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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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Happy Independence Day

Hello and happy Independence Day – The day American’s celebrate the pillaging of land from…. I mean, a day American’s celebrate their independence from Great Britain.  We commence celebrations with cookouts, booze, bonding with friends and family, and massive amounts of fireworks. Here at LACS, we will celebrate with a throwback to some of our favorite classic American made cars we’ve spotted.

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1961 Buick Electra 255 2-door

Wow. What a beautiful car.  This Buick Electra is a somewhat rare two door version that is owe so gorgeous.  The 255 denotes the inline 6 engine mounted under the bonnet. Enjoy these pics.

And enjoy some other old school Buick’s we’ve spotted:

1970 Buick Skylark Coupe

1971 Buick Skylark Hardtop Coupe

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1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III (5th gen)

The venerable Lincoln Continental. First introduced in 1939, the Lincoln Continental is a luxury car from Ford intended to adapt European “continental” luxury style and sell to the masses in the USA.  With only a brief hiatus here and there, the Continental nameplate is still going strong today.

Lincoln had a slew of slogans used in their print ads which are just fantastic.  One says “Lincoln makes America’s most distinctive cars”.  That may be true, as the Lincoln continental design language usually stood out as something special, something different. Some other fun ad slogans:

  • “Uncommon luxury for the uncommon man”
  • “Modern living on the move”
  • “The Continental life is never out of date”

Enjoy these pics and don’t forget to check out the other Lincoln continental we spotted:

1962 Lincoln Continental Sedan

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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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1969 Pontiac GTO

Spotted a 1969 Pontiac GTO that is definitely in “project car phase”.  Looks like the paint has gone through some sanding and ready for paint soon. A classic Pontiac GTO, even in its current form, is a delight to see. Keep on keeping on, yet-to-be-painted Pontiac GTO owner.

Some other Pontiac’s we’ve spotted:

1965 Pontiac Bonneville

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1969 Pontaic GTO (1)1969 Pontaic GTO (2)1969 Pontaic GTO (3)

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1965 Pontiac Bonneville

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

And check out some other classic Pontiacs 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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1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

It took me forever to figure out what this car was.  I knew it was a Pontiac, but I kept looking for Pontiac’s made in the 1960’s. I was looking in the wrong decade!

So here it is, a 1973 Pontiac Catalina and oh boy is this one beat up, rusty and generally run down.  But still, it lives on the street and probably drives. I am confident that with the alternating street cleaning schedule in Los Angeles, that it at least starts and moves to the other side of the street. Enjoy.

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (classic vintage car) (1)1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (classic vintage car) (2)1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (classic vintage car) (3)

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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Coupe (3rd Gen)

While in Venice, CA we also spotted this amazing 1970 Olds Cutlass street parked in an alleyway. Rust bubbles and orange sheen galore, this Cutlass still shows class and can lay down rubber at a moments notice.

Check out this Buick Skylark (similar car) we previously spotted:

Info via Wikipedia (Visit Page):

The Oldsmobile Cutlass is a line of automobiles produced by Oldsmobile between 1961 and 1988, and again briefly in 1997-1999. The Cutlass was Oldsmobile’s smallest, entry-level product, an approach not used since the 1940s Oldsmobile Series 60 and Oldsmobile Series 70 were discontinued in 1950. The all new Cutlass began as a unibody compact car, but saw its greatest success as a body-on-frame intermediate.
The 1970 Cutlass was available in seven body styles: the base F-85 two-door sedan, as well as two-door hardtops offered in both notchback Cutlass Supreme and fastback Cutlass S and 4-4-2 body styles – a practice similar to Ford and Mercury intermediates of that time, which were offered in both notchback and fastback coupes starting in 1968. Also available were a four-door hardtop, four-door sedan, a convertible and a flat-top station wagon called the Custom Cruiser, as well as the fancier Vista Cruiser station wagon.
With GM tossing out the 400 cubic-inch limit for intermediates and the 4-4-2 now coming standard with the larger 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8 from the big Oldsmobiles and previously used in the 1968-69 Hurst/Olds, Olds discontinued the 400 engine entirely and also offered the 455 as an option in the Cutlass S models and the Vista Cruiser wagons. There was an SX option that became available in 1970 and was available only on the Cutlass Supreme hardtop and convertible. The SX cars all had the 455 engine and TH-400 automatic transmission.
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1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

Bask in the grandeur and elegance of this 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham edition. The Brougham edition was the most spec’d trim level you could get at the time. Notice the spherical points on the front bumper and the air inlets on the top fenders.  The Eldorado is a true testament to American automotive styling in the 1950’s.

Some information about the Eldorado:

The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002 over ten generations.
The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years.
1957 was chiefly notable for the introduction of one of GM’s most memorable designs, the Series 70 Eldorado Brougham. Announced in December 1956 and released around March 1957, the Eldorado Brougham was a hand-built, limited car derived from the Park Avenue and Orleans show cars of 1953–54. Designed by Ed Glowacke, it featured the first appearance of quad headlights and totally unique trim. The exterior ornamentation included wide, ribbed lower rear quarter beauty panels extending along the rocker sills and rectangularly sculptured side body “cove” highlighted with five horizontal windsplits on the rear doors.

See a Cadillac Deville mentioned in a previous post.

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan

Take a gander at this shining example of styling from the 1950’s from Chevy.  The Bel Air is an iconic vehicle from Chevrolet and perfectly encapsulates the era. This was the second generation of the Chevy Bel Air.

Some information via Wiki:

For 1955, Chevrolet’s full-size model received all new styling and power. The 1955 Bel Air was 3,456 lb (1,568 kg) and 15 ft (4.6 m) long. It was called the “Hot One” in GM’s advertising campaign. Chevrolet’s styling was crisp, clean and incorporated a Ferrari-inspired grille. Bel Airs came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings, and full wheel covers. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering later in the year.
For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option and the option of the 2 speed Powerglide automatic, or a standard three speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission with optional overdrive. The new 265 cu in (4,340 cc) V8 featured a modern, overhead valve high compression, short stroke design that was so good that it remained in production in various displacements for many decades. The base V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was rated at 162 hp (121 kW), and the “Power Pack” option featured a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades yielding 180 bhp (130 kW). Later in the year, a “Super Power Pack” option added high-compression and a further 15 bhp (11 kW). “Idiot” lights replaced gauges for the generator and oil pressure.

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