Somewhere in Stuttgart, near the Black Forrest, there are a bunch of trees missing. Where did they all go? Into the lavishly appointed interior of this Mercedes 600, that’s where. The stately German luxury saloon is dripping with beautifully crafted interior finishes and has been chauffeuring around well-to-do individuals for the better part of 50 years (produced from ’63 -’81). Everyone from the Pope, Coco Chanel and Elvis to Communist leaders and African revolutionaries. As I’m sure you will agree, there is no disputing the stateliness behind one of these. This gun metal grey over blood red example was spotted on East 63rd, in front of The Lowell, an equally stately hotel with beds that start at about $600 per night.
Have a great holiday weekend!
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Understated, classic, handsome, clean, sophisticated, grand…these are all words one could use to describe these vintage 280SE coupes built between 68 and 71 [the convertibles ain't too hard on the eyes either]. The interrupter c-pillar and proper door handles are so classy, so tasteful. The best part, one of these glorious 2+2 coupes, the last of the hand built MB era, can be had for about the cost of a new C-Class. Life is full of hard choices, fortunately this is not one of them.
Have a great weekend.
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I spotted this super rare rally racer after work today and couldn’t grab my camera fast enough. THE French sports and rallying car of the 60’s, it was one you could pilot to work everyday and successfully campaign on snow, ice and gravel on weekends. A lot of manufacturers throw out such claims about the best of both worlds for street and track, but the A110 Group Four Rally cars actually won three world championships in the late 60s so you know they ain’t making this shit up.
The tightly wrapped A110 was based on Renault mechanicals, but designed and built by the independent French company Alpine. A bit like the modern day Brabus for MB sans the luxury, Alpine [not to be confused with Alpina] was subsequently purchased by Renault. Only 7,812 examples of the A110 were built throughout the car’s 15 year production run ['61-'73], making them pretty rare these days.
I would have taken more pictures but the owner came out and was not very cooperative. He hardly spoke and sped away, making me think he wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Sorry pal, better take a car that blends into the scenery a bit more next time. Man on the Move puts the lens cap on for no one.
During a recent trip to Berlin, our Polish Man on the Move correspondent Michal spotted this wonderfully original Goodwood Green, RHD (Right Hand Drive) Aston Martin DB6 parked in front of the European patent office. Unlike most body-on-frame construction DB6s of the day, this one employs partial use of Carozzeria Touring’s superleggera chassis construction technology (full superleggera construction was abandoned when the DB5 went out of production). Check out the owner’s reflection in the last image. We’d be grinning too if one of these babies was there to greet us every morning before work.
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Long time reader and Porsche aficionado Steve Grande spotted this very rare flatnose Turbo being prepped for shipment to Kuwait at Porsche of Huntington last weekend. He was there for a test drive and, after yakking with the salesman for a while, he gives Steve one of those “wanna see something special” one-liners and pulls the tarp off this beauty. It just sold for a whopping $151,000, no doubt because of how rare it is. Production numbers are conflicting, but this advertisement lists the car for $180K+ and says that just 39 are known to exist. Steve likened the experience to “spotting a nymph by the pond in the forest in the speckled sunlight , it took my breath away”
That’s a man who likes him some Porsches.
Good show Steve.
Spotted this stunning ’62 Chevrolet Corvair Panel Van in the Alameda District and just started snapping. I think the fact that it serves as a promotional vehicle for a design company speaks volumes to how nice it is to look at. The details are king on this baby. Love the red steel wheels with chrome centers, unique louvers and white indentation running the flank.
Wouldn’t it be cool if today’s minivans were even half as appealing as this thing?
It’s a pity not all the C3 Corvettes clunking around nowadays look this good. We love the color combo, bars behind the headrests, racing gas cap and louver detail throughout. We have definitely seen some nice ones before, but nothing as striking as this one. No matter how nice an example though, I can’t help but think of Mark Wahlberg’s well endowed character in Boogie Nights every time I lay my eyes on one of these.
Audi showcased futuristic ideas around urban planning late last week in Manhattan. The luxury automaker, in partnership with the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for a New City, empowered 5 NYC architecture firms to envision what life could look like in the Big Apple circa 2030. A pop up installation at the Openhouse Gallery in Soho ran May 7 – 9 and featured a 50 ft, multi level luminescent model of NYC in 1:1200 scale aimed at bringing the diverse panel of ideas to life.
The creative blitz toward corporate responsibility started in Venice, Italy last year with the brand’s inaugural “2010 Audi Urban Future Award“, the German architectural competition that every two years invites six renowned firms to develop progressive urban planning visions for the chance to win 100k Euros. The original concepts were on hand for the New York exhibit, including the winning entry by J. Mayer H. Architects from Berlin. It portrays a digital fabric wrapped around the city where augmented reality and social media play leading roles in the physical space people occupy and interact with.
To bring the Venice concepts to life in New York City, Audi partnered with the online architect community Architizer to identify five up-and-coming practices [LEONG LEONG, MATTER PRACTICE, ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, labDORA and THEVERYMANY, LLC]. These firms were challenged with taking the visions of the architects showcased in Venice and applying them to the City of New York. Each team was given a different neighborhood of focus.
There was no shortage of wild ideas showcased inside the hip Soho installation. Leong Leong, a firm specializing in culture and urbanism, focused on the Hudson Yards area with a biodiverse ecologies concept the firm describes as “reclaimed by nature” In addition to wild life, the concept includes the use of by gigantic net structures suspended between buildings that incubate fauna.
This is not the first time Audi has played city planner. Early last year, the brand announced a partnership with the city of San Francisco and the Union Square Business Improvement District on a new public space – a continuous pedestrian promenade along Powell Street between Ellis and Geary – in the heart of SF’s commercial downtown.
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On a recent business trip to Italy, I was greeted at the hotel by a stable of European beauties basking under the Tuscan sun. After just landing on the redeye, and not sleeping in almost 24 hours, I couldn’t tell if I was dreaming or not. I found myself standing in the hotel parking lot with not another human to be found, just rows of stunning classics as far as the eye could see. It’s all a beautiful blur.
Despite my zombie-like stupor, what I did take away from all of this was a beautiful reminder of why I love Italians. 1) Look at these gorgeous tartan wool horse blankets that they use to shield the sun. You can tell that they’ve been in the family for 85 years, and they’re not going anywhere. Note to Americans, rethink that tinfoil looking crap you use to block the sun. 2) Only in Italy can a VW Beetle look this appealing. The curves and proportions seem to evoke a whole different feeling on Italian soil. I left this trip yearning for vintage VW Beetle. 3) Notice I’m the only person out there. That’s because Italians would rather hang out inside the hotel and drink espresso. Which meant I had the lot to myself.
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