Chevelle: so swell
Our aim is always to capture and dissect, in a manner of speaking, vehicles seen in the wild but we never shoot or accept photos taken at car shows, auctions or used/classic car lots. As a result, we do tend to ferret out featured feral finds when they’re parked. It’s one thing to nail ’em when they’re at a standstill as opposed to documenting them in motion.
We’ve found that two corners right near Feral Car’s international HQ in Los Angeles have yielded a disproportionate number of very interesting, very notable cars in full flight. We’re talking about the intersection of Rosewood Avenue and Rossmore Boulevard and, just three blocks to the east, the intersection of Rosewood and Larchmont Boulevard.
Do we have to spell it out? Cadillac means l-u-x-u-r-y.
These are the crossroads where we’ve seen lots of vintage VWs, Valiants and the like as well as some more esoteric conveyances. We’ve gone back into our image bank and sorted out a few shots of cars in motion captured at these locations that really underscore just what a phenomenal breeding ground this area happens to be.
Fender skirts standard, of course
We were most impressed with the bone stock ’71 Chevelle Malibu encountered at Rossmore and Rosewood just the other day. You just don’t see these as untampered with as this one. Our guess is that this unrestored California car wears its original 45-year old factory Antique White paint job. Kudos to the owner who resisted pressure to change out the original wheel covers.
When it absolutely, positively has to get there in style.
Over at Larchmont and Rosewood we found a similarly unmessed-with Cadillac DeVillle, also a ’71. We find the juxtaposition of the sky blue padded top over the Brittany blue body calming and reassuring on this, a pristine enthralling example of traditional American luxury in motion.
Junk or punk in the trunk?
At the same intersection we came upon a ’76 Cadillac Coupe DeVille that seemed raked, the front end higher than the back, perhaps due to a heavy load in the trunk. We’ll refrain from theorizing on just what might have been weighing this magnificent Caddy down except to suggest that Good Fellas is available on Netflix.
Now it’s back to Rossmore and Rosewood for a gander at a super clean ’66 Pontiac LeMans. It has the same bearing as the higher performance GTO but this one is equipped with a 326 cubic inch V8 rather than the 389 found under the hood of “The Goat.” Yes, those wheels and everything else appear to be totally stock and that’s the way we like it. You really can’t improve on perfection, so why try?
Near perfect “Pon-ton”
At the other end of the spectrum is this ’79 Buick Skyhawk that is completely intact but appears to be suffering from an advance case of benign neglect. That brushed chrome band running up the b-pillars and over the roof may be perceived as a “lipstick on a pig” concept but we find it charming in a gauche sort of way. The spoiler is a nice, touch, too.
Not entirely sure we’d rather have it but will certainly consider
Banded baby Buick
These fecund intersections yield more than just GM-built transients. Take, for example this stunning ’61 Rambler Classic. While it’s true that Rambler ran third to Chevy’s #1 and Ford’s #2 on the sales charts back then, there are very few survivors built during the time of the (George) Romney administration of American Motors. It’s paradoxical that upright Rambler sedans like this often doubled as eastern European cars in limited budget spy shows like Mission Impossible, Get Smart and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. while Romney and AMC were on the front lines defending American capitalism from godless (and unprofitable) socialism.
Remnant from the first (and last) Romney administration
Lastly, we offer our pièce de résistance. We, too, thought we might be hallucinating but we shot this fantastic Citroën SM around 9 AM and hadn’t had any mushrooms for dinner the night before.
L’avenir est arrivé dans le passé
The car was the product of Citroën’s acquisition of perpetually floundering Maserati in the early ’70s. The hydropneumatic suspension was all French, derived from the system that kept the groundbreaking Citroën DS (literally) afloat since 1955. Power was provided by a Maserati V6 that was mounted backwards (!) aft of the front axle; the transmission out in front of the motor. The design is breathtaking, the interior exquisite and but the Franco-Italo alliance advanced Citroën’s march into insolvency and ultimate acquisition by rival Peugeot.
Allons enfants avec grâce à puissance italienne
If you find yourself in Southern California you really should make it a point to amble down Rosewood Avenue between Larchmont and Rossmore Boulevards. We’d love to know if you encounter any of these inspiring full motion relics.
We found this well-priced (under $80K) ’72 CitroënSM for sale in nearby St. Louis and urge you to consider its purchase. We predict you’ll double your money if you sell it ten years hence, if you don’t factor in the cost of maintenance — some contend that “SM” stands for exactly what you’re thinking it does. Ouch!
Less, exotic, perhaps is this TV commercial for the ’71 Chevelle. Dinah Shore-approved!
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