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.
The end of the year has come and gone; it is time to reflect and look back on 2018. And what a great year it was. We had a lot of fun spotting a variety of cars and trucks around Los Angeles. We are thankful that Los Angeles provides us with warm weather and sunshine for most of the year, thus preserving beautiful vintage, mid-modern and current vehicles from the grips of rust. The near constant sunshine means that people actually DRIVE these cars year round, a blessing not found in many other cities or states. Los Angeles provides for us sunshine and awesome cars, and I want to pass that on to everyone reading. That’s what this site is all about; finding cool street cars and sharing them with the world. We especially want to thank you, the reader and viewers of LACS. We do this for you.
The 2019 year should shake out to be a big one for LA car spotting. We plan to expand the web content to include videos and more editorial content.
Also, don’t forget to write 2019 on all your checks and other docs you sign 😉
Here’s a look back at our favorite spotting’s in 2018:
Would you look here; we spotted an old school or “vintage” as the kids call it, Volvo PV544. This Volvo from the mid 1960’s seems stuck in time, retaining automotive styling I think resembles that of the 1940’s. This Volvo is clad in faded red and looks to be very much original. Enjoy
And check out some other Volvo’s we’ve spotted:
1973 Volvo 1800ES Wagon
1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon
We are on a roll with the cool Jeeps this week. Last weeks Postal Service DJ chassis Jeep hearkened back to a time when AMC was proudly developed Jeep models. This 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer was sadly the last generation of the Grand Wagoneer, after Chrysler bought Jeep and discontinued this model.
Spotted this ragtag Ford F-Series Pickup truck around Echo Park in Los Angeles. Love these old Ford trucks – inspiring to see people driving these around some 50 + years later.
And check out some other old Ford F-series we have spotted:
1969 Ford F-250 Ranger
1969 Ford F-250 Ranger | Camper Special
1967 Ford F-100 Ranger
1959 Ford F-100 Custom Cab
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.
Spotted this amazingly blue Maserati Gran Sport Coupe in Beverly Hills. I do enjoy the odd bubbly styling of this generation of the Gran Sport. The pictures did not turn out the best since I used my phone and it was in a dark garage | enjoy none-the-less!
Spotted this lovely E30 BMW in Silverlake, Los Angeles CA. The rims choice sets off the teal paint very nicely.
Check out some other BMW’s we have featured on LA Car Spotting.
1972 BMW Bavaria (E3)
1987 BMW 635 CSi (E24)
And some info about the E30 BMW 318i:
The BMW E30 is an entry-level luxury car which was produced by BMW from 1982 to 1994. The initial models used the coupe(two-door sedan) body style. Four-door sedan models were introduced in 1983, convertibles were introduced in 1985 and estate(“Touring”) models were introduced in 1987. The E36 replaced the E30 coupe models in 1990, with other E30 body styles being phased out of production until the final E30 model, a Touring, was produced in 1994.
The E30 was the first 3 Series to be available in wagon and four-door sedan body styles. It was also the first 3 Series to offer a diesel engine, and all-wheel drive was introduced to the 3 Series range with the 325iX model. The BMW Z1 roadster was based on the E30 platform.
The first BMW M3 was built on the E30 platform. The E30 M3 is powered by the high-revving BMW S14 four-cylinder petrol engine, which produced 175 kW (235 hp) in its final European-only iteration.
The ought forgotten Audi 5000 series was a transitional period for Audi, with humdrum styling and nothing to note in the performance department. Yet this vehicle was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for 1984 and 1985. Over 30 years later, this Audi 5000 still holds it’s head high as it meanders through the streets of Los Angeles searching for grocery parking lots.
Some information about the Audi 5000/100 via Wikipedia:
The Audi 100 and Audi 200 are four-door, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive full-size/executive sedans manufactured and marketed by the Audi division of the Volkswagen Group for model years 1968 through 1994 — across four generations (C1-C4), with a two-door model available in the first and second generation (C1-2) and a five-door wagon available in the third (C3) generation.
The third generation Audi 100/5000 was widely noted for its advanced aerodynamic design solutions, which included pin-located, flush side windows — and achieved a drag coefficient of 0.30.
The C2 and C3 models of the Audi 100 were marketed initially in the United States as the Audi 5000 (1984-1988) and in South Africa as the Audi 500.
Here we have another VW type 2 Bus in a beautifully stunning orange paint job. These vehicles are extremely popular among road travelers and vacationers for their roomy and comfortable interiors. Enjoy.
See our past posts of VW Buses with more information and pictures.