That’s how the brown cars lived in my hometown in Northern California. They were durable old cars from the 1970s and early 1980s, and I imagine they survived for two reasons: they were pampered by their owners, or they stubbornly refused to break down, ever.
When I see a brown car I think of those dependable, durable Civics, Tercels, LTDs, Sedan De Villes.
Here’s a 1970s Subaru Leone, famous for bringing four-wheel drive cars to the States.
I found it on summer vacation from New York back in 2008. That July 6th was the first day I went out to take pictures of cars on the street. That day I found this Subaru.
Hazy hot summers drove me into strangers’ side yards, peeking under car covers, down overgrown driveways, down side-yards. These are where brown cars lived. It was their habitat, under dried brown fallen pine needles.