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Mercedes G500 (3 door) SWB – W4th & 11th St, NYC

May 17th, 2013 by Stu

Mercedes G500 (3 door) SWB - West 4th & 11th St, NYC

I spotted this super-clean short-wheelbase [SWB] G-Wagon in the West Village and immediately realized how appealing these utes can be when they’re not utilized as celebrity bling machines. The owner of this handsome 3-door example sourced his (or her) ride from the experts at Europa G-Wagon LLC. The Santa Fe-based outfit specializes in the sale, service and federalization of pre-2001 Gelaendewagens. Translation…they sell the cooler, older models in short and long wheelbases as well as in 2-door convertible guise.

Mercedes G500 (3 door) SWB - West 4th & 11th St, NYC

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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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Rough & Tumble Trucks of the Summer – Anytown, USA

September 11th, 2012 by Stu

It’s that magical time of year when car-enthused beach bums peel back the tarp, crack open the garage door and set out to strut their surf-rack-touting stuff 4×4 style. And these are not just any 4x4s. No prissy Range Rovers here folks. Let’s be clear, these are amazingly charming, super rugged 4x4s of the old school variety. Defenders and Harvesters and CJs, oh my.

I spotted these Summer loving beauties [above and below] posing on the streets of Montauk, East Hampton and Newport Beach throughout the season. Summer might be a blur in the rearview but maybe these toasty photos will ease the pain.

Enjoy.

International Harvester Scout II in Amagansett

A Toyota Land Cruiser LWB Diesel in Newport Beach

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Featured Gallery – International Harvester Scout – 7th Ave, NYC

July 16th, 2010 by Ian

Summer in the city. Gotta love it.

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International Harvester Scout II – NW 18th & Johnson, Portland (OR)

June 1st, 2010 by Emir

I don’t know too much about these little utes but their muscular looks, short-wheel-base, huge tires and questionable ride quality have always fascinated me. Of course, I would always feel more comfortable around a Defender, Wrangler or a Gelaendwagen. Their lean aesthetic and purposeful/functional design epitomize off-road vehicles as far as I’m concerned. But in spite of their misleading design (muscular off-road vehicle with a few soft curves), I’m sure these Scouts have something to say. Like a small dump truck that’s being forced into a car body…

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Land Rover Defender 110 Pick-Up – Worth Street, NYC

March 29th, 2010 by Ian

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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Hummer H1 – Henry Street & Clark, Brooklyn

February 12th, 2010 by Austin

If there were one day of the year that was less offensive than others to drive one of these around, I guess Monday was it. So kudos to the owner of this extra obnoxious HumVee for buying a vehicle that is utilized properly 1 day out of the year. I’m not in the Sierra Club or anything but buying one of these just seems absurd at this point. Yes, I know – high powered sports cars get the same or worse gas mileage as this H1. But at least they fit inside lanes and accelerate like a bat out of hell.

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Lamborghini LM002 – Stratton Mountain Resort: Stratton, VT

January 26th, 2010 by Stu

I’m hanging a Louie out of the Stratton Mountain parking lot and nearly drove into a tree at the sight of this Lamborghini tank (uhm SUV). But the ultra rare (301 built between 1986 and 1993) LM002 does more than scare motorists. Just like the Mercedes G Wagon and Hummer H1, the machismo 4×4 was constructed with military applications in mind. And just the Mercedes G Wagon and Hummer H1, Americans took a liking to versions equipped with leather seats and modern creature comforts. We followed the Italian off-roader for a while and the V12, shared with the Countach, positively howled the entire way. Leave it to a New Yorker to pack one of these full of people and head to the ski slope. I hope everyone wiped their feet.

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Toyota Land Cruiser – Washington Street, NYC

January 10th, 2010 by Ian

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This 60-series Land Cruiser may not be the plush people mover we see in Toyota showrooms today but it’s certainly a revolutionary leap away from the smaller, more simplistic rock jocks that preceded it. With that said, it’s interesting to note that we have come full circle with our utility vehicles – high windowed, truck-based road mammoths like this are out and sleek, car-based soft roaders are in. What will utility look like next?

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VW Thing – Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

December 21st, 2009 by Nick

VW Thing - Santa Monica

There’s just something about a car being so damn ugly it’s beautiful. If this is a grandfather, the grandson is a steroid-using, metro-sexual, in-the-gym-5-days-a-week H2. Part of “the greatest generation”, where form followed function, this thing sits on the porch, shaking his head, asking himself, “where the hell did we go wrong?” You can call it dated, boxy, ugly or utilitarian, but whatever you do, don’t dare call it unoriginal.

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