Here are all of the old cars I found parked during October. 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
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.
1967 Ford Galaxie 500. What a delightful find! It was parked in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Whitestown.
1981-93 Dodge Ram. Handsome trucks in their time, they always placed distant third in the sales race after Ford and GM trucks. Spotted in downtown Indianpolis.
1992-96 Ford F-150. A good, honest truck. Spotted at the Lowe’s in Whitestown.
1996-99 Subaru Outback. I’ve never featured an Outback here before and was happy to find this first-generation example parked in my neighborhood. A friend of mine had one (with the five-speed transmission) and it seemed like a good, practical family car. She drove hers for almost 200,000 miles. I love the look of the rimless door frames and the way they gave it a hardtop look using a hidden B pillar. I’m not impressed with what the Outback has evolved to become. It’s no longer a slightly raised 4WD station wagon — it’s a full-blown SUV. The world doesn’t need more SUVs in this class. However, the sales numbers show it: Subaru made the right move. I don’t have to like it.
1997-2002 Honda Passport. The first two generations of this SUV were not manufactured by Honda, but rather by Isuzu. Spotted near my home in Whitestown.
1998-99 Toyota Corolla. The beigest sedan ever. Spotted in a parking lot in Whitestown.
1998-2000 Ford Ranger. That’s…quite a spray-can paint job. Spotted in a parking lot in Whitestown.
1998-2002 Ford Escort ZX2. These little cars were among the fastest in Ford’s fleet during the years they were made. Spotted in Greenwood, Indiana.
1999-2006 Toyota Celica. These are pretty rare here in the Midwest. I wonder why. Maybe they were all hooned to death. Spotted in Zionsville.
2000-05 Mercury Sable. Spotted at my ophthalmologist’s office in Carmel, Indiana. These were …not attractive.
2001-02 Honda Accord. This is an unusually good example of this attractive midsized coupe. I’d love to find one of these to run around in, especially if it had the 5-speed. Spotted in Whitestown.
2001-04 GMC S-15. Spotted in downtown Nappanee, Indiana. These are still plentiful, so I photograph them only when they’re in especially good condition.
2003-05 Chevrolet Cavalier. These were incredibly outdated cars by the end of the run, of which this car is an example. I don’t see many Cavaliers rolling anymore. My memory of them is that they were ill built, and then owners drove them hard into the ground. Spotted in Whitestown near my home.
2003-06 Toyota Tundra. I waffled on whether to include this truck as it’s barely within the 20-year limit. But I can’t remember the last time I saw one — which is remarkable, given these trucks’ reputation for reliability.