The month of March has come to a close and what a month it has been. It was a turbulent month, filled COVID-19 panic and non-stop news coverage on the issue. One could say that March Madness takes on a whole new meaning. The president has called for the veil of chaos to be lifted by Easter – some applaud the move and some say it is too early – I tend to agree to the latter. I think we are in this state of existence for the next few months, at least until widespread testing for both the virus and the antibodies becomes readily available. Only time will tell.
I hope that I can continue to spot cars and share with everyone in the coming months. My mobility around Los Angeles county has been limited to my own neighborhood and the occasional trip to the grocery store. In order to keep the content rolling, some cars I spot in the coming months may be a little more mundane.
In the meantime, enjoy this sparse end of month Hodgepodge for March 2020.
Spotted another cool truck the other day. This one is a mid-70’s Ford Ranger in the XLT trim. I am really digging the two-tone paint and the general aesthetics of this particular truck. With the resurrection of the beloved Ford Ranger, now finally in dealer showrooms, it is refreshing to see the wise older sibling still roaming the streets. Enjoy
Check out some other Ford Rangers we have spotted:
1966 Ford F-100 Long Bed Custom Cab
1969 Ford F-250 Ranger
1967 Ford F-100 Ranger
1964 Ford F-100 Pickup truck
Hey all. Spotted a lovely 1983 Dodge Ram D150 pickup truck. This Ran, parked around Highland park, is in great condition and seems mostly stock. Do I have to reiterate the joy in finding a vintage vehicle on the road in Los Angeles!? It warms the soul to see these types of older model vehicles slowly meandering around neighborhoods and bustling city streets.
On a side note, I’ve often wondered what would happen to older vehicles if even MORE strict emissions standards were in place. California already has some of the most stringent standards in the nation (while many other states have followed their lead), with an exemption to vehicles made before 1975. If the laws were changed, would we be robbed of seeing a moving, driving example of automotive history on a daily basis? Would all vintage vehicles be vanquished to the confines of a museum or a garage, only allowed to be driven xxx amount of miles per year? Street parked cars of the current and past years would be a thing of the past.
As climate change continues to be at the forefront of national and worldwide news, and automotive emissions taking the fair share of the emission contribution, it only seems inevitable for something of this nature to take affect. The automotive industry seems to be barreling towards an electric future and I believe the classic car industry will follow suit. Electric crate motors are on the horizon, and many classic car restorers are already doing custom electric conversions. The aforementioned company has already begun a limited production on Electric Minis, running 100 of them out of their factory. I recently watched a video of a fully electric 1970’s Porsche 911 that retained a manual transmission. How is that even possible without a petrol engine?!
Electric is the automotive future and we better get used to it.
Spotted a lovely 1970’s Datsun 1300 truck as the sun set on Atwater village in Los Angeles. The truck sat idly on a small side street as festivities ensued nearby. has a Fiji water bottle. The paint looks relatively nice and the truck overall appears to be in great condition. Enjoy.
Spotted this Chevy C10 pickup street parked in a quiet neighborhood. The first generation C10 had a mid cycle update during 1963/1964. It is easy to distinguish between the earlier and the later 1st generation C10’s by the windshield. This first generation C10 has a windshield that wraps around and slants towards the rear. The later half of this generation has a windshield that does not wrap around as much, and finishes with a slant towards the front. Take a look at this 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup we spotted a few months ago to look at the subtle difference. Enjoy
Spotted this 1960 Chevy C20 pickup after the rain subsided. I have a particular distaste to the styling of the 1960-1961 Chevy C/K trucks. Mostly, it’s the turn signals and embellishment around them that kills it for me. The rest of the truck is fine, but I can’t support those nostrils on the front end. This is just an opinion and and here at LACS, we accept all cars as equal… no matter how ugly they are. Enjoy.
And check out some other Chevy pickups we have spotted:
1965 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup
1982 Chevrolet Silverado C10 Pickup
1967 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup Truck
Here we have spotted a 1972 Jeep J2000, previously known as the Jeep Gladiator up until 1971. There is a V8 badge on the side of the truck, so my guess is that is has the 5.0L AMC V8 under the hood. I especially like the Orange paint job with the white rims.
And check out some other Jeep’s we have spotted:
1982 Jeep CJ-7
1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Here is one that you don’t see everyday – A International D-Series pickup from what I’m guessing is 1965. I tend to see the International Scouts much more often, but this is a first for me. The contrast between the paint job and the paint on the wheels is startling. Enjoy some pics of this now defunct light American truck company (they make big trucks now).
And check out Scout posts:
1977 International Harvester Scout II
1978 International Scout II
I don’t know what is going on with this truck but I kind of like it. It is a mash-up of many different styles, almost as if somebody pulled different modification choices from a hat. It’s a JDM Nascar pickup truck and I dig it’s uniqueness. Bravo to it’s indecisive owner.
And check out some other Toyota Pickups we’ve spotted:
1976 Toyota Pickup Truck
1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup
Hello. Spotted recently around Los Angeles is this 1982 Chevy C10 pickup with a hard top cap. This C/K truck still proudly displays it’s 4×4 badge is clearly on the fender. This one caught my eye because it appears to be in great condition – sporting a nice red paint job and even the chrome is still shining bright! Enjoy
71 mach 1
Hello and happy Independence Day – The day American’s celebrate the pillaging of land from…. I mean, a day American’s celebrate their independence from Great Britain. We commence celebrations with cookouts, booze, bonding with friends and family, and massive amounts of fireworks. Here at LACS, we will celebrate with a throwback to some of our favorite classic American made cars we’ve spotted.