RustyButTrusty On The Street – Volvo, Ferrari, and Cadillac Hearse

Sometimes it’s amazing how many old cars a couple block radius can contain. On a recent drive, there were three interesting vintage cars, and this is not to mention the passing Datsun Fairlady roadster or the pre-GM Saab 900 convertible. The first car was a Volvo 122 2-door sedan. Fitted with slotted alloys in the 1970s, along with some little hoods over the headlights as you commonly see on VW Beetles, and some period foglights mounted in a strangely high position, this looks like a gently aged car that’s still working for a living.


It’s more common to see Ferraris driving around the more southern areas of the San Francisco Bay Area where the technology money is even more heavily concentrated. However, this 308 (possibly a quattrovalvole, judging by the wheels) was parked on the streets of Oakland. With any luck, the giallo fly paint is helping the owner avoid all the ridiculous Tom Selleck/Magnum comments you’d get driving a red one.


Last is this Cadillac hearse. Hearses (especially older ones) are usually a combination of stately and creepy, but this one looks positively menacing with its jacked up rear end and fat tires. It looks like it’s about to back over that poor cowering little Scion behind it. Oddly enough, this is frequently parked near or outside of a church – perhaps it takes deceased members of the rockabilly crowd on their final ride?



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