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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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1991 Mazda Miata “Modified”

What do we have here? A 1991 Miata with some… modifications.  I mean, who doesn’t love the Mazda Miata? It’s a low-cost, lightweight, RWD reliable Japanese sports convertible. That’s a great combination of adjectives right there, and it led Mazda to great sales success when it first launched. Mazda STILL makes the Miata, almost 30 years later. If anyone ever asks you what car they should buy, no matter what their criteria is, the answer is always Miata.

So the answer is Miata, and the answer to this owner was to pimp out his Miata and make it “Euro Spec” – as the badge indicates. I’m not sure the answer IS Miata in this case. This Miata looks like an early still-in-training attempt from Xzibit and the “Pimp my Ride” crew. I mean, the wheel style and fitment are OK but the wing looks like it was installed upside down?! There are definitely some questionable modifications performed on this Miata.   However, I always respect people’s vehicle modification choices, even if I don’t agree with them.

Also, Merry Christmas to everyone. Enjoy your time with family and friends.  And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, than happy holidays for whatever you celebrate.

Cheers

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LA Auto Show- Day 1 of 3 post

Hello all!

We made a visit to the LA Auto Show this year and it was a blast.  A lot of electric vehicle and autonomous tech dominated the show.  Today is part 1 of 3, where you’ll find vehicles from Porsche, Cadillac, Hyundai, Mercedes, and BMW. Enjoy

 

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1981 Toyota Corolla Coupe (TE72)

Spotted a wonderfully bright yellow Toyota Corolla Coupe from the early 1980’s. Toyota decided to sadly switch to a FWD layout with the thrid generation of Corolla. None-the-less, it still sports the peppy 1.8L 4-cylinder motor and rocks a charming boxy sheet metal style.

Check out previous Toyota Corolla’s we have spotted:

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

1980 Toyota Tercel Hatchback (basically a corolla 😉

An if you want to read some more info about the E70 (3rd gen) Toyota Corolla, click HERE

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1967 Chevy Nova SS w/ Blower

Now this is quite the spectacle.  It is not everyday you see a blown Chevy Nova SS with the FREAKIN BLOWER coming out of the hood.  I mean…. come on. I ascertain that these superchargers are large because the boost technology was not as efficient as now-a-days.  The real reason? I will never know for certain – mostly because I’m too lazy to look it up. Enjoy these pics.

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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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1987 Chevrolet Camaro Iroc-Z

Here we have a quintessential American automobile – The 1987 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z.  Does the 1980’s Camaro still conjur up images of Mullets and american flag embroidered jean jackets?  For me, the stereotype has faded but the glory of the IROC-Z lives on.

And…. check out previous Camaro spottings:

1974 Chevrolet Camaro (2nd Gen)

1978 Chevy Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro 327

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