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I saw this 1969 Chevy El Camino in Manchester as I was leaving work the other day. The owner, a friendly old guy with a scraggly beard and big grin, told me that he and his sons had several El Caminos on their property: a ‘68, this one, a ‘71, and a ‘72. They were looking for a ‘70 to complete the set.

I know I post a lot of El Caminos but their odd charm is irresistible for me. You can carry a substantial payload, only have to share the ride with one other person, and move with the nimbleness of a car. What’s not to love?

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Sometimes I get so excited and in a hurry to get my pictures for the blog that I totally space on the year that the owner tells me. I think I was told that this was a 1981 Dodge Ramcharger. Honestly, I’m always a fan of the curved glass in the back.

This one was parked outside of the post office on Broad when I stopped the owner.

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It truly is not every day that you get to help someone out and it’s definitely not every day that the someone is driving a beautiful 1973 Ford Bronco.

His name is Jeff and I was pulling up to my house in Woodland Heights when I saw him. Turns out his sending unit is bad - join the club - and he’d run out of gas. We grabbed a gas can from my house and took a quick trip up the road to get some gas. He told me a little about the other rolling projects he’s got going on and we talked about older cars and kinda fell into that conversation that goes, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to…” I hope to run into him again sometime.

Incidentally, he told me that this beauty was his, too. I gotta say, the man’s got good taste.

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I was driving home through Oregon Hill with a friend when we saw this little behemoth. From the profile, it was impossible to tell what it was. Too small to be a Unimog, too old to be a Humvee, too drab to be a civilian vehicle.

Closer examination showed that it’s a Pinzgauer 710 4x4. A little digging provided me with these interesting facts:

*The actual manufacturer was Steyr-Daimler-Puch, but that entity has been broken into several smaller companies.

*The 710 comes in a 4x4 model and a 6x6. (Imagine that in the snow!)

*It has an air-cooled gasoline engine.

*It has a top speed of 68 mph.

I just picked a few facts from the Wikipedia article. You should mosey over if you’re interested in a lot more.

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I was headed out for coffee with a bud. New tires on the Scout (which you can see in the background) made the ride all the more fun.

We saw this AMC Jeep Wagoneer (SJ) near Lamplighter Coffee. AMC was in charge of the production of these from 1970 to 1987. Judging by the lines and the grille, I’d guess 1975.

No matter what though, this was a fun thing.

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This is a 1964 Chrysler New Yorker Salon that I found in the Fan during what can only be described as another diagnostic trip in the Scout. I was trying to pin down a radiator problem and took my eyes off the temperature gauge just in time to see that I was passing this statuesque piece of history.

It’s easier to quote Wikipedia than it is to try to reword it: “Changes for 1964 included a new grille, larger rear window and small tailfins giving the car a boxier look from the side. Canadians were given the choice of a new two-door hardtop, while Americans got the Salon option on the four-door hardtop and post.”

But what really caught my eye were the small things like the shape of the steering wheel and the placement of the badges. Such fine tuning speaks to the level of customer they were talking to.

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I was late for class and didn’t get a chance to snap really good pictures of this seventh generation (1967 or ‘68; I’m not sure which) Cadillac Eldorado. I’m sorry.

It was in Oregon Hill, sitting quietly, looking menacingly cool.

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I apologize for the lack of posts the last few months. I haven’t had time to go wandering looking for new material and this blog’s been on autopilot. I’m hoping to fix that and have a new thing to share more often. 

Anyway, I saw this, and had to share.

The kids needed shoes for a wedding they’re going to be in and my wife had me meet her at a mall in Chesterfield County to buy them. That’s where I saw this Chevy Citation. They only made them from 1980 to 1985 (though the planning had started back in the ’70s), so I can’t really be sure of its age. I can tell you that this one’s got a 4 cylinder engine in it.

I keep a spot in my heart for these funny looking remnants of the 1980s because a neighbor of mine drove one and he was one of the coolest older kids I knew. Moreover, in my memory, it’s a smaller car than it is in real life. For the time period though, this was a small car. It sported either a straight 4 or a V6 instead of the V8s that its predecessors did. 

In any case, this one’s clearly seen better days, but as with all things from the 80s, I’m happy to see it’s still got a life and is chugging along.

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I was heading to Carytown to do a quick headshot for a buddy and I saw this: It’s a Dodge Rampage.

Now, as a man who never tires of El Caminos, this little thing (also known during its two years in production as a Plymouth Scamp) was immediately interesting. It took a few minutes before I realized that the front end was that of the Dodge Omni or Plymouth Horizon of its day.

Though it has a half ton rating, I’m at a loss for what kinds of things you’d haul in a car like this. Small pieces of furniture? Dirt for small gardening projects? Whatever the case, it’s just weird enough to be awesome.

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Just finished having coffee with a colleague and saw this third generation Toyota Celica. It’s in amazing shape.

I’m always a little pleased to see the old Celica dragon badge, too.