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Entries from January 15th, 2010

Greenwich Electra Auto and Body Repair – Greenwich Street, NYC

January 15th, 2010 by Ian

I’m walking down the street, minding my own business when this utterly bad ass XKR cruises by in all its customized glory. It immediately reminded me of those machine gun-touting movie cars used to chase down 007 in Die Another Day. While I never was a huge fan of the first gen XK8, modifications like this are working time and a half to change my mind. Notice how the clamp on hard top achieves a completely different design effect than a true fixed roof does. It’s chunkier and I dig it. Mixed in with the slick wheels, tires and ground effects and you have yourself one wicked Jag. We followed it into the service bay of this quaint little West Village garage and found other hidden treasures lurking within.

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Porsche 911 Carrera C4S – Goldsmith Inlet, Peconic NY

January 14th, 2010 by Stu

We all lust after the latest and greatest in automotive exotica – Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis and whatever other hand built, high speed sex machines you can spout off. We read fervishly about them, drool over pictures in magazines and enviously watch Jeremy Clarkson beat the shit out of them on Top Gear’s private test track. The reality is that they are quite rare and prohibitively expensive for those of us who don’t hedge funds for a living. That is why the everyday automotive heroes are the ones who appreciate what they have, not what they don’t. Our loyal reader Steve falls into this camp. The 51 year old car nut is every bit as in love with his ’97 Glacier White on blue C4s as he was the day he brought it home. Can you really blame him?

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MG MGB Roadster – West 11th Street, NYC

January 14th, 2010 by Ian

MG-West 11th 1According to the all-knowing web god known as Wikipedia, MG made 523,836 of these little MGBs. Just as a point of reference, combined 2009 sales for Mazda, Volvo, Mini, Buick and Acura amounted to about that much (522,456). Long story short, these classic sports cars ain’t all that rare. Despite their abundance, Mark III models like this one are still pretty desirable (sans rubber bumpers of course). And shockingly safe thanks to MG’s early use of controlled crumple zones. Don’t believe me? click here.

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Donovan Motorcar Service – Lenox, Mass

January 13th, 2010 by Stu

My old man’s quest for the vintage Jaguar of his dreams continues. This time around we paid a visit to Brian Donovan of Lenox, Mass-based Donovan Motorcar Service to check out a 1957 Jaguar XK140 MC that was for sale. A rather unassuming guy, Brian greeted us sporting a work shirt and plenty of grease under his fingernails. But lurking beneath the reserved exterior is a former defense industry engineer and one of the nation’s leading Jaguar restoration experts. The unique skill set makes him an extremely dangerous individual when armed with a wrench and a budget.

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Aston Martin DB9 Volante – Little West 12th, NYC

January 12th, 2010 by Ian

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None of the openers I was able to come up with quite topped that of Jay Shoemaker in his 2006 review in The Truth About Cars – “Walking up to the Aston Martin DB9, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to drive it or sleep with it.” The talented auto scribe could not have said it better because this near $200,000 drop top is some kind of design sorcerer for what it has accomplished with mere aluminum and sheet metal. Too bad for that scuffed wheel. I think we know a guy who can buff that out.

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Porsche Carrera – Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles

January 11th, 2010 by Nick

car1aWe all know that feeling. You suddenly notice the girl next door. You finally pay attention to what’s beautiful about that famous painting. On the radio, you hear an old song your dad used to sing along to in a whole new way. That thing you’ve experienced a million times suddenly becomes…something else. Because of the setting, because of who you happen to be at that moment, a familiar thing takes on a whole new life. The ordinary becomes extraordinary. That old Carrera has been parked there for months, but walking by today, it stood out. The lines looked sleeker and the fenders more brooding. The old familiar statue took a breath, and we took notice. No need for dates and codes, trim levels or colors, we’ve all seen it a million times. Just another Carrera parked on the curb.

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Toyota Land Cruiser – Washington Street, NYC

January 10th, 2010 by Ian

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This 60-series Land Cruiser may not be the plush people mover we see in Toyota showrooms today but it’s certainly a revolutionary leap away from the smaller, more simplistic rock jocks that preceded it. With that said, it’s interesting to note that we have come full circle with our utility vehicles – high windowed, truck-based road mammoths like this are out and sleek, car-based soft roaders are in. What will utility look like next?

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Audi S8 – East 30th Street, NYC

January 8th, 2010 by Stu

Audi S8 - East 30th Street, NYC“Something very fast…something that can shovel a bit”, said Larry the wheel man to his fellow mercenary Vincent. The pair was discussing transportation needs for the upcoming attack on a heavily-armed convoy safeguarding a mysterious suitcase chained to an unlucky bloke’s wrist. What ensued from there was some of the best chase footage ever captured and an immediate appointment to the movie car chase scene hall of fame. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to put the 1998 film Ronin on your Netflix cue. Spotted here on East 30th, this handsome S8 looks ready to do some shoveling of its own.

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Porsche 912 – NW 23rd & Quimby, Portland

January 7th, 2010 by Stu

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This pristine 912 is like on-the-go therapy to all the cold, wet pedestrians who pass by it. After all, there’s nothing happier than a Tangerine Porsche on a grey cloudy day. It’s like playing with puppies when you’re sad or swimming through Scrooge McDuck’s vault when you’re broke. Yes, I know the car won’t make the temperature any higher but it certainly cheers the place up.

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Wildfire WF800-C – East 10th Street btwn. 1st & A, NYC

January 6th, 2010 by Stu

Wildfire WF650-C - East 10th Street

Notice anything odd about the car pictured here? Well you should. For starters, it’s parked vertically against the curb like a European Smart Fortwo. Look closer and you will notice there are only 3 wheels putting power to the pavement – 2 in the back and 1 in the front. So, despite the full body enclosure and hatchback design, this car is actually not a car at all. Or at least that’s what the DOT thinks because it’s classified and registered as a motorcycle in the U.S. Say hello to the WF800-C, a Chinese-built trike marketed and distributed by Steubenville, Ohio-based Wildfire Motors.

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