My brother Matt sent this photograph and some others my way while he was out driving with his colleague Nick near Caltech over in Pasadena. It’s quite a pretty area and there’s actually a good amount of older classics and quirky old cars running around (there are lots of hipsters in old Beetles there too, if I recall correctly). What’s strange about this example is that it seems to have had its louvers over the engine cover removed and replaced by Back to the Future style fins. Matt, thanks for sending this in.
-Albert S. Davis
Spotted by: Matt Davis and Nick Cowper
The last few days have been pretty unbelievable. We have had a fantastic time at the Monterey Car Week, and are now in the process of returning, and recovering, from the festivities. We have amassed many months of material after seeing scores of incredible automobiles at the many events, as well as on the street as you see here.
This is the first Pagani Huayra I have laid eyes on in person, and what a magnificent sight it was. This is the first US-spec Huayra, and its exposed carbon fiber finish over red leather interior is nothing short of immaculate. This is just a short gallery from when we spotted the car on the streets of Monterey, CA on Thursday. We saw the car again the next day at the Quail, and I got a much better set of photos.
The story of this spot is kind of a funny one. Al and I had both seen the car separately earlier in the day, but it was while we were behind the wheel of Jaguar F-Types, so we couldn’t really get pictures. So now, out on the streets, the hunt for the Huayra was on!
We did some spotting in Carmel, CA for much of the evening. We saw some unbelievable cars there, but no Pagani Huayra. With the light fading we decided to take a swoop through Monterey’s Cannery Row to see what cars we could find there. As we turned past the Plaza Hotel, I started saying “Come on Huayra. Come on Huayra!” Then, right up the road, I recognized a certain shape, a wide car sticking out between normal cars. It was unmistakable, it was the Huayra!
Then, low and behold, as we slow down and approach the car, the door pops up and out steps none other than Horacio Pagani himself. We pull up along side, yelling in excitement, and Mr. Pagani happily thanked his adoring fans. We then found a parking spot and went back to grab these photos, some in front of the restaurant, and some at the Plaza Hotel. This was the cherry on top of our first day, and there was much more to come. Enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for much more!
I’m currently on vacation visiting my brother Matt, who lives in Pasadena and submitted this Cadillac Series 62 for a Spotted article back in January. Nick sent me a tip for this particular car in Beverly Hills, so my other brother and I got out to the swankiest area in LA County. Our efforts were rewarded as Seth and I stepped out to the drop-off zone of the hotel inside the building.
While on our way back from the fantastic D’Elegance at Hershey in central Pennsylvania, Nick and I passed by what is possibly one of the saddest-looking second-gen Eclipses ever. I’m no fan of ricers and there was no way I wasn’t going to allow this car to go by un-noticed. If there’s a missing picture definition of the word “cringe-worthy”, this should be the photo definition. I couldn’t look away from it, and I am so sorry if anyone who reads this suddenly loses their appetite. The fact that it has stock rims (which look to be off of a recent Lancer), a tacky body kit, and a useless wing are all compounded by the trashed front bumper. Dear God I think I’m going to be sick.
Spotted by: Al and Nick
-Albert S. Davis
It’s been a while since we’ve seen fit to call out a ricer we’ve seen, but this Jaguar XK (not sure its actually an R) was too awful to let slide. I am all for modifying cars, even sometimes with questionable taste, but this goes a lot further than some Civic with a fart-can. This person has defiled a Jaguar, and there is nothing worse than when someone ruins a tasteful, classy car with horrific customizations. It would be one thing if this Jag only had an ugly bodykit, but the reason it is getting featured is because of its cheap, hack-job details.
Look at those wheels. You might first notice the front and rear wheels are from different sets, but look closer at the red and black coloring…. it is all electrical tape that has been stuck onto the wheels. Also have a look at that fuel cap that is sticking four inches off the car. Looks like a custom job, right? Well actually it has no function at all, and is merely stuck onto the actual, standard fuel door, which functions the same as it always has. All of these utterly tasteless, and cheap, details pile on top of the awful bodykit, and half-applied racing stripes, complete with plastic (metal looking) outlining.
You see, it’s one thing when stuff like this is done to some beat up Honda. Usually the owner has no money, and is aiming to “hook up” the car as cheaply as they can. But here’s the thing, this is a Jag. If you can afford even a used Jaguar XK, as well as the insurance, maintenance, and fuel costs that go with it, then you sure as hell should be able to find the money to modify it tastefully. That said, even if you don’t have any extra money for tasteful mods, leaving it alone is absolutely free. This Jag was once a flashy and classy whip, and it could have remained that way were it not for its current owner.
It is a curious aspect of the human condition that would drive someone to do this to a Jaguar. You’d think a person would work hard to get the money so they could buy a car like this because they want a car that exudes the class and elegant design which Jaguar is famous for. However, then they decide that theirs needs to stand out even more, but somehow they ran out of money in the midst of all this, so they go and buy a half set of rims, put electrical tape on the wheels for style, and place a new fake gas cap on the side….. because that was clearly the “one thing” Jaguar missed in this XK’s original design.
Lord help us all….
I found this Citroen SM in the parking lot of a hotel yesterday. The SM is a very interesting car. After Citroen purchased Maserati in 1968, they began development on a flagship grand touring car. The SM debuted at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, and they produced it through 1975. The SM is remains one of the only true gran touring cars to have front wheel drive, with the same Maserati V6 found in the original Quattroporte and Merak under its hood, producing between 170-180hp. Thanks to its sleek aerodynamics, the Citroen SM could reach 140mph, and onwers said it had no problem cruising at a steady 120mph on the autobahn. Today the SM exudes a level of class and style rivaled by few other cars on the road, and that is why I took the time to shoot these pics. Enjoy.
The weather was gorgeous the other day, so I decided to go cruise around for a bit. I went through Newtown because there is usually an exotic or two to be found there on such days. Sure enough, I find this amazing Ferrari F430 Scuderia parked in front of one of the most expensive restaurants in town. Enjoy the pics.
While on the way home from the tuner meet on Sunday, I noticed a red Porsche at a gas station. At first glance it was just a bright red 911, but then I noticed the vents on the bumper….. this was no 911, this was a 959! I quickly pulled into the gas station and snapped this pic. The owner was very nice, and was surprised that I knew it was a 959. This is quite a rare car, with only around 337 being built worldwide. I have seen this particular car before at shows in the area, but it was quite a thrill to catch it out in the wild.
Another great car that the rest of the world gets to enjoy while America does not. The Ford Focus RS is the hottest hatch Ford makes, with a massive 300hp and 324ft/lbs of torque going to its front wheels. While I definitely think this car would have been much better if it had been all wheel drive, there is no denying that once the front wheels do stop spinning, it will take off like a bandit. Supposedly, Ford will be bringing the next Focus RS Stateside in 2015, but for now the RS is still a privilege the rest of the world gets to enjoy. I saw a few of them during my trip to Europe last year, but this is the only decent shot of one that I was able to get. I like the blue on this car a lot. It’s a tad more subdued than the RS’s famous bright green. Enjoy.
On our way into the Concours event on Sunday, we came across this fantastic looking Brooklands sitting all alone in a bank parking lot. There is something special about seeing a car worth more money than most homes just sitting all alone in the real world, covered in morning dew like it were any other object. The Brooklands is a Bentley among Bentleys, the flagship model from 2008-2011, and just 550 examples in existence. Its 6.75L V8 packs 530hp, and a mighty 773ft/lbs of torque. This particular car was immaculately appointed, with a two tone, black and gray, color scheme, a red leather interior, and a red pinstripe along the side.
This is a very Bilderberg type of car, the sort that makes back door arrangements with other big-wigs, and pretends to adopt orphans for fun, just to see the desperate looks on their faces as they drive away without them at the last second. If the “Top 1%” had a team mascot, the Brooklands could certainly be it. The Continental GT is surely the Bentley for sensible money, whereas the Brooklands is for the “just because I can” types. So, if you are seeing this, and you are sad because you don’t have a Brooklands, just take solace in knowing that at least everyone won’t automatically hate you at first sight.
That said, I do love this car, just not the stigma that comes with it. It is the ultimate in “baller status”, which is both a good and bad thing. Enjoy the pics.
This is a very rare Alfa Romeo from the early ’90s. I snapped this photo of it on the Swiss Autobahn this past summer. RZ stands for “Roadster Zagato”, and this was the convertible version of the very similar SZ coupe. Just 284 RZs were ever produced, making it one of the rarest Alfas of all time, and quite a good spot in normal traffic….. even for a place like Switzerland, which has an abundance of great cars.
These were my first encounters with 458 Spiders while in Switzerland last summer. They had just hit the streets, and I’d assume Switzerland is one of the first places in the world to see its orders filled, given its proximity to Italy, and their immense wealth. Enjoy.