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Rolls Royce Silver Spur VS Ghost – South of Houston, NYC

March 29th, 2011 by Ian

Old versus new. Classic versus modern. Original versus retro. It all centers on the notion of using company origins to inform the future. In the case of automotive sculpture, designers are no strangers to using classic sheet metal to inspire future product. And here we have it, spotted in the heart of SOHO, an older Silver Spur and a brand spanking new Ghost sitting in close proximity to one another for easy comparison. Hey, you gotta love New York right? Sure, the now dated Spur won’t go down in history for being one of the brand’s most coveted or collectable models, but, like the Ghost that succeeded it, both vehicles are stately, powerful, whisper quiet, lavish as lavish can be and were clearly envisioned to be the ultimate status symbol for any driver deep pocketed enough to possess the keys. The trend toward sheer and utter opulance was followed closely despite the 20+ year age difference and varying design details. A Rolls Royce is a Rolls Royce after all.

A little known fact…the Silver Spur, as it’s known in Long Wheel Base form (SWB = Silver Spirit), was the first RR to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy.


Range Rover Classic – Soho, NYC

December 22nd, 2010 by Ian

Land Rover faced a bit of a problem back in ’96 when the brand launched its second generation Range Rover, P38A to the fanatics among us,  two years ahead of the first generation model’s market discontinuation. So you had two identically named vehicles, one old and one new, on sale at the same time. What did brand managers do to distinguish them? Throw a “Classic” designation onto the old one of course. We all know that classics are not formed overnight, but based on the imagery you see here, it seems the old Range Rover is finally living up to its name. The now classic luxury ute appears understated, rugged, utterly functional and downright charming alongside the more contemporary luxobarge so favored by the Hamptons crowd today.

Is it possible to think that a modern Range Rover will be this appealing 15-20 years from now? Weigh in after the jump…

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Mini Cooper S [John Cooper Works] – Spring Street, NYC

August 25th, 2010 by Ian

Spotted this John Cooper Works Mini that is mightier than the rest on Spring Street in Soho. Unlike someone we know, this owner was able to control him or herself from covering the entire body in carbon fiber accents and ridiculously oversized rear wings. The result is a boy racer with a tasteful level of modifications that really emphasizes this hot hatchback’s ability to get up and go. All of the modern day Minis are pretty great thanks to their agile handling, great fuel economy, relative light weight, free scheduled manintenance and famous BMW fit & finish, but I particularly adore these supercharged gen 1 models. They somehow appear cleaner and less bulbous than the twin scroll turbo gen 2 models currently in dealers

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Ford Thunderbird – West Broadway, NYC

April 8th, 2010 by Ian

Anyone looking to scoop a cool Sunday cruiser?  This ’56 T-Bird, which was stopping everyone in their tracks on a beautiful afternoon in Soho, is for sale. The “peacock blue” paint job was so immaculate, it looked like it was still drying. We also dig the continental-style rear bumper they offered in ’56 despite the steering problems it caused because of the extra weight. Here’s how the for sale sign reads…

FOR SALE- 1956 Thunderbird Roadster: Frame off show quality restoration on a rare peacock blue rust free bird.  Great options include: large show detailed 312 motor with factory dress up kit and automatic transmission, fiberglass hard top, continental kit, signal seek radio, Kelsey Hays real wire wheels, all matching numbers.  Car runs and drives perfectly!!  $37,000.  call 917-509-6249

Just mention Man on the Move, and you’ll get a 20% discount…not really

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1951 Lincoln Sport Sedan – Mercer Street, NYC

December 29th, 2009 by Ian


Spend more than 30 seconds on the streets of Manhattan and you’re bound to see at least one blacked out Lincoln Town Car jockeyed by a black suit with a lead foot. Coming into contact with these thoroughly bland livery vehicles on a daily basis makes it easy to forget about the heritage behind the Lincoln nameplate. Lincoln was afterall the official limousine for the President dating back to 1939, when the then coveted brand reeked of status, taste and American luxury. We were immediately reminded of this former glory upon spotting this stunning ’51 Sport Sedan casually parked in front of Soho’s Antique Garage.

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Oldsmobile Cutlass – Lafayette Street, NYC

December 23rd, 2009 by Ian


We spotted this pristine Cutlass on Lafayette Street in SOHO. It’s one of those rare occasions when a vinyl roof actually compliments an automobile – particularly funny in this case because many of the people who drove this car from ’68-’72 continued the styling trend well into the 1990s.

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1964 Buick LeSabre – Grand Street, NYC

December 10th, 2009 by Ian


Buick spokesman Tiger Woods should have been driving one of these 2-ton land yachts when – fleeing from his wife – he crashed into a hydrant and a tree on his own property. The abundance of vintage Detroit steel would have easily deflected countless golf club-swinging Swedish supermodels.

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Alfa Romeo Spider 1.8L Twin Spark – Mercer Street, NYC

November 29th, 2009 by Ian


As if legal immunity and ridiculous parking privileges weren’t enough, you can now add grey market importation to the list of cool shit Diplomats get away with in New York City.  We’re not sure if this sexy 916-series Spider lives at the Italian consulate or not but it sure does look purty basking in the Mercer Street sunshine. The sighting also makes us that much more excited for the brand’s long-awaited U.S. comeback tour. 

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1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – West Broadway, NYC

October 20th, 2009 by Ian


The owner of this cherry red ‘Stang couldn’t have chosen a better parking space considering the high end neighborhood and for sale sign in the windshield. In fact, this perennial pony car is so perfect in every way that it seems entirely plausible the restoration shop unloaded it directly from the flatbed in front of Cipriani’s posh West Broadway location upon completion. We are not sure if there were any takers but the restaurant’s deep pocketed clientele cast more than a few stares at the gussied up American icon as they enjoyed one of the precious few days left for outdoor dining.

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Defender 110 – Greene Street, NYC

July 8th, 2009 by Ian


This may not be the first Defender we have spotted in Manhattan, but it is certainly one of the more pristine.  With its long wheelbase and towering stance, this super clean 110 looks about ready to devour the mid size Mercedes SUV parked behind it.

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