped the life out of… » 2/29/08 11:00am 2/29/08 11:00am

It Don't Get More 80s Than This: 1985 Plymouth Duster

I was a senior in high school in 1984, and I recall hearing Baby Boomers going on and on about the goddamn 1960s at the time and thinking "There's no possible way anyone will ever be nostalgic for the 80s- no way!" How wrong I was- 80s nostalgia is like herpes, with sudden painful flareups and a miasma of shame… » 2/27/08 11:00am 2/27/08 11:00am

1985 Toyota Pickups: The Options Just Float Into Place!

In our experience, stereos tend to float out of Toyota truck dashboards, rather than into them (at least when they're parked in San Francisco, that is). Sure, every desperate crackhead urban entrepreneur knows that old Toyota trucks are easy to break into, but aside from that weakness they're as unkillable as… » 2/01/08 10:45am 2/01/08 10:45am

1985 Pontiac Fiero SE, With Bonus Fiero Judgment Poll

When we had the Detroit Malaise Poll (which, by the way, was won by the beautiful T-top-equipped '78 Eldorado), I realized that I had no Late Malaise Detroit cars in this series. In fact, other than the '80 IHC Scout, we haven't had any 80s American vehicles here. To remedy this situation, I grabbed my camera and… » 1/25/08 9:30am 1/25/08 9:30am

Did Pioneer Make The Most 80s Ad Ever? You Decide!

Now, we've seen some incredibly dated ads in the Classic Ad Watch series, but this one pitching Pioneer stereos may well be more of its time than anything yet. We've got all the elements: the 80s vision of the 50s vision of babe-itude, the drum-machine/synth theme song, cassettes and CDs, and a yuppie cokefiend in a… » 1/18/08 12:30pm 1/18/08 12:30pm

1985 Toyota Tercel 4WD Wagon

While we had an 80s Toyota on DOTS just last week, we're really overdue to see an example of one of my all-time favorite Toyotas: the '83-86 Tercel Wagon. I've owned more of these than any other kind of car (admittedly, most were City Tow auction cars I turned around quickly, but I had a couple of drivers I kept for… » 1/10/08 9:00am 1/10/08 9:00am

PCH, Italian Stallion Edition: Ferrari Mondial or Maserati Coupe?

It's been a few days since our last Choose Your Eternity Poll (in which the overwhelming majority of voters opted for Hopped-Up Crown Victoria Hell), but the series returns today with a vengeance! We've been spending a lot of time in British Car Hell lately, but we mustn't forget England's perennial rival for the Hell … » 12/28/07 5:00pm 12/28/07 5:00pm

1985 Saab 900

After we saw our fourth DOTS Volvo (a clean 1970 164) last week, there was some grumbling by Saab fans that I seem to think the only cars from Sweden are Volvos. In fact, the ugly truth is that there are very few old Saabs in Alameda; however, I went out with the camera the other day, determined to find at least one » 12/21/07 9:15am 12/21/07 9:15am

It's Got Ooh! It's Got Aah! It's The Coolest Car By Far!

Now don't go confusing this '85 Vauxhall Nova with the '85 Chevrolet Nova; even though both were sold by The General, one was a rebadged Opel Corsa and the other a rebadged Toyota Corolla. But more important than the distinction between different Novas is the fact that we have have stumbled upon The Worst Rap of All … » 11/28/07 1:00pm 11/28/07 1:00pm

1985 Peugeot 505 STI

While we love us some crazy French cars (the Matra Bagheera and Citröen SM spring to mind), we still can't help but wonder what incomprehensible motivations led any American to purchase a brand-new 505 as a transportation car back in 1985. Sure, they were nice cars to drive, but... well, we all know the rest of this… » 10/30/07 9:00am 10/30/07 9:00am

Project Car Hell: One Longchamp or Three Bitters?

We had our second two-thirds majority vote in a row for yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll, with the Infiniti Q45 using its V8 to pound the V6-powered Mazda 929 into submission. We went Japanese yesterday because it's Japan Week here, and also because we needed to give you a little breather after the terrible… » 10/26/07 5:00pm 10/26/07 5:00pm

The 24 Hours of LeMons Winner: Black Iron Racing's BMW

After all these posts on the cars of the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Altamont last weekend, we've overlooked a very important one: the winner! We know it's a BMW, we hear it's an '85, it looks sort of like a 5-Series-amino, and it blew away some very good drivers in some very quick cars to take the checkered flag. Good … » 10/26/07 12:30pm 10/26/07 12:30pm