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    Old cars in Arizona

    Maybe because Arizona isn't a very old state, as far as states go, and the population was fairly low until recent years, there aren't very many vintage Japanese cars floating around. I think most "drivers" that I see are along the line of Honda Civics or Toyota Cressidas, but for the most part cars here are either new, or old American cars. I wander around the state a lot taking photos and I don't think I've ever seen a Japanese car sitting in a yard rotting away. But, I do see tons of vintage American cars and a few European imports (and lots of VWs). I figured I'd post a few of the cooler examples I've found here in the off topic section...

    An old Sunbeam in Jerome.



    A couple more in Jerome







    In Vicksburg





    Williams



    Miami





    At an abandoned mine near Wickenburg



    Phoenix



    Flagstaff



    This was in Ripley, CA along the AZ border (may be Japanese? though looks like a Pontiac or something)



    And lots of boats...

















    Just thought people might be interested! I can post more if desired...

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    Very cool pictures!

    BTW, your "may be Japanese" car is a Mazda RX-3 (or 707, or whatever else they called non-rotary variants). So, it is. :lol: And it's actually a fairly desireable car too.

    That Sunbeam Alpine in the top pic is a Series III, which is kind of an oddity among them, has the largest fins of any Alpines. I have a friend restoring one right now.

    And that's an old Ford Popular in the mining shot photo, next to the '30s shell. Also kind of odd to find these days.

    Lots of cool ish. Post more pictures! :mrgreen:

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    Wow! What a great set. Love those Polaroid / desert colors, and the toy camera blurred stuff looks tremendous too. A real series happening here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stationwagonguy
    That Sunbeam Alpine in the top pic is a Series III,
    Always an 'expert' somewhere - apologies. Alpines came with two fin types; I, II, and III (as per above fin), and IV and V (Minx-like fin as used same tail-light). So this could be a Series I, II or III. Though I've restored / worked on a range, I still cannot tell the difference between a II and a III. A I is easy as it has no A-pillar on the door.

    Another Alpine on Polaroid, next to a Skyline this time, this one in Japan, and either a Series IV or V GT (as only IV or V had the no soft top option GT model I think):



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuroneko
    Quote Originally Posted by Stationwagonguy
    That Sunbeam Alpine in the top pic is a Series III,
    Always an 'expert' somewhere - apologies. Alpines came with two fin types; I, II, and III (as per above fin), and IV and V (Minx-like fin as used same tail-light). So this could be a Series I, II or III. Though I've restored / worked on a range, I still cannot tell the difference between a II and a III. A I is easy as it has no A-pillar on the door.
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    ops: Sorry then, I had been under the impression only the Series III had those fins.

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    I would agree with this. I rarely see old japanese cars driving around on the street here.

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    a few more cars in AZ and CA...


















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    Quote Originally Posted by moominsean
    a few more cars in AZ and CA...




    Is that a Stout I see...?

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    Very cool photos. Im digging the Sunbeam & the old vicks.

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    Is it odd to see British cars like this there as well?


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    very interesting.
    I also noticed no old subarus.
    I wonder why...
    They are roasters when engine is correct..
    very hot drivers in the summer, even here in maine.
    I found some outrageous flow problems in the chassis (cabin), as if to promote upside down. Couple that with EGR.. I think I would have snapped and beat my little sube to death with a cactus. :roll:

    I could also guess that the thin metals and squishy suspension (dramatic as temp climbs) not desirable.

    the engine is tougher than a beetles, and of course mexican beetles would be found, for the reason of being convenient manufacture.

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