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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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MG MGB Roadster – West 11th Street, NYC

January 14th, 2010 by Ian

MG-West 11th 1According to the all-knowing web god known as Wikipedia, MG made 523,836 of these little MGBs. Just as a point of reference, combined 2009 sales for Mazda, Volvo, Mini, Buick and Acura amounted to about that much (522,456). Long story short, these classic sports cars ain’t all that rare. Despite their abundance, Mark III models like this one are still pretty desirable (sans rubber bumpers of course). And shockingly safe thanks to MG’s early use of controlled crumple zones. Don’t believe me? click here.

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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 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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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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Porsche 356 SC – West Village NYC

February 9th, 2009 by Ian

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The 356, of which there were 3 generations (A,B,C), was the car that put Porsche on the map. It was also the precursor to the iconic 911-series that we have all come to know and love over the last half century. Unless the good doctor has applied fake badges to this example, which would be totally lame, it is a 356C (1963-65/66) with the 95HP “SC” engine option. That may not sound like many ponies, but that VW Beetle-derived 4-cylinder was the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche had ever produced. While you won’t win many drag races, this drop top will make sunny Sundays very enjoyable.

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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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