Old cars parked: September 2023

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Here are all of the old cars I found parked during September. Here are the rules I follow:

  • The car is parked on the street or in a lot
  • The car is not in a car show
  • The car is (or could be) 20 or more model years old

In my recent reader survey, one person commented that I might consider changing the age threshold to 30 years, as so many 20-year-old cars are still on the road. I’ve definitely thought about it! But some cars in that 20-30 year range are interesting and relatively rare, and I’d like to feature them.

Do you have a blog and like old cars? You can play along! Just create a post of your own early each month showing the cars you found last month, and leave a comment on my monthly old-cars post so others can go read it.

1966 Ford Mustang. Spotted in downtown Zionsville. I’ve seen this convertible tooling around town before and was happy to find it parked.

1966-77 Ford Bronco. Also spotted in downtown Zionsville, this Bronco looks to have gotten a loving restoration.

1969-72 Chevrolet K/5 Blazer. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for these because my grandmother drove one, also in orange. It was a terrific car. Spotted at the Whitestown Meijer.

1973-76 Dodge D-series. Dodge was the first, I believe, to offer an extended-cab truck. There were still only two doors on these trucks, but if you folded the seat forward you could reach the back. Spotted at the Walgreen’s in Zionsville.

1984-96 Chevrolet Corvette. I’m not a Corvette guy, but I appreciate them for what they are. This one is so 1980s with all of its straight lines! Spotted in my neighborhood.

1988-94 BMW 3 series. This car has been debadged, so I don’t know which model number it actually is. I spotted it on the street in Whitestown.

1990-94 Chevrolet Lumina. This is only the second Lumina I’ve featured — they’re uncommon now, despite being everywhere just 15 years ago. They must have all worn out at once. Spotted at the Whitestown Meijer.

1990-94 Toyota Tercel. I thought the previous generation Tercel coupe was smartly styled. This was bulbous and weird in comparison. But it was good basic transportation. You might not know that the original Tercel from 1978 was Toyota’s first front-wheel-drive car. The Corolla was a rear-wheel-drive car until 1987! Spotted at the Whitestown Meijer.

1991-92 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser. Spotted in Kirklin, Indiana, I’ve been aware of, and have photographed, this car for many years. The first time was in 2015; at that time, this car still wore all of its original Oldsmobile badges. (See it here.) The second time was last year; it was painted in primer. (See it here.) It even made last year’s Carspotting list. Normally I don’t re-share cars I’ve shared before, but I’m making an exception because this one has been restored.

1991-96 Buick Roadmaster. I spotted this one two cars away from the Olds Custom Cruiser in Kirklin. It’s a little rough, but maybe it will get restored just like that Olds. Notice the even older Buick next to it. It was in last year’s Carspotting list, and I wrote about the car at Curbside Classic here.

1992-95 Buick Skylark. I found this excellent-condition Skylark in Carmel at a strip mall. It wears historic plates.

1992-96 Ford F-150. The windowless bed shell is ominous somehow. Spotted behind a Thai restaurant in Brownsburg.

1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro. What is up with those weird wheels? Spotted in the Chatham Arch neighborhood in Indianapolis.

1995-99 Honda CR-V. This body style was made until 2001, but in 2000 Honda redesigned the front end a little bit. I can tell by looking at the bumper that this is from before the redesign. Spotted in my neighborhood.

1997-98 Ford F-150. This truck lives in my neighborhood, but has up to now always been parked in a driveway. I love seeing a truck doing what trucks were meant to do: haul stuff.

1997-2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic. Some older cars are still common enough that I don’t have much enthusiasm for photographing them. The four-door XJ Jeep Cherokees from after the 1997 facelift, like this one, are among them. This one was parked uber-conveniently to where I was walking near my home, and I had all the time in the world, so I photographed it. I’ve passed by a handful of Cherokees this year without photographing them.

1998-99 Honda Accord. These hardy sedans aren’t exactly plentiful anymore, but they’re also not uncommon. Spotted in downtown Indianapolis.

1998-2000 Ford Ranger. These third-generation Rangers are still plentiful. Spotted in a shopping-center parking lot in Whitestown.

2000-02 Toyota Echo. Such a homely car. Spotted in the Chatham Arch neighborhood of Indianapolis.

2000-04 Ford Focus. I totally forget where I was when I came upon this first-generation Focus.

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30 responses to “Old cars parked: September 2023”

  1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    Another nice collection of photos.I especially like the old trucks. Is it just the angle, or is that custom cruiser really VERY long?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They are very long cars, but the camera does distort this one a little into making it look even longer.

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Hey, thats my Tercel! Still running? I had that Tercel in that color, 1993. Once again near 200,000 mile car without real repairs. Bought new in 1993, and sold to a neighbor who was a mechanic, for his daughter, in about 2005. I still saw it driving around the neighborhood for years afterwards, altho way rustier than this beauty! The only repair I paid for in all that time was when I hit a deep pothole when I lived in DC, and wrecked the right side half shaft drive.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      200k with no real repairs appeals to me deeply.

  3. matt Avatar

    I’d be willing to wager a candy bar or a punch in the shoulder the BMW is a 325.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re almost certainly right.

  4. Robert Selders Avatar
    Robert Selders

    What? No Chrysler K-cars? There was a time you could not help to see one on the road. I guess they are aging out. Not so for the Buick Roadmaster. I believe it was the last of the full-sized station wagons.

    “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has the station wagon model. I can wax nostagic by viewing that picture.

    Thanks for the report.


    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Nary a K-car to be found. I can’t remember the last time I photographed one.

      1. Kodachromeguy Avatar

        I agree, they have disappeared off the face of American roads. Good riddance; they were miserably compromised cars.

  5. Marc Beebe Avatar

    My favourite of these is the dirty Dodge truck. That’s a gas-guzzling workhorse I can relate to.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s the one I wanted to drive around the block, just to connect with memories of trucks like these from my childhood.

  6. DougD Avatar

    The Bronco is the one I’d like to take around the block. They’ve always been rare in my area, since there’s little practical use for one. A gas station in town had one as a plow truck in the 70’s.

    Now of course the new Bronco is all over the place here, despite there still being little practical use for one.

  7. tbm3fan Avatar

    The Focus caught my attention for two reasons. One, I happen to own one. Two, the first generation in the Bay Area is a very rare car to see nowadays. Very rare. They tend to look alike except for the rims which were seen on 2001-02 Foci while my 2004 has different rims I like better than these. In February the car turns 20 years old with no repairs needed other than routine maintenance. I did have the spoiler painted last week as the sun was taking it’s toll while the body paint is in fine shape and I didn’t like it. Jim, should know this car, since it has been on Curbside Classic a couple of times.

    1. DougD Avatar

      Yep, I liked our 2001 ZTS more than the 2013 Focus that replaced it.  If they were making new Gen1 Focii now I’d buy one.

  8. Ben Cotton Avatar

    Fun coincidence: my wife was talking about the cars her dad used to own when she was growing up and one of them was a Toyota Tercel. I said “wow, I haven’t thought of the word ‘Tercel’ in a long time!” And now here’s a picture of one!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      IT WAS FATE!

  9. Ted Avatar

    I’m pretty sure my 1986 Corolla was front-wheel drive. A quick check of Wikipedia confirms my memory. It was part of the fifth generation of Corollas, produced from 1983-1986. Those were front-wheel drive cars, except for a few models sold outside the United States.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I just checked again and I see that I was wrong – the Corolla went FWD in 1984!

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        I can tell you that I had a 1985 Tercel hatchback, with a very weird, what seemed to be a little experimental, front wheel drive package that had a perpendicularly placed engine in the front (which looked like a classic engine layout), that went through some sort of transfer case into the transaxle package. It felt kind of “hinky” to me, so I traded it in for a new 1987 Tercel, which had the redesigned horizontal engine transaxle package which is what you see today. That 1987 Tercel was literally bullet proof, and easily the most dependable of all the Toyotas I owned (altho all of them were far more trouble free than American cars). I may have dodged a bullet, as you see old Toyotas all the time, but within five years of ditching that ‘85, I saw very few if any on the road, and none for sale used at the dealer! 

  10. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    The red Buick has a funny little mouth that gives the Skylark a cute cartoon face, lol.

    In the mid aughts, we had a Toyota Echo (a replacement for a car that’d been stolen from the front of our house). I’m not specifically knocking Toyota because we currently drive two of them…….but that Echo was hands-down the lightest, most unsafe-feeling car we ever owned! I was glad when we traded it in. My wife mainly drove it over the hill to downtown but when we’d take it on the highway to run errands crosstown…… I felt like the proverbial sitting duck! It was the last car we owned that had hand-cranked windows :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Your experience with the Echo reminds me of a Ford Aspire I rented once. I wrote about it here:


      1. Darts and Letters Avatar
        Darts and Letters

        Yeah, the Aspire and Echo definitely sound like they’re of the same class! Funny names, too.

  11. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    Please forgive my ignorance of American cars, but are the 1991-92 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser and the 1991-96 Buick Roadmaster the same car from different brands? They look identical in design.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They are indeed the same car from different brands. A third car, the Chevrolet Caprice Estate, was also this car. They all had different interiors and exterior trims.

      1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

        Thanks Jim.

    2. tbm3fan Avatar

      While I have seen the Roadmaster the most, and a few of the Caprice, I have never seen the Olds version and at this point in time most likely never will.

      I did see a first gen Bronco, in yellow, today in town with a nice 302 burble. So a local.

  12. Theron Avatar

    I look forward to every edition of Old Cars Parked, hoping for an AMC Pacer. Have I missed it already?

    Back in high school, my best friend’s father owned one. Dad was so proud. My friend – not so much! But Dad would let us take it to the Sonic every now and then, so we couldn’t complain!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I have yet to find a Pacer in the wild! That would be quite a find.

      I found a 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 yesterday in a parking lot.

  13. J P Avatar

    A great collection! The Bronco is probably 1968+ because of the side marker lights/reflectors. Those are worth a fortune now. And I really love the early Dodge pickups of that generation.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why did I not notice the side-marker lights? They’re a dead giveaway. My grandpa had a ’72 Dodge truck in orange over white. He took my brother and me on a vacation in it once.

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