Posts Tagged ‘hatch’

Muscle Bunny – 1979 VW Rabbit

November 4, 2016

The VW Rabbit was a significant car, both for VW and for the industry. While it wasn’t a groundbreaking car – others lead the charge in the market, like the Autobianchi Primula or the Mini – it did throw more momentum behind the front-wheel-drive compact hatch market than ever before. And at this point, most major manufacturers, including some like Mercedes, from whom you’d never have expected it, all have a compact hatch in their lineup. They also put momentum into the hot hatch field. So let’s take a look back at a neat interpretation of this influential car, this 1979 VW Rabbit for sale for $3400 in Oregon City, OR.

1979-vw-rabbit-right-front

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McDonough, Georgia, Part 2 – 1989 Suzuki Swift GTi

May 21, 2016

The Suzuki Cultus came in a number of humdrum variations that did a couple of things well – be cheap, and save gas. Somehow, their absolute bottom-end-ness makes them not quite as boring as a slightly larger bland-box – perhaps it’s because you really need to work to keep things on the move. But if you’re a fan of obscure versions of common appliances, you’ll know we’re not looking for one of those – it has to be either a Chevrolet Sprint Turbo or this 1989 Suzuki Swift GTi, for sale for $2100 in McDonough, GA.

1989 Suzuki Swift GTi left front

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McDonough, Georgia, Part 1 – 1978 Ford Fiesta

May 20, 2016

Unless you live around Atlanta, you probably couldn’t be expected to know where McDonough is. But apparently it’s some kind of cheap-odd-compact-hatch epicenter, as we’ll see today and tomorrow, though not due to any obvious reason like, say, close proximity to Road Atlanta or downtown Atlanta. And while Ford’s Fiesta was not really odd, especially in a European context, it was unusual in the United States, both for its short visit to the North American market and its fun-to-drive approach to being an inexpensive car. The folded paper design also owes a lot to VW’s Rabbit, though the Rabbit was a more substantial car. If you have sporting intentions, though, that works in the Fiesta’s favor. Check out this 1978 Ford Fiesta for sale for $2000 in McDonough, GA.

1978 Ford Fiesta right front

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