Tag: Treasure

  • Hidden Treasure: 2007 Renault Mégane Convertible Coupe

    Hidden Treasure: 2007 Renault Mégane Convertible Coupe

    During the first decade of our current century, plenty of European car shoppers fell hard for hardtop convertibles based on cheap compact cars. That means that those cars are now easy to find in the scrapyards of the United Kingdom, so I headed over to northern England to document some of them. We’ve taken a…

  • Hidden Treasure: 1987 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon with 324k Miles in Junkyard

    Hidden Treasure: 1987 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon with 324k Miles in Junkyard

    When I’m walking the rows of a car graveyard in search of historically significant subjects for this series, a Toyota or Honda needs at least 400,000 miles showing on the odometer for me to consider photographing it based on final mileage alone; discarded Accords and Previas with better than 300k miles are a dime a…

  • Hidden Treasure: Classic 1972 Saab 96 in the Junkyard

    Hidden Treasure: Classic 1972 Saab 96 in the Junkyard

    Scandinavian invaders conquered much of northern England over a thousand years ago, and the Danes came to rule the old Roman city they called Jórvík. The Danelaw is a thing of the past, but during my visit to that city (now known as York) a couple of months ago, I stumbled upon some ancient Scandinavian…

  • 1986 Dodge Ram 50: Unearthed Treasure in the Junkyard

    1986 Dodge Ram 50: Unearthed Treasure in the Junkyard

    When GM replaced the Isuzu Faster with the S-10 in 1982, the trend of badge-engineered trucks continued. Ford sold Mazda Proceeds with Courier badges until the Ranger replaced it in 1983. Meanwhile, Chrysler turned Omnirizons into trucks by adding truck beds. Since they couldn’t develop their own rear-wheel-drive small pickup, Dodge-badged Mitsubishi Forte pickups were…

  • Hidden Treasure: 2003 Subaru Baja in the Junkyard

    Hidden Treasure: 2003 Subaru Baja in the Junkyard

    When writing about the 2003 Baja, our reviewer asked, “Remember the Subaru BRAT?” Yes, from the 1978 through 1987 model years, Subaru sold a version of the Leone with a pickup bed in the United States. Memories of the BRAT remained fond even after all the lawsuits over injuries suffered by passengers riding in the…

  • Hidden Treasure: Vintage 1980 Toyota Corolla Wagon

    Hidden Treasure: Vintage 1980 Toyota Corolla Wagon

    American car shoppers were able to buy new Toyota Corolla station wagons from the 1968 through 1996 model years (with a break from 1984 through 1987), after which the Corolla-related RAV4 took over. One of the most popular of the longroof Corollas sold here was the fourth-generation TE71/TE72 version, available in the United States for…

  • Hidden Treasure: 1995 Jaguar XJR in the Junkyard

    Hidden Treasure: 1995 Jaguar XJR in the Junkyard

    It’s not too difficult to find discarded examples of the supercharged-V8-powered Jaguar XJR of the X308 generation, but the earlier X300-based XJR with its blown straight-six is a much more elusive Junkyard Gem. Here’s one that just turned up in a Denver self-service knacker’s yard. For many years, the Denver Pick Your Part was a…