Junkyard Gem: 1988 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan

The General’s Buick Division began selling LeSabres for the 1959 model year, when it greeted the world with a cat-eyed face and razor-sharp tailfins, and the LeSabre rolled on the full-sized, rear-wheel-drive B Platform (best-known for underpinning the Chevrolet Impala and Caprice) all the way through 1985. For 1986, the LeSabre went to the front-wheel-drive

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Junkyard Gem: 1947 Frazer Manhattan

Cars bearing the Kaiser badge— with its Je suis prêt (I am ready) slogan— were sold for just the 1947 through 1951 model years, so you won’t find many in your local car graveyard these days (though I did manage to find a discarded ’51 Frazer Vagabond a decade ago). That’s a shame, because the contemplation

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Junkyard Gem: 1984 Volvo 760 Turbo

When it came time for Volvo to replace the aging 200 Series (which debuted in 1974 but looked nearly identical to the mid-1960s-design 140 it was based on), the result was the 700 Series. This car first hit Volvo showrooms in 1982, and the initial models were all upscale 760 sedans with the same PRV

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Junkyard Gem: 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Not many (non-military) mass-produced vehicles have ever stayed in production in more or less the same form for better than a quarter-century. There’s the Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle, of course, as well as the Peugeot 504, Hindustan Ambassador, Austin Mini, second-generation Suzuki Cultus, second-generation Volkswagen Passat, and … well, many others that stretch the definitions

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Junkyard Gem: 1980 Ford Pinto Runabout

The Ford Pinto, butt of so many exploding-car jokes from the day Mother Jones published “Pinto Madness,” was built from the 1971 through 1980 model years. I’ve documented many discarded Pintos (and Mercury Bobcats) over the years, but today’s Junkyard Gem is the only final-year-of-production Pinto/Bobcat I’ve managed to find in a car graveyard. This

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