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Entries from July 30th, 2009

1966 Chrysler Newport – Old Dock Street, Brooklyn

July 30th, 2009 by Austin

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From a stunning 1941 concept car to fin-tastic coupes, sedans, wagons and convertibles circa 1960, Chrysler has certainly taken liberal use of the Newport moniker. And, with all the low riders and assorted customs roaming around, it is clear that enthusiasts have too. It wasn’t until ‘61 that Chrysler dedicated a specific model line to the Newport name. Up until that point, the badge designated a 2-door hardtop body configuration. This entry level full size sedan, essentially a de-contented sister vehicle to the upscale New Yorker, was meant to bridge the gap between Chrysler and Dodge when DeSoto went under.

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2003 Cadillac CTS – East 61st Street, NYC

July 29th, 2009 by Josh

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Those who recall the unfortunate Caddy that Zigs likely jumped for joy when the silk veil came off CTS in 2002. Slow selling and utterly forgettable styling made way for sharp creases and a new found level of American sex appeal in the luxury automotive space. All hail CTS and the Art & Science design language it ushered in for the then transitioning brand that was founded in 1902 as the Cadillac Automobile Company. 

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Lotus Exige S 260 Sport – DUMBO, Brooklyn

July 28th, 2009 by Austin

Lotus Exige S 260 Sport

The Exige S 260 Sport has no power steering, will send shock waves through your spine and is harder to get into than the back stage area at a KISS concert. It also represents the most fun a person can have on 4 wheels short commuting to work via Indy car. If you can manage to squeeze into the scooped out carbon fiber racing seats, the view is nothing more than exposed structural elements, pedals that are spaced mere inches apart and an instrument panel consisting of 3 knobs.  Creature comforts include A/C, power windows and an Alpine stereo. If you need more, don’t buy a Lotus.

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – West 46th Street, NYC

July 27th, 2009 by Stu

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport - West 46th Street, NYC

There are few things in this world that would get a sane New Yorker to Times Square in the early hours of a Friday morning. One of those things is a chance to get up close and personal with a 1,001 HP marvel of technology whose quad turbo W16 engine will violently thrust 4,400 pounds of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber to 186 MPH before you can finish reading this sentence (about 16 seconds). Its maximum velocity, about 253 MPH, is equated to nearly one-third of the speed of sound at sea level.

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Toyota Land Cruiser – Fifth Avenue, NYC

July 24th, 2009 by Ian

Land Cruiser 1This 60 Series Land Cruiser (gen 5 – 1980-1990) was designed with a soon-to-be-booming SUV market in mind. And, unless you consider a speed bump at the mall to be off-roading, these people were not exactly flogging these 4x4s around the trail. That means military-esq and bare bones (think FJ40) needed to morph into ruggedly handsome and civilized (A/C, electric windows, rear heater, etc).

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Land Rover LR3 [G4 Challenge Edition] – Ludlow Street, NYC

July 23rd, 2009 by Ian

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The owner of this LR3 is going to scale the wall of Katz’s Deli after he scarfs down one of their humungous Corned Beef sandwiches. No seriously, this LR3 is a legit, trail rated ute thanks to its participation in the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge, a global off roading competition staged across Thailand, Laos, Brazil and Bolivia that saw 18 nations participate.

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Mercedes C63 AMG – Spring Street, NYC

July 22nd, 2009 by Stu

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Mercedes wasn’t the first automaker to stuff a behemoth powerplant into the engine bay of an everyday passenger car. And they certainly won’t be the last. But their skunkworks AMG division has learned a thing or two over the years about transforming your mom’s luxury car into Satan’s drag racer. This Arctic White C63, based on the company’s best selling C-Class luxury car, was found loitering on Spring Street one sunny July afternoon.

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Corvette Z06 – 7th Avenue, NYC

July 21st, 2009 by Ian

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Pictured here on 7th Avenue, this no-nonsense American exotic holds its own against Europe’s finest for considerably less coin. In fact, the only cars on the market to offer equal or better performance for the dollar are GM sister vehicles like Camaro SS and Cadillac CTS-V.

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Bell 430 Chopper – East River, NYC

July 17th, 2009 by Stu

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We all love a good Summer Friday and apparently so does this lucky group of VIPs. Although they will get to the Hamptons in 40 minutes while it will take you and I upwards of 4 hours if there is traffic. That’s the upshot when you’re using a 700+ HP Bell 430 and “traffic” consists of travelers who are winged and feathered. Interested?

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1967 Triumph Mishmosh – 12th Street, NYC

July 16th, 2009 by Ian

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While Evel Knievel did his most famous jumps using Harley-Davidson XR-750, we think this Triumph would have made a fitting stand in. The proud owner, who is not rushing to leap any Hampton Jitneys, tells us that his rough and tumble city bike was built using components from a few 1967 Triumph models. It looks like there’s some TR6 in there, definitely some T100 too, but the Cub dirt-bike characteristics seem to shine through most prominently.

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