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Entries from April 30th, 2010

Mercury Montclair – Canmore, Alberta (Canada)

April 30th, 2010 by Stu

Our friend Francisco always manages to spot cool cars in unlikely places. Today he brings us an American classic just east of the world-famous Banff National Park. The Canadian Rockies aren’t exactly the mental image when I think about a Mercury Montclair. More like fuzzy dice, oceans of chrome and cruising down RT 66 in serious style. Nevertheless, the hooded eyes, toothy grille and and fintastic rear fenders look cool as ever.

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Porsche 911 Carrera S – Hollywood Blvd., LA

April 29th, 2010 by Ian

This 993-series Carrera S (1997 – 1998) looks good behind bars on Hollywood boulevard. With its rear drive set up and naturally aspirated engine, the Carrera S is essentially a standard Carrera save for slightly increased power, a lowered suspension and that gloriously wide booty in the rear (the wider rear fenders were compensated with wheel spacers). All the Turbo look for a lot less coin. Seen here underneath a beautiful LA sunset, the last of the air cooled 911s looks prime for a weekend jaunt down Mulholland.

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Roadside Treasures – Cutchogue, NY

April 28th, 2010 by Stu

Despite the baron grape vines, I headed out to Long Island Wine Country to sample the local flavor with some friends a couple of weekends back (good thing they stock reserves). We stopped from winery to winery along RT25 and took advantage of the beautiful Spring day, sitting outside whenever possible. Lucky for me, there were a bunch of cool old cars scattered along our route. Like this toothy 1951 Ford Pickup we spotted in the Bedell parking lot. More hidden treasures after the jump.

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Triumph Herald Estate – 5th Ave @ 102nd St, NYC

April 27th, 2010 by Stu

This Triumph Herald Estate (that’s Brit speak for wagon) is one cool little shooting brake. It reeks of European sophistication, as if designed for a well-to-do sportsman who needed more room for his hunting dogs and Winchester rifles. And if given the choice, I would opt for one of these sleek, two-door wagons over the coupe, saloon and convertible variants also offered throughout the Herald’s 12-year production run. Every major body panel – including the sills and roof – could be unbolted so that different body styles could be easily built on the same chassis. So, much like the VW Bus, Triumph offered these Michelotti-designed Heralds in a wide range of body styles. Check out the wicked little fins out back. Mini Countryman eat your heart out.

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Lada Riva – Kiev (Ukraine)

April 26th, 2010 by Mike

Not exactly the spitting image of modern civilization, this rugged Lada Riva appears as tired as its Eastern European backdrop. The Fiat 124-based sedan, also known as the Classic in the west (Signet in Canada), has sold more than 18 million copies since 1969 thanks in no small part to its low price tag, rugged design and easy-to-fix components.

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Chrysler Newport – N Street, Georgetown (DC)

April 23rd, 2010 by Stu

You know your ride is in need of some TLC when leaves begin to accumulate inside of trim pieces. Better yet, when said trim pieces begin breaking off into little pieces. And yet, this Chrysler Newport could not have come off more charming, posed here on N Street in the heart of Georgetown.

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Fine Lines: Porsche 959 | Rimowa classic luggage

April 22nd, 2010 by Ian

959 X Rimowa 1-Fine Lines

The Germans have a way with aluminum.  Sometimes it is engineered to cradle passengers at neck snapping speeds down the autobahn, and other times to carry passenger belongings through airport security check points at mind numbingly slow speeds. The Porsche 959 was produced from 1986-1989 and, at the time, was largely regarded to be the world’s most technologically advanced road-going sports car. No style or swagger was sacrificed in achieving such a title. For over 100 years Rimowa has been making discerning travelers look cool in airport terminals all over the world.  Their slogan, “Handwerk meets Hightech” (Handcraft Meets High tech), can just as easily be carved under the hood of  the 959.

Both products are the result of one mission statement: Expert craftsmanship, high quality materials, precision manufacturing and unwavering vision.  These timeless and innovative products have secured their positions in the world of iconic designs.

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Lincoln Continental – Swall Drive, LA

April 21st, 2010 by Stu

This could easily serve as a 1960s post card. The B/W coloring, vintage set of wheels and beautiful suburban back drop harks back to a simpler time. Another great find from our good friend, fellow photographer and purveyor of 35mm film Aaron Stern.

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New Product: Ducati Monster 796 & Art Body Kits

April 21st, 2010 by Stu

Ducati has added depth, personalization and nostalgia to their classic Monster line up with the new mid-range 796 (804cc engine) and ten bolt-on color options that include three solids and seven historical liveries. The move toward personalization includes tank panels, micro bikini faring, single seat cover and front mudguard. Ducati says you can swap out these body panels in as little as 10 minutes and is offering a free kit of to anyone who buys a new Monster 1100 or 1100S before June 30th. Think of them as the motorcycle equivalent to interchangeable body panels on a Smart car.

Photos: Ducati (used with Permission)

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Ferrari F430 – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

April 20th, 2010 by Emir

With all the buzz surrounding Ferrari’s new 458 Italia, it’s easy to forget how utterly gorgeous and desirable the outgoing F430 remains. I was reminded of those sexy Italian curves while walking through this alley between Oak Grove St. and Grooveland Ave in the Twin Cities.  Apparently parking rules don’t apply to people who own Ferraris. Sounds about right.

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