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Entries from October 30th, 2011

Toyota Landcruiser, NW – 13th & Davis, Portland

October 30th, 2011 by Emir

These 40-Seroes Landcruisers are so cool. Steel roof, contrasting color scheme, tough-as-nails build character. This little guy, when properly equipped, is 3/4 ton rated. That’s on par with today’s full-sized pick ups. Quite the work horse. This one, spotted in front of W+K, appears to be near flawless, likely the subject of a recent frame-off restoration. She looks so perfect that me thinks it might be a restomod. Either way, the truck looks amazing.

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Americana Manhasset Concours d’Elegance – Manhasset, New York

October 27th, 2011 by Stu

What is the world coming to when a Concours d’Elegance is held at a Long Island shopping mall. Yeah yeah…it’s a fancy shopping mall, but a shopping mall nonetheless. Surroundings aside, there were a fair number of classy rides on site. The the Dusenberg that took best in show and the Ferrari 275 GTB that stole my heart (below) There were also a fair number of low brow modern models that had no business rearing their faces at such an event. An entire row of late model Carerras and Boxsters, for instance, were among the puzzling entries that caused little more than yawn as you walked by. They need a few years to mature. In typical concours fashion, the parking lot looked nearly as good as the show floor. I counted Bugattis, Super Veloce Lamborghinis and countless other amazing rides.

Overall, a pretty solid show save for the LIE traffic required to get there.

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Chrysler Town & Country Woody – Great Barrington, Massachusetts

October 21st, 2011 by Stu

Stunning doesn’t quite do justice to this wood-clad beauty caught resting in the parking lot of this Great Barrington apple orchard. The owner obviously expended a fair bit of energy and resources making this late 40s/early 50s Town & Country Woody Coupe look as spectacular as it did on the day it rolled off the line. Every inch of this car is immaculate and seemingly restored to factory spec. Add in the fall foliage and a cup of warm apple cider and the experience is complete.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Ornamentations Vol.3 – Pontiac Chief

October 19th, 2011 by Stu

Here’s the latest from our resident photorealist Bob Petillo (I bet you don’t have your own photorealist). In his 3rd installment of the aptly named Ornamentations series, Bob continues to explore the long-retired automotive design practice (well, Rolls Royce still does it but hey, they’re Rolls Royce) of using elaborate hood ornaments to make bold statements about the spirit or character of the car it adorned. Pictured here, Chief Pontiac mounted to the hood of a ’33 Pontiac.

“Over the decades there were many versions of the Chief Pontiac hood ornament. Hood Ornaments where often changed, redesigned or streamlined along with year and model. It was the 1933 Pontiac that had this very realistic rendering. It also had a winged V8 medallion on the front of the hood. It seems that the overall theme was one of feathers and flight. How cool!”

Very cool indeed. Thanks Bob!

 

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Ford GT – West Hollywood, California

October 13th, 2011 by Stu

 

 

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Porsche 993 RSR – 26th Street & 3rd Ave, NYC

October 11th, 2011 by Stu

Not sure if this baby is real or not, but she sure is pretty. The RS, a rare, lightweight version of the Carrera, upped the ante on performance by going on a serious diet. That means pound-packing amenities like headlight washers and sound deadening material were removed from the list of vehicle options. A slightly more intense, track-car variant of the RS, known as the RSR, added a welded roll cage to the equation. Technically, this car was never approved for sale in the U.S. So, unless this is a true grey market vehicle, you’re probably looking at a Carrera that has been modified to look like an RSR. Either way, it looks dope.

Thanks Justin!

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Ford Falcon – Green Street, NYC

October 10th, 2011 by Aaron

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BMW Z8 – Ghent, Belgium

October 5th, 2011 by Andre

I was driving through a labor area of Ghent, the Lentestraat (translated, spring street) and was surprised to see this exotic Z8 sitting in between all the plebeian diesels. So, I stopped my steed and started shooting.  It’s amazing how relevant this design still appears all these years later. Like the car hasn’t aged.

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