Thursday, May 7, 2015

5k: Circus Act: 1975 Volvo 245 Wagon


If your little girl says to you "Daddy, I wanna be a bat" -- you have little choice, but to lift her by the ankle and dangle her upside down like a bat.  If you happen to be wearing suspenders/hat and standing on the roof of your Volvo wagon, the end result might look a bit like a hybrid of Elvis Costello & Michael Jackson, and that could be a good thing.  Find this 1975 Volvo 245 wagon with newer turbo engine offered for $5,000 in SF Valley, CA via craigslist.


Normally when I see a picture of someone dangling a child upside-down about six feet above asphalt, my first reaction is to call Child Protective Services, but in this case, I read the ad first.  Once I found out that it was a smog-exempt 245 wagon with a later turbocharged engine, my inclination is to first call the seller, buy the car, and then call CPS. 


Since the seller included only two pictures, this is where the story typically ends and we write something witting about "see another way to be an upstanding citizen"...but unfortunately for all involved, the story doesn't end here.  See that thing on the hood of the Volvo.  That is a giant flash bulb.  And an anonymous source told us the seller uses it for candid pictures he takes when roaming around the city of Angels.  Let's take a look at some of those shots from the seller's tumblr acct (I must be getting old, but I swore a tumbler was something to keep my hands from getting scotch on them...but the kids say otherwise.)


It starts out innocently enough, a dude cleaning up who knows what while wearing a particle mask.  Just another day in Los Santos...


Next we get the obligatory picture of a dude on a lowrider bicycle.  Lookin' good.  I'll skip by the picture of the lady emptying her bladder into the gutter for the sake of the children, but you are starting to get the flavor. 


A bearded dude on his way to a job (probably) doesn't mind having his picture taken.


But these dudes look a little nonplussed.   Perhaps it is the fact that he is about to get his  retinas toasted with a flashbulb with the lumen output of a NATO issue flashbang, but that shirtless dude looks like he might give the photographer a whoopin if he the Volvo gets caught in traffic.  Fortunately the temporary flash blindness should keep muscles from tearing the hatch from the car while you drive away. 


The pictures end up looking cool because the giant flash bulb helps to emphasize the subjects nicely.  Here is a lady wearing sandals. 


Oh good grief.  Of all the things...what...why...who.  Agggggg, why???!?!?


Just head over to the seller's tumblr link here if you want to continue this exhibit. See a stranger vehicle for taking pictures of strangers? tips@dailyturismo.com

15 comments:

  1. I'm just not hip enough to sport an ugly green Volvo. upgraded motor or not.

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    1. I'm not sure if I should be pissed off or flattered by that comment.

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  2. So I was going in today to check the Axis and Allies listing, and see it's pulled. I hope I didn't ruin it with the stench of *that* other site's listing?

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  3. Lighting up the Lost Souls of Los Angeles! Creepy, Beautiful and Heartbreaking.

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  4. The Apocalypse is anon. A Volvo drive by of the ever so interesting cultural fringe of LA. Not.

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  5. This whole time I thought Los Angeles was all Blondes driving Bentleys?

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  6. If you bought it you'd have to get the hell out of the area otherwise everyone'd be either be (a) posing or (b) throwing rocks.

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  7. Wow, I just reviewed the guy's tumblr photo set. Many of them are remarkable from a photographic standpoint. I have never visited LA, so in addition it is a social eye-opener for me.

    I never even got around to reading the ad for the Volvo....

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    1. yeah, the flash makes for amazing lighting. Pretty interesting concept for an art project.

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  8. Hahaha! I'm friends with the "bearded dude!"

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    1. AndrewM -- so are you the shirtless dude?
      -Vince

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    2. No...I'm the one in black and white winking at the camera in this one - http://levrukhin.tumblr.com/post/100097898851

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  9. Hey--just stumbled across this posting. I am Lev "Lever", the proprietor of the volvo...and the lil' kid.

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    1. Lev -- welcome to DT. Did you ever sell the 245? If not, let us know and we can re-feature it. And are you still taking those crazy pictures of people on the side of the street -- if so, what is the new camera car? Send us some pics! tips@dailyturismo.com -Vince

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    2. I have not. My girlfriend talked me out of selling it, so my documentation of L.A. continues...

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