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:
We made a visit to the LA Auto Show this year and it was a blast. A lot of electric vehicle and autonomous tech dominated the show. Today is part 1 of 3, where you’ll find vehicles from Porsche, Cadillac, Hyundai, Mercedes, and BMW. Enjoy
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
Oh, hey there. I didn’t notice you standing there, poking my shoulder and screaming at me, “When will you publish a new LA Car Spotting post?!?!”
The truth is, I’ve been busy getting married and honeymooning. It takes a lot of planning and time to have a wedding ceremony and reception – especially if you do not have a wedding coordinator. But once the big day comes, it is all worth it. With so many friends and family members celebrating a joyous event with you, it’s unquestionably one of the best days.
Oh, the honeymoon was nice too. Maui, HI – a slice of paradise. And as we come full circle back to automobiles, we rented a 2 door Jeep Wrangler Sport to cruise around Maui. It was a fun vehicle and sits way higher than I expected. And what an off-roading vehicle it is, crushing obstacles such as gravel, dirt and small undulations with ease (/sarcasm – didn’t do any true off-roading)! Also, Maui is Toyota Tacoma country. Holy cow (they have a lot of cows too), there were so many Tacoma’s of all generations I couldn’t keep track.
Coming back to write a LACS post seems so natural. I missed it and I apologize for the lapse in posts. In November, I will try to do a post every other day to catch up!
As is usual for the end of the month, we post pictures of the vehicles that did not make the cut for a full feature. To be honest, there were not many this month but none-the-less, let the hodgepodge commence.
Here we have a revered and somewhat rare Volvo 1800ES Wagon. The 1800 line from Volvo was built from 1961 to 1973. The Wagon version, was only made for two years, from 1972 to 1973, which is why the wagon is a bit more of a rarity.
I did not have the opportunity to get some pictures of the rear or full car pictures, as the Volvo was obscured by street things. Instead, I took artistic liberty to bring you some close ups and odd shots. Enjoy.
Check out some other Volvo’s we’ve spotted:
1x Volvo P1800 & 2x Alfa Romeo’s
1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon
Here on display is a Honda CVCC from the mid to late 1970’s. The acronym CVCC stands for “Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion” and was introduced from Honda as a reduced emissions engine. This little Honda is basically a Civic, but received a model name that was the same as the engine name. I wonder how many other manufacturers have named the car model the same as the engine?
Check out some other Honda’s we’ve spotted:
1979 Honda Accord Hatch
1987 Honda Accord Hatchback
1990 Honda CRX
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
Spotted this beautiful Chevy Monza street parked in Silverlake. This is one of the ought forgotten Malaise Era models by Chevy that has decent aesthetics, but lack luster performance. The lack of performance makes sense; it was Chevy’s economy subcompact – with most models rocking a 4-cylinder engine and tuned to maximize MPG. However, in 1979 you could get a 305 V8 producing a whopping 130HP!
Still, we love to seeing 40+ year old cars driving on the street – it is pure automotive bliss – it is what cars were meant to do.
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
Spotted another Chevy pickup truck, very similar to the Apache we featured not long ago. This one has been nicely restored with fresh paint and a healthy dose of lowering. I have read that these C/K pickups from 1960 were also called “Apache” but I’m unsure. Instead of the term “fleetside”, to indicate a flat bedside, Chevrolet used the term “wide-side” to indicate the same thing to buyers, according to Wikipedia. I like this and I’ve always been intrigued by classic pickup trucks. However, I don’t think I could daily drive one. Would you buy an old truck?
And check out the previous Chevy trucks we’ve spotted:
1958 Chevy Apache Pickup Truck
1973 Chevy C-10 Step side Pickup