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1974 Ford F-100 Ranger XLT

Spotted another cool truck the other day.  This one is a mid-70’s Ford Ranger in the XLT trim.  I am really digging the two-tone paint and the general aesthetics of this particular truck. With the resurrection of the beloved Ford Ranger, now finally in dealer showrooms, it is refreshing to see the wise older sibling still roaming the streets. Enjoy

Check out some other Ford Rangers we have spotted:

1966 Ford F-100 Long Bed Custom Cab

1969 Ford F-250 Ranger

1967 Ford F-100 Ranger

1964 Ford F-100 Pickup truck

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1983 Dodge Ram D150 + Electric Chat

Hey all. Spotted a lovely 1983 Dodge Ram D150 pickup truck.  This Ran, parked around Highland park, is in great condition and seems mostly stock. Do I have to reiterate the joy in finding a vintage vehicle on the road in Los Angeles!? It warms the soul to see these types of older model vehicles slowly meandering around neighborhoods and bustling city streets.

On a side note, I’ve often wondered what would happen to older vehicles if even MORE strict emissions standards were in place. California already has some of the most stringent standards in the nation (while many other states have followed their lead), with an exemption to vehicles made before 1975. If the laws were changed, would we be robbed of seeing a moving, driving example of automotive history on a daily basis? Would all vintage vehicles be vanquished to the confines of a museum or a garage, only allowed to be driven xxx amount of miles per year? Street parked cars of the current and past years would be a thing of the past.

As climate change continues to be at the forefront of national and worldwide news, and automotive emissions taking the fair share of the emission contribution, it only seems inevitable for something of this nature to take affect.  The automotive industry seems to be barreling towards an electric future and I believe the classic car industry will follow suit. Electric crate motors are on the horizon, and many classic car restorers are already doing custom electric conversions. The aforementioned company has already begun a limited production on Electric Minis, running 100 of them out of their factory. I recently watched a video of a fully electric 1970’s Porsche 911 that retained a manual transmission. How is that even possible without a petrol engine?!

Electric is the automotive future and we better get used to it.

 

 

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1972 Ford Ranchero

Hello and happy Monday.  If you have the blues because the weekend has come and gone, than check out this awesome Ford Ranchero I have for you! It has a beautiful cream color with the red and black paint down the side. Woooooo weeee – take a gander at this and tell those Monday blues to hit the road! Enjoy

And check out some other Ford Ranchero’s we’ve spotted:

1963 Ford Ranchero

Midget MG and Ford Ranchero

1969 Ford Ranchero Spotted

Early 60’s Ford Ranchero

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May 19′ – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hello all,

Welcome to a slightly delayed End of Month Hodgepodge for May 2019. June should be a good month for car spotting, as most of the classic and more rare cars have come out from hibernation. I have a few pictures I took yesterday, and you are in for a treat in the coming month. Stay tuned!

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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 that he has donated.

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

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1962 Chevrolet C10 Pickup Truck

Spotted this Chevy C10 pickup street parked in a quiet neighborhood.  The first generation C10 had a mid cycle update during 1963/1964.  It is easy to distinguish between the earlier and the later 1st generation C10’s by the windshield. This first generation C10 has a windshield that wraps around and slants towards the rear. The later half of this generation has a windshield that does not wrap around as much, and finishes with a slant towards the front.  Take a look at this 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup we spotted a few months ago to look at the subtle difference. 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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March 19′ – End of Month Hodgepodge

It’s the end of the third month of 2019 and that means it’s hodgepodge time.  Pull out your cast iron cauldron and ladle, because we’re throwing you a mix-mash of different cars. Enjoy.

 

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1977 Pontiac Trans Am

You’re cruising down the freeway, T-tops down with the crisp air blowing all around you.  The sun trickles in through the tree canopy as the speedometer needle reaches for another peg.  Your Trans-Am engine rumbles as you cross past a brightly colored billboard.  Your sense heighten, your hair stands on end as your rear-view mirror illuminates blue and red. SHIT!!! It’s the Five-Oh… the Police. You hit the GO pedal with all your might, slamming it to the floor as the transmission downshifts and the V8 roars to life.  You fly down the open country road as the police interceptor becomes a small dot behind you.

Remember the movie “Smokey and the Bandit”? That was a brief intro to get you fired up for the car we spotted today.  While not the iconic Black and Gold Pontiac Trans Am from the movie, the Trans Am we spotted still conjures up images from the movie: 1970’s bravado, chest hair and bell bottom jeans. Now where is the Snowman?!?

Enjoy this spotting, with more to come! And don’t forget to check out other classic Pontiac’s we’ve spotted.

1970 Pontiac Bonneville 455

1969 Pontiac GTO

1982 Pontiac Firebird

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

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February 19′ – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hey all,

The show I have been working on so feverishly is now finally complete (except for one more week this month of pick-up shots).  Needless to say, LACS has been neglected. Here to start off the month of March is February’s hodgepodge – a bit delayed but here none-the-less. We have some trucks, van, a classic mustang, Chevy nova and a nice E30 BMW. Enjoy

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1960 Chevrolet C20 Pickup

Spotted this 1960 Chevy C20 pickup after the rain subsided.  I have a particular distaste to the styling of the 1960-1961 Chevy C/K trucks. Mostly, it’s the turn signals and embellishment around them that kills it for me.  The rest of the truck is fine, but I can’t support those nostrils on the front end.  This is just an opinion and and here at LACS, we accept all cars as equal… no matter how ugly they are. Enjoy.

And check out some other Chevy pickups we have spotted:

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup

1982 Chevrolet Silverado C10 Pickup

1967 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup Truck