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. There 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
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
Pininfarina designed some lovely Spiders for Fiat and the 124 is probably the nicest. The 124 Spider/Coupe was a lower price and lower performance alternative to Alfa Romeo. When introduced in 1966, the car sported a 1500 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine that over the years went up and down in displacement several times. Most of the cars sold in the U.S. were equipped with a single Weber carburetor. What a sweet little engine it is. Read More
The Giulietta Sprint is fast becoming one of the most sought after event cars. After all it is an Alfa Romeo and a beautiful jewel of a coupe. They used to be inexpensive but that is no longer the case. What we have here today is a retired race car, rally car and street car. Don’t mistake the retired part for a shot at its condition. the seller tells us it was restored after it was retired. Read More
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. Read More
By the late 1960s, the 912 was overdue for replacement. It was based on the 911 so it became pretty costly to build and competition from the Datsun 240Z made the 912 look like a wimp. Porsche had strong ties to VW so they collaborated on a new mid-engine car called the 914. It was badged as a VW-Porsche in Europe. It was known as a Porsche in the US but never carried the Porsche crest on the hood. Like what Ferrari did with the first Dino. It was not as sleek in styling as a 911 but it avoided most of the drawbacks of the typical mid-engine layout. The base VW-derived engines gave adequate performance and the handling is sharp with terrific brakes and phenomenal steering. Read More
This is one of the most curious listings we have featured in a long time. The seller tells us virtually nothing about the vehicle he/she is selling preferring to tell us the history of the G-wagen. We get the strategy a little bit but come on, we are hooked and want to know more! Hey, if you stopped to look at the listing you already know about the legendary prowess of the “G”. What we are told is that this example is a no-frills Wolf Commando version. And that is a very cool thing. Read More
We featured a really sweet, original owner, low miles X/19 (actually a Bertone), early in 2013 It turned out to be one of our most popular listings. It still gets hits even though it was sold almost instantly to new owners in California (they flew in to Detroit and drove it home). Today’s X1/9 as about the same amount of miles as our earlier listing at a remarkable 23,000 miles. This one is in yellow with some unfortunate decals that hopefully can be removed without incident. The interior suffered some splits in the original vinyl and the covers were upgraded to leather. The originals are included. Read More
We found this one on Craigslist and we have found Porsches on the “list” to be a bit sketchy. But one never knows does one? That’s part of the fun. It is a former California car, discovered by the seller in a NY State garage with 48,000 miles and then shipped to Boulder, Colorado. With 911s, rust is a killer and this one is said to have original pans in good condition. It is silver and has a Certificate of Authenticity and that takes a little bit of the sting out of it being on C’list. The ad is intelligently written as well. Read More
You had your When you walked into a Porsche dealer back in the 70s you had a choice. We not talking slantnose or wide body either. You could go mild with a T and wild with an S but if you could swing it, you probably decided an E was best. Sure, if you kept it, the S would be your best investment but the car isn’t as much fun to live with as an E. An E is civilized and prized by Porsche fans. Today’s find is yet another example of having an office in a shop that fixes great cars. This E has been in Auto Turismo Sport and has become a favorite daily driver for the dealer who is offering it for sale. Read More
A **** is a rating given by Sports Car Market Magazine. They rate collector cars based on the rated car’s ability to continue in a valuation trend, stay steady or even decrease in popularity. It doesn’t get any better than this rating for today’s Lancia. We know this one because it was discovered in Connecticut and we spotted it on a flatbed across from our office. Natty and tired but more important, it is all there (except the original seats. Good catch reader fiatosca!). A little background on these wonderful cars: If Princess Grace (Kelly) came back to life as a car, I think it would be this Lancia. A sad analogy since she died in a car crash but it does work here. The Lancia Aurelia Convertible, although small and unpretentious, is one of the most elegant and well-engineered cars of the period. When the Aurelia B20 Coupe was unveiled it was the most superbly engineered car ever. In fact, the B20, was third in the 1951 Mille Miglia and another was second in the 1952 event, splitting two Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupes. Read More
We have the pleasure of caring for a similar TR3A for a well-known author who happens to be the original owner. We stored it for the winter and did a few odds and ends to get it back in shape for summer fun. There is nothing like a fine running English sports car from the early ’60s. They are so simple and purpose-built to offer the driver the most fun per mile. Today’s find has the same feel of our author’s car. Not perfect but presentable and in good running order. Read More
The Nigerian government bought forty Mark IXs, painted in the Nigerian state colors of green and white. The large Jaguars of the 1950s were sufficiently popular in western Africa that “Jagwah” survives in as a colloquialism for “smart man-about-town”. Normally we wouldn’t be thrilled with any Vintage Jaguar with an automatic but it seems apropos with this car given the luxury and comfort it offers it passengers. The automatic is a Borg-Warner unit with some quirky gear selection lever on the dash that allows the gearbox to stay in 2nd gear. Read More
The Big Healey is pretty rare compared to many other collectible cars but there usually isn’t a shortage of available examples to look at. Most have been treated (mistreated) to a total or partial restoration of varying degree of quality. So it takes a good eye when scanning hundreds of pictures to recognize a good solid, original example. Then you read a bit further and you discover it has 31,000 miles on it since new. Read More
Vintage pickups are on fire. Well, don’t take that literally. If you follow the Mecum or Barrett-Jackson Auctions on the TV you’ll agree with our statement. After all, it is a classic vehicle you really have a use for. Those of us who live in the country will attest to the need for a truck every once in a while. Why spend a ton of money on a new Dodge Ram for those occasional trips to the recycling center when you can do it in a vintage truck. You are going to the recycling center aren’t you? So why not re-use a truck? Read More