Category: Malaise Monday

Poor Proportions: 1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 26K – STILL $24,000

Poor Proportions: 1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 26K – STILL $24,000

One of the more interesting automotive customizing trends during the Malaise Era (1972 to 1984) was Neoclassic. Coachbuilders would modify a then-new personal luxury car with Gatsby Era styling cues, leaving the stock drivetrain and hardpoints in place. One of the more interesting examples from the period were Cadillac Seville Opera Coupes.

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18 Months Gone: 1983 Chrysler Imperial – STILL $9,500

18 Months Gone: 1983 Chrysler Imperial – STILL $9,500

One of the first projects Lee Iaoccoca initiated when he took over leadership at Chrysler was to bring back the company’s storied Imperial brand.  The early 1980s Imperial was only available as a stunning two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe. Among other technology that included an all-digital dashboard, Chrysler’s Electronics Division supplied Imperials with an innovative electronic fuel injection system developed following the conclusion of the Apollo Space Program.

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Vaguely VW: 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo – STILL $10,000

Vaguely VW: 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo – STILL $10,000

In the 1970s Porsche ownership continued to fall under the VW Audi umbrella. Porsche leveraged VW’s economies of scale to provide two entry-level sports cars during the 1970s and 1980s. The first was the air-cooled, Type 3 VW powered mid-engined 914 launched in 1970. The second was the water-cooled, inline-four-powered, 924 hatchback. Originally intended to be slotted in Audi’s lineup, Porsche took over design and launch of the car as their own for the 1976 model year.

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NEW! Award 120: 1976 Pontiac Bonneville – STILL $43,000

NEW! Award 120: 1976 Pontiac Bonneville – STILL $43,000

In General Motors’ (“GM”) storied history, 1976 stands out as a milestone model year for many reasons.  The only convertible in GM’s lineup that year was the Cadillac Eldorado.  Most notably, it was the final production year for the largest full-size body on frame, “B” and “C” body offerings by all of its divisions save for GMC Trucks.

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Finally Found: 1976 Mercury Capri II – STILL $12,750

Finally Found: 1976 Mercury Capri II – STILL $12,750

Some Malaise Era (1972 – 1984) models have remained elusive in our car spotting blog. We’ve been on the hunt for years to feature a 1970s-era Mercury Capri. While we’ve written about the “Bubble Window” badge-engineered Fox Body Mustang twin of the 1980s and the Australian-built convertible of the 1990s, the elusive Ford of Europe sourced first-generation Mercury Capri remained on our “to feature someday” list.

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Forgotten Firebird: 1976 Pontiac Trans Am Y82 SE – Sold?

Forgotten Firebird: 1976 Pontiac Trans Am Y82 SE – Sold?

Ask casual classic car enthusiasts what was the first model year Pontiac introduced a special edition Trans Am, and most will respond, “1977.” That’s due to the Smoky And The Bandit effect, as the popularity of the special edition black and gold 1977 featured in that movie had everyone wanting a “Bandit” Trans Am.  Unfortunately, the answer is incorrect, as the first special edition Trans Am launched in the spring of the 1976 model year.

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