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DOTS: The Good Stuff Edition

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Yesterday was a great day for carspotting. It started off a bit slow but by the end of the day I was quite pleased with the assortment I captured.

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First up, the title car: a K20 swapped Nissan 510 Bluebird SSS (trim level). You heard that right, not a Datsun 510. This is a RHD import recently converted. I talked to the owner and he said he’s only owned it a week.

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Please forgive the blurry photos; my camera doesn’t do well in low light and the sun was rapidly retreating at the time.

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I took these photos with the full permission of the owner of course. He was pretty chill. One interesting part of the build he highlighted was that it used to be a three speed column shift but now it is a five speed floor shift. The “Whitebird” logos are just a stylistic touch to set it apart from the other Nissan Bluebirds out there.

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There is a 0% chance that these two CTS-V owners don’t know each other. V models are really rare and I haven’t seen one in a while.

The rarest thing I saw all day though had to be a Plymouth Superbird. Yes, the Stock Car inspired Plymouth Road Runner hotted up to look like an oval racer.

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Unfortunately I was too late with the camera and it got away, but here’s what they look like. The one I saw had a “Superbird” script on the front fender and didn’t have a matte decal on the nose cone but in every other respect it was identical. Less than 3,000 were produced so I’m not sure that it was a real one, but if not, it was a pretty good replica.

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But that’s not all:

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A local munitions company keeps this M35 “Deuce and a Half” outside to attract customers. I doubt it moves but it is in better shape than the other promotional car behind it. More on that later.

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Cool vehicle but maybe a bit overblown. Looks mostly unrestored other than the bench seat, canvas, and maybe an older paint job. I wouldn’t want to wrangle it out onto the fast, busy road behind it (the only way out).

About that step van behind it. . .

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It’s a Chevy step van made in the 1960s. Specifically a P20 van, probably with some anemic and long disused straight six in the doghouse between the seats.

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It’s in pretty rough shape all around. Flat tires, terrible paint, numerous dents, and signs of one final accident that should have sent it to the scrap heap.

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There appeared to be actual rust on the inside of the window there. This angle also shows off the gnarly bite a collision took out of the front.

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Yeah, this thing will never move again. It’s sat here for years and years and, if I am being honest, isn’t in much better shape than the cars down in Old Car City USA.

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The color is quite unusual. Perfect for attracting attention but it has clearly seen much better days.

And the interior? So much worse than the exterior.

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Yikes. That’s quite bad. As you can see, the window has begun to rust.

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Neat triangular speedo though. Looks like the driver didn’t get a rev counter. You can’t even see the needle anymore from the caked on filth.

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It did go out with a bang, though, reflecting the sunset through the grimy windows in a peculiarly eerie way.

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Sure it’s a Datsun 280SX but it’s still a beautiful classic sports coupe resplendent in bright bonze paint that you rarely see on the streets, much less in this condition. Sadly, it is saddled with a slushbox. But just look at it! Imagine it with covered headlights and chrome bumpers. This car has a lot of potential.

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Of course, while I was there I couldn’t not check out a whole bunch of W123 Mercedes outside a specialty shop nearby.

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The people working on them were very amicable and I took them for a father son team. Not sure but the cars were cool.

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That’s quite a haul for only two days on the road. Which would you take home?

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