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Junkyard Gem: 1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

This sinister black F-Body finally reaches the end at age 34

This sinister black F-Body finally reaches the end at age 34.

Junkyard Gem: 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau

Chevrolet's big-selling personal luxury coupe of the 1970s

A beat-up example of Chevrolet's popular personal luxury coupe of the Malaise Era, this 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau now resides in a Northern California wrecking yard.

Junkyard Gem: 1973 Audi Fox Sedan

Known elsewhere as the Audi 80, sibling to the VW Dasher/Passat

A year before its Volkswagen Dasher sibling went on sale in North America, the Audi Fox (known as the Audi 80 elsewhere) was sold here. Today's Junkyard Gem is a '73 Fox in Northern California.

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V

The speedy Jetta counterpart to the Rabbit GTI.

With 134 horsepower and 5-speed manual transmission, this 1990 VW Jetta GLI was the sedan cousin of the hot-hatch GTI.

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Junkyard Gem: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Complete with screaming yellow paint, big wing … and automatic transmission.

Complete with screaming yellow paint, big wing ... and automatic transmission.

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Junkyard Gem: 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Subaru's funny-looking SUV, now awaiting the crusher in Colorado.

Subaru's big SUV debuted for the 2006 model year in the United States, with futuristic interior and polarizing exterior.

Junkyard Gem: 1982 Ford Fairmont Futura Sedan

The sedan sibling of the '82 Mustang, now retired in Phoenix

This 1982 Ford Fairmont Futura is a discarded example of Ford's Fox-Platform compact sedan of the Malaise Era, photographed in a self-service junkyard in Phoenix, Arizona.

Junkyard Gem: 1988 Dodge Daytona

Not a Shelby or even a Turbo Daytona, but still sporty in its day

A moss-and-lichen-covered example Dodge's sport compact of the late 1980s, equipped with naturally-aspirated engine and five-speed manual transmission.

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Junkyard Gem: 2000 Pontiac Sunfire coupe

Complete with paint-pen graffiti and cheesecakey skateboard-fashions stickers

Complete with paint-pen graffiti and cheesecakey skateboard-fashions stickers.

Junkyard Gem: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 250C is now a rat's final resting place

Another Mercedes-Benz W114 hardtop coupe bites the dust

A solid 1971 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W114 coupe in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service junkyard.

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Junkyard Gem: 1961 International Harvester Scout

A rusty, crusty early Scout 80 finally retires in Colorado

A rusty, crusty early Scout 80 finally retires in Colorado

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Junkyard Gem: 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

A first-model-year example of Mitsubishi's turbocharged Supra competitor.

From the first optimistic model year of Mitsubishis sold in North America without Dodge or Plymouth badging, a fiery red 1983 Mitsubishi Starion ends its days in a Colorado self-service wrecking yard.

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Plymouth Voyager Turbo

Made when TURBO badges could sell anything, even minivans.

Made when TURBO badges could sell anything, even minivans.

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Junkyard Gem: 1976 Dodge D100, United States Army Edition

Complete with Slant-6 engine, automatic transmission, and U.S. Army data plates

Complete with Slant-6 engine, automatic transmission, and US Army data plates.

Junkyard Gem: 1997 Suzuki X-90 4X4

Yes, there were X-90s that didn't have giant Red Bull cans bolted on top

Yes, there were X-90s that didn't have giant Red Bull cans bolted on top.

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Junkyard Gem: 1986 Toyota Cressida sedan

Toyota's big, sophisticated luxury sedan of the 1980s.

Before the Lexus LS, Toyota's top-of-the-line luxury car in the United States was the Cressida.

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Junkyard Gem: 1988 Dodge Aries America LE Station Wagon

One of Lee Iacocca's Chrysler-saving K-Cars, now junked in Arizona

One of Lee Iacocca's Chrysler-saving K-Cars, now junked in Arizona.

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Junkyard Gem: 2002 Toyota Prius

The Toyota hybrid that started it all, now discarded in a Denver wrecking yard.

The Toyota hybrid that started it all, now discarded in a Denver wrecking yard.

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Junkyard Gem: 1965 Plymouth Valiant V-200 Sedan

One of the most sensible cars you could buy in 1965, retired at age 53

One of the most sensible cars you could buy in 1965, retired at age 53.

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Junkyard Gem: 1977 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

It's still pretty easy to find 124 Sport Spider parts at U-Wrench yards

It's still pretty easy to find 124 Sport Spider parts at U-Wrench yards.

Junkyard Gem: 2006 Chrysler 300C

Even a 340-horsepower Hemi couldn't save this car from the wrecker

Even a 340-horsepower Hemi couldn't save this car from the wrecker.

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