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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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Marriage, Maui & a 1971 Porsche 912

Oh, hey there.  I didn’t notice you standing there, poking my shoulder and screaming at me, “When will you publish a new LA Car Spotting post?!?!”

The truth is, I’ve been busy getting married and honeymooning.  It takes a lot of planning and time to have a wedding ceremony and reception – especially if you do not have a wedding coordinator. But once the big day comes, it is all worth it. With so many friends and family members celebrating a joyous event with you, it’s unquestionably one of the best days.

Oh, the honeymoon was nice too.  Maui, HI – a slice of paradise.  And as we come full circle back to automobiles, we rented a 2 door Jeep Wrangler Sport to cruise around Maui.  It was a fun vehicle and sits way higher than I expected.  And what an off-roading vehicle it is, crushing obstacles such as gravel, dirt and small undulations with ease (/sarcasm – didn’t do any true off-roading)!  Also, Maui is Toyota Tacoma country. Holy cow (they have a lot of cows too), there were so many Tacoma’s of all generations I couldn’t keep track.

Coming back to write a LACS post seems so natural. I missed it and I apologize for the lapse in posts.  In November, I will try to do a post every other day to catch up!

Cheers

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August – End of Month Hodgepodge

As is usual for the end of the month, we post pictures of the vehicles that did not make the cut for a full feature.  To be honest, there were not many this month but none-the-less, let the hodgepodge commence.

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1971 Mercedes Benz 280s (W108)

I spotted another old school W108 Mercedes Benz.  This one is the 280s version from roughly 1971, so it is likely less equipped than the 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SEL (W108)  we spotted last week. Interestingly enough, this one also appears in white and has similar wheels – however this one is in less than great condition and sports some rust in spots. Enjoy

Check out some other Mercedes Benz models we spotted:

1999 Mercedes Benz SL500 (R129)

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300D Sedan

1974 Mercedes-Benz 280C (W114)

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1970 Mercedes Benz 280SEL (W108)

Spotted this very clean and classy 1970’s Mercedes parked on the street the other day.  I wish I could have taken some pictures of the front of this Benz, however it was parked behind another vehicle we spotted on this site (HONDA CVCC).  Less than 20,000 of these 280SEL units were produced worldwide. The car had the longer wheelbase of the W109, but lacked the pneumatic suspension and other features of the 300SEL.

Check out some other sweet, older style Mercedes-Benz sedans:

1971 Mercedes 280SE Sedan (W108)

1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel Sedan

1992 Mercedes-Benz E500

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July – End of Month Hodgepodge

Here we are, at the end of (ahmmm, actually the beginning) of another wonderful month of car spotting.  This past month brought us some interesting vehicles; including a BMW Z8, a slew of Italian cars, 1 Volvo and a 80’s Dodge Ram Prospector!  To cap it off, here is the July Hodgepodge of vehicles that didn’t quite make it for a feature post.  Cheers

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1970 Volkswagen Squareback (Type 3)

I absolutely love the simple naming mechanism for this vehicle and vehicles made by VW in this era.  Type 1, Type 2, etc… – so easy. And this model is just called squareback – so explicable. This one is sporting some healthy dents and dings in the body, as well as an interesting faded tan paint job.

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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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1970 BMW 02 Series – 1602/2002

Now this is a car that has seen it’s fair share of abuse and neglect.  At least in the looks department, this 1970 BMW 02 Series has seen better days.  Yet even beneath the rust and grime, the soft curves and sweepings lines of the 2002 are hard to ignore. Did you know that BMW’s first turbo production car was the 2002 Turbo?

1970 BMW 2002 (1)1970 BMW 2002 (2)

Other BMW’s we’ve spotted:

1972 BMW Bavaria (E3)

1987 BMW 635 CSi (E24)


 

Some info about the 2002 via Wiki:

The BMW 02 Series is a range of compact executive cars produced by German automaker BMW between 1966 and 1977, based on a shortened version of the New Class Sedans. The 02 Series caught enthusiasts’ attention and established BMW as an international brand.
The 1600-2 (the “-2” meaning “2-door”) made its debut at the Geneva auto show in March 1966 and was sold through 1975, with the designation being simplified to “1602” in 1971. The 1.6 L M10 engine produced 63 kW (84 hp) at 5,700 rpm and 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) at 3,500 rpm. In 1968, Road & Track declared the US$2676 1600 “a great automobile for the price”.
A high performance version, the 1600 TI, was introduced in September 1967. With a compression ratio of 9.5:1 and the dual Solex PHH side-draft carburettor system from the 1800 TI, the 1600 TI produced 82 kW (110 hp) at 6,000 rpm. Kerb weight for the 1600 TI is 960 kg (2,120 lb).
Helmut Werner Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, each had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their respective personal use. When they realized they had both made the same modification to their own cars, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW’s board to manufacture a two litre version of the 1600-2. At the same time, American importer Max Hoffman was asking BMW for a sporting version of the 02 series that could be sold in the United States.

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End of Month Hodgepodge – June 2017

It’s the end of the month and that can only mean one thing –  Los Angeles Car Spotting photo Hodgepodge.  We compile all the automobiles that didn’t get featured this month but still deserve an honorable mention. Enjoy!

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1956 Volkswagen Beetle

Imagine enjoying a relaxing summer night cruising around in this very clean and restored 1956 VW Bettle, warm wind blowing through the open windows and the purr of the small air-cooled boxer engine behind you. This one was spotted in Canoga Park in Los Angeles County.

Some info via Wiki:

During this period, a myriad of changes were made throughout the vehicle beginning with the availability of hydraulic brakes and a folding fabric sunroof in 1950. The rear window of the VW Beetle evolved from a divided or “split” oval, to a singular oval. The change occurred between October 1952 and March 1953. Beetles built during this time were known as a “Zwitter”, or “hybrid”, as they used the split-window bodyshell with oval-model chrome trim, vent windows and dashboard.
1953 models received a redesigned instrument panel. The one-piece “Pope’s Nose” combination license plate/brake light was replaced by a smaller flat-bottomed license plate light. The brake light function was transferred to new heart-shaped lamps located in the top of the taillight housings.
In 1954, Volkswagen added 2 mm to the cylinder bore, increasing the displacement from 1,131 (1100) cc to 1,192 (1200) cc. This coincided with upgrades to various key components including a redesign of the crankshaft. This increased power from 30 hp (22 kW; 30 PS) to 36 hp (27 kW; 36 PS) and improved the engine’s free revving abilities without compromising torque at lower engine speeds.  At the same time, compression ratios were progressively raised as, little by little, the octane ratings of available fuel was raised in major markets during the 1950s and 1960s.
In 1955, the separate brake lights were discontinued and were combined into a new larger taillight housing. The traditional VW semaphore turn signals were replaced by conventional flashing directional indicator lamps for North America.
For 1956, the Beetle received what would become one of its more distinctive features, a set of twin chrome tailpipes. Models for North America gained taller bumper guards and tubular overrider bars.

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