“Looks like a Chrysler” my friend said when I showed him this picture of a 1987 Renault Alliance. I said to him, “yea, it does kind of look like a K platform car”. We’re not totally wrong in thinking this. The Alliance was manufactured and marketed in North America by American Motors Corporation (AMC) – the same company that was contributing to Jeeps development in the 1970’s and 1980’s. AMC has a long and interesting history that started out in the 1950’s – they produced their own vehicles but always had their hands in partnerships and developments during their existence. During a decade of their existence, from the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s, Renault and AMC were intertwined. In a strange string of events, shareholder ownership of AMC was changing hands from Renault to Chrysler at the same time that this 1987 Renault Alliance was hitting the market. Coincidence!>?!>!?!?
Anyway, enjoy some pics of this sweet 1987 Renault Alliance Convertible and don’t forget to check out some other Renault and AMC car’s we’ve spotted:
1978 Renault LeCar
1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
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 a 1965 Mercury Monterey Coupe in a fabulous faded yellow the other day (when Los Angeles was not locked down). I have always been a fan of big old coupes – look that the size of that trunk!! Now that I’ve been coupe’d up in our house for the past 2+ weeks, I can’t wait to get out and go to a car show. Spring is typically the start of the car show season around the nation, so I know many of you will feel the same. Enjoy these car spotting photos to hold you over!
And check out some other Mercury cars we’ve spotted before:
1963 Mercury Meteor Custom
1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible
Spotted a Dodge Colt Vista while on a walk last month. This “mini” minivan may not be the most exciting vehicle to grace our earth, but I can honestly say that I’ve never seen one in person. It stands out to me as being very practical and compact – LACS approved.
Don’t forget to check out some other Dodge/Plymouth spottings:
1972 Plymouth Duster
1989 Dodge Raider
1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet
1984 Dodge Ram D150 Prospector – Short Bed
Spotted a bright red Chevy C10 pickup truck in Burbank not long ago. This was from a few days ago, when Californian’s were allowed to go outside for leisure (expect other large cities or states to follow this order)! I have a few more spotting pictures in the bank that I’ll post over the next few days to keep us all sane.
Don’t forget to search for your favorite vehicles at the bottom of the web site. Here is a sample of a few C10’s and Silverado’s we have spotted.
1982 Chevrolet Silverado C10 Pickup
1962 Chevrolet C10 Pickup Truck
1972 Chevrolet C10 pickup (CK Chassis)
1965 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup
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 Mercedes 230 sedan parked down the street from the last Volvo 122s we spotted in our last post. Our testament of keeping old vehicles road worthy still stands, so this Mercedes-Benz has captured that special place in our hearts. Enjoy.
And check out some other Classic Mercedes vehicles we have spotted:
1971 Mercedes Benz 280s (W108)
1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon (W123)
1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel Sedan