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'57 Chevy – Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

August 28th, 2009 by Austin

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Pop your head into one of those cramped little stores on Canal Street and you will find ‘57 Chevy toys sitting alongside a mini Statue of Liberty, a 30 rock snow globe, the I Love NY T-shirts and a poster of Marilyn Monroe’s skirt blowing up. The iconic automotive shape goes together with American culture like peas and carrots.

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Mercedes S63 AMG – Madison Avenue, NYC

August 26th, 2009 by Ian

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Whether driving yourself or being driven, these opulent bruisers from AMG are likely the fastest way to get around Manhattan. Hell, they cost as much as a waterfront condo in Detroit and have more power than than a flippin Ferrari F430.

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Mercury Cougar – Columbia Heights, Brooklyn

August 25th, 2009 by Austin

Mercury Cougar

More refined and upscale than its Dearborn platform-mate, these ‘67-’68 gen 1 Cougars were positioned as Mustangs that had gone off to European finishing school. Aside from the fact that the two cars shared no exterior body panels, Cougar customers also got more luxurious appointments and standard V8 power. We were stopped dead in our tracks by the gaping full-width grille that is often likened to that of an electric shaver.

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Toyota FJ40 – Route 27 Montauk, NY

August 24th, 2009 by Ian

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Hurricane Bill made things interesting for beach-goers in NY/NJ this past weekend. Many NYC-area beaches were even closed due to the rough waters and strong current left in Bill’s wake. But thrill-seeking surfers were totally stoked by the out-of-this-world surf report and nearly 2,000 of them ascended on the Montauk beaches yesterday as waves reached peaks not seen in nearly 17 years. It looks like the owner of this white FJ40 decided to play it safe by racking the boards and spending the afternoon in town.

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Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder – West 26th Street, NYC

August 21st, 2009 by Ian

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Lamborghini’s best-selling Gallardo has been a bit of headline whore lately and not all of them good. Recent news surrounding the “entry level” exotic from Sant’Agata Bolognese range from a lemon law refund check, to a special RWD commemorative edition, to a new Gallardo-only racing series, and even a hybrid electric variant coming in 2015. Seeing this stunning white Spyder on 26th street reminds us what all the fuss is about.

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Chevy Nova and Ford Falcon Van – Fillmore Place, Brooklyn

August 20th, 2009 by Michael

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Spotting one classic is good but capturing two in the same frame is even better. That’s just what happened while strolling Fillmore Place, a one-street historical district in Williamsburg that Henry Miller described as “the most enchanting street I have ever seen in all my life” in his 1938 semi-autobiographical novel “Tropic of Capricorn”.

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Bentley Continental GTC – Park Avenue, NYC

August 18th, 2009 by Ian


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We all know that Bentley just pulled the wraps off their latest flagship Mulsanne sedan at Pebble Beach, but this 195 MPH Continental GTC still managed to keep our attention when we spotted it on Park Avenue. The sculpted body, absurdly opulent quarters and abundance of power makes for a compelling balance of grand touring and exotic-car performance.

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1963 Ford Thunderbird – Vine Street, Brooklyn

August 17th, 2009 by Austin

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We spotted this ’63 T-bird hanging around Vine Street in Brooklyn. The first generation’s (55-57) instantly recognizable shape is synonymous with the Thunderbird name but we prefer these bullet-shaped third generation (61-63) models. This beautiful two-tone coupe is a 63, which added some tasteful flair to 61-62 models by replacing the chrome strip running the flank with a Mercedes SLR-like contour line that runs into the top of the front wheel well. It looks really handsome and adds European style to this seemingly un-restored Brooklyn classic.

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Karmann Ghia convertible – East 84th Street, NYC

August 14th, 2009 by Ian

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Automakers use a vast number of alpha and or numeric vehicle designations in branding their products. And considering the roughly 220 nameplates currently crowding dealer lots, overcomplicated and hard-to-recall nameplates likely obscure product significance in the minds of consumers.  Some model names, for instance, relate to engine displacement (Mercedes C63 AMG) or power (Lambo LP560-4) while others continue a long standing tradition (Ford Mustang). And let’s not forget the always popular references to completely random geographic locations (Nissan Murano) or lost civilizations (Pontiac Aztek).

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Porsche 944 Turbo – Madison Avenue, NYC

August 13th, 2009 by Ian

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The 944 was a hot ticket when it hit the scene back in ’82. Better equipped than the 924 it replaced, the 944 line was praised for its refined driving character and near-perfect weight distribution. And this pristine turbocharged example, spotted on Madison, looks pretty darn good despite its age. The owner seems to have kept this baby stock short of the modern 10 spoke wheels and bulging red brake calipers.

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