On Feb. 10, 1989, executives from Honda and a newly founded division known as Acura piled into a conference room in Chicago's historic Drake Hotel to rehearse the unveiling of an unbelievable new car—a Technicolor vision for the future, something never before built by Honda or any Japanese automaker.
When people hear things like Cobra, Z28 and R/T they automatically think performance, or at least an attempt at performance. This weekend we want to know about the interesting less recognizable performance options, now forgotten by all but those truly obsessed with cars. What is your favorite forgotten performance…
One Arizona Lexus owner named Jeff decided to try and replicate the 1989 Lexus LS400 advertisement shown here on his LS460 in the video up above. Comparing these two videos is a nitpicker's dream, so instead of trying to cover all the bases, we are simply going to suggest Jeff wear more appropriate footwear next…
All you need to do with this ad is wait for the protagonist's reaction to the appearance of Christie Brinkley in the passenger seat.
The Crusher doesn't care how rare a truly sport Volvo might be. The Crusher cares only for its own hunger!
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Yes, I'm back in California this weekend, so it's time for an Alameda flashback!
Peugeot gave up on North America in 1991, so 405s (and 505s) of this era don't exactly crowd the Jettas out of the European section at my local self-service wrecking yard.
The Austin Mini had the fourth-longest production run of any car in history, behind only the Volkswagen Type I, the Morgan 4/4, and the Morris Oxford/Hindustan Motors Ambassador. By 1989, it still had 11 more years to go!
When the family's patriarch leaves town (no doubt to do some guns-for-hostages deals involving Adnan Khashoggi), he leaves stern instructions to leave his Subaru XT6 alone. Ha ha, sucka!
You want a great power-to-weight ratio and plenty of drive-wheel traction? Head on down to Macon, Georgia, where this 1989 Buick Park Avenue-based three-wheeler could be yours for just 600 bucks!
Now that I've sorted out all the SCSI termination headaches on my 1998-vintage slide scanner, I've digitized some more of my old 35mm negatives. Here's a trio of old cars I shot in 1989.
Priced at $57,183 (about $98,000 in 2009 dollars) the 1989 Cadillac Allanté had a gorgeous, built-in-Italy Pininfarina body… and approximately zero buyers. This ad features the famous Cadillac Polo Team, yet somehow didn't boost sales.
Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Yesterday, the Humber Super Snipe got out-prestiged by the Aston Martin DBS, according to the Choose Your Eternity poll, and you'd think we'd follow up Britain-on-Britain and Italy-on-Italy…
Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Last time, the '72 Stutz Blackhawk blackjacked the Buickborghini and stuffed it in the trunk, for disposal in a hole in the desert later on (the way so many Blackhawk owners in Vegas solved…
Nice Price Or Crack Pipe Time is with us once more, following up on the $15,000 '78 Mercury Grand Marquis (which 60% of you felt ought to steam straight to Booth Numbah Two for the crack pipe) with another car for 15 grand. Actually, this '89 420SEL is 15 and a half grand, which is quite an impressive figure……