There is a first for everything and you are never too old to learn. Mintologists are basically car people but we’ve been smitten by 2 motorcycles that have managed to crawl under our skin. We announce to the world that we are not experts in the land of the 2 wheeler therefore we invite corrective comments delivered in the proper tone. But we are fast learners and always ask the advice of people who are well-known in their world. With that said, Mint is proud to announce the exclusive representation of a ’74 Ducati 750 SS Green Frame or Super Sport. As the editors at Italy’s Motociclismo wrote, “To say that the SuperSport 750 was one of the most beautiful sportbikes ever made is no exaggeration; it may be considered among the most significant motorcycles of all time.” This was a street bike that went racing. The then new Ducati 750 was raced by Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari at the inaugural Imola 200 road race. Smart was not overly impressed by the roadster and didn’t even want to ride it. That changed when he arrived back in the pits to much fanfare because he had just smashed Imola’s lap record! Smart and fellow 750SS rider Bruno Spaggiari went on to a smashing 1-2 finish. Read More
One of our readers from New Zealand is now the proud owner of this California Skylark. It was featured almost a year ago submitted by our friend Tony B. who spotted it on the street near his home in Venice. The new owner would like to know more about the car and how it wound up in New Zealand. Read More
No narrative required. We’ll tell you what we have access to and if you know what they are and have been looking for one, call us. We have interest in both but they are still uncommitted at present.
’74 Ducati 750SS Green Frame – totally original and quite remarkable.
’74 Ducati 750GT – restored.
Call Mint (Michael) at (203) 417-6856 for details. But don’t wait too long. These are rare items that don’t come to market often.
Nuts because we are temporarily out of space for another car. Wait. This is a really small car. Maybe it will fit between the snow blower and the Toro…The 356 is the shape that dictated the future of Porsche for all time. So it stands to reason that any Porschephile would like to have one of the earliest models to complete their collection. Since we are currently Porscheless, we will post this and allow one of our readers to jump in. According to a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this 356 was completed on August 30, 1952, and the Kardex indicates that the car was sold through Auguste Veuillet’s Sonauto, the first official Porsche dealer in Paris. Early in life, the original engine went sour and it was replaced at a Porsche dealer. A more powerful 1,488 cc engine was fitted. Read More
In ’68, Porsche offered a new model , the 911L. It is powered by the 130bhp ‘O’ series engine from the original 911. The L retained all of the 911S upgrades and amenities like dual-circuit, ventilated disc brakes, as well as the recessed button door handles, aluminum dash, black steering wheel, black-faced gauges and black wipers. The 911L was most expensive and luxuriously appointed Porsches ever offered in the US. According to those who know these things, they made 450 911Ls. Read More
These are amazing cars probably the best non-911 Porsche. They are uber-luxurious, fast and competent plus they aren’t too expensive to buy although they are to repair. The most desirable are the rare last bunch from ’93-’95 called the GTS. Prices reflect that too. The real sweet spot are the cars from ’87-’89 and amongst those, the 5-speed. So we found a low mileage 5-speed in beautiful condition and guess what? While looking, we stumbled across a terrific automatic. The 5-speed has 56,XXX original miles and is in exceptional condition. It is finished in Porsche Silver with soft black leather interior. Yummy. The asking price is $28,900. Click here for the listing. Read More
The Mercedes-Benz W110/111 Heckflosse was a very successful model for Mercedes-Benz. One might say it is the first “S” Klasse Mercedes. And since they were so popular, Mercedes offered utility versions of them to be pressed into service as ambulances, funeral cars and just plain family station wagons. Today’s find is quite spectacular if you like that sort of thing. It is in excellent condition inside and out. There were a number of Universal manufacturers and this one was built by Binz. Read More
The Series III V12s represent the end of the line of the historic Jaguar XKE. Jaguar went to the V12 because it couldn’t make the venerable inline-6 work with stringent emission regulations. The first V12s in the Series III provided a slight increase in power with less weight. Quality issues scare people away from these remarkable cars but modern technology came to the rescue and these Jaguars are routinely tamed in the hands of a knowledgeable specialist. This example is a real stunner in British Racing Green with Biscuit interior. Read More
The XK120 was originally intended as a limited-production model, we call them halo cars today, for the new series of sedans powered by the same XK six-cylinder engine. Sales skyrocketed and the XK120 immediately exceeded production capacity. Jaguar replaced the alloy over ash body with an all-steel body, a change that was implemented after the first 240 cars left Jaguar’s factory. Hollywood legends fell for this starlet and Clark Gable was one of the first XK120 owners. Today’s XK120 is also a California car from new. Read More
We really enjoy watching the original British Top Gear on BBC. There was travel special a year or so ago where the 3 hosts (Clarkson, Hammond and May) could choose a car to take across India all the way to the Himalayas. There was a strict budget mind you. Richard Hammond selected a Rolls-Royce like today’s find. Jeremy Clarkson scoffed at the choice and offered this: “If a Rolls-Royce broke down in the factory, they wouldn’t know how to fix it”. Well the Rolls performed brilliantly and the A/C would have worked to the end except Clarkson and May were jealous and disabled it during the night. This isn’t an acquisition to undertake without careful thought and inspection. These are very expensive cars to maintain. Read More
The first Mercedes of the very popular W123 model appeared in September, 1979. This was the 300 TD, available with automatic transmission only. In most markets, the 5-cylinder 3-litre diesel engine was offered only in the T body style, while in North America it was also available in sedan and coupé bodies. These W123 cars are a testament to Mercedes’ legendary build quality. Although not entirely indestructible, they hold up amazingly well. Granted, some of the support systems, apart from the Diesel engine, are more than likely to fail before the engine needs a rebuild and that can get expensive.But there are specialists out there to help you keep a good W123 on the road forever. An increase in driving pleasure came in the 80s with the introduction of the Turbocharged version like today’s example. It is almost impossible to find a low mileage 300TD so one has to be a little suspicious about this 42,000 example. Read More
No, this truck wasn’t owned by Lord Grantham (aka Grand Pa Pa) of Downton Abbey fame. But it was owned by someone’s Grand Dad probably called Gramps. A good many of our readers have something vintage to drag around on a trailer. We know of a few Airstream owners and vintage race car owners too. Some not so vintage. Perhaps the need for a vehicle with good towing chops does not support a $30,000 to $50,000 expenditure.
The Keller years at Chrysler ended in 1955 with the advent of stylish cars like the 1955 Dodge Royal Sierra Custom station wagon. K.T. Keller, corporate president since 1935, liked conservative styling with high rooflines that allowed passengers to keep their hats on. But America wanted sleek, stylish cars and Dodge sales were suffering. Chrysler’s new chief of design, Virgil Exner, really shook things up. His styling was dramatic by 1950s standards. In 1955, Virgil introduced new styling for all Chrysler divisions. Responsibility for the Dodges fell in the capable hands of Maury Baldwin, one of Exner’s young recruits. Read More
The Corvette C3 was patterned after the Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark Concept Car. It was a mid-engine design that excited everyone who saw it. But concept cars are supposed to be pre-cursors of the future. In this case it was, but the mid-engine was ditched in favor of the existing Sting Ray’s layout. Shinoda’s car was sent to Chevrolet Styling, where Harry Haga’s studio adopted it for production. The C3 also adopted the “sugar scoop” roof treatment with vertical back window from a Duntov design. The C3 was accidentally introduced to the motoring public not at some big hoopla reveal at the Detroit Motor Show like this year’s new Sting Ray. Mattel’s Hot Wheels was given permission to release an authorized model of the C3 called the Custom Corvette. Seems they didn’t get the memo on the release date. Fast forward 40 plus years and while you are doing that mentally picture everything that happened in that span of time. Then you’ll appreciate the fact that today’s Corvette offering survived all that while still wearing its factory applied Burgundy (Code 988) paint. Read More
It is difficult to determine the year of manufacture of a Morgan Plus 4 just by looking at it. That isn’t bad or good but it does have the effect of holding back valuations. Few Morgans are manufactured each year but cumulatively, there are quite a few. Yes, there are seminal changes that have occurred like 3 wheels to 4 and flat grilles to waterfall grilles. Today, you can buy a classic Morgan, albeit with all of the modern improvements, that looks very much like a ’65 to the untrained eye. Today’s featured Morgan is an exceptional ’62 Drophead. The seller tells us Morgan only made 450 of them. Read More