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Entries from July 31st, 2012

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona: NW Alder & 17th – Portland

July 31st, 2012 by Emir

Compared to the golden era of automotive design that defined 50s and 60s car culture, it’s safe to say that the 70s weren’t exact a watermark decade for style on 4 wheels (don’t get offended…you know I’m right for the most part). As it often does, Ferrari snubbed its nose at the trend when they unleashed 365 GTB/4 into the world as a replacement for the stunning beautiful 275 GTB. Its striking design is characterized by a dramatically long hood and short rear deck. Sports Car International Magazine liked the car so much they named it as their top pick for the decade back in 2004. We tend to agree!

Happy gazing…

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VW Micro Micro Bus – Jericho, NY

July 30th, 2012 by Stu

I don’t think this is what VW had in mind when they coined the term Microbus for their venerable camper van. A small but very real trend among some of the more eccentric VW enthusiasts, these “shorty buses” have had their wheelbases sliced and diced by about 2 feet, making for an almost cartoon like result. If Scooby Doo and the gang went to the circus, this might be the vehicle that would take them there.

The shorty trend extends to Beetles too…gotta love it!

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BMW M1: Main Street – Sag Harbor, New York

July 25th, 2012 by Stu

Say hello to BMW’s hand-made, mid engine M1, arguably the most exotic gem the brand has ever manufactured. Built from ’78-’81, the M1 represented BMW’s first scalable attempt at a mid engine design and featured a lot of advanced tech for the day like six separate throttle bodies for the engine. Interesting back story…the car was built to race and sold to appease Motorsport Homologation rules. As things tuned out, the car never actually raced. M1 is the unicorn of BMW performance. Beyond the 70s Giugiaro-designed sex pot looks, absolute rarity contributes to the M1’s iconic status. BMW produced less than 500 of them. Market  rates hover around $200K for low mileage examples like this one. And we all long for the day that BMW produces the modern homage like this one.

This might be the spot of the year.

 

 

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Ford F1 Pickup – East QUOGUE, NY

July 23rd, 2012 by Stu

Spotted this ’52 Ford F1 Pickup in Quogue this past weekend. You’ve got to love the charm of the Batina on this baby…a survivor indeed. I chatted it up with the owner, who raises Quail in Quogue, in the 7-11 parking lot for a good 20 minutes. He tells me this old work horse is his daily driver, he leaves it outside every night when he goes to sleep and that he would never dream of restoring it.

Right on!

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Land Rover Defender LWB – NW 19th & Glisan, Portland [OR]

July 20th, 2012 by Emir

What are the odds finding a genuine British, right-wheel-drive, diesel, long-wheel-base Defender in the US? This one came all the way from the British Crown Dependency of Jersey. It seems it’s ready for a long trip…extra reinforced with heavy duty gear. A few weeks ago we featured a real MB Geländwagen. This is its charming Land Rover counterpart.

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Mini Cooper Coupe JCW Photo Shoot: Water Street – DUMBO, BK

July 15th, 2012 by Anthony

Pictured: Mini’s Saucy Cooper Coupe posing suggestively on Water Street in Brooklyn

If I were an advertising copywriter tasked with developing pithy headlines for Mini’s Cooper Coupe, they might look something like this…

Maximum Mini, Mini to the Max, Cute No More, The anti-adorable…well, you get the picture. The iconic British brand wants to level the gender playing field when it comes to who’s buying their nimble little cars. Sure, the S variety of Cooper, with its twin-charged engine and racy add-ons, appeals to a devoted army of male driving enthusiasts. But apparently not at the scale Mini deems acceptable. As far as I’m concerned, the Cooper Coupe is the equalizer.

Mini was good enough to let us form our own opinions with a loaded, Pepper White John Cooper Works edition (pictured above) that was loaned to us one recent weekend. Say what you will about the design, but it turned a ton of heads during my time behind the wheel. One dude even asked me if I chopped the roof myself. I dig it…like Mini’s cheeky british homage to the hot rod class.

The driving experience is virtually identical to that of the already capable Cooper S John Cooper Works, perhaps slightly sportier thanks to the righteously tuned exhaust that spits and snorts like an angry hog when you get up on the accelerator. Probably the biggest departure from Mini’s typical formula is the 2-seat layout and lack of hatchback utility.

The Verdict: A unique alternative to premium sports coupe mainstays.

PROS – Additive proportions, impressive acceleration, grabby brakes, righteous exhaust

CONS – Poor rearward visibility, jarring ride quality, $40K price tag

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Lancia Scorpion – Palm Springs, Florida

July 11th, 2012 by Aaron

Nothing brings us more joy than running into obscure mid engined Italian sports cars from the 70s like this Lancia Scorpion (known in Europe as a Montecarlo). Sure, it’s not nearly as valuable, posh or pretty as a Ferrari Daytona from the day but it sure is rare. Only 1,801 of these US market Scorpions were manufactured in the 2 years they were sold state side (’76 – ’77).

The spotting is utterly timely as the Scorpion was constructed by legendary design house Pininfarina the exact year that Sergio took the reins as president (1966).

RIP Sergio…

 

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Car Spotting the Upper Crust – Cannes, France

July 10th, 2012 by Stu

Loyal Man on the Move reader Seth Berk spotted this fabulous cast of exotic characters during a recent trip to Cannes. Between the posh  Carlton Hotel and JW Marriott, he rounded up the better part of $4 million bucks worth of precious sheet metal for us to drool over.  And that doesn’t even include the mega bucks spent on customized liquid metal paint jobs and orange luminescent finishes.

Lambo Aventador in menacing black on black on black…$387K

Luminescent orange Ferrari FF…$295K

Liquid metal blue Bugatti Veyron 16.4…$1.8M

Lambo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante…$248K

Aston Martin One-77…$1M+

As they say…if you’re gonna get wet, might as well go swimming.

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Sneak Peak: Lambo LP550-2 Spyder Shoot – Brookhaven Airport, NY

July 9th, 2012 by Stu

Here’s a teaser from our Independence Day shoot with, of all cars, Lamborghini’s decidedly unpatriotic 2012 LP550-2 Spyder. Man on the Move correspondent and pro snapper Anthony Barbato made good use of the sinful Italian sheet metal and wicked aeronautical back drop

More to come…

 

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Audi R8 Spyder – NW 23rd & NW Kearney, Portland [OR]

July 5th, 2012 by Emir

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