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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! Subie 2During our absence, we sold our beloved ’08 GTI and purchased a ’87 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL. It was to be our experiment to drive “vintage” as a year-round vehicle. We do live in Northwest Connecticut and snow/ice were a consideration but hey, these cars came from Germany where the weather is similar to ours. But when the 300 arrived, it was just too nice to expose to the salt chemicals our diabolical chemists have come up with. So an opportunity arose to buy a rust-free 5-speed Subaru wagon and we jumped at it (rebuilt salvage title and all). It too is better than expected and so much fun to drive (that is frost on the hood not faded paint). The ’67 Rally M-B 230S, AKA the Colonel, is resting comfortably at the shop awaiting a steering gearbox replacement. We are conjuring up plans to attend Amelia Island Concours again this year and taking the Colonel. Fun. Last week, we added a new 2015 Subaru Outback Limited for the household. Chock full of electronics that we need to get more familiar with. I liken it to an inexpensive Japanese Range Rover (comments welcome).67-MB230S Rear smaller

We won’t be a daily, more like “when something interesting” catches our eye then we will feature it. And that will be much more frequent than the past 6 months.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack

5 Responses to It has been awhile…

  1. Steve Hansen says:

    Great to have you back, Michael! I’d like to read more about what you’ve been up to at Auto Turismo Sport during your absence from our collective inboxes…

  2. Steve Hansen says:

    Great to have you back, Michael!

  3. Paul Cuenin says:

    Glad to hear your back! I missed the daily dose of classic metal from my inbox. Where you worried at all about buying a salvage title car? Would love to see some pics of the 300SDL.

    • mint2me says:

      I would be a bit concerned because of the salvage title, normally. But I knew the original owners and their story is genuine. They kept the little wagon well beyond where it was worth more than a few thousand bucks. Then they had a small fender bender requiring just that…a new fender and some paint. So the insurance company totaled it. They didn’t want to part with it so they fixed it and hence the salvage title. I am sure you wouldn’t think twice about driving a fully restored Gullwing that, at one time, had a tree growing through the engine compartment now would you;-)

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