Spotted a lovely 1970’s Datsun 1300 truck as the sun set on Atwater village in Los Angeles. The truck sat idly on a small side street as festivities ensued nearby. has a Fiji water bottle. The paint looks relatively nice and the truck overall appears to be in great condition. Enjoy.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!! Dust off the grille and polish up your cooking skills because the sun is out and so are the good times. Today we have a special treat and a guest photographer to help celebrate Memorial Day with us. Ritchie Hann, a good friend of LACS, has a selection of photos from a recent Cars & Coffee trip.
So go out there and have a great Holiday weekend with friends and family – go to a car show if you have the chance. In the meantime, enjoy a few beautiful classic and modern cars courtesy of Ritchie and LACS. Cheers! ♦ ♦♦♦ ♦
Here is a lovely looking Datsun 510 Sedan rocking a dilapidated paint scene, or as some call it, the patina look. Parked in the shade around Silverlake, this Datsun 510 is a refreshing sight to see in a world of modern cars. Enjoy!
Another month has come and gone – but the posts and car spottings have not. We will honor the forsaken time with an end of month hodgepodge, as is ritual at LACS. Spring has sprung and the car community is abuzz in the Southland. Cars are making their way to meets and the smell of petrol is in the air. When the tranquility of spring settles in for myself, prepare for a bounty of posts and car spottings. Enjoy.
1981 Datsun 280zx here, get your Z cars here! This 280ZX we spotted is the 2+2 version, which extends the standard 280zx look to accommodate 2 seats in the back – but who the heck needs those! Also a shame with this generation of the ZX models, is that they became much softer, heavier compared to the previous 260 and 240 models. Screw handling and driving feel, Americans demanded refinement and comfort! None-the-less, we enjoy seeing this car parked on the street and want to share it with you.
Sorry for the lapse in posts. I have been working on a Netlfix Show that is really sapping all of my free time and energy.
And check out some other Z’s we’ve spotted:
Spotted this Datsun 280z with louvers in Echo Park. I have always been a fan of the styling of the Datsun Z line from the 1970’s. These have really skyrocketed in price in recent years, reaching into the $10,000 to $20,000 plus range for well preserved examples.
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
The first end of month hodgepodge of 2018 and it is … well… not much. I didn’t have a chance to get out and go spotting much this month with work consuming all but 1 week this month. Enjoy
Well that’s a wrap to the 2017 car spotting year. It’s been a fun year and we have spotted tons of cool cars and trucks.
This is the hodgepodge of all hodgepodges. Thanks for following along and I’ll see you in 2018 for another fantastic year!
Up for viewing today is a perfect example of a 1980’s Japanese sports car creation. Now let us all be honest with ourselves; the 80’s were a great time but emission standards and technology advancements were not favorable for the automotive industry. Cars became bigger and slower; lethargic for a lack of a better word. Looking back at sports cars from the 1980’s is sort of like looking at a well worn sock on the floor; you lament it’s stinky performance but it still has the intrinsic value of function and style – So you keep it around.
Other Datsuns we’ve spotted:
Trucks are often featured less than cars on this site, but they deserve their time to shine. This 1984 Nissan Single Cab Pickup is a fine example of boxy truck styling found in the 80’s and 90’s. This one has been modified tastefully and conjures up memories of Marty McFly’s Toyota Tacoma from the movie “Back to the Future” – the mild lift, chrome mags, roll bar and KC lights, etc… One thing I particularly like about this truck is the paint job, which I presume is from the factory.
Some information about the Nissan 720 PU:
The Datsun Truck is a compact pickup truck made by Nissan in Japan from 1955 through 1997. It was originally sold under the Datsun brand, but this was switched to Nissan in 1983. It was replaced in 1997 by the Frontier and Navara.
In 1980, Nissan introduced the Datsun 720 as successor to the 620. In the US, the 720 came in regular cab and “King Cab” models, with regular and long bed options with standard (GL), deluxe (DX), and “Sport Truck” (ST) trim packages, all of which had two doors. In addition, from 1984 to 1986 a covered utility body style like that of the first generation Toyota 4Runner was available as an aftermarket conversion by a company called Matrix3 called the Bushmaster. The Datsun 720 was available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations, the latter having a divorced transfer case. The long wheelbase 2WD trucks (King Cab, short bed, and regular cab, long bed) had a two-piece driveshaft with a center support bearing.
The 720 was assembled in the newly built Smyrna, Tennessee plant from the 1983.5 model year until 1986. However, Nissan of Mexico continued to build the pickup until 1991, 1992 being its last official model year. They were exported to the whole of Latin America.