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LA Auto Show- Day 1 of 3 post

Hello all!

We made a visit to the LA Auto Show this year and it was a blast.  A lot of electric vehicle and autonomous tech dominated the show.  Today is part 1 of 3, where you’ll find vehicles from Porsche, Cadillac, Hyundai, Mercedes, and BMW. Enjoy

 

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1995 Isuzu Trooper

Good morning or evening or whatever time it is for you. Here we have a 1995 Isuzu Trooper – basically an SUV that everybody re-branded.  Take your pick: Acura, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Holden, Opel, Subaru, Vauxhall.  Yea yea, I know… most of them are GM products. But hey,  here is the 2nd Generation, US Market Isuzu Trooper. Enjoy

And check out this 1986 Isuzu Trooper II (1st Gen) we spotted a couple months ago.

 

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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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1984 Dodge Ram D150 Prospector – Short Bed

Today we have a 1984 Dodge Ram D150 Prospector.  This Dodge Ram sports a fantastic, faded yellow paint job and the original prospector badges on the rear quarters.  What exactly was Dodge trying to say by giving the Dodge Ram a “Prospector” trim level?  A search for the definition of the word “Prospector” yields the following results:

  1. An apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.
  2. The outlook for the future
  3. Or as in Mining:
    1. an apparent indication of ore or native metal.
    2. place giving such indications.
    3. mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for additional ore.

Considering the emblem is accompanied by a pickaxe and shovel, I vote the mining definition holds the best description. You decide…

And don’t forget to check out other Dodge pickups we’ve spotted:

1983 Dodge Ram 50

Early 70’s Dodge D-Series Pickup

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2008 Ferrari F430 Spider

Spotted a red Ferrari F430 spider parked outside a very large house in Beverly hills area. It’s not every day you see a Ferarri parked on the street.

I don’t do exotics on this page very often, but I now have a goal to mix up the offerings at LACS.  More exotics & more luxury while sticking with the classic and mid-modern vehicles that catch my eye.  Enjoy these pics

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2003 BMW Z8

Spotted this gorgeous BMW Z8 roadster coupe in Malibu the other day.  The gentleman had just bought it and was driving it back to Los Angeles.  It was in beautiful shape and very low miles. Did you know that less than 6,000 were produced worldwide and only about 2,500 made it to the USA?  Awesome to see one in person being driven.

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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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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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1979 Chevrolet Monza

Spotted this beautiful Chevy Monza street parked in Silverlake.  This is one of the ought forgotten Malaise Era models by Chevy that has decent aesthetics, but lack luster performance. The lack of performance makes sense; it was Chevy’s economy subcompact – with most models rocking a 4-cylinder engine and tuned to maximize MPG.  However, in 1979 you could get a 305 V8 producing a whopping 130HP!

Still, we love to seeing 40+ year old cars driving on the street – it is pure automotive bliss – it is what cars were meant to do.

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1986 Isuzu Trooper II (1st Gen)

Sorry for the hiatus everyone!  Rest assured, I have still been spotting cars AND bringing out the camera to take pictures. Los Angeles is filled with unique and interesting cars, so many in fact, that I would never get where I’m suppose to go if I stopped and took a picture of everyone!

Here’s an example of mid 80’s boxy SUV styling in the form of an Isuzu Trooper. I love how Isuzu (GM) made a mid-sized SUV with only 2 doors ( technically 3 doors to be politically correct)!! This example is in less than perfect shape – but it’s perfect in our eyes 🙂

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 2

Superbly clean 1989 Porsche Carrera 2 spotted in Beverly Hills.  I like most generations of the Porsche 911, except maybe the 996 model from 1999-2004 (for looks alone). This one has been retrofitted with projector headlights and aftermarket rims, which both fit the car well.  It is hard to describe the paint color, which was stunning in person.

Check out other Porsche’s we’ve spotted

1978 Porsche 911 SC

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

1968 Porsche 911T