Volkswagen Pickup

Volkswagen Pickup Officially marketed simply as ‘Pickup’ but sometimes called the Rabbit Pickup, this truck was American made and introduced for the 1980 model year. Its wheelbase was 103.3 inches and its curb weight was about 1900 lbs. The three trim levels offered were base, Sport and LX. Standard 49-state power this introductory year was […]
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Pontiac Bonneville Model G

In 1982 the Bonneville name got slapped on a G-body based car, inheriting a surname of ‘Model G’. This platform was shared with the Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Malibu, Olds Cutlass Supreme, etc. It was a few hundred pounds lighter than the old B-body platform Station wagon and sedan were the two body styles. Two […]
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Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera The first front wheel drive variant using the ‘Cutlass’ nomenclature was introduced in 1982. It had a brand new name— Cutlass Ciera and was built on the totally redesigned A-body platform. Wheelbase was 104.9 inches, the same as on the smaller X-body Omega. Coupe or sedan were your body choices if you […]
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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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Isuzu P’up

Isuzu P’up Its name is the word ‘pickup’, abbreviated. This truck was around since 1972 as the Chevy Luv. In 1981, Isuzu finally marketed it as their own. Two trim levels were sold, which were base and Deluxe. Two different powerplants were offered. First was a 1.8L SOHC 1bbl I4 that made 80hp and 95 […]
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Isuzu I-Mark

I-Mark Isuzu entered the American car market in 1981 with its I-Mark. The car had a 94.3 inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 171 inches. Curb weight averaged 2200 lbs. In this early era of front wheel drive cars arriving, the I-Mark was still a rear wheel drive standout. Two different engines were the […]
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Chevrolet Impala

Chevroelt Impala Slotted between Bel Air and Caprice, the Impala was the middle of the line fullsize Chevy in 1973. Several body styles were offered. First was a 2-door hardtop called Sport Coupe. Second was a 2-door post called Custom Coupe, though it was actually more of a hardtop with a larger combined B/C-pillars. Third […]
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