Watch Malaise-Era Car Films With Me Tonight!

I just got back from Iceland (much more on that to come) and I figured a good way to leap back into American life would be to do this talk at NC State about a bunch of incredible Malaise-Era short films provided by the amazing Skip Elsheimer of the A/V Geeks. This'll be fun, so if you're free tonight at 6, come on out! » 1/23/15 12:18pm 1/23/15 12:18pm

These Two Ads Show Why The Malaise Era Was Never Necessary

The "Malaise Era" is commonly defined as the decade from 1973 to 1983, when it almost seems as if American manufacturers gave up. The Big Three have their staunch apologists from that time, but if you want to know the truth, all you have to do is watch their ads. » 12/07/13 9:13am 12/07/13 9:13am

Let's start a car race for normal people

Racing is competitive. It's expensive. And you need lots of talent. Most of us have none of those things. But we like cars! We read and watch car things! We love driving! And squealing tires!

Here's my idea: A time-speed-distance style road rally with a few special stages in between at local race tracks. Mix it up… » 8/14/13 11:34am 8/14/13 11:34am

This Chevy Malibu Tells A Far-Out Story From A Far-Away Land

Welcome to Little Car in the Big City, where I highlight fascinating cars I found walking around a town that is known for being bigger than everything else, but where every car is fighting to stand out: New York, New York. » 7/21/13 9:11am 7/21/13 9:11am

Believe in miracles with the 1979 Mercury Capri

If you were to believe this advertisement, the new for 1979 Mercury Capri was capable of producing miracles wherever it went and was best described as "sexy". We aren't sure which was more of a stretch. » 3/05/11 9:00am 3/05/11 9:00am

1974 Cadillac is a Long Drive for Arnold Palmer

Tennis isn't the only thing golf great and drink namesake Arnold Palmer seems a little uncomfortable doing in this vintage Cadillac advertisement. Palmer doesn't look much better "enthusiastically" selling the 1974 Cadillac to potential buyers. » 1/29/11 9:00am 1/29/11 9:00am

Jay Leno Loves Jalopnik; Hates Malaise Era Cars

Jay Leno, he of the big chin and bigger car collection, chats with Jalopnik about his love of Jalopnik and Tatras. Then we moved on to things he doesn't — all while waiting for burgers from a truck. » 11/19/10 10:30am 11/19/10 10:30am

'78 Ford Station Wagon Wins Rallycross #2

Tanner Foust took the podium in Rallycross #2's competitive AWD class, but it was Matthew Johnson in a 1978 Ford Fairmont Wagon that stole our hearts, managing a crazy win in the 2WD class. Pure, V8-powered awesome. » 10/07/10 3:30pm 10/07/10 3:30pm

For $6,000, Buying This Vette Might Put Some Boogie into Your Nights

Rays and skates are typically bottom feeders, gorging themselves on whatever they happen to come across. Today, we've come across a '75 Stingray for Nice Price or Crack Pipe, and while an old fish, its price is pretty rock bottom. » 9/09/10 8:00am 9/09/10 8:00am

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

Lotus Engine Won't Be Hauling This Jensen-Healey Away From the…

The very nervous DOHC Lotus "Torqueless Wonder" 900 series engine powered all manner of crazy Lotus machinery over the years, and now here's one that will be melted into Chinese dishwasher parts any day now. » 9/05/10 11:00am 9/05/10 11:00am

The 1980 Monza: Chevy's Got It!

It's 1980, you want a gas-sipping Chevy, but you're not feeling quite futuristic enough for the newfangled front-wheel-drive Citation. How about the crypto-Vega-based Monza, in its final year of production? » 8/28/10 11:00am 8/28/10 11:00am

Another Datsun King Cab Doomed, Lack Of Cup Holders Probably To Blame

Earlier this year, we saw this '79 Datsun King Cab pickup in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard. Here's another one, in a different yard but with the same sad story: truly small pickups are just too small. » 8/21/10 11:00am 8/21/10 11:00am

1975 Plymouth Duster

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Yes, this car is a daily driver. » 8/15/10 9:00am 8/15/10 9:00am

1979 Chevrolet Corvette

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. What are the odds that two '79 Corvettes would live a mere two blocks apart? » 8/08/10 9:00am 8/08/10 9:00am

Swivel Buckets, 455 Cubes, and Terrifyingly Awesome Body Roll: The '73…

Swivel bucket seats were one of GM's greatest options, but they weren't just for show! Bajabusta has unearthed this review of the emissions-strangled 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass for us. » 8/01/10 10:30pm 8/01/10 10:30pm

First-Year Mustang II Can't Hang On Until It Gets Collectible, Heading…

Reviled as it may be nowadays, the '74 Mustang II sold very well; about 386,000 of the Pinto-derived Mustang rolled off the showroom floors that year, nearly triple the number of '73s that Ford managed to move. » 8/01/10 3:00pm 8/01/10 3:00pm

1978 Ford Thunderbird

Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Ford downsized the Thunderbird for the '77-79 models, but they didn't downsize the glitz! » 8/01/10 9:00am 8/01/10 9:00am

The Crusher Won't Even Notice When It Swallows This '78 Rabbit

The 1978 VW Rabbit sedan weighed only 1,955 pounds, or about a half-ton less than the 2010 Golf. Somehow, weighing so little, it managed to haul five normal-sized humans around... but this car's hauling days are over! » 7/31/10 5:00pm 7/31/10 5:00pm

Malaise Knocks Toyota's Copywriters Into Coma, '73 Celica ST Pitched As…

The fact that no specific mileage figures are mentioned in this ad for a pre-big-bumper Celica shows that it's probably a pre-Arab Oil Embargo release. This makes this "economy car" pitch for the sporty-for-its-time first-gen Celica a bit puzzling. » 7/31/10 11:00am 7/31/10 11:00am