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
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!
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.