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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…

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1999 Jaguar XJR

We often times highlight classic and vintage vehicles on this site but there is a place for mid-modern and modern cars here too.  Take for example this very clean example of a 1999 Jaguar XJR.

Some information via Wiki:

With the introduction of the X308 generation in 1997 came a switch from the XJ6 and XJ12 nomenclature to XJ8, reflecting the fact that the X308 cars were powered by a new V8 engine.
The exterior styling of the X308 was similar to the X300 with minor refinements such as a change to oval indicator lenses and amber style round fog lights. The interior was also updated to eliminate the instrument binnacle used on the X300; instead, three large gauges were set into recesses in the walnut-faced dashboard in front of the driver.
The major mechanical change was the replacement of both the inline-six and V12 engines with new eight-cylinder AJ-V8 in either 3.2 L or 4.0 L versions, with the 4.0 L also available in supercharged form in the XJR (A sport oriented model). No manual transmission was available, and all X308 models were supplied with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz E500

Look… at… this!  Just about 1,500 of these bad boys were imported into the United States.  Equipped with a 5.0L V8, this thing was a serious sedan back in the day. Just look at it would ya! Look at the width of that front fender!

Some information via Wiki:

From 1991 to 1994, Mercedes-Benz sold a high-performance version of the W124, the Mercedes-Benz 500 E (W124.036). The 500 E was created in close cooperation with Porsche; each 500 E was hand-built by Porsche, being transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany during assembly — taking a full 18 days to complete each model. Design began in 1989 and into 1991. Called ‘500 E’ through model year 1993, for model year 1994 it was face-lifted along with the rest of the range and renamed to ‘E 500’.

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End of Month Hodgepodge

I take a lot of photos of vehicles I find on the street. Not all of them make the cut for various reasons. At the end of each month, I will post up the pictures of these decrepit rejects. Enjoy!

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A Week of Porsche

Let’s kick off a week of nothing but Porsche vehicles with this slew of Porsche 911’s from various generations.  I had to stop by this shop in Silverlake, named Mistress, that exclusively works on Porsche vehicles.  All these were parked on the street and I assume are either the vehicles of employees or customer’s vehicles.

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Late 80’s VW Vanagon Type 2 (T3)

Spotted around Silverlake the other day, this late 80’s Volkswagen Vanagon is the essence of the free spirit- so versatile.

Some more information via Wikipedia:

Examples built between 1979 and 1985 featured round headlights and chrome-plated steel bumpers with plastic end-caps. Air-cooled models (1979 to mid-1983) lack the lower grill above the radiator of the water-cooled models, except on models with factory air conditioning. 1986 model year vehicles received revisions including a tachometer, more fabric choices, redesigned air conditioner, larger water-cooled engine with a more advanced engine management system, and redesigned transmissions including an optional Syncro four-wheel drive. Exterior changes include rectangular headlights (on selected models) and different paint options. Alloy wheels, larger and squarer plastic bumpers with trim along the rocker panels were optional, and standard equipment on Hannover Edition vans. For 1990 and 1991 model years, a “Carat” trim level was available which included all available options (except Westfalia conversion and 4WD).
All 1979, 1980 and some 1981 models had eight welded-in metal slats covering the engine ventilation passages behind the rear windows. Later models had black plastic 16-slat covers that slotted in at the top and screwed down at the bottom.
During the 1980s, the U.S. Army and Air Force in Germany used T3’s as administrative (non-tactical) vehicles. In military use the vehicle’s nomenclature was “Light Truck, Commercial”.
Porsche has created a version called B32 in a limited edition. The van, based on the luxurious Carat model, was equipped with the 231 PS (170 kW) 3.2 liter Carrera engine and was originally developed to support Porsche’s testing activities in Algeria. Ten of these were built, with some sold by Porsche to special customers. Porsche themselves also used the Porsche-engined bus to transport staff rapidly.[3] Top speed was around 135 mph (217 km/h), although Porsche only claimed 116 mph (187 km/h) to ensure that the numbers could be replicated with nine people in the car and with the air conditioning on full.[3]
Oettinger has developed a six-cylinder version called WBX6. The engine is derived from the “Wasserboxer” engine and has many common parts with it. The development of the engine was originally contracted to Oettinger by VW. Oettinger bought the rights when VW decided not to use it.

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1985 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

A German rarity!  A 1985 Porsche 911 Convertible dons the streets of Los Feliz.  Gorgeous color and looks clean as can be.  Rear Engine and RWD is a good combo!


Some information about it via Wikipedia:

Starting in MY 1978, the new 3.0 L 911 SC (2994 cc) was now the basic 911 model. It was in effect a Carrera 3 (known as a 911S in the US) detuned to provide 180 PS (132 kW). The “SC” designation was reintroduced by Porsche for the first time since the 356 SC (as distinguished from the race-engined 356 Carrera). No Carrera versions were produced and the 930 Turbo remaining at the top of the range. Porsche’s engineers felt that the weight of the extra luxury, safety and emissions equipment on these cars was blunting performance compared to the earlier, lighter cars with the same power output, so in non-US cars, power was increased to 188 PS (138 kW) for 1980, then finally to 204 PS (150 kW). However, cars sold in the US market retained their lower-compression 180 PS engines throughout. This enabled them to be run on lower-octane fuel.
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Mid 90’s Range Rover County LWB

The SUV seems to have proliferated the American market in the past few years. Now here is a SUV you don’t see too often; a mid 1990’s Land Rover – Range Rover County in the Long Wheel-Base (LWB) form.  This one does not have much off-road utility anymore, considering how low it is!

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