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Sunny Floride: ’59 Renault Caravelle Cabriolet

Some cars get designed, prototyped and built without much fanfare. There are exceptions of course. Probably many but we don’t think many Mint readers know the history of the birth of Renault’s Karmann Ghia competitor, the Renault Floride/Caravelle. Since we have been honored to have an exclusive on perhaps one of the nicest early cars, we thought we might have to go into the weeds and find out more about it. The executives from Renault decided to make a fact-finding trip to the USA back in the ’50s. They met with dealers in key markets and everywhere they went, dealers asked for a competitor to the Karmann Ghia. When Pierre Dryfus and Fernand Picard returned home, they placed a call to Luigi Segre at Ghia. prototypeWith a fat contract from VW already in hand, Segre had to work the system to stay involved in the project. Dryfus handed over an in-house sketch of the direction they wanted the “GT” to go. Now this is where we get a little fuzzy. Ghia hires none other than Virgil Exner to design the car. It isn’t that Virgil Exner but his son Virgil Exner, Jr. If you want more historic information (because it gets a little crazy with the addition of Frua to the project) follow this link Renault Caravelle/Floride History. 14964489835_7456ae63ef_kThe first Renault Ghia fighter is introduced to the US market in 1959 and is known as the Renault Floride in honor of the Florida location Dryfus first visited on his US trip. In 1962 the Floride was updated and the name changed to Caravelle. What we have here as an exclusive is a rare first year Floride that for some reason has Caravelle badging on the side. Perhaps in the restoration someone thought it a good idea to update the name? No worries though because the car is spectacular what ever you want to call it. It is a fully restored show winning car in a beautiful Bronze color with 2-tone interior. 14777811240_f02b7e3182_kIt has maintained many original parts that are probably very difficult to obtain and sports the original radio. The tires are skinny bias-ply wide whites in excellent condition. The top too is near perfect and is easy to erect. Mechanically the car is well sorted for summer time rides to the yacht club. You just don’t see many survivors that have been treated to a restoration of this caliber. And you certainly won’t see yourself coming and going at the next Cars & Coffee. The asking price is $29,900 and that is much less than a VW Karmann Ghia Convertible or a cutesy Fiat Jolly would be in similar condition. But this one is rare and has that French flair we have all come to love. Call (914) 217-4817

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Drive it: ’67 Ferrari 330GTC

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The 330/365 GTC is on almost every Ferraristi’s list of the one of most beautiful production Ferraris ever. It’s taught lines and muscular looks are the stuff dreams are made of. According to the Ferrari Market Letter, 597 of the 330s were built between ’66 and ’68. The V-12 boasts 300 hp nestled in a chassis similar to the 275 GTB. Today’s 330 GTC is the kind of Ferrari you want to have around. We know this car very well and have had a chance to drive it on occasion. It is very well sorted, cosmetically appealing and a kick to drive. The kind of condition that allows you to drive the car frequently without fear of getting a nick here or there. It is originally Silver with black leather/red carpets and equipped with factory A/C and power windows. Read More

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A Mint Exclusive: ’62 BMW 700 Cabriolet

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We featured a rare 700 Cabriolet a few months ago and a nearly identical twin has popped onto the market and ours exclusively.

The 700 is one of several models credited with having rescued BMW from being swallowed up by Mercedes-Benz. When production ended, over 188,000 had been produced, and that level of commercial success enabled the company, supported by a major shareholder named Herbert Quandt, to block the threatened take-over. The cutesy styling was by Giovanni Michelotti – with a little resemblance to the Triumph Herald. A coupé and a cabriolet like today’s featured car, were also produced, with bodies made by Karosserie Baur of Stuttgart.  Read More

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Sold, Sold, Sold! Exclusive: ’83 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbo with 4,100 miles

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One of our Mint readers snapped this one up in a hurry. Congrats to Buyer. It is a spectacular car. One likely we’ll never see again.

Yup. You read it correctly it has only 4,100 original miles and it is spectacular. I drove it and it even smells like new. I am sure that if you took a nice example with maybe 150,000 miles and sent it to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center it would cost you about $100,000 to make it this nice. That is not a shot at the Classic Center by the way. They deserve whatever they get. What makes this car even more special (if that is possible), is the color and trim. It is a very desirable Anthracite Gray Metallic with tan M-B Tex interior.

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Fewer listings…but better?

Since we’ve moved into our office at Auto Turismo Sport we find ourselves busier than ever. ATS has been in business since ’68 and many of their clients have been with them from the start. And what a diverse client list. photo-1-565x423There is a long-term MGTD owner who knows he has to sell but can’t bring himself to let it go, a well-known author who treasures the ’62 TR3 that he bought new and then there are the multi car folks. Not so much collectors because they drive the heck out their cars. In fact one client drove his ’57 Maserati 200si in the rain to ATS for a “nut & bolt” (race prep). How cool is that.

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Meeting all of these clients allows us to make some important connections that will lead to more and more extraordinary listings. So our Mint2Me business model has morphed into something different from intended. We are no longer a daily that posts cars that interest us and our readers (one of our favorites, BaT, posts a ton of stuff lately). We will be more selective. That does not mean we won’t feature your car when you find the nerve to part with it. On the contrary. If it makes it on Mint, it will be in front of readers with the resource to buy. We welcome your comments as usual.

Ferrari 512BBi engine coming out for service

Ferrari 512BBi engine coming out for service

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Ours: ’08 Volkswagen GTI

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Every once in a while you’ll see one of our personal cars come up on Mint. Why? Because our cars are Mint after all. We bought the GTI new from our local VW dealer here in Connecticut. We have all of the service records and original documents. It has been great to us and we have enjoyed every mile of the 92,000 we’ve accumulated. It is adult owned, unmodified, never raced and always garaged. Just recently, we performed the required timing belt change along with the water pump. And just last week, we serviced the A/C and recharged it using the new equipment at Auto Turismo Sport. It is mechanically perfect. Read More