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April 2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

It’s the end of April and another month of quarantine and solitude has passed.  While our view of normality and our social lives have withered, our daily walks and Zoom calls have increased. With all that has happened and will happen, there will always be cars parked on the street 🙂 Enjoy

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1992 Toyota SR5 V6 Pickup

Spotted another Toyota pickup while on a walk recently. There are so many Toyota pickups of different vintages in Los Angeles that it’s easy to spot one around the neighborhood.  This Toyota pickup is the SR5 V6 package and is the last generation before Toyota switched to the ‘Tacoma’ nomenclature in the United States.

After 1976, Toyota’s small trucks didn’t have an official name in the United States, only being referred to as pickup or truck, until it became known as the Tacoma after 1995. To the rest of the world, Toyota Pickups have been and are still known as the Toyota Hilux.

Check out some other Toyota trucks:

1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1986 Toyota SR5 Pickup Truck

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1986 Toyota SR5 Pickup Truck

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter to you everyone. On one of my somewhat regular quarantine walks (a fresh reprieve from my regular interior suffocation), I spotted this cool lifted Toyota pickup truck with meaty tires.  It looks to be a 1986 version judging by the side mirrors, but the grille is from an 87 or 88 truck so I am not quite sure what year this truck is. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this generation of Toyota pickup trucks. I blame it on Marty McFly. Enjoy.

And don’t forget to check out the other Toyota Pickup trucks we’ve spotted:

1985 JDM Nascar Toyota Pickup

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup

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1986 Toyota Century

Spotted this Toyota Century at a car show the other day.  This vehicle served as Toyota’s flagship luxury vehicle for many years. The RHD Century we spotted here is in really good condition and is finished in a nice black paint. It’s great to see a Japanese market-only vehicle on American soil.  Enjoy.

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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

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LA Auto Show – Day 2 of 3

Up for viewing today is the day 2 of 3 post of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Some manufacturers in this batch include pictures from Jaguar, Genesis, Chevy, VW, Ford, Rivian, Nucleus (WTF?), Kia, Toyota, Jeep, and Mazda.

Stay tuned for part 3 of the LA auto show where we will post up the modified vehicles.

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1985 JDM Nascar Toyota Pickup

I don’t know what is going on with this truck but I kind of like it.  It is a mash-up of many different styles, almost as if somebody pulled different modification choices from a hat. It’s a JDM Nascar pickup truck and I dig it’s uniqueness. Bravo to it’s indecisive owner.

And check out some other Toyota Pickups we’ve spotted:

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup

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November ’18 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Here we are again, the end of another month. It can only mean one thing… hodgepodge! Where I select all the random photos of vehicles that didn’t get a post to themselves this month. Enjoy.

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1984 Toyota Celica Supra (Liftback)

Spotted another third generation (A60) Toyota Celica.  This one is not in as good of shape as the last 3rd Gen Celica that I spotted. This looks to be the GT-S version of the Celica, equipped with fender flares and 14 inch wheels indicative of the trim level.

Enjoy

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Marriage, Maui & a 1971 Porsche 912

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!

Cheers

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The End of (Last) Month Hodgepodge

Work Work Work… That is all I have been doing lately.  Working non-stop does not leave enough time for spotting cars!  Well here is the Hodgepodge that was suppose to go up May 31st.  Better late than never I say.