If and when I ever run out of Down On The Street cars in Alameda, all I'll need to do is head across the Bay to find another vast storehouse of old street-parked machinery. San Francisco is rough on cars, but that just means that the old veterans boast that many more character-building battle scars. Take, for example, this 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, shot in North Beach by AlfaDog. It's got the kind of rust you get from parking too close to the ocean (prevailing winds tend to blow the salt spray quite a distance inland), and the boat marker light as a hood ornament really adds that special nautical touch. Make the jump to read AlfaDog's desciption.

Taken last week in the North Beach area of SF, all I can find out is that I think its a Series 5 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham (1965-68?) and has current tabs, so I guess it's a daily driver... and a boat navigation light for a hood ornament! Parking brake seems to be fully functional as well... black & yellow license plates seem to make people happy too - sorry for the quality of some of the shots, it was cloudy & my camera is not pro-quality!

Thanks, AlfaDog! Next time I'll try not to take so long to post your photos.