Carspotting June-July 2023

27 comments on Carspotting June-July 2023
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With this post I’m all caught up on the old cars I’ve found parked so far this year. Now I’ll settle into a monthly cadence, sharing the cars I found each month early in the following month.

I didn’t get out quite as much in June and July as I did in April and May, and the number of cars I found reflects that. However, we finished our European vacation in early June so some of these cars are in Germany.

1973-75 Citroën DS23. Check out that canvas sunroof! I found this walking through the business district in the center of Krefeld, Germany.

1982-86 BMW 6 series coupe. It just seems natural somehow to find old Bimmers in Germany. This one was in the charming town of Linz, on the Rhine River.

1974-80 Triumph Spitfire 1500. Wow is this poor little guy in rough condition. But at least its owner takes it out to play sometimes. Spotted in downtown South Bend, Indiana.

1986-95 Saab 900. A large church is on the highest hill in Linz, on the Rhine River in Germany. This Saab was parked there.

1987-91 Ford F250. I was passing through Delphi, Indiana, when I discovered that they were having their annual Canal Days festival. I stopped to take it in, and found this F250 parked near my car.

1989-93 Cadillac DeVille. I always thought the padded roofs on these were tacky. I forget where I was when I photographed it. Somewhere in Indiana.

1993-97 Chrysler Concorde. These have become rare here in central Indiana. I always thought they were reasonably attractive. I hear they had good driving dynamics. This one was parked in my neighborhood.

1993-97 Ford Ranger. These are still plentiful in central Indiana, probably because Ford sold a ton of them here. Spotted in my neighborhood here in Zionsville.

1994-95 Honda Accord. These have become rare here in central Indiana. I more often see examples of the previous generation Accord for some reason. Honda revised the front bumper with a bigger lower grille and wider turn signals for 1996. Spotted at Shapiro’s Deli on the south side of Downtown Indianapolis.

1995-98 Chevrolet 1500. Don’t tread on me, indeed. Spotted in the Lockerbie neighborhood in Indianapolis.

1997-98 Ford F150. I always liked the looks of these, but Ford found customers thought they were a little too feminine looking so they returned to hard lines in later generations. I think this was parked at the Whitestown Meijer.

1988-97 Toyota Pickup. It wasn’t until a later generation that Toyota’s small truck took on the Tacoma name. This dented specimen was parked in my neighborhood. It’s been an unusually good year for old cars in my neighborhood.

1998-2000 Toyota Camry Solara. I’ve been hoping to find one of these for years, and it finally happened. I really liked the looks of these when they were new, and as a coupe fan I wanted one then. But I had three kids and this wasn’t going to work. Spotted on the Northside of Indianapolis.

1998-2004 Honda Odyssey. These are still not uncommon in central Indiana. I think they were a good and reliable vehicle that, given that it’s a minivan, have probably not been abused. Spotted at Shapiro’s Deli on the south side of Downtown Indianapolis.

2000-04 Ford Focus. These were so funny looking when they were new — tall, rakish, with weird body-side sculpting. Ford toned down the look slightly in a 2005 facelift. I owned a 2006 Focus 5-door hatchback and it was the most entertaining car to drive I ever owned — it had terrific acceleration off the line, and cornered flat. I loved to take it on a twisty back highway. Spotted on South Meridian Street in Indianapolis.

2002-05 Hyundai XG350 L. This is the first time a Hyundai has ever been featured in Carspotting. I spotted this one in Lockerbie in Indianapolis, on the city’s only remaining cobblestone street.

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27 responses to “Carspotting June-July 2023”

  1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    I’m not that interested in the performance aspects of cars, but I do appreciate good design. I always thought the Toyota pickup trucks were quite handsome.
    The Hyundai XG350 is called a Grandeur in Korea. Usually driven by middle-aged or older men with money. I was once photographing the cow shed section of an old traditional house that looked abandoned when an older gentleman pulled up in a black Grandeur and parked in the driveway. The house belonged to him, but he had built a more modern home across the street. He graciously allowed me to photograph what I liked. He explained the parts of the house and told me that a cow shed attached to the front of a house was a status symbol long ago. “I’m rich enough to own a cow.” In modern times, he said, pointing to his car, that’s been replaced by having a big car in front of your home. He then brought me to his neighbour’s house and showed me a shed that still had Korean War grenade shrapnel marks in the wood. Both the Grandeur man and the neighbour said I could come back anytime to make photos. Very kind of them. I went back once, but the traditional houses had been torn down to make way for roads wide enough for emergency vehicles.
    Went off-topic there . . .

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I loved your story! You can go off topic here anytime.

  2. matt Avatar
    matt

    My daughter bought a 1999 Camry Solara for her first car (with a 5-speed transmission, of course). I, too, liked those when they were introduced and was a tad jealous.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m a tad jealous too! Man, to own one of these with a 5 speed!

  3. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Gotta say, love the Triumph Spit, and lusted for one in my youth. Instead, I ended up with a pretty shot TR-4, and a GT-6 Mk III that needed constant repair, souring me on the whole deal, and those, plus the terrible American cars of the era, were my gateway to the Japanese car offerings in the mid-70’s. I think if I would have plowed my money into a pristine Spitty, I would have been much happier and probably would have still had it, and kept it up!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I appreciate people who own and maintain little cars like these, but they’re not for me. I drove a Miata around the block once and while it was fun, I had to either look over or under the top of the windshield frame. It was right at my eye level.

      1. -Nate Avatar
        -Nate

        Sadly I too have that exact vision problem with Miatas .

        My son tried to give me his, it had a supercharger and a later transmission (manual) but I found the obstructed vision to be dangerous .

        That Spitfire is hardly rough ! they’re still all over So. Cal. and most are dented and scruffy, this one is all one color , is shiny and no big rust holes .

        For hobby use or where there’s no salt older vehicles still work, I flat refuse to drive a modern car unless circumstances require it .

        -Nate

        1. Andy Umbo Avatar
          Andy Umbo

          Wow guys! I used to rent a Miata on my birthday every year, for years, and never remember any visual obstruction at all? All I remember is that they were a blast to drive: a dependable version of an English sports car! I’m 5 foot 9, so you folks must be much taller? Altho I have short legs and a long torso? Got a young gal in my apartment complex that owns two, an oldie, and a newer version, she’s working on both as drift cars, and I’ve rode in both, no problems…

          1. Jim Grey Avatar

            I’m 6’0″ with a 32″ inseam. The top of the windshield frame is just simply in the way. It’s too bad.

            1. Andy Umbo Avatar
              Andy Umbo

              Yeah, I’m thinking not only are you taller than I am, those legs (I’m a 29), puts you farther away from the window, visually dropping that top frame down!

  4. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    A restored DS23! Those must be challenging to maintain outside of France. The had brilliant but definitely oddball engineering with their central fluid pump suspension. Fascinating mid-century experiment.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Fortunately, from Germany (where this car was), France isn’t that far away!

  5. Ed Thierbach Avatar
    Ed Thierbach

    I think that Ranger was a ’96 or later. ’95 and earlier had a “checkerboard” grille, as well as a squarish instrument pod. I had a ’96 with the 4-cylinder engine. Second worst vehicle I’ve ever owned — the worst was a ’79 Mustang. And now we have a ’22 Maverick that has had 4 recalls, one tow due to “limp mode”, and a propensity to stay in deep sleep mode (disabling features to save battery).

    All three of those vehicles were ones I really want/wanted to like, even love. There was something compelling about each one. But the quality stuff just gets in the way of that. Sorry for the grouse session.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sounds like Fords and you just don’t get along!

      1. Ed Thierbach Avatar
        Ed Thierbach

        Sure seems that way. I’ve met many people who have gotten good and long service from their Fords. I just haven’t. I have always had super experiences with Toyota, Honda and Subaru, so that’s where I lean. But the Maverick was too tempting to ignore. I still hope it will settle down after the first-model-year teething problems are resolved. It’s a perfect size and type of vehicle for us.

  6. tbm3fan Avatar
    tbm3fan

    My 04 Focus ZTS is now at 193,000 miles and still looks new. Glad I don’t live where there is snow or an abundance of trees and rain. Great car.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s terrific! I wish my 06 Focus could have made it that far.

      1. -Nate Avatar
        -Nate

        IIRC that Ranger series is the ’97 ~ it matches my 2002 .

        These are indeed stout little trucklets, Ford used a lot of clever engineering in them but zero rust protection ~ mine has only left Los Angeles when I’m driving it yet still has rust patches here and there on the frame, if it was ever in salt it’d be gone in three years .

        Mine has the 2.4 liter 4 banger, it has -just- enough power with the 5 speed manual box, not a bit more .

        I can load it full of Motocycles and gear but that means only 4rth gear on any grades .

        I’m a GM fanboi but my various Fords over the decades have all been decent vehicles designed for a purpose they did well .

        -Nate

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’ve not had good luck with Fords. I’ve decided to avoid them.

          My dad had good luck with his Fords overall. He owned a lot of them over the years.

          1. tbm3fan Avatar
            tbm3fan

            Oh no just like with Minoltas. Only this time I am not going to send you a Ford. Mine stay with me.

            1. Jim Grey Avatar

              Lol!

  7. Tim N Avatar
    Tim N

    Many of those Indiana cars would never get a TUV seal here in Europe, due to blind headlights.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We used to have inspections here in Indiana as well, mostly for emissions and mechanical soundness. For whatever reason, those ended in the 1980s.

  8. Scott Bennett Avatar
    Scott Bennett

    The Ford is a ’97 or ’98. On the later ones the grille dips into the bumper a bit. I love the wheels on that Concorde. Just as nice as Pontiac wheels in the 70’s

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for narrowing down the year on that truck!

  9. J P Avatar

    My observations about that first generation of Honda minivans with sliding doors is that they have become quite rare. That generation suffered from a glass transmission that only seemed fixable via a pricy Honda reman unit. I think once those finally gave out (and after Honda finally stopped paying for them) they thinned out a lot. I see more Chrysler minivans of that era than Hondas now.

    And wow, an XG350! Have not seen one of these in a long time!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Fascinating. I didn’t know the transmissions in those were flaky. My last church owned one that had 225k on it and it just kept on trucking.

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