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Audi R8 GT – La Jolla, California

November 2nd, 2012 by Stu

The first thing that came to my mind when this lightweight Audi R8 GT Coupe pulled into the car wash didn’t revolve around beauty or speed or exclusivity [333 exist worldwide]. Not even the $200K+ price tag floated through my subconscious. Rather, I found myself wondering how Audi recommended cleaning the Suzuka Gray Matte finish covering this R8’s sleek aluminum shell. A similarly garbed version of the BMW M3 [Frozen Grey Coupe], for instance, is fragile enough to not be covered by the vehicle warranty. So you better think twice before scrubbing one of these babies too hard.

I guess it’s hard looking this good.

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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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Garage Queens: Ferrari F430 Spyder – East 54th St., NYC

September 15th, 2010 by Stu

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.

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Audi R8 – East 37th St. @ 3rd Ave, NYC

July 13th, 2010 by Stu

Look closely and examine the interaction between the Ibis white Audi R8 and Chrysler 300 limousine pictured here, just where the mid town tunnels spills out into Manhattan. The best part is the dude in the limo, smiling for the camera as he passes off the bottle of bub to the people in the R8. Apparently bridge and tunnel people like to party.

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Porsche Boxster Spyder – 1st Ave @ 55th Street, NYC

June 16th, 2010 by Stu

Sir Mix-A-Lot has nothing on this rump. The special edition Boxster, code name Spyder, is the latest rendition of the familiar mid engine ragtop from Stuttgart. The $61,200 Spyder is the subject of a rather flattering rear end treatment that pays homage to the hump-backed 550 Spyder popularized by none other than Mr. Cool himself, James Dean. Aside from the double bubble butt and rather primitive manual top, the Spyder is up 10 hp and down 176 pounds from sibling Boxster S (thanks largely to the removal of the automatic folding top). It also features a lower ride height and more aggressive suspension set up.

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Mystery Ride – Vista Street, West Hollywood

April 6th, 2010 by Mike

I’ll give you a hint…it was only sold on these shores for one year and needed to change its name as not to conflict with one of the General’s popular models. Weigh in below with a make and model for your free Man on the Move t-shirt.

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Lamborghini Gallardo – Town of Bad Staffelstein, Bavaria

March 17th, 2010 by Stu

German tuning house CDC International is serious about adding flair to already wild exotics like the Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Gallardo. Wheels, body kits, high performance exhausts, engine upgrades…they do it all. Their latest and greatest product draws inspiration from Lamborghini’s Reventón, the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show stunner that featured a fighter jet-inspired carbon fiber body atop a “base” Murcielago LP640. The production run was limited to just 20 examples costing a cool $1.5mm each and the batch sold out before show models could even unveil the damn thing. For those of you who were too poor or too slow to grab one, CDC has designed this Reventon-look body kit (front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, and diffuser) for the Murcielago’s baby bro, the Gallardo. They appropriately refer to it as “a little Reventón”. Interested? The package will run you a cool $25K. Nothing little about that. CDC was good enough to photograph the final product for us, seen here posed against a randomly colorful recycling depot in the Town of Bad Staffelstein.

Thanks Mike!

Source: CDC International GmbH (photos used with permission)

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Ford GT 720 Mirage – Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington

March 8th, 2010 by Stu

We really appreciate the pictures you send in after encountering cool rides from all over the globe. We really really appreciate it when those unique sightings include hyper exotic sports cars rocking bright orange paint and a 720 HP supercharged V8. Say hello to the Avro 720 Mirage, a special edition Ford GT from Brooklands-based tuning firm Avro Motorcars. The mad scientists from Avro worked with well the known American muscle manufacturers at Roush to engineer this beast. In addition to the orange metallic paint, matte-black details and laundry list of extreme performance upgrades, Avro added a whopping 170 HP (550 + 170 = 720!) and 127 lb-ft of torque (627 in all) to the already competent Ford V8. The net net is a 220 MPH top speed and enough forward thrust to recede your hair line a few years early. The best part – the production run is limited to just 10 cars. That’s right folks – sightings don’t get a whole lot rarer than this. Click here for a video I found on youtube of this actual car!

Great find Paul!

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Audi R8 – West 17th Street, NYC

February 18th, 2010 by Stu

One of our loyal readers spotted this Ibis White Audi R8 on West 17th and felt compelled to share. A testament to Walter da Silva’s arresting design, this mid engine super coupe still manages to look amazing even while positioned next to Manhattan’s curb side jewels.

Thanks Scott!

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Ferrari 308 GTS – NW 17th Ave & Glisan, Portland

December 30th, 2009 by Stu

Ferrari 308 GTS - Portland

It’s not the rarest, fastest or prettiest prancing horse to ever come out of Maranello but it might just be the most easily recognizable thanks to an unusually high production volume (Ferrari built 12,000 308 models in all) and one dashing private investigator named Thomas Magnum.

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