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Junkyard Gem: 1980 AMC Concord DL 2-Door Sedan

American Motors Corporation's affordable luxury compact, now discarded in a Denver junkyard

Junkyard Gem: 1979 Datsun 210

One of the last rear-wheel-drive Nissan econoboxes sold in the U.S.

Junkyard Gem: 1982 Ford Granada L Sedan

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.

Junkyard Gem: 1978 Buick Skyhawk

Buick's sporty hatchback of the late 1970s.

The H-platform Buick Skyhawk, based on the Chevrolet Monza, was sold for the 1975 through 1980 model years. This 1978 model was photographed in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard.

Yacht Rocking the Podcast | Autoblog Podcast #500

On this episode, we interview the hosts of Beyond Yacht Rock to talk smooth music and smooth cars. Plus some car buying advice.

Junkyard Gem: 1977 Chrysler Cordoba with Corinthian Leather

For the millionth time, it was SOFT Corinthian Leather, not RICH Corinthian Leather

Somewhere, Ricardo Montalban sheds a tear for the distressed state of this land yacht.

Question of the Day: Worst year of the Malaise Era?

The Malaise Era started in 1973 and dragged on through 1983. Which year was worst?

Giant, hideous crash bumpers, engines that made 25 horsepower per liter, and velour. Lots of velour. 1973 through 1983, which year was the Malaise nadir?

Malaise Era Junkyard Gem: 1979 Buick Electra Limited

Downsized thanks to the 1973 Energy Crisis, but still big and comfy.

The full-sized GM sedan shrank a bit in the late 1970s, but it remained a stately box with lots of velour inside and vinyl outside.

Malaise Era Busters

It was morning on Woodward Avenue again.

Autoblog Podcast #342

Rob Sass from Hagerty Insurance talks Malaise Era cars, Detroit bankruptcy, new top-dog Cadillac

Malaise Era All-Stars

A few weeks ago, we bid a fond happy 40th anniversary to the automotive dark ages of 1973-84 that have come to be known as "The Malaise Era" – the performance ice-age when 160 horsepower was a lot and a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds was remarkable. Like music in the 1980s, everything in automobiledom didn't suck, however. There were a few bright spots. Here are five of our favorites:

Happy 40th Anniversary to the Malaise Era

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of icons like the Corvette Sting Ray and the Porsche 911. If Corvettes and Porsches aren't your thing, it's also the 50th of the Aston Martin DB5 and the 60th of the last great Packard, the Caribbean. Lost in the hoopla, however has been any mention of the fact that it's also the 40th annive