1970 Cadillac de Ville (Red Hook)
O snow, thou’rt white no more,
Thy sparkling too, is o’er;
O soul, be as before,
Was bright the snow.
Then as the snow all pure,
O heart be, but endure;
Through all the years full sure,
Not as the snow.
1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five
KENSINGTON — “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Isa. 55:10—11 (AKJV)
1982 Subaru GL
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — In the 1980s, Subaru’s ad slogan was “Inexpensive and built to stay that way.” If you have owned one from that period (at least in the Northeastern United States), you may take exception to that claim.
Whatever their mechanical merits, these old Subes were no match for the elements (and road salt) and could present owners with a seemingly endless list of parts to replace (and replace again) for the simple reason that they have rusted away.
Compounding this problem is the relative unpopularity of these old cars which makes tracking down parts for them unusually difficult, time consuming, and often quite costly
1975 Ford Courier
TRIBECA — cou·ri·er noun \ˈku̇r-ē-ər, ˈkər-ē-, ˈkə-rē-\ 1: messenger: as a: a member of a diplomatic service entrusted with bearing messages b (1): an espionage agent transferring secret information (2): a runner of contraband c: a member of the armed services whose duties include carrying mail, information, or supplies 2: a traveler’s paid attendant; especially: a tourists’ guide employed by a travel agency
1990 Volkswagen Transporter
GREENPOINT — To wrest ever more of the U.S. auto market from the likes of Toyota, Honda, and Ford, Wolfsburg has lately unleashed, among other things, the latest (and underwhelming) Jetta, and the ridiculous, badge-engineered Routan. This is because while it might be the “People’s Car” in Germany, Volkswagen has long been a kind of niche car in the U.S.
Why then was a perfect niche car like the DoKa Type 2 (T3), never imported to the U.S? Was it thought just too weird for American consumers? The Vanagon sold well enough.
The Automobilist does not know, but suspects that importation of the DoKa to the “land of the free” was ruled impracticable due to Federal tariffs or some other trade restriction.
In any event, this beauty has come to Brooklyn by way of Lessebo, Sweden.
20— BMW 750Li
MIDTOWN — Guests at the Peninsula Hotel in the City of New York can be conducted to and fro in their choice of an Audi A8, a classic Rolls-Royce, a Mini Clubman, or the luxuriant 7 Series pictured. The Peninsula’s Bimmer is an extended wheelbase version of BMW’s top-of-the-line sedan, and like all of the hotel’s limousines, it is finished in “Peninsula Green”.
It is tempting to mock the luxury hotel’s clientele and observe, sarcastically, what a shame it would be were they made to ride to La Guardia Airport in something as commonplace as a Caddy or lowly as a Lincoln, but we cannot hate them simply because they are rich. Nor can we hate the hotel, or other peddlers of luxury, for chasing their dollars (or, just as likely, euros, rubles, or renminbi). After all, they have the money.