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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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1970 Datsun 521 truck (1300)

Spotted a lovely 1970’s Datsun 1300 truck as the sun set on Atwater village in Los Angeles.  The truck sat idly on a small side street as festivities ensued nearby.  has a Fiji water bottle. The paint looks relatively nice and the truck overall appears to be in great condition. Enjoy.

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1987 BMW M5

Hello all.  Spotted this lovely BMW M5 that looks like a street car, prepped for racing.  Fitted with a roll cage and some sticky tires, this thing looks ready to attack any track. This was parked near a BMW specific auto garage and tuning garage around Silverlake. They always have awesome cars parked near their place and it’s a great place to go car spotting! Enjoy.

And check out some other cool BMW’s we’ve spotted before:

1997 BMW M3 Coupe

2003 BMW Z8

1987 BMW 635 CSi (E24)

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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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1994 Subaru SVX

Gasp in the awe-inspiring greatness of the Subaru Vehicle X!!!!  The SVX is actually nothing too special, apart from that window in a window thing they got going.  It was a one-off, 1 generation vehicle from Subaru that didn’t stick.  It is an attractive car in my opinion, but lacks the RWD layout it deserves.  This one is in fantastic shape and is sporting some aftermarket rims that fit the style perfectly.  Kudos SVX owner, well done. Enjoy.

And check out some other Subaru vehicles we’ve spotted:

2007 Subaru Forester XT

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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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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

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1972 Plymouth Duster

Spotted another classic American machine meandering the streets of LA. As with many of the old cars we spot, this one looks like it’s seen it’s fair share of activity. The Duster shared the Valiant platform (and thus the Dodge Dart) and also rocked the same front end sheet metal as the Plymouth Valiant, but featured a different design from the cowl back.

The Duster, as with a lot of the American made cars in this time period, had yearly tweaks to it’s design and function.  More information about these can be found on the Wikipedia site.

Also, check out some other Plymouth vehicles we’ve spotted:

1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

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1966 Mercedes 230 Sedan

Spotted a Mercedes 230 sedan parked down the street from the last Volvo 122s we spotted in our last post. Our testament of keeping old vehicles road worthy still stands, so this Mercedes-Benz has captured that special place in our hearts. Enjoy.

And check out some other Classic Mercedes vehicles we have spotted:

1971 Mercedes Benz 280s (W108)

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon (W123)

1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel Sedan

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Early 1960’s Volvo P122s Sedan (Amazon)

Here we have what appears to be an early 1960’s Volvo P122s Sedan or the “Volvo Amazon” as other countries outside the United States received it.  I can’t pinpoint the exact model year or trim level since I was across a busy street when I took this.  This Volvo is not the cleanest example around, but hey – it’s older than most people I know and looks better than they do at 50+ years 😉  In all seriousness, I’m glad that somebody is driving this Volvo around.  As we know, cars are meant to be a driven and I can applaud people that keeps a car running for so long.

On a side note, I think it is only a matter of time before electric drive-trains become commonplace as engine swaps for classic vehicles. Sacrilege or fantastic? You decide.

And check out some other Volvo’s we have spotted:

1964 Volvo PV544

1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon

 

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1972 Jeep J2000 Truck

Here we have spotted a 1972 Jeep J2000, previously known as the Jeep Gladiator up until 1971.  There is a V8 badge on the side of the truck, so my guess is that is has the 5.0L AMC V8 under the hood.  I especially like the Orange paint job with the white rims.

And check out some other Jeep’s we have spotted:

1982 Jeep CJ-7

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Enjoy