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1995 Bentley Continental R

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!

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1977 Fiat X 1/9

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

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1x Volvo P1800 & 2x Alfa Romeo’s

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

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End of Month Hodgepodge (June)

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.

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1981 Fiat 2000 Spider

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

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1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon

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/

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1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel Sedan

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

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End of Year Hodgepodge – 2017 Finale

Well that’s a wrap to the 2017 car spotting year. It’s been a fun year and we have spotted tons of cool cars and trucks.

This is the hodgepodge of all hodgepodges.  Thanks for following along and I’ll see you in 2018 for another fantastic year!

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Rare 1972 Citroen SM

Now you don’t see one of these everyday!  This one was parked outside of a Fedex Kinkos of all places. Did you know that this car won the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year?

More info about the Citroen SM

In 1961, Citroën began work on ‘Project S’ — a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. As was customary for the firm, many running concept vehicles were developed, increasingly complex and upmarket from the DS. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati’s high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6.
The result was the Citroën SM, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970. It went on sale in France in September of that year. Factory produced cars were all left-hand-drive, although RHD conversions were done in the UK and Australia.
Automotive journalists marveled at the resulting ability to travel for hours at 200 km/h (120 mph) in comfort. In 1972 Motorsport (U.K.) noted …”that rare quality of being a nice car to be in at any speed, from stationary to maximum.”  The touring range based on the SM’s fuel economy and the large 90 l (20 imp gal; 24 US gal) fuel tank made long, fast, relaxing journeys possible.
Because the SM had a small 170 PS (130 kW) engine, the acceleration was adequate rather than exemplary – some competitors were quicker. Some owners have fitted the similar sized 220 PS (160 kW) Maserati Merak SS engine, which does improve the driving experience considerably.

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1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate

Remember that car Dustin Hoffman whipped around in the famous movie “The Graduate”? Well Alfa Romeo made a special edition to pay tribute to the the movie, thus this model is dubbed “The Graduate”.

Info via Wiki:

The interior was revised with a new center console, lower dash panels (to meet U.S. regulations) and a single monopod gauge cluster (with electronic gauges). For the North American market a model dubbed the Graduate was added in tribute to the car’s famous appearance in the 1967 film, The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman.
The Graduate was intended as a less expensive “entry-level” Alfa. While it had the same engine and transmission as the Quadrifoglio and Veloce, it lacked the alloy wheels and luxury features of the other two models. The Graduate model had manual windows, basic vinyl seats, a vinyl top, and steel wheels as standard. Air conditioning and a dealer-installed radio were the only options. It first appeared in 1985 in North America and continued until 1990.
The Series 3 Spider was previewed in North America for the 1982 model year with the introduction of 2.0 liter Bosch electronic fuel injection to replace the SPICA mechanical injection.
The Spider underwent a major styling revamp in 1983, which saw the introduction of black rubber front and rear bumpers. The front bumper incorporated the grille and a small soft rubber spoiler was added to the trunk lid. The change altered the exterior appearance of the car considerably and was not universally praised by enthusiasts

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End of the month Hodgepodge

That’s right, it is the last day of the month and that means it’s Hodgepodge Day.  All the reject and misfit pictures show up for Hodgepodge day. Take a peek…