Hoboken Garage is Full of Random Treasures

//Hoboken Garage is Full of Random Treasures

Hoboken Garage is Full of Random Treasures


Hoboken, New Jersey, is home to Frank Sinatra, Artie Lange, and The Situation. Yes, that progress of personalities is rather depressing, and, frankly, so is the progress of the town’s automotive tastes. Hoboken, and the whole area along New Jersey’s border with the Hudson River, has become THE place to live for anyone who wants to be someone but can’t afford Manhattan. The cars are reflective of their owners; if you can think of the latest and greatest from world most exclusive manufacturers, you will find it there.
Imagine my surprise when I parked in one of the town’s garages and saw all these treasures, randomly scattered over the garage’s six floors. A freshly restored CJ-5, a minty VW bus, and the Caddy looked to be Sunday driven. The two Porsches look to be daily-drivers. The Saab and the T-Bird look abandoned.
While walking around the garage with my phone, which explains the picture quality, I ran into a rather shady dude. Skinny white guy, about 5’8″, dressed like the Unabomber: tight jeans, a hoodie with the hood on, and silver-framed aviator sunglasses. He made a point of not being any of my pictures, yet he did not seem to be going to any particular car. He told me that stolen cars often get abandoned in this garage, which would explain the late-90s Lexus GS330 that had more dust on it than the T-bird, four flat tires, and no license plates. No pictures of the Lexus, didn’t think there is much interest there.
The Unabomber lit up a cigarette and hung-out until I got into my car and left. He never went to any specific car. When pulling out of the garage I saw two cops walking in. Given the potential situation (ahem), I left in a hurry. I wanted to spin the tires on my way out in the dramatic fashion often seen in 1970’s movies, but traction control pwnd me.

By |2011-09-29T11:00:38+00:00September 29th, 2011|In General|14 Comments

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  1. muthalovin September 29, 2011 at 11:28 am - Reply

    That CJ is very clean indeed.
    I am glad you didn't get into trouble. Odds are good he was an undercover cop, looking to set you up.

  2. nofrillls September 29, 2011 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Wow, that Caddy and the CJ-5 are just sublime.
    The beaten Saab? Well, I guess it is New Jersey.

  3. ZomBee Racer September 29, 2011 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I'm a sucker for that red Firebird.
    Well the Jeep, Caddy and bus too, but mostly that Firebird.

  4. dukeisduke September 29, 2011 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I like the '66 Caddy, but the wide whites have got to go. Wide whites were already out of style by '63.

    • Alff September 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Maybe elsewhere, but that just screams "Jersey" to me.

      • njhoon September 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        I can see Joe Pesci getting out of that. …..with several bodies in the trunk. Wadda yous dink? fuckin'a

    • RichardKopf September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      No way, those wide whites suit that Caddy just fine.

  5. SSurfer321 September 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I'm a sucker for a whale tail!

    • Mike_the_Dog September 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Me too! Not a big fan of winged Porsches, though.

  6. craigsu September 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Vintage SAABs don't get stolen. Abandoned, maybe, but not stolen. That being said, I'll take the 900 assuming I don't need to bring a trailer.

  7. wunno sev September 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    You don't like Hoboken? As a Manhattan resident (though not quite "somebody"), it's a regular biking destination of mine. I like Hoboken. It's nice.

    • Kamil_K September 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      I like Hoboken too… it's some the residents that I question.

      • wunno sev September 30, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

        lolz…I guess I'll let you have that one

  8. CptSevere September 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I love the Caddy, it's in its element there. The CJ, not so much. It should be in my driveway, and covered in desert dust, cowshit, and have Arizona pinstriping from stem to stern. I really miss having a Jeep.

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