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SOLD!! Its Time: ’67 Mercedes-Benz 230S aka The Colonel

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The old soldier needs a little more than an updated headline stating SOLD!! What a great project. The Mercedes (aka The Colonel) was just about the coolest car we ever created. From beloved family car to vintage rally car, he was ever the most popular car wherever we went. But it was time to move on.

What we are most happy about is the quality of the new owner. And by that I mean a gentleman racer who competes annually in the Carrera Panamericana! He is a great enthusiast and I couldn’t be happier. He will ship the Mercedes to his home in Mexico City and have it stripped and refinished in the original White Gray color. Then back to Connecticut where he will keep it at his summer home about 20 miles from our home. He plans to continue using the Mercedes in rallies but not the Carrera. Long live the Colonel!

Every car deserves a name. We named our Mercedes – The Colonel. So what’s with The Colonel you ask? Well, we love cars with stories. Originally, a US Army Colonel stationed in Brussels purchased the 230S. It is a European specification model with those gorgeous headlamps. He was transferred to Puerto Rico briefly and shipped the Mercedes with him. From there, it went to Seattle. It stayed in the family until 3 years ago when a M-B fan purchased him with the intention of making it his wife’s daily driver. Most of that story turned out to be bunk. The real story is even better.

Mr. Stanley S. was an accountant and was in fact transferred to Brussels. He decided to marry his love, Maria Mercedes R. and honeymoon in Belgium. He surprised her with the gift of this Mercedes-Benz. They did move to Mercedes’s home in Puerto Rico and did take the Mercedes with them. She loved that car and forced Stanley to spend an inordinate amount of money keeping it in good condition.67-mb230s-hemmings-photo-shoot_17354273604_o

We found it on eBay and unfortunately the Mercedes she treasured until 1999 fell into disrepair. It arrived and actually looked pretty good, was solid as a rock but was undriveable.

67-mb230s-hemmings-photo-shoot_17790599479_oThat signaled the beginning of a systematic rebuild/refresh to make it a reliable and competitive vintage rally car. First things first – get the fuel delivery system clean. The gas tank had to be removed, boiled and re-lined and the entire fuel system cleaned. We added an electronic ignition, all new filters, then a complete fluid/lubrication refresh to benchmark it. The front-end was totally rebuilt and new sub-frame mounts installed. We installed Konis at each corner and set them on firm. All of the brakes replaced including the power brake booster. The exhaust has been modified to save weight and sound cool. A classic Cherry Bomb muffler did the trick.

There was a nasty miss at low rpm under load  so we installed a Weber Carb kit. We decided to install a fully electronic distributor from 123 Ignition. We added an auxiliary cooling fan after getting stuck in Lime Rock Race Track traffic on a 90-degree day. You can’t find decent 13″ tires anymore so we upgraded to 14″. Luckily we found a local M-B dismantler who had a rare set of aluminum rims that weigh less than half of the steelies and look pretty much the same. We’ll be running without wheel covers so they were stripped and painted satin black. After some serious research, we decided to go with Michelin Defenders. Turned out to be a good choice.

mercedes-benz-230s-10-most-memorable-classic-german-cars-of-2013-_20678746503_oWhen all this busy stuff was completed and tested, we moved to the shop run by well-known race car mechanic, John Rogers (now retired). He offered his expertise and his shop to assist in fabricating brackets for rally lights, a new dash panel for switches. We had been collecting vintage parts from around the globe while the first part of the build was underway: Our Cibie Super Oscars are from the UK, the Marchal center light from Germany, well you get the picture. Almost everything we added was period correct. We did add a new tach, an outside temp gauge (to warn us of ice), Butler Maplight and a bunch of USB and Aux power outlets. All of the exterior bulbs were sourced through Daniel Stern Lighting who knows a light bulb isn’t just a light bulb. The final accessory – a Brantz analog rally tripmeter.

While we were in the interior, we restored the Becker Grand Prix to working condition (added iPod adapter), added Sirius Satellite radio, repaired the clock (it should work) and refinished the wood dashboard. We even found a NOS dome light to replace the broken one.67-mb230s-hemmings-photo-shoot_17790600229_o

We were all done a week before The Greenwich Concours. We had no expectation when we submitted the Mercedes to the Greenwich folks but it looked so darn cool, they couldn’t resist. We participated in more rallies and concours and always received a great response. In fact, Hemmings Sports & Exotics decided to do a story on it.

The license plate we run on the front is a copy of the Belgian plate that was originally on the car when it was delivered to Colonel Swanson. We still have the registration so the number is correct. Very cool.autoweek-speaks_17977287931_o

Since the build, we were surprised at how popular The Colonel became. Invitations from The 100 Cars of the Radnor Hunt to the prestigious Carmel by the Sea show (during Monterey week) came in. We’ve participated in annual VSCCA Rallies and a few others, never reaching our objective to compete in an Adventure or Endurance Rally like The Tiger Rally or the South American Challenge. We are confident that with a little bit more effort like adding skid plates and redundant fuel pumps, The Colonel has the chops to start and finish any event he puts his mind too.

Our asking price is $21,000. Call Michael at (203) 917-2354

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SOLD!!! Good start: ’74 Ferrari 308GT4

Ferrari 308GT4The once unloved 308GT4 is finally getting some love. Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 spent years is the doldrums suffering in the hands of entry-level owners who, in many cases, had their eyeballs yanked out of their sockets when the first estimates for minor and major service were presented. For this reason, many 308s were poorly maintained and restored on a shoe string. Now that the 308 has been discovered, finding a good one at a fair price has become difficult. If you want one (and you should), you’ll have to look at 10 cars (probably more) to find the right one and getting to 10 can take a long time. Sports Car Market has really nice 308GT4s trading around $60,000 but they are hard to find in that condition. So I guess the burden of finding a nice one that will appreciate falls on a buyer who isn’t afraid to spend a little bit of money on a car with good bones. Today’s offering might be that car. 19083678859_30a7b2fced_kThe previous owner has a lot of experience in the Ferrari world and purchased this 308GT4 to take some pressure off his PF Cabriolet. That was in 1997. After a 13 years of happy motoring, the owner embarked on a full engine and transaxle rebuild. Needless to say, that cost a bundle. But as time passed, the 308 became a little too difficult to get in and out of so the Ferrari sat, unused, after completing around 250 miles. The engine is fresh and strong and there is a video of it revving freely after a detailed inspection and a few turns of the adjustment screws in the carbs. The body needs some attention. It has some bubbles in various places and will eventually need to be stripped and refinished properly. The interior is pretty decent but a few trim pieces need to be glued and dyed. The seller says the wheels need to be checked and refinished before you do any serious road work. Something about high magnesium content and porosity. This is an eBay auction with a Buy It Now at $38,500.00. That leaves enough in the bank to do the cosmetics or forget the concours circuit and drive the hell out of it. Click here for the eBay listing.

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Bug Me: ’66 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

VolkswagenIf you have been a reader of Mint2Me for a while, you already know we like rally cars. We created one out of a “grocery gettter” Mercedes-Benz 230S and it continues to perform well on the road and at car shows. On occasion, we think about what our next project might be and it is split between a ’65 Mustang K-Code Notchback and a VW Beetle. So here it is, my friends, the perfect candidate to make a really cool rally car for not a lot of money – a ’66 VW Beetle. VW RallyAnd not just any Beetle, one with service records from the day it left the dealer. The current owner is one of the most talented Ferrari mechanics in the country. He loves it and wishes he could keep it. But alas, priorities force the sale. The paint looks great in pictures but it is acceptable. It is the correct color and you won’t know it isn’t concours-ready covered in mud. 20150616_160757We are telling you, this is the cheapest way to get into any event and have a blast. Mechanically sound with some cool period Empi accessories, you can steal this at $10,000. Maybe a rally car isn’t you thing? Drive it to the station in any weather just like the Doyle Dane Bernbach commercial. Call me like now at (203) 917-2354.20150616_160632

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Where have we been?

Frankly, we’ve been finding our way in the clutter of Internet classic car marketing. We thought we could do it better than most and I think we made a good effort. Researching and writing Mint and featuring cars for people we didn’t know was fun for a while. Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.46.28 PMBut when the rubber hits the road, the cash register needs to ring. So we sought out a partner that will feed us rare and desirable cars offered no where else but their website and Mint2Me. Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.48.59 PMThat will mean fewer cars but more extraordinary cars like the inaugural rebirth offering – the ’57 AC Ace. Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.42.06 PMWe should be featuring a few cars each week. Not as many as before granted. But they will be cool and my analysis will be pithy and honest. Pure Mint.

Now, if you are looking for a special car that you think we might be able to source, give us a call or write an email.La La Land 2016 live streaming movie

Cheers!

Michael Maddalena

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SOLD!—–Phil Hill’s Favorite: ’69 Ferrari 365GTC

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We are pleased to announce that we have completed a deal on this maginificent Ferrari. The buyer and seller are both happy with the outcome.

This breaking news for Mint readers – a new exclusive offering from one of Auto Turismo Sports clients. Today’s exclusive is a rare 1969 Ferrari 365GTC. The first GTC, the 330GTC, was powered by a Colombo designed V12 producing 300 horsepower, and was first introduced in ’66 and continued in production until ’68. Only 600 were built during that production run and the finest examples of that car have touched the million dollar mark recently. In late 1968, the original GTC’s engine displacement was enlarged to 4,390 cc, and the 365 GTC was born. Combining the luxurious quality and good looks of its predecessor with improved acceleration. Only 168 examples were produced between late 1968 and 1970, making it one of the rarest production Ferraris of the period. The 365 GTC is considered by many aficionados to be the finest all-around road-going Ferrari produced prior to the mid-1990s. Phil Hill called it “the best road-going Ferrari ever”.

GTC INTChassis number 12127 is a 10-year old cosmetic restoration by Kent Bain, well-respected in the Ferrari world. It has held up well and mechanically maintained by ATS expert technicians.

The current owner purchased the 365 in 1999. Marcel Massini, Ferrari historian, provided a detailed ownership history on the car and it is available for your review. According to the report, it was originally delivered in Grigio Ortello (gray) and is finished now in Rosso Corsa with original Pelle Nero (black) interior. The current mileage is approximately 91,000 KM. The engine has been well maintained and has not been rebuilt to our knowledge. It does not have any immediate needs at this time. Recent auction prices substantiated by the Sports Car Market Price Guide have valuations in excess of $1 million for excellent examples. If you have serious interest in this well documented 365GTC, call us and we will begin to share more detailed information and arrange for your representative to inspect the 365GTC here in Connecticut. For additional photos please click on this link. The best number to call is 203-417-6856 and ask for Michael.GTC DS Rear

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Cool Historic Rally Video!

This is a video of the 1962 Argentina Rally where our intrepid Mercedes-Benz Fintails came in 1st and 2nd place. First place driver looks particularly happy about her achievement.

 

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SOLD!! – Classy Driver: ’62 Lancia Flaminia Coupe

Lanc frWe really like this car. Not because it is the most beautiful or rare but because it is so well engineered. And it is rather rare so you won’t see yourself coming and going. Sean Sheridan, our senior Ferrari technician, has worked on this car. One might say you can have a similar driving experience in this Flaminia Coupe as you would in an early Ferrari road car albeit with less power (but a lot less money). Lancia InteriorThis offering has been turned into a nice driver quality car that with a little more effort, could be even more presentable cosmetically. The paint is “okay” and the chrome could be brighter but the interior looks nice as is. Contact us for more information and pricing should be in the mid-20s. For more photos click here.Lancia

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Coming Soon: Lancia Flaminia Coupe and a Rare Fiat OSCA 1500 Spider

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.22.54 PMWe know where they are and what condition they are in. What we need to confirm are the asking prices. The Lancia is a late ’50s example in Slate Gray with dark red leather interior. It is in good “driver condition” but needs a bit more to be totally dialed in. Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.24.12 PMThe Fiat 1500 OSCA Spider is a rare bird. It is a real example and not just a transplanted motor. This one is a black-plate California car and is very complete including the Nardi wheel, special gauges and 15″ rims, but it needs a restoration. Contact me directly if either one interests you. We should have pictures on Monday when the snow clears!

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Sky Blue: ’78 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

IMG_6879The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the few 4-wheel drive trucks coveted by collectors. Patterned after the Jeep and Land Rover 4-wheelers, the Land Cruiser proved that Toyota could produce a tough multi-purpose platform and not just econoboxes. In production for a quarter century, the FJ became the “go to” vehicle in remote areas of the world. In standard form, they are capable of climbing mountains, crossing deserts, and, well, doing just about the impossible. Read More

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It has been awhile…

The ShopWe moved our office to Auto Turismo Sport almost a year ago. It is a great shop run by Steve Mastroianni and has been around since ’68. Because I am there almost daily, I have been able to devote some time to the shop and that benefits both me and Steve. I know more now after these 10 months have gone by than I knew before. In addition to Steve and the entire crew at ATS, I have come to know some astute collectors, and others who make their living through the classic car “hobby”. I always have trouble referring to it as a hobby, hence the quotes. It is big business to some and just fun for others: and unfortunately, extremely frustrating for many. By the way, that is Sean Sheridan resurrecting a Miura that has been asleep for 14 years. Now that was a fun test drive experience! Read More