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Entries from April 30th, 2009

VW Phaeton – 5th Avenue, NYC

April 30th, 2009 by Stu

vw-phaeton-5th-ave-You’re looking at VW’s ill-fated attempt to compete against arch rivals Mercedes and BMW. Despite the economy car badge sitting prominently on the hood, the full size, hand assembled Phaeton is all luxury and easily crossed the $100,000 barrier when equipped with the optional W12 engine. It even shared a platform and manufacturing site with Bentley’s Continental Flying Spur sedan (VW owns Bentley). Americans were not convinced though and Phaeton was promptly taken off the U.S. market after 2 years of sluggish sales performance.


Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano – 5th Ave – NYC

April 28th, 2009 by Ian


This Rosso Corsa 599 was spotted turning onto 5th avenue one soggy afternoon. The nearly $303,000 flagship is named for its 12-cylinder’s displacement (5999 cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta body style and Ferrari’s Fiorano Circuit test track. The driver won’t be able to use many of the 612 ponies amidst all the tourists and shoppers but gawking was certainly in top gear.


BMW R75/5 – Spring Street, NYC

April 27th, 2009 by Ian

Vintage Bimmers are all the rage once you head south of Houston. They have a rugged appeal that feels right at home in a concrete jungle. This 1972 R75/5 has shocks lined in chunky rubber and a chrome 4 gallon gas tank (introduced that year) that many say resembled the look of a toaster oven.


Ford Bronco 302 – Mercer Street, NYC

April 23rd, 2009 by Ian

This utterly immaculate Ford Bronco doesn’t look like it spends much time on the trail, but it sure is pretty. Short of the one OJ drove on that fateful day, the Bronco nameplate lost much of its cool factor after the 1st generation (1966-1977) model pictured here. Now that automakers have embraced small crossovers and utes, perhaps it is time to bring back Bronco for another go around.


Ford Mustang – 9th Avenue, NYC

April 22nd, 2009 by Stu

Not the best year for Ford’s perennial muscle car (Gen II: 1974 – 1978). In fact, there wasn’t a whole lot of muscle to speak of thanks to tougher pollution laws and the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s. Believe it or not, this so called street rod was based on a Ford Pinto subcompact in an effort to better compete against imports that shined during the energy crisis. But Mustang has stood the test of time – unlike Pony car comrades Camaro and Challenger, Mustang is the only Pony car that never ceased production since its inception.

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1949 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe – Ave of the Americas, NYC

April 21st, 2009 by Ian

More than 50 years old and this Fisher-bodied, pristine Series 62 Coupe is still all business. Something the head of a major crime syndicate might be found driving down by the docks on a foggy night. It’s classy as hell and alluded to a high position on the food chain – a stark contrast to the current consumer associations with the domestic manufacturers.


2010 Chevy Camaro – Harriman State Park, NY

April 20th, 2009 by Stu

It’s been 4 years since Chevy pulled the wraps off the Camaro concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A new president is in office, the Yankees moved stadiums and Britney Spears seems to be popular again. But it might have been worth the wait thanks in no small part to a design that alludes to the past without using it as a crutch. The 304 HP, Direct Injection V6 and starting price under $23,000 doesn’t hurt either.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – West 44th Street

April 19th, 2009 by Stu

Just another day in Manhattan. Well, not really. Even in the richest county in the country, it’s not everyday that you come across a $1.7 million dollar supercar capable of 253 MPH. This 16-cylinder, 1,001 HP stunner served as eye candy during the American Bugatti Club luncheon at Sardi’s, the famous Italian eatery and longtime theater district staple. Needless to say, the line of gawkers wrapped around the block.


Mercedes 190SL – Perry Street, NYC

April 16th, 2009 by Ian

This lipstick red 190SL (1955-1964) was found sitting around with its hood open on Perry Street. The straight four won’t blow doors off but when you’re driving around in something this beautiful, moving slowly just seems appropriate. This sighting is particularly relevant because the New York Auto Show is in session and the 190SL debuted at the same show in 1954.

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BMW Art Cars- Grand Central Station, NYC

April 14th, 2009 by Ian


clockwise from top left: 1977 BMW 320i by Roy Lichtenstein; 1986 BMW 635CSi by Robert Rauschenberg; 1979 BMW M1 by Andy Warhol; 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL by Frank Stella

Our very own Grand Central Station was one of the stops along BMW’s traveling Art Car exhibit.  These four famous BMW’s were formerly used as blank canvases by world renowned artists,  Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Robert Raushenberg.   The BMW art car project began in 1975 when race car driver Hervé Poulain commisioned an American artist to paint his BMW, and today there are 16 vehicles in the BMW art car stable.  These cars have graced some of the worlds most prestigious museums including the Louvre in Paris, and the Guggenheim in NY and Bilboa.