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1981 Datsun 280zx 2+2

1981 Datsun 280zx here, get your Z cars here! This 280ZX we spotted is the 2+2 version, which extends the standard 280zx look to accommodate 2 seats in the back – but who the heck needs those! Also a shame with this generation of the ZX models, is that they became much softer, heavier compared to the previous 260 and 240 models.  Screw handling and driving feel, Americans demanded refinement and comfort! None-the-less, we enjoy seeing this car parked on the street and want to share it with you.

Sorry for the lapse in posts. I have been working on a Netlfix Show that is really sapping all of my free time and energy.

And check out some other Z’s we’ve spotted:

1976 Datsun 280z

1980 Datsun 280ZX – 10th Anniversary

1980 Datsun 280zx

Cheers!

 

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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

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1990 Ferrari 348 TS

The Ferrari 348. As some people call it, the black sheep of Ferrari.  A lot of critics and Ferrari fanatics were not fond of the car, saying it was slow and uncontrollable at the limit. What really hurt Ferrari when they produced this car, is that Ferrari was going up against a new breed of Japanese sports car – The Honda NSX. During this time period, the Japanese economy was booming and Japanese Automakers were feverishly engineering and introducing new cars to the market. The NSX was a precisely engineered Mid Engine car (like the 348) that produced similar performance figures (and better gas mileage) from it’s V6 engine.  The Ferrari 348, many say, was archaic in comparison and felt downright dull.

Even so, we look at one parked on the street and can’t help but pick our jaws up from the ground.  In my opinion, the black sheep Ferrari still holds some appeal.  It has superb styling and exudes a wonderful sound from the Tipo V8 under the (rear) hood. This one is in great condition and sports nicely fitted aftermarket rims.  The TS in the name represents that this model is the Transversale Spider, or basically a targa top. Enjoy the pics.

**Edit – Attached the pics!

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A Reflection of 2018

The end of the year has come and gone; it is time to reflect and look back on 2018.  And what a great year it was. We had a lot of fun spotting a variety of cars and trucks around Los Angeles.  We are thankful that Los Angeles provides us with warm weather and sunshine for most of the year, thus preserving beautiful vintage, mid-modern and current vehicles from the grips of rust. The near constant sunshine means that people actually DRIVE these cars year round, a blessing not found in many other cities or states. Los Angeles provides for us sunshine and awesome cars, and I want to pass that on to everyone reading.  That’s what this site is all about; finding cool street cars and sharing them with the world. We especially want to thank you, the reader and viewers of LACS. We do this for you.

The 2019 year should shake out to be a big one for LA car spotting.  We plan to expand the web content to include videos and more editorial content.

Also, don’t forget to write 2019 on all your checks and other docs you sign 😉

Here’s a look back at our favorite spotting’s in 2018:

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1986 Suzuki Samurai (Jimny)

Spotted this 86′ Samurai (known as the Jimny elsewhere) the other day in Culver City, CA.  This Suzuki might be tiny in stature, but it has more rugged off-road capability than SUV’s twice it’s size. The short wheelbase helps it crest mountain trails with ease.  This old Suzuki might be fun and nimble to traverse off-road paths, but it’s asthmatic 1.3 liter 63hp motor make for a terrifying journey among American motorways where 200hp is the new norm.

By the way – Suzuki is introducing a new Jimny in international markets.  Enjoy these pics.

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1991 Mazda Miata “Modified”

What do we have here? A 1991 Miata with some… modifications.  I mean, who doesn’t love the Mazda Miata? It’s a low-cost, lightweight, RWD reliable Japanese sports convertible. That’s a great combination of adjectives right there, and it led Mazda to great sales success when it first launched. Mazda STILL makes the Miata, almost 30 years later. If anyone ever asks you what car they should buy, no matter what their criteria is, the answer is always Miata.

So the answer is Miata, and the answer to this owner was to pimp out his Miata and make it “Euro Spec” – as the badge indicates. I’m not sure the answer IS Miata in this case. This Miata looks like an early still-in-training attempt from Xzibit and the “Pimp my Ride” crew. I mean, the wheel style and fitment are OK but the wing looks like it was installed upside down?! There are definitely some questionable modifications performed on this Miata.   However, I always respect people’s vehicle modification choices, even if I don’t agree with them.

Also, Merry Christmas to everyone. Enjoy your time with family and friends.  And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, than happy holidays for whatever you celebrate.

Cheers