It didn’t take John Z. DeLorean long to secure a Pontiac version of Chevy’s Camaro. Of course all of that haggling was done with product planners years before either car was introduced. The big differentiator between brands at GM was standard equipment or in Detroit terms – luxury. Therefore the Firebird was more deluxe right out of the box. The engine option list grew year-by-year and you could order a unique to Pontiac OHC 6 all the way up to 400cid in a variety of flavors. We are big fans of the early Firebirds and rarely do we find one that makes us say yes. Read More
Do you think anyone will be moved to write a song about a Toyota Prius? A Prius just doesn’t stir up the same emotion as cars from the 50s and 60s. “Hey little Cobra”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Little GTO” and of course the Beach Boys’ “409″ were songs inspired by cars that were exciting to look at, listen to, drive and be seen in. Today’s featured car is just stunning and since we are considered Ford guys by many, that says a lot. Everything about it screams “buy me and I will make you whole.” What else would you want in a car? It’s has a 4-speed, a great motor, fully restored and vetted by numerous shows with awards. Read More
Collectors and enthusiasts have long recognized the coolness of a good Porsche 930 Turbo. But like BAM! Prices for good examples of air-cooled Turbos have gone ballistic. We know of a very desirable 3.6 liter ’94 selling for well over $100,000 and we are sure there are more. Today’s find is a Euro-spec car Federalized in ’88 by a Porsche dealer for the second owner. According to the listing it has passed California Smog every year except the one that said “it’s time for a rebuild.” That rebuild was performed at Andial Porsche a well-known entity. It has covered only 3,000 miles since. We like the relatively unusual color combination that matches the Certificate of Authenticity. Read More
If the seller’s description of this 105 Coupe (or as it is referred to in its native tongue, scalino) is accurate -”runs great, little rust” – then this could be one to check out. Let’s go to Wiki: The Giulia Sprint GT Veloce was very similar to the original Giulia Sprint GT. It featured minor modifications to the engine, providing just 3 bhp more power, but significantly improved torque. It can be most easily distinguished from other models by the following features:
- Badging as per Giulia Sprint GT, with two additions: Round enamel badges on the C-pillar with a Green quadrifoglio (cloverleaf) on an ivory background, and chrome “Veloce” script on rear panel.
- Grille with black mesh and 3 horizontal chrome bars.
- Dashboard with tilted flat panel as on the Giulia Sprint GT but with imitation woodgrain instead of grey crackle finish (first seen on the GT 1300 Junior).
- Front seats revised to a mild “bucket” design.
- Grille heart has 7 bars instead of 6.
- Stainless steel bumpers, as opposed to the chromed mild steel bumpers on the Giulia Sprint GT. The bumpers are the same shape, but made in two pieces (front) and three pieces (rear) with small covers hiding the joining rivets.
Early Giulia Sprint GT Veloces featured the same Dunlop disc brake system as the Giulia Sprint GT. Later cars replaced this with the ATE disc brakes as pioneered on the GT 1300 Junior in 1966. The ATE brakes featured an interesting and more effective handbrake system on the rear brakes, which incorporated drum brakes inside the disc castings.
A total of 14,240 Giulia Sprint GT Veloces were made before production finished.
We owned a ’70 GT Junior until recently and Alfa continued using the Scalino body to differentiate it from its more powerful cousins. Whatever engine is under the bonnet, the body style is near perfection. If you want an early step nose GT you are forced into chasing any lead no matter how obscure or uninformed the ad is. And this is one of those cases where you need to be really careful. The seller admits rust in the usual places but not how much and where. The price is good (too good?) if the rust isn’t bad. The interior looks right and the same goes for the body. Click here for the listing.
On March 18, 1933, Studebaker entered receivership. The company had been struggling with its debts, exacerbated by the problems of the Great Depression, but would manage to make a resurgence. It would, however, be dogged by financial problems until its final demise in 1966. Sherwood Egbert arrived as Studebaker’s new president in 1961.
Egbert’s halo car was the Avanti. While Brook Stevens was updating bread & butter models, Egbert recruited industrial designer Raymond Loewy who had considerable auto design experience. Egbert knew what the new car should look like. Loewy took Egbert’s vision and sequestered his highly talented team in a rented desert ranch house near Palm Springs.
Loewy gave his men instructions that established the Avanti’s design theme, such as “Coke-shape a must” and “wedgy silhouette.” Egbert wasn’t a “car guy,” but knew a winner when he saw one. He was delighted with the car, and Studebaker’s board approved its construction just five weeks after Loewy’s team began work on it. No major American automaker had ever done a car so quickly. The Avanti was rushed into production making the decision to go fiberglass the only option.
The Volvo longroof 1800ES has become very popular among hobbyists who enjoy life. You see this is one of the rare collectible cars that is practical for the daily use. Of course there are other choices like an Aston Martin Shooting Brake but the Volvo is much more practical. We have featured quite a few 1800ES Volvos over the past year and they seem to sell fairly quickly. Read More
These early Datsun Roadsters are finally getting the love they deserve. The really early cars like today’s find is prized because, among other things, the interior has a more period look to it. It has toggle switches and a beautiful dash with round gauges. These pre-68 cars are known as low-screen cars because their windshields are lower. They are prized by Datsun aficionados. Today’s 1600 was owned by the seller’s Grandfather. Read More
Really early Porsches are prized by collectors. One would assume that although they are not the most fully developed versions, their purity of design trumps all. Early Jaguar E-Types fall in the same category. They aren’t as nice to drive as versions a few years down the road. Today’s find is a rare 3-gauge, painted dash 912. Again, some don’t think that should make a 912 more valuable, but others do. The only photo provided depicts what appears to be one nice looking example finished in a very pleasant and fairly rare Gulf Blue. Read More
The 1966 Cadillac Coupes are particularly restrained in their styling. Stacked headlights were popular and complimented the uninterrupted look down the side. Curved and frameless glass was introduced too. Cadillac engineers were not shy about size with an overall length of 224 inches. Incredibly, Caddies got even longer before sanity and fuel economy ruined everything. Power came from a 429 cid, 340 horsepower V8 that provided an effortless driving experience. Today’s find has rare 4-way power bucket seats. Read More
Everyone loves a car with wood. We love wood on our dashboards and door panels but there were days when our cars were made with wood. By ’48 when this Town & Country was built, wood was on the way out. Wood was becoming too costly to work with and steel prices were more reasonable. But aren’t we glad they were built? Today’s find was originally built for the Breyers Ice Cream Company and spent its life shuttling the family and executives around town. It is all original and unrestored. We are talking paint and interior. Read More
With our office now located at Auto Turismo Sport, we see lots of new acquisitions by owners who have not seen nor requested a thorough PPI prior to purchase. That, dear readers, is Russian roulette, vintage car style. Some are lucky and get what they expected but in most cases there are surprises. Big surprises. Like “no floors in my new Porsche” surprises. In most cases, you have very little recourse for cars that are misrepresented. So you have to suck it up and lose some money. Read More
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