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.
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.
Spotted a red Ferrari F430 spider parked outside a very large house in Beverly hills area. It’s not every day you see a Ferarri parked on the street.
I don’t do exotics on this page very often, but I now have a goal to mix up the offerings at LACS. More exotics & more luxury while sticking with the classic and mid-modern vehicles that catch my eye. Enjoy these pics
For this month’s hodgepodge, I’ll post pictures from a recent charity car show I attended. I brought out the Canon T3i and a prime 50mm lens with me. In doing so, I was not able to capture a lot of full car pictures. Instead, I focused my attention on the details.
Enjoy a 50mm Crop-frame sensor perspective of some classic cars.
Spotted a Fiat 2000 Spider on a rainy LA day. Granted, if you live in LA, you’re saying to yourself – “it hasn’t rained in about 2 months here”. You are right. I found these photos while digging around my files and thought the Fiat 2000 deserved a spot in LACS history. This one appears to be in fair condition and is equipped with an automatic transmission. Enjoy and check out some other Fiat’s we’ve spotted:
1976 Fiat 124 Spider
I missed the end of the month hodgepodge post! In all fairness, I’ve been working many back-to-back 14 hour days and haven’t had the will power to turn on my computer. With my petty excuses aside, here is the February Hodgepodge. More posts on the way!
Spotted this very clean and well-looked after example of the Mercedes Benz SL500 from the 1990’s. I have always admired the styling on the SL series and I believe it holds up well in the over 20 years since this chassis was released. And you can’t go wrong with a 5 liter V8 under the hood 🙂
Check out some other Mercedes Benz vehicles we have spotted.
1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEC AMG
1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon (W123)
1992 Mercedes-Benz E500
Some info about this vehicle:
The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadsters were produced from 1989 through 2002. The R129 replaced the R107 in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 SL-Class in 2002 for the 2003 model year.
The R129 was produced as a two-door, two-seat roadster with an automated (electro-hydraulic), collapsible textile roof, with a shell-like, color-matched, tonneau cover. All R129s came standard with an aluminum detachable hardtop that was fitted by folding the canvas roof down and manually attaching the hardtop.
The 1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible is the story of a changing landscape for American muscle car. The transition from big power and arguably beautiful styling to emission restricted motors and subdued architecture. This 1971 Cougar bridges the gap between the times and does so wonderfully. Enjoy.
Some info about the Cougar:
For 1971, the Cougar was restyled, weighed less, and had only a one-inch-longer wheelbase than its predecessors (112 vs. 111 – which was similar to GM’s intermediate-sized two-door models, such as the Olds Cutlass). The front end now featured four exposed headlights; the disappearing headlights were eliminated. The center grille piece was now larger, sharing its appearance with the 1971 Mercury Cyclone. The rear featured a semifastback with a “flying buttress” sail-panel. The convertible returned, as did the XR-7 and the GT package. The Eliminator package was dropped, but the Ram Air option remained. The engine lineup was revised for 1971, as well. Now only three engines were offered—the standard 240 hp (179 kW) 351 Windsor two-barrel V8, the 285 hp (213 kW) 351 Cleveland four-barrel V8, and the 370 hp (276 kW) 429 Cobra Jet four-barrel V8.
By 1972, the climate had begun to change as the muscle car era ended. No longer able to use gross power numbers, the manufacturers had to use net power figures, which dropped the once-mighty figures down substantially. Engines were shuffled around a bit with the 429 engine option no longer available. They were now the standard 163 hp (122 kW) 351 Cleveland two-barrel V8, or the 266 hp (198 kW) 351C four-barrel Cobra Jet V8. Other than that, the Cougar remained a carryover from 1971. Only minor trim details were changed in 1972. The big-block engines were gone for 1972 and 1973. The days of performance-oriented muscle cars were coming to an end.
Here we are at the end of another month, and as per usual, we have our end of the month hodgepodge collection of photos. It has been at least a week since I’ve posted and I have seen so many cool cars in passing without having a chance to photograph them! Here is a sampling of some vehicles that didn’t quite make the cut for a full length post but deserve a shout out. Enjoy!!
Ahhhh, what a glorious car to spot in the morning while drinking a spot of tea. This wonderful British Sports Convertible embodies the beauty of styling from all of the world in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Oh yea, and it’s parked behind an E46 BMW M3 Convertible. What a lovely morning!
The Triumph TR6 (1968–76) is a British six-cylinder sports car and the best-seller of the TR range built by Triumph when production ended in July 1976.
All TR6 sports cars featured inline six-cylinder engines. For the US market the engine was carburetted, as had been the US-only TR250 engine. Like the TR5, the TR6 was fuel-injected for other world markets including the United Kingdom, hence the TR6PI (petrol-injection) designation. The Lucas mechanical fuel injection system helped the home-market TR6 produce 150 bhp (110 kW) (145 hp DIN) at model introduction. Later, the non-US TR6 variant was detuned to 125 bhp (93 kW), while the US variant continued to be carburetted with a mere 104 hp (78 kW).
READ MORE about the TR6
A two for one special on this Saturday. A late 1960’s Midget MG and an early 1970’s Ford Ranchero.