Just when we thought we had seen all the world of car fires had to offer, a 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon manages to surprise us. The van performed the seemingly impossible this past week when it drove itself uphill into a nearby condo after setting itself ablaze.
If the funky synthesizers and some weird guy staring at you aren't enough to make you want to hop in a time machine back to 1987, we don't blame you. However if you can look past the strange music and 80s style of this amusing vintage dealer promo, you'll see the 1987 Chrysler Conquest TSI.
It decorated the walls of a generation car lovers and defined an era of supercar excess. Several decades later the once cutting edge design is certainly dated but is certainly still the stuff of exotic car dreams for many car lovers. Anyone with the means to make their aging supercar dreams a reality would be hard…
A guilty pleasure is by definition something you like, but feel guilty about liking because you are aware your fondness for said thing is a little embarrassing or not so great. This weekend we want to know about your automotive guilty pleasure.
53 years ago today, Chevrolet introduced the1959 El Camino to the automotive world and it hasn't been the same since. In direct response to the popularity of the Ford Ranchero, Chevrolet had decided it needed to stake a claim in the world of the automotive based utility vehicle.
This third generation Camaro probably looks awful wherever it's parked, but we imagine it looks particularly bad sitting between the rows of drool worthy cars at this weekend's Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas.
Based on the fact Ford deemed it a "new category of automobile", it appears they were rather proud of their redesigned 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. A power boosting intercooler and "a computer controlled suspension" (complete with idiot light) were added to the quirky four cylinder Turbo Coupe among other updates…
This six minute training video was made to familiarize Chevrolet dealers with the 1987 Camaro lineup. Awesome late eighties content plus amazing insight into who GM thought Camaro buyers were in '87 — beautiful female swimmers bursting from pools.
Even after the resolutely anti-convertible Malaise Era ended in 1983— hey, I invented the term "Malaise Era" so I get to define when it ended— your convertible-shopping options were still fairly limited in 1987.
I'm coming out of NPOCP retirement for this one; sure, Graverobber's being doing a helluva job, but after reading The Rise And Fall Of The Worst Car In History, I feel compelled to put this dilemma to a vote.
Just as the Volaré wasn't pronounced "Vo-luh-RAY" by its marketers, the Allanté's American pronunciation also ignores the accent... in much the same way that American car buyers ignored the Allanté itself.
Is it possible for a $300 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro to survive all weekend in a road-course endurance race? No. How about taking 9th place overall, in front of E30s, RX-7s, Integras, and other allegedly faster cars? Again, and emphatically, no.
In spite of George C. Scott's endorsement, the Renault Alliance GTA failed to save American Motors. Few remain on the street today, but here's one that managed to evade The Crusher for more than 20 years.
With Renault's American partner, AMC, on the ropes in 1987, the lords of Kenosha decided that a factory-hot-rod version of the AMC-ified Renault 11 would be just the thing to fend off disaster.
Ever notice how every interior component in cars these days, no matter how cheaply made, appears to have been vetted by a crew of marketing types and focus groups? That's why it's refreshing to see this Maxima's dash.