Photos: When Southern California's Freeways Were New (and Empty)

The Southland's freeways hardly inspire optimism anymore. Glance at the shoulder of a slow-moving freeway and among the weeds you'll see shards of plastic and twisted metal—the accumulated detritus of a dozen high-speed crashes. They may (occasionally) be convenient, but whether it's their shabby appearance, the way… » 4/28/14 12:40pm 4/28/14 12:40pm

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday: 1967 Plymouth Sport Fury III

We're still in lovely Costa Mesa, California, where Tomsk photographed this '67 Plymouth Fury for us. The hood ornament and "Commando V8" badging indicate that the car shipped with a 270- or 325-horsepower 383 under the hood (although there's no telling what sort of powerplant lives there now, what with the ready… » 6/15/08 5:30pm 6/15/08 5:30pm

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair

We're going to stay in Orange County a while longer, heading from Costa Mesa to neighboring Huntington Beach. We'd mention that Huntington Beach is the official Surf City USA, only we'd probably get howls of outrage from Santa Cruz; in any case, HB's climate is great for preserving old cars. ß®@ƒƒ spotted this… » 6/15/08 12:00pm 6/15/08 12:00pm

Edsel, Old Trucks Distort Irvine Master Plan's Reality Field

You may think you've experienced a planned community in which every last detail was carefully designed by lab-coated scientists in 1956 to elicit Maximum Upscale Suburban Ennui in its residents, but only Irvine, California, gets it down perfectly. Well, almost perfectly, because Al Frente has spotted these… » 6/10/08 4:20pm 6/10/08 4:20pm

Unsold Ford F150 Makes Great Perch For Bird Nest

Here's a pretty strong commentary on the state of sales for full-size pickups — a bird has managed to build a nest and lay eggs on the hood of a Ford F150 at an Orange Country Ford dealer. Seems like the kind of undertaking that would be noticed if, you know, people were busy looking at the truck on a regular basis.… » 6/09/08 4:21pm 6/09/08 4:21pm

Star-Spangled Scout Lurks Behind The Orange Curtain

Normally we like to show street-parked cars in this series, but we're making an exception for this International Harvester Scout that parks in the driveway at БЯд╒╒ ®'s place in Orange County's lovely Huntington Beach. The fading on the stars-and-stripes motif suggests that the custom paint job was laid down around… » 4/22/08 3:00pm 4/22/08 3:00pm

Orange County Fairlane, Now With Added '65 LTD!

Many of you have been kind enough to send DOTS Bonus Edition photos my way, and you're all very good about not raking me over the coals for taking so damn long to get to some of them. Reader Vance, who dwells behind the Orange Curtain, shot this very clean 1955 Ford Fairlane on the streets of Tustin back in October.… » 3/06/08 2:45pm 3/06/08 2:45pm