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The Mustang nobody wants to talk about.

A rare factory V8-equipped Mustang II, found in a Denver wrecking yard prior to some hot-rodder grabbing the front suspension.


Big V12 Autobahn bomber, now fully depreciated

There's no depreciation like European luxury depreciation, especially with an incredibly complex V12-powered technological masterpiece.


Before everyone in Colorado had Subarus, they drove Eagles.

So many AMC Eagles were sold in Colorado that plenty of them still roam the mile-high streets of Denver. This one is retiring after 34 years of service.


Manual transmission, crazed Yamaha V6, four doors.

With its 220 Yamaha horses and a 5-speed manual transmission, the Taurus SHO was quite a performance machine by 1989 standards.


A rare first-generation Prelude shows up in a Northern California car graveyard.

The 1979-1982 Prelude was a good-looking little coupe based on the Accord. Most were used up and discarded decades ago, but this rare example showed up in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard last month.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Built when the Civic weighed under a ton. WAY under a ton.

A lightweight, fun-to-drive, gas-sipping subcompact that proved you didn't have to buy a grimly sensible Corolla.


This rusty Colorado Super Beetle managed to cling to life until age 43.

Air-cooled Volkswagen Beetles once roamed every American road and clogged every American wrecking yard, but now sightings are rare. Here's an oxidized survivor that has been discarded in Colorado.


Under the skin, the same car as the Ford Probe GT.

A rare sporty Mazda of the late 1980s gets discarded and shows up in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.


This rare special-edition Monte now awaits the crusher.

GM made several types of special-edition sixth-generation Monte Carlos, including NASCAR-themed pace car replicas for the 2000-2003 model years.


Yes, Chrysler made a K-Car Imperial.

The K Platform was a Swiss Army Knife for Chrysler.


It's on the biohazardous side now, but imagine this van in its 1970s heyday!

These 1970s custom vans still show up in wrecking yards now and then. This one is pretty icky now, but it was once gloriously luxurious.


The top-of-the-line Nova for 1977, now retiring after 39 years.

General Motors built the Nova Concours for car shoppers who didn't want to spring for a Caprice but still wanted plasticky opulence in their compact.


The car that made Honda's fortune in America.

The first-gen Accord was a reliability and value-holding legend, but eventually most of them rusted away, or blew head gaskets, or just plain wore out.


The final model year for the "big" Cordoba.

Sales of Chrysler's personal luxury car fell quite a bit for the 1979 model year. Here's a heavily-optioned two-tone example in a California wrecking yard.


We travel to rusty Minneapolis to find this rare Chryslerbishi.

When Chrysler wanted a not-quite-minivan to sell, Mitsubishi had just the right car. Here's a Dodgified Mitsubishi Chariot that I spotted in a Minneapolis self-service wrecking yard last summer.


A battered-but-not-so-rusty example of the downsized box Caprice.

Back in the late 1970s and 1980s, the full-sized Chevy sedan was about the most American car you could drive.

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