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Entries from February 25th, 2010

Nissan Skyline GT-R – Houston Street, NYC

February 25th, 2010 by Stu

Man on the Move reader, NYC local and pro snapper Tom Olesnevich spotted this rare-to-the-U.S. R33 Skyline GT-R on Houston between Ludlow and Orchard. The Skyline GT-R, also known as Godzilla, is among the most iconic sports cars to ever come out of the Land of the Rising Sun. Mainly because it offered up Ferrari levels of performance for a lot less coin. Seeing one on these shores is not exactly an everyday occurrence considering they were never sold here. You’re actually looking at one of a handful of grey market examples that was imported and adapted for use in the U.S. It’s quite the scandal in case you’re interested in reading up on the controversy surrounding their importation.

Thanks Tom!

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BMW 2002 – Sawtelle blvd, West LA

February 24th, 2010 by Nick

2002 isn’t a great year to be named after, but I guess it’s better than 1987. Okay, maybe it’s just a number to differentiate between 2 and 4 door models. And although all cars look good in the rain, this 2002 might just look better than most. It’s the perfect mix between tying a sweater around your shoulders and heading to the tennis club, and racing the VW next to you through the canyon.

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Porsche 959 – Hopkins Ave, Aspen (CO)

February 23rd, 2010 by Stu

One of our loyal readers spotted this 197 MPH supercar from Stuttgart rolling down the 300 Block of Hopkins Ave in downtown Aspen. A fitting venue for such a rare, valuable piece of equipment, the 959 (1987-1989) remains one of the rarest, most advanced, ferociously fast supercars ever made. Its performance credentials, like a 3.7 second dash to 60 mph, remain disgustingly impressive to this day. This one looks to be pretty legit from where we sit, but please weigh in with replica car theories below.

Great find Jim!

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Volvo 1800E – Hewwit St. – Downtown Los Angeles

February 22nd, 2010 by Nick

Soccer moms and squared-off backs? PSSSHHHH. Before they made the safest cars on the planet, they made cars good enough for second rate James Bond actor’s wannabe James Bond roles. Yeah, I said it. Understated yet classy, refined yet tough. Almost makes me wish our Swedish friends would jump on the American throwback train, dip into their archives and design a heavily inspired 2013 1800.

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Dodge Dart – Puerto Morelos, Mexico

February 19th, 2010 by Stu

This fourth generation Dart 270 coupe was spotted at sundown in Puerto Morelos, a quaint little town and seaport 22 miles south of Cancún. Good to see American muscle is alive and well in Mexico. More after the jump.

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Audi R8 – West 17th Street, NYC

February 18th, 2010 by Stu

One of our loyal readers spotted this Ibis White Audi R8 on West 17th and felt compelled to share. A testament to Walter da Silva’s arresting design, this mid engine super coupe still manages to look amazing even while positioned next to Manhattan’s curb side jewels.

Thanks Scott!

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Mystery Ride – Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA

February 17th, 2010 by Mike

It’s not often we find ourselves unable to identify a vehicle. And as much as it hurts our car guy pride to admit it, we have no flippin clue what this cute little coupe is. The fussy styling cues, particularly the front and rear lights, feel pre WWII Japanese. Also notice where the hinges are positioned in the rear – that could mean there is a rumble seat below. The roof also appears to be of the clamp-on variety. Care to take a stab at the make and model? Test your car spotting skills after the jump…

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Nissan Leaf – Skylight West Gallery, NYC

February 16th, 2010 by Ian

New York City was particularly green on the night of February 11th. Well, the nightlife was at least. Not only did Nissan hold a promotional event for their soon-to-be-released Leaf electric vehicle, but the New York Academy of Sciences hosted an expert panel to discuss NYC’s infrastructure readiness for the flurry of EV’s on the way. In case you didn’t know, the Leaf will be the first affordable (i.e. not a Tesla), mass market EV to hit the streets when it rolls into dealerships this December. Yes, I know…Chevy’s Volt is due out first in November. But the Volt is technically not a pure EV – it’s a range extended EV. That means an internal combustion engine, or ICE for short, adds longevity to the electric motor when the battery is kaput. Only time, and consumer demand, will tell how drastically these alt energy vehicles will affect energy consumption in major cities. But there is certainly no shortage of buzz on the matter. More pics from the snazzy Nissan Leaf event after the jump.

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BMW 2000CS – Mission Street, Santa Barbara CA

February 15th, 2010 by Nick

Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges! Alright, it has a few left on it, but other than those, this thing could care less about what fancy, German car plant it originally came from. This ride was set up to rip, and it looks the part. It is just dirty and banged up enough to recognize the owner loves it, but knew it’s roll at the same time. The cracked, faded paint mixed with the snooty angle of the front grill gives the car an air of arrogance – like a retired, handsome prize-fighter.

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Hummer H1 – Henry Street & Clark, Brooklyn

February 12th, 2010 by Austin

If there were one day of the year that was less offensive than others to drive one of these around, I guess Monday was it. So kudos to the owner of this extra obnoxious HumVee for buying a vehicle that is utilized properly 1 day out of the year. I’m not in the Sierra Club or anything but buying one of these just seems absurd at this point. Yes, I know – high powered sports cars get the same or worse gas mileage as this H1. But at least they fit inside lanes and accelerate like a bat out of hell.

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