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Bandito: ’54 Lincoln Capri Tribute

Lincoln CapriThe 1954 Carrera Panamericana was the fifth and final running of the Carrera Panamaricana Mexican sports car racing event. The race was won overall by Umberto Magioli in a Ferrari 375. Ray Crawford and Enrique Iglesias won the over-3500 stock car class in a ’54 Lincoln. Now that should be part of the Lincoln Rebirth Campaign instead of a shadowy image of our dearly departed President in a stovepipe hat. Read More


Elvis had one…really: ’61 MGA 1600 Roadster


MGA 1600One of our favorite Elvis movies is Blue Hawaii. Elvis is seen driving a red MGA in a good portion of the early scenes in the movie. MGA legend has it that Elvis liked it so much he bought it. It is now part of the permanent collection of Elvis cars at Graceland. The MGA is the quintessential British sports car. And the 1600 is one of the nicer versions. It has 78 hp and disc brakes up front. Read More


Fly in, drive home: ’76 Triumph TR-6

Triumph TR-6

In its lifespan, over 86,000 Triumph TR-6s were exported. Not bad for a British sports car. The TR-6 styling is much like the TR-4/TR-250. Michelotti was hired to give it a face and tail lift and their work has been universally admired. The Kamm-tail Michelotti used was a popular design trend in the ’70s. There are tons of TR-6s available everyday in the marketplace, so why did this one catch our eye? Read More


Franco-Italiano: ’72 Citroen SM

Citroen SM

This was some kind of car back in the day. So much so, it won the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. We know what unique cars Citroens are. That’s exactly why its fans are so passionate. And the SM is the most extreme and its fans the most passionate. We don’t mean extreme in a bad way. In fact, you have to hand it to Citroen for not caring how other car companies did things. They emulated no one. Brake pedals in regular cars? – oui. Brake pedals in Citroens? – non. They have a button shaped like a mushroom to do the job. Read More


Be an Alfisti: ’84 Alfa Romeo GTV-6

Alfa Romeo GTV-6

Alfa was having some hard times during the development of the GTV. They wanted it to be perfect when it came to market. They get an A for effort. Like all new models, it had some quirks and most of them were resolved by 1984. Unfortunately, Porsche’s 944 was introduced at the same time so competition was tough. Today’s featured GTV-6 is a bit unusual for us. Read More


Conserve or Restore?

GT40This question always solicits opinions. Of course, the answer depends on the significance of the vintage car we are talking about. Or does it? There is no right or wrong answer.  We came across this YouTube video that demonstrates how the Ford Motor Museum deals with one of its most significant residents – particularly when its damaged in shipping.



The New York Auto Show

Mint's intrepid reporter, Evan G., chatting up Irv Gordon at the Volvo Exhibit.

Mint’s intrepid reporter, Evan G., chatting up Irv Gordon at the Volvo Exhibit.


We always enjoy attending Press Days at The New York Auto Show. We get to meet old friends and see all of the new cars without crowds and with all of their removable parts intact. Not too much on the vintage side except we ran into our old friend Irv Gordon at the Volvo Exhibit. In case you don’t know Irv, he is the Guinness Book of Records holder for high mileage passenger cars. He is 8,732 miles away from hitting 3 million miles in a Volvo P1800 he bought new from Volvoville on Long Island. We do not know how many Waffle House stops that translates to.dyr-irv-main-photo-v5


Got the Willys: ’46 Willys Jeep CJ 2A

Jeep CJ2A

Production of the Willys B, better known as Jeep, began in 1941, shared between Willys, Ford and American Bantam which had initiated the original Jeep body design. 8,598 units were produced that year, and 359,851 units were produced before the end of WW II. In total, 653,568 military Jeeps were eventually manufactured. The origin of the name “Jeep” has been debated for many years. Some people believe “Jeep” is a phonetic pronunciation of the abbreviation GP, from “General Purpose”, that was used as part of the official Army nomenclature. Read More