Photograph taken in Fairfax, Virginia in about 1987.
That YJ Wrangler would’ve been brand new!
Is the car next to the Caprice wagon on the far left of the photo a Tercel or a first-gen Camry? It’d be interesting to see an up to date photo of the same place to see what kinds of vehicles are parked outside of it now, if it still exists. I remember taking a similar picture of a beach I used to frequent ten years apart, and there was a significant difference in the cars parked there.
I think that car to the far left is a first-gen Nissan Sentra (1982-’86).
Agree with your idea that I’d love to see a current-day picture!
(Eric, this is a great photo – almost National Geographic-esque.)
Unfortunately, there’s no current-day picture because the Ed’s Bait building was torn down sometime in the late 1980s.
Surprisingly, the new building constructed on that site was a pawn shop. (I don’t often see new pawn shop buildings, but then again I don’t really look out for them either).
If you are curious, the current address is 9766 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031.
Yes it is a 82-86 Sentra (B11)
It looks like a base model due to no passenger side mirror on the door. (remember when those were an option on cars?)
If we knew the address I’m sure Google has images on Street View. Google doesn’t seem to know a place called Ed’s Bait and Tackle in Fairfax, VA, so if that building still exists I imagine some other business occupies it now.
Given the current trends in the DC area, it’s probably either a half-vacant strip mall or a data center now.
You would think so, but the building was actually torn down to make way for a pawn shop. Go figure. See my reply to Joe Dennis’s comment above for the address.
This is what the pawn shop looks like these days. Not quite as interesting:
It may not be interesting now but when you post THAT picture thirty years from now, we will be all over it and again discussing the Sentra in the shot.
What automotive changes over the course of 30 years! Only one domestic passenger car, 2 pickups, and 2 BMWs and a Jag. But only one Camry!
It’s on Google Maps. The area looks completely different today. As Eric703 notes, that site is occupied by a pawn shop (now set back from the main road, with a large parking lot in the front).
Right next door is a combination auto body shop and used car lot.
The wagon is actually an Impala. 1978 or 79.
I spy a Cavalier convertible.
I always found that Cavalier convertible abnormally attractive.
This first generation one does look surprisingly good, at least from this angle.
It was attractive. The ‘vert always seemed to highlight just how short that wheelbase was, though.
But I always thought the placement of the Cavalier badge as on this one was very odd.
The first-generation Cavaliers weren’t bad-looking cars. The wagons and convertibles, in particular, were even somewhat handsome.
IMO the Cavalier didn’t get really bad-looking until the 1991 model, which was clearly a facelift too far.
I’m Ed, and I approve of this photograph.
I wonder how many of those vehicles still exist. My bets would be on the Jeep and the travel van is the most likely survivors.
Mmmmm… boxy sugar rush… GM and Ford wagons.
Two things that catch my eye are the brand new 1987 YJ Jeep Wrangler and the repurposed United States Lines shipping container with a HM Flipper Placard.
I worked at Ed’s Bait and Tackle for one summer in about 1973. The owner at that time was Pat Carrico.
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