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Submitted by on 1, December 5, 2008 – 9:00 amNo Comment

The other day our Google Alert for Alameda brought us this neat little item on the Jalopnik site about a 1986 Toyota Cressida owned by a delivery guy over at Bowzer’s Pizza on Park Street. A defining feature: A skull “hood mural.”

I contacted the fine folks at Bowzer’s (named after the owner’s pizza-eating dog, btw) and spoke with the car’s owner, deliveryman James Matos. Matos said he had sanded out the rusted hood one night about six months or so ago and was trying to figure out what to do with it when a friend “took two cans of paint and mastered up a little skull.”

Matos’s dad got him the car maybe three years ago “used – junk. But it’s a good car,” he said. The car is Matos’s third, behind a 1982 Cutlass Supreme which he said didn’t last long and a ’93 Dodge Caravan (“It was red and all my friends called it the Ronald McDonald van.”).

Matos’s dream car is a 1995 or 1996 Chevy Impala. But for now, he said the Cressida is a reliable pizza delivery wagon. I didn’t get the chance to run over there to take a photo, but there’s a few good ones with the original post.

His car was featured as part of Jalopnik contributor Murilee Martin’s “Down on the Street,” which offers almost daily items about “old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot” (that’s us, folks). The item on Matos’s car had gotten 1,767 views as of Thursday night and had drawn 50 comments.

I had fun checking out all the old cars and more importantly, trying to figure out where they were parked and if they belonged to anyone I knew. For future reference, you can click over to the site from my list of links.

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