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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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1971 Ford Mustang Coupe

Here we are, back at it with a new month of car spotting here at LACS.  It’s December; the Christmas decorations are out and people are out shopping en masse. Meanwhile, I’m over here taking pictures of a 1971 Ford Mustang Coupe parked on a side street.  This one appears to be a 6-cylinder model and is in awesome condition. Enjoy the pics.

And check out other Mustangs we’ve spotted:

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1968 Ford Mustang Coupe

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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 Mercedes Benz 280SEL (W108)

Spotted this very clean and classy 1970’s Mercedes parked on the street the other day.  I wish I could have taken some pictures of the front of this Benz, however it was parked behind another vehicle we spotted on this site (HONDA CVCC).  Less than 20,000 of these 280SEL units were produced worldwide. The car had the longer wheelbase of the W109, but lacked the pneumatic suspension and other features of the 300SEL.

Check out some other sweet, older style Mercedes-Benz sedans:

1971 Mercedes 280SE Sedan (W108)

1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel Sedan

1992 Mercedes-Benz E500

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1971 Chevy Nova Sedan

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

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1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

Spotted what I believe to be a 1970 Plymouth Valiant by Manhattan beach on a overcast Sunday.  This one may have spent most of it’s life at the beach, judging by the visible sill rust. None the less a very cool car.

 

Some other Valiant’s/Duster’s we have featured:

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

1963 Dodge Dart Wagon

1973 Dodge Dart Sedan

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1984 Toyota Land Cruiser

The infamous Toyota Land Cruiser.  They just don’t make them like this anymore – and by that I mean big, reliable and void of creature comforts. Of course it gets awful gas mileage and rides like a brick with wheels but that’s all the fun!

Information via Wiki:

The J70 was introduced as a soft-top, hard-top, FRP top, utility, cab-chassis, and Troop Carrier (inward facing rear seats).The petrol engine was replaced with a 4.0 L 3F engine. The 70 Light had a four-wheel coil spring solid-axle suspension for better ride quality. This lighter duty version of the Land Cruiser had the 22R 2.4 L gasoline engine, 2L and 2L-T (turbo) 2.4 L diesel engines commonly found in the Toyota Hilux. The 70 Light was sold in some markets as the Bundera or the Landcruiser II, later called 70 Prado. The 70 Prado eventually became popular and evolved into the 90. An automatic transmission (A440F) was introduced making it the first four-wheel drive Japanese vehicle with an automatic transmission.

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End of Month Hodgepodge

I take a lot of photos of vehicles I find on the street. Not all of them make the cut for various reasons. At the end of each month, I will post up the pictures of these decrepit rejects. Enjoy!

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1963 Dodge Dart Wagon

This wonderful wagon was spotted in Los Angeles.  Classic vintage metal with a long-roof is always welcome at LA Car Spotting.

Information about the dart wagon via Wikipedia:

For 1963, Dodge made a last-minute decision to drop the Lancer name in favor of Dart for Dodge’s newly designed “senior compact”, a marketing term referring to the wheelbase having grown to 111 in. from the Lancer’s 106.5 in. This longer wheelbase used the same A-body suspension of the Valiant and defunct Lancer, and would underpin all Darts from 1963 to 1976 except the 1963–1966 station wagons which used the Valiant’s (106 in. wheelbase) and the 1971–1976 Demon/Sport which used the Plymouth Duster’s 108 in. wheelbase. The longer wheelbase gave more rear seat legroom than the previous Lancer or the contemporaneous Valiant. The Dart was available as a 2- or 4-door sedan, a 2-door hardtop coupe, a station wagon, and a convertible. Three trim levels were offered: the low-spec 170, the high-spec 270, and the premium GT, which was available only as a 2-door hardtop or convertible. The 1963 Dart has a turning radius of 38.9 ft.
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1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

Back to the vintage American metal, something LA has in abundance. Here we have a very orange 1967 4 door sedan coded the Valiant Signet.  Check out this cool website that gives you quite a thorough history of the Plymouth/Dodge/Chrysler – http://www.valiant.org/

Some information about the Valiant via http://valiant.org/ – written by Lanny Knutson

A mini Mercedes is what Plymouth product planners were calling it, according to Hot Rod‘s writers. The claim reveals something about the engineers’ thoughts as they designed the car. Unlike its sibling, the Dodge Dart, the Valiant had no sporty hardtops or convertibles for ’67; those bodies had been moved to the new Barracuda line. Thus the Valiant was slated to be the corporate “formal” compact while the Dart would carry the sporty image.
There were just two Valiant models, the 100 and the Signet. Through 1966 the latter was either a hardtop or convertible. For ’67 it was “just” a sedan with either two or four doors. However, with the above mentioned trim and optional bucket scats and a possible four-on-the-floor if equipped with a V8, it could relive some of its past glory, most of which went over to the Barracuda line.
There was a Valiant 200 but technically it was a decor option for the 100 offering full-length bright body moldings, a interior mid-range between the 100 and the Signet plus a greater choice of interior and paint colors than available on the 100. For the first time, no wagon version of the Valiant was available. Plymouth, for one year, vainly attempted to replace it with a stripped-down Belvedere wagon.
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1968 Ford Mustang Coupe

The iconic classic muscle car; the Ford Mustang Coupe.  Although not the venerable Fastback from the late 60’s (seen in movies such as “Bullitt”), the Mustang Coupe holds it’s own in the hearts of many.


Some information about the Mustang via Wikipedia.

The Ford Mustang was brought out five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. The early production versions are often referred to as “1964½ models” but all Mustangs were advertised, VIN coded and titled by Ford as 1965 models, though minor design updates for fall 1965 contribute to tracking 1964½ production data separately from 1965 data with production beginning in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964; the new car was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964[11] at the New York World’s Fair.