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The Oldsmobile sibling to the Chevy Caprice coupe, now discarded

Here's a no-rust coupe in a California self-service wrecking yard.

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A late example of the first generation of the BMW 5-Series

A rare example of a late-production BMW E12 5-Series, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

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When you want a Honda 2-seater but the Del Sol is too cramped.

When you have a Sawzall and a welder on one side of the garage, a case of Natty Light on the other, this is what can happen.

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Saab's turbocharged 5 Series rival, now discarded in California

Saab's turbocharged 5 Series rival, now discarded in California.

Chevy Nova-based Seville sold well but damaged the Cadillac brand

Before there was the Chevrolet Cavalier-based Cadillac Cimarron, there was the Chevrolet Nova-based Seville. Here's a rare first-year Seville in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard.

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The twin-turbocharged Italian coupe of the Decade of Greed.

Here's a 1984 Maserati Biturbo that lived long enough to make it to a California wrecking yard.

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One of the last U.S.-market Mitsubishi luxury sedans

One of the last of the U.S.-market Mitsubishi luxury sedans.

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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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