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Entries from March 28th, 2012

Mercedes G-Wagon – Mercer Street, NYC

March 28th, 2012 by Aaron

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Garage Queens: Studebaker Avanti R2 – East 44th Street, NYC

March 26th, 2012 by Stu

Bringing sexy back from South Bend Indiana, I spotted this ultra rare Studebaker Avanti laying low in a Murray Hill garage on 44th Street. Studebaker made fewer than 5,000 of these racy Avanti sport coupes between June of ’62 and December of ’63. Why so rare? Mostly because Studebaker was slow to deliver initial orders due to production issues with the Chevy Corvette-like fiberglass body, which resulted in owners defecting to Corvette. This beautifully maintained merlot example sports the Paxton supercharged engine option, known as R2, making it among the rarest of the bunch.

It’s a damn shame these slippery American coupes never got the chance to take off. It would have been interesting to give Corvette a fiber glass-bodied peer to make things more interesting for enthusiasts.

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Man on the Move Goes to Austin – Sights & Sounds @SXSW

March 16th, 2012 by Stu

The streets of downtown Austin are packed to the brim with festival goers. Film buffs, tech geeks and music fans abound, the city’s unique auto culture still manages to shine through the nearly 2M people who will pass through town during the course of SXSW. Among the interesting finds, a cherry red chopper in a trailer park, a home grown Ford hot rod and some dude riding a donkey to work.

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Ford SVT Raptor 6.2L – East 54th Street, NYC

March 12th, 2012 by Stu

Most people would walk by this jacked up F-150 and dismiss it as yet another hulking pickup truck hogging precious Manhattan parking spaces. I can’t really argue with the hulking part but, to be clear, this isn’t just any F-150. The Raptor is Ford’s high speed off roader, essentially a detuned version of a Baja 1000 Pre-Runner, developed by the company’s SVT [Special Vehicle Team] performance division. Aside from the 6.2L 411 HP V8 lurking under hood, the Raptor also features uber advanced Fox racing bypass shocks that offer silly levels of suspension travel capable of resisting bottom out in the challenging desert terrain thanks to position-sensitive dampening. If you recall, Man on the Move was invited to Anza Borrego to drive this baby when it first hit the market in 2009. I recall one of the Fox engineers telling me the oil viscosity was akin to what’s used in a fighter jet. Pretty freekin cool.

I wonder how this baby fares against NYC potholes

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BMW 2002 – Water Street, Brooklyn

March 8th, 2012 by Stu

BMW’s iconic 2002 is easily one of our most photographed subjects. The classic coupe’s powerful design manages to get better looking not only with age but dents and rust patina as well. This example, spotted on Water Street in Dumbo, could definitely use some TLC. The twin kidney grille, for instance, looks as if an anvil fell on it.

Good condition, bad condition…it’s Brooklyn sheik.

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Bullit Mustang Look Alike – Mason Street, San Francisco

March 7th, 2012 by John

Sightings do not get a whole lot cooler than this. A Highland Green ’67 Mustang Fastback spotted in the very city where the Bullit namesake was derived. Filming the iconic chase scene took three weeks and resulted in a mere 9 minutes and 42 seconds of film. But the legend will live on in the hearts and minds of enthusiasts forever.

 

 

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Inside The Llewyn Davis Movie Set – MacDougal & West 3rd

March 6th, 2012 by Stu

We’ve run into these time warps before and they never cease to amaze and excite NYC street goers. This time around, the vintage car take over was a part of the Cohen Brother’s latest and greatest movie Inside Llewyn Davis.

Thanks for the snaps Ilya…

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