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April 2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

It’s the end of April and another month of quarantine and solitude has passed.  While our view of normality and our social lives have withered, our daily walks and Zoom calls have increased. With all that has happened and will happen, there will always be cars parked on the street 🙂 Enjoy

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1986 Toyota SR5 Pickup Truck

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter to you everyone. On one of my somewhat regular quarantine walks (a fresh reprieve from my regular interior suffocation), I spotted this cool lifted Toyota pickup truck with meaty tires.  It looks to be a 1986 version judging by the side mirrors, but the grille is from an 87 or 88 truck so I am not quite sure what year this truck is. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this generation of Toyota pickup trucks. I blame it on Marty McFly. Enjoy.

And don’t forget to check out the other Toyota Pickup trucks we’ve spotted:

1985 JDM Nascar Toyota Pickup

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup

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March 2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hey all,

The month of March has come to a close and what a month it has been.  It was a turbulent month, filled COVID-19 panic and non-stop news coverage on the issue.  One could say that March Madness takes on a whole new meaning. The president has called for the veil of chaos to be lifted by Easter – some applaud the move and some say it is too early – I tend to agree to the latter. I think we are in this state of existence for the next few months, at least until widespread testing for both the virus and the antibodies becomes readily available. Only time will tell.

I hope that I can continue to spot cars and share with everyone in the coming months. My mobility around Los Angeles county has been limited to my own neighborhood and the occasional trip to the grocery store. In order to keep the content rolling, some cars I spot in the coming months may be a little more mundane.

In the meantime, enjoy this sparse end of month Hodgepodge for March 2020.

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1986 Toyota Century

Spotted this Toyota Century at a car show the other day.  This vehicle served as Toyota’s flagship luxury vehicle for many years. The RHD Century we spotted here is in really good condition and is finished in a nice black paint. It’s great to see a Japanese market-only vehicle on American soil.  Enjoy.

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Memorial Day | Photo Barrage

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!! Dust off the grille and polish up your cooking skills because the sun is out and so are the good times.  Today we have a special treat and a guest photographer to help celebrate Memorial Day with us. Ritchie Hann, a good friend of LACS, has a selection of photos from a recent Cars & Coffee trip.

So go out there and have a great Holiday weekend with friends and family – go to a car show if you have the chance. In the meantime, enjoy a few beautiful classic and modern cars courtesy of Ritchie and LACS. Cheers!  ♦ ♦♦♦ ♦

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1993 Toyota HiAce Super Custom (4th Gen)

Hello.  Spotted a Early 1990’s Toyota HiAce the other day. Not just any HiAce though; this is the Super Custom Limited model, which was spec’d very nicely when released.  This one is also a Turbo Diesel which makes it even more cool, and it’s Right Hand Drive on American shores.  Truly a gem on the LA streets.

One must remember that the HiAce was originally introduced to the market as a delivery truck/van. And like all things automotive, the consumer wanted more luxury and more velvet. The thirst for “super awesome limited luxury custom EFI Turbo S Type R” model vehicles could not be quenched.  But this HiAce gets close. Enjoy

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April 19′ – End of Month Hodgepodge

Another month has come and gone – but the posts and car spottings have not.  We will honor the forsaken time with an end of month hodgepodge, as is ritual at LACS.  Spring has sprung and the car community is abuzz in the Southland.  Cars are making their way to meets and the smell of petrol is in the air. When the tranquility of spring settles in for myself, prepare for a bounty of posts and car spottings. Enjoy.

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1981 Datsun 280zx 2+2

1981 Datsun 280zx here, get your Z cars here! This 280ZX we spotted is the 2+2 version, which extends the standard 280zx look to accommodate 2 seats in the back – but who the heck needs those! Also a shame with this generation of the ZX models, is that they became much softer, heavier compared to the previous 260 and 240 models.  Screw handling and driving feel, Americans demanded refinement and comfort! None-the-less, we enjoy seeing this car parked on the street and want to share it with you.

Sorry for the lapse in posts. I have been working on a Netlfix Show that is really sapping all of my free time and energy.

And check out some other Z’s we’ve spotted:

1976 Datsun 280z

1980 Datsun 280ZX – 10th Anniversary

1980 Datsun 280zx

Cheers!

 

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1989 Dodge Raider

Hey there, look what we have spotted recently – the gloriously boxy and small SUV from Dodge in the late 1980’s – dubbed the “Raider”.  Now this car is basically a re-badged Mitsubishi Pajero and that’s OK with us, in matter of fact it probably makes this Dodge SUV more competent. This boxy two-door SUV checks all the boxes for LACS. Enjoy

And check out some other small boxy SUVs we’ve spotted:

1985 Ford Bronco II

1986 Suzuki Samurai (Jimny)

 

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1986 Suzuki Samurai (Jimny)

Spotted this 86′ Samurai (known as the Jimny elsewhere) the other day in Culver City, CA.  This Suzuki might be tiny in stature, but it has more rugged off-road capability than SUV’s twice it’s size. The short wheelbase helps it crest mountain trails with ease.  This old Suzuki might be fun and nimble to traverse off-road paths, but it’s asthmatic 1.3 liter 63hp motor make for a terrifying journey among American motorways where 200hp is the new norm.

By the way – Suzuki is introducing a new Jimny in international markets.  Enjoy these pics.

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1985 JDM Nascar Toyota Pickup

I don’t know what is going on with this truck but I kind of like it.  It is a mash-up of many different styles, almost as if somebody pulled different modification choices from a hat. It’s a JDM Nascar pickup truck and I dig it’s uniqueness. Bravo to it’s indecisive owner.

And check out some other Toyota Pickups we’ve spotted:

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup