Savor the classic Jaguar flavor while you still can. The storied brand is nearing completion on a major design overhaul that started with the second generation XK-series, continued with an all new XF sedan (replaced S-type) and will conclude with a completely revamped XJ flagship. We can all appreciate the nostalgic British lines but the sales needle doesn’t lie.
Entries from May 18th, 2009
You wouldn’t know it from the temperature, but it’s nearly Summer. This 997-series 911 Turbo Cab was spotted on the Upper East Side, waiting patiently for the season to catch up to the date. Then it can live up to the near 200 MPH top speed and food chain positioning as one of the world’s fastest drop tops available today.
With intoxicating curves hammered into cold steel by the legendary design house Pininfarina, the seductive Brera represents one more reason to bring the Italian brand back over to this side of the pond. Sporting a rather modest (by American standards) 256 hp powerplant from its 3.2 liter V6, the Brera won’t knock your head back (0 – 62 mph in about 7.0 secs), but is certainly competitive with other premium hot hatches like the VW GTI, Mini Cooper S and Volvo C30.
New York big shots have a lot of choices as far as livery vehicles go. The most obvious VIP method of transport is a chauffeur-driven Town Car. And lord knows there are more than enough of those pounding the pavement. But for those who want to exude a little more panache and style, enter the A8L. Just like the SWB (short wheelbase) version, the A8L is the poster-boy for tasteful extravagance. The lines are simple and classy, not bulbous or overcomplicated in anyway. It screams of class not ostentation. Just add it to the list of design hits (A5 being one of them) coming out of Ingolstadt these days.
For the retro-inspired SportClassic series, Ducati dug into the archives to create a line of bikes reminiscent of their iconic 1970’s cafe-racer models. The end result is a harmonious mix of old and new. But don’t be fooled by all the vintage sheet metal – this bike is no Sunday cruiser and boasts 92 horsepower in a package that weighs just under 400 pounds. This stylish gent opted to remove the front fairing, adding his own sprezzatura!
The bruisers from AMG are easy to spot even in rush hour traffic. Design changes from the mild mannered E-Class are subtle but effective in alluding to the insane power levels residing under hood. If you happen to be viewing from the rear, just look for the extra wide rubber and bad ass dual exhaust.
It’s crazy to think that something this wild was spawned from the Beetle. It’s equally crazy to think that someone left this orange example to die a slow death outside of this East Hampton eatery. The Type 181 Kurierwagen, or Thing as Americans know it, was dreamed up as a rugged and more capable sister vehicle to the people’s car. Unfortunately, the Thing only lasted 3 years on the American (1972-1975) market thanks to stricter safety standards that didn’t exactly mesh with beach-going removable doors and a fold flat windshield. The cult following remains though and these things (no pun intended) have fetched well into the $20k range at auctions as of late.
Don’t feel bad. We had no clue what this bike was either. The exposed mid section speaks more Monster or Breva than it does a Japanese crotch rocket. The proud owner, who doubled as Morpheus in the Matrix, not only removed the stock fairings but applied a generous coating of PVC for that menacing matte black look that is so en vogue. The whole thing is a very stealth affair.
With all the commotion about retro-inspired muscle from Detroit, it’s nice to gaze upon the inspiration now and again. Sporting arrest-me red paint, this gen 1 (1967-1969) Camaro looks ready to pounce on a drag strip near you. As any owner will tell you, the honkin V8s available in ’67 (350 cu in or 396 cu in) do not disappoint when it comes to smoky burnouts and general adolescent behavior.
This second generation bus (1968-1979) was found smiling at street goers in the West Village. It’s almost surreal to see something so calming mixed in with the move-it-or-lose-it NYC landscape. The enthusiastic paint job and bumper stickers speak of road trips and cool experiences. More importantly, they tell career-obsessed New Yorkers about what life could be like outside the cubicle. We wish VW would give us another one of these instead of a re-badged Dodge Caravan and Brooke Shields.