One of our readers from New Zealand is now the proud owner of this California Skylark. It was featured almost a year ago submitted by our friend Tony B. who spotted it on the street near his home in Venice. The new owner would like to know more about the car and how it wound up in New Zealand. Read More
No narrative required. We’ll tell you what we have access to and if you know what they are and have been looking for one, call us. We have interest in both but they are still uncommitted at present.
’74 Ducati 750SS Green Frame – totally original and quite remarkable.
’74 Ducati 750GT – restored.
Call Mint (Michael) at (203) 417-6856 for details. But don’t wait too long. These are rare items that don’t come to market often.
Nuts because we are temporarily out of space for another car. Wait. This is a really small car. Maybe it will fit between the snow blower and the Toro…The 356 is the shape that dictated the future of Porsche for all time. So it stands to reason that any Porschephile would like to have one of the earliest models to complete their collection. Since we are currently Porscheless, we will post this and allow one of our readers to jump in. According to a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this 356 was completed on August 30, 1952, and the Kardex indicates that the car was sold through Auguste Veuillet’s Sonauto, the first official Porsche dealer in Paris. Early in life, the original engine went sour and it was replaced at a Porsche dealer. A more powerful 1,488 cc engine was fitted. Read More
In ’68, Porsche offered a new model , the 911L. It is powered by the 130bhp ‘O’ series engine from the original 911. The L retained all of the 911S upgrades and amenities like dual-circuit, ventilated disc brakes, as well as the recessed button door handles, aluminum dash, black steering wheel, black-faced gauges and black wipers. The 911L was most expensive and luxuriously appointed Porsches ever offered in the US. According to those who know these things, they made 450 911Ls. Read More
First things first: is it Spider or Spyder? We think Italians spell it with an “I” and Germans with a “Y”. What say you? Of course no matter how you spell it, the reference dates back to a sporty horse-drawn carriage with big wheels and 2 seats. It was said to look like a spider hence the name. The Fiat 124 Spider and its stablemate Coupe were really excellent little sports cars particularly early cars like this ’71. Go through the list – 1600cc, DOHC, 5-speed transmission – all add up to lots of fun for the money. The styling is from Pininfarina and has aged really well. Pininfarina actually built the Spiders while the Coupes were built by Fiat. It is a rare sight to see one of these. Read More
You’ll see these R107 model Mercedes-Benz convertibles here on Mint quite often. We know them well and they represent the best of Mercedes engineering and build quality. This is one of the longest running production models for Mercedes so it isn’t going to be the next Pagoda or Gullwing but they represent a great value for someone who wants the joy of a vintage car without the headaches. Well, not necessarily without headaches. All old cars are always up to something, it is just a matter of time. Read More
David E. Davis was just about the best automotive journalist ever. Davis’s seminal BMW 2002 review brought the brand to the attention of American enthusiasts. In it he states unequivocally that the BMW 2002 is “most certainly the best $2850 sedan in the whole cotton-picking world.” The German newspaper Auto Bild called it “the whispering bomb”. And that referred to the 2002 back in 1969. Imagine what they might have said bout a Tii. These are getting harder to find in good, solid, and honest condition. Read More
We have a thing for a good 928S. If you are going to have a thing for one, it better be a good one and that would be a well cared for example with no differed maintenance issues. They are still striking when you see one on the road even by today’s design standards. The interiors are sumptuous like a good high-speed GT. It even has somewhat useable rear seats for the youngsters in your family. Certainly more accommodating than a 911’s rear seats. These are powered by big Porsche V8s. And the ’85 happens to be a pretty decent year (although not as good as an S4 however). Read More
We understand that these are not cherished Porsches. The 1.8 liter cars weren’t so hot but the 2.0 liter cars were better. Not hugely better but better. Of course, the 914-6 is a whole other enchilada. The stats of a 914 are pretty impressive. Nice mid-engine chassis, German build quality, roomy interior, great brakes, precise steering and balanced handling all add up to a nifty little sports car. The styling was a bit odd, we’ll give you that. Read More
We can understand how seller’s, primarily dealers, run out of ways to describe the car they are trying to sell. We like these guys in California. They always come up with nice cars but this is kind of funny. They begin to describe today’s Champagne Yellow SC as very original and proceed to tell you all of the new things the car has going for it, like an entire interior. It is nice that it has a new interior particularly if it is done right but that does not make an original car very original. The SC is the last of a long line of 356s. It is prized among collectors because it has a lot of good things going for it like disc brakes and a powerful 95 hp engine. Read More
Spring is just around the corner. It must be a very long corner because it just doesn’t feel like it will ever come. When it does arrive, you’ll need a good, classic wood boat with an outboard motor. Nothing fancy but it has to be wood. We don’t usually go “marine” on Mint but this one seemed compelling and the $5,500 price sounds good. This is a 1950s Sportscraft mahogany speedboat that has just had all of the wood professionally restored. Read More
We’ve been enjoying our ride back to Connecticut in our new project car – a ’94 M-B SL500. It has performed flawlessly so far attaining 23.75 mpg on the last tank. Not too shabby for a 335 hp V8. Its old news now but the winner of the Amelia Island Concours is a Horch 853 owned by Bob & Anne Brockton Lee from Sparks, Nevada. The Concours de Sport Award went to one of our favorites, a ’58 Scarab owned by Miles Collier. Click on the McLaren image above to see the last of our photos including an image of the winners by Neil Rashba.
The Mercedes-Benz Fintail sedan is not a thing of beauty. But they are rugged and impeccably built and just right for customization. A fully restored to original Finnie may be considered a little boring but a hot rally car, like ours, BaT’s and Classic Motorsports Finnie, are really fun. This one is being sold at a good price, $4,900, and can probably be had for less. The body looks solid as a California car should (it is 5 miles from Disneyland) but the interior is pretty much toast. The Classic Motorsports car was afflicted in the same way and they just bought a donor parts car with a better interior and swapped it out. You will be one step ahead of theirs (maybe more) because their car had some serious rust issues. It already has the Stage 1 Rally Tune-up (no wheel covers). Read More
The “S” is in quotes because this isn’t a real “S” but one heck of Mini regardless. It is a ’66 Austin Mini MK II with a huge personality transformation. It is equipped with a hot 1275cc motor coupled to a ’85 4-speed. The suspension was converted to dry from wet and is fully adjustable. The brakes were upgraded with an S booster and “the best components”. Everything got some attention including the headlights and horn. The interior has racing buckets and they look pretty good to us. Read More
We happen to think the ’65 Fords were one of the most upscale looking Fords of the period. We seem to remember commercials comparing the interior cabin noise to be lower than that of a Rolls-Royce. Perhaps it wasn’t a Rolls but it was something expensive. They had very simple elegant design with stacked headlamps that were popular back then. The top sedan was the LTD and the top wagon was, and always will be, the Country Squire. This one is very special and probably one-of-one. Read More