Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

(Excerpts from a review of the 10th Anniversary Mazda Miata, April 17, 1999, by Bud Wells) The Palace Arms’ rack of lamb was luscious and a dozen fellow automotive writers lent conviviality to the evening. The highlight for me, though,…

Back then. . . . .1979 Ford Courier

Back then. . . . .1979 Ford Courier

(My first review of a pickup was 40 years ago, the mini-built Ford Courier, which appeared in The Denver Post on April 7, 1979. The Courier was provided by the Denver regional office of Ford Motor Co. Following are excerpts:)…

Back then. . . . .1979 Fiat Strada

Back then. . . . .1979 Fiat Strada

(Forty years ago this month, in January 1979, I reviewed in The Denver Post the Fiat Strada, a new front-wheel-drive model from Italy. Following are excerpts:) Fiat’s hopes for a strong comeback against a sharp slide in U.S. sales ride…

Back then. . . . .’79 Plymouth Arrow pickup

Back then. . . . .’79 Plymouth Arrow pickup

The 1979 Plymouth Arrow and its look-alike Dodge D-50 are the newest of the hot-selling mini-pickups, built in Japan and imported by manufacturers in the U.S. A test of the Arrow Sport pickup showed it to be strong in economy…

Back then . . . . .1978 Buick LeSabre

Back then . . . . .1978 Buick LeSabre

(Forty years ago, in 1978, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1978 Buick LeSabre four-door sedan. Following are excerpts:) You can still buy a big car with a big trunk and air conditioning for about $7,000. The car is…

Back then . . . . . 1980 VW Jetta

Back then . . . . . 1980 VW Jetta

The original VW Jetta in Colorado in 1980.(The following column, by Bud Wells, appeared in The Denver Post on Saturday, June 28, 1980. It was the introduction of the Jetta to the Volkswagen lineup. At that time, only Toyota outsold…

Reviewer’s one week in Lotus’ 70 years

Reviewer’s one week in Lotus’ 70 years

Lotus this month (July 2018) celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. Most of us recognize the Lotus marque, one of the most iconic in the world of sports cars and racing. Few,…

Back then . . .V-8, floor shift add to Pacer fun

Back then . . .V-8, floor shift add to Pacer fun

Forty years ago this winter, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1978 AMC Pacer D/L Wagon two-door, provided by George Dupont of the American Motors Denver Zone Office. Excerpts follow: The V-8 engine is new to the Pacer wagon…

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…