Hey there, look what we have spotted recently – the gloriously boxy and small SUV from Dodge in the late 1980’s – dubbed the “Raider”. Now this car is basically a re-badged Mitsubishi Pajero and that’s OK with us, in matter of fact it probably makes this Dodge SUV more competent. This boxy two-door SUV checks all the boxes for LACS. Enjoy
And check out some other small boxy SUVs we’ve spotted:
1985 Ford Bronco II
1986 Suzuki Samurai (Jimny)
Spotted this 86′ Samurai (known as the Jimny elsewhere) the other day in Culver City, CA. This Suzuki might be tiny in stature, but it has more rugged off-road capability than SUV’s twice it’s size. The short wheelbase helps it crest mountain trails with ease. This old Suzuki might be fun and nimble to traverse off-road paths, but it’s asthmatic 1.3 liter 63hp motor make for a terrifying journey among American motorways where 200hp is the new norm.
By the way – Suzuki is introducing a new Jimny in international markets. Enjoy these pics.
What do we have here? A 1985 Ford Bronco II.
Back to normal car spotting you say? You bet – finishing out the year strong.
This Bronco II is sporting a “custom” grille and what looks to be Ford Explorer rims, although I can’t be certain.
I’ll have a video out of this car before the end of the year. It will be a trial run of what I want to do for 2019. Enjoy.
Good morning or evening or whatever time it is for you. Here we have a 1995 Isuzu Trooper – basically an SUV that everybody re-branded. Take your pick: Acura, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Holden, Opel, Subaru, Vauxhall. Yea yea, I know… most of them are GM products. But hey, here is the 2nd Generation, US Market Isuzu Trooper. Enjoy
And check out this 1986 Isuzu Trooper II (1st Gen) we spotted a couple months ago.
Sorry for the hiatus everyone! Rest assured, I have still been spotting cars AND bringing out the camera to take pictures. Los Angeles is filled with unique and interesting cars, so many in fact, that I would never get where I’m suppose to go if I stopped and took a picture of everyone!
Here’s an example of mid 80’s boxy SUV styling in the form of an Isuzu Trooper. I love how Isuzu (GM) made a mid-sized SUV with only 2 doors ( technically 3 doors to be politically correct)!! This example is in less than perfect shape – but it’s perfect in our eyes 🙂
We spotted another Scout 2! There are a surprising amount of International Scout’s in Los Angeles and I love spotting these. They are a vehicle ought not recognized by a casual passerby. An enthusiast, on the other hand, can pick out a Scout among a sea of vehicles. The enthusiast observes and deciphers various automotive forms in front of him/her, often times on the front line of a Car Spotting party. The enthusiast could be considered…. dare I say… a Scout.
Check out another International Scout we have spotted:
1978 International Scout II
Read up more on the Scout by CLICKING HERE.
A lion crouches in the brush, waiting attentively, stalking it’s prey. A hyena cackles in the distance to laugh at the prey’s impending doom an an elephant grazes in a watering hole not far, thirsting for the last liquid on the Sahara. These are things you might see if you were cruising the land in this Toyota Land Cruiser. However, I suspect the only lands this Toyota has roamed have been the pavement filled, human dominated landscapes of LA.
Check out another, slightly older Toyota Land Cruiser we spotted earlier this year.
1984 Toyota Land Cruiser
Click here for info about the Land Cruiser via Wikipedia.
Here we have the venerable 1978 International Scout II in ragtag condition. I’ve concluded that despite it’s dilapidated appearance, this Scout hits the road and chomps up speed bumps and potholes with rigidity (maybe) and gusto.
Learn about the International Scout II:
Scout II’s were manufactured from April 1971 to 1980. The design was frozen much earlier, with a nearly identical version shown to management in December 1967.
The Scout II is most identifiable by its different front grilles. The 1971–1972 Scout II shared the same grille, three horizontal bars between the headlights and chrome rings around the headlights. 1973 Scout II’s had 14 vertical bars between the headlights, a split in the middle, seven bars on each side surrounded by chrome trim pieces and an “International” model plate low on the left side. 1974–75 Scout II grilles were the same as 1973, with the addition of a vertical bar trim overlay. The 1975 had chrome and black square trim rings around the headlights. 1976 had the same headlight trim rings as 1975, a chrome center grille of 15 horizontal bars split into three sections was used in this year only. 1977–79 Scout II’s used the same grille between the same headlight bezels the new chrome grille had two large horizontal bars with three vertical support lines and the “International” nameplate moved up to the center of the grille on the left side.
Let’s take a moment to thank Subaru for introducing a small SUV with a stick shift and a turbo. Bravo Subaru… bravo.
Information time via Wiki:
The second generation was introduced as a 2003 model at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show, based on the new Impreza platform, featuring several fine-tune improvements over the past model. The 2003 Forester features weight-saving refinements such as an aluminum hood, perforated rails, and a hydro-formed front sub-frame. The most noticeable change was the offering of 2.5 L versions (normally aspirated and turbocharged) and in the U.S. the introduction of the turbo charged 2.5L model.
In 2004, the turbocharged XT version was released in the US. However, the same model had been available since the late 1990s elsewhere in the world. The X and XS models feature a 2.5 L SOHC engine, while the XT model features a 2.5 L turbocharged DOHC engine. The XT model uses the same Mitsubishi TD04 turbocharger used in the Subaru Impreza WRX. The engine in the 2004 to 2013 Forester XT is the EJ255.
The infamous Toyota Land Cruiser. They just don’t make them like this anymore – and by that I mean big, reliable and void of creature comforts. Of course it gets awful gas mileage and rides like a brick with wheels but that’s all the fun!
Information via Wiki:
The J70 was introduced as a soft-top, hard-top, FRP top, utility, cab-chassis, and Troop Carrier (inward facing rear seats).The petrol engine was replaced with a 4.0 L 3F engine. The 70 Light had a four-wheel coil spring solid-axle suspension for better ride quality. This lighter duty version of the Land Cruiser had the 22R 2.4 L gasoline engine, 2L and 2L-T (turbo) 2.4 L diesel engines commonly found in the Toyota Hilux. The 70 Light was sold in some markets as the Bundera or the Landcruiser II, later called 70 Prado. The 70 Prado eventually became popular and evolved into the 90. An automatic transmission (A440F) was introduced making it the first four-wheel drive Japanese vehicle with an automatic transmission.
I take a lot of photos of vehicles I find on the street. Not all of them make the cut for various reasons. At the end of each month, I will post up the pictures of these decrepit rejects. Enjoy!