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Tape stripes, AMC straight-six, manual transmission, and 4WD

A 220k-mile 1988 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer in a Denver wrecking yard, complete with 5-speed and beige striping.

Based on the first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK, now discarded near Denver

This '05 near Denver is the first Chrysler Crossfire I have seen in a self-service wrecking yard, but there will be more.

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The first model year of the K-Cars, which saved Chrysler from bankruptcy.

A very rare example of the first-year Plymouth Reliant-K wagon, one of the Iacocca-era cars that spared Chrysler from being thrown on the ash heap of history.

From Lansing, Michigan to Oakland, California in 49 years.

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.

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Complete with the very rare Tropic Orange factory paint.

Here's a 2000 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T in the ultra-rare Tropic Orange color, spotted in a Denver self-service wrecking yard

GM's mini-Corvette for Europe, now at the end of its road in Colorado

GM's mini-Corvette for Europe, now at the end of its road in Colorado.

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Pontiac's supercharged hot rod from the turn of the century

Pontiac's supercharged hot rod from the turn of the century.

Enormous 1977-79 Ranchero was a sibling to the rococo Thunderbird

Car-based pickups were all the rage in the United States throughout the 1970s, and this generation of Ranchero was one of the wildest-looking of all. Here's a much-abused '79 in a San Francsisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

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Fiat's tiny, rear-engined sports car of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Fiat's tiny, rear-engined sports car of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Based on an Australian-market Mazda, built in Mexico.

Based on an Australian-market Mazda, built in Mexico.

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Every last bit of use was squeezed out of this Bronco II.

Every last bit of use was squeezed out of this Bronco II.

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One of the rarest of all badge-engineered cars.

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.

A final-year example of the Eagle-branded Chrysler LH, in vivid purple.

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.

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Sold for the 2018 equivalent of $145,000 when new, now just scrap metal.

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.

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This XG350 now endures less-than-grand surroundings in Colorado

Serious South Korean luxury in a Denver-area self-service wrecking yard, this 2004 Hyundai XG350 has reached the end of its career.

Yes, someone opted to ruin this 1984 Porsche 944 with a slushbox

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.

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One of the later non-Mazda-based Escort GTs.

Dearborn's answer to the European hot-hatch craze of the 1980s, the 1987 Escort GT was a lot of fun for the dollar. Here's a fully used-up example in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

Complete with 180 hp and a 5-speed manual transmission

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.

Chrysler's midlevel coupe of 1950, now a retired hotrod in Illinois

This worn-out hotrod 1950 Chrysler Windsor coupe had a good 68-year run, but now it ends its days in a Chicago-area self-service wrecking yard.

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It's no Leganza, sure, but it was cheaper than a Civic

One of the forgotten cars of the early 20th century, this optioned-up 2001 Daewoo Nubira sedan showed up in a Colorado self-service wrecking yard.

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Plymouth's version of the Chrysler Cloud Car, in kicky Expresso trim.

When it came to the "Cloud Cars" of the 1990s, Chrysler had the Cirrus, Dodge had the Stratus, and Plymouth had the Breeze. Here's a 1998 Plymouth Breeze Expresso, found in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard.