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Entries from October 31st, 2012

Land Rover Series III – Broadway Ave [UWS], NYC

October 31st, 2012 by Stu

Everyone in the tri-state area could have used one of these rugged Land Rovers to combat Sandy’s fury these past few days. This one is a Series III, the most common Series vehicle with 440,000 built from 1971 to 1985, and sports a cool military patina.

Stay dry folks.

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Sights & Sounds: The Simeone Museum – Philly, PA

October 24th, 2012 by Stu

Pictured Above: A 1967 Ford MK IV exactly like the one Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt used to conquer Le Mans.

Most people collect stuff. Bottle caps, comic books, watches…maybe a nice stamp collection. Fred Simeone, a retired neurosurgeon and life long gear head, collects world class automobiles. Cars with pedigree so impressive that it’s hard to fathom how any single individual could possibly horde so much 4-wheeled history in one place at one time. His collection is so good that he opened a museum to give the vehicles justice and share their magnificence with the world.

Feast on his beautiful floc after the jump…

1959 Aston Martin DBR1

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Pontiac Catalina – 24th & Blaisdell: Minneapolis, MN

October 18th, 2012 by Emir

She’s a fixer upper opportunity for anyone with spare time on their hands. Think about it. If it looks like this cool in POS condition, imagine how good it can look restored.

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BMW 850i – Central Park West, NYC

October 17th, 2012 by Aaron

Spotted this glorious homage to 90s excess sitting pretty on CPW. The pillarless body style worked then just like it works now on beauties we know and love like the Mercedes CL. Thanks to the unfortunate alignment of the vehicle’s launch against a global recession, BMW didn’t sell many of these handsome coupes in the 10 years it sat in dealerships (8 in the U.S.). In fact, Toyota sold more Camry sedans in the month of September than BMW sold 8-Series.

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Jaguar F-Type: Prestige Jaguar – Paramus, NJ

October 12th, 2012 by Stu

Say hello to Jaguar’s latest kitten, the F-Type. Based on a shortened version of the XK Convertible’s wheelbase, the sultry drop top [Coupe in ’14] sports a supercharged V6 [V8 optional], all-aluminium chassis, eight-speed automatic and embodies Jaguar’s late-to-the-party prizefighter against the likes of Boxster, Z4, SLK and TT. Blood lines to big brother XK certainly come through, but more interesting is the apparent influence from sister brand Land Rover’s new Evoque in some of the finer touches like light cluster design and ornamentation. Perhaps most unflattering is the  gaudy LEDs that are thick to the point of resembling neon bulbs. The deck lid and righteous tail pipe layouts [double barrel centered and double dual pipes] are perhaps the most pleasing design elements.

Our Man on the Street Jersey Jay caught this pre-production model on display at a local NJ dealer, just 1 month out from the vehicle’s global debut in Paris. Look for the F-type as 2014 model hitting dealers in 2013. It starts at $69k which seems like a lot until you hear that the XK Convertible starts at more than $90k.

Have a great weekend!

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Columbus Day Sights & Sounds: 5th Avenue – Park Slope, Brooklyn

October 10th, 2012 by Stu

Photo: Our Man on the Street snapped the above photo using the iPhone 5’s new panorama feature. Pretty slick huh?

Ferrari and Maserati have a long standing association with Columbus Day here in New York City and this year was no exception. The crown jewel of this particular Brooklyn-Columbus gaggle was easily the fully chromed Aventador sporting Italian flag livery. If wrapping a brand new, $440k, hand made sports car in chrome is not a fabulous way to pay homage to the late navigator then I don’t know what is.

Thanks for the snaps Nadav…

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One Bad Ass Chopper – 5th Avenue, NYC

October 9th, 2012 by Stu

Wicked chopper dude!

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A Raging Bull in Paris – Place du Trocadéro, Paris

October 8th, 2012 by Stu

This Aventador LP700-4 [named for its mid-engine’s longitudinal placement in front of the rear axle, 700 horsepower and 4-wheel drive] sighting in Paris makes me think of the Zoo. Yes, the Zoo. The Lamborghini, a caged animal, bound by congested, narrow streets and laughably low speed limits. So utterly beautiful to look at but terribly dangerous to approach at the same time. Looking from afar, people stare with wide-eyes and slack-jaws, floored by the vehicle’s dramatic presence and ferocious nature. At the end of the day, it’s almost tragic to keep this bull from raging.

Chew on that.

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Dodge B-Series “Job Rated” Truck – Westport, CT

October 4th, 2012 by Stu

I always seem to catch these lonely old work horses parked or abandoned alongside random rest stops just off the highway. This time around the subject was a Dodge B-Series [’48 – ’53] that appears to be a daily driver. One thing is for sure…it sports an amazing patina. Love the “Job Rated” plaque that adorns the grille and the curvaceous 1950s Dodge lettering that’s sprawled across the beat up old tailgate.

Way cool and way cheap. Here’s a nice one for $5,400

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Ferrari 365GT: SW Alder & 16th – Portland, OR

October 2nd, 2012 by Emir

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