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Entries from December 28th, 2012

Landy Santana – Carrer de Badajoz: Barcelona,Spain

December 28th, 2012 by Emir

Old Landys are cool no matter where you live, what the local market calls them or where the country of assembly is situated. Santana is a Spanish car manufacturer that’s been building and modifying local market Land Rovers since the late 50s in CKD form (Complete Knocked Down kits). That’s a fancy way of saying that Landy parts were shipped over from the factory in Solihull, assembled at the Santana factory in Spain and sold through local dealer networks at less-than-Landy-prices. And despite the low rent affiliations that typically accompany kit cars, Santana models often ended up being superior to the Land Rover equivalents in both quality and reliability. Go figure.

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Chevy Fleetline Sportmaster Sedan – West 108th Street, NYC

December 26th, 2012 by Stu

This immaculate ’48 Chevy sedan spotted on West 108th @Broadway really took me back. Well, I wasn’t alive in ’48 but you know what I mean. Throw in the Humphrey Bogart-looking dude and the time warp is complete. The driver/owner, dressed to the nines, didn’t mind posing for a few pics while he waited patiently for his wife. The couple does Christmas eve date night every year. How adorable.

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Chevy Impala Coupe – Columbus Ave, NYC

December 25th, 2012 by Aaron

Happy Holidays from Man on the Move

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Fiat 600 – 1st Avenue, NYC

December 20th, 2012 by Aaron

The flawless 600 seen here, pronounced say-chento, is the handsome city car Fiat sold a million of (literally) in the short six years following its launch in 1955. Unlike its better known little brother that launched 2 years later in ’57, the 600 was water cooled and represented the first Fiat to feature a rear engine layout. All in, Fiat pumped out more than 2.5 million of these handsome little guys [measured just over 10 feet in length] from its Turin plant through the vehicle’s lifecycle [’55- ’69]. Love the 2-tone red and cream upholstery and rear bench seating configuration.

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International Harvester: NW 14th & Johnson – Portland, OR

December 17th, 2012 by Emir

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Aston Martin Cygnet – Piccadilly Street, London

December 12th, 2012 by Stu

In the market for a $50K compact car? It’s not a trick question. What if I told you it had an Aston Martin badge and trademark grille to match. Doing anything for you yet? I thought not. Much was the collective head scratch from auto enthusiasts and industry insiders alike when Aston Martin announced their shocking product botch up link up with Toyota’s no frills microcar back in 2011. To be clear, the limited-production [about 4k units annually] Cygnet begins life as a Toyota IQ [branded as a Scion here in the states]. Modifications are entirely cosmetic and have been grafted onto the vehicle in a way that screams of afterthought. My favorite touch is the vented hood louvers, a crucial cooling element for Cygnet’s “massive” 1.3L 4-cylinder engine. Truth be told, the vehicle was introduced so Aston Martin could comply with the EU–imposed fleet average emissions regulations that took effect this year. Funny how a gaggle of Aston-branded Toyotas can offset all the horsepower the marque is know for putting out into the world each year. Consider it a testament to Toyota’s fuel economy prowess I guess.

Hitting every jackpot in the world would not result in a reasonable rationale for buying one of these monstrosities. Apparently the owner of this white on red example spotted on Piccadilly begs to differ. Go figure.

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A Rehearsal Dinner for Car Guys: Classic Car Club – Hudson St, NYC

December 11th, 2012 by Stu

Pictured: My rehearsal dinner @ Classic Car Club of Manhattan. Yes, the Man on the Move is now married.

In case you’re not familiar with the American rehearsal dinner tradition, allow me to provide some context. The night before nuptials, close friends and family gather around for a spirited night of drinking, dining, toasting, roasting, and slideshowinging. Despite its name, no actual rehearsing of any kind actually goes on. Instead, people hunker down, shoot the shit and decide whether to laugh, cry or cringe at the array of wedding party speeches taking place in rapid succession. It’s a blast.

Being that my involvement in most of the major wedding decisions or happenings was that of a supporting role [I accepted that truth early on in the planning process], I jumped at the opportunity to sprinkle a little car dust onto the rehearsal dinner. So instead of a cozy restaurant venue, we instead opted for a downtown garage packed with cool cars parked alongside well appointed dinner tables. As I suspected, cocktails and friends/family can only be made better with beautiful automotive sculpture as the backdrop.

Yes, I do bar mitzvahs too.

Photo Source: JJ Ignotz Photography

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A Classic American Tale: Exploring the SouthWest in a 911

December 6th, 2012 by John

Call it what you will. Man and machine. The open road. Easy Rider. No matter how you slice it, the great American road trip is a tale as old as time. Well, maybe not that old but pretty damn old. One of the great motivators for an epic road trip is the acquisition of a new vehicle. But not just any vehicle…something special. A previously loved [marketing speak for used] Porsche 911 does the trick nicely. Me and my ride needed to get to San Diego for the start a new job. Along the way, the plan was to pick up a custom surf board in Seattle for all those gnarly California tubes. Couple that in with the fact that my buddy has never seen the American Southwest and you have a recipe for 5,500 blissful miles. The only soundtrack we needed on this journey was the melodic hum of a flat six.

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Audi RS5 Coupe – Cafe Milano, Georgetown [DC]

December 3rd, 2012 by Max

Spotted this latest and greatest autobahn bruiser from Ingolstadt parked in the Cafe Milano lot one recent sunny afternoon. The RS5, as it’s known, is Audi’s answer to similarly minded german brutes like BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG. Notice the elusive manufacturer tags which makes perfect sense considering VW/Audi have their North American corporate headquarters situated in the Virginia suburbs just outside of DC. I guess Audi staffers, hungry for DC’s best italian food, can rest assured that they’re are only a short while away should the need arise to speed back to the home office in Va. That’s what 450 ponies and a 180MPH top speed will get you…peace of mind.

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