Tag: Denver

By on July 8, 2019

Keeping any Audi on the road can be costly, once the car gets a decade or so old, and I see in . You’d think that the factory-hot-rod Audis would be worth enough to keep them out of the clutches of The Crusher, but such is not the case; just in the last year, I have seen and in low-priced self-service yards. Now I’ve spotted this in Denver, with the allegedly valuable Recaro seats still inside. (Find Out…)

By on June 24, 2019

The 4WD Station Wagon, known in its homeland as the , sold very well in Colorado, where I live, and tended to be both reliable and well-loved by owners. I here, so many that I don’t photograph any but the most interesting. This one in a Denver yard had an impressive-even-by-Toyota-standards odometer reading, so it made the cut for a . (Find Out…)

By on June 10, 2019

Some of the most interesting examples of GM badge engineering during the last few decades involved the Isuzu brand; first, the () arrived during the late 1970s, followed by the Chevrolet/Geo Spectrum () and (Isuzu Impulse), and finally the Trailblazer-based . Mixed in there was the Isuzu-ized second-gen Chevy S-10, also known as .

You won’t find many Hombres in your local wrecking yard, but I kept my eyes open for one until this ’96 showed up in Denver. (Find Out…)

By on May 20, 2019

After the , Chrysler didn’t have the resources needed to design and build a subcompact economy car from scratch. Fortunately, Chrysler’s Japanese ally, Mitsubishi, was willing to ship over plenty of cars to be sold as Dodge and Plymouth Colts (we will not discuss the wretched at this time). The Colt didn’t get front-wheel-drive until 1979, though, so Chrysler USA turned to Chrysler Europe for the Simca-designed Horizon platform and began selling in 1978.

Here’s an early Horizon in a Denver self-service yard. (Find Out…)

By on April 22, 2019

Finding a Malaise Era Cadillac is interesting, especially when at a cylinder-deactivation engine. Those cars don’t make me sad, though.

A nicely customized show-car Cadillac with metalflake paint and pro-applied airbrush work in a junkyard — that makes me sad, even if it did suffer from . I found this once-glorious Cad in a Denver-area yard last summer. (Find Out…)

By on April 15, 2019

The early-21st century fad for retro-styled cars, including the PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500, got its start with the late-1990s introduction of the (we’re still waiting for a Nissan model made to look like ). Like most people (and especially like most who had ever ), I grew weary of the sight of these allegedly cute cars after a few years, and as a result I’ve been ignoring the many examples I find during .

These cars make up an important piece of our collective automotive history, though, and I resolved that I’d shoot the first one I found on a recent wrecking-yard trip. Here it is, straight from the Denver U-Pull-&-Pay! (Find Out…)

By on April 8, 2019

After the first-generation Mustang went from to , Ford transferred the name over to an economy car based on . This proved to be a wise move, in light of that took place right around the time the first Mustang IIs began rolling into showrooms, but most of the old Mustang magic was lost during the Pinto-ization process.

Ford created a bunch of flashy trim packages for the car, and I spotted one of the more unusual ones in a Denver self-serve yard a couple of weeks back: the Stallion. (Find Out…)

By on April 1, 2019

Ordinary family sedans of the 1940s and 1950s look cool and everyone claims to love them, but the sad reality is that hardly anyone with the time, money, space, and skills to restore an old Detroit car bothers with the postwar four-doors. I see 1946-1959 American sedans, mostly in pretty solid condition, with depressing regularity in the big self-service wrecking yards , and this ’52 Mercury in Denver is the latest one. (Find Out…)

By on March 18, 2019

Because my very first car was , I always when I see them in wrecking yards. Sadly, Toyota stopped selling in North America in 1982, which means that I might see one every couple of years these days. Here’s a luxurious, fully loaded 1981 Toyota Corona wagon in a Denver self-service yard. (Find Out…)

By on February 25, 2019

If you’re a European car manufacturer in the middle 1980s, what do you do when Tercels and Excels and Justys make seem too expensive in North America? If you’re Volkswagen, you call up your Brazilian operation and start building of the , successor to the Type 1 Beetle in the South American market.

Here’s a very early example of the first-year Fox, found in a Denver-area self-service wrecking yard. (Find Out…)

By on February 18, 2019

Since The General built cars on from the 1982 through 2005 model years, I still see numerous examples of the J during . Most of those are late-production Cavaliers and Sunfires — not so interesting — but today we’ve got a genuine high-performance bearing one of the : TURBO! (Find Out…)

By on February 11, 2019

The first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the and within a few years. While the Hilux (or ) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted ’78 in a Denver self-service yard last month. (Find Out…)

By on February 4, 2019

are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine (Find Out…)

By on January 14, 2019

Over the decades since the 1960s, the Detroit car companies have tried their best to make dollars selling their Euro-market cars in North America, with varying degrees of success. Ford did tolerably well with the Capri and Fiesta over here, then raked in little American-market income with the Merkur XR4Ti and got bombed, , with sales.

Dearborn optimism climbed to new heights for a high-performance version of the Americanized Mondeo, , prior to its 1998-model-year debut. Here’s a fiery red ’99 in a Denver wrecking yard. (Find Out…)

By on January 7, 2019

More pre-1960 vehicles than one might think show up in the big U-Wrench wrecking yards; you won’t find a ’55 Chevy coupe, but I’ve seen Nash Metropolitans, a , , a ’58 Edsel, a , and a in recent years, and that’s just a small sampling. Today’s is a in very solid condition, photographed in a Denver-area self-service yard last week. (Find Out…)

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