If the numbers that Barrett-Jackson themselves are putting out on social media are true, then 2019 might as well be the year that 1970s and 1980s cars and trucks finally get their chance to shine in the sun without a gigantic asterisk next to the price tag. Everybody has been talking about the 1974 Ford Pinto that crossed the block to the tune of $18,150, but there are a couple of other selections from the Malaise era that crept in for some eye-watering prices, along with others that sold for about what you’d expect. I’m not gloating one bit…this was bound to happen. Beautiful examples of vehicles that are either special from the factory, rare by production, rare by attrition or even a vehicle likely to evoke an emotional reaction from someone with a nostalgic eye all contribute to the sound of money being thrown like cheap popcorn. So what else besides the Pinto sold well? 1979 Jeep Cherokee Chief (FSJ) -$19,000 Full-size Jeeps have strong pull in the old … [Read more...] about Unhinged: Revenge Of The Malaise At The 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction!
Because we exist in an era when, by the year 2023, 100 percent of all new movies made will be comic book sequels, remakes and reboots, we are getting a possibly R-rated Batman spin-off starring The Joker that’s set in the 1980s, apparently doesn’t have Batman in it, is modeled after a Scorsese mob flick and is titled, appropriately, Joker. I don’t know if this appeals to you or not, but the cars look great. The upcoming movie Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime has been filming in New York City and New Jersey lately, and two readers sent in photos of the cars on set. Prepare your minds for some Malaise Era goodness. As longtime Jalopnik readers are well aware, the Malaise Era was a period between roughly 1973 and 1983 when American car design and performance arguably took a major step backwards thanks to gas crises, emissions laws and just tastes that haven’t aged too well. But now that some time has passed, some cars from this period are … [Read more...] about Behold The Amazing Malaise-Era Cars on the Set of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Movie
The year is 1982. You’re a lover of domestic sports cars, but also suffer from a distinct lack of funding in this era of American Malaise. Three updated, base model, fuel sipping rides are in your purview — all of them with four-cylinder engines. Which one do you take home? Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn trio was suggested a long time ago by commenter JohnTaurus, who was inspired by the Dodge Challenger Rare Ride. Thank him for these glorious choices. Chevrolet Camaro Brand new for the 1982 model year, the third generation Camaro was the new hotness. Fuel injection, four-speed automatics, and four-cylinder engines — all yours! Today’s Camaro was assembled in the city of Norwood, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Initial offerings included three trim levels: Sport Coupe, Berlinetta, and Z28. Our choice is, of course, the base model. Power for the Sport Coupe came from the 2.5-liter Iron Duke inline-four, like you’d find in a contemporary and fine Chevy Celebrity. All 90 … [Read more...] about Buy/Drive/Burn: American Malaise Sports Cars of 1982
Every so often, I’ll be poking around in one of the self-service wrecking yards I frequent and I’ll come across a very nice older car, clearly babied by its original owner for just about its entire life. It will be a car whose resale value depreciated to insignificance decades ago, dooming it to a junkyard parking space the moment its owner trades it in. Today’s Junkyard Find is such a car. Cutlass Ciera, as well as the front-wheel-drive GM A-Body platform. The best-known A-Body was the Chevy Celebrity; these cars sold very well but their lackluster build quality didn’t do GM’s image any favors. Production of the Ciera continued long past that of the Celebrity, all the way through the 1996 model year. Malaise Era, so this car was treated very well. 3.0-liter version of the venerable Buick 90° V6 engine. The 3.0 was built for just a few years during the early 1980s; this one was rated at 110 horsepower. The base engine was the rough-running Iron Duke … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
Question for ya. When does it become imperative that one must have a new car? The 2018 Chevy Spark shown here stickers for a mere $13,050 before incentives (and, yes, there are incentives, even at the Ace of Base end of the market.) Thirteen large can buy a heckuva used car, after all. I’ll tell you when it becomes imperative: the minute a full warranty becomes more important than being thrifty. Whatever the reason, there’s intangible value in having a reliable commuter car or sending a family member into the big bad world in a car that won’t leave them stranded with an unexpected repair bill. As much as some of us would like to, it’s not always realistic to drive $1,000 Malaise-era clunkers. Instead of approximately thirteen rattletraps, one can get into a Spark in LS Manual trim. Along for the ride will be an iPad-sized touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a backup camera, and WiFi hotspot. A $1,000 beater will not possess anything remotely … [Read more...] about Ace of Base: 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual