Endangered species: Austin Metro Vanden Plas
1980s / 1990s / Austin / British / Endangered species

Endangered species: Austin Metro Vanden Plas

A look at Howmanyleft.co.uk reveals that only 43 examples of the Metro Vanden Plas are currently registered in the United Kingdom. Continue reading

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Endangered species: Matra-Simca Rancho
1970s / 1980s / Endangered species / French / Matra / Simca / Talbot

Endangered species: Matra-Simca Rancho

There is a traditional recipe in France called “pain perdu,” a name that literally translates to “lost bread.”  In the old days, it helped families cook a last-minute meal by putting together common ingredients such as sugar, eggs, milk and generally stale bread.  The result is a slightly more elaborate version of toast. Continue reading

Endangered species: Alfa Romeo 33 SportWagon
1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / Endangered species / Italian

Endangered species: Alfa Romeo 33 SportWagon

Half station wagon and half shooting brake, Alfa’s three-door Alfasud Giardinetta had few direct competitors during most of its career. When the ‘Sud was replaced by the 33 in 1983, the new car market had evolved considerably and the Milan-based automaker had to make its entry-level wagon more mainstream in order to take on new … Continue reading

Endangered species: Nissan Datsun Sunny (B11)
1980s / Datsun / Endangered species / Japanese / Nissan

Endangered species: Nissan Datsun Sunny (B11)

The Nissan Datsun Sunny (called B11 internally) hails from a time when uncertainty reigned over most Japanese automakers.  After establishing a secure foothold in several markets throughout Asia, major players like Toyota, Honda and Nissan embarked on quest to get a sizable slice of the European and North American markets.  With few exceptions, these automakers took … Continue reading