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Move over Prius, Silver Lake’s favorite new car is a Ford Ranchero

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE –– The beat up Ford Ranchero spray painted with the words “I used to be pretty” has attracted plenty of attention, smiles and complaints after being perpetually parked near the Silver Lake Reservoir. But even those neighbors who had grown accustomed to the Ranchero did a double take on Wednesday after the vehicle parked on West Silver Lake Drive was topped with a yellow crown and draped in a red cape and a sash that read “Miss SilverLake 1973”

Sandy Driscoll, one of the persons who snapped photos of the newly crowned Ranchero, said the walkers around the reservoir seemed to enjoy the new look.

“Everyone was smiling,” said Driscoll in an email. “Whoever did that did us all a favor – now I will miss the car if it’s towed!”

"Despite 2 tickets this '73 Ranchero lives on. Untowed. Unbowed." | Dan Gershon

“Despite 2 tickets this ’73 Ranchero lives on. Untowed. Unbowed.” | Dan Gershon

"I was having a lousy day and whoever dressed up the Ranchero on the Reservoir deserves my thanks for making me laugh out loud when I was walking my dog" | Rick Fisbein

“I was having a lousy day and whoever dressed up the Ranchero on the Reservoir deserves my thanks for making me laugh out loud when I was walking my dog.” | Rick Fishbein

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8 comments

  1. its time for whoever owns this piece of shit to get it off the street.

    Its not fair to your neighbors.

  2. Best thing to happen is Silverlake ever.

  3. Visible as this thing is, how has it escaped the 72 hour rule for so long? It’s clearly abandoned.

    • It used to be that you had to explicitly call in an abandoned car. It won’t happen by itself.

      It was a pretty long fuse. You’d call it in, they’d ask if it has already been there for 72 hours. If not, they’d say call back when it has. Then eventually, they’d come out and chalk the tires, very visibly. At that point there was another 72 hour clock. All told, you had easily a week to move it.

  4. Silver Lakers don’t like ugly old cars on their high dollar streets anymore.

  5. The crown was laying on the sidewalk when I passed by today, so unfortunately the decorations didn’t last long. And just for the sake of historical accuracy the Ranchero is a 1975 model, so it can’t have been “Miss Silver Lake 1973”.

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