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1981 Toyota Corolla Liftback

Hey, not every vehicle I spot will be fine specimens of automotive excellence.  Take this not-so-glamorous 1981 Toyota Corolla Liftback as an example.  A little rough around the edges, with some fairly faded sun-beaten paint. This Corolla proudly announces to every motorist behind it that they do indeed, have the 1.8L engine. Revel in the power and sleek styling of the Corolla Liftback!

/sarcasm.

And check out some other Toyota’s from years past:

1980 Toyota Tercel Hatchback

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel)

1984 Toyota Celica Supra

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1985 Toyota Tercel Hatchback

Not all the cars we feature are sublime… in fact some are rather mundane. Take for example this perfectly adequate means of transportation; the 1985 Toyota Tercel hatchback. Bask in the glory of average automotive existence.

Believe it or not, this is not the first Tercel we’ve spotted.

1980 Toyota Tercel Hatchback

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1984 Toyota Celica Supra

I’ve been stumbling upon some pretty cool vehicles recently, and this Celica Supra from the mid-1980’s does not disappoint.  You may be asking yourself, “Don’t confuse me, is it a Celica or is it a Supra?!” Well the Celica and Supra were one in the same when introduced in 1979.  The “Supra” was an offshoot of the Celica lineup, boasting increased performance and unique styling that differentiated it from the standard Celica.  Fun fact: The Toyota Supra had an inline six-cylinder engine installed since it was introduced in 1979 – Nice!

And check out previous old-school Toyota’s we’ve spotted, like yesterdays 1981 Toyota Corolla Coupe (TE72):

1980 Datsun 280zx

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

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1981 Toyota Corolla Coupe (TE72)

Spotted a wonderfully bright yellow Toyota Corolla Coupe from the early 1980’s. Toyota decided to sadly switch to a FWD layout with the thrid generation of Corolla. None-the-less, it still sports the peppy 1.8L 4-cylinder motor and rocks a charming boxy sheet metal style.

Check out previous Toyota Corolla’s we have spotted:

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

1980 Toyota Tercel Hatchback (basically a corolla 😉

An if you want to read some more info about the E70 (3rd gen) Toyota Corolla, click HERE

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1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel)

Happy first 2018 post! Let’s start it off with a bang – and wow this thing is cool.

The 1990 (I think) Toyota Town Ace.  Not just any Town Ace, this is the “Royal Lounge”.  Please somebody tell me there is a better named trim level out there.  “Royal Lounge” exudes excellence and luxury… I mean just look at this van! And it’s 4WD!!  And it’s a diesel!!!  This van is all combinations of right.

I am fairly confident this is an imported model which makes it even cooler. Although I spotted this in Los Angeles, it is rocking Oregon plates.  People will often register imports in other states because it is so difficult to register a imported vehicle in California. Enjoy!

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End of Year Hodgepodge – 2017 Finale

Well that’s a wrap to the 2017 car spotting year. It’s been a fun year and we have spotted tons of cool cars and trucks.

This is the hodgepodge of all hodgepodges.  Thanks for following along and I’ll see you in 2018 for another fantastic year!

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1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

We’re sticking with the theme of Toyota pickups.  This one comes to us in a blazing orange glory from 1976.  Is it coincidental that all the small pickups of this time such as the Datsun 620 and the Ford Courier, were similar looking and offered this amazing orange paint option?  In matter of fact, all the colors they offered on these trucks were pretty rad.  Bring back more cool colors!

 

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1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup

Toyota Pickup trucks are a popular breed in Southern California.  As with many of the vehicles roaming LA streets, this Toyota enjoys sunny weather and no snow.  And unless you are close to the beach, that means no salt and no rust. This one is a clean example of Toyota’s iteration of the 4×4 pickup from the early 1980’s. It appears to be repainted and I wouldn’t doubt this has been restored very recently. I can’t really pinpoint this color –  any opinions?

Also check out previous Toyota 4×4 vehicles we have spotted:

1984 Toyota 4Runner (N60)

1988 Toyota Land Cruiser

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1988 Toyota Land Cruiser

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.

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End of Month Hodgepodge – 2 part

How could I have missed the end of month hodgepodge not once but twice!  I hope everyone had a splendid labor day weekend. Well alas, here is the hodgepodge pictures of vehicles that didn’t quite get featured.

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End of Month Hodgepodge – April

Here we are at the end of another month, and as per usual, we have our end of the month hodgepodge collection of photos.  It has been at least a week since I’ve posted and I have seen so many cool cars in passing without having a chance to photograph them! Here is a sampling of some vehicles that didn’t quite make the cut for a full length post but deserve a shout out. Enjoy!!