Great Cars Available…Get It Before It's Gone. Check the date of the post. If it is a few weeks old, it is probably too late.

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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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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

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Fewer listings…but better?

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. photo-1-565x423There 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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Ferrari 512BBi engine coming out for service

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Mission Accomplished: The Ducati 750 SS on the way to a new home

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We received our marching orders in early April: get the rare Ducati 750 SS running and find a suitable new home. With a lot of help from technician and superhero, Sean Sheridan plus an assist from long time Ducati expert Knobby Clark, the greenframe was up and running within a few days. The selling part wasn’t easy. A few interested parties wanted to restore the motorcycle that was in original condition, but the seller wanted someone who would respect the bike as it is. And that gentleman is Jim V., the lucky winner. The 750 SS is in the capable hands Rich Lambrechts at DesmoPro who will benchmark all the proper services the 750 SS will need to live a happy life with the new owner.

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How it happens…Sold

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Frequent readers to Mint come to the site to see what we think are some of the most interesting or just appealing vintage, classic or special interest cars available for sale. We put the offerings to bed in the evening the day before most of the time before dinner Eastern Daylight Savings time. The listings go live around 2AM the next day. Our email subscribers receive their notice at 8 AM. During that almost 12 hour lapse in time, some really desireable cars sell. Rather than pull the listing from the site, we leave it up so you can see what the market says about that particular car. If you think there is a better way to handle it, please comment.

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Be careful out there…

With our office now located at Auto Turismo Sport, we see lots of new acquisitions by owners who have not seen nor requested a thorough PPI prior to purchase. That, dear readers, is Russian roulette, vintage car style. Some are lucky and get what they expected but in most cases there are surprises. Big surprises. DSC_1752Like “no floors in my new Porsche” surprises. In most cases, you have very little recourse for cars that are misrepresented. So you have to suck it up and lose some money. Read More

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Spring isn’t in the air…

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It’s still cold here in Northwest, Connecticut however we know Spring will come…when it is good and ready. And ready we must be so the M-B 230S aka The Colonel is up in the air at our shop getting the leaking steering box resealed. It has some pretty interesting company. A beautiful ’71 Porsche 911T, a ’84 911SC and, get this – a real live Alfa-Romeo GTA. The GTA is getting suspension components installed so it can get moved around easily. It is a genuine GTA with all the visible rivets and aluminum panels. Alas, none of these fabulous cars are for sale (at this time).

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Amelia Island RM Auction: Cars we will be watching…

We’ll let smarter people try to predict whether the rise in collector car prices will continue unabated. There are a few cars that we have a special interest in mainly because we’ve either helped a buyer find one recently (or tried to) or know someone who might be selling a similar car. We selected 3 cars at RM Auctions: 74 Grifo1974 Iso Grifo 7-liter Coupe: Auction estimate $185,000- $250,000. This one is a story car so it won’t really reflect the value of a 7-liter car from the already small production run and without modification. '72 GTC41972 Ferrari 365GTC/4: Auction estimate $225,000- $275,000. We tried to place a car that we have “available” with a reader in California. We learned a lot about the surge in popularity of these desirable 12-cylinder Ferraris. This one looks spectacular and probably one of the best available. 59 Jolly1959 Fiat Jolly: Auction estimate $75,000 – $95,000. Auto Turismo Sport performed a ground-up restoration on one. We learned a lot about wicker seats in the process. These go for spectacular numbers and could be the canary in the coal mine if it sells at the low end.

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2014 Amelia Island Concours & Auctions

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Mint is hitting the road with our final destination, the Amelia Island Concours. Amelia Island has become one of the premier automotive events in the country. And along with the Sunday display of incredible cars on the lawn there is an amazing assortment of auctions, seminars and exhibits at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

So we will be on the road quite a bit during the next 10 days since we decided to travel the East Coast by car. Uncertain winter weather will provide an added bit of uncertainty that we will have to monitor carefully. We’ll be driving a car totally unsuited for the trip but that is what makes it interesting. We’ll be reporting on auction results as they happen.

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Watch The Hennessey Venom GT Hit A World Record 270.49 MPH At NASA

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A Hennessey snake bite vanquishes the Bugatti Veyron title as fastest production car. Not by much but just enough. It doesn’t take long to watch this video so if you have gasoline in your veins, watch it. Click on the image above, go full screen and turn up the volume.

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Hemmings Sports & Exotics April Issue

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We don’t expect you to run out and subscribe to Hemmings Sports & Exotics Magazine just to read an article about—-US!!! Well, it isn’t exactly about Mint2Me but it is about our Mercedes-Benz 230 S rally Tribute aka: The Colonel. Hemmings is a classic/vintage car juggernaut with 4 magazines in print each month. Hemmings probably started it all with that classified ad, brown covered classic that we couldn’t wait to get back in the day before Al Gore invented the Internet. Thankfully, Hemmings has gone digital too so you can read all of their publications on your iPad. We give a shout out to Terry Shea for a well written, accurate article about our journey with The Colonel. I could give you a link to the article but that wouldn’t be fair to Hemmings.

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AUTOWEEK Recognition!

One of our daily readers forwarded to us a link to an AUTOWEEK Magazine article listing the 10 Most Memorable German Classic Cars of 2013. Well, it appears we have qualified for recognition.

Read the article by clicking here.

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Happy 1st Anniversary!

First PostIt feels like just yesterday when we published our first featured post – a ’61 MGA. Well, 1,231 featured cars later and we have reached this incredible 1-year milestone. Along the way we have met or talked to so many interesting and knowledgeable car people. We think the timing for Mint2Me was perfect. The collector car hobby has never been more exciting as more and more people join our ranks. If you look back 10 years, would you have ever forecasted live coverage of automobile auctions? Going forward, we will continue to search for the cars that we like and hopefully you will have interest in too. Our tastes are pretty eclectic therefore on some occasions you might say to yourself, “what were they thinking.” That’s okay. Our skin gets thicker by the day.

Now is the time to think of Mint as something more than an interesting read with your morning coffee. You see we’ve been very successful in finding cars for our readers. We’ve also sold a few under our Preferred Program. Both have fees attached but they are modest in comparison. Before you move on, you can help us out by sending in some treasure that you have found. We can’t promise to feature every one but if it is Mintworthy, we will.

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 5.11.45 PMWe would like to give a shout out to our friends at Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Magazine. It is a terrific publication and a fitting extension to the traditional Hemmings Motor News. If everything goes okay, there will be a feature article about our ’67 Mercedes-Benz Fintail in the April issue.

To our daily or occasional readers, we like to thank you for your interest and we welcome any ideas that may help us make Mint a better place to visit.

Michael Maddalena and your friends at Mint2Me Media, LLC

 

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More Auction Results: ’14 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale

We continue to digest the auction results from last week’s successful Scottsdale auctions. And since we were not overwhelmed by anything offered on the market for our Daily Digest, we thought our readers should pause to look at some of the results along with us. Perhaps it might change the contents of your bucket list. All we can say is maybe our ’67 Mercedes is going for a one-way trip to Monterey this August! Click on the image below to take you to the Gooding results.Screen shot 2014-01-20 at 5.32.46 PM