Near-Miss Between Vintage Cars Captured in Color Film From 1960's L.A.

Rare color footage of Los Angeles' sunset boulevard in the 1960s has re-emerged online, showing a vastly different city to the one we see today.

L.A. is famous throughout the world for being home to countless celebrities and the Hollywood sign, but it's almost unrecognizable more than half a century ago before the majority of its iconic skyscrapers were built.

The two-minute-long clip is shot from the perspective of a driver, as they cruise down the sunset strip in blazing sunshine.

Vast, vintage vehicles grace the streets, but there's a lot less traffic—and parked cars—to what we see today.

Despite being filmed 58 years ago, the footage has re-emerged after it was shared to Twitter on Monday.

Alison Martino uploaded it to her account Vintage Los Angeles, where it's already been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

Pointing out the various landmarks, she said: "Remarkable color footage of a drive down Sunset Strip in 1963. This was back when the Whisky A Go-Go was called the Party, the Rainbow was the Villa Nova, and The Roxy was a strip joint called Largo. Also notice the 9000 building under construction next to Scandia.

"Did anyone else notice the billboard advertisement for a Pacific Ocean Park, also known as POP?? There were also billboards for Home Savings & Loan and the FUGITIVE, which premiered that same year."

And in response to someone pointing out what The Melody Room is today, Martino added: "Correct! The Melody Room eventually became FILTHY McNASTY'S, then the Central, and today the Viper Room. Same marquee all these years too! They just switched out the name above. It was also a strip club."

And eagle-eyed viewers also spotted signs for The Phone Booth, which Martino added: "It was also a strip club."

Rare color footage of 1960s L.A.
Rare color footage of the sunset strip in L.A. is attracting widespread attention online. Getty

The 9000 Sunset Boulevard, billed as the tallest building on the strip, is merely a construction site, with the 12-story structure completed in 1964.

As well as incredible scenes from yesteryear, the clip also gives a unique perspective of a near-miss between vintage cars.

The driver happily runs multiple red lights, before nearly smashing into a blue classic car that is pulling out of a side road.

The clip ends without revealing how the incident panned out, but Martino added: "I can only imagine the foul language coming out of that 1961 Chevrolet Impala at the end."

She added: "That car was almost toast!"

Numerous former and current residents have been sharing the memories the clip evoked, with Scott Culiner writing: "Wow... this is incredible. Everything from the cars, the storefronts, the people... even the rotating Shell Gas Station sign. So nostalgic. (I was 2 y.o.)"

Sasha Gelbart wrote: "I grew up in this apartment building on the strip—my great—grandfather and grandfather built it in the 1940's."

Rare color footage of 1960s L.A.
Rare color footage from 1960s L.A. is attracting a lot of attention online. The short clip even captured a near-miss between vintage vehicles. Getty

"And right at this time, a man named Elmer Valentine took a look at the failing club The Party and decided it was the ideal spot for a new club he had in mind, the Whisky à Go Go," David Kamp wrote.

While @subliminalglory noticed: "I love how they just straight up ignore the red light at the end. Nothing changes on Sunset."

@MillerAltson reminisced: "Back in the days when the drive from San Diego (my hometown) to LA was mostly orange groves. Miles and miles of orange groves."

"He also blew a red light at the beginning," Jim E. pointed out.

And Matt Daniels thought: "After reading the comments, I was shocked no one noticed the most glaring difference between 1963 and now. NO TRAFFIC."