Junkyard Gem: 1979 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon

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Junkyard Gem: 1977 Dodge Colt Mileage Maker Coupe

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Junkyard Gem: 1977 Ford Mustang II Ghia Hardtop

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Junkyard Gem: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham Coupe

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Junkyard Gem: 1978 Datsun B210

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Yacht Rocking the Podcast | Autoblog Podcast #500

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On this episode, we interview the hosts of Beyond Yacht Rock to talk smooth music and smooth cars. Plus some car buying advice.

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Question of the Day: Worst year of the Malaise Era?

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Giant, hideous crash bumpers, engines that made 25 horsepower per liter, and velour. Lots of velour. 1973 through 1983, which year was the Malaise nadir?

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Malaise Era Junkyard Gem: 1979 Buick Electra Limited

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The full-sized GM sedan shrank a bit in the late 1970s, but it remained a stately box with lots of velour inside and vinyl outside.

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Malaise Era Junkyard Gem: 1979 Buick LeSabre Limited

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The full-sized GM sedan shrank a bit in the late 1970s, but it remained a stately box with lots of velour inside and vinyl outside.

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Malaise Era Busters

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1987 Buick Grand National

It was morning on Woodward Avenue again.

Like the first post-9/11 Saturday Night Live in which Lorne Michaels famously asked New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani if it was it OK to be funny again, at some point in the early 1980s, car manufacturers asked the question "Is it OK to be fast again?" The memory of the second energy crisis was receding, the dreaded "double nickel" (the national 55 mph speed limit) was on its last legs, and idiotic 85-mph speedometers went away. It didn't hurt that the wonders of electronic fuel injection and oxygen sensors helped horsepower and clean tail pipes coexist. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, it was morning on Woodward Avenue again. Here are some of the cars that drove a stake through the heart of the Malaise Era:

1984 Buick Grand National (above)

At first glance, the Regal seemed like an unlikely platform for the second coming of Buick muscle. It was a bit upright compared to the fastback Skylark of the early 1970s, but it was relatively light, and in all-black trim it looked suitably menacing. One of the first American performance cars since the start of the Malaise Era (other than the Corvette) to break the 200-net-horsepower barrier, the Buick did it with a turbo V6 rather than traditional V8 power. It mattered little. Performance out of the box was excellent and the car took to modifications quite with over 400 hp possible before things started grenading.


Rob Sass is the Publisher of Hagerty Classic Cars magazine. He is a regular contributor to the automotive section of the New York Times and is the author of "Ran When Parked, Advice and Adventures from the Affordable Underbelly of Car Collecting."



Check out our other Malaise Era features:
Happy 40th to the Malaise Era
Malaise Era All-Stars

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