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Snakes beware: ’69 DeTomaso Mangusta (8MA 728)

DeTomaso Mangusta

Alejandro DeTomaso had the idea to marry a big American V-8 to his Vallelunga backbone-style chassis. Not a revolutionary idea and he knew that. So he decided it needed to be drop dead beautiful to make a splash. Alejandro met Giorgetto Guigiaro, a young designer at Ghia, and hired him to come up with something beautiful. It came together for the Turin show in 1966 when the Mangusta was unveiled with its mid-mounted Ford V-8 and ZF transaxle. Giugiaro did not disappoint with a spectacular 40-inch high body that included gullwing-type engine covers and an aluminum front bonnet. To this day, some say the Mangusta is one of his finest designs. Only 401 were produced, fewer survived, which adds to the car’s desirability.

DeTomaso MangustaOur Mangusta has been in a private collection for many years. The Mangusta is the more desirable 4-headlight example that is preferred by collectors. Fortunately, the Mangusta appears to have held on to most, if not all of its unique parts. A good thing because sourcing trim items for Italian exotics is never easy. The robust American mechanicals are in good working order and we believe them to be original to the car. At 35,000 miles, you would expect that to be the case. The interior shows minor wear, particularly the pedal box carpeting. The seats and door panels appear in good condition and would benefit by a deep cleaning. Electric window lifts on many Italian exotics are not always the fastest when compared to modern lifts. That is the case with this Mangusta. Slow window lifts in many cases can be cured by some cleaning and lubrication. The Mangusta does come with a spare wheel/tire, but no tool kit or owner’s manual.DeTomaso Mangusta

The asking price is $295,000. The Mangusta is stored at the owner’s facility outside of Boston and can be seen and evaluated by appointment.


SOLD!! Its Time: ’67 Mercedes-Benz 230S aka The Colonel

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The old soldier needs a little more than an updated headline stating SOLD!! What a great project. The Mercedes (aka The Colonel) was just about the coolest car we ever created. From beloved family car to vintage rally car, he was ever the most popular car wherever we went. But it was time to move on.

What we are most happy about is the quality of the new owner. And by that I mean a gentleman racer who competes annually in the Carrera Panamericana! He is a great enthusiast and I couldn’t be happier. He will ship the Mercedes to his home in Mexico City and have it stripped and refinished in the original White Gray color. Then back to Connecticut where he will keep it at his summer home about 20 miles from our home. He plans to continue using the Mercedes in rallies but not the Carrera. Long live the Colonel!

Every car deserves a name. We named our Mercedes – The Colonel. So what’s with The Colonel you ask? Well, we love cars with stories. Originally, a US Army Colonel stationed in Brussels purchased the 230S. It is a European specification model with those gorgeous headlamps. He was transferred to Puerto Rico briefly and shipped the Mercedes with him. From there, it went to Seattle. It stayed in the family until 3 years ago when a M-B fan purchased him with the intention of making it his wife’s daily driver. Most of that story turned out to be bunk. The real story is even better.

Mr. Stanley S. was an accountant and was in fact transferred to Brussels. He decided to marry his love, Maria Mercedes R. and honeymoon in Belgium. He surprised her with the gift of this Mercedes-Benz. They did move to Mercedes’s home in Puerto Rico and did take the Mercedes with them. She loved that car and forced Stanley to spend an inordinate amount of money keeping it in good condition.67-mb230s-hemmings-photo-shoot_17354273604_o

We found it on eBay and unfortunately the Mercedes she treasured until 1999 fell into disrepair. It arrived and actually looked pretty good, was solid as a rock but was undriveable.

67-mb230s-hemmings-photo-shoot_17790599479_oThat signaled the beginning of a systematic rebuild/refresh to make it a reliable and competitive vintage rally car. First things first – get the fuel delivery system clean. The gas tank had to be removed, boiled and re-lined and the entire fuel system cleaned. We added an electronic ignition, all new filters, then a complete fluid/lubrication refresh to benchmark it. The front-end was totally rebuilt and new sub-frame mounts installed. We installed Konis at each corner and set them on firm. All of the brakes replaced including the power brake booster. The exhaust has been modified to save weight and sound cool. A classic Cherry Bomb muffler did the trick.

There was a nasty miss at low rpm under load  so we installed a Weber Carb kit. We decided to install a fully electronic distributor from 123 Ignition. We added an auxiliary cooling fan after getting stuck in Lime Rock Race Track traffic on a 90-degree day. You can’t find decent 13″ tires anymore so we upgraded to 14″. Luckily we found a local M-B dismantler who had a rare set of aluminum rims that weigh less than half of the steelies and look pretty much the same. We’ll be running without wheel covers so they were stripped and painted satin black. After some serious research, we decided to go with Michelin Defenders. Turned out to be a good choice.

mercedes-benz-230s-10-most-memorable-classic-german-cars-of-2013-_20678746503_oWhen all this busy stuff was completed and tested, we moved to the shop run by well-known race car mechanic, John Rogers (now retired). He offered his expertise and his shop to assist in fabricating brackets for rally lights, a new dash panel for switches. We had been collecting vintage parts from around the globe while the first part of the build was underway: Our Cibie Super Oscars are from the UK, the Marchal center light from Germany, well you get the picture. Almost everything we added was period correct. We did add a new tach, an outside temp gauge (to warn us of ice), Butler Maplight and a bunch of USB and Aux power outlets. All of the exterior bulbs were sourced through Daniel Stern Lighting who knows a light bulb isn’t just a light bulb. The final accessory – a Brantz analog rally tripmeter.

While we were in the interior, we restored the Becker Grand Prix to working condition (added iPod adapter), added Sirius Satellite radio, repaired the clock (it should work) and refinished the wood dashboard. We even found a NOS dome light to replace the broken one.67-mb230s-hemmings-photo-shoot_17790600229_o

We were all done a week before The Greenwich Concours. We had no expectation when we submitted the Mercedes to the Greenwich folks but it looked so darn cool, they couldn’t resist. We participated in more rallies and concours and always received a great response. In fact, Hemmings Sports & Exotics decided to do a story on it.

The license plate we run on the front is a copy of the Belgian plate that was originally on the car when it was delivered to Colonel Swanson. We still have the registration so the number is correct. Very cool.autoweek-speaks_17977287931_o

Since the build, we were surprised at how popular The Colonel became. Invitations from The 100 Cars of the Radnor Hunt to the prestigious Carmel by the Sea show (during Monterey week) came in. We’ve participated in annual VSCCA Rallies and a few others, never reaching our objective to compete in an Adventure or Endurance Rally like The Tiger Rally or the South American Challenge. We are confident that with a little bit more effort like adding skid plates and redundant fuel pumps, The Colonel has the chops to start and finish any event he puts his mind too.

Our asking price is $21,000. Call Michael at (203) 917-2354



SOLD!! Forget Miami Vice: ’92 Ferrari 512TR


It has the shape basic shape as the original Ferrari Testarossa Enzo insisted Miami Vice use to replace the fake Ferrari they were using. But Crockett & Tubbs would be impressed with the improved 512TR. The Ferrari Testarossa was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1984. It essentially is a more usable version of the 512BBi Berlinetta Boxer. Ferrari accomplished making room for luggage and reducing cabin temperatures by moving the radiators to the rear of the car. That is why the Testarossa has those massive cooling vents ahead of the rear wheels. Ferraristi call these slats cheese cutters. The Testarossa was always a good performer but it was criticized for being a bit overweight. That was rectified in ’92 with the next generation called the 512TR. And that is what we have here today.


The 512TR shed over 300 pounds!  Under the hood is  a 4.9 liter Colombo Flat-12 engine with four valves per cylinder, forty-eight valves total, lubricated via a dry sump system, and with a compression ratio of 10.00:1.  The new engine gained 38hp to 421hp effectively silencing all critics. The Ferrari 512 TR can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.90 seconds and on to 100 mph in 10.70 seconds. It can complete a standing quarter mile in 13.20 seconds or a standing kilometer in 23.40 seconds. Top speed increased to 195 mph.


They recently acquired this example from a 20 year owner who used it sparingly. They tell us that photos you’ll see in this listing were taken as soon as the car arrived. No car wash, no detailing, attesting to the fine care the car experienced during his stewardship. The car is in good mechanical condition however it should be treated to a thorough mechanical check and a belt service. The 512TR has all of the tools and books from new and a folder with many service receipts. This 512TR is priced fairly considering it has just had a complete engine out service and clutch plate replacement by Auto Turismo Sport’s Sean Sheridan. Buy it and you’ll still be under market as we expect these 512TRs to move faster than the market in the coming years. Just a feeling. Check it out by clicking here.Engine Out Service

Ferrari 512TR


Some New Information – Cute & Fun: ’58 Fiat 600 Multipla

Fiat 600 MultiplaLong awaited auction results in Monterey are starting to come in. We’ll let the experts read the tea leaves but here is one bright star. A ’58 Fiat 600 Multipla in similar condition to our offering sold for $60,500. Cute sells. Make an offer, have fun and make some money doing it.

Let’s turn back the clock to the 1950s when visions of Audrey Hepburn in Rome on a Vespa made her an Oscar winner and Fiat dominated the market for economy-minded buyers. They charmed people into buying their cars with cute styling and willing engines. The Fiat 600 Multipla, was introduced as a station wagon version of the 600, and it was intended to multiply the flexibility of the 600 for the family or as a small commercial vehicle. It was designed around a rear-mounted, water-cooled engine. Because of this layout, Fiat made some bold decisions like rear hinged front doors, large side doors and well, making it look like a little VW Kombi. It became an icon throughout Europe.Fiat 600 Multipla

Our Fiat Multipla 600 is a station wagon version used exclusively to carry people. It was totally restored by the current owner of 15 years. All of the materials used in the restoration appear to be appropriate and remain in excellent condition. This is the Sport version that does not have jump seats and the seats do fold down. Fiat 600 MultiplaThe motor number matches the data plate and performs very nicely, moving the Multipla down the road at close to 60mph!

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The asking price is $45,000Fiat 600 Multipla


SOLD!! Price Reduction – Very Normale: ’62 Alfa-Romeo Sprint Normale

Alfa Romeo Giulia SprintThe Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint and the Giulia that succeeded it are one of the most popular and collectible Alfas on the market. The 2+2 bodywork designed and built by Bertone is seductively beautiful.  The first iteration of the Sprint had a four-speed transmission and column shift; from 1958 that changed to a more modern five speed gearbox and a floor shifter. The Sprint version, with its fastback styling, is a wonderful, long distance touring car with generous interior space for luggage. Approximately 7,100 were produced from ’62 to ’64, roughly 2,000 fewer cars than its roadster stablemate. Therefore the Giulia Sprint is somewhat more difficult to find today in good condition and are prized by Alfisti the world over.18736400750_0b620a0d89_k

We are fortunate to offer a solid, 1962 Giulia Sprint Normale with known history and under the care of a serious Alfa enthusiast for 7 years. Some of the paperwork that survives indicates that it may be, in fact, a black plate California car in the early years. We know this because the current owner has possession of the CA black plate. Oral history (and maybe some documentation) tells us it was owned by an Australian man in California. Allegedly the Alfa participated in the California Mille and perhaps even the Australian Mille. California Mille founder and dealer, Martin Swig, sold the Sprint in 2002 to an enthusiast in Upstate New York. The current owner purchased the Alfa from him 7 years ago.

Before coming east, it was treated to a restoration to a fairly high driver standard. Mechanically, it remains in fine running order and the odometer reads 56,000 miles. The dark blue exterior paint looks good however close inspection will reveal a few flaws that appear to be cracks in the finish. The interior looks as it should with proper materials used throughout. The Sprint has the correct 104hp, 1570 cc, single Solex carburetor motor.

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The NEW price is $50,000.00 and you can call me directly at (203) 417-6856.Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint


Was sold, now it isn’t – Armageddon Machine: ’71 Land Rover Series IIA 109 LWB

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If you are looking for the ultimate wagon for your beach or country home look no further. This LR started out as a working vehicle from a coffee plantation in Cost Rica. It was originally powered by the Land Rover Diesel with the standard Land Rover transmission. At some point it was imported to California. The Land Rover was purchased by a Boulder, Colorado enthusiast who spent several years planning and building this magnificent and extremely capable machine. We believe “Irene” (named after the notorious hurricane) has traveled less than 4,500 miles since the build. In this photo, note the custom galvanized front bumper with a WARN 8,000lb winch with a roller fairlead. Rocky Mountain light guards on the wing mounted lights. 5-bar checker plate on the wings, spring loaded hood hold downs. The snorkel has a pre-cleaner (spinner type) head. The build included a Cummins 4bt Diesel out of a late 90’s delivery truck, rebuilt most of it and installed many new parts in order to have a 100% reliable engine. This engine is what you will find in some Dodge Diesel Pick-ups, FedEx and UPS trucks. This is a great addition to the Rover as it provides lots of power and torque at very low RPM’s. It has a Holset rebuilt turbo, rebuilt injector pump and injectors. The water pump, thermostat, starter, alternator, seals, belt tensioner were replaced.
The engine is mated to a standard Ford bell housing with a standard Ford 11” clutch. There is an external hydraulic clutch slave cylinder. The clutch, slave cylinder and throw out bearing are new. it was treated to new polyurethane motor mounts. The transmission is a rebuilt Borg-Warner T-19 fully synchronized 4 speed. It is a close ratio (made for Diesels). These are bullet proof transmissions and are found in Ford and other brand 1-ton pickup trucks and large dump trucks. The transmission fluid is Lucas synthetic. The engine fits very nicely into the room available. There is a 3-core aluminum radiator with a thermostat controlled 3300cfm fan. K & N air filter and a aluminum turbo intercooler. There is an air intake shut down valve (in case of a runaway engine). 1971_Land_Rover_Series_SII_109_Cummins_Diesel_Modified_Expedition_Vehicle_For_Sale_Engine_resizeThe engine also has a 110v block heater as well as a 12v intake air grid heater. Dual batteries with Cole Hersee isolator to keep winch battery and starter battery separate. The winch has fuse protection under the driver’s seat. Louvered vents on hood provide extra cooling on hot days. The T-19 transmission rebuild was commissioned though Advance Adaptors and is mated to an Ashcroft UK High Ratio transfer case using Advance Adaptors specified output shaft and adaptors. This combination gives you lower rpm’s at highway speeds and keeps the original low range unchanged. A Rocky Mountain cooling fin transfer case cover was installed. The entire transfer case was rebuilt with Land Rover parts to include seals and shims. A new speedometer gear was installed with a new speedometer cable. The standard transfer case drum brake was removed and an X-brake, UK was installed. Fluid in the transfer case is Lucas synthetic. Dedicated start battery had to be relocated with a Coleman Products battery mount and an Optima Yellow top due to the increased length of the driveline from the Advance Adaptors configuration, as well as the transmission/transfer case mount.
That crossmember is now of the removable style. The interior (front) has a custom aluminum dash with Auto Meter gauges. There is a hand throttle and 3-speed heater/defroster as well. The steering wheel is a Grant 16” three spoke wheel with a custom steering column mated to a rebuilt Saginaw Power Steering box.

The adjustable custom bucket seats are quickly removable with captive pins for easy access and there is a lockable aluminum cubby box between the seats. 1971_Land_Rover_Series_SII_109_Cummins_Diesel_Modified_Expedition_Vehicle_For_Sale_Interior_resizeInstruments include: LR original speedometer (restored), Tach, Water Temp, Oil Press, Amps, Fuel level (for both tanks), Manual Electronic fan control (you can shut it off for water crossings and leave it on reduced speed for cool downs when engine is off), rear work light switch, off road light switch, turn signals, head lights, horn button, windshield washer button.Land Rover A 40 channel CB radio attaches under the dash and there is a FM / Ipod / SD Card radio player on the overhead. Both original wiper motors have been rebuilt with a new windshield wiper reservoir and pump. Bulkhead vents have new seals with the original Land Rover screens (keeps bugs from flying in when vents are open on the highway). The bulkhead was media blasted and painted with POR-15 before top coating and is 100% rust free. Interior floorboard, foot well and transmission tunnel area has had bed liner material sprayed on for anti-slip properties. The original fold-down LR back seat has been reupholstered. It has three lap seat belts for three passengers and again the floorboard area has had bed liner material applied for anti-slip properties. Original LR grab bar can be seen behind the front bucket seats. Rear cargo area has also had the bed liner material sprayed on and covered with a removal outdoor carpet mat. Shovel and ax mounted against the driver’s side fender. Locking tool storage area has a jack, lug wrench and other tools.
Land RoverThe original LR Series style sliding rear windows have been removed and the newer Defender rear sliding windows installed. Locking aluminum cubby box and a 15 gallon main tank under floor. The rear door has a third (middle of the door) hinge installed and a custom swing away rear tire carrier welded onto the rear bumper. This totally eliminates any door issues from the weight of the tire typically mounted to the door. A full-length roof rack with ladder is mounted to the roof rack and the roof is a Safari style with vents. A Hella rear work light provides rear illumination and a High-Lift jack is mounted onto the roof rack. Irene has original Land Rover mud flaps and there is a Class V pintle tow hitch. Rocky Mountain rear light guards, snorkel, pre-cleaner, roof rack, Hella lights add to its capability in all adverse road and weather conditions. The front axle is an extremely rare LR Salisbury (DANA 60 manufactured under license by LR). All US made DANA 60 parts interchange. This NOS (new old stock) axle was purchased in the US from a dealer who imported it from the Dunsfold Collection, UK. Standard LR swivels balls and seals, with a Bear Mach disc brake kit installed with all new steel and rubber brake lines front and rear. Land RoverThe front end was treated to Rancho steering stabilizer and front shocks and new tie and steering rods, Mile Marker free-wheeling hubs, fresh bearings in wheel hubs and steering knuckles. Axle wading tube was specified. The LR original frame was media blasted, inspected and then modified for the engine swap and also to accept the LR 1-ton spring packs all around. After the modification it was painted with two coats of POR-15 paint. LR drive shaft that was custom re-made by Bud’s Spring Works in Lancaster, PA, when transmission was rebuilt. New custom front drive shaft. It has an axle ratio of 4.70:1, no locker or limited device. Rear axle is also a Salisbury unit from LR. It has new bearings in the wheel hubs and new brake pads in the drums. tumblr_meeyv1iS4U1r8pyt5Differential has new pinion and rear seal. Front and rear spring packs are new LR 1-ton leaf springs, with LR Military Shackles, all new bushings. All four driving tires (and spare) are McCreary Super Lug 9.00 x 16LT bias ply tires. They are load range D. These tires are 36.3” overall diameter. All five tires are mounted are onto the bullet proof LR NATO/Wolf rims. Tires have better than 80% tread left, no cuts. They are balanced. During the current owner’s stewardship, the Rover was treated to a few more refinements including modifying the seats to make access to the spare fuel tank and battery more accessible and a beautiful set of custom front seats. The Rover is located in Litchfield County, Connecticut with an asking price of $38,000. You could not build one like this for that kind of money. Call Michael at Mint (203) 417-6856.

Here are a few videos produced by the previous owner (does not reflect the new custom front seats)


Major Price Reduction – Get one now: ’89 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

Mercedes-Benz 560SLI know a few really smart people who are “buying” in on the notion that the last year R107 Mercedes Roadster is the next “it” car. Here is why. Mercedes management decreed that all future SLs (Sport Leicht) after the 280SL would be V-8s. So a long procession of R107 bodied cars began with a 450SL, then a 380SL (yuk) and finally a 560SL (yeah). In the 560SL, Mercedes got it all just right, offering essentially bullet-proof reliability, great power, and elegant good looks. The 560SL combined all that Mercedes learned about the V-8, R107 chassis cars into a cultural icon that quietly and confidently told the world its occupants had “arrived.” Standard equipment included driver’s side airbag and ABS brakes. Interior improvements for the 560SL included burlwood accents, improved lateral seat back support, and a power passenger side mirror. Mercedes-Benz 560SLWe understand that there are literally hundreds of R107 convertibles offered at any given time, and you should be careful when considering one. They can eat you out of bratwurst if you aren’t. So buy the best one you can, one that is serviced regularly and garage kept. Also look for a clean CarFax and little, if any, bodywork. A car that the seller says has “new leather” means it was beat to death. Run in the other direction. Mercedes leather wears like iron. So we got a call yesterday from a nice man. He and his wife, loyal Mercedes-Benz owners, bought this one new 27 years ago. It has been serviced regularly and currently has no issues what so ever. And get this – the sheepskin seat covers came off for the first time when he took the pictures a few days ago. So the leather is blemish-free. We love the color mainly because it is the same as our beloved ’87 300SDL. We think in the R107 world, the color is called Light Fawn (DN441). The luscious interior is Palomino. After 27 years it has covered only 70,000 miles. That is relatively low for any car but extremely low for a durable engine like the one in a 560SL. It has a hard top and a brown canvas soft top as it should. Now Hagerty has the valuations for these roadsters in a vertical trajectory. And this appears to be a number 2, “driver” status, car (we haven’t seen it in the flesh). And since it has all original paint to boot, you can’t go wrong with the asking price of $27,500 PRICED REDUCED TO $22,000. Call me and we can talk about it. Michael at Mint2Me (203) 417-6856. The car is located in New Jersey.
Mercedes-Benz 560SL


The Colonel…again.

Our beloved ’67 Mercedes-Benz 230S makes the papers once again. And this time for no other reason that he is very photogenic. The publication is the September, special 10th anniversary issue of Hemmings Sports and Classics. The photographer deserves all the honors for hanging out of the back of a Ford Flex with me a few feet from his camera lens going 35mph. “brilliantly fun”, Terry Shea says of The Colonel. We agree.Mercedes Benz Heckflosse


SOLD!!! Good start: ’74 Ferrari 308GT4

Ferrari 308GT4The once unloved 308GT4 is finally getting some love. Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 spent years is the doldrums suffering in the hands of entry-level owners who, in many cases, had their eyeballs yanked out of their sockets when the first estimates for minor and major service were presented. For this reason, many 308s were poorly maintained and restored on a shoe string. Now that the 308 has been discovered, finding a good one at a fair price has become difficult. If you want one (and you should), you’ll have to look at 10 cars (probably more) to find the right one and getting to 10 can take a long time. Sports Car Market has really nice 308GT4s trading around $60,000 but they are hard to find in that condition. So I guess the burden of finding a nice one that will appreciate falls on a buyer who isn’t afraid to spend a little bit of money on a car with good bones. Today’s offering might be that car. 19083678859_30a7b2fced_kThe previous owner has a lot of experience in the Ferrari world and purchased this 308GT4 to take some pressure off his PF Cabriolet. That was in 1997. After a 13 years of happy motoring, the owner embarked on a full engine and transaxle rebuild. Needless to say, that cost a bundle. But as time passed, the 308 became a little too difficult to get in and out of so the Ferrari sat, unused, after completing around 250 miles. The engine is fresh and strong and there is a video of it revving freely after a detailed inspection and a few turns of the adjustment screws in the carbs. The body needs some attention. It has some bubbles in various places and will eventually need to be stripped and refinished properly. The interior is pretty decent but a few trim pieces need to be glued and dyed. The seller says the wheels need to be checked and refinished before you do any serious road work. Something about high magnesium content and porosity. This is an eBay auction with a Buy It Now at $38,500.00. That leaves enough in the bank to do the cosmetics or forget the concours circuit and drive the hell out of it. Click here for the eBay listing.


Ferrari 308GT4


Bug Me: ’66 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

VolkswagenIf you have been a reader of Mint2Me for a while, you already know we like rally cars. We created one out of a “grocery gettter” Mercedes-Benz 230S and it continues to perform well on the road and at car shows. On occasion, we think about what our next project might be and it is split between a ’65 Mustang K-Code Notchback and a VW Beetle. So here it is, my friends, the perfect candidate to make a really cool rally car for not a lot of money – a ’66 VW Beetle. VW RallyAnd not just any Beetle, one with service records from the day it left the dealer. The current owner is one of the most talented Ferrari mechanics in the country. He loves it and wishes he could keep it. But alas, priorities force the sale. The paint looks great in pictures but it is acceptable. It is the correct color and you won’t know it isn’t concours-ready covered in mud. 20150616_160757We are telling you, this is the cheapest way to get into any event and have a blast. Mechanically sound with some cool period Empi accessories, you can steal this at $10,000. Maybe a rally car isn’t you thing? Drive it to the station in any weather just like the Doyle Dane Bernbach commercial. Call me like now at (203) 917-2354.20150616_160632


Where have we been?

Frankly, we’ve been finding our way in the clutter of Internet classic car marketing. We thought we could do it better than most and I think we made a good effort. Researching and writing Mint and featuring cars for people we didn’t know was fun for a while. Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.46.28 PMBut when the rubber hits the road, the cash register needs to ring. So we sought out a partner that will feed us rare and desirable cars offered no where else but their website and Mint2Me. Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.48.59 PMThat will mean fewer cars but more extraordinary cars like the inaugural rebirth offering – the ’57 AC Ace. Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.42.06 PMWe should be featuring a few cars each week. Not as many as before granted. But they will be cool and my analysis will be pithy and honest. Pure Mint.

Now, if you are looking for a special car that you think we might be able to source, give us a call or write an email.


Michael Maddalena


SOLD!!!- – “An Ace’s Ace”: ’57 AC Ace

AC AceThe title of this post sports a lot of “Aces”. Here is why…

Only 266 AC Ace powered cars were produced and few come to market in any given year. Today we are proud to present for your consideration AC Ace AEX-221. For 45 years and under the watchful eye of an experienced owner, this rare Ace has been lightly used and carefully maintained. Originally delivered in Paris to an American airman by the name of Capt. J. M. Glickstein (could he be an Ace too?).AC Ace

The Ace was returned to the US in the early ’60s. Oral history tells us the Ace went from the Captain possibly to a Sergeant Tanner from Upstate New York. When the current owner purchased the Ace, it was unpainted and on a trailer.  Restored in the late ’70s with a rebuilt, matching number motor, and now sporting red paint with black trim, the Ace has traveled only a few thousand miles and remains in good driver form.

Perry Ace RearWhat the owner didn’t know is that the Ace was originally a rare, special order silver with blue trim. The Ace is already a rarity but a silver Ace is especially rare. The lucky next owner will undoubtedly return the Ace to original color specifications and be welcome at any event anywhere in the world. The mechanicals are in good form having traveled perhaps 3,000 miles in 45 years. The current owner also tells us that the Moss gearbox functions like a Moss gearbox. In other words, no 1st gear synchro and no speed shifting into 2nd! The asking price is $195,000. Ace prices are being pulled along by million dollar Cobra prices. In case you haven’t noticed the resemblance, the AC Ace caught the attention of Carroll Shelby who had a good eye for a good chassis. A deal was struck and the Cobra was born of Ace DNA. Now getting back to the asking price – in 2012, a Bristol-powered Ace in rare silver sold at auction for $308,000 including buyer’s premium. Call me, Michael Maddalena, at (203) 917-2354.


SOLD!! – Go have some fun: ’61 MGA

MGA 1600
We just returned from Amelia Island Concours where every car within eye sight is just freaking perfect. Now we are confident that many, if not all, of these cars are fun to own and drive. Not sure how many owners would drive these beauties into town to pick up a something for dinner but I am sure there are a few who still treat them like cars. If you are lucky enough to own a perfect collectible car and want something fun that you can really enjoy, consider this ’61 MGA 1600. It is inexpensive and a ton of fun. The ’61s have a 1600cc motor and front disc brakes – both a welcome upgrade. This example has a had a bunch of work done recently at Auto Turismo Sport and that made it into a nice driver-quality car that offers some degree of reliability. But it is British and old so let us just say the odds of you returning home without issue have improved dramatically. Read More


Ex-Prince Ruspoli: ’61 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder

Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder
The Maserati 3500 GT Coupe was designed by chief engineer Giulio Alfieri. It was developed from the AG6 of 1946, which was offered only as a rolling chassis. The chassis evolved during the 1960s and eventually gave birth to the Sebring and Mistral. The 3500 GT with the twin-plug, 3.5-liter inline-six could top 140 mph. The 3500 GT, sports a ZF all-synchro four-speed gearbox, a Salisbury axle, Alford and Adler front suspension, and Girling brakes. Mechanical developments continued throughout production, with a five-speed ZF gearbox optional in 1960 and made standard the next year. Three options were added in 1960 – front disc brakes, center-lock Borrani wire wheels, and a limited-slip differential. The rarest factory version of the 3500 GT was the Spyder, which was bodied by Alfredo Vignale on a slightly shortened 100-inch wheelbase chassis. Read More


SOLD!! – Love Story: ’51 MG TD

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The MG TC, and this version, the TD, is the reason why we have sports cars here in the United States. Okay, so that is a bit of a hyperbole but we hope you get the point. It seems American service men & service women fell in love with these little cars and brought them back here in droves. MG finally took advantage of the popularity and brought them in themselves. Cars make a name for themselves when they are featured in movies. We have Bond’s Aston Martin, the Saint’s Volvo 1800S and the Alfa Romeo from the Graduate. Today, we have an MG, albeit a TD, that was represented in the movie Love Story. Oliver Barrett IV was disowned by his wealthy father when he married a regular person, Jennifer Cavalleri. They fell in love and tooled around Boston in a TC all year round. See dies (not from pneumonia) and Oliver gets to deliver the famous line to his father: “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Read More