“… cars are art and reflect a man's way of thinking... "
- Elliot Cuker
over two decades, Cooper Classics has been known worldwide as the premier
resource for classic car design. Now director Elliot Cuker broadens his
vision to include the finest contemporary art with the opening of Cooper
Classics Collection, located in the West Village.
Arranged like sculpture through the gallery are the sleek, dynamic forms of beautifully restored classic cars. This combination of fine art and design reveals an unexpected and powerful synergy
Cuker is a true renaissance man: a stage and screen actor, businessman,
classic car aficionado... "
"The energetic "tour de force" is quick to recognize the power of "show"... now, he is on top of his czar-like world, with burgeoning empire of luxury classic cars and the movies... "
- The LA Times
Cuker is the most exotic and mysterious creature in the Mayor's circle...
everything that Elliot touches turns to gold."
- The New York Times
of 43 prominent citizens featured in The New York Observer's Millennium
Edition, "8 Days in the Life of the City": "Captured in our pages
[are] the lives of the extraordinary people we will always associate with
the life of the city.."
Classics Collection, which has been in business for 25 years as a dealer
in vintage cars, [has] recently branched out to sell art, too. Its headquarters,
on Perry Street, looks exactly like a small Chelsea gallery... Elliot
Cuker, president of Cooper Classics, explains that he like to display
models appropriate to the paintings on view. In this case, this includes
a 1966 Rolls Silver Cloud III convertible, and a 1964 Jaguar XKE. Not
bad... "I'd say that this Randy Bloom Exhibit is one of the top five
painting shows of the year."
the interest of space, locale and industrial chic, plenty of artists get
to show their work in galleries that used to be garages. ..Twenty years
ago, Elliot Cuker started the Cooper Classics Collection to show and sell
vintage automobiles. As a result, his ample headquarters on a leafy block
in the West Village has long had the feel of a sleek museum. "Cars
are sculpture", he says. [The artists are] the beneficiaries of a
shift into an even higher gear - Cuker's idea of having his car collectors"
Mecca double as an art gallery."
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NY Daily News, "Ex-actor a big wheel now"
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Rush & Molloy (02/26/98)
NY Post, Page Six, "Smoking Car"
The New York Times, "He's a friend & Impresario"
Columbus News Service, "Cars"