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Take a good look at this image, because it’s something that’s absolutely extinct today. It’s from a 1976 Vanden Plas 1500—a fancificated version of the generally miserable Austin Allegro—but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that this is a premium, luxury car, full of leather and carpet and wood and a soft suspension and even fold-out tray tables for the back seat—yet it’s also a manual and has roll-down windows. That’s mind-blowing now. 


Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!:

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When I was a kid some of the interior surfaces of our cars were painted steel.