"He who seeks beauty will find it."

1976 Chevrolet El Camino (Park Slope)

The recently restored Prospect Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Sixth Avenue at 9th Street is a fine example of classical vocabulary applied to the needs of the early 20th Century.

The designers of the El Camino parked in front of the library applied classical know-how too, in a way. The bulbous half car, half truck is not unlike the Centaur of classical mythology, and nearly as frightening a spectacle. 

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1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

GOWANUS — Trick or treat! The Camaro is so cheesy it is a little scary, so why not make this the first ever to appear on the Automobilist

The best thing about this symbol of high school parking lot cool may be its immortalization in the Dead Milkmen ditty “Bitchin’ Camaro”.

Happy Halloween, folks.

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1982 Chevrolet S-10 Durango.

Carroll Gardens.

The S-10 was a dramatic improvement over the rebadged Isuzu GM had been selling stateside as the LUV. Seen here in a first generation example, with its squared-off lines beloved by the Automobilist. The owner of this one has taken care to select a red cap to match the red pinstriping.

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1981 Chevrolet Malibu Landau.

East Williamsburg.

For America’s two hundred forty-seventh birthday we bring you some honest-to-goodness, red, white, and blue American metal, beginning with this red(ish) ‘81 Malibu complete with vinyl “landau” top, and oversized bumper guards. God Bless America indeed!

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1982 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Williamsburg.

People don’t fuss over subcompacts like they do supercars and halo models, but they should. It is the volume sellers that pay the bills, and that most of them will drive.

So it is easy to laugh at the Cavalier (and its J-body cousins the Pontiac Sunbird, Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skyhawk, and Cadillac Cimarron; in the case of the Cimarron, the laughter is difficult to stifle). After all, at the front of the ‘82 and ‘83 models is a face only a child of the nineteen-eighties could love. However, the four-door sedans and wagons would remain largely as seen here through the 1994 model year. In that light the humble Cavalier comes out looking rather good.

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1978 Chevrolet Malibu Classic.

Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park.

Jumping ahead from the roaring twenties to the malaise-era of the late 1970’s with this pristine Malibu Classic coupe, and its solid, stately lines. The design is probably as much a rejection of the curvaceous forms that characterized most early and mid-seventies auto design, as it was a product of a society that had lost faith in so many institutions - government and automakers alike. Recall President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “Malaise Speech” in which he sought to reassure a country which he said was suffering a “crisis of confidence”. Even the model name, Malibu Classic, rendered as it was on the rear fenders, in an elegant cursive, seemed calculated to evoke a time in the past when things were better, as if to reassure buyers that this was a vehicle they could rely on.

Funnily enough, as a child, your correspondent was frequently conducted to and fro in Malibu sedans - a ‘78, and later an ‘80, both spartan company cars (sans wire wheels) - supplied by his father’s benevolent employer. Consequently, the steering wheel and the banal dash with its idiot lights, sliding climate control switches, radio knobs and clunky buttons, are all as familiar to him as the exterior lines of this workaday sedan. It is nice to see one in such immaculate condition, with the original paint to boot.

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