Defenders are pretty common in these parts. Price be damned, their pure, utilitarian form and unadulterated simplicity really does it for New Yorkers. This current generation (2007-present) 110 caught my eye because of its bright red paint and unique pick-up truck configuration. And while the flimsy canvas top does an awful job of actually covering cargo, it does lend a military feel to the truck – as if a group of machine gun-touting mercenaries are going to jump out at any moment.
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The Defender 90 is already a pretty capable little ute. But equipped with Hella lights up top, added fogs in the grille, supersized hazard lights on the fenders and a Warn winch up front, this green hard top spotted on West 20th looks ready to take on just about anything Manhattan can muster. So watch out flash floods. Pot holes, eat your heart out. And cabbies…you better steer clear. This all terrain warrior is ready for action, or a natural disaster, whichever comes first.
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With all the commotion about retro-inspired muscle from Detroit, it’s nice to gaze upon the inspiration now and again. Sporting arrest-me red paint, this gen 1 (1967-1969) Camaro looks ready to pounce on a drag strip near you. As any owner will tell you, the honkin V8s available in ’67 (350 cu in or 396 cu in) do not disappoint when it comes to smoky burnouts and general adolescent behavior.
This second generation bus (1968-1979) was found smiling at street goers in the West Village. It’s almost surreal to see something so calming mixed in with the move-it-or-lose-it NYC landscape. The enthusiastic paint job and bumper stickers speak of road trips and cool experiences. More importantly, they tell career-obsessed New Yorkers about what life could be like outside the cubicle. We wish VW would give us another one of these instead of a re-badged Dodge Caravan and Brooke Shields.
This circa 1960 Chevy Apache is sporting a great rust patina, handcrafted by the elements of time. This natural, unrestored aesthetic almost enhances the vintage skin’s design.
clockwise from top left: 1977 BMW 320i by Roy Lichtenstein; 1986 BMW 635CSi by Robert Rauschenberg; 1979 BMW M1 by Andy Warhol; 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL by Frank Stella
Our very own Grand Central Station was one of the stops along BMW’s traveling Art Car exhibit. These four famous BMW’s were formerly used as blank canvases by world renowned artists, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Robert Raushenberg. The BMW art car project began in 1975 when race car driver Hervé Poulain commisioned an American artist to paint his BMW, and today there are 16 vehicles in the BMW art car stable. These cars have graced some of the worlds most prestigious museums including the Louvre in Paris, and the Guggenheim in NY and Bilboa.