Our loyal spotters caught these utterly choice rides tucked away safely in the parking structure of the The Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. A seemingly authentic Shelby Cobra 427 A/C decked out in blue and white race livery and pristine ’47 Buick Super Convertible are among the crop of spots but a keen eye will also find a 458 Italian sitting next to the Shelby and a new Rolls Royce Ghost sitting next to the Buick.
Garage queens indeed. Not 1 but 2 amazing spots in this posh Beverly Hills garage. First up, a matte black Daytona Coupe replica with menacing side pipes and black wheels. Next, a 4 door Aston Martin Rapide with V12 power to match.
I know what your thinking…how could the owner of this stunning Split Window Fuelie allow the parking garage dudes to drive his beautiful baby. The iconic scene from Ferris Bueler’s Day Off comes to mind. If you look closely, you can even see some scheming going on in their faces…dreaming about what this small block V8 will sound like as it rips down the 405. I guess we will never know.
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.
This 2010 911 GT3 RS (RennSport) might be restrained by acres of concrete and metal railings, but it still manages to look blindingly fast while standing still inside of this West 14th street parking garage. The Carerra-based racer is essentially a street legal race car. Seriously, it’s a homologation version of the GT3 RSR racing car used for competition events like Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Hopefully the owner escapes from the concrete jungle once and a while to let this baby stretch out her lightweight flywheel (yes, I’m talking dirty with automotive jargon).
Spotted this AMG road warrior chilling among the everyday luxury cars inside this Jane Street parking garage. We can’t decide if we like the menacing black metallic hue seen here or one of the matte options available for a hefty additional charge. Either way, the car is seriously bad ass. Hopefully the high-fluting owner gets this baby out on the open road once and a while.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman really got his jollies off building cars that didn’t weigh a lot. More specifically, he embraced the forward-thinking notion that reduced weight, not added power, was the key to truly inspired performance. Case and point, the brand’s first commercial success, the fiber-glass bodied, bug-eyed Elan you see here. It weighs all of 1,500 pounds, the automotive equivalent to Kate Moss on an empty stomach. This particular example, spotted in a garage on West 26th street, is an Elan +2, a stretched wheelbase coupe variant introduced in ’67 that was designed to accommodate a 2+2 seating configuration. Think of it as the spiritual predecessor to the brand’s new Evora, which is essentially an Elise with 2 rear seats and a longer wheelbase. Lotus only made 5,000 of these Elan+2 models between ’67 and ’75 so we consider ourselves lucky to have stumbled onto to this brilliant blue example.
We’re not sure how much road time Bowlmor Lanes gets out of this custom made Caddy pick up truck we spotted in a nearby University Place garage, but it’s definitely one hell of an advertisement to all those who pass by. I mean how many crystal red vintage Cadillacs do you see with flat beds as long as Honda Civics in back? Take it from me, there aren’t many.
This isn’t the first time a prancing horse has nestled its way into the primo parking space you see here. A silver 612 Scaglietti usually occupies the spot. Perhaps the owner traded the nose heavy V12 Scaglietti in for this sportier, mid engine V8 Spyder. Or maybe he owns them both and was feeling a little saucy today, what with the nice weather and all. Or maybe it’s a different owner altogether and parking lot management simply makes a habit of putting the good stuff out front. Either way, we say thanks for positioning the car just prominently enough for all of us to drool over on our way to work each morning.