Park a Toyota Camper To Avoid Paying Rent in NYC | Carspotting

Park a Toyota Camper To Avoid Paying Rent in NYC | Carspotting

– So, how do you feel about
the East Village changing? (funky music) – Hello and welcome to Carspotting. This week we’re right in
the middle of Manhattan, right by Cooper Union. We’re right next to this
really big weird building. And you always find
interesting cars parked next to this thing for some reason. So I’ve got a good feeling
we’re gonna find something cool. Let’s check it out, yeah. I lived in this neighborhood
when this building went up. And it was really funky and
I would always come here looking for interesting cars, I think because the building
had a power of attraction. But it would draw people
who owned weird cars because they wanted to make
a pilgrimage to the building. If they were gonna park
in the neighborhood, they were gonna park near
the big weird building. So you’d see things like a Porsche 356 used to park over here and
one of my favorite cars of the neighborhood,
happens to be right here. A Porsche type 986 Boxster. This is actually a very cool
car, one, because it’s yellow. And two, this car has been
parking on this street for as long as I’ve been in New York City. This thing is an absolute
survivor as it becomes more and more vintage
with each passing day. Come rain, come sleet, come snow, this thing is parked on the street, just totally living out
a regular New York City commuter car life even though
it’s a mid-engine sports car. Because I appreciate our cameraman, and I want to elevate Carspotting, I made notes, seriously scribbled notes, so that I would remember things about the history of the Boxster, because it’s a very interesting car and I can explain sort of why. The Boxster came out in 1996. It’s a product of the
early 1990s from Porsche. So in the 1980s, if you go
all the way back into the 70s, Porsche, you think of having
this golden age in the 70s, but really it wasn’t doing
a lot to modernize itself. Finances by the late 70s
really started to drop. And in the early 80s
they took in a new guy running the show, who was an American, who really modernized
Porsche, the company. Started making it the
Porsche that we know today as being super tech-y and super modern. And in the yuppy years,
Porsche was very successful. But the board, or whoever was
running Porsche at the time, really didn’t like this American guy, I imagine, because they booted him out. And the problem was, by
the time the early 90s had come around, all of that momentum they had from the early
80s in those yuppy years had fallen by the wayside. And they were back where
they were in the 70s, with cars that were behind the times, struggling to meet noise
and emissions regulations. They needed something to
revitalize the company. Now, in the late 80s,
Mazda had shocked the world with the Miata, with a car
that was unbelievably popular and though it was a niche
sports car, very profitable. And the whole automotive world looked to the Miata for inspiration and Porsche decided to
make a Miata of its own. And Porsche being Porsche,
they couldn’t just simply make a little boring front-engine sports car, so they made a mid-engine tribute to their old 550 Spyder, 1950’s glory days. And this is what we have here. It’s mid-engined; this is with a– It came out with a 2.5-liter flat six, even though the current
ones have a flat four. It had about 200 horsepower,
weighed only about 2700 pounds, and was very successful
and actually did help revitalize Porsche and make it the more successful modern
company that we know today. Though a lot of Porsche hardcore guys were not happy with the Boxster. If you come over here, come
look at the front of the thing. It’s got these, they called
them fried egg headlights. These were pretty much shared
with the 911 of the time, which was a very
controversial car at the time, because it was water-cooled. And instead of being designed with traditional German
durability, they partnered up with Toyota and the cars
were much more made to cost. And they were profitable, but not really supposedly as long-lasting. They went from air-cooled
to being water-cooled. If you look up on Porsche forums, you’ll find a whole thing about
how the length of the bolts became shorter when they
were making these cars. But you still find ones
that are being cherished and taken care of that are
surviving in spite of everything. This one having really lived quite a life. Clearly someone has
driven straight into it, maybe because they just
focused on the yellow. But I think this is a really iconic car for New York City, showing a lot of grit and determination and
a little bit of style. One of my favorites. Oh yeah, hey, oh there he is, what’s up? Welcome to Carspotting,
the show in which I forget that I’m on a show and just
wander away from the camera. It’s good. I was watching some of the
last episode and I realized most of it was just my
back, just wandering around. Whoa, look at this! I think this is a– I don’t know if this is an
after-market grill for a Corolla or for a Nissan that the guy
just sort of squeezed in there. It’s probably fine; it’s fine. Who says you can’t modify cars anymore? Here’s a very nice M3. I can’t talk about that,
it’s a boring car; it’s new. People aren’t tuning in to see a new M3. That’s crazy talk. Let’s turn this around
and let me point out this big old Jeep, choppy fenders. A couple of years ago,
it was like a Jeep summer in New York City and absolutely everyone had one of these things. And then there was a BMW summer. And I feel like in the past
two summers there hasn’t been a one car of New York
quite like these things. Anyway, they’re funny to see in New York, because you really don’t need them. They’re the opposite of a useful city car. Look at this, look what we’ll get to see! You get to see one of my
favorite neon signs, wow! Sign watch, sign-spotting
in New York City. Check this guy out; this
is a classic original. Lots of people are making new neon that looks old in the city. Mm-mm, let’s see the OG stuff. Welcome to dog-spotting, New York City. Found some very good dogs. Look at frigging this! Check this out, we lucked out! Aw man, this thing is sick. I would call this a dolphin
trailer, but it’s not. I think it’s another variation of it. Look at this, this is an old 1980s Toyota with an RV back; this
thing frigging rules! Look at this, it’s still
got California plates. Look at how minute this thing is. This thing is tiny and yet there’s a full
little house in here! This is amazing. Look, look, you can clearly
date when this vehicle was made by the tape stripes alone. Nothing says early 80s like
brown on brown on brown. Though it’s more like a golden rod. This is the color of all of the textbooks I had in elementary school. Wow, look at this, this
is actually a manual. Manual transmission, low RV. You’ve got a little sleeping top thing. This is super nice. Let me see what year it is. Oh my god, it’s got a beach parking pass, from Huntington Beach, can you imagine? This is like a Jim Rockford vehicle. They could be solving
crimes in this thing. These are bugs, man; this is
the Midwest, I assure you. Nowhere in America has bugs
like that other than the Midwest This thing probably drove here! Look at these super
useful bumpers as well. No one makes a bumper like this. Just solid steel, so good. It should be, of course, also no surprise that this is a California car, because it’s an old Toyota
and it hasn’t rusted away. Nor has it been bought by some wannabe vintage dude and over-restored. Even though this thing is
clearly from the early 80s, it’s being used just as a truck, not as a vintage experience
lifestyle vehicle. This is just what
someone is living out of. This thing rules; this could be us. This could be us if you
had your life together. You too could be driving around
in an unbelievably slow RV. So how do you feel about
the East Village changing? Think things are different ever since the new Cooper Union building came in? A lot more money in the area? (falsetto voice) Yeah, it’s really different than it was before, yeah. Thanks, Maserati, good to hear from you. (falsetto voice) Welcome, thanks man. Alright, thanks for tuning
into this week’s Carspotting. I think we found some
interesting vehicles. And I think we’ll find some
even better ones next week. Maybe all red vehicles. Or maybe they’ll be all blue. Probably not, but who knows, we’ll see. Time will tell; stay tuned, next week. I’ll go– I’ll be right there,
just give me one minute. I’ll just, get right– Alright, there we go, yeah, cars. So, in the 1980s, if you go
all the way back into the 70s, (high pitched voice) Porsche, you think of having this golden age
in the 70s, but really, it wasn’t doing a lot to modernize itself. (higher pitched and faster)
Finances by the late 70s really started to drop. And in the early 80s– (very high pitched
incomprehensibly fast speech) Isn’t that neat?

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Wranglers make perfect sense in the city! A 2-door at least… my 2-door wranglers were the best city cars i've ever owned; easy to park, tight u-turns, snowed in parking spots are no big deal; they're amazing!

  2. He sounds so surprised that the Toyota drove there? Isn't that just what Toyota's do?
    I like the survivor car aspect of this show

  3. I would say since they were partners with Toyota at the time. The boxer was more based off the MR2 layout, and not the Miata. Great video though keep it up.

  4. In the Area of Washington and Spring there are a few people living in trash hoarding vans. That's a sight to see and something raw to smell on a hot humid day.

  5. Dude acts like he has never seen an RV before. NYC sucks ass. If someone started poking around my personal property here in TN, i'd draw my weapon on him.

    Side Note: Poking around someones personal property is illegal.

  6. fun fact. the color of the porsche boxster in this video is a one off color. its raphael orlove dental yellow.

  7. Looks more like a 1979 Toyota Sunrader camper…which due to it's light weight, never leak fiberglass shell are quite desired now…bringing well over $8500.00 for the rough looking model you filmed…look on ebay and you will be shocked at how much people want these little campers!! They were more so micro mini campers and would get 15MPG!

  8. this show concept is beautiful because you really feel like you could go out and have the same exact experience

  9. The Toyota probably had the 22R engine. I drove my '83 Toyota PU with the 22R between Cambridge, MA and LA five times in the 90's. Great program.

  10. I have one of those Sunrader's – best vehicle on the planet – does 75mph on Fwy, 18mpg, manual windows still work, has shower, fridge, 4 burner stove, oven, 2 double beds, toilet, sink, heater, complete solar, 110v / usb, hardwood floor, DVD TV all on a Toyota 4 banger 22R engine – LOVE it!!

  11. Thumbs up for McSorley's Old Ale House!!! Every time i visit NYC i always stop there for a light and dark ale!

  12. This guy is on drugs – reminds me of a cartoon show with all the leaping and twisting or like a dangling puppet. Did anyone else see the cop giving the double parked car a ticket near the Porsche? This guy needs a lot of editing to cut the junk video. Too much rambling and little facts to be watched … I am gone…

  13. Why is this guy leaning and moving about like he is trying to stay upright on a moving surface? Just talk man, you look like you're about to fall over.

  14. I've never really thought of a Jeep like that being in NYC. They are extremely common down here in the south

  15. @7:09 Stripes date to the 1970s Toyota CHINOOK that created an entirely new lightweight camper. Likely has a 20R engine. See adverts:–toyota-.jpg
    Same stripes in this '77 photo:–chinook-rv-vintage-rv.jpg

  16. The east village started changing long before the new CU building. I miss the days when you could buy just about anything on st marks. Cars would be broken into and stuff would end up for sale on the street.

  17. I just bought a low mileage 19-foot 1984 Toyota Damon Escaper very similar to that one. I found this video researching my own trip to NY and points beyond.

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