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April 2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

It’s the end of April and another month of quarantine and solitude has passed.  While our view of normality and our social lives have withered, our daily walks and Zoom calls have increased. With all that has happened and will happen, there will always be cars parked on the street 🙂 Enjoy

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1992 Chevrolet Astro EXT Gemini Conversion Van

Spotted this Chevy Astro Gemini Conversion van on a walk.  When I was younger, I thought that conversion vans were kind of shitty but I now see the appeal.  What better way to transport your whole family in comfort and in a reasonable sized package. Also, the paint scheme on these conversion vans are simply amazing.  Google C”hevy Astro conversion van” and you will find a ba-gillion different color and pinstripe design combos.

My family used to own a regular non-conversion style Chevy Astro that was a stick shift of all things – I think it was maroon in color. How cool is that. Enjoy

Don’t forget to check out some other sweet vans:

1993 Toyota HiAce Super Custom (4th Gen)

1991 Mitsubishi Delica LS Van

1964 Ford Econoline Van

 

 

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1962 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

My wife and I took a trip to San Diego recently to visit a friend. After a taste-testing a local brewery, we meandered the streets on a cool Sunday afternoon. We turned the corner and this 1962 Plymouth Valiant was parked perfectly for a few photos. Enjoy

And check out some other Plymouth Valiant’s we’ve spotted:

1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

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1977 Pontiac Trans Am

You’re cruising down the freeway, T-tops down with the crisp air blowing all around you.  The sun trickles in through the tree canopy as the speedometer needle reaches for another peg.  Your Trans-Am engine rumbles as you cross past a brightly colored billboard.  Your sense heighten, your hair stands on end as your rear-view mirror illuminates blue and red. SHIT!!! It’s the Five-Oh… the Police. You hit the GO pedal with all your might, slamming it to the floor as the transmission downshifts and the V8 roars to life.  You fly down the open country road as the police interceptor becomes a small dot behind you.

Remember the movie “Smokey and the Bandit”? That was a brief intro to get you fired up for the car we spotted today.  While not the iconic Black and Gold Pontiac Trans Am from the movie, the Trans Am we spotted still conjures up images from the movie: 1970’s bravado, chest hair and bell bottom jeans. Now where is the Snowman?!?

Enjoy this spotting, with more to come! And don’t forget to check out other classic Pontiac’s we’ve spotted.

1970 Pontiac Bonneville 455

1969 Pontiac GTO

1982 Pontiac Firebird

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

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November ’18 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Here we are again, the end of another month. It can only mean one thing… hodgepodge! Where I select all the random photos of vehicles that didn’t get a post to themselves this month. Enjoy.

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1995 Isuzu Trooper

Good morning or evening or whatever time it is for you. Here we have a 1995 Isuzu Trooper – basically an SUV that everybody re-branded.  Take your pick: Acura, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Holden, Opel, Subaru, Vauxhall.  Yea yea, I know… most of them are GM products. But hey,  here is the 2nd Generation, US Market Isuzu Trooper. Enjoy

And check out this 1986 Isuzu Trooper II (1st Gen) we spotted a couple months ago.

 

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October ’18 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Happy end of October! Another month has concluded and with it, the LACS hodgepodge makes it’s appearance.  Yet again, this one is light because of the wedding.

This month, we only posted 2 car spottings.  One was a 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo cloaked in black and sporting excellent chrome wheels; a perfect match. We also saw a 1970 Cadillac DeVille – man are those big cars.

Enjoy this and look forward to even more next month!

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1970 Cadillac DeVille

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your holiday, whether you get to relax with friends and family or if you have to work.

Spotted this beautiful Cadillac Sedan parked near Venice, CA.  I believe it is the DeVille model but it might also be the Fleetwood.  Let me know – how can one tell the difference?  It may lack the finish and polish of a restored version, but this Caddy still has flair and I love the body lines. Enjoy

Check out some other Cadillac’s we’ve spotted:

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

1967 Cadillac Sedan De Ville

1977 Cadillac DeVille Sedan

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August – End of Month Hodgepodge

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.

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1973 Buick Electra Sedan

The 1973 Buick Electra sedan.  I could hardly recognize this as an Electra when I compare it to the 1961 Buick Electra 255 we spotted before.  The generation from 1961 has a much more elegant, sophisticated look to it. This 1973 version is bulbous, and unsightly.  In all fairness, this particular example is not in very nice shape and I must say even so, the lines on the car are refreshingly simple and proportional. Enjoy

And check out some other classic Buick’s we’ve spotted:

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Coupe (3rd Gen)

1971 Buick Skylark Hardtop Coupe

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1970 Pontiac Bonneville 455

Spotted this transitional Pontiac Bonneville in Mid-Wilshire.  I call this year the transitional year for the Bonneville since it was the year between the beautiful designs of the 1960’s and 1950’s and the years after.  I do not need to tell you that Bonneville’s from 1971 and onward were not the pinnacle of automotive design. This one is sporting a massive 455 (7.5L) GM motor under the hood that supposedly was rated at 370 HP. That is a lot of horsepower – although this behemoth needed it to move about. Whether those were gross (read – bench test) 1970 numbers is up for debate.

Check out some other Pontiac’s we’ve spotted:

1965 Pontiac Bonneville

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1970 Pontiac Bonneville Station Wagon