Back then . . . .’82 Mercury LN7

Back then . . . .’82 Mercury LN7

1982 Mercury LN7 sport coupe. (Bud Wells photo/1982)(Thirty-five years ago, I wrote this automotive review of the 1982 Mercury LN7 sport coupe for The Denver Post. It was borrowed by Kumpf Lincoln-Mercury, 5000 S. Broadway, for testing. Excerpts:) A rear…

Back then . . . . .1981 Ford Bronco

Back then . . . . .1981 Ford Bronco

Thirty-five years ago this summer, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1981 Ford Bronco sport utility vehicle. Excerpts: Unusually high gas-mileage figures being associated with the 1981 Ford Bronco may just be true. A 6-cylinder-powered Bronco with 4-speed overdrive…

Back then . . . . ’91 Jeep Cherokee

Back then . . . . ’91 Jeep Cherokee

Twenty-five years ago, during an odyssey from my career in Denver newspapering, I reviewed the 1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo four-door for the Pueblo Chieftain. Excerpts: Fifty years ago, the Willys-Overland car company of Toledo, Ohio, delivered two boxy little four-wheel-drive…

Back then . . . ’81 Honda Civic

Back then . . . ’81 Honda Civic

Thirty-five years ago, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1981 Honda Civic. Excerpts: It’s no surprise the little Civic is still the bread-and-butter car of the Honda lineup. It is an excellent vehicle for getting about the city –…

Back Then. . . .1981 Chevy Monte Carlo

Back Then. . . .1981 Chevy Monte Carlo

Thirty-five years ago, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1981Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Excerpts: How do you continue improvements on a car as perennially popular as the Monte Carlo? For 1981, Chevrolet has raised the rear deck lid which improves…

Back then. . . .1980 Marathon electric

Back then. . . .1980 Marathon electric

Thirty-five years ago this week, in May 1980, I reviewed in The Denver Post the ’80 Marathon electric automobile. Excerpts: Choosing between the use of 3rd or 4th gears – a tradeoff between range or speed – is one of…

Back Then. . .1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

Back Then. . .1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

Thirty-five years ago this week, I reviewed in the Denver Post the 1980 Plymouth Gran Fury Salon four-door sedan. Excerpts: The long popular Plymouth nameplate, which has been surprisingly short in model variety for several years, has been expanded this…

Back then . . .’80 Ford T-Bird

Back then . . .’80 Ford T-Bird

Thirty-five years ago this week, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 25th anniversary 1980 Ford Thunderbird and the original ’55 model. Excerpts: The stylish new 1980 Ford Thunderbird marks 25 years since introduction of one of the most prestigious…

Back then . . . MacArthur’s ’42 Packard

Back then . . . MacArthur’s ’42 Packard

Following are excerpts of a column, featuring a 1942 Packard of the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in The Denver Post in early November 1979, 35 years ago (I was automotive editor in the Post’s business news department at the time):…

Back then . . . ‘80 Oldsmobile Omega Coupe

Back then . . . ‘80 Oldsmobile Omega Coupe

Thirty-five years ago this month, when the movement to front-wheel-drive cars was beginning to really roll in Colorado, I reviewed in Denver the 1980 Oldsmobile Omega Brougham Coupe. Here are some excerpts from that column: Oldsmobile, builder of the longtime…