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Made back when Subaru was building craaaazy stuff.

The SVX was Subaru's weirdest, wildest-looking street car, making even the wedge-shaped Subaru XT seem stodgy.

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Arguably the best small pickup of the 1970s.

Whether hauling a dozen Kalashnikov-wielding fighters in Afghanistan or commuting to work in Albany, these trucks seem to live forever.

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The last of the Oldsmobized Chevy Citations.

The Malaise Era ended in 1983, technically speaking, but the '84 Omega and its Iron Duke engine managed to give it an extra inning.

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No rust, no wrecks, just discarded at 151,762 miles.

One of the most enjoyable 100-horsepower cars ever made, but now destined to re-enter the scrap-metal food chain.

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Yes, The General made a factory-hot-rod version of the Lumina!

Most Chevy Luminas were rental-car-grade transportation appliances, but the Z34 was a bit more interesting. Here's a discarded one.

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This 1977 Ford Mustang Ghia has Pinto power and California-style rust.

Once OPEC shut off the oil taps and gas lines spread across America, a Mustang-ized Pinto seemed to make sense.

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From the Iron Duke engine to the crude skeleton stencils, it has everything

There's rust. There are lichens on the weatherstripping. There's GM's worst engine. And there are menacing stencils. Nothing else needed!

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Downsized thanks to the 1973 Energy Crisis, but still big and comfy.

The full-sized GM sedan shrank a bit in the late 1970s, but it remained a stately box with lots of velour inside and vinyl outside.

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The Chrysler Omnirizon family tree had many branches, including this little FWD pickup

The Dodge Omni started out as a French-designed machine from Simca, then evolved into this US-market Rampage pickup.

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Junkyard Gem: The Maxima had every 1980s gadget.

A Maxima from the era of talking cars and video-game-style digital instrument clusters.

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With 500 cubic inches of V8 under the hood, the '73 Eldorado laughed at lesser personal luxury coupes.

This rust-free Eldorado in a Denver self-service wrecking yard appears to be an abandoned project.

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When You Send a Car To The Crusher, Should You Feel Guilty?

Sometimes you just can't get rid of an unwanted car any other way.

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Honda is buying back faulty Takata airbags from junkyards around the country to make sure they don't go into vehicles that are still on the road.

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Cyclocross, like soccer, is a primarily known as a European discipline, a wintertime endeavor with its own stars that takes over while the big-name road racing season goes on its ever shorter cold-season respite. Like soccer, we have our own cyclocross races here, and one of them is the Bilenky Junkyard 'Cross in Philadelphia, put on by Bilenky Cycle Works.

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Cars are becoming less and less of a disposable item, according to a report from The Detroit Free Press. The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks in the US fleet is now up to 11.4 years, an increase of two full years since 2007 and 0.2 years since 2012. The newspaper spoke with Mark Seng, vice president of industry research firm Polk, who cited consumers' desire to avoid monthly payments and the ever-improving quality of mainstream cars and trucks as reasons for the increased age.

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Fans of classic Volkswagen iron may want to look away. This video is not for the faint of heart if you are an 80s car fan, either. It contains graphic documentation of vehicular abuse on an unprecedented level. A group of ruthless youngsters absolutely destroy every bit of glass in this Mark II GTI. It's appalling.

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We certainly understand the need to scrap older vehicles. Not only is it impractical to preserve every car that's ever been built, but why would you want to? That said, decisions to destroy old cars, whether under the auspices of a government program like Cash For Clunkers or by profit motive at an automotive recycler, should be made by informed individuals. That way, vehicles that may have potential as collectibles don't unnecessarily vanish.

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If you've watched any of the news coverage of the Japan earthquake, you've likely seen the tsunami footage showing cars being tossed around like Hot Wheels. The waterlogged vehicles number in the thousands, and the Japanese government has a big task in cleaning up the mess.

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The ramifications of America's. Cash for Clunkers program are still being figured out – which isn't all that surprising given that a total of 700,000 or so sales totaling $2.877 billion were processed in just one month. And besides facing the unfortunate lack of suitable demolition derby material, scrapyards are reportedly finding themselves ill-equipped to deal with all the junked iron sitting behind their barbed-wire fences.

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Inaugural 24 Hours of LeMons LA Scanbenger Hunt - click above for high-res gallery

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Old-style junkyards have themselves become an endangered species, but catch a glimpse of one, and the impression it leaves is that of decay. Rows of cars, with cataract headlamps and big chrome teeth missing from their grilles, slowly sink into the earth while corrosion returns the metal to a more elemental state. While more ancient vehciles might decompose away to nothingness, modern cars are filled with materials that just won't go away. That's not to say Neff's SHO will be recognizable as any

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