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March 2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hey all,

The month of March has come to a close and what a month it has been.  It was a turbulent month, filled COVID-19 panic and non-stop news coverage on the issue.  One could say that March Madness takes on a whole new meaning. The president has called for the veil of chaos to be lifted by Easter – some applaud the move and some say it is too early – I tend to agree to the latter. I think we are in this state of existence for the next few months, at least until widespread testing for both the virus and the antibodies becomes readily available. Only time will tell.

I hope that I can continue to spot cars and share with everyone in the coming months. My mobility around Los Angeles county has been limited to my own neighborhood and the occasional trip to the grocery store. In order to keep the content rolling, some cars I spot in the coming months may be a little more mundane.

In the meantime, enjoy this sparse end of month Hodgepodge for March 2020.

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1965 Mercury Monterey Coupe

Hey everyone,

Spotted a 1965 Mercury Monterey Coupe in a fabulous faded yellow the other day (when Los Angeles was not locked down).  I have always been a fan of big old coupes – look that the size of that trunk!!  Now that I’ve been coupe’d up in our house for the past 2+ weeks, I can’t wait to get out and go to a car show. Spring is typically the start of the car show season around the nation, so I know many of you will feel the same. Enjoy these car spotting photos to hold you over!

And check out some other Mercury cars we’ve spotted before:

1963 Mercury Meteor Custom

1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible

 

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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Take a look at this beautiful Hardtop 280SL spotted in Burbank, CA.  This Mercedes-Benz is a cherry and looks mostly original – which is always a plus at LACS.  Enjoy.

And check out some other 2-door Mercedes we we’ve spotted.

1970 Mercedes 280 SE Coupe

1999 Mercedes Benz SL500 (R129)

1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEC AMG

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Feb.2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hey all,

It’s the end of the month and that can mean only one thing… the end of the world. Woooops, I meant to say it’s time for the LACS end of month hodgepodge.

However, If you have read the news recently, it may appear that we are royally fu^c#3d.  Will this continue to spread and disrupt global supply chains, commerce and productivity? Will this affect our daily lives?  It sure as hell will – and stock markets around the world are factoring that in to share prices.  BUUUUT, the COVID-19 virus will not wipe out humanity as we know it and the world is not coming to an end.

So while the world panics over a deadly and highly contagious virus, I’ll be outside taking pictures of cool cars (while keeping my distance from other people)!  Just remember to wash your hands and stop picking your nose (or at least cut back)!!! In the meantime, sit back and enjoy some cool cars.

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1962 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

My wife and I took a trip to San Diego recently to visit a friend. After a taste-testing a local brewery, we meandered the streets on a cool Sunday afternoon. We turned the corner and this 1962 Plymouth Valiant was parked perfectly for a few photos. Enjoy

And check out some other Plymouth Valiant’s we’ve spotted:

1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

1970 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

1964 Plymouth Valiant

1967 Plymouth Valiant Signet

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Jan.2020 – End of Month Hodgepodge

Hey all,

Another month has come and gone and I am sure that countless cars have been spotted in the street! Unfortunately, most of the spotting has not been done by me.  Take a peak at some random cars that have been LA car spotted.

February is a new month and I just grabbed a new lens for the “spotting” camera – fun times ahead!

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1965 Ford Thunderbird

Hello and happy Sunday! Today we have a 1965 Ford Thunderbird spotted on my way to work this past week.  We caught a sunny day for the pictures – it has been a bit overcast this winter.

These past few months have involved numerous hours being allocated to my “real job” – and it’s been hectic and time consuming. Now that the project has simmered, the real fun can begin.  I’ll be back in action this year with new cars and car spotting.  That is unless my money-making-job wants to suck up some more time than it’s rightfully granted. Enjoy

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1974 Ford F-100 Ranger XLT

Spotted another cool truck the other day.  This one is a mid-70’s Ford Ranger in the XLT trim.  I am really digging the two-tone paint and the general aesthetics of this particular truck. With the resurrection of the beloved Ford Ranger, now finally in dealer showrooms, it is refreshing to see the wise older sibling still roaming the streets. Enjoy

Check out some other Ford Rangers we have spotted:

1966 Ford F-100 Long Bed Custom Cab

1969 Ford F-250 Ranger

1967 Ford F-100 Ranger

1964 Ford F-100 Pickup truck

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1983 Dodge Ram D150 + Electric Chat

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.

 

 

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1970 Datsun 521 truck (1300)

Spotted a lovely 1970’s Datsun 1300 truck as the sun set on Atwater village in Los Angeles.  The truck sat idly on a small side street as festivities ensued nearby.  has a Fiji water bottle. The paint looks relatively nice and the truck overall appears to be in great condition. Enjoy.

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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.