Mercedes-Benz W111 Coupe
Alfa Romeo 105 Coupe
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Land Rover Defender
This is a superlative collection of photos. I enjoyed them tremendously. I knew you were an fine photographer, but this collection goes beyond that word.
I previewed this last night, and savored it. And now for a second helping.
It’s almost hard to believe some (or all) weren’t staged. The VW bus and all of its windows and parallel horizontal lines sync with that apartment behind so well. The black Golf in the garage is stunning. And so on…
Is that Sigma wagon really listing like that? Obviously so. Perfect!
Thanks for this; it really made my day, twice so far.
I love the variety in the housing stock. I could happily live in that first one.
A very nice simulation of the kind of walk around the neighborhood most of us are not getting at the moment, especially an unfamiliar neighborhood.
Certainly my favourite balcony!
And yet I’ve got a feeling the building is from a New Wave, and is Pseudo Echo.
Sorry, a newer wave, and is pseudo-deco.
Perhaps the great Dr A can enlighten?
In all of Christendom you will not find a more eclectic selection of rolling stock – imagine what Melbourne was like 30 years ago
It was a veritable paradise.
Fabulous post !
That X1/9 !..!!! .. remembers me when i was 17 when my best friend got a brand new one. A black 1987 1500 Bertone ( not a Fiat ) with black leather seats …. imagine two young adolescents 17 and 18 years old …. we felt like Crockett and Tubbs driving around in Knokke-le -Zoute … not in Miami though 😁.
On topic: it’s heartwarming to see so many cool old cars around, something we don’t see over here in Belgium sadly.
Well spotted and artfully presented, all of them!
The Nissan 330 appears to think it’s a Datsun 260, tho.
330 is the series code for that generation of Cedric, like E34 or W123. In Australia these were called Datsun 260C to fit in with the nomenclature they used on other models – 120Y (Sunny), 180B (Bluebird), 240K (Skyline), 240Z, and this.
Nice range of cars some of which Ive owned I had a low roof 79 2.0 Sigma wagon and a 2.6 Hi roof 87 both 5 speeds I had a FB Holden the model previous to the EK but the same except for trim details and a HR special wagon, nice to see some in still driven condition Holdens those ages here are either restored show pieces or wrecks awaiting restoration, I havent seen a Renaut 12 in a very long time and P6 LTDs arent all that common here now, petrol edition C4 a mate has a 2.0 diesel in gold quite the rocketship with gocart like handling.
Outstanding cars and photography — thanks for this tour.
I second JPC’s opinion of that first house with the Mercedes — absolutely terrific.
The picture of the Citroen DS hunkered down next to the Subaru and VW is great, in its descending order of height.
The X1/9 in the parking garage makes me remember an office building near where I grew up — someone who worked there had an X1/9 and always parked it in a space underneath a ramp… the space was probably less than 5-ft. high, and only an X1/9 could possibly fit in there.
A lot of these cars look like they fit into their surroundings perfectly, but one that particularly draws my attention is the Nissan 330 in front of the somewhat harsh concrete-looking high-rise. Both have been through better days, but have ended up making it through the days, and looking kind of tough and rough in the process.
The back end of that Datsun 260 aka Nissan 330 looks like it has the same basic taillight shape as our MN12 T-Birds, Eric.
Scroll up a few frames and there’s a red BMW E24 shot in profile whose greenhouse could be a dead ringer for the MN12… look at the rear seat’s window. It seems to have the same shape.
Was Ford doing a little aping when they designed our ‘Birds?
True about the Nissan… I hadn’t noticed that before, but now that you mention it, absolutely!
I do like the BMW E24 comparisons — I think Ford definitely copied some elements there, which doesn’t upset me at all. Not just the profile, but also the dashboard where the center stack is angled toward the driver.
And I finally got new tires for the T-bird earlier this month. Now that I have nowhere to drive…
You could do what my wife and I do; go for a nice drive and then come back home. It gets you out of the house during all of this, but you stay safe in your own car.
She and I have been doing that on the regular.
I am fortunate to be working, although they’re encouraging us to work from home. I still drive in a few days a week, since it’s easy to stay safe where I work by sticking to my office.
She’s a preschool teacher, and with there not being so many kids right now, her doctor has encouraged her to stay away from that environment for now. Our drives give her a change of scene from being home all day.
Glad to hear you got new tires on your T-Bird. I got new ones for her Lancer, but still need them for the Mustang. It’s on the list. I still feel mostly safe on them, as they’re just starting to show cracks. Hers were worse, so the replacement priority went there.
Excellent, especially all the pix with one solitary car. Standout pictures for me include both Golfs, the Passat, the Alfa 105 Coupe, as well as the Nissan Pulsar. To the point that they are print and frame-able to be displayed as a series. Really well done.
Wow, I just realized the titles underneath are links to posts regarding the subject matter. Even better!
This entire post should be in the running for a “Curbie”…
Agreed – fantastic stuff Don! I recognise some of the locations or at least have an idea where they are, but you’ve been covering some ground!
Scrolling through I had to reach for my sunglasses when I came to that Sunshine Yellow BMW, quite the contrast to the rest of the vehicles.
These are very well spotted and composed photos Don. Really impressive work! This appears to have taken you several years, as it would take that long to document all these unique scenes, cars, and architecture. The isolation they also convey, is perfect with the quarantine.
Cheers Daniel. 6 years 3 phonecameras. The earliest are the ones with the warm bias.
Genuinely outstanding work Don. Indicative of a highly creative person!
The duration of time shows your consistent high level of quality.
Wow, these are terrific shots. Lovely judgement on the use of light and shade, and shadow.
Picking a favourite car is going to be difficult, but the Alfa Coupe has to be a candidate, as do the Merc Coupe and the 356.
The X1/9 shot is glorious though. You’ve caged the car up, whilst we’re in lockdown…..
Very nice, Don.
The Volvo is a 960 or S90 though.
Not too many of those in Melbourne (coming from one of Melbourne’s other owners).
Had a photo but not loading. 1995 model in Dark Olive Pearl.
Try reducing the file size. Usually when the pictures don’t load, it’s because they’re too large. I reduce mine to 1,200 pixels in the bigger dimension for posting here.
I’ll give that a go.
Thanks Mads. Amended.
Absolutely fantastic. The architecture is amazingly varied and different from most of the apartments right here. I found myself looking at the buildings as much as the cars.
Some of those buildings take me back to my teen years in Elwood, not far away. Quite exciting to see so many cars from the seventies still around and not babied from the state of them. You’d think some of those photos were professionally posed, like the dark Golf highlighted by the brightness of the surroundings and direction of the concrete beams above it. You just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and knew how to get the best from your equipment.
Brilliant post, Don.
See-through car covers – now that’s a great invention. Looks like that W111 was colonised by caterpillars, but still, it’s an idea I could get behind.
Thank you for the grand tour, Prof. Andreina. And the artwork. Masterfully shot.
Really enjoyable collection of some fantastic shots.
That Volvo is a 960 or S90 (coming from one of Melbourne’s other 960 owners). Not too many in town.
Great photos, great concept. Some of my favorite cars were when I was in apartment-land (covered parking and not). That’s also a time of life; you’re younger, life is all possibility and things like companionship haven’t settled down yet. There’s time for that later.
Appreciate your nice words. Stay well.
Now Showing, online from Galleries South Yarra, Prof Andreina, from the Apartments collection.
*prices on application. (Expect high, please).
I echo every compliment above. Superb.
The Alfa 105 in its roost is very familiar. I walk by it often.
The Passat is startling. It still has the original plates from 1975, meaning it has never been off the road, and is most likely to be in daily use. (Club plates like the Fiat X19 limit usage to events, etc). A Passat from then is a hen’s teeth sighting as it is, these sweet cars being essentially made of paper, but for it to be original as this is hard to fathom.
I pass that Alfa 105 daily. It still seems to move around a bit. The collection of cars further up that street is always very cool (love the Citroen XMs, Fiat 130 and Mercedes W108/9s).
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Beautiful photos, and the clickable titles is inspired. One of my favourite posts this year.
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