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Tesla Model 3 – New Release

Well here is something we don’t often feature on LA Car Spotting: a brand new car.  This one happens to be the Tesla Model 3, touted as the “affordable” electric car from Tesla. It’s not every day you see one of these, in fact, they seem to still be quite rare, even in the sprawling metropolis called Los Angeles.

It looks like a car but runs on electricity and drives itself… so is it an appliance?   It sure is a fast appliance; hitting 0-60 mph in about 5 seconds.  I bet your toaster can’t do that.  A striking aesthetic difference on the Tesla Model 3 (and Model S for that matter) is the lack of a front grille. And it doesn’t need one because, well, no radiator. Enjoy these pics.

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1980 Datsun 280ZX – 10th Anniversary

The unofficial theme this week has been grungy, worn down cars here on LACS.  Take for example this lovely 1980 Datsun 280ZX.  This particular example of fine automotive engineering is the 10th Anniversary edition so it is a TRUE collectors car. Take note how it is parked up front in a “Clean Air” parking spot, as it justly deserves. The emission standards in 1980 were TOP notch.

Take my sarcasm with a grain of salt and have a great Valentines day (if you’re into that). Enjoy

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1965 Pontiac Bonneville

With more than 50 years under it’s belt, this full sized Pontiac could use some tender love and care.  I am sure this is a handful to drive around Los Angeles, considering it’s rather large stature.  Just look at the overhang behind the rear wheels! How many bodies do you think you could fit in that trunk?

And check out some other classic Pontiac’s we’ve spotted

1970 Pontiac Bonneville Station Wagon

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1982 Pontiac Firebird

1965 Pontiac Bonneville (2)1965 Pontiac Bonneville (3)1965 Pontiac Bonneville (1)

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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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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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