This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Tomsk has photographed a staggering quantity of DOTSBE-worthy machinery.
And now we're going to look at a pair of Benzes, a VW, and a couple of Porsches. Tomsk:
Porsche 911: If there's anything that The OC taught the rest of the world (aside from the fact that Mischa Barton is foxier than all get-out), it's that coastal Orange County has more Porsches than dog shit has flies.
Fitting, then, that this nicely-oxidized Malaise Era 911 coupe counts itself among the herd. One can just imagine what kind of berating, curmudgeonly insults it would let fly at all the shiny 996 Cabriolets, Boxsters, Cayennes and other late-model examples of the brand that roll by...assuming cars could talk, of course.
Porsche 914: Another Porsche, this time the cheap and cheerful mid-engined 914. The mis-matched wheels are likely to get you quizzical stares from your fellow PCNA members, but wouldn't that be part of the fun? Note that I took these pics last November, so it almost certainly found a new home ages ago.
Volkswagen Jetta: Considering the VW Jetta's current bitter and savage battle with the Toyota Corolla for the hearts and minds of America's coeds, it's easy to forget the model's humble origins. From certain angles (particularly in profile), the Mk. 1's "Rabbit with a trunk" roots are as clear as day. Add the anemic but thrifty diesel to the equation and you have one of the best vehicles around for survivng the aftermath of a couple of oil crises.
Mercedes-Benz 300SD: What could be better than owning a W126 Mercedes-Benz 300 SD? Well, as someone who already fits that criteria, my answer is owning a W126 Mercedes-Benz 300 SD with Diora Baird in the front passenger seat and a couple hundred stacks of $100 bills in the trunk.
This guy or gal, on the other hand, apparently thought the only thing better than owning one of these magnificent oil-burning panzers is owning three of 'em. They all appeared to be complete, but while the turbocharged version of the OM617 is nearasdammit nukeproof with proper maintenance, almost all of the bits around them do wear down and break, especially now that the newest examples of the breed are 24-years-old, so it may only be a matter of time before the cannibalizing begins, if it hasn't already.
Just the same, this person qualifies for hero status in my book.