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A Reflection of 2018

The end of the year has come and gone; it is time to reflect and look back on 2018.  And what a great year it was. We had a lot of fun spotting a variety of cars and trucks around Los Angeles.  We are thankful that Los Angeles provides us with warm weather and sunshine for most of the year, thus preserving beautiful vintage, mid-modern and current vehicles from the grips of rust. The near constant sunshine means that people actually DRIVE these cars year round, a blessing not found in many other cities or states. Los Angeles provides for us sunshine and awesome cars, and I want to pass that on to everyone reading.  That’s what this site is all about; finding cool street cars and sharing them with the world. We especially want to thank you, the reader and viewers of LACS. We do this for you.

The 2019 year should shake out to be a big one for LA car spotting.  We plan to expand the web content to include videos and more editorial content.

Also, don’t forget to write 2019 on all your checks and other docs you sign 😉

Here’s a look back at our favorite spotting’s in 2018:

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1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

It took me forever to figure out what this car was.  I knew it was a Pontiac, but I kept looking for Pontiac’s made in the 1960’s. I was looking in the wrong decade!

So here it is, a 1973 Pontiac Catalina and oh boy is this one beat up, rusty and generally run down.  But still, it lives on the street and probably drives. I am confident that with the alternating street cleaning schedule in Los Angeles, that it at least starts and moves to the other side of the street. Enjoy.

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (classic vintage car) (1)1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (classic vintage car) (2)1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (classic vintage car) (3)

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1964 Ford F-100 Pickup truck

Spotted this ragtag Ford F-Series Pickup truck around Echo Park in Los Angeles. Love these old Ford trucks – inspiring to see people driving these around some 50 + years later.

And check out some other old Ford F-series we have spotted:

1969 Ford F-250 Ranger

1969 Ford F-250 Ranger | Camper Special

1967 Ford F-100 Ranger

1959 Ford F-100 Custom Cab

1964 Ford F-Series Pickup truck F-100 (1)1964 Ford F-Series Pickup truck F-100 (2)

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1980 Datsun 280zx

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:

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1984 Nissan 720 Single Cab Pickup Truck

1974 Datsun B210 Coupe

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1989 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX

Check out this big 4 door Crown Victoria. Gloriously square and proud of it, this Ford LTD is the epitome of police forces nationwide in the grand ol’ USA during the early 1990’s.  Put some bumper bars and some black/white paint on this barge and you’d fool anyone still mentally stuck in the 80’s/90’s.

And don’t forget to check out previous LTD inspired cars we have spotted:

1987 Ford Country Squire station wagon

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1967 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup Truck

Something must be said about the subdued nature of old work trucks.  It is in their utilitarian “blood” to be used, abused and receive snarling glances from passer-bys.  This C-10 Chevy is one of those examples.  Tattered and torn, this truck shows the tell-tale signs of age, use and probably a little neglect.  But as it is parked on the street, I assume that 327 under the hood still puts the ponies to the pavement.

Check out other Chevy C/K pickups we have previously spotted:

1973 Chevy C-10 Step side Pickup

Mid 60’s Chevy Suburban

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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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1973 Chevrolet Nova

Spotted this early 70’s Chevy Nova parked outside a coffee shop in Echo Park.  This Nova is sporting a conglomerate of body panels, an aftermarket hood and upgraded rims. With those type of rims, I doubt this Nova is getting much in the way of brake cooling.  Hope it doesn’t find itself at an autocross anytime soon!

And check out our other Chevy Nova’s we have spotted:

1974 Chevrolet Nova Sedan

73 Nova (2)73 Nova (1)73 Nova (3)

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1969 Ford F-250 Ranger

Another classic Ford Ranger seen in Highland Park – Los Angeles.  This Ranger is sporting a two-tone paint job that has been relentlessly beaten by the Southern California sun.  No man or woman shall ride off into the sunset without a Ranger by their side.

Check out some other Ford Ranger’s we have featured:

1967 Ford F-100 Ranger

1969 Ford F-250 Ranger | Camper Special

1969 Ford F-250 Ranger (4)1969 Ford F-250 Ranger (5)1969 Ford F-250 Ranger (6)1969 Ford F-250 Ranger (7)

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1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

Up for viewing today is a mid 90’s Buick Roadmaster. You guessed it, this thing dominates the road, it is the master of pavements, destroyer of rear tires and hauler of many things. What could be more quintessential American than crushing the blacktop with this beast automobile? I think nothing.

 

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1984 Toyota 4Runner (N60)

There revered Toyota 4Runner, still in production today, was once not much more than a Pickup with a cover and extra seats. This 4×4 Hilux has a decent lift and rocks upgraded rims and tires.  Looks ready to tackle off-road trails!

1985 Toyota 4Runner N60 (2)1985 Toyota 4Runner N60 (1)

Check out previous Toyota’s and cool trucks we have featured:

1984 Toyota Land Cruiser

1984 Nissan 720 Single Cab Pickup Truck

1973 Chevy C-10 Step side Pickup


Some information via Wiki:

For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1984, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year.
Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were not conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.
In North America, they were sold from the 1984½ model year from May 1984. For this first year (March to July 1984 production), all models were equipped with black or white fiberglass tops. An SR5 trim package was offered that upgraded the interior: additional gauges, better fabrics, and a rear seat were standard with the package. All 1984 models were equipped with the carbureted 2.4 L 22R engine and were all available with a four-wheel-drive system that drove the front wheels through a solid front axle.
1985 (August 1984 production) saw the arrival of the electronically fuel-injected 2.4 L 22R-E also called 22R-EC I4 engine. This upped the horsepower numbers from 100 hp for the 22R, to 116 hp for the 22R-E Engine, though the carbureted engine remained available until 1988. Additionally, rear seats were available in all 1985 4Runner trim levels, not just the more upscale SR5.

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