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Junkyard Gem: 1977 Plymouth Volaré Sedan

Between the Valiant and Reliant came the Volaré, Plymouth's workhorse compact car of the late 1970s.

Junkyard Gem: 1978 Datsun 200SX

A battered example of Nissan's sporty rear-wheel-drive coupe of the late 1970s, found in a Denver junkyard.

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 GMC S-15 Jimmy 4x4

The GMC-badged version of the Chevy S-10 Blazer 4x4, and the last model year for the two-door-only Jimmy.

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Junkyard Gem: 2002 Daewoo Lanos

One of the final Daewoo-badged cars sold in North America, now in a Colorado car graveyard.

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Junkyard Gems: 15 Greatest American Wrecks

From a 1950 Chrysler hot rod to a 2006 Pontiac Solstice

Here are 15 of our the most interesting American cars and trucks from our long-running Junkyard Gems series by resident expert Murliee Martin.

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Junkyard Gem: 1992 Pontiac Sunbird convertible, with extremely rad W25 Appearance Package

White wheels, white interior, exquisitely 1990s graphics and candy-cane-striped engine badging

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Junkyard Gem: 1992 Eagle Summit All-Wheel-Drive Wagon

One of the weirder vehicles to come out of the Mitsubishi-Chrysler partnership

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Junkyard Gem: 1980 Datsun 4x4 King Cab Pickup

An optioned-up first-year Nissan 720 four-wheel-drive pickup, discarded in Northern California

Junkyard Gem: 1990 Volvo 240 DL sedan art car

This Volvo got some mural work before it reached the end of the road

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Junkyard Gem: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sedan

A rare junkyard example of GM's once-common midsize sedan of the mid-1960s

Junkyard Gem: 2000 Lincoln Town Car Cartier Edition

One of the last of the Cartier Lincolns, complete with golden dash clock

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Junkyard Gem: 1978 Chevrolet Nova Coupe

GM's affordable compact coupe of the 1970s, now a very rare Junkyard Gem

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

Stuttgart's answer to the BMW 3-Series in 1990, now discarded in Denver with just over 150,000 miles on the clock

Junkyard Gem: 1986 Ford Escort Pony

The cheapest possible North American-market Ford car available in 1986, now in a Denver car graveyard.

Junkyard Gem: 2007 MINI Cooper

Like the Fiat 500 and New Beetle, the early MINI is now a regular in the self-service junkyards of the land.

Junkyard Gem: 1988 Audi 80 Quattro

5-speed manual, AWD, nice interior, and a mere 89,047 miles. Discarded.

Junkyard Gem: 2001 Honda Insight with manual transmission

A technological masterpiece from Honda, and it even came with three pedals

Junkyard Gem: 1992 Honda Accord Wagon

Complete with close to 300,000 miles, 5-speed manual transmission, and hot-rod exhaust header.

Junkyard Gem: 1974 Volkswagen Beetle

The final model year for the carbureted US-market Beetle, found in a Colorado wrecking yard.

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