The original Classic Car Club started in 1995 in London. In 2005 it came to New York City. The idea is simple: join club, pay dues, drive cool cars, socialize, party. The club, located on Manhattan’s lower west side, close to the Holland Tunnel entrance, is a car enthusiast’s paradise on an island that is not known for its love of cars.
The club has about thirty-five to forty cars in stock at any time. Club managers rotate the club’s inventory as they sit fit; some are keepers, some are replaced after a year or two. Over the last ten years, the club has owned over 280 cars and they claim that the current fleet has over 20,000 combined horsepower, which is very believable. As seen in these pictures, the vehicles vary from timeless replicas, retro-modded classics, originals, performance sedans, to somewhat casual SUVs.
In order to maintain their vehicles, the club has three full-time mechanics on duty. Those guys have several lifts and a decent area to work – keep in mind that this is land where a square foot of real estate is easily sold at over a thousand dollars. There are tool chests, spare parts racks, and any unused space is filled up spare tires. One of the club’s latest acquisitions is an old Airstream trailer that they are turning into a conference room.
But this facility isn’t only a garage, it’s also a clubhouse. There a big wet bar, lounge area, a huge TV which is perfect for watching races, a driving simulator, and another workshop. There are frequent happy hours, and once some of the cars are moved out, the area is great for parties and other social events. Heck, if you can get your bride to agree on it, you can have your wedding there!
For those who live in or near Manhattan, make sure to check out the Classic Car Club and consider becoming a member. Those of you who are thinking of visiting New York City, swing by CCC on your way to the new One World Observatory at the new World Trade Center – both places are equally amazing.
One of my favorite cars there, makes around 300hp.
It’s got a 2.3-liter engine out of an E30 M3.
The driving simulator. A lot of the club’s members are also amateur racers.