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
Today’s Rare Ride is a special, sporty edition of a rather mundane Malaise subcompact. It hails from a time when the American customer matched the color of their vinyl seats to their wide lapel. So let’s delude ourselves for a few minutes with the Monza Mirage. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured an H-body on Rare Rides. That honor goes to this 1978 Pontiac Sunbird Safari Wagon. Both of these vehicles were follow-up rides to the original H-body, Chevrolet’s Vega. The Vega led the pack with its introduction for the 1971 model year, soldiering on alone until 1973. That year saw the creation of the very similar Pontiac Astre. In 1975, the lineup expanded to include the Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Starfire, and today’s Monza. And in 1976, one final model found its way to the H-body — another Pontiac, the Sunbird mentioned above. Monza was available in three different body styles, all of them featuring two doors: coupe, station wagon, and a … [Read more...] about Rare Rides: A 1977 Chevrolet Monza, the Malaise Mirage
Ferrari is riding an ever-growing tsunami of success with nary a clunker among its many new offerings of late—the Motor Trend Best Drivers’ Car–winning 488 and its latest Pista variant being terrific cases in point. Who knows—at this rate, the SUV they’ve long threatened to introduce may even connect as a home run. This wasn’t always the case, however. To illustrate this let’s take a look back at what may rank as the ultimate malaise Ferrari—the 348. The car that replaced Magnum PI’s iconic Pininfarina beauty 308/328 was the first Ferrari I drove as a cub reporter, during which time the seat back broke and we experienced antsy limit handling and poor cross-wind stability. See, this was the last Ferrari developed before the Acura NSX showed the world that sexy mid-engine supercars didn’t have to be finicky, fragile, ergonomic disasters. Here’s what Motor Trend had to say about the 348. Beer-goggle Beauty “How do you … [Read more...] about Feature Flashback: Remembering the Malaise Ferrari