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Even with British Leyland build quality, this Colorado Spitfire outlived most 1978 Hondas

A 1978 Triumph Spitfire convertible languishes in a self-service wrecking yard in Colorado.

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Subaru's tiny three-cylinder, 4x4 commuter.

The Justy GL 4WD was a bit more expensive than the Geo Metro or Ford Festiva, but it came with four-wheel-drive.

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Not just a Brougham. A ROYALE Brougham!

Not just a Brougham. A ROYALE Brougham!

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When you're a car's final owner and you know it, you can do this.

The Buick-badged sibling to the Chevy Malibu and Olds Achieva

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Believe it or not, some PT Cruiser buyers bought three-pedal version

Believe it or not, some PT Cruiser buyers bought three-pedal version.

Complete with sequential manual transmission and no automatic mode

As the first relatively affordable production car to be offered in the United States with a sequential manual transmission, this 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder is an interesting bit of automotive history.

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Maserati styling, Chrysler chassis, Mitsubishi drivetrain

Maserati styling, Chrysler chassis, Mitsubishi drivetrain.

Buick's sporty luxury sedan of the late 1960s, now kaput in Denver.

Complete with big 430-cubic-inch V8 and split bucket seats, this 1969 Buick Wildcat was a big, powerful sedan for high-rollers with a bit of the devil in them. Now its driving days are finished.

Possibly known in its San Francisco Bay Area habitat as the Flying Colors Corolla

When you know you're a car's final owner, you get to decorate it any way you like. That's what happened with this 1991 Toyota Corolla DX station wagon in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard.

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Ford's turbocharged Mustang Cobra of 1979, now parked forever

Ford's turbocharged Mustang Cobra of 1979, now parked forever.

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Americans may know this car better as the Chevrolet Spectrum.

General Motors sold this car with Chevrolet and Geo badging, as the Spectrum, but a small number went to Isuzu dealerships with I-Mark badging.

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This sinister black F-Body finally reaches the end at age 34

This sinister black F-Body finally reaches the end at age 34.

Chevrolet's big-selling personal luxury coupe of the 1970s

A beat-up example of Chevrolet's popular personal luxury coupe of the Malaise Era, this 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau now resides in a Northern California wrecking yard.

Known elsewhere as the Audi 80, sibling to the VW Dasher/Passat

A year before its Volkswagen Dasher sibling went on sale in North America, the Audi Fox (known as the Audi 80 elsewhere) was sold here. Today's Junkyard Gem is a '73 Fox in Northern California.

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The speedy Jetta counterpart to the Rabbit GTI.

With 134 horsepower and 5-speed manual transmission, this 1990 VW Jetta GLI was the sedan cousin of the hot-hatch GTI.

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Complete with screaming yellow paint, big wing … and automatic transmission.

Complete with screaming yellow paint, big wing ... and automatic transmission.

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Subaru's funny-looking SUV, now awaiting the crusher in Colorado.

Subaru's big SUV debuted for the 2006 model year in the United States, with futuristic interior and polarizing exterior.

The sedan sibling of the '82 Mustang, now retired in Phoenix

This 1982 Ford Fairmont Futura is a discarded example of Ford's Fox-Platform compact sedan of the Malaise Era, photographed in a self-service junkyard in Phoenix, Arizona.

Not a Shelby or even a Turbo Daytona, but still sporty in its day

A moss-and-lichen-covered example Dodge's sport compact of the late 1980s, equipped with naturally-aspirated engine and five-speed manual transmission.

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Complete with paint-pen graffiti and cheesecakey skateboard-fashions stickers

Complete with paint-pen graffiti and cheesecakey skateboard-fashions stickers.

Another Mercedes-Benz W114 hardtop coupe bites the dust

A solid 1971 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W114 coupe in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service junkyard.

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