A 220k-mile 1988 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer in a Denver wrecking yard, complete with 5-speed and beige striping.
Murilee Martin - Autoblog Warlord
Based on the same platform as the majestic Cadillac DeVille and Buick Electra, the 1969 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was a cushy dreadnaught of a luxury car. This one ends its near-half-century of life in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.
Based on an Australian-market Mazda, built in Mexico.
Every last bit of use was squeezed out of this Bronco II.
In the pool of US-market badge-engineered cars of the late 20th century, you'd be hard-pressed to find one as obscure as the Precis, a Mitsubishi-badged first-generation Hyundai Excel. Here's a 1991 Precis 3-door hatchback in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
Chrysler's Eagle brand emerged in the aftermath of the purchase of American Motors by Chrysler in 1987, and it was supposed to be somewhat sportier and "European" than Dodge or Plymouth. Renault-based designs such as the Medallion and Premier, plus Mitsubishis such as the Talon and Summit made up most of the Eagle lineup, but the brand also got a version of the Chrysler LH: the Eagle Vision.
Mercedes-Benz produced the iconic R107 SL-class for nearly 20 years, and so expectations were high for its successor, the R129. Debuting in the 1990 model year, the new SL-Class looked futuristic and carried a fat price tag; here's a used-up '91 in a Denver-area self-service wrecking yard.
The Porsche 944 was too stiff and cramped to be a sensible commuter car, so why would anyone have thought to buy one with an automatic transmission. That's what happened with this '84, spotted in a San Jose, California, self-service wrecking yard.
GM introduced the N-Body compact platform with the Oldsmobile Calais and Pontiac Grand Am for the 1985 model year and continued building N-based cars through 1998. Most of these cars weren't interesting from an enthusiast standpoint, but a handful rolled off the assembly line with raucous DOHC Oldsmobile Quad 4 engines and manual transmissions, and those cars were plenty of fun. Here's a 1991 Grand Am with that rare setup, photographed in a self-service yard in California's Central Valley.