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Junkyard Gem: 1989 Hyundai Excel GL

An optioned-up hatchback from the early days of Hyundai in the United States, found in Colorado.

Junkyard Gem: 1981 Mercury Cougar XR-7

This XR-7 was the most disco'ed-up of all the Fox Fords for 1981

Junkyard Gem: 1988 Mazda 323 GTX

One of just 1,243 of the frantically turbocharged all-wheel-drive Mazda 323s sold in North America, discarded in California

Junkyard Gem: 1985 Chevrolet Sprint

The Suzuki-built ancestor to the Geo/Chevy Metro, found in a California vehicle boneyard last year.

Junkyard Gem: 1983 Honda Accord Sedan with 411,794 Miles

If the old Accord keeps running, you keep driving it!

Junkyard Gem: 1992 Mazda MX-3

The first model year of Mazda's sporty econo-coupe, found in a Colorado junkyard.

Junkyard Gem: 1987 Volvo 240 DL Wagon

A refrigerator-white Swedish station wagon with rear-wheel-drive and a 5-speed manual transmission. What's not to like?

Junkyard Gem: 1983 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD Wagon

A rusty example of Toyota's go-anywhere four-wheel-drive econo-wagon

Junkyard Gem: 1999 Infiniti G20t

Infiniti's most affordable offering for the turn of the century, complete with 5-speed manual transmission and big decklid spoiler.

Junkyard Gem: 1987 Pontiac Firebird

Sure, it has a 135-horsepower V6 instead of a rumbly V8, but it still looked fast in 1987.

Junkyard Gem: 1980 Datsun 280ZX Black Red 10th Anniversary Edition

You've heard of the disco-fied Black Gold 10th Anniversary 1980 Datsun 280ZX, but this car is the much rarer Black Red version

Junkyard Gem: 2000 Hyundai Tiburon

The successor to the slow-selling Hyundai Scoupe, the Tiburon earned a strong American following

Junkyard Gem: 1999 Ford Contour CNG Bi-Fuel

A rare 1999 Ford Contour with compressed natural-gas power, found in a Colorado self-service junkyard

Junkyard Gem: 2006 Mitsubishi Raider

More adventures in the history of Chrysler-Mitsubishi badge engineering, found in an Arizona car graveyard

Junkyard Gem: 1984 Toyota Corolla AE86 Coupe

Not the vaunted GT-S version, but any AE86 Corolla is an extremely rare sight in the big self-service car graveyards these days.

Junkyard Gem: 1959 Rambler Cross Country Station Wagon

Complete with Space Age tailfins and three-on-the-tree manual transmission, one of the first post-Nash wagons from American Motors.

Junkyard Gem: 1976 Datsun 620 Pickup

A well-worn example of Nissan's competitor to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Courier

Junkyard Gem: 1961 Plymouth Valiant V-200 2-Door Hardtop

A second-year-of-production example of the Plymouth Division's huge-selling Valiant compact, found in a Northern California car graveyard

Junkyard Gem: 1993 Cadillac Allanté

The final model year for the Turin-Hamtramck-built Cadillac Allanté, and the only one to get the Northstar DOHC V8 engine.

Junkyard Gem: 1999 BMW 323i Sedan

An early BMW E46 3 Series sedan, photographed in a Denver self-service car graveyard.

Junkyard Gem: 1989 Mitsubishi Galant Sedan

Winner of Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year award in 1989, now relegated to a Phoenix junkyard

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