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Where Motor meets Parts through the years.


The cheapest new BMW Americans could buy in 1996.

The entry-level US-market BMW of the middle 1990s, and one of the more uncommon examples of the junkyard-plentiful E36 3 Series. Spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard recently.

We drive everything, but here's what we spent our own money on in 2016.


We all know about the Merkur XR4Ti, but how about the much rarer Scorpio?

A very rare first-year Merkur Scorpio (sold in Europe as the Ford Scorpio) in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.


The Deuce-and-a-Quarter was smaller in the late 1970s, but still majestic.

GM downsized the Electra for the 1977 model year, but this '78 was still a nautical-grade, box-shaped highway cruiser with acres of soft velour inside.


Toyota's museum covers all of automotive history, not just its own. We think that's neat.


A first-year example of GM's ambitious but flawed mid-engined two-seater.

The Fiero was a very ambitious project that didn't pay off so well for General Motors. Here's a discarded example in a California junkyard.


The Caddy that zigged... right into the junkyard.

This rear-wheel-drive, European-built luxury sedan was supposed to woo younger (than octogenarians) car buyers to the Cadillac brand.


Drink this and don't drive.

Parked for the night, we enlist some bartenders and taste-test this drink's origin story.


An iconic Malaise Era Ford personal luxury coupe, now discarded.

Personal luxury coupes were all the rage during the middle 1970s, and the Ford Elite had all the right stuff.


This video answers the question once and for all.

If you're reading this, you probably already know how to pronounce the name Porsche. But if you don't, this video may come as a surprise.


Twenty five continuation models extend the original 1959-63 run.

An Aston great returns for an encore.


A Maxima from the final model year before Datsun became Nissan.

This high-tech luxury machine, now in a California wrecking yard, is historically interesting for several reasons.


Including the rarest of 'em all: a VW Beach Bomb Rear-Loader that's worth $150,000 on its own.


You have two more weekends to visit before it's gone for good.

The museum is only open for two more weekends before its closure after December 18.


Newmark will drive his Porsche 356 anywhere, for any reason.

It's so bad that it's about to get good.

This year, the Pontiac Aztek turns 15, and it's the perfect time to buy one. Here are 10 reasons why the Aztek, which is bad, is about to get good.


LACMA's CARtoons exhibit is a must-see.


They were full of something more potent than beer though.

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