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Guess the Vehicles: 1979

Guess the Vehicles: 1979

This picture is not from the classic American car era. American cars were a far cry from the golden era of the early to mid 60s. Mainly they were pathetic. There I am, holding our little beagle mix dog,next to my first rent-a-car. She lived until 1987,bless her heart.We got her in 1972,as a puppy.

I was in my early 20s and had sufficient credit to rent this car. It was a thrill to take my younger brother up with me;the big shot who had a great car! Or so he thought. Somewhere along the way,we lost a hubcap. As I recall,the car was big,floaty,and ate gas like a hungry dog. The yellow truck nearby belonged to my folks...who knows what this was? It was quite a long lived vehicle,which served our family well.Basic transportation.

The picture is in Southern Utah,at my family's cabin. The silver object in the background is the water tank that enabled us to wash dishes and bathe.We don't see the cabin,but it is there,in the forests near Cedar City,Utah. My Dad worked his ass off to build this cabin,with professional and family help. 25 or so years later,old age set in and my parents sold it for a nice price. View full size.

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Some comments unrelated to the vehicles

1. Those striped rugby shirts were all the rage in '79. Mine had green and blue stripes.
2. Denim cutoffs are back in style.
3. It always makes me happy to hear about a dog who lived a good long life.
Okay, you can go back to Car Talk now.

Mercury and Toyota

Davidk was close. The car is a Cougar, alright, and manufactured by Ford Motor Co., but under the Mercury nameplate. Its Ford twin was the T-Bird.

The truck appears to be a Toyota, not a Chevy/Isuzu. The little center cap on the wheel sports the Toyota "T" of that era.



I think the mustard yellow jobber is a Toyota.


I believe the truck is a Chevy Luv, made by Isuzu.
You're right about those old full size cars of the 70s. They were all big, floaty and sucked gas down lie they were working for OPEC.

As for the pickup truck

My guess would be a Datsun (the forerunner to the Nissan).

Ford Cougar

My guess for the blue pig.

P.S. to Mvsman: I agree with Dave on the need for spaces after commas. You're not a texting teen.

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