Purchasing an old sports car shouldn’t be about financial appreciation, it should be about enjoyment. Now if you have had any experience driving an 1800S, you also know they aren’t known for being nimble and light on their feet. But they are durable and can be made to be trouble-resistant. Just ask our buddy, Irv Gordon who has over 3 million miles on his. The Frua-like styling of the 1800S has come into its own and valuations are creeping up nicely. Mechanical parts are relatively inexpensive too. Read More
The mad dash to acquire early Porsches hasn’t cooled off much. The recent edition of Sports Car Market Price Guide has valuations still marching forward with early 911s outpacing 356 by a bit. But driving a nice 356C like today’s find is something one shouldn’t miss. We generally like cars from this seller. They are perfectly situated in Southern California and have been around long enough to know where all the good stuff is buried. And this white 356C looks like one of the good ones (trust but verify). Read More
We 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). This 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.
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We 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. The 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!
The 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
Nothing says Porsche like the wail of an air-cooled 911 motor. And this attractive Cabriolet is among the last of the air-cooled Porsches. Okay, it is a Tiptronic so it is a tiny bit less desirable than a 6-speed but we think the price reflects it. What a great color combination. We love it although we might prefer to have a black canvas top for top up driving. It has original paint and interior, all the correct options and all services up to date. Read More
We 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
We’ve been to Idaho. Actually have great friends there. Coincidentally because of our friends, Mint is driving a sweet ’95 Subaru Legacy Wagon 5-speed for the winter. You see Idaho is one of those secret places where you find “potentially” rust-free cars. So our Subie is solid…like this very sweet Datsun pickup. There is no need for us to go about the historic significance of this offering. It is just so cute and would fill the need for the occasional pickup by any country gentle person. The Datsun is quite remarkable with just 42,000 miles on it. Much of the parts that disintegrate are original on this one. It is equipped with power brakes and a working AM Hitachi radio. Read More
Japanese collectibles may have a short list compared to other countries of origin but the cars that made list are pretty neat. We include in that short list the Toyota 2000 sports car, the Mazda Cosmo and a few models not imported here that have the word Skyline in it (there are more, we know). But the one everyone remembers fondly is the 240Z. It is one of those cars we owned and miss terribly or wish we did buy when they were really cheap. What a formula the folks at Datsun conjured up. The engine belonged to a 510’s 1.6-liter with two more cylinders added on to make it a 2.4-liter SOHC Inline-6 with dual SU-like carburetors. The 240Z also featured a four-speed manual transmission, disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear. The exterior styling was inspired by the Ferraris and the Jaguars and still makes your heart skip a beat when you see a nice one. The interior sports hi-back bucket seats with distinctive vinyl material. Read More
One of our readers thinks the seller may be off base on our featured listing from last week. So we did a little research and came up with a comp. Truth to tell, there are a few details that appear to be different from our offering and the car from SCM. Perhaps a modification during the restoration?
The 330/365 GTC is on almost every Ferraristi’s list of the one of most beautiful production Ferraris ever. It’s taught lines and muscular looks are the stuff dreams are made of. According to the Ferrari Market Letter, 597 of the 330s were built between ’66 and ’68. The V-12 boasts 300 hp nestled in a chassis similar to the 275 GTB. Today’s 330 GTC is the kind of Ferrari you want to have around. We know this car very well and have had a chance to drive it on occasion. It is very well sorted, cosmetically appealing and a kick to drive. The kind of condition that allows you to drive the car frequently without fear of getting a nick here or there. It is originally Silver with black leather/red carpets and equipped with factory A/C and power windows. Read More
We featured a rare 700 Cabriolet a few months ago and a nearly identical twin has popped onto the market and ours exclusively.
The 700 is one of several models credited with having rescued BMW from being swallowed up by Mercedes-Benz. When production ended, over 188,000 had been produced, and that level of commercial success enabled the company, supported by a major shareholder named Herbert Quandt, to block the threatened take-over. The cutesy styling was by Giovanni Michelotti – with a little resemblance to the Triumph Herald. A coupé and a cabriolet like today’s featured car, were also produced, with bodies made by Karosserie Baur of Stuttgart. Read More
One of our Mint readers snapped this one up in a hurry. Congrats to Buyer. It is a spectacular car. One likely we’ll never see again.
Yup. You read it correctly it has only 4,100 original miles and it is spectacular. I drove it and it even smells like new. I am sure that if you took a nice example with maybe 150,000 miles and sent it to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center it would cost you about $100,000 to make it this nice. That is not a shot at the Classic Center by the way. They deserve whatever they get. What makes this car even more special (if that is possible), is the color and trim. It is a very desirable Anthracite Gray Metallic with tan M-B Tex interior.
Since we’ve moved into our office at Auto Turismo Sport we find ourselves busier than ever. ATS has been in business since ’68 and many of their clients have been with them from the start. And what a diverse client list. There is a long-term MGTD owner who knows he has to sell but can’t bring himself to let it go, a well-known author who treasures the ’62 TR3 that he bought new and then there are the multi car folks. Not so much collectors because they drive the heck out their cars. In fact one client drove his ’57 Maserati 200si in the rain to ATS for a “nut & bolt” (race prep). How cool is that.
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Meeting all of these clients allows us to make some important connections that will lead to more and more extraordinary listings. So our Mint2Me business model has morphed into something different from intended. We are no longer a daily that posts cars that interest us and our readers (one of our favorites, BaT, posts a ton of stuff lately). We will be more selective. That does not mean we won’t feature your car when you find the nerve to part with it. On the contrary. If it makes it on Mint, it will be in front of readers with the resource to buy. We welcome your comments as usual.
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