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Rare Rides: The 1983 Ford EXP Handles All Your Malaise Driving Needs

Great handling, two seats, sporty styling, and coupe lines. No, we’re not talking about a Corvette Z06, because it’s another Malaise Day here at Rare Rides — and our topic of discussion is a

Rare Rides: A Toyota Stout – Japanese Simplicity From 1966

Today we step back in time over 50 years to check out a little beige truck. Imported across the sea, it fell right into the hands of a caring buyer — one who cautiously stepped away from the American

Rare Rides: A 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati – the Lemon Mix-up

The heart of a K-Car, the styling of a LeBaron, the build quality of an Italian, and the price of a Corvette. Just one car in the history of the world managed to combine all these virtues together

Rare Rides: A Lancia Scorpion From 1976, Regulation’s Puppet

A pleasantly desinged Pininfarina body carves its way up the Amalfi coast in Italy. The sun shines down through the targa roof, highlighting your gold-rimmed aviators. Dropping a gear, you put all 120

Rare Rides: This 1972 Maserati Mexico Is Actually From Spain

Open the wood paneled glove box lid to find familiar fine-grain Italian leather driving gloves. Fingers twist a small, delicate key to ignite 4.7 liters of displacement sitting under the long,

Rare Rides: A 1987 Volkswagen Doka, Hailing From Forbidden Manual Diesel Land

A familiar German visage greets the casual onlooker. “Ah yes, this is a Vanagon,” the American viewer thinks to himself. But once the eyes have scanned beyond the upright frontage and to the side of

Rare Rides: The 1990 Nissan Autech Stelvio Zagato AZ1 You’ve Never Heard Of

A car styled by the Italians and built by the Japanese — the combination everyone says they want. It’s rear-drive, a coupe, and has luxury trappings in the finest Italian tradition. It was so

Rare Rides: A 2002 RAV4 Has a Dark Story to Tell

The first-generation Toyota RAV4 arrived on the market at the beginning of the compact crossover boom. While almost all first-generation models had four cylinders under the hood, there were

Rare Rides: A Porsche 924 From 1977 – Anyone Want a Martini?

For over a decade, the Porsche 924 remained the brand’s entry-level sports car. During its 12-year run, Porsche shifted over 121,000 examples, meaning the normal 924 is not uncommon today and your

Rare Rides: A 1955 Citroën Traction Avant – the Front-Drive Car That Started Everything

The car you see here is quite possibly the most important vehicle to ever come out of France. Pioneering no less than three major advances in automotive technology, it would effectively set the stage

Rare Rides: The 1981 BMW M1, Where BMW Had All the Problems (Part I)

BMW presently sells the hybrid i8 to the eco-conscious performance driver. It is mid-engined, has butterfly doors and what have you, and it’s quite striking. But did you know that it’s not the first

Rare Rides: The 1979 BMW M1 – BMW Wants to Race, but Wait a Minute (Part II)

In our last Rare Ride entry we covered the difficult conception and birth of the BMW M1 at the hands of a financially faltering Lamborghini. In Part II, we talk about the second issue BMW faced, which

Rare Rides: A 1987 Sterling 825, the Luxury Legend From Merry England

Though we wrote about the Sterling brand in a previous QOTD post from earlier this year, we’ve never covered one as a Rare Ride. It’s not often one finds a Sterling for sale these days, as most

Rare Rides: The Beige 1988 Lada Samara Is Neither Sporty Nor Luxurious

We’ve featured a communist-built car before on Rare Rides; it was an old Czech-made Skoda 120, located in Canada. A specialized importer group brought many cars just like the Skoda into Canada in the

Rare Rides: This 1990 Renault 5 GT Turbo Is Le Car’s Big Brother

Ah, bygone French cars. Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault all abandoned the American market by the early 1990s, leaving behind mostly memories of poor reliability and shoddy trim on underpowered little

Rare Rides: Honda Civic CVCC – Conserving Various Carbons, Circa 1977

Way back in the polyester era, there was a little thing called the Oil Crisis (circa 1973). And right about the time giant American barges were coughing and wheezing their way to the (empty) fuel

Rare Rides: The 1984 Honda City, a Microscopic Cabriolet From Japan

Our last Rare Ride was a little first-generation Honda Civic from 1977. Since everyone seemed to like that little red box, today we bring you a little blue box from Honda. It’s a bit newer, and also a

Rare Rides: The Real Dream of the ’70s – a 1975 GMC Sierra Gentleman Jim

Yesterday, Steph Willems reported on a dealer in the northern province of Minnesota that’s offering a dreamy Seventies stripe package for newer Chevrolet Silverado pickups. The package includes the

Rare Rides: 1988 Isuzu I-Mark RS Turbo – In Which Lotus Helps a Hot Hatch

Let’s take a trip back to the 1980s — the time when one could drive past numerous Chevrolet and Geo (or Pontiac in Canada) dealers to visit their friendly Isuzu franchise. General Motors has a

Rare Rides: The 1992 Plymouth Laser – a Manual, Turbo, All-Wheel Drive Beauty From DSM

Our last Rare Ride was the little hot hatch Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was just oh-so-80s. Today we move forward in time just four years, to a different sort of sporty hatch. This one’s Japanese and