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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.

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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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Junkyard Gem: 1983 Toyota Celica GT Coupe

From the era of RWD and the truck-grade 22R engine, found with just over 100,000 miles in a NorCal junkyard.

Junkyard Gem: 2005 Suzuki Aerio SX Suzuki Works Techno

A thick layer of faux-carbon-fiber, spoilers, and special badges made a not-so-fast and semi-furious commuter hatchback.

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Junkyard Gem: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SEC

In its time, it was the most expensive Mercedes-Benz you could buy

Junkyard Gem: 1990 Dodge Daytona Shelby

Here's a rusty 'Condition Red' example from late in the Dodge Shelby era

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Junkyard Gem: 1995 Ford F-150 graffiti truck

When you know you're the last owner of a vehicle, you can do this

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Junkyard Gem: 1997 Volkswagen Golf K2

Named after the second-highest mountain in the world, the VW Golf K2 was marketed to skiers and snowboarders.

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Junkyard Gem: 1978 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe

Oldsmobile's big, swanky personal luxury coupe for the late 1970s

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Junkyard Gem: 1999 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

Chevrolet brought back Hugger Orange paint for the 1999 model year, showcased by this T-top-equipped Camaro.

Junkyard Gem: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Station Wagon

Yes, there was a wagon version of the controversial Chevy Corvair. Here's a '62 in a Phoenix car graveyard

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Junkyard Gem: 1994 Subaru Legacy LS 4WD Sedan

The last model year for the quirky first-gen Legacy sedan in North America, with optional 4WD

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Junkyard Gem: 1973 Ford Pinto Station Wagon

This Pinto even has the tasteful Squire package, with "wood" paneling and special hubcaps.

Junkyard Gem: 2009 Smart Fortwo

These park-anywhere commuter cars aren't worth much once they get bent up, so they show up occasionally in the big self-service junkyards

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Junkyard Gem: 1978 Datsun B210

An example of Nissan's smash hit of a rear-wheel-drive econobox from the Malaise Era, found in a Phoenix car graveyard.

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Junkyard Gem: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback

Poor unappreciated subcompacts have a hard time staying out of the graveyard, even when they're only five years old.

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Junkyard Gem: 1973 International Harvester Scout II

Another one of Indiana's finest trucks, destined for the crusher in Denver

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Junkyard Gem: 1987 Acura Legend Sedan

One of the first Acuras sold in the United States, now retired after nearly 300,000 miles

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Junkyard Gem: 1972 Ford Courier Flatbed

Before Ford developed the all-Detroit Ranger, blue ovals were slapped on the Mazda Proceed

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