Datsun Skyline

Datsun Skyline This is another Datsun/Nissan model never officially sold in the U.S., but can be legally imported since it’s been longer than the 25 year threshold. The number of engines and trim levels alone can be confusing… Generally though, anything with a six cylinder had a ‘GT’ in the title somewhere. The first of […]
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Audi 4000

Audi 4000 Audi 4000 replaced the Fox for the 1980 model year. It was slightly larger than the car it replaced. The wheelbase was 99.5 inches, versus 97.2 on the Fox. Curb weight was about 2200 lbs. versus about 2100 on the Fox. Unlike the Fox, just two body styles were offered at first which […]
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Plymouth Road Runner

Plymouth Roadrunner The smog-era Road Runner was similar to AMC’s AMX of the smog-era. Well, not literally, but the way it was bounced from model to model as essentially a trim package. Each were based on several model variations in a short time. In the Road Runner’s case, it was on the Satellite Sebring, then […]
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Meteor Montcalm

Montcalm The Meteor sub-brand of Mercury had two models remaining in the lineup as of 1973. These were only sold in Canada, but of course it’s possible to find one near the border, or import one from The Great White North. That’s if you want something a bit unique. One of these cars was named […]
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OnBoard Diagnostics

OnBoard Diagnostics: Also known as OBD. Mandatory since 1981 on U.S. cars. There are two kinds of OBD systems. OBD1 is for cars made from 1981 to 1995. OBD2 is for 1996 and newer vehicles. Since the first one falls within the smog-era, that’s what we’re covering here, through ’83. General speaking, OBD is a […]
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European Marques

European Marques of the Smog-Era European cars were coming on strong in the 70s. Most found in the U.S. are federally-certified vehicles. However….. Popular in the 70s and early 80s were ‘grey market’ vehicles. These were European-spec vehicles imported via means other than the manufacturer’s dealer network. Sometimes the vehicle imported this way was legalized […]
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