Archive for February, 2012

Exclusive, Live from the Streets: 1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2

February 8, 2012

On my walk between the cheap Chinatown parking under the 880 overpass and my office, there’s a Salvation Army lot where they sell donated cars. Mostly these are rather mundane sets of wheels such as clapped out Daewoo Leganzas and Mercury Sables – the most interesting thing before this car was a Miata missing substantial chunks of its dash that probably would have made (or was the parts car for) a great LeMons racer. But walking by the lot a few weeks ago, I saw an unusual looking shape in the lot. That was a Beetle, but two cars up from it was this:

1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 front



Reporting Live From the Scene – 1967 Opel Kadett Rallye

February 1, 2012

Well, after a long dry spell here’s a car I actually checked out. I’ve written about other Kadetts in the past, but I don’t believe there’s been a Rallye featured. The interesting thing about this specific car is that while I was growing up in Los Altos, CA, I used to see this parked out front of Reitmeir’s Werkstatt while I was delivering papers in town. Even then, I thought it was pretty cool with the rally-style striping, foglights, and sporty phone-dial style steel wheels.

This car’s been on the market for at least a month now – the seller is obviously not trying urgently to get rid of it, which is unfortunate since it’s sitting outside on the street. From the decay on this one, you can see why they didn’t last any longer than your average European car in more stressful climates. It’s for sale in the hills of Burlingame, CA for an asking price of $3000.

1967 Opel Kadett Rallye left