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1990 Ferrari 348 TS

The Ferrari 348. As some people call it, the black sheep of Ferrari.  A lot of critics and Ferrari fanatics were not fond of the car, saying it was slow and uncontrollable at the limit. What really hurt Ferrari when they produced this car, is that Ferrari was going up against a new breed of Japanese sports car – The Honda NSX. During this time period, the Japanese economy was booming and Japanese Automakers were feverishly engineering and introducing new cars to the market. The NSX was a precisely engineered Mid Engine car (like the 348) that produced similar performance figures (and better gas mileage) from it’s V6 engine.  The Ferrari 348, many say, was archaic in comparison and felt downright dull.

Even so, we look at one parked on the street and can’t help but pick our jaws up from the ground.  In my opinion, the black sheep Ferrari still holds some appeal.  It has superb styling and exudes a wonderful sound from the Tipo V8 under the (rear) hood. This one is in great condition and sports nicely fitted aftermarket rims.  The TS in the name represents that this model is the Transversale Spider, or basically a targa top. Enjoy the pics.

**Edit – Attached the pics!

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1985 Ford Bronco II

What do we have here? A 1985 Ford Bronco II.

Back to normal car spotting you say? You bet – finishing out the year strong.

This Bronco II is sporting a “custom” grille and what looks to be Ford Explorer rims, although I can’t be certain.

I’ll have a video out of this car before the end of the year. It will be a trial run of what I want to do for 2019. Enjoy.

 

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1987 Ford Country Squire station wagon

Yeeehawww! Something about the name ‘Country Squire’ just makes me want to jump straight into a Western movie with my six shooter and wrangling some livestock.  Maybe that’s the feeling Ford was trying to evoke with the name and format of the mid 1980’s Ford Country Squire.  Whatever their purpose with the naming mechanism was, they pulled it off with a long roof and faux wood paneling flanking the sides of the ‘Country Squire’.  Long live the station wagons.

Check out previous station wagons that we’ve spotted:

1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

1970 Ford Galaxie Station Wagon

1988 Chevy Caprice Classic Wagon

Don’t forget to read up on the seventh generation Country Squire wagon by Ford via our favorite free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia:

CLICK HERE for that info (opens in new window).

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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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1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet

As I took a picture of this car, I was swept away to high school days with a Rabbit Cabriolet leaving on the last day of school, teenagers filled to the brim.  Why does this vehicle seem so quintessential to summer days and young folks?  It is the perfect combination of affordable transportation and top-down summer fun body architecture.

We’ve posted a few different classic Volkswagen vehicles at LACS so make sure to check out our previous posts – just hit that search button!

Here is some brief info about the VW Cabriolet.

The convertible version, named the Golf Cabriolet (or Typ 155) in Europe and Canada (“Rabbit Convertible” in America originally and renamed in 1985 to “Cabriolet”), was sold from 1980 to 1993. It had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar, and a high level of trim, and kept the pre-1980 style of rear lamp clusters. The Mk1 Cabriolet is of unibody construction built entirely at the factory of Karmann, from stamping to final assembly; Volkswagen supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The vinyl or cloth tops were heavily insulated and manually – or beginning in 1991, electrically – operated, with a heated glass rear window.
The body of the Cabriolet did not change through the entire production run except for a larger fuel tank. The space saver wheel was fitted from the outset in 1978, when pre production models were built, unlike the saloon which adopted this in 1984. In an attempt by Volkswagen to keep the car’s styling current, all Cabriolets from 1988 on were fitted with a “Clipper” kit out of the factory, featuring smooth body-coloured bumpers, wheelarch extensions, and side skirts.
Prior to the 1984 model year the highest standard specification was the GLI, essentially a GTI but sporting a different moniker. It was only in 1984 that an officially badged GTI version of the cabriolet finally became available.

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1999 Mercedes Benz SL500 (R129)

Spotted this very clean and well-looked after example of the Mercedes Benz SL500 from the 1990’s.  I have always admired the styling on the SL series and I believe it holds up well in the over 20 years since this chassis was released. And you can’t go wrong with a 5 liter V8 under the hood 🙂

Check out some other Mercedes Benz vehicles we have spotted.

1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEC AMG

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon (W123)

1992 Mercedes-Benz E500

Some info about this vehicle:

The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadsters were produced from 1989 through 2002. The R129 replaced the R107 in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 SL-Class in 2002 for the 2003 model year.
The R129 was produced as a two-door, two-seat roadster with an automated (electro-hydraulic), collapsible textile roof, with a shell-like, color-matched, tonneau cover. All R129s came standard with an aluminum detachable hardtop that was fitted by folding the canvas roof down and manually attaching the hardtop.

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1984 Audi 5000 S (C3 – Audi 100)

The ought forgotten Audi 5000 series was a transitional period for Audi, with humdrum styling and nothing to note in the performance department. Yet this vehicle was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for 1984 and 1985. Over 30 years later, this Audi 5000 still holds it’s head high as it meanders through the streets of Los Angeles searching for grocery parking lots.

Some information about the Audi 5000/100 via Wikipedia:

The Audi 100 and Audi 200 are four-door, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive full-size/executive sedans manufactured and marketed by the Audi division of the Volkswagen Group for model years 1968 through 1994 — across four generations (C1-C4), with a two-door model available in the first and second generation (C1-2) and a five-door wagon available in the third (C3) generation.
The third generation Audi 100/5000 was widely noted for its advanced aerodynamic design solutions, which included pin-located, flush side windows — and achieved a drag coefficient of 0.30.
The C2 and C3 models of the Audi 100 were marketed initially in the United States as the Audi 5000 (1984-1988) and in South Africa as the Audi 500.

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1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEC AMG

I absolutely love this car – big coupe, black on black, widebody AMG.  It looks like something that an evil villain would drive.  This is a pretty rare car from MB and I’m glad I spotted one around Los Angeles. I’m also happy to say that I’ve seen the owner driving this car around – and as we all know here at LACS – cars are meant to be driven!

Some info I scooped from carscoops.com (go check their site out):

This original 560 SEC 6.0 AMG Wide Body is arguably one of the most desirable high-performance AMGs ever created. Not only because it’s believed that fewer than 50 units were built, but also due to the company’s expertise, which transformed the big Benz into a unique creation.
The car is powered by a bore-out 6.0-Litre V8, designed and built at Affalterbach, which uses an AMG custom quad-cam head with four valves per cylinder, producing twice the torque at half the engine speed of the original 5.6-litre Mercedes-Benz engine. The total outpout is 385 hp and it is transmitted to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Moreover, the tuner’s signature continues on the outside that’s oh-so-80s, as the car was fitted with distinctive front and rear fenders and door panels that allowed much wider wheels to be fitted.
This original 560 SEC 6.0 AMG Wide Body is arguably one of the most desirable high-performance AMGs ever created. Not only because it’s believed that fewer than 50 units were built, but also due to the company’s expertise, which transformed the big Benz into a unique creation.
The car is powered by a bore-out 6.0-Litre V8, designed and built at Affalterbach, which uses an AMG custom quad-cam head with four valves per cylinder, producing twice the torque at half the engine speed of the original 5.6-litre Mercedes-Benz engine. The total outpout is 385 hp and it is transmitted to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox.
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1982 Pontiac Firebird

Think knight rider.  Think Smokey and the bandit. What comes to mind? — The Pontiac Trans Am — A vehicle as famous as the actors in both those films. Here’s one in Glendale, California!