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.
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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2002 isn’t a great year to be named after, but I guess it’s better than 1987. Okay, maybe it’s just a number to differentiate between 2 and 4 door models. And although all cars look good in the rain, this 2002 might just look better than most. It’s the perfect mix between tying a sweater around your shoulders and heading to the tennis club, and racing the VW next to you through the canyon.
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Vintage Bimmers are all the rage once you head south of Houston. They have a rugged appeal that feels right at home in a concrete jungle. This 1972 R75/5 has shocks lined in chunky rubber and a chrome 4 gallon gas tank (introduced that year) that many say resembled the look of a toaster oven.
Its amazing to watch your visual interpretation of a design change over time. When a next generation model is introduced, the fresh details tend to make the older iteration appear dated and out of touch. But this iconic BMW’s simple yet uninterrupted design always has, and always will, look fantastic. From the basic 3 box design to the early interpretation of the twin kidney grille, the 2002 (1968 – 1977) is a true classic. Seen here in original, unrestored condition, it looks like the owner uses the car every chance he gets.
It’s not often that you get to pull the cover off a Lamborghini during the winter months in NYC. But, thanks to the sunny, unusually mild weather pictured here, the owner of this gen 1 coupe was able to cruise the streets in style. We caught him checking out the similarly colored (yellow/black) Kawasaki KZ400 (1974-1984) across the street.
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