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:
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
Oh, hey there. I didn’t notice you standing there, poking my shoulder and screaming at me, “When will you publish a new LA Car Spotting post?!?!”
The truth is, I’ve been busy getting married and honeymooning. It takes a lot of planning and time to have a wedding ceremony and reception – especially if you do not have a wedding coordinator. But once the big day comes, it is all worth it. With so many friends and family members celebrating a joyous event with you, it’s unquestionably one of the best days.
Oh, the honeymoon was nice too. Maui, HI – a slice of paradise. And as we come full circle back to automobiles, we rented a 2 door Jeep Wrangler Sport to cruise around Maui. It was a fun vehicle and sits way higher than I expected. And what an off-roading vehicle it is, crushing obstacles such as gravel, dirt and small undulations with ease (/sarcasm – didn’t do any true off-roading)! Also, Maui is Toyota Tacoma country. Holy cow (they have a lot of cows too), there were so many Tacoma’s of all generations I couldn’t keep track.
Coming back to write a LACS post seems so natural. I missed it and I apologize for the lapse in posts. In November, I will try to do a post every other day to catch up!
Spotted this very clean Porsche 924 Turbo at the grocery store parking lot the other day. The 924 is a really cool example of VAG stretching it’s legs outside of the 911 market. There were roughly 15,000 of these made worldwide and given the less than stellar reliability of these cars, I’m sure more than a few have found their way to the pick-n-pull yards. It was dark out and I only had my phone with me so the pics are not great!
Check out other great Porsche’s we’ve spotted:
1978 Porsche 911 SC
1968 Porsche 911T
1985 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
For this month’s hodgepodge, I’ll post pictures from a recent charity car show I attended. I brought out the Canon T3i and a prime 50mm lens with me. In doing so, I was not able to capture a lot of full car pictures. Instead, I focused my attention on the details.
Enjoy a 50mm Crop-frame sensor perspective of some classic cars.
Superbly clean 1989 Porsche Carrera 2 spotted in Beverly Hills. I like most generations of the Porsche 911, except maybe the 996 model from 1999-2004 (for looks alone). This one has been retrofitted with projector headlights and aftermarket rims, which both fit the car well. It is hard to describe the paint color, which was stunning in person.
Check out other Porsche’s we’ve spotted
1978 Porsche 911 SC
1984 Porsche 911 Carrera
1968 Porsche 911T
I missed the end of the month hodgepodge post! In all fairness, I’ve been working many back-to-back 14 hour days and haven’t had the will power to turn on my computer. With my petty excuses aside, here is the February Hodgepodge. More posts on the way!
How could I have missed the end of month hodgepodge not once but twice! I hope everyone had a splendid labor day weekend. Well alas, here is the hodgepodge pictures of vehicles that didn’t quite get featured.
Apologize for the delayed postings everybody – very busy recently! Today we have a beautiful 1978 Porsche 911 SC Targa. I have always been a huge fan of the Porsche Targa and Targa tops in general. This one is bathed in all white and is looking pristine for a nearly 40 year old sports car.
Check out Porsche AG website for interesting information about classic Porsche’s.
Spotted this wonderfully Copper/Red Porsche 911 Carrera from the mid 80’s. Porsche did not make the Carrera from 1978-1983 so this particular street driven example was the first year it came back.
Some information about the mid 80’s Carrera’s via Wiki:
With the 911’s future assured, 1983 saw the launch of a replacement for the successful SC series. It was the MY 1984 911 3.2 Carrera, reviving the Carrera name for the first time since 1977. The 911 3.2 Carrera was the last iteration in the original 911 series, with all subsequent models featuring new body styling with new brake, electronic and suspension technologies.
A new, higher-displacement motor, a 3.2-liter horizontally opposed flat 6 cylinder, was utilized. At the time, Porsche claimed it was 80% new. The new swept volume of 3164 cc was achieved using the 95 mm (3.7 in) bore (from the previous SC model) combined with the 1978 Turbo 3.3 crankshaft’s 74.4 mm (2.9 in) stroke. In addition, higher domed pistons increased the compression ratio from 9.8 to 10.3:1 (although only 9.5:1 for the US market). New inlet manifold and exhaust systems were fitted. The 915 transmission was carried over from the SC series for the first three model years. In 1987, the Carrera got a new five-speed gearbox sourced from Getrag, model number G50 with proven Borg-Warner synchronizers. This slightly heavier version also featured a hydraulically operated clutch.
With the new engine, power was increased to 207 bhp (154 kW; 210 PS) at 5900 rpm for North American-delivered cars and to 231 bhp (172 kW; 234 PS) at 5900 rpm for most other markets. This version of the 911 accelerated 0– 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h) as measured by Autocar. Factory times were more modest: 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds for the US version and 6.1 seconds for cars outside the American market.
Another classic Porsche from the late 1960’s graces our site this fine Tuesday. Draped in a beautiful dark blue color, this Porsche 911T exhibits a strong yet subtle presence. Enjoy.
Some information via Porsche AG:
In September 1963, Porsche presented the Porsche 901 at the IAA in Frankfurt as a successor to the Porsche 356. One year later, as of model year 1965, series production of the model began and it was renamed the 911 shortly thereafter.
Originally built only as a Coupé, the 911 had an integral body-frame and was powered by a new 2.0-litre flat-six engine, which initially delivered 130 hp.
The “Touring” version became the new entry-level model in the 911 family, initially developing 110 hp and later 130 hp. Its equipment matched that of the four-cylinder 912 model. One of the ways in which it could be distinguished from more powerful models was the fact that it had a silver rather than a gold logo.