In the first mini tour we saw a classic Cadillac, a Mercedes diesel, a fat Datsun, a Dodge trucklet and an elderly Acura. This time around we’ve got another random grab bag of vehicles. Highlights include a time capsule Ford, a Canadian cheapskate special, some blatant badge engineering, and a foxy German.
Again we will start at the complete vehicles for sale as you enter the yard. The only other interesting car besides the Mercedes was this 1978 Ford Mustang II. A 302cid V8 car with an automatic transmission probably isn’t a bad start for a Mustang II restoration. The tires have good tread, the interior isn’t too awful and it doesn’t appear to be an obvious rust bucket. The black paint had been cheaply re-done in the past suggesting it had been someone’s beater before being scrapped. If that was the case, I’d suspect there would a be some minor mechanical malady to sort out as well as a significant amount of deferred maintenance to catch up on.
A first generation Ford Escort with the seamed beam headlights is a rare sight these days. We know this one isn’t a first year model since it has (or more accurately had) a blue oval badge in the grill. The station wagon body doesn’t look rusty but has a well worn, used up look to it.
The revised interior pegs this car as either a 1984 or early 1985 model. I neglected to check the VIN to verify. A manual transmission would make the most of the modest output from the CVH four cylinder engine.
Looks like someone stuffed this little Escort full of extra scrap before calling the wrecker. One last use for the practical wagon body style.
Still in the Ford section, but this time a little older, we have a time capsule condition 1976 Ford Granada. This sort of car would have been a common sight twenty years ago. It looks totally complete from the outside with even the missing hubcap lying on the ground. I wonder if this was an older person’s last car that their estate decided to scrap rather than revive.
Unusually, it was even fairly clean inside. The wood grain on the dashboard and the Ghia badge mark this one as a higher trim level. The mechanical clock gives the passenger something nice to look at, and nothing says late seventies luxury like red velour.
There is a V8 underneath that mess somewhere. Either a 302cid or 351cid hooked to a three speed automatic transmission. The grill came from a nearby Ford Focus.
Around back we finally see some rust but just a spec of it in the rear wheel arch.
Leaving the Fords, we come to the import section where we’ll take a closer look at the Jaguar featured in the lead photo. The year was not labelled but it is a later model than Keith’s XJ6. The interior still looks inviting even in its partially stripped state.
The inline six still resides in the big cat’s engine bay but oddly enough, all the caps and dipsticks have been removed. Perhaps the yard staff neglected to re-fit them after draining the various fluids.
The rear view shows the beginnings of some nasty rust as well as a decent sized dent.
The Volkswagen Fox has never developed the same following as other 1980s Volkswagens for some reason. I always liked them, especially the funky three door wagon. My father test drove one of these back in early 1989 but instead settled on a leftover 1988 Ford Tempo. He was afraid of the high cost of replacement parts on imported vehicles and, combined with the Tempo’s lower price, it was enough to swing him over to the Blue Oval.
The interior has held up rather well on this Fox. It wouldn’t take much more than a quick shampoo of the seats and replacement of that dangling switch to look close to new again.
Longitudinal placement of the engine leads to this unconventional radiator positioning. The engine itself is a 80hp 1.8L four cylinder fitted with Bosch CIS-E fuel injection. These were quite basic cars even by late 1980s standards with the base transmission still being a four speed manual and power steering unavailable even as an option. A five speed manual was optional but perhaps because of its Brazilian roots, there wasn’t an automatic available.
The open rear trunk shows how faded the red paint is.
Here is another interesting Canadian market quirk, a 1992 Eagle 2000 GTX. It was sold as the Mitsubishi Galant in the US, but with Canada lacking Mitsubishi dealers until the early 2000s, it was sold under the Eagle catch-all banner.
The interior on this GTX was in like-new condition and even features three pedals and a five speed manual transmission. The turbo charged engines were unavailable in Canada, so engine options were limited to either a 105hp SOHC 2.0L four or 135hp DOHC 2.0L four cylinder.
This GTX sports some rather nice looking aftermarket alloy wheels but true to the junkyarding 101 rules, there were only tree of them.
Shall we end with another Canadian market variation? This 1986 Plymouth Caravelle is based off the Dodge Diplomat. The yard has it labelled as a Plymouth Fury which is somewhat understandable as they went by this name in the US market. This was a previously clean looking car whose life was obviously ended by some major front end damage.
Most of these Caravelles had a very basic equipment level. They were intended as a cheap way for frugal Canadian consumers to have a traditional, rear wheel drive car.
These were most popular with an older demographic as well as with small town taxi drivers, so there are still roadworthy examples to be found.
Just a few cars down was another Caravelle but this time without any obvious cause for scrapping.
But wait! We can’t end this tour without anything for the die hard GM fan, so how about this twenty seven year old Chevrolet Nova? Alright, I’ll admit, it is a few badges away from a Corolla, so this beauty probably should have ended up in the import section.
Again, an interior in dusty but otherwise reasonable condition.
The hatch shows off an awkward design with too much metal between the tail lights and the bottom of the rear window glass.
Here is a real Chevrolet, a 1984 Chevrolet Citation, just the thing to get a Chevy fan’s pulse up. This hatchback looks a little rough at the front but is otherwise not too bad for a thirty year old car.
Rather dusty inside which probably means this car sat for a while before making its way into the yard.
And with this hatchback salute, we end the tour.