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In 1990, Volvo shoppers could choose between three different wagons.

A discarded example of the increasingly hard-to-find Volvo 740 wagon, spotted in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.

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Why give Thule all that money when plywood is cheap?

Denver is full of Subaru wagons with rooftop cargo carriers.

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A Chevy-badged Corolla, built in the factory Tesla now calls home.

The NUMMI plant in Fremont (now home to Tesla) built plenty of AE82 Corolla Sprinters with Chevrolet Nova badging. Here's one that we spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard.

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The final model year for the downward-spiraling Citation.

The replacement for the crude, gas-swilling Nova, the Chevrolet Citation was GM's first try at an efficient, American-made front-wheel-drive compact car.

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After nearly 40 years, this Accord is retiring.

The first-generation Honda Accord was one of the most numerous cars on California roads.

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After a half-century of camping, this old Ford is hanging it up.

Plenty of 1960s Detroit pickup trucks still get the job done, but they have to wear out sooner or later.

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Nearly all of these allegedly sporty coupes had automatics, but not this one!

While a manual transmission was available, in theory, in reality they're rare as hens' teeth.

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In 1986, Plymouth shoppers could choose between two totally unrelated econoboxes.

Here's an '86 in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

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The incredibly cheap, incredibly reliable 1980s Toyota econobox.

The 4WD Tercel wagons of this era got all the attention, but Toyota sold quite a few front-wheel-drive hatchbacks.

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Yes, even Toyota Vans got this treatment during the 1980s.

Known as the Toyota MasterAce or LiteAce elsewhere, the Toyota Van was versatile and reliable. This one has a full 1980s conversion in effect, including window blinds and custom paint.

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Production of the Volvo 240 would continue for another 12 years.

This two-door in a Denver wrecking yard is a rare Junkyard Gem indeed.

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A rare example of the Fox-platform Granada

The 1975-1980 Ford Granada was a descendant of the 1960s midsize Fords, but the 1981-1982 Granada was based on the same Fox platform as the Mustang, Cougar, and Fairmont. Here's one found in Colorado.

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A first-generation Cougar (aka: the good one) now completely used up in Colorado.

A Ford Mustang under the skin, the 1967-1970 Cougar was the sportiest Mercury of its day. This ravaged '70, now residing in a Colorado wrecking yard, still shows a bit of its original glory.

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A wagon from the twilight years of the Detroit Woodie.

During the early 1990s, not every family needing a capacious hauler opted for a minivan or SUV. Some still followed the traditions of their forefathers and bought station wagons with faux-wood exterior panels. Here's one in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

A murderous-looking old Dodge, veteran of many a race-track paddock.

You'll find trucks like this at most racing events in North America: a beater full-sized Detroit van, covered inside and out with spray paint and racing-related stickers. Here's one I shot in an Arizona self-service wrecking yard a few months back.

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Buick's sporty two-seater.

The Reatta looked great and was well-made, but suffered from a variety of other issues.

An optioned-up example of Mazda's first-generation RX-7.

Battered but still pretty, a high-mile example of a late-first-generation Mazda RX-7, spotted in a California wrecking yard.

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Honda's original sports coupe.

With the world's reddest interior, lots of ritzy-by-1982-standards standard features, and Accord underpinnings, this early Prelude in Wisconsin is a very rare Junkyard Gem.

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Chevrolet's rebadged Isuzu pickup, spotted in Northern California.

Chrysler had the Mitsubishi-built Plymouth Arrow small pickup, Ford had the Mazda-built Courier, and GM had the Izusu-built Chevrolet LUV. Here's a late-production example of the LUV, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

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This one looks like a driver that got crashed.

1968, when Chrysler's economy cars had rear-wheel-drive and immortal six-cylinder engines. This Valiant appears to have been wrecked in a chain-reaction crash.