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Desoto Fireflite Sedan – 2nd Ave (Kips Bay)

May 27th, 2010 by Stu

From tri-tower taillamps to sweeping fins and hooded eyes, you have got to love the details on this DeSoto Fireflite. DeSoto actually tried to make aerodynamic claims about their extravagant tailfins, saying they “added stability at speed,” but we all know that was Motown marketing BS. Virgil Exner had one thing in mind when he penned these fins onto nearly every 57 Chrysler product…getting noticed.  This well-kept and regularly used example still manages to turn heads some 60 years later.

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Volvo 122S B18 – Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis

May 3rd, 2010 by Emir

The streets of Minneapolis were a hard pill for this Portland local to swallow. They were devoid of true classics short of the sunny Sunday posers. Portland on the other hand is the Mecca for classic cars that are actually used daily. I guess this makes sense considering the harsh Minneapolis winters and corrosive salt capable of destroying cars, old and new, in no time. So I was surprised and impressed to see this rusty, oil-leaking Swedish classic stationed near the Walker Art Center. B18 badge and Swedish flag proudly displayed, I wondered if this survivor belonged to one of the Scandinavian natives of Minnesota (Viking or something). It was an odd combo, Walker Art Center, the home of modern art, and a half-dead, classic 122S. Nevertheless a pretty good choice for the slippery Minneapolis roads – it was the first car with three-point seat belts, and the first to have any kind of seat belt as standard equipment. They don’t call ‘em safe for nothing folks.

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Nissan Leaf – Skylight West Gallery, NYC

February 16th, 2010 by Ian

New York City was particularly green on the night of February 11th. Well, the nightlife was at least. Not only did Nissan hold a promotional event for their soon-to-be-released Leaf electric vehicle, but the New York Academy of Sciences hosted an expert panel to discuss NYC’s infrastructure readiness for the flurry of EV’s on the way. In case you didn’t know, the Leaf will be the first affordable (i.e. not a Tesla), mass market EV to hit the streets when it rolls into dealerships this December. Yes, I know…Chevy’s Volt is due out first in November. But the Volt is technically not a pure EV – it’s a range extended EV. That means an internal combustion engine, or ICE for short, adds longevity to the electric motor when the battery is kaput. Only time, and consumer demand, will tell how drastically these alt energy vehicles will affect energy consumption in major cities. But there is certainly no shortage of buzz on the matter. More pics from the snazzy Nissan Leaf event after the jump.

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Audi S8 – East 30th Street, NYC

January 8th, 2010 by Stu

Audi S8 - East 30th Street, NYC“Something very fast…something that can shovel a bit”, said Larry the wheel man to his fellow mercenary Vincent. The pair was discussing transportation needs for the upcoming attack on a heavily-armed convoy safeguarding a mysterious suitcase chained to an unlucky bloke’s wrist. What ensued from there was some of the best chase footage ever captured and an immediate appointment to the movie car chase scene hall of fame. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to put the 1998 film Ronin on your Netflix cue. Spotted here on East 30th, this handsome S8 looks ready to do some shoveling of its own.

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Mercedes 220D – Holt Avenue, Los Angeles

November 19th, 2009 by Nick

Mercedes 220D

A little wink to those who get it – a beacon in a never-ending sea of mediocrity.  The nondescript cars on either side of this diesel Merc act as the foil to its diamond-in-the-rough nonchalance. This car isn’t screaming to be seen. It’s not striking a pose on Melrose. It’s tucked away on a quiet street allowing the Gods to shine down their praise and hear it whisper, “yo, seriously… I’m rad. Keep driving.”

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2010 Porsche Panamera 4S – Huntington, NY

November 11th, 2009 by Stu

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Justifying the need for a Porsche got a lot easier when Panamera hit dealerships last month. Thanks to the unconventional hatchback design, additional seating capacity and split-folding rear seats, the uber sedan from Stuttgart offers the best of both worlds – Carrera-like athleticism cloaked in a more practical package. All those angry Porsche enthusiasts who shouted blasphemy when Cayenne debuted in 2002 can sleep better at night knowing that a proper 4 door sports car has finally joined the line-up. The family truckster has never been this bad ass.

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1966 Chrysler Newport – Old Dock Street, Brooklyn

July 30th, 2009 by Austin

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From a stunning 1941 concept car to fin-tastic coupes, sedans, wagons and convertibles circa 1960, Chrysler has certainly taken liberal use of the Newport moniker. And, with all the low riders and assorted customs roaming around, it is clear that enthusiasts have too. It wasn’t until ‘61 that Chrysler dedicated a specific model line to the Newport name. Up until that point, the badge designated a 2-door hardtop body configuration. This entry level full size sedan, essentially a de-contented sister vehicle to the upscale New Yorker, was meant to bridge the gap between Chrysler and Dodge when DeSoto went under.

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2003 Cadillac CTS – East 61st Street, NYC

July 29th, 2009 by Josh

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Those who recall the unfortunate Caddy that Zigs likely jumped for joy when the silk veil came off CTS in 2002. Slow selling and utterly forgettable styling made way for sharp creases and a new found level of American sex appeal in the luxury automotive space. All hail CTS and the Art & Science design language it ushered in for the then transitioning brand that was founded in 1902 as the Cadillac Automobile Company. 

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Mercedes C63 AMG – Spring Street, NYC

July 22nd, 2009 by Stu

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Mercedes wasn’t the first automaker to stuff a behemoth powerplant into the engine bay of an everyday passenger car. And they certainly won’t be the last. But their skunkworks AMG division has learned a thing or two over the years about transforming your mom’s luxury car into Satan’s drag racer. This Arctic White C63, based on the company’s best selling C-Class luxury car, was found loitering on Spring Street one sunny July afternoon.

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Mercedes Benz CLS550 – 9th Avenue, NYC

July 9th, 2009 by Ian

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Mercedes brought sexy back in 2004 when they introduced the seductive CLS sedan. The combination of sedan practicality and low profile design allowed Mercedes to take credit for the ‘four door coupe’ moniker.

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