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We Found Military Trucks In The Streets Of Manhattan | Carspotting

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  • - This vehicle's not supposed to be
  • a vehicle made by somebody.
  • This vehicle is supposed to be America in vehicular form.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Hi, and welcome to Carspotting,
  • the show in which we find interesting cars
  • parked on the street in New York,
  • (upbeat music)
  • or driving through New York.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Now is the part where I go walk off and look at cars,
  • but I can't,
  • because I'm stuck in the middle of Park Avenue.
  • (laughs) (upbeat music)
  • What a weird show.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Hi, welcome to Carspotting,
  • the show in which I waste all of my camera people's time.
  • (laughs)
  • (upbeat music)
  • Everyone's pretty relaxed on a good, warm day in New York.
  • (upbeat music)
  • There are no cars here,
  • because it's a park.
  • (upbeat music)
  • People, not cars.
  • (upbeat music) No cars, just people.
  • (upbeat music)
  • All right, this is good.
  • I was lying to you before.
  • I actually did find a car in the park.
  • (upbeat music)
  • There is one car.
  • I don't mean only to find a commercial vehicles.
  • These are vintage vehicles,
  • but sadly, a lot of old cars are being used as
  • sort of props as much as they are cars.
  • This is a Piaggio, (upbeat music)
  • as you can see on this little badge over here.
  • Ape.
  • Spelled A, P, E,
  • which means, I think a bee or something like that.
  • It's actually a very interesting vehicle.
  • This is one of the most produced
  • vehicular designs in human history.
  • So, this say, post-war Italian,
  • three-wheeled truck called the Piaggio Ape,
  • it was designed to be
  • put into production after World War II,
  • when most of Europe was just bombed out
  • and had absolutely no money.
  • So, they figured people wouldn't
  • be able to afford a whole pickup truck,
  • so they started designing and selling three quarters of one.
  • (laughs)
  • So, you can see,
  • it's got a regular pickup truck back,
  • but the front is basically a motorcycle.
  • And, if you look in,
  • it's like steering like a motorcycle,
  • and I say it's one of the most popular
  • vehicle designs in history,
  • because you don't realize that
  • this was actually sold under license
  • and became all of the three-wheeled pickup trucks
  • that you see across South Asia and Southeast Asia,
  • (upbeat music) like Tuck Tucks, and Bajajs,
  • and all of those things are all--
  • trace their ancestry right back to this little Piaggio Ape.
  • So, even though now it's serving as a makeshift bar
  • here at whatever this little restaurant
  • place is in Union Square.
  • It's actually a proud little piece of automotive history.
  • I think one that's not appreciated as much as it should be.
  • And, I'm gonna look for the armory,
  • which is around here.
  • This one's interesting,
  • because it's got a bunch of
  • military vehicles parked outside.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Here's a guy recording a Super Duty.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Excuse me, sir. (upbeat music)
  • Do you like this truck? (upbeat music)
  • - Don't speak English.
  • - Ah. (record skidding)
  • - Spanish. (record skidding)
  • - Ah. (upbeat music)
  • Well, we have a translator.
  • (upbeat music) (cameraman talking softly)
  • How would you say, "Do you like this truck?"
  • (upbeat music)
  • (cameraman speaking in Spanish)
  • (upbeat music) - Yes, yes.
  • (upbeat music)
  • (cameraman speaking in Spanish)
  • (upbeat music) - Por qué?
  • (laughs)
  • (upbeat music) - Have you seen other cars--
  • trucks or cars that you like in America?
  • (laughs)
  • - Do you think this truck would fit on your street?
  • (upbeat music)
  • (laughs)
  • - You should get one. (upbeat music)
  • (laughs) You should get one.
  • (cameraman talking softly)
  • - (laughs) Yeah, they're cheap as hell over here.
  • You should just bring it on over.
  • (laughs)
  • - You should just fill your luggage with some gas,
  • and then fly back with it.
  • (laughs)
  • (laughs)
  • - Since we're tourists, basically,
  • even though we live here,
  • it's fun to see--
  • You never really notice what is so different
  • about what's right in front of you.
  • This is a New York City Parks vehicle.
  • It's right by the Union Square Park.
  • It's an F-2 or 350, (upbeat music)
  • which to me is just another truck,
  • 'cause I live in America and there are tons of these,
  • but these Spanish tourists are like,
  • "Oh, my God, I have to take video of this gigantic truck,"
  • which would be the size of
  • a commercial vehicle back in Spain.
  • Well, still, let's continue
  • and try to find some even bigger trucks.
  • I promise even larger.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Cordoba. There's a Cordoba car.
  • The Chrysler Cordoba, (upbeat music)
  • which was marketed by Ricardo Montalban,
  • (upbeat music)
  • who was a pioneering, Spanish-speaking actor in Hollywood.
  • Wow, what a turnaround.
  • The Chrysler Cordoba is best known for its ad,
  • which I think is actually misquoted
  • as having rich Corinthian leather.
  • (upbeat music)
  • I think in the ad,
  • he actually says, "Fine Corinthian leather."
  • (buzzer honks)
  • - [Spokesman] I request nothing beyond the thickly
  • cushioned luxury of seats available even in soft,
  • Corinthian leather.
  • - Which is funny,
  • because there's no such thing as Corinthian leather.
  • (upbeat music)
  • It was just Chrysler just making stuff up from the 70s.
  • The reason Chrysler, of course, was making stuff up
  • about its interiors in the 70s
  • was because in 1973 there was the oil crisis,
  • (upbeat music)
  • which pushed for not only stricter emission standards,
  • but also you really have to get better fuel economy.
  • Leaded gasoline was going out.
  • High compression engines were going out.
  • Gas was expensive.
  • People weren't buying high horsepower cars anymore,
  • (upbeat music)
  • so Detroit had to figure out reasons
  • to get people to buy cars
  • when they weren't marketing them on power and performance.
  • So, you would start seeing them market things on luxury.
  • So, something that they would've tried
  • to sell some muscle car in the 60s,
  • in the 1970s,
  • they would've tried to sell as a personal luxury car.
  • So, that's why Chrysler went from
  • (upbeat music)
  • its heydays of Dodge Chargers
  • that they Duke Boys were jumping
  • away from Sheriff whomever,
  • to Ricardo Montalban telling you about
  • a leather which doesn't exist.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Yes, here we are,
  • I should also say this is Gramercy Park,
  • New York City's only private park.
  • (upbeat music)
  • I don't know if it's its only.
  • It's certainly its most famous.
  • You have to live around here
  • to get a key to be able to enter it.
  • Since it's this nice little pocket of--
  • (upbeat music)
  • pocket of quietude in the middle of the city,
  • I just want to point out
  • this super sweet Jeep Grand Cherokee,
  • which would have been the next
  • big Jeep after the XJ Cherokee.
  • This was the one that came after.
  • It's like the XJ, except bigger,
  • and this is from the early 90s on.
  • So, I think this was sold from '93 on.
  • Anyway, another very popular vehicle for Jeep,
  • as you can see this is in really nice condition.
  • Here's the owner. (upbeat music)
  • We're doing a show on interesting cars
  • parked on the street in New York.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Do you mind if I ask you a question or two
  • about this lovely Jeep?
  • - Could you say it again?
  • (upbeat music)
  • - How is it--
  • is it reliable, or--
  • - [Host] Not bad,
  • and it's the V8 in these things, right?
  • (upbeat music)
  • - [Host] Is it the dual four-liter, or--
  • (upbeat music)
  • - [Host] They're sick. I mean--
  • - [Host] Have you ever--
  • has it only ever just been like
  • a construction vehicle for you, or--
  • (upbeat music)
  • (Host laughs)
  • - [Host] Aw, man. Yeah, no. It's good.
  • (upbeat music)
  • (Host laughs)
  • (upbeat music)
  • - [Host] Well, it looks like it's been good to you.
  • (Host laughs) (upbeat music)
  • - The thing is,
  • if you're talking to random people about their cars,
  • they'll clam up,
  • because they're like, "What do you wanna know about my car?
  • You don't need to know that about my car."
  • But, if you're like, "Oh, what an interesting car.
  • This thing is so cool."
  • They're like, "It is.
  • I would love to talk about it."
  • But, that's how you do it.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Observe. This is quite interesting.
  • New York, being an old town,
  • there are still old armories,
  • (upbeat music)
  • and while I only know this armory
  • for having art shows in it,
  • it's always fun to turn the corner
  • in the middle of Manhattan
  • and find large military vehicles parked on the street.
  • I wanna point out,
  • to give you a sense of scale,
  • we're actually very lucky to have
  • (upbeat music)
  • a rather nice XJ Jeep Cherokee,
  • this being a '99,
  • even younger than the last one we looked at,
  • with nice street tires on it, actually,
  • and then, so this is like a truck,
  • and this is a truck.
  • (laughs) This is a proper, genuine military vehicle,
  • which is, I guess, it's here because of the armory,
  • and so every so often,
  • you'll be walking around,
  • and you'll turn the corner and then boom,
  • here's the armory,
  • and here is this full,
  • (upbeat music)
  • vast military truck
  • full in desert regalia,
  • ready to blow up ISIS or whatever.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Obviously, you're not selling the newest model
  • to someone walking into the dealership every year,
  • so they don't have-- (upbeat music)
  • They feel less inclined to really advertise who makes them.
  • This vehicle is not supposed to be
  • a vehicle made by somebody,
  • this vehicle is supposed to be America in vehicular form.
  • (upbeat music)
  • It's just funny see how huge they are parked on the street,
  • because everyone is always telling you in a car website,
  • "Oh, it'd be a good city car. It's small."
  • And, then you go into an actual city,
  • in midst of Manhattan,
  • and there's this. (laughs)
  • (upbeat music)
  • Joint Base Lewis MCCH.
  • (upbeat music)
  • It's for outbound freight only.
  • So, this is a truck, truck,
  • even though it's a military vehicle,
  • it's really for hauling stuff around,
  • just military stuff,
  • stuff of the military. (upbeat music)
  • Yeah. I mean, look at this thing.
  • It is charming how much
  • sort of interesting stuff you can find.
  • If I'm not mistaken,
  • (upbeat music)
  • this would be--
  • to have some sort of, maybe--
  • I think this would have a tire reinflation system,
  • which would be all of this gobbledygook,
  • in that the tire could be blown out
  • and then reinflated through the vehicle.
  • I think, I don't know that for sure.
  • (upbeat music)
  • There's also lots of very fun stuff
  • that you don't get to see in regular cars,
  • because they're meant to be--
  • they're obviously not meant to be sold to people
  • and be parked in your driveway.
  • They're supposed to be used and serviced.
  • So, all of the instructions of them,
  • instead of being in an owner's manual,
  • are just spray painted right on.
  • You can see it's set up
  • like a regular sort of Isuzu delivery truck,
  • or a UD or whatever,
  • where the cap lifts forward,
  • and your gigantic,
  • presumably huge diesel engine is in it.
  • I feel bad that I don't know
  • as much about these things as I should.
  • Middle school me would be very disappointed,
  • because I really liked trucks and things like this.
  • (upbeat music)
  • I think these are actually the most handsome
  • of all of the sort of military trucks,
  • these ones.
  • Oh, and there's a hummer on the street.
  • Let's go check this out.
  • Oh, look, people love this thing.
  • They're tourists already looking at it.
  • (upbeat music)
  • This is a real Hummer,
  • not like the stuff that you would buy
  • at dealerships in 2006 or whatever.
  • (upbeat music)
  • It's a real ass military Humvee,
  • H, M, M, M, V,
  • (upbeat music)
  • which stands for Hummer,
  • (upbeat music)
  • Most Motor Vehicle.
  • (upbeat music)
  • This was the vehicle to sort of supersede
  • America's long standing run of Jeeps,
  • which is why it's still got this face,
  • which looks agro for the time, but actually,
  • in comparison to today's
  • much more oppressive military vehicles,
  • it's actually pretty calm and collected by all things.
  • By regular car standards, this thing is unbelievably beefy.
  • (upbeat music)
  • I mean, like a regular car--
  • the Piaggio that we saw not that long ago
  • was a three lug wheel,
  • and this one I'm not even gonna bother counting it.
  • If you're on the internet,
  • you have all the time in the world
  • to count each and every one of them.
  • You could pause this video and then count them all.
  • (upbeat music)
  • And, then I would look really stupid by comparison.
  • You can see it's got some sort of
  • stuff that are ready for maintenance.
  • It's got the wheel chock so it doesn't roll ahead,
  • and it's got actually what looks like
  • an oil change bin tied in together.
  • And, also, since this is a pickup trucky version,
  • (laughs) in New York City,
  • someone has thrown trash into it,
  • because if there's anything New Yorkers are,
  • it is disrespectful of absolutely everyone,
  • even if they are people in the military right now.
  • Hi, guy looking at me from up the street.
  • Hey.
  • Hey, friend.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Hey. (upbeat music)
  • Cool. (upbeat music)
  • It's super wide in there.
  • So, it only seats like four,
  • but there's this huge, massive transmission tunnel,
  • so they can be four wheel drive.
  • These things--
  • People who buy the civilian versions of them
  • will love to tell you how bad they are to drive around,
  • because they're so heavy and slow,
  • but they're really meant to be durable and long lasting.
  • (upbeat music) Anyway, yeah, so this is a--
  • This is what the real deal Hummers look like,
  • and on the street they look completely friggin' ridiculous,
  • because they're so big and trucky.
  • Look.
  • Look at this snorkel, it's huge.
  • (upbeat music) (laughs)
  • You could ford so much water in this thing.
  • (upbeat music)
  • That's the thing about military vehicles is,
  • I, myself, in being anti-war guy,
  • I hope that one day all of these vehicles will only be used
  • so that nerds like me can geek out
  • about driving them through big puddles.
  • Though, in fact, they're used as tools of war,
  • which is fine.
  • I mean, it's not great.
  • I would-- (upbeat music)
  • but, you know.
  • They're interesting.
  • (upbeat music)
  • So, thanks for tuning into Carspotting this week.
  • I think we all learned a lot
  • about some interesting vehicles,
  • and the taste and trades of New York and Manhattan,
  • and unexpected things that you wouldn't
  • seem to find on the street,
  • and yet you do.
  • So, tune in next week,
  • and we'll find some other vehicles,
  • probably ones which are less trucky.
  • This has been a very trucky,
  • and commercial, and military vehicle one,
  • and hopefully next time we'll find
  • some cool sports cars or something,
  • maybe some sort of amphibious vehicles,
  • I don't even know what we're gonna find.
  • Anyway, thanks.
  • See you then, ciao.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Hello, and welcome to Carspotting,
  • where we go finding interesting
  • vehicles parked on the street in New York.
  • Yeah! Let's go find some. (laughs)
  • (laughs)
  • Oh, yeah. I should walk out.
  • Well, I'll walk out now, ha-ha!
  • Now, we'll go find some cars. (laughs)

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You see so many types of cars and trucks in New York City, but its always a surprise when you see military vehicles parked on the streets. We walked around Gramercy in Manhattan to find some awesome and bizarre cars on this episode of Carspotting.

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