deuce-and-a-quarter

Sep 16, 2011| 1 Comment

Sometimes I’ll get lucky and meet the owner of a car I’ve photographed. I never know how someone will react when I tell them, “I shot your car.” Most seem okay with it and are more than happy to offer up a story. I met the owner of this Buick and gave him a small print, much to his surprise.

This car is a Buick Electra 225 or as its known on the street, the Deuce-and-a-Quarter. It measures 225 inches bumper-to-bumper.

I took this shot very quickly, not caring too much for the framing.  I didn’t think it would work because the background was too busy. I try to stay away from signs and awnings. But once I looked at it on a larger screen it came to life and became one of my favorites.

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  1. Michael A. Joseph, II
    May 4, 2016

    Over the many decades since I left NYC I would visit and pass by the many hiding spots for surviving Electra 225’s. They have slowly faded away, often becoming ragged shells of their former selves a half century after their paint was new. The primered ’69 coupe on Nostrand, now restored by me; the orange ’80 or so Electra on Fulton St., the bronze ’70 coupe rolling around 93rd Street; the blue ’59 Flat Topper Deuce on Rutland, there when I was a kid in ’65 and still there in the 90’s to my surprise, and more. The one you photographed is on Thompkins and Hancock. I marveled at her durability and patina for many years and last saw her about 2 years ago.

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