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March 2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hey all,

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.

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1965 Mercury Monterey Coupe

Hey everyone,

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

 

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1988 Dodge Colt Vista

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

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1984 Chevrolet C10 Silverado (stepside)

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

 

 

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1980 Porsche 911 SC

Hey all,

Today we are showcasing a beautiful 1980 Porsche 911 SC wrapped in a what can only be described as a Gold Velour. The cactus and concrete make for a great background as well. This Porsche is in fantastic condition and appears to be mostly original – worth quite a lot on the open market.  This would be a “bring-a-trailer” high bidding car for sure!

Don’t forget to check our previous 911’s we spotted (Or scroll to the bottom of the page and search for ‘Porsche’ or’911′):

1978 Porsche 911 SC

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

1968 Porsche 911T

Enjoy. Cheers

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1983 Dodge Ram D150 + Electric Chat

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.

 

 

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1970 Datsun 521 truck (1300)

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.

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1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0

Today we have on display, a Alfa Romeo GTV6 that was spotted in LA. This beautiful Alfa looks to be in exceptional condition, sporting some aftermarket rims and a brilliant red paint. The GTV6 sounds great and has great handling for it’s period. And you cannot mistake it’s uniquely Alfa Romeo styling. This car checks a lot of boxes for enthusiasts looking for a somewhat rare, desirable and fun-to-drive car. Enjoy.

Check out some other Alfa’s we’ve spotted:

1x Volvo P1800 & 2x Alfa Romeo’s

1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate

Spotted – Alfa Romeo 4C

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1987 BMW M5

Hello all.  Spotted this lovely BMW M5 that looks like a street car, prepped for racing.  Fitted with a roll cage and some sticky tires, this thing looks ready to attack any track. This was parked near a BMW specific auto garage and tuning garage around Silverlake. They always have awesome cars parked near their place and it’s a great place to go car spotting! Enjoy.

And check out some other cool BMW’s we’ve spotted before:

1997 BMW M3 Coupe

2003 BMW Z8

1987 BMW 635 CSi (E24)

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1993 Toyota HiAce Super Custom (4th Gen)

Hello.  Spotted a Early 1990’s Toyota HiAce the other day. Not just any HiAce though; this is the Super Custom Limited model, which was spec’d very nicely when released.  This one is also a Turbo Diesel which makes it even more cool, and it’s Right Hand Drive on American shores.  Truly a gem on the LA streets.

One must remember that the HiAce was originally introduced to the market as a delivery truck/van. And like all things automotive, the consumer wanted more luxury and more velvet. The thirst for “super awesome limited luxury custom EFI Turbo S Type R” model vehicles could not be quenched.  But this HiAce gets close. Enjoy