"He who seeks beauty will find it."

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,.

1976 Chevrolet El Camino (Park Slope)

The recently restored Prospect Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Sixth Avenue at 9th Street is a fine example of classical vocabulary applied to the needs of the early 20th Century.

The designers of the El Camino parked in front of the library applied classical know-how too, in a way. The bulbous half car, half truck is not unlike the Centaur of classical mythology, and nearly as frightening a spectacle. 

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: American, Chevrolet, El Camino, Chevy, GM, General Motors, truck, pickup, cheesy car, red, BPL, Park Slope, classical mythology, Centaur, architecture,.

1987 Volvo 240 GL (Gowanus)

The 200 Series Volvo owes its place in the pantheon of iconic automobiles to a long production run (1974-1993), and virtuous Scandinavian design.

Its shape may strike some as clumsy, or, even ugly, but that boxy shape is rigid, and roomy — two characteristics of infinitely greater importance than mere curb appeal.

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: Volvo, 240, 200 Series, Swedish, station wagon, wagon, silver, Automobilist, Jan Wilsgaard, design, scandinavian design, 20th Century, Ikeaonwheels,.