Holly and I recently traveled to Richmond, Virginia to visit her brother who is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail. Before arriving, I found myself running a deep, internal monologue. What is Richmond? Where is Richmond? What does Richmond have? Well, good news, everyone. I’ve determined beyond a shadow of a doubt (and with photographic evidence) that Richmond has cars. In fact, I saw about six of them in a four day trip that were worth cataloguing and sharing. So here they are.
Gross Toyota Celica
This Celica was just absolutely disgusting. Parked on the side of the highway on the way to get Patrick in Front Royal, I knew I wanted to stop and grab a picture on the way back, but it was truly unpleasant. It’s always been interesting to me how they modeled these after tiny muscle cars in the late 70s. It probably looked okay at some point.
Patina’d Chevrolet 1500 (Big Body)
Big body big body. Cool to see survivors with wild patina like this. Looked like it probably ran, but had been missing some chunks for a while.
Stupidly Clean Jeep Comanche
No idea if “Olympic” was a genuine trim level. I don’t know a lot about the Comanche and this looked legit enough.
Caged Porsche 944 Turbo
Just drink in everything happening here. Walking past an old German auto body shop between breweries and spotted a pretty well surviving 944 Turbo. Absolutely love the badging on these, with the ‘PORSCHE’ across the spoiler if it wasn’t enough on the decklid.
Early Model Jeep (Kaiser?) Wagoneer Woody
Another street-parked Jeep, but this time at night. I’d never seen (what I’m assuming is a) Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer. Very early modeling, looked like the panels were still pressed well from the factory. I’m going to guess this is sometime in the first five years of offering the wood paneling on the Wagoneer.
Hole-Filled Kaiser Jeepster
Too many Jeeps, but closing out with another Kaiser!! This time a Jeepster, and I’d never seen one without the top, so that was neat. This one had seen better days but was parked right off Monument Row in a pretty nice area of Richmond. The fact that it was under a tree and there were no leaves in the trunk (I remember those days from my 4Runner), indicates that this one moves frequently under its own power. I wonder if that was a side rail that gave up one day and took someone’s foot with it. We’ll never know. Nice original wheels though.