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Junkyard Gem: 1984 Ford Ranger Explorer

An optioned-up example of the early compact Ford Ranger, found in California

The successor to the Mazda-built Ford Courier, this 1984 Ford Ranger in a San Francisco Bay Area junkyard has plenty of luxury extras (by 1984 small-truck standards).

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Junkyard Gem: 1985 Bertone X1/9

After Fiat pulled out of North America in 1982, the X1/9 became a Bertone over here.

Once Fiat departed these shores after 1982, Malcolm Bricklin continued to import the 124 Sport Spider as a Pininfarina and the X1/9 as a Bertone. Here's an example of the latter type in a San Francisco Bay Area junkyard.

Junkyard Gem: 1995 Buick Regal GS

The first generation of the Regal to get Buick's GS treatment.

The first generation of the Regal to get Buick's GS treatment.

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Junkyard Gem: 1977 Volkswagen Rabbit

An early Rabbit in a Denver junkyard, complete with Rastafarian decor

An early Rabbit in a Denver junkyard, complete with Rastafarian decor.

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Junkyard Gem: 1991 Chrysler LeBaron GTC Convertible

Mitsubishi V6, 5-speed manual, Bordello Red interior, and a soft top

Mitsubishi V6, 5-speed manual, Bordello Red interior, and a soft top.

Junkyard Gem: 1978 Triumph Spitfire

Even with British Leyland build quality, this Colorado Spitfire outlived most 1978 Hondas

A 1978 Triumph Spitfire convertible languishes in a self-service wrecking yard in Colorado.

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Junkyard Gem: Heavily personalized 1997 Buick Skylark Custom Sedan

When you're a car's final owner and you know it, you can do this.

The Buick-badged sibling to the Chevy Malibu and Olds Achieva

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Junkyard Gem: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser with 5-speed manual transmission

Believe it or not, some PT Cruiser buyers bought three-pedal version

Believe it or not, some PT Cruiser buyers bought three-pedal version.

Junkyard Gem: 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

Complete with sequential manual transmission and no automatic mode

As the first relatively affordable production car to be offered in the United States with a sequential manual transmission, this 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder is an interesting bit of automotive history.

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

Maserati styling, Chrysler chassis, Mitsubishi drivetrain

Maserati styling, Chrysler chassis, Mitsubishi drivetrain.

Junkyard Gem: 1969 Buick Wildcat four-door hardtop

Buick's sporty luxury sedan of the late 1960s, now kaput in Denver.

Complete with big 430-cubic-inch V8 and split bucket seats, this 1969 Buick Wildcat was a big, powerful sedan for high-rollers with a bit of the devil in them. Now its driving days are finished.

Junkyard Gem: 1991 Toyota Corolla DX Wagon art car

Possibly known in its San Francisco Bay Area habitat as the Flying Colors Corolla

When you know you're a car's final owner, you get to decorate it any way you like. That's what happened with this 1991 Toyota Corolla DX station wagon in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard.

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Junkyard Gem: 1979 Ford Mustang Cobra

Ford's turbocharged Mustang Cobra of 1979, now parked forever

Ford's turbocharged Mustang Cobra of 1979, now parked forever.

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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: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

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

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

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.

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