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
Take a look at this flat black 1976 Corvette C3 that I spotted. This vette looks to still have the original rims installed and is sporting a custom chrome side exhaust, that really pops against the subdued flat black paint. Enjoy.
And check out other Corvette’s we’ve spotted:
1975 Chevy Corvette
1973 Chevy Corvette Stingray (C3)
2012 Chevy Corvette ZR-1
Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your holiday, whether you get to relax with friends and family or if you have to work.
Spotted this beautiful Cadillac Sedan parked near Venice, CA. I believe it is the DeVille model but it might also be the Fleetwood. Let me know – how can one tell the difference? It may lack the finish and polish of a restored version, but this Caddy still has flair and I love the body lines. Enjoy
Check out some other Cadillac’s we’ve spotted:
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
1967 Cadillac Sedan De Ville
1977 Cadillac DeVille Sedan
The venerable Lincoln Continental. First introduced in 1939, the Lincoln Continental is a luxury car from Ford intended to adapt European “continental” luxury style and sell to the masses in the USA. With only a brief hiatus here and there, the Continental nameplate is still going strong today.
Lincoln had a slew of slogans used in their print ads which are just fantastic. One says “Lincoln makes America’s most distinctive cars”. That may be true, as the Lincoln continental design language usually stood out as something special, something different. Some other fun ad slogans:
- “Uncommon luxury for the uncommon man”
- “Modern living on the move”
- “The Continental life is never out of date”
Enjoy these pics and don’t forget to check out the other Lincoln continental we spotted:
1962 Lincoln Continental Sedan
Spotted a 1969 Pontiac GTO that is definitely in “project car phase”. Looks like the paint has gone through some sanding and ready for paint soon. A classic Pontiac GTO, even in its current form, is a delight to see. Keep on keeping on, yet-to-be-painted Pontiac GTO owner.
Some other Pontiac’s we’ve spotted:
1965 Pontiac Bonneville
1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe
With more than 50 years under it’s belt, this full sized Pontiac could use some love. I am sure this is a handful to drive around in Los Angeles, considering it’s rather large stature. Just look at the overhand behind the rear wheels! How many bodies do you think you could fit in the trunk?
And check out some other classic Pontiacs we’ve spotted
1970 Pontiac Bonneville Station Wagon
1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe
1982 Pontiac Firebird
Here we have a quintessential American automobile – The 1987 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z. Does the 1980’s Camaro still conjur up images of Mullets and american flag embroidered jean jackets? For me, the stereotype has faded but the glory of the IROC-Z lives on.
And…. check out previous Camaro spottings:
1974 Chevrolet Camaro (2nd Gen)
1978 Chevy Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro 327
This Plymouth Signet 200 transports us back to an era when… well… when Plymouth was still a car company. Powered by ways of a measly slant 6, this Signet sloths along the Los Angeles roadways in search of fresh air and endless time. With 2 doors and no worries in the world… is there more you can ask for?
And when you’re finished here, check out previous Plymouth Valiant’s we have spotted:
1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan
1964 Plymouth Valiant
1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet
Happy day of independence for all you Americans out there. And for you Brits, it’s happy traitors day 🙂 To celebrate the independence of our nation, here is some good ol’ fashioned American 5.0 liter mullet rocking Foxbody glory. This one is in fantastic shape and I applaud the owner for keeping care of it. Enjoy the holiday!
Bask in the grandeur and elegance of this 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham edition. The Brougham edition was the most spec’d trim level you could get at the time. Notice the spherical points on the front bumper and the air inlets on the top fenders. The Eldorado is a true testament to American automotive styling in the 1950’s.
Some information about the Eldorado:
The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002 over ten generations.
The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years.
1957 was chiefly notable for the introduction of one of GM’s most memorable designs, the Series 70 Eldorado Brougham. Announced in December 1956 and released around March 1957, the Eldorado Brougham was a hand-built, limited car derived from the Park Avenue and Orleans show cars of 1953–54. Designed by Ed Glowacke, it featured the first appearance of quad headlights and totally unique trim. The exterior ornamentation included wide, ribbed lower rear quarter beauty panels extending along the rocker sills and rectangularly sculptured side body “cove” highlighted with five horizontal windsplits on the rear doors.
See a Cadillac Deville mentioned in a previous post.
Another beautifully orange classic car spotted in Los Angeles (Venice to be specific). This one is the Third Generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C3). Our spotted Corvette is in spectacular shape and appears to be rocking the original rims and trunk mounted luggage rack (love this option). Check out this C2 Stingray we’ve feature in the past. Enjoy!
Some information via Wikipedia:
1973 started Corvette’s transformation from muscle to touring sports car. A Chevrolet advertisement headlined: “We gave it radials, a quieter ride, guard beams and a nose job.”
Two 350 cu in (5.7 L) small block engines were available. The base L-48 engine produced 190 hp (142 kW). The L-82 was introduced as the optional high performance small-block engine (replacing the LT-1 engine) and delivered 250 hp (186 kW). The new hydraulic lifter motor featured a forged steel crankshaft, running in a four-bolt main block, with special rods, impact extruded pistons, a higher lift camshaft, mated to special heads with larger valves running at a higher 9:1 compression, and included finned aluminum valve covers to help dissipate heat. The L-82 was designed to come on strong at higher RPM and ordered with nearly 20% of the cars at a cost of $299.
Car and Driver on the L-82 in December 1972, “…when it comes to making a choice, the L82 is the engine we prefer. Duntov and the other Corvette engineers gravitate toward the big blocks because they like the torque. And granted, the 454s will squirt through traffic with just a feather touch on the gas pedal. But, to us at least, the small block engine contributes to a fine sense of balance in the Corvette that is rare in any GT car, so rare that it would be a shame to exchange it for a few lb.-ft. of torque.”
The 454 cu in (7.4 L) LS-4 big-block V8 engine was offered delivering 275 hp (205 kW) and 15% of the cars were ordered so equipped. “454” emblems adorned the hood of big-block equipped Corvettes. All models featured a new cowl induction domed hood, which pulled air in through a rear hood intake into the engine compartment under full throttle, increasing power (but didn’t show up in the horsepower ratings). 0-60 times were reduced by a second while keeping the engine compartment cooler.