Rare cars are fun for a number of reasons. They usually have a cool story or their rarity is based on limited production and high cost. Then there is the mass-market, volume car that just has a unique set of options. So, some rare cars, like a Ferrari 500 Superfast, were special ordered by the Aga Kahn (don’t you just love that name?) and the volume cars were ordered at a dealer in downtown Sheboygan by a guy named Al who just wanted to go fast. Today’s featured car is probably Al’s. The Aga Kahn apparently didn’t like blue. So here we have a sedate looking 4-door sedan in a subdued color, selected primarily to blend in with traffic we surmise. Why is it so interesting? Read More
Almost everyone who likes sports cars likes the Triumph TR6. The Michelotti designed body has aged well and remains quite handsome. They were very successful and sold well here in the states.Today, TR6s are popular recreational sports cars. What we see very frequently are spent TR6s either in red or green that have been treated to a rattle can restoration and presented as fully restored. That is the fate of many high volume sports cars. But that also does not diminish their desirability. You just have to persist until you find the right one. Read More
The Isetta really has a great story. It was born the brainchild of Renzo Rivolta of Iso refrigerator fame. He thought a nice, small microcar would be a big seller. His engineers designed the little bubblecar with a front-hinged door and it was introduced in 1953 as the Iso Isetta. It was propelled by a small 9.5 hp motorcycle engine and had chain-drive through a 4-speed transmission. Read More
It takes a lot of guts to open your checkbook and order a color-to-sample Porsche in RS Orange. We can assume that the original owner was not an introvert. We are going out on a limb here by saying if this car was let’s say a Lamborghini Gallardo, people might have funny things to say about the person driving it. But on a Porsche, it seems just right. This is a true supercar you can drive everyday. It has decent trunk space up front and room for more behind the front seats. Did we say it is stupid fast?
We have lots of early Porsche 911s on Mint. Actually, we have lots of Porsches in general. Are we in the tank for all things from Stuttgart? Guilty as charged. We had an Albert Blue Coupe last week and we didn’t think we would spot another early 911 Coupe in workable condition so soon but we did. This is a ’69 Coupe with S options from the factory. Read More
We continually post fine examples of uncut, original Ford Broncos and I think we might need to explain why. There are only 3 collectible 4X4s: the Land Rover, Toyota FJ40 and the Ford Bronco (sorry JEEP CJ fans). Each one has their own distinct persona based on the country of origin. Ford product manager Donald N. Frey and General Manager, Lee Iacocca, who pushed it into production, conceived the Bronco. The same duo was responsible for bringing the Mustang to market. They must have been pretty busy guys. In some ways, the Bronco is more “all new” than the Mustang, from an engineers perspective that is.
You will need 30 minutes to watch this really cool documentary about Magnus Walker – Urban (Porsche) Outlaw. Well spent.
The folks at Jaguar, Alfa and Porsche do not look back to 1970 with fond memories. That was the year Datsun lowered the boom and introduced the 240Z. It had derivative but pleasant styling, a smooth inline-6 and at a great price. With a top speed of 125 mph, it was no slouch either. What the Z-car did was turn people’s heads around when it came to their opinion of Japanese cars. Read More
We have seen quite a few DeTomaso Panteras but none that called out to us like this one. That doesn’t mean that the others were inferior, they just didn’t have a story like this one. First, a short version on how the Pantera came to be. Henry Ford wasn’t satisfied with vanquishing Ferrari at LeMans. He still craved owning an Italian carmaker. He thought the Mangusta that DeTomaso built was very interesting but he liked the car that was in development better. It was designed Tom Tjaarda while he worked at Ghia. Read More
The TR3 was introduced in October 1955 as a successor to the TR2. The original TR3 had a very small grill opening. The new model, the TR3A, had a large mouth and was powered by the same 1991 cc, straight-4, overhead valve engine as its predecessor. Modifications pushed power to 110 hp, mated to a four-speed transmission gave the TR3A a top speed approaching 110 mph. These sporty Triumphs had low-cut doors and minimal weather protection. Odd considering the climate of the home market. Today’s featured Triumph has a story and we like stories. Read More
We went to see a great new movie – The Way, Way, Back starring Steve Carell, Toni Collete, Sam Rockwell and Liam James. One of the inanimate stars is an absolutely wonderful ’70 Buick Estate Wagon – perfect choice for this movie because the movie title refers to a rear facing 3rd seat. But that got us to thinking about Buicks in the late ’60s and ’70s. They were very dramatic yet restrained in their design philosophy; a far cry from the behemoth chrome monsters of the late ’50s. Read More
It is hard to shake how people perceive your brand. One can equate it to typecasting – a Hollywood term. We believe Fiat had the same problem back in the late ’60s. They wanted an upscale sedan and coupe that would compete with Mercedes and BMW. The effort was not at all successful but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a decent car. Fortunately, Fiat was smart enough to realize it wouldn’t sell in the States so the few cars that swam across were imported by individual owners. Mint was tipped off to this extraordinary version of the 130 by its seller whose cars we have featured before. His skill at finding gems is legendary. Here we have a beautiful 130 Coupe with an elegant interior and – trumpets, prepare to toot – a 5-speed manual gearbox. Read More
And by quick we mean hurry up and call the seller before we buy it. OMG do we love late ’70s Porsche Coupes. And we love Carreras even more. What about Guards Red? One of the most enduring of all Porsche colors and a natural for a Carrera. Read More
The Montreal was an outrageous show car replete with louvers and NACA ducts that sported a tone-down version of an Alfa racing V-8. That show car was penned by Marcello Gandini who also designed the Lamborghini Miura, Countach and that absolutely crazy-cool Lancia Stratos. Read More
It seems like every Alfa Spider between 1966 and 1993 is referred to as The Graduate car driven by Ben Braddock played by Dusty Hoffman. Even Alfa tried to capitalize on the film’s notoriety by naming a special cheapy edition in 1985 called The Graduate. Perhaps the thinking was that young graduates couldn’t afford the expensive Quadrafogilio model with alloy wheels and power windows at their paltry starting salaries. The next time you are at a car show where there are a bevy of Alfa Spiders and your friends say “oh that’s the car that was in The Graduate”, you can correct them. Unless of course, it is a 1966 or 67, then they would be correct. Read More