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)
Here we have what appears to be an early 1960’s Volvo P122s Sedan or the “Volvo Amazon” as other countries outside the United States received it. I can’t pinpoint the exact model year or trim level since I was across a busy street when I took this. This Volvo is not the cleanest example around, but hey – it’s older than most people I know and looks better than they do at 50+ years 😉 In all seriousness, I’m glad that somebody is driving this Volvo around. As we know, cars are meant to be a driven and I can applaud people that keeps a car running for so long.
On a side note, I think it is only a matter of time before electric drive-trains become commonplace as engine swaps for classic vehicles. Sacrilege or fantastic? You decide.
And check out some other Volvo’s we have spotted:
1964 Volvo PV544
1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon
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:
What do we have here? A 1991 Miata with some… modifications. I mean, who doesn’t love the Mazda Miata? It’s a low-cost, lightweight, RWD reliable Japanese sports convertible. That’s a great combination of adjectives right there, and it led Mazda to great sales success when it first launched. Mazda STILL makes the Miata, almost 30 years later. If anyone ever asks you what car they should buy, no matter what their criteria is, the answer is always Miata.
So the answer is Miata, and the answer to this owner was to pimp out his Miata and make it “Euro Spec” – as the badge indicates. I’m not sure the answer IS Miata in this case. This Miata looks like an early still-in-training attempt from Xzibit and the “Pimp my Ride” crew. I mean, the wheel style and fitment are OK but the wing looks like it was installed upside down?! There are definitely some questionable modifications performed on this Miata. However, I always respect people’s vehicle modification choices, even if I don’t agree with them.
Also, Merry Christmas to everyone. Enjoy your time with family and friends. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, than happy holidays for whatever you celebrate.
Here is one that you don’t see everyday – A International D-Series pickup from what I’m guessing is 1965. I tend to see the International Scouts much more often, but this is a first for me. The contrast between the paint job and the paint on the wheels is startling. Enjoy some pics of this now defunct light American truck company (they make big trucks now).
And check out Scout posts:
1977 International Harvester Scout II
1978 International Scout II
We made a visit to the LA Auto Show this year and it was a blast. A lot of electric vehicle and autonomous tech dominated the show. Today is part 1 of 3, where you’ll find vehicles from Porsche, Cadillac, Hyundai, Mercedes, and BMW. Enjoy
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
Here we are, back at it with a new month of car spotting here at LACS. It’s December; the Christmas decorations are out and people are out shopping en masse. Meanwhile, I’m over here taking pictures of a 1971 Ford Mustang Coupe parked on a side street. This one appears to be a 6-cylinder model and is in awesome condition. Enjoy the pics.
And check out other Mustangs we’ve spotted:
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
1968 Ford Mustang Coupe
Take a look at this flat black 1976 Corvette C3 that I spotted. This vette looks to still have the original rims installed and is sporting a custom chrome side exhaust, that really pops against the subdued flat black paint. Enjoy.
And check out other Corvette’s we’ve spotted:
1975 Chevy Corvette
1973 Chevy Corvette Stingray (C3)
2012 Chevy Corvette ZR-1
Spotted this Mitsubishi Delica, referred to in North America as the Mitsubishi Wagon. Seriously, this van was not even given a proper name for the North American market, simply being called “Wagon”. We spotted a 1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel) in a previous post. I like these funky Japanese vans from this era – they have a certain je ne sais quoi about them.
Happy end of October! Another month has concluded and with it, the LACS hodgepodge makes it’s appearance. Yet again, this one is light because of the wedding.
This month, we only posted 2 car spottings. One was a 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo cloaked in black and sporting excellent chrome wheels; a perfect match. We also saw a 1970 Cadillac DeVille – man are those big cars.
Enjoy this and look forward to even more next month!