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Entries from May 28th, 2010

Ferrari California – East 76th Street, NYC

May 28th, 2010 by Ian

The name California might sound familiar but the new drop top is anything but typical for the Italian fabricator of automotive lust. With California, the list of Ferrari-firsts is long – among them, the first front-mounted V8, first 7G dual clutch gearbox, first use of a retractable hardtop, and first multi-link rear suspension. I think there is however a couple of familiar family traits we can all agree have carried over nicely into the all-new model. It’s damn sexy looks and ability to make people want one.

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Desoto Fireflite Sedan – 2nd Ave (Kips Bay)

May 27th, 2010 by Stu

From tri-tower taillamps to sweeping fins and hooded eyes, you have got to love the details on this DeSoto Fireflite. DeSoto actually tried to make aerodynamic claims about their extravagant tailfins, saying they “added stability at speed,” but we all know that was Motown marketing BS. Virgil Exner had one thing in mind when he penned these fins onto nearly every 57 Chrysler product…getting noticed.  This well-kept and regularly used example still manages to turn heads some 60 years later.

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Darth Vader’s Chevy SSR – Kent Street, Williamsburg

May 26th, 2010 by Stu

The dark side is strong with this one. Black paint, matte black fenders, black wheels, black lamp lenses, black grille. Hell, even the Chevy symbol on the tailgate is blacked out. I might be jumping to conclusions here, but the owner is probably not the warm and cuddly type.

Nice spot Aaron!

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Datsun 240Z – NW 18th & Johnson, Portland (OR)

May 25th, 2010 by Emir

Last time we encountered one of these pioneering Japanese sports cars, it was a bit sunnier outside. But, even under a gloomy sky and blanket of rain drops, the classic yellow coupe still looks fantastic pictured here on NW 18th & Johnson. Hey, there is a reason the Z was able to broaden Japanese automaker appeal beyond small economy cars right?

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Ford Model AA Stake-Bed Truck – Rose Avenue, Venice (CA)

May 24th, 2010 by Mike

Walking around my hood looking for interesting cars is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. If you get sick of GT3s and SEL 6.9s and MG Midgets and Austin Minis, there’s always this elderly Ford truck (circa 1930) with handicap permit in the front and living quarters in the rear. Built Ford Tough takes on a whole new meaning when you see one of these ~ 80 year old workhorses still going strong.

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Triumph Owners Meet – RT 27: Southampton, NY

May 20th, 2010 by Stu

Digital shmigital. Witness the magic of good old 35mm film and the effect it can have on what started as a bunch of Southampton Triumph owners getting together to talk shop one beautiful Saturday morning. The B/W coloring and grainy texture have morphed this oceanside cars & coffee session into the seemingly iconic depiction you see above. The pseudo vintage photograph could easily pass for for an old Triumph advertisement. You can thank our good pal and frequent Man on the Move contributor Aaron Stern for the lovely trip down memory lane. His weapon of choice – a Leica M6 35MM camera.

Pictures (used with permission): Aaron Stern – A Medium Format Photography

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Ducati 848 – SW Terwilliger Blvd & SW Nebraska St, Portland

May 20th, 2010 by Emir

I figured this is the closet I’ll ever get to a Ferrari. Picked her up yesterday. She’s really wicked – loud, fast, mean, and oh so sexy. Hot too…quite literally – she generates so much heat that one’s ass gets very sweaty above those carbon exhausts. And that sound…wow. 848 will always be in the shadows of its bigger brethren 1098/1198 but still a proper sport bike to be certain. In fact she’s quite handful. All bikes need to be designed like Ducatis (i.e. they need to look good in one color… period).

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Fine Lines: Ford Country Squire | Bancroft wooden racquet

May 17th, 2010 by Ian

The warm air has already got me thinking about escaping the city. I often wonder what it must have been like to really escape, before smart phones got their hold on us.  Just you and a bunch of friends piling into the station wagon and getting the hell outta dodge. I can’t pretend to be nostalgic when talking of the Country Squire, but I can be envious of the good old fashioned road trip; one I only know from movies. Right now I’m just really into station wagons, and I’ve also been craving a good game of tennis. It may seem like an odd pairing short of all the wood, but these two things just seem to jive.

The Ford Country Squire was built from 1951 to 1991. The first generation is what we refer to as the “woodie,” when real wood was used on the sides until the mid 50’s. This was later replaced by fiberglass and plastic applique, but the imitation-wood look remained. There is something about a wood paneled station wagon that just gives you a warm feeling. Kind of the like the wood paneled walls in your grandparents basement. The design of this car completely embodies the idea of American Suburbia…roomy, luxurious, yet practical and efficient.

Bancroft has been making tennis racquets in the USA for over a century. Like many masters of their craft, Bancroft’s early years consisted of making racquets for other brands. Bancroft was an industry leader, defining and illustrating many advances in wooden racquet technology and production. The company was endorsed by Bjorn Borg in the 70’s…making it the most stylish piece of wood you could get your hands on. And if you get your hands on one today, you’ll marvel at the beauty.

So hop in the Squire, throw your racquets in the trunk (on the bench seat) and hit the road…

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GMC Hose Wagon – Old Brookville, NY

May 13th, 2010 by Stu

Seen here rotting away peacefully in my uncle’s Long Island backyard, this early 1950s GMC fire truck won’t be rushing to the scene of any burning buildings in the near future. The formerly bright red sheet metal is so weak and weathered that you can almost poke your finger through it. The trees have practically planted roots into the damn chassis. And yet this old rig has always served as a pleasant piece of eye candy at countless family BBQs and outdoor celebrations. I wonder how long it will take for big red to turn into lawn mulch? Hey, if Sun Chips can do it, why not GMC.

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GMC Syclone – 2nd Street, Long Beach

May 12th, 2010 by Mike

Our buddy Jim Bauer took this photo, which sums up almost everything I lusted after in 1991. I kinda still want one. The idea of a fast pickup truck that’s not meant for carrying anything is laughable, but 0-60 in 4.6 is not. Point blank, this truck and its GMC Typhoon SUV counterpart were every bit as fast as many exotic vehicles of the time. Like the Buick Grand National GNX and Ford Model T, the Syclone was available in any color so long as it was black, which is the first indication that it’s awesome. And much like the GNX, the Syclone would occupy one of the many spaces in my fantasy joke-but-not-really-a-joke barn. This is of course after my definitely-not-a-joke barn is full of MB 500Es, CLK Black Series’, Aston Martin Lagondas, Lamborghini Espadas, Apteras, G-Wagens and Kleemann/MB turbodiesels. Hey a guy can dream right?

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