Vespas and Maseratis at Grand Central

It’s nearing Columbus Day and Grand Central is starting to catch the Italian spirit.  I went in recently and found that they had two very different, but essentially similar exhibits.  What could be more different than Vespas and Maseratis?

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There were four of them just inside from Vanderbilt Hall.  And right in the Grand Councourse were two Maserati Quattroportes.

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The Vespas were for display only as far as I could tell.  No price tags and really no signs around for them.  But the Maseratis did have a little something for the car enthusiasts.  First, they had a nice bit of signage on it with description and capabilities…and price tag.  That’s what I wanted to know.  The answer:  $117,000 base price.  There was a card drop to get additional information on the cars, too.  And a number of people had filled it out.

But the interesting part of it was there was a second sign that said you could win the Maserati.  There was going to be a drawing.  The catch(es)?  There would only be 300 tickets in the drawing…and the price of each ticket was $1,000.  I passed.  But the car is impressive.

I imagine the Vespas are much cheaper, but both modes have their appeal to me.  For Manhattan, I think I’d be much better off with a Vespa.  At the very least they are easier to find parking for.  However, I am still very much of an “ankler about town” and will settle for a less catchy mode of travel than either of the two options.

-H

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