Back in 1976, Ford began developing a new small truck platform of its own: the Ranger. A frugal, fuel-efficient truck for the hardworking American, the Ranger was born as a contingency plan from Ford for an industry and consumer shift to smaller trucks that evolved into an icon. Now it’s back, so here’s a look at the…
Netflix found a pretty clever way to justify shooting hours and hours of Malaise-era cars roaming dejectedly around the streets of overcast, gray 1970s landscapes: wrap them all up in the context of a series about the FBI and serial killers set in 1977. The series is called Mindhunter, and if you want a taste of the…
There are a great many things that this beautiful country, America, has created that we no longer need. Jello salad from the 1950s, for instance. It’s fine to acknowledge it as something that happened, but you don’t need to preserve any of it for later generations. So why the hell does this 1981 Chevy Impala with only…
2015 has been a good year for cars (unless you’re the boss of Volkswagen or any of the other automakers caught cheating on their emissions testing). This has me wonder—what was the worst year for the car industry?
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?