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1981 Datsun 280zx 2+2

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:

1976 Datsun 280z

1980 Datsun 280ZX – 10th Anniversary

1980 Datsun 280zx

Cheers!

 

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1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel)

Happy first 2018 post! Let’s start it off with a bang – and wow this thing is cool.

The 1990 (I think) Toyota Town Ace.  Not just any Town Ace, this is the “Royal Lounge”.  Please somebody tell me there is a better named trim level out there.  “Royal Lounge” exudes excellence and luxury… I mean just look at this van! And it’s 4WD!!  And it’s a diesel!!!  This van is all combinations of right.

I am fairly confident this is an imported model which makes it even cooler. Although I spotted this in Los Angeles, it is rocking Oregon plates.  People will often register imports in other states because it is so difficult to register a imported vehicle in California. Enjoy!

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1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

This Plymouth Signet 200 transports us back to an era when… well… when Plymouth was still a car company.   Powered by ways of a measly slant 6, this Signet sloths along the Los Angeles roadways in search of fresh air and endless time. With 2 doors and no worries in the world… is there more you can ask for?

And when you’re finished here, check out previous Plymouth Valiant’s we have spotted:

1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

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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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1977 Cadillac DeVille Sedan

Look at this belching monstrosity of the late 70’s – full of glut, restricted big block V8’s and probably shag carpet. This 1977 Cadillac DeVille would have checked all the ‘must-haves’ of an elder car shopper.  Big, white, slow and the Cadillac badge plastered in various locations. I’m sure in it’s prime, this thing was luxurious – but this particular example has seen better days.

AND some information for ya’ll – via wiki of course:

Styling changes for 1975 brought dual rectangular headlamp lenses flanked by rectangular cornering lights wrapped around the body. A new cross hatched grille also appeared. Sedan de Villes now featured slim triangular quarter windows that mimicked the coach windows that appeared on Coupe de Villes the previous year. New standard equipment included front fender lamp monitors, power door locks, high energy ignition, steel-belted radial tires. The 210 hp 500 V8 replaced the 472 as the standard engine. Electronic fuel injection became optional in March 1975. Another option was the Astroroof with sliding sunshade that permitted use as an electrically operated sunroof or a transparent closed skylight. An ordinary sunroof panel was also available.

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