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Greenwich Electra Auto and Body Repair – Greenwich Street, NYC

January 15th, 2010 by Ian

I’m walking down the street, minding my own business when this utterly bad ass XKR cruises by in all its customized glory. It immediately reminded me of those machine gun-touting movie cars used to chase down 007 in Die Another Day. While I never was a huge fan of the first gen XK8, modifications like this are working time and a half to change my mind. Notice how the clamp on hard top achieves a completely different design effect than a true fixed roof does. It’s chunkier and I dig it. Mixed in with the slick wheels, tires and ground effects and you have yourself one wicked Jag. We followed it into the service bay of this quaint little West Village garage and found other hidden treasures lurking within.

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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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1982 Alfa Romeo GTV-6 Balocco – Morton Street, NYC

October 13th, 2009 by Ian

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We found this sporty red Alfa parked on Morton Street in the West Village. This was our first GTV-6 sighting since launching ManOnTheMove and the 1982 model pictured here is a particularly rare one thanks to its Balocco designation. Named after Alfa’s Balocco test track in Italy, the special edition of the Giugiaro-designed coupe, itself based on the handsome Alfetta sedan, was only available in red with a sunroof, black interior, leather wrapped steering wheel and red piping on the seats. What is it with Italians and painting cars red?

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Pontiac Firebird Convertible – Washington Street, NYC

October 7th, 2009 by Ian

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This gen 1 Firebird convertible looks good in plum crazy purple. Damn good actually. The car appears to be original, most evident by the rusted out front fascia, but the form-fitting top seems to have been replaced within the last few years.  Unfortunately we won’t be seeing any reincarnations of this Chevrolet Camaro platform mate, which debuted in 1967 alongside its GM sister vehicle.

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VW Beetle – Desbrosses Street, NYC

October 1st, 2009 by Ian

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Punch buggy red – no punch backs! Ok now that’s out of the way we can proceed. This Type 1 Beetle snapped in the West Village is not nearly as old as it seems. Well the technology is downright geriatric but this baby was actually assembled with “new” parts in VW’s Puebla, Mexico plant in 2001. While the rest of the world had long since hung the Beetle jersey from the rafters, the Mexican market (particularly cab drivers) kept the icon alive until 2003 when the last ever new Beetle (# 21,529,464) rolled of the assembly line.

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Smart Fortwo – West 14th Street, NYC

September 17th, 2009 by Ian

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They don’t call it smart for nothing.

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Volvo C30 R-Design – Washington Street, NYC

September 4th, 2009 by Ian

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Volvo is not the boxy brand you may recall. In fact, their current fleet is full of pleasing, dare I say it, fashionable shapes. From broad shouldered sedans [S40/80] to curvaceous crossovers [XC60/90] and sultry sun devils [C70], Volvo’s modern day design language is athletic and easily recognizable across the whole range. Those sculpted noses and muscular shoulders from Sweden look particularly spicy on this little C30 we spotted on Washington Street. And despite its multitude of airbags and energy-absorbing impact structures, this funky looking coupe screams fun, not boring sensibility.

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VW Bus (Type 2) – West Village, NYC

May 8th, 2009 by Stu

vw-bus-west-villageThis 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.

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Toyota FJ40 – West Village NYC

February 9th, 2009 by Ian

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This Toyota Land Cruiser 40 series (1960 – 1984), also know as an FJ40, was spotted here in all its tangerine glory. Judging by the surf rack, rust spots and half used bar of Sex Wax, it’s obvious this dude takes his 4×4 to the beach from time to time. Think of FJ40, which was the design inspiration for the current Toyota FJ Cruiser, as a Defender 90 within reach (i.e. they are a lot cheaper). These rough and tough FJs are also a unique alternative to the similarly valued vintage wranglers, called CJs (Civilian Jeeps)

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