“Looks like a Chrysler” my friend said when I showed him this picture of a 1987 Renault Alliance. I said to him, “yea, it does kind of look like a K platform car”. We’re not totally wrong in thinking this. The Alliance was manufactured and marketed in North America by American Motors Corporation (AMC) – the same company that was contributing to Jeeps development in the 1970’s and 1980’s. AMC has a long and interesting history that started out in the 1950’s – they produced their own vehicles but always had their hands in partnerships and developments during their existence. During a decade of their existence, from the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s, Renault and AMC were intertwined. In a strange string of events, shareholder ownership of AMC was changing hands from Renault to Chrysler at the same time that this 1987 Renault Alliance was hitting the market. Coincidence!>?!>!?!?
Anyway, enjoy some pics of this sweet 1987 Renault Alliance Convertible and don’t forget to check out some other Renault and AMC car’s we’ve spotted:
1978 Renault LeCar
1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Today we have on display, a Alfa Romeo GTV6 that was spotted in LA. This beautiful Alfa looks to be in exceptional condition, sporting some aftermarket rims and a brilliant red paint. The GTV6 sounds great and has great handling for it’s period. And you cannot mistake it’s uniquely Alfa Romeo styling. This car checks a lot of boxes for enthusiasts looking for a somewhat rare, desirable and fun-to-drive car. Enjoy.
Check out some other Alfa’s we’ve spotted:
1x Volvo P1800 & 2x Alfa Romeo’s
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate
Spotted – Alfa Romeo 4C
The Ferrari 348. As some people call it, the black sheep of Ferrari. A lot of critics and Ferrari fanatics were not fond of the car, saying it was slow and uncontrollable at the limit. What really hurt Ferrari when they produced this car, is that Ferrari was going up against a new breed of Japanese sports car – The Honda NSX. During this time period, the Japanese economy was booming and Japanese Automakers were feverishly engineering and introducing new cars to the market. The NSX was a precisely engineered Mid Engine car (like the 348) that produced similar performance figures (and better gas mileage) from it’s V6 engine. The Ferrari 348, many say, was archaic in comparison and felt downright dull.
Even so, we look at one parked on the street and can’t help but pick our jaws up from the ground. In my opinion, the black sheep Ferrari still holds some appeal. It has superb styling and exudes a wonderful sound from the Tipo V8 under the (rear) hood. This one is in great condition and sports nicely fitted aftermarket rims. The TS in the name represents that this model is the Transversale Spider, or basically a targa top. Enjoy the pics.
**Edit – Attached the pics!
You guessed it – the end of the month and it’s time for a hodgepodge of vehicles that didn’t quite make the cut for a full post. This hodgepodge has some old school flair, an early 90’s Alfa Romeo Spider and a pink Lincoln! Enjoy the pics.
Hello all. Take a gander at this posh example of luxury and power from the mid 1990’s. Did you know that the Bentley Continental R such as this model is the first Bentley to feature a body not shared with a Rolls-Royce model since the S3 Continental of 1965.
This Bentley houses a 6.75 L turbocharged V8 under the hood, with an estimated 360hp and 500 lb-ft of torque! But this model was more than just a horsepower sled, it was about fine wood grain, fancy leather and opulence. Imagine what kind of power a 6.75L turbocharged V8 could produce with today’s engine technology. Enjoy the pics!
Welllll here is a street legal go cart if I’ve ever seen one. I would like to see a NA Miata and this car side by side for a size comparison. I’m always inspired to see an old Italian car like the Fiat or Alfa Romeo’s parked on the street.
The X 1/9 is one of my favorite Fiat vehicles and I think they are a bit underrated. Granted, they did have a parsley horsepower and torque rating but the design aesthetic and MR setup make for a perfect recipe. I have heard of people swapping in the venerable K20 Honda motor to give this thing some pep – would love to drive one. Enjoy
And don’t forget to check out some other Fiat’s we’ve spotted:
1981 Fiat 2000 Spider
1976 Fiat 124 Spider
Well this was quite the spotting… A Volvo P1800, a Alfa Romeo Milano Verde V6 and an Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 Iniezione. I am under the impression that these are owned by the employees or business owners of the automotive shops here in Silverlake, near Hyperion Ave. Bask in this Swedish and French street parked invasion.
And check out some previous Alfa’s and Volvo’s we’ve spotted:
1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate
For this month’s hodgepodge, I’ll post pictures from a recent charity car show I attended. I brought out the Canon T3i and a prime 50mm lens with me. In doing so, I was not able to capture a lot of full car pictures. Instead, I focused my attention on the details.
Enjoy a 50mm Crop-frame sensor perspective of some classic cars.
Spotted a Fiat 2000 Spider on a rainy LA day. Granted, if you live in LA, you’re saying to yourself – “it hasn’t rained in about 2 months here”. You are right. I found these photos while digging around my files and thought the Fiat 2000 deserved a spot in LACS history. This one appears to be in fair condition and is equipped with an automatic transmission. Enjoy and check out some other Fiat’s we’ve spotted:
1976 Fiat 124 Spider
Here we go, back to the old, somewhat unique, if not mundane cars we’re used to seeing. I am setting a goal this year to photograph a variety of cars that range from classic, vintage vehicles and trucks to modern exotics and just plain cool cars.
Today we have a 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate. Don’t let the turbo emblem fool you, these vehicles were not adrenaline pumping performance machines… no the turbocharger just helped you haul more of your junk up a hill quicker. This example is extremely clean and a perfect time capsule for 80’s automobile finesse. If I owned this car – I would get those plastic trim pieces refreshed and bring back their luster. Enjoy/
So much chrome trim! My camera phone cannot even handle it. It does make for some pretty awesome lens flares in the pictures though. This shining example of a Mercedes-Benz sedan is a 1978-ish 240D Diesel sedan – AKA the indestructible Benz. This one is in great shape on the exterior and absolutely beams in the sun on a cool winter day. Enjoy!
And of course, check out previous Diesel MB’s we’ve spotted.
1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon (W123)
1982 Mercedes-Benz 300D Sedan