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Roadside Treasures Part Duex: Main Road – Riverhead, NY

August 24th, 2010 by Stu

Everything is so damn charming in the country. And it’s not just because of the roadside vegetable stands and limitless supply of fresh air. From nurseries to auto mechanics, you can’t help but appreciate the local merchants who adorn their front yards with antique automotive treasures like the ones pictured here. The practice is so common that one has to wonder if the 4-wheeled lawn ornaments are a part of a town ordinance geared towards attracting New York City curmudgeons like me.

My head nearly snapped clean off my neck upon spotting this late 1930s Jaguar SS 100 slowly turning to lawn mulch in the front yard of this quaint Riverhead auto mechanic. The SS 100 was, after all, the brand’s first sports car and only about 300 were known to have been built. Examples in good condition have fetched well in excess of $250,000 at high end auctions from the likes of Bonhams and Gooding.

My excitement quickly turned to disappointment once I got a closer look however. The hubcaps and aftermarket Alpine head unit, among other things, made me think this is yet another kit car designed to imitate an original. A simple google search confirmed my suspicions as I quickly found many attempts to clone to the legendary Jaguar roadster produced during the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company era of the company.

Lots more vintage car porn from the country after the jump.

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  • You still need to find the hidden Fiat “Brava” Station Wagon hiding (in plain sight) on Main Road. Hint past Southold going east, don’t look at the obvious sites on the south side of the road : )

    great shots!

  • MY ’53 BASKET CASE GMC P’UP IN LAUREL NEXT TO SCHMITT’S FARMSTAND.
    OLD PLYMOUTH P’UP IN FRONT OF JAMESPORT COUNTRY STORE.
    OLD 50′S FORD AT HARBES FARM SOUTH SIDE SOUND AVE WEST OF ALDRICH.
    A 56(?) INTERNATIONAL AND 50′S DODGE IN FRONT OF JAMESPORT AUTO SERVICE WHICH WAS ONCE A TEXACO GAS STATION 35+ YEARS AGO.
    I LITERALLY HAVE 100′S & 100′S OF OLD AND ABANDONED (NON-SHOW) CAR & TRUCK PICTURES.