I recently poked around on Google Earth out of boredom, happening to land in Mexico City. As usual, I decided to document some of the most unusual stuff to be found around the city.

Previously I have gone virtual carspotting in Sardinia and Marseilles France, so this time the vehicles were a little more familiar. Nevertheless, the streets were absolutely covered in interesting autos.

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Volkswagen is absolutely huge in Mexico, so let’s start off with some of the more Germans I found on the streets of Mexico City.

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Most of the Jettas around were in far far poorer condition than this minty blue GL model. I like how the graphics and color combo cheer up this otherwise relentlessly practical commuter coupe.

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Indeed, despite the popularity of old VWs, lots of old Golfs and Jettas are sacrificed to the crusher every year to allow others to live.

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Sold as the Caribe in Mexico, this Mk I. Golf is resplendent in its bright orange paint and GT graphics. Plenty of Mk I.s were around, but very few came close to looking this good.

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The scrap heap is not far away for most survivor Mk I. Caribes.

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This graffiti’d VW squareback otherwise would have been in excellent condition. I was surprised that this was the only Type 3 I could find on the streets. Plenty of other air cooled Type 1 and 2s littered every street corner, yet the more modern body style was notably absent.

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As you can see, most air cooled volkswagens are beginning to look a little ragged after this long out of production. Plenty of more respectable Beetles and buses were available, but this patina was almost too perfect.

In the background, you can see another Volkswagen. Why don’t we get Utes in the US? That looks so useful.

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Stay tuned, because we are just scratching the surface. From a well preserved AMC Eagle to what I think may be an old Skoda, the best is yet to come.

Can you recognize anything in the background I glossed over? Let me know. Thanks for reading.

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