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1971 Chevy Nova Sedan

Spotted this vivid off-white Chevy Nova in Silverlake area of Los Angeles on a sun filled walk around the local reservoir.  The sedan’s are not the most sought after Nova’s, but the combination of the color and wheels on this one make it especially appealing.  It’s a shame this otherwise very clean car has had a “love tap” on the rear bumper.  Let’s say it just adds to the character!

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

1967 Chevy Nova SS w/ Blower

1973 Chevrolet Nova

1974 Chevrolet Nova Sedan

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1986 Isuzu Trooper II (1st Gen)

Sorry for the hiatus everyone!  Rest assured, I have still been spotting cars AND bringing out the camera to take pictures. Los Angeles is filled with unique and interesting cars, so many in fact, that I would never get where I’m suppose to go if I stopped and took a picture of everyone!

Here’s an example of mid 80’s boxy SUV styling in the form of an Isuzu Trooper. I love how Isuzu (GM) made a mid-sized SUV with only 2 doors ( technically 3 doors to be politically correct)!! This example is in less than perfect shape – but it’s perfect in our eyes 🙂

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 2

Superbly clean 1989 Porsche Carrera 2 spotted in Beverly Hills.  I like most generations of the Porsche 911, except maybe the 996 model from 1999-2004 (for looks alone). This one has been retrofitted with projector headlights and aftermarket rims, which both fit the car well.  It is hard to describe the paint color, which was stunning in person.

Check out other Porsche’s we’ve spotted

1978 Porsche 911 SC

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

1968 Porsche 911T

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1976 Fiat 124 Spider

This blazing orange (or faded red) Fiat really stands out on a dreary Los Angeles day. The rain had most Angelenos running in terror and driving 15 miles under the speed limit but this brave soul decided to drive their 124 Spider to the office! Although it is in less than perfect shape, we admire keeping an old car in running shape.

And check out some other Italian Hero’s we’ve spotted:

1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate

Spotted – Alfa Romeo 4C

 

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1963 Ford Falcon Coupe

Check out this 1963 Ford Falcon Coupe spotted in Silverlake.  I am a big fan of the Falcon model, especially the first generation such as this one.  Did you know:  The Falcon line was one of Ford’s first mass-produced vehicle that was a unibody design instead of a body on frame?  Most interesting.

Check out other Falcon’s and Falcon variants we have spotted:

1961 Ford Falcon Coupe

Early 60’s Ford Ranchero

1963 Mercury Meteor Custom

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1994 BMW 840Ci (E31)

Spotted this lovely 1994 BMW 840Ci with the wonderful pop-up headlamps. The 840Ci was the entry level 8 series in this time period, but it still rocked a V8 and was well equipped in it’s time. I was only able to get shots from the side and rear because it was parked so close to that pickup truck!  Enjoy/

And check out some previous BMW posts:

1987 BMW 635 CSi (E24)

1972 BMW Bavaria (E3)

1990 BMW 318i coupe

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1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon

Here we go, back to the old, somewhat unique, if not mundane cars we’re used to seeing.  I am setting a goal this year to photograph a variety of cars that range from classic, vintage vehicles and trucks to modern exotics and just plain cool cars.

Today we have a 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate. Don’t let the turbo emblem fool you, these vehicles were not adrenaline pumping performance machines… no the turbocharger just helped you haul more of your junk up a hill quicker. This example is extremely clean and a perfect time capsule for 80’s automobile finesse.  If I owned this car –  I would get those plastic trim pieces refreshed and bring back their luster. Enjoy/

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1984 Toyota Celica Supra

I’ve been stumbling upon some pretty cool vehicles recently, and this Celica Supra from the mid-1980’s does not disappoint.  You may be asking yourself, “Don’t confuse me, is it a Celica or is it a Supra?!” Well the Celica and Supra were one in the same when introduced in 1979.  The “Supra” was an offshoot of the Celica lineup, boasting increased performance and unique styling that differentiated it from the standard Celica.  Fun fact: The Toyota Supra had an inline six-cylinder engine installed since it was introduced in 1979 – Nice!

And check out previous old-school Toyota’s we’ve spotted, like yesterdays 1981 Toyota Corolla Coupe (TE72):

1980 Datsun 280zx

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

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1977 International Harvester Scout II

We spotted another Scout 2!  There are a surprising amount of International Scout’s in Los Angeles and I love spotting these.  They are a vehicle ought not recognized by a casual passerby.  An enthusiast, on the other hand, can pick out a Scout among a sea of vehicles.  The enthusiast observes and deciphers various automotive forms in front of him/her, often times on the front line of a Car Spotting party.  The enthusiast could be considered…. dare I say… a Scout.

Check out another International Scout we have spotted:

1978 International Scout II

 

Read up more on the Scout by CLICKING HERE.

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1978 Chevy Camaro

We recently featured a 1968 Chevy Camaro that I think is the same owner as this one. This one is almost a decade older and the changes in style show.  I am still a big fan of this generation of Camaro because it reminds me of the styling of the Trans Am from “Smokey and the Bandit” (One of my favorite movies). Enjoy some pictures and information about the ’78 Camaro.

Some information via Wikipedia:

The second-generation Chevrolet Camaro was produced by Chevrolet from 1970 through the 1981 model years. It was introduced in the spring of 1970 Build information for model 123-12487 was released to the assembly plants in February of that same year. It was longer, lower, and wider than the first generation Camaro. A convertible body-type was no longer available.[3] GM engineers have said the second generation is much more of “A Driver’s Car” than its predecessor.
For the 1978 model year, the Camaro featured a new body colored urethane front and rear bumpers. Z28s got a non functioning hood scoop with outlining decal around the intake. Sales topped all previous years with 272,631 units, of which 54,907 were the RPO Z28 “Special Performance Package”.
Available models included the base Sport Coupe, Type LT, Z28, and the return of the Rally Sport. The Rally Sport (not badged RS as in previous years) featured a standard two-tone paint treatment. The Z28 models included a stripe package that was not deletable and featured a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 with a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor that produced 185 hp (138 kW; 188 PS) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque coupled to either a 4-speed manual or a TH-350 3-speed automatic.
Another first for 1978 was T-Tops, although they were a regular production option on the 1977 Pontiac Firebird and were introduced on the 1976 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Limited Edition.

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1968 Chevrolet Camaro 327

The Chevy Camaro, arguably a result of Ford’s introduction of the Mustang.  Nonetheless an iconic staple in American Muscle Car history.  This ’68 Camaro was a 327 model, a middle of the road trim level for 1968. It looks to have original wheels and body panels. Also, that antenna fascinates me  Just look past the gaudy stickers!

Some information about the First Generation Camaro via Wikipedia:

The first-generation Camaro debuted in September 1966, for the 1967 model year, up to 1969 on a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a two-door coupé or convertible with 2+2 seating, and a choice of 230 cu in (3.8 L), 250 cu in (4.1 L) inline-6 or 302 cu in (4.9 L), 307 cu in (5.0 L), 327 cu in (5.4 L), 350 cu in (5.7 L), and 396 cu in (6.5 L) V8 powerplants. Concerned with the runaway success of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet executives realized that their compact sporty car, the Corvair, would not be able to generate the sales volume of the Mustang due to its rear-engine design, as well as declining sales, partly due to the negative publicity from Ralph Nader’s book, Unsafe at Any Speed. Therefore, the Camaro was touted as having the same conventional rear-drive, front-engine configuration as the Mustang and Chevy II Nova. In addition, the Camaro was designed to fit a variety of power plants in the engine bay. The first-generation Camaro lasted until the 1969 model year and eventually inspired the design of the new retro fifth-generation Camaro.
The first-generation offered a standard, Super Sport, and Rally Sport editions. In 1967, the Z/28 model was added featuring stripes on the hood and trunk, styled rally road wheels, and a 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8 engine.

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