Spotted While Driving, or It Would Be Creepy If I Followed You Until You Parked, So I Photographed You In Traffic Instead

I thought it was going to be a lean year for spotting and photographing old cars through the windshield of my car. The town I live in now is known far more for new luxury SUVs than curbside classics. Also, I no longer commute on surface streets, where the harvest is ripe, but on Interstates, where few old cars dare to roll. But I still managed to find 20 old cars still doing their thing since the last time I did one of these Spotted While Driving roundups last year. Not bad. Just like this oddly painted IH Scout is not bad.

This VW Karmann-Ghia was in rough, rough shape. It’s hard to tell because my iPhone set exposure based on incoming sunlight, casting this K-G into the shadows. It looked like a very old one to me.

Sure, this Saab Bravada 9-7x isn’t all that old. But I say document them now, as they weren’t common in the first place – and given GM’s quality in these years, they’ll all be gone soon enough.

It was a joy to pull up behind this second-generation Honda Civic wagon. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed seeing these running about.

This car is making a repeat appearance in Spotted While Driving as I’ve spotted and shared it at least once before. This Nissan 300ZX gets around.

This final-gen Caprice wagon passed me before I stopped behind it. Whenever I see a bulbous Caprice I peek at the dashboard to see whether it was an early (1991-93) or late (1994-96) one; this one had the early dashboard with the horizontal instrument cluster.

I was three cars behind this Beetle convertible for a couple miles when, by a stroke of luck, it pulled off onto a vacant lot to turn around. This is another car I miss seeing in great numbers on the streets.

This VW Westie was looking really good.

The original Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager turned out to be seminal vehicles, and I hope a few of them end up being saved and restored. Here’s a Voyager still doing what it was built to do.

It must be a sign I’m getting older that it took me a minute to realize that this Chrysler LHS is more than 20 years old. I recognized the car instantly, of course. But it was a “holy freaking <censored>” moment to realize that these went out of production the same year my 22-year-old son was born.

This 1973-74 Chevy Nova had some really ugly bodywork from the C pillar down to the rear wheel well. You can sort of see it in this grainy picture. We were all stopped on the Interstate or I would never have been able to show you.

I’m starting to photograph these sixth-gen Centurys now, even though the newest of them are only 15 years old. They don’t seem quite a plentiful today as they were just a few years ago.

Whaddya know, a Chevy Cavalier convertible not all clapped out. Someone must really love their Cavalier.

Holy frijoles what happened to this Firebird’s paint? Still, this sleek design continues to look good.

A final-gen (1997-2003) Escort wagon isn’t special, I know, but I like them and have always sort of wanted one.

A job change this spring has me working in Downtown Indianapolis, where I expect to see more old cars rolling on the roads. Like this third-generation Camaro that someone just bought.

It was such a surprise to see this 1963 Ford Falcon on I-65 one morning that I broke my rule and photographed it while driving. Traffic was moving at only about 20 miles per hour and I shot blind, while looking straight ahead. I’m lucky any of the shots turned out.

A Cadillac deVille that someone just bought. These old sleds still have their fans.

A 1970 Buick, debadged for your protection but I’m guessing a LeSabre, was up from Kentucky to visit.

This Ford Maverick brings up the rear. Good on the fellow who restored it and drives it. That’s a lovely blue.