There are vintage car owners, and then there are vintage car owners who live in New York City. The notoriously compacted urban sprawl is one of the least likely places for people to own vintage cars due to the lack of parking and garages, but that doesn't stop some enthusiasts from finding a way to enjoy owning their classics.

In its latest video, Petrolicious documents three NYC-based car enthusiasts who go through great means to own their classic automobiles. Yale Evelev owns one car, an old, long-hood 911, stores it in a parking garage and only drives it when he wants to. Ike Kitman, who owns an Alfa Romeo GTV6, must take a 40-minute bus ride to get to his car in Palisades, which he says is a small commitment. Raphael Orlove (of Jalopnik) parks his Volkswagen Beetle in a supermarket lot and first must walk the city and take the subway if he wants to go for a drive.

The way we see it, if these three enthusiasts can achieve their classic-car aspirations while living in the Big Apple, they have their cake, and they're eating it, too. We have to point out, however, that, despite the "small commitment" of owning his Alfa GTV6, Kitman did say he was slightly jealous of California car owners, who he thinks have it easy. After hearing about the 40-minute bus ride to his garage, this writer pleads guilty as charged. To see for yourself the challenges – and the joys – of owning a classic car in NYC, check out the video below.


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      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool old Baja Bug. I had one for a brief moment in the eighties that came complete with a Natural Lite tap handle for a shift knob & a lost bag of weed...sweet! Anyway, does that supermarket charge him for parking it there? What's keeping hoodlums from stripping or vandalizing it? But easily the best thing about this vid is that all 3 of these blokes get it. They just simply dig the pleasure of motoring. It's an awesome thing. There are times when I'll hop into my car, whether it's coming home from work or running an errand or just getting out of the house to clear the cobwebs, and I'll suddenly feel like a teenager with a freshly minted license again. Remember those days? Just heading out with no concrete destination in mind, somehow sensing all the possibilities of the day and this life, which always seems to lead to an almost overwhelming crush of freedom. I'm glad I never lost that. I'm glad I still thoroughly enjoy the drive.
      Nicholas Naber
      • 1 Year Ago
      This hits close to home living in downtown Chicago and driving a 1967 mustang fastback. People love to see the car which is good because I willingly sit in Chicago traffic just to cruise around in her!
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lolz, I've seen that bug drive around before. I'm with that porche guy Yale, he's got the right attitude.
      pavsterrocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's great that they made it work for them - we all make our choices. After living in a city (Boston, not New York) and getting frustrated with lack of parking space I moved to the suburbs. Having a garage is great not only to keep the cars but also to work on them. How does one do even simple maintenance in a city?
        viper3ez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pavsterrocks
        one does not simply do simple maintenance in the city. you pay greedy people with less than impressive skills for that
      Krazeecain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does Petrolicious hate american cars or something? I've never seen them feature an american car. Like, ever.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is commitment
      kool350z
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonderful video. Living in the burbs never realized the sacrifice for car guys in the city. Hats off to them. I take it for granted, just jump in the car or motorcycle for a nice drive.
      colin.shark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone hates on suburbs, but they are just plain good for car people.
      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rapahel Orlove? That's an editor in Jalopnik, right?
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      I loved this segment. Growing up in NYC as a car guy (there are tons of us in the city) the challenges of parking and DIY maintainence were never ending. My folks had a driveway so it was easier for me and my friends as we had a spot to work on our cars. The beauty of having a cool car in the city is you don't have to drive, like one of the guys said, so when you do it's usually for the pure joy of it. I miss those early Sunday morning runs from Queens through Brooklyn into Manhattan and back again.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was definitely my 2nd favorite Petrolicious video..... Their "Time Machine" is still unbeaten to me.
      NYC Dash Cam
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live in the city and I don't have to travel that far to get into my car. geesh they make it sound so bad. All they need to do it just move the car when is street cleaning. which is 4 days a week. The 1st dude he is loaded parked his car most garage i know charge minimum $175 per month and that is uptown rate.
        viper3ez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NYC Dash Cam
        i live in brooklyn and the garage by me is 250 monthly. A classic car is not a daily driver and for people who cannot be home daily to move the car accross the street, moving the car during street cleaning is not exactly feasible. As a Texan who is now paying more for a 1 bedroom apartment that a four bedroom house + 2 car garage mortgage in houston, i can say it is that bad
          NYC Dash Cam
          • 1 Year Ago
          @viper3ez
          Funny now u mention it, I used to live in Austin Texas, it was a big change for me from paying less than 50 for covered parking to 175 for outdoor parking. There is one indoor garage across my building asking for $350. But when 1 bedroom rent cost around 750-$800 (I live in Harlem) Why spend more money on parking. I seen some classic cars park on the streets too, Yes they are not daily car but hey if you really one to keep one u better move that car before the streets cleaning or pay the price.
          mawhalen53
          • 1 Year Ago
          @viper3ez
          $250-300 in SF :-( I leave my cars parked at work.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NYC Dash Cam
        I live in East Harlem and there is uncovered parking for $210/month around here -- or street parking, but there are meters and time limits and street cleaning... There are a couple of classic cars parked under the Metro North tracks close to here but I don't think the owner has time to work on/drive them.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I didn't realize that Bug is on 125th Street -- does anyone know is that the Pathmark grocery store at Lexington Ave.?
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