2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

The New York Auto Show came to town with a bang. Lots of new cars were present along with the usual car junkies and stunning booth babes. The only downside to the show was the presence of the part-time photographer and full-time psychopath reviled by every legitimate journalist and even the paparazzis.

Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Mustang with the 2015 Limited Edition model paying homage to 1964 in, of course, a limited edition of 1,964. The car stunt of the season was the placement of a Mustang on top of the Empire State Building Observatory Deck, a repeat of their 1965 stunt.

Coming fast behind them was Mazda who was also in celebration mode as their sports car, the MX-5 Miata, Silver Jubilee presented 15 classic models from years past. They also held an unveiling of their very special 25th Anniversary Edition with special badging inside and out. Only 100 examples will be available in the US market.

The big comeback of the season is the Alfa Romeo 4C. Now we’ll see if the merger of Fiat-Chrysler will bring good things to US auto market.

Nissan Murano with its floating roof design is one of the most stylish non-sports cars on show this year. No one said two-box cars should be boring to look at outside or within as it features premium interiors.

MI-6 must have James Bond on a budget. Aston Martin unveiled the 2015 V8 Vantage GT with a sticker price of just under $100K. If you want to forgo the coupe for a convertible, the price crosses the magic number. If you want to splurge, the DB9 Carbon Edition goes for a cool $200K.

Maserati was founded 100 years ago so they showcased their Centennial edition GranTurismo, available in either a coupe or convertible. In honor of the city of Bologna where the company was founded, this special model is available in the colors of Bologna, Magma red and Inchiostro blue.

Dodge Challenger is keeping the flag of retro-styled muscle cars flying high. The 2015 model has a completely redesigned interior (akin to the Charger) in addition to new front and rear ends.

If you thought the SRT Viper Time Attack was rare, be ready for the ultra-exclusive Anodized Carbon Special Edition Viper TA available in a total of ten, yes I said ten, units.

The highlight for me every year at the New York Auto Show is the LeMay – America’s Car Museum showcase of classic cars. If you’re ever in Tacoma, Washington their collection of 350 cars on display is just one tenth of their 3,500-car collection. This year’s New York highlights include a Ferrari 365 GTS Daytona / 4 1973, a Jaguar E-Type and a Duesenberg SJ. Also on display this year are cars from the NYC Police Museum. Car 54 where are you?

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