This year has been incredible. Full of ups and downs, joy and sadness, love and regret. This summer in particular has seen some very significant events. Among them I would say has been the sheer number of classic cars I’ve had the chance to document. I remember where I was when I saw each and every one.
The Vega and the Belvedere for example were seen on my first date with my girlfriend. She patiently waited while I took pictures and rattled off facts about them. I guess it was meant to be after all…
This little S-10 was seen the next morning when she and I went to get donuts at the oldest Shipley’s I had ever seen.
She must have a special power to attract old cars to her, because recently I got to see this great Malibu parked outside a store we were driving to.
I love to drive around my town on the weekends to see if I can find yard sales and upon getting lost, went down a street with quite a few interesting subjects such as this Colonnade era El Camino…
…and another El Camino that shares both my body style and paint colors! Isn’t it crazy how when you get a new car, you start seeing your same model everywhere? There are no less than four 5th Gen Elkys in my neighborhood alone!
Looking at the back part of this, I can only guess it was a custom job someone did to turn a Cherokee two door Wagoneer into a Gladiator. Looks pretty cool!
This old battleship had just pulled out of port O’Reilly and into the swelling sea of traffic. I only managed to get a quick picture as the skipper of the vessel left me in his wake.
Bring out the vaporwave music, because this is the cleanest Geo Tracker I have ever seen. I passed it on my traditional late evening walk, and knew I had to get a picture before someone snapped up this little gem.
Lastly, I eat at the diner in the background of this picture every weekend, and was surprised to see this K-car mingling with the crossovers and trucks so common to Texas.
Don’t you just love script badges? I want to replace the OEM badges on my El Camino with older script ones at some point. I recently changed the spark plugs, wires, and distributor on Lily and now need to work on getting the timing correct on the engine. Hopefully I’ll have an update on her soon!
nice report and greetings from Galveston 🙂
Parts store parking lots are great for CC spotting. Many (most?) of the folks who want to own a CC are the kinds of folks who can and do work on them themselves.
I like the Nomad effect (B pillar) on the Vega. Didn’t Chevy offer some type of special trim package for the wagons.
Yep! It had fiberglass filler panels to give the b pillar a more raked look.
The Dodge Dynasty was officially a C body; like the New Yorker, Fifth Avenue, and Imperial. They were based on the K car just like the Chrysler minivans of that era, but were not K cars.
Something just hit me today. For some reason, the angular styling of the Dodge Dynasty, so often maligned among car enthusiasts, sometimes seems to me to have aged better than the multiple jellybeans that came along in the mid-1980s. Maybe the jellybeans have become too familiar?
Or the Dynasty now looks old enough to feel “classic?”
Nice spottings. Hope your ElCo is treating you well!
Nice finds! I love the Belevedere. It’s remarkable on the difference in the roofline between the Plymouth and the black fastback sitting next to it. Both reasonably priced transportation I assume, yet one is so much larger than the other, and the two are so different in façade view.
I peg the Malibu Classic at about a ’74. I believe they stopped calling them Chevelle Malibu in ’73 and just went with Malibu.
Some great finds! I could look at that 56 Plymouth all day, just to take in the many “close but not quite” styling features. I love it nonetheless.
That Jeep truck – just wow.
Great finds! Like them all! Especially the homemade jeep, and the Plymouth, a 56, right? Had the fins before the 57 Chevy. Seems like the big three back in the day, did the same thing they do now, as to styling. Copy each other’s styles. Must have been some serious industrial espionage going on perhaps?