The man behind the vintage cars of HBO’s The Deuce


Over the spring and summer, if you walked up Amsterdam Avenue near 160th street in Manhattan, you may have noted a change. Some seven miles north of Times Square, the neighborhood—which normally consists of modest bodegas, fried chicken joints, and the odd latino community center—had been dressed up in a late-1970s-vintage shade of Times Square sleeze for the second season of the HBO drugs-and-porn drama, The Deuce. The street was lined with XXX theater and peep show facades, Kodak-branded camera shops, and newsstands that looked as if they could have been lifted from the set of Serpico. Vintage newspapers and trash littered the ground, taking the place of the bits of crumpled-up plastic endemic to modern-day New York.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/09/10/the-man-behind-the-vintage-cars-of-hbos-the-deuce


One thing is missing–especially in the State of New York. Rust! I would love to see rust on one of the cars. Or dents, a burned out light, a missing hubcap etc! Then it would be authentic!


Mr. Pelecanos, if younever need a nice stock64 pontiac lemans convertible(NOT a GTO)…for a pimp scene…let me know…i come down…:):slight_smile:


I do have to agree! I grew up in Pittsburgh and although my Dad took pretty good care of our daily drivers, they were usually pretty darned dirty from about November until about the beginning of April. They used a lot of salt on the roads in the winter there, and most of our cars were a flat grayish-white along the side more often than not.
My wife and I love vintage car spotting in movies that were filmed in the 40’s - late 80’s and a LOT of those cars were just the actual daily drivers that happened to be in the scene, and they were dirty and beat up, especially the ones filmed in New York City. (Check out “French Connection” some time for some real, and very dirty cars.)
I have had my 71 Road Runner in a few movies and TV shows, but it was usually kept petty clean and shiny for the shoot by the picture car coordinator. Mainly because most of the other guys and gals there would freak out if someone left so much as a fingerprint on their old car. Understandably so, but my car was a driver first and then it was maybe a "show car" down the list after that.

  •    I still have my 1969 Hemi Roadrunner that i bought new for a tow car.  Lots of power towing.  It's got terrible rust and has been in storage since 1971.  28,000 miles on it.   When I win the lottery, I'll restore it.  john*