Buyer and seller have entered into an agreement and it looks like Mint has sold the 750 SS.
There is a first for everything and you are never too old to learn. Mintologists are basically car people but we’ve been smitten by 2 motorcycles that have managed to crawl under our skin. We announce to the world that we are not experts in the land of the 2 wheeler therefore we invite corrective comments delivered in the proper tone. But we are fast learners and always ask the advice of people who are well-known in their world. With that said, Mint is proud to announce the exclusive representation of a ’74 Ducati 750 SS Green Frame or Super Sport. As the editors at Italy’s Motociclismo wrote, “To say that the SuperSport 750 was one of the most beautiful sportbikes ever made is no exaggeration; it may be considered among the most significant motorcycles of all time.” This was a street bike that went racing. The then new Ducati 750 was raced by Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari at the inaugural Imola 200 road race. Smart was not overly impressed by the roadster and didn’t even want to ride it. That changed when he arrived back in the pits to much fanfare because he had just smashed Imola’s lap record! Smart and fellow 750SS rider Bruno Spaggiari went on to a smashing 1-2 finish. Read More
Most car manufacturers attach an internal code name or model number to their cars. The Porsche 964 is one of those internal designations. It was considered to be 85% new compared to its predecessor, the Carrera 3.2. The 964 Carrera was also the last to be available with the traditional removable Targa roof. The 964 is distinguished by the integrated bumpers and automatic rear spoiler that is speed sensitive. It is also the 1st Porsche with dual air bags. You won’t see today’s featured Carrera Targa anywhere else but here on Mint. It is fresh as it just arrived at the office/shop this morning. It hasn’t even been detailed yet and it looks great. This Targa has a real presence or stance. A good stance, the way a car sits on its suspension, can really make a car look special and handle great. There are websites devoted to cars with great stance but I digress. Read More
Alfredino (Little Alfred) was Enzo Ferrari’s only son by his marriage to Laura. Enzo affectionately called his beloved son, Dino. He was a brilliant engineer even though his degenerative illness prevented him from finishing engineering school. He died at 24 but his influence on Ferrari’s future was secured forever. Dino, along with Vittorio Jano, is credited with the design of the engine in this beautiful ’67 Spider appropriately named the Fiat Dino. Ferrari provided the engine to Fiat so production could be ramped up and it could be approved for racing in the 2-liter class quickly. Meeting these racing required benchmarks is referred to as homologation. Read More
We are fortunate to have a very nice 4.7 liter Maserati Mexico on offer from one of our favorite sellers. The Mexico is fitted from the factory with the 4.7 liter engine and Borrani wire wheels and that makes this one of the desirable early cars. Later Mexicos were fitted with the 4.2 liter engine and disc wheels from the Quattroporte. Read More
The low-riding Lotus Elise is as extreme as a Dodge Viper, so says CNN. CNN was commenting on Hagerty’s choices for future collectibilty of contemporary cars. But we think what they meant is what a Viper does with brute force, the Elise does with lightness and precision. We feature them from time ot time because one of our loyal readers knows them better than anyone. Read More
We don’t want to call this one a GTA clone. Well, maybe it isn’t such a bad way to describe it. Take a beautiful stepnose GT and spend a ton of over 2 years and the result is certainly better than a clone. This is an immaculate example built by Alfa specialists Roman Tucker and David Leivian. It is powered by a 2-liter engine with high-lift cam and Weber carburetors. It has many GTA-style additions like alloy wheels, door pulls, side exhaust and headers. Mostly supplied by Alfholics in the UK. It is currently fitted with a roll-cage, Sparco racing seats with harnesses and GTA Plexi-windows. Read More
Sold close to the asking price of 92,000 Euros…congrats Heinz!
Ferrari was a bit disillusioned with the sales of the 308GT4 and wanted to speed up production of the new 308 GTB. They took the fiberglass or Vetroresina route because it was easier to get it ready for production until steel tooling was available. The result was a lighter car and that coupled with the carburetor engine made for a nice package. When the steel bodies were ready, Ferrari thought the Vetroresina bodies were inferior and discontinued them. Only 712 were made making them quite collectible today. To add a little spice to the mix, they made dry-sump engines available. According to the Vetroresina Register, they probably made only 100 dry-sump cars. Read More
The Ferrari Testarossa was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1984. It essentially is a more usable version of the 512BBi Berlinetta Boxer. Ferrari accomplished making room for luggage and reducing cabin temperatures by moving the radiators to the rear of the car. And that is why the Testarossa has those massive cooling vents ahead of the rear wheels. Ferraristi call these slats cheese cutters. The Testarossa was always a good performer but it was criticized for being a bit overweight. That was rectified in ’92 with the next generation called the 512TR. And that is what we have here exclusively on Mint. Read More
It seems everyday we can find a really nice or exceptional early Porsche 912. The pre-1969 editions have a shorter wheelbase than later cars and are known for their “lively” handling characteristics. Lively is a polite description. When the Targa was released in 1967, it came with these soft rear windows. Removing it provides a near convertible-like experience. Read More
We spotted this back in July and it cropped up again on Craigslist. We still think it looks worthy of some additional attention. Unless of course one of our readers has seen it and it is a fright pig!
We like Big Healeys very much. They call them Big Healeys because they replaced the smaller 100-4. What else could they call it? The first attempt at the 6-cylinder car was the 100-6. Of all Healeys, big & small, it is our least favorite. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t buy one if a really special one came along. In 1959, the twin SU carb 3000 MK I debuted and it was a much better engine. 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
This Sepia Brown CIS equipped Porsche 911T Targa is extremely desirable. Prices for early 911s have skyrocketed in recent years and specimens like this have seen stratospheric prices. Pause and look at the interior. It looks phenomenal. The seats look just right and the vulnerable door pockets on both sides are in great shape. Just try to replace one that isn’t ’cause you can’t. So why is the seller asking only $39,900 for it? Read More
No, the headline isn’t some perverse trick to get you to read the story of today’s featured Jaguar. The XK140 is the second iteration of road going post-war Jaguar sports cars. The first being the fabulous XK120, the darling of the Hollywood set and yes, the rest of the world too. XKs came in 3 body configurations: a Fixed Head Coupe (FHC), a Roadster or Open Two Seat (OTS) and the Drophead Coupe (DHC). That continued in 1955 when the XK140 was introduced. The XK140 made things a little more livable for driver and passenger by moving the firewall and engine forward 3 inches. The bumpers were redesigned to afford more protection for those gorgeous flanks. Read More
What can you say about the trend to build a car/truck that will pretty much go anywhere. Is it based in the popularity of Expedition Explorers who want to drive around the world, people who just like off-roading in the country, or are they people who are concerned the grid will eventually collapse and everyman for themselves? We have friends who own a similar vehicle lovingly named Irene. It was not named Irene after a favorite Aunt but an epic storm that decimated the northeast. So all of these are good reasons to buy this truck, a wonderfully spectacular, fully rebuilt, Landie Series IIA. Read More
Have you ever been to DisneyWorld and taken a ride on The Rockin’ Roller Coaster? That’s the ride where you sit in a super long ’58 Caddy (don’t recall how many people in each Caddy) and listen to Aerosmith on the headrest headphones. When they decide it is time to launch the Caddy into the dark tunnel of twists, turns and drops, it feels like nothing you’ve ever felt before – unless you’ve driven a Porsche 911 Turbo. There is a furious launch forward, your head snaps back and then there’s the roar of the music. In the Porsche’s case, it is a race-bred flat six with all the trimmings. In the coaster, it’s Disney magic. Read More