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…

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

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…