When you enter the Cooper Classics Collection on Perry Street
on the West Village, you are immediately hit with powerful lines
of beauty that can knock you back. Whether it's the 1966 Rolls
Royce Silver Cloud III or the 1968 Mustang GT fastback or one
of the many paintings that hang on its walls, you are immediately
drawn to something that appeals to the senses.
"This place has a wonderful fell to it," says Elliot
Cuker, owner and founder of Coooper Classics. "Whether
it's the cars or the paintings, you have all these beautiful
lines that are ready to pounce on you as you walk through the
gallery. It's very important for us that we have something for
For the first 25 years, Cooper Classics operated as a facility
that handles total restoration of cars- upholstery, paint, bodywork,
etc. For the past four years, Cooper has been across the street
as a full- fledged gallery a combination of art and cars. "
I decided that since I owned the building, what I wanted to
do was create a gallery of beauty," says the entrepreneur
Cuker, who was one of 43 prominent citizens featured in the
New York Observer's Millennium Edition's, 8 Days in
the Life of the CIty. "I wanted to bring whatever is culturally
hip today and going on in the City and put it into a gallery.
In the interim I could act again and write but this has taken
up much more of my time."