Street Scenes VIII: Old Style, In More Ways Than One

9940 N. 2nd Street Machesney Park IL, 4/18/88

Time for another visit to the 1980s and 1990s, when vast herds of Big Three Broughams rolled across the plains, and there were more cars than trucks. 4x4s were for forest rangers, although new compact versions like the 1983 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and 1984 Cherokee were already gaining ground. And crossovers? What are those?

214-16 1st Avenue, Sterling IL, 1/24/86

Here’s a fine herd of American iron. Cars really looked different between makes back then, before all the auto designers graduated from the Used Bar of Soap Design School. I miss right angles and creases on cars.

1200 S. 5th, Canton IL, 8/4/96

You know this is an older photo when you see a rust free S10 of this vintage. They may have been fairly solid out on the West Coast, but here in Rock Salt Land, they dissolved rapidly. And I love that 1985 or 1986 Parisienne off to the left. Is it a Brougham? I believe it is, as it appears to have the coach lamp on the C-pillar.

15 East Side Square, Macomb IL, 6/12/87

Here’s a couple of rare cars. The AMC Concord is a 1980 or later model, as it is sporting the wraparound taillights and opera window in the C-pillar that were added that year. The ’86 Dodge 600 convertible next to it was a one year only model, as it sported updated “aero” front and rear fascias that year. In 1987 the 600 convertible was no more.

428 S. Main, Princeton IL, 2/14/86

Let’s end this week’s session with that darling of the Midwest of 25-30 years ago, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. This one is a pretty rare version, as it is a 1984 Hurst/Olds version, one of 3500 built. The odds are pretty good that this car is still with us today, unlike many of the other cars in these photos. The Salt Monster got a lot of ’em.

See you next time!