Another month has come and gone and I am sure that countless cars have been spotted in the street! Unfortunately, most of the spotting has not been done by me. Take a peak at some random cars that have been LA car spotted.
February is a new month and I just grabbed a new lens for the “spotting” camera – fun times ahead!
Here we have a revered and somewhat rare Volvo 1800ES Wagon. The 1800 line from Volvo was built from 1961 to 1973. The Wagon version, was only made for two years, from 1972 to 1973, which is why the wagon is a bit more of a rarity.
I did not have the opportunity to get some pictures of the rear or full car pictures, as the Volvo was obscured by street things. Instead, I took artistic liberty to bring you some close ups and odd shots. Enjoy.
Check out some other Volvo’s we’ve spotted:
1x Volvo P1800 & 2x Alfa Romeo’s
1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon
I absolutely love the simple naming mechanism for this vehicle and vehicles made by VW in this era. Type 1, Type 2, etc… – so easy. And this model is just called squareback – so explicable. This one is sporting some healthy dents and dings in the body, as well as an interesting faded tan paint job.
Here we go, back to the old, somewhat unique, if not mundane cars we’re used to seeing. I am setting a goal this year to photograph a variety of cars that range from classic, vintage vehicles and trucks to modern exotics and just plain cool cars.
Today we have a 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate. Don’t let the turbo emblem fool you, these vehicles were not adrenaline pumping performance machines… no the turbocharger just helped you haul more of your junk up a hill quicker. This example is extremely clean and a perfect time capsule for 80’s automobile finesse. If I owned this car – I would get those plastic trim pieces refreshed and bring back their luster. Enjoy/
Well if there couldn’t be a more “American” car ever made. Small station wagons are a long lost vehicle class that needs to make a come-back. Yes, we have hatchbacks and compact SUVs that are basically station wagons, but… they’re just not it. Take a looks at this Rambler American Wagon. Cheers
And check out some other Rambler we’ve spotted.
1962 Rambler Classic Sedan
Yeeehawww! Something about the name ‘Country Squire’ just makes me want to jump straight into a Western movie with my six shooter and wrangling some livestock. Maybe that’s the feeling Ford was trying to evoke with the name and format of the mid 1980’s Ford Country Squire. Whatever their purpose with the naming mechanism was, they pulled it off with a long roof and faux wood paneling flanking the sides of the ‘Country Squire’. Long live the station wagons.
Check out previous station wagons that we’ve spotted:
1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon
1970 Ford Galaxie Station Wagon
1988 Chevy Caprice Classic Wagon
Don’t forget to read up on the seventh generation Country Squire wagon by Ford via our favorite free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia:
CLICK HERE for that info (opens in new window).
Up for viewing today is a mid 90’s Buick Roadmaster. You guessed it, this thing dominates the road, it is the master of pavements, destroyer of rear tires and hauler of many things. What could be more quintessential American than crushing the blacktop with this beast automobile? I think nothing.
A blast from the past – a Ford Galaxie Station wagon from 1970. Imagine the nuclear family loading up this beast for a trip to the shore or into the mountains to camp. Yuum, smell the s’mores!
Check out our previous posts with the Galaxie and/or Ford 500:
1967 Ford Fairlane 500
Here we have a 1988 Chevy Caprice Classic Station Wagon in great condition. There is nothing special about the Caprice Classic Wagon’s but I just love wagons! Also, this one is cherry and the blue paint looks great on it. Enjoy!
Let’s start May off with an excellent example of forgotten times. This 1970 Pontiac Bonnevile station wagon is the epitome of the early 70’s. Bask in the beige-ness of this Pontiac Bonneville.
Some info about the Pontiac Bonneville
For 1965, All GM “B” body cars were dramatically restyled. Swooping rooflines, rakish fender lines and the “Coke bottle” profile contributed to making one of the most popular body styles ever produced. The Bonneville got the new styling, with plenty of bright trim on the lower body sides and on the rear deck. Inside, new upholstery and instrumentation were featured. Drivetrains were essentially the same as 1964, except the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission quadrant, which now featured “reverse” in between “park” and “neutral”, instead of at the bottom of the selections (below “L”), the old arrangement having been sharply criticized as a safety hazard.
A General Motors corporate edict that took effect with the 1967 model year led Pontiac to discontinue the Tri-Power engine options on all of its cars. That year also brought a larger 400 cu in (6.6 L) V8 as the standard engine for Bonnevilles and other full-sized Pontiacs to replace the previous 389, while the 421 cu in (6.9 L) V8 was replaced by a new 428 cu in (7.0 L) engine that offered as much as 390 horsepower (290 kW). Also beginning in 1967, carburetion was changed. The previous standard 600 cfm Carter square bore four-barrel and optional Tri-Power was replaced with the new Quadarajet spread bore carburetor delivering 800 cfm, equivalent to the previous 1966 Tri-Power set-up. For 1969, a 360 hp (270 kW) 428 became the standard Bonneville engine, which in turn was replaced for 1970 by an even larger 455 cu in (7.5 L) V8 rated at 370 hp (280 kW).
Sticking with the MB wagon theme, today we feature a not so old but still equally as fun Mercedes-Benz E320 Station Wagon. Glad in grey, this station wagon was spotted in San Francisco and is just gorgeous.
Some info about the E320 via Wiki
The “E-Class” name first appeared in with the facelifted W124 in 1993 for the model year 1994 (the W124 was introduced in 1984 but continued with the older naming convention until 1993, when all Mercedes-Benz models switched to a new system, e.g. E 320 instead of 300 E). The diesel versions continued to be the fuel economy option over the four and six-cylinder gasoline engines, and the gasoline V8 engines (available after 1992) increased gasoline power outputs further. Four-cylinder gasoline models were not marketed in the United States. The V8 powered sedans/saloons were named 400 E/500 E from 1992–1993, and E 420/E 500 after 1993. Likewise, the 3.0-litre cars (e.g. 300 E) were also re-badged to E 320 with the new 3.2-litre M104 engines and naming rationalization of 1994. For the diesel models the name change was less elegant, with the 250 D becoming the E 250 Diesel for example.
Sedan (W124), Coupé (C124), Convertible (A124) and Estate (S124) body configurations were offered.
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