"He who seeks beauty will find it."

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D (Prospect Heights)

Teunis G. Bergen, was a surveyor, militiaman and politician from Brooklyn, where he was born in 1806 to descendants of Hans Hansen Bergen, the Norwegian immigrant to New Amsterdam for whom Bergen Street, and Bergen Beach are named.

Teunis Bergen served a single term in the U.S. House of Representatives, died 1881, and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. This elementary school – P.S. 9, at the corner of Bergen Street and Underhill Avenue – is named for him.  

Posted at 12:00pm and tagged with: Automobilist, German, Mercedes, W123, Benz, MercedesBenz, blue, car, Brooklyn, Teunis G. Bergen, PS9, Prospect Heights,.

1968 Volvo 122 (Windsor Terrace)

Happy Easter.

Spring is finally here, and with it will come more classics out into the sun, so stay tuned. There’s more to come later this week.

Posted at 2:00pm and tagged with: Automobilist, Volvo, 122, Amazon, Swedish, vintage, Brooklyn, car, Scandinavian Design, Windsor Terrace, classic, white, rust,.

1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (Park Slope)

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

(From Anthem for Doomed Youth, W. Owen, 1920)

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: Oldsmobile, Cutlass, Cutlass Supreme, GM, General Motors, Automobilist, American, Olds, WWI, 14thregimentarmory, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Wilfred Owen,.

198- Toyota Corolla (Kensington)

We Americans fuss over our cars, and claim to love them, but often treat them little better than we would any ordinary appliance. We buy them, and use them every day, but we neglect their mechanics, and never consult the manual. When they have worn out, we simply replace them with a shiny new model, and the cycle starts again.

There are exceptions however, and this Corolla is a great example of just such an appliance that someone evidently has preserved – regularly cleaning and maintaining it – and in the process ensuring that it provides many years of service, and survives the passage of time for us to admire. Well done.

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: Toyota, Corolla, Japanese, Automobilist, Brooklyn, silver, car, Editor's favorites, classic, vintage car, 1980s car, E70,.

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit LS (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Belated greetings from North Carolina’s sprawling capital city, where the Automobilist caught another Rabbit — this one, likely assembled at Volkswagen’s now-shuddered Westmoreland Assembly in Western Pennsylvania.

Someone has swapped in GTI bucket seats into this little bunny.

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: VW, Volkswagen, Rabbit, Mk1, German, Automobilist, hatch, hatchback, cool, Raleigh, sprawl,.

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit (Downtown Brooklyn)

The forlorn diesel Rabbit was spotted parked on Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn (for pity’s sake, don’t call it “DoBro”).

The 1976 Matchbox Golf version shown from the editor’s permanent collection. The sudden disappearance of the tiny, removable plastic surfboards that came with it, down the drain of a suburban Akron home’s bathroom sink, was minor formative event in the life of the editor.

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: Automobilist, Rabbit, Volkswagen, Golf, diesel, green, German, Mk1, DIY, VW, Matchbox, car,.