Ford Mustang II Mach 1 hatchback : 1975

1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1 hatchback

The 1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1 hatchback, with it’s (code 2B) bright Red and racy styling said “driving fun starts here”. Ford promoted its 2.8 liter V6 as “authoritative”, and had a 4-speed manual to back it up.

1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1 hatchback

Ford Laser : 1996

1996 Ford Laser

The 1996 Ford Laser hatchback was sold in much of Asia in the late nineties. We didn’t get this in North America because they think we won’t buy hatchback cars. We got the Escort ZX2 instead because it had a trunk.

(text and image source: John Lloyd)

 

1996 Ford Laser

Pontiac Sunbird S/E Turbo Hatchback : 1985

1985 Pontiac Sunbird S/E Turbo Hatchback

1985 Pontiac Sunbird S/E Turbo Hatchback had an improved hydraulic clutch and a standard 1.8 liter overhead cam turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivered 150 horsepower at 5600 RPM. The WS6 Performance Handling Package included front and rear springs and shocks, power steering,14″ hi-tech cast aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle GT radials.

1985 Pontiac Sunbird S/E Turbo Hatchback

Austin A40 : 1958

1958 Austin A40

The Austin A40 Farina was a compact car introduced by the British Motor Corporation in 1958. It was designed by Pininfarina of Italy. The A40 designation had been used on previous Austins, but the “Farina” suffix was new with this car; it was later applied to larger Austins which were also styled by Pininfarina.

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1958 Austin A40

1958 Austin A40 interior

 

Chevrolet Nova Hatchback : 1974

1974 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback

The 1974 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback (pictured here in front of a 1962 Chevy II Nova Sedan) boasted a new and improved hydraulic bumper system with the economy of a six-cylinder engine.

1974 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback

1974 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback

1974 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback

 

AMC Hornet Hatchback : 1973

1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback

When introduced, Car & Driver magazine called the 1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback “The Styling Coup of’73”, which has 23 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seat folded down. It even had an optional Levi’s interior, with copper buttons, orange stitching and a Levi’s tab (similar to this 1976 Levi Denim interior optioned Gremlin). Also included was the 12-month American Motors Buyer Protection Plan.

1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback

1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback

1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback

1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback

 

Holden Torana LX SS Hatchback : 1976

1976 Holden Torana LX SS Hatchback

1976 Holden Torana LX SS Hatchback was first released in 1976 and was a facelift of the LH sedan. A 3300 Six was standard, but had the option of a 4.2 liter V8.  The new hatchback came as an SL and an SS, and had the front spoiler from the SL/R 5000. Everything about the Torana can be seen here.

1976 Holden Torana LX SS Hatchback

Honda Civic : 1978

1978 Honda Civic

Honda has been making automobiles since 1962 and designed the Civic in response to the pollution and fast rising costs of operating a car. The 1978 Honda Civic’s CVCC engine cuts exhaust emission levels at the source – in the cylinder and more efficiently burns fuels to boost economy. It was the first car to pass strict 1975 U.S. exhaust emission standards by a wide margin.

1978 Honda Civic

Chrysler LC Lancer : 1977

1977 Chrysler LC Lancer

When the 1977 Chrysler LC Lancer was introduced was not only promoted as the car of the week, but it was suggested that it set new standards, even for Japan. Seems a little silly.

1977 Chrysler LC Lancer

Pontiac J2000 Hatchback : 1982

1982 Pontiac J2000 Hatchback

The 1982 Pontiac J2000 Hatchback had room for five and came with a 1.8 liter fuel injected overhead cam 4-cylinder engine with a free-flow exhaust system. It had contoured bucket seats, front wheel drive, MacPherson strut front suspension, rack and pinion steering and power front disc brakes.

1982 Pontiac J2000 Hatchback

Kia Rio 5 : 2012

2012 Kia Rio 5

It’s not too often I speak highly of Kia, but their recent shift in product improvements (across the board) has impressed me so greatly that I felt compelled to comend them, particularly on the 2012 Kia Rio 5 hatchback.

2012 Kia Rio 5

 

2012 Kia Rio 5

Autobianchi : 1968

1968 Autobianchi

The 1968 Autobianchi was technically called a wagon, but it is quite small, certainly by today’s standards. It really is just a three door hatchback.

1968 Autobianchi

 

1968 Autobianchi

Hyundai Excel : 1984

1984 Hyundai Excel

The 1984 Hyundai Excel 3-door hatchback’s MSRP was just $4995 with room for 5. At the time, it had more standard features than any other car in its class, like an electric rear-window defroster, wall-to-wall carpeting and full size Goodyear steel-belted spare tire. Under the hood was a 1.5 liter overhead-cam engine and front wheel drive. It even came with the “Cross Country Motor Club” membership for road side assistance.

1984 Hyundai Excel

Nissan 270X : 1970

1970 Nissan 270X

The 1970 Nissan 270X concept was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. (source: Glen H.)

1970 Nissan 270X

Mazda MX-81 : 1981

1981 Mazda MX-81

The 1981 MX-81 was a Bertone styled show car for Mazda in the early 1980s. (image source: Glen H.)

1981 Mazda MX-81