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The Carchive: Oldsmobile in 1985


We’re enjoying a heatwave right now in the UK. After the excitement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, followed closely by the sheer overwhelmingness of an encounter with a still-active Ford Granada Estate, what better than to sit back and relax in a shady spot with a long, cool, refreshing brochure?

The Carchive has been closed for maintenance for the last couple of weeks, but now the hard hats and reflective jackets have finally been packed away and I can gain access once again. First off the shelf this time was a Brochure for the Oldsmobile line-up of 1985.

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The Carchive: The Skoda 1000MB.


Libraries are great. Histories and cultures, collected and catalogued for the benefit of mankind. But all too often they have altogether insufficient car content. That’s where The Carchive comes in.

I’ve still got Eastern Europe in my mind after my little trip to Slovakia, so let’s finish the week off with a look at a socialist relic from before that country was divorced from the Czech Republic. It’s the Skoda 1000MB.

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The Carchive: Z20 series Toyota Soarer


Apropos of absolutely nothing whatsoever, I fancied a look at something a little out of the ordinary from the Orient. I have a particular fascination with certain forbidden fruits enjoyed by the Japanese in their domestic market and after a little rummaging I soon uncovered this document from 1986. It’s one of my favourites. The Z20 Toyota Soarer.


Yep, that’s what they say. They’re right, too.

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The Carchive: The 1992 Dodge Collection


It’s time once again to dive head first into the automotive kitchen dustbin of the past, rummage through the vegetable peelings of time and uncover another lost mouldy potato of history. Welcome back to The Carchive

Last time we pondered on the almost unimaginable grandeur and luxury enjoyed by the owner of a Vanden-Plas 1500. Today we head forward in time to only twenty-three years ago to have a look at what Dodge could offer us in 1992.

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The Carchive: 1960 Volkswagen Trucks Lineup


Yeah, I’m not Chris, and it’s not a brochure for some obscure thing that can’t be purchased here in the 50 States, but I thought you might be interested in seeing my most recent eBay score regardless. I’m a bit nutty for all things oddball and aircooled, so when this came up on my computer screen, I just had to put in a bid for it. It’s stuff like this occasionally popping up that makes me bookmark the AACA Museum’s eBay store.

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The Carchive: The Vanden Plas 1500


It’s high time we busted out our cagoules and oilskins, left the warmth and cosiness of today‚Äôs automotive scene, and exposed ourself to the stormy doldrums of motoring past.

Welcome back to The Carchive.

On our last visit we admired the marvellous if short lived Caterham 21, and we saw that it was good. Today we gasp in awe at the equally British Vanden Plas 1500, and can see that it’s, well, An Allegro.

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The Carchive Special Edition: Ferrari 456M


While I usually mine The Carchive for the old, the unusual or the downright inexcusable, because today is my birthday I’m going for a completely self-indulgent choice, just like I did this time last year with the Maserati Quattroporte Evoluzione.

The Ferrari 456 is miles off the Hooniverse radar, really. In terms of significance to the marque the 456 is unlikely to go down in history as an outright classic, it was never a track-day superhero nor was it an in-your-face stylistic exhibitionist like the Testarossa or the Berlinetta Boxer.

Despite this, and in some ways, the 456 is my second favourite car in history. Take the jump if you’re interested in why.

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The Carchive: The Caterham 21


It’s time once more to don our protective gauntlets, attach our safety harnesses and descend into the hazardous void that contains all that automotive literature that time forgot. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last visit saw us drinking in the sheer value of the 1982 Skoda line. Today we’re paying scant regard to practicality and turning the dial on the fun-o-meter up a few notches, with a look at the Caterham 21.

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The Carchive: The ’82 Skoda Range


Today we sit at the cutting edge of motoring, but getting here has been an arduous journey. There have been many diversions, pitfalls and breakdowns on the way, and quite a few wrong turns. There were stretches of the trip which will be fondly remembered, and periods which will be spoken of only in hushed tones. Join me now as we revisit another footnote in the long story of Car. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last week we were gasping at disbelief at how the ’98 Buick Riviera was marketed squarely at the grey dollar. Today we head back sixteen years to look at Skoda’s improved range for ’82, which held a very different appeal.

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The Carchive: The ’98 Buick Riviera


Once every week we put on our HazMat clothing and venture through the airlock into history’s desolate wasteland. Here lie scattered the decaying remains of cars gone by, recorded for posterity by printed media issued by the dealerships of the day. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last week was far more whimsical than this because we were gawping at the spectacular 1967 Ford Thunderbird. This time around we fast forward twenty years to have a look at GM’s vision of Personal Luxury as the millennium reeled closer. It’s the last of the Buick Rivieras.

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