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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

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November ’18 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Here we are again, the end of another month. It can only mean one thing… hodgepodge! Where I select all the random photos of vehicles that didn’t get a post to themselves this month. Enjoy.

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1991 Mitsubishi Delica LS Van

Spotted this Mitsubishi Delica, referred to in North America as the Mitsubishi Wagon. Seriously, this van was not even given a proper name for the North American market, simply being called “Wagon”.  We spotted a 1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel) in a previous post.  I like these funky Japanese vans from this era – they have a certain je ne sais quoi about them.

Enjoy.

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1984 Toyota Celica Supra (Liftback)

Spotted another third generation (A60) Toyota Celica.  This one is not in as good of shape as the last 3rd Gen Celica that I spotted. This looks to be the GT-S version of the Celica, equipped with fender flares and 14 inch wheels indicative of the trim level.

Enjoy

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1977 Honda CVCC

Here on display is a Honda CVCC from the mid to late 1970’s.  The acronym CVCC stands for “Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion” and was introduced from Honda as a reduced emissions engine. This little Honda is basically a Civic, but received a model name that was the same as the engine name.  I wonder how many other manufacturers have named the car model the same as the engine?

Check out some other Honda’s we’ve spotted:

1979 Honda Accord Hatch

1987 Honda Accord Hatchback

1990 Honda CRX

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1976 Datsun 280z

Spotted this Datsun 280z with louvers in Echo Park.  I have always been a fan of the styling of the Datsun Z line from the 1970’s. These have really skyrocketed in price in recent years, reaching into the $10,000 to $20,000 plus range for well preserved examples.

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The End of (Last) Month Hodgepodge

Work Work Work… That is all I have been doing lately.  Working non-stop does not leave enough time for spotting cars!  Well here is the Hodgepodge that was suppose to go up May 31st.  Better late than never I say.

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1981 Toyota Corolla Liftback

Hey, not every vehicle I spot will be fine specimens of automotive excellence.  Take this not-so-glamorous 1981 Toyota Corolla Liftback as an example.  A little rough around the edges, with some fairly faded sun-beaten paint. This Corolla proudly announces to every motorist behind it that they do indeed, have the 1.8L engine. Revel in the power and sleek styling of the Corolla Liftback!

/sarcasm.

And check out some other Toyota’s from years past:

1980 Toyota Tercel Hatchback

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel)

1984 Toyota Celica Supra