This engine goes to a very early Ferrari 166 that needs to be overhauled. The heads have some major cracks which is allowing coolant to completely fill a few cylinders. We’ll weld the heads and convert the original “hair pin” valve springs to coil type springs. I am sure it needs new connecting rods since it hydraulic locked a few times and the crankshaft is undercut so much that we may need to make a new one. We’ll get this thing back together eventually and see if she can spit hot flames once again.
This is such a cool document to study, it is a Car Order from a Distributor in Hamburg Germany to a dealer or private individual in San Jose CA showing how much that rear view mirror and ash tray costs. I did a little digging and found that Raffay is one of the biggest Porsche Dealers in Germany but I couldn’t get onto their website. I also did a little search for Clifford Haselton in San Jose CA. but I couldn’t really find anything. I like how they wrote this order and blanked out the different models with on the RH side of the document, not a Coupe, not a Hardtop Cabriolet but a Roadster. These documents are very rare as you can imagine.
There are all kinds of other documents that have stayed with this car for the last 53 years and the overall condition of the car reflects the same sort of care and integrity. This care is all compounded by the fact that it is an authentic California “Black Plate” car, one of the most solid, complete and original cars I have ever seen bar none.
A few weeks ago I posted about a few XKE’s and now I have a few more to show you. Although it is hard to distinguish, one of these cars is black and the other is dark green, the black car is a 1966 4.2 liter car and the green one is a 3.8 1963. Earlier this summer I had an identical car to the 3.8 so its nice to have another one to fill that position.
The black car is just a super nice example of what many consider the best of the best, a covered headlight 4.2 with the original interior color of red. This car is simply wonderful to drive, supple and responsive suspension, immediate steering and tons of torque tucked into one of the most beautiful cars ever made. I bought this car to re-sell someday but will probably keep it as long as I can.
With a little elbow grease I can make this car look even better than it already is buy polishing the paint and valve covers, cleaning up a few little areas in the door jambs and putting the original air cleaner assembly back on the engine. Except for the original leather seats and center console, the rest of the interior has been re-upholstered and looks great. While the seats are in good condition, I may re-upholster them to match the other interior trim.
The green car belongs to a customer here in VT. He found the car in Chicago area and when he showed me the photos I said, “Just buy the damn thing”, so he did! This car is tip-top mechanically, has a beautiful interior but needs some sanding and polishing on the paint. Later this week I’ll get both cars out for a back-to-back test on which car is faster, the 3.8 or 4.2.
These old Station Wagons are so cool, 3 rows of seats, Flat Head V-8, Wooden bodies! So cool. This car is in the shop for minor work and then we are going to sell it so let me know if you are interested.
After a few months of negotiation, I finally got this 512 Berlinetta Boxer into the shop from the Midwest. The car is very nice, a clean example with a legitimate 28,000 miles on the odometer. Even though the timing belts are well past their service life, I took the car down the road for a gentle test drive to see how the all of the components worked and was very impressed. The gear change into 2nd is smooth, shocks and brakes work very well and the steering is tight and responsive. The engine is super strong but I wasn’t about to really crank on it knowing that the belts are factory original!
This car needs very little to be driven and enjoyed and in a few weeks I’ll yank the engine out of the chassis and get the belts and tensioner bearing changed, check the valve clearance and overhaul the water pump. While its out, I’ll address other things like the fuel hoses, clean the engine bay and re-paint a few items. I’m thinking of installing new Michelin XWX tires on the wheels and re-painting a few things on the body but I’m not going to go too crazy restoring anything
A year ago I sold the blue 1979 BB512 and this spring I bought a 1982 Berlinetta Boxer in Mexico and imported it through the Laredo World Bridge Crossing. What a ride that was! Anyhow, I really like these cars and feel that they are a great value for the performance and rarity. With the instantaneous throttle response from the 4 Weber IF3C Carburetors and tons of low end torque, there aren’t any Ferrari’s that match the thrilling performance of one of these Carburetor equipped BB’s.
Restoration and Performance Motorcars founder Peter Markowski tells us how it all started in this Jalopnik interview (click here). Special thanks to HittingRedline, of my favorite youtube channels, LeadFootyt, Michael Ballaban, and of course Opposite Lock on Jalopnik which is one of my favorite blogs (besides ferraricraft.com of course). Watch our video first, and then use the above links to blow the rest of your morning watching car videos and reading stories.
Published on Oct 31, 2013
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The RPM shop is one of legend to anyone that has looked through a car show pamphlet in Vermont, but the classic picture of the red barn with three Ferrari 330s out front is only the beginning of the story; RPM can be found at any given time with a plethora of vintage sports and luxury cars, almost all of which possess a genuine and interesting history. See the above video for a brief selection of the cars and projects present at the shop when I visited in early August of this year, and be sure to check out RPMVT.com for more updates on the shop’s current vehicles.
I would also like to thank Peter Markowski for his generosity with his shop and his time – without his help, this film would not have been possible.
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Lets see if I can describe this story so its understandable…. In the mid 1960′s, Ferrari was drifting away from Borrani wire wheels on their street cars and started using Campagnolo cast alloy wheels. The first style was the heavily ribbed and complex “starburst” wheel used on the early 275 GTB and GTS, followed by the smooth and sculpted “10 hole” wheel shown in the photo below. A 14″ size was used on the 330 GTC and later 275′s and a 15″ version was used on the 330 and 365 GT 2+2. The offset was different on the 330 and 365′s but they are identical otherwise. In this photo, the 365 wheel is to the left and 330 to the right. The 330 Rim edge is much deeper than on the 365 wheel but otherwise they are very similar.
A man in Texas asked for my help to find a set of 5 cast wheels and straight ear center lock nuts for his 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. I called my usual contacts and realized very quickly that these are extremely rare parts and the center lock nuts were simply no longer available.
I did find a complete set of 365 wheels with the more “shallow” rim section but nothing for the 330 type wheel, however, the 365 GT 2+2 at our shop was rolling on the wheels that belong on a 330! I sent my customer a proposal that if he wants wheels for his 330, he’ll have to buy the five 365 type wheels that I found which would be fitted to our 365. He would have to pay me to crack test and refinish all 10 wheels which is a huge job because all of the wheels need welding and cleaning up and go through the process of preparing Magnesium Alloy for painting. After a huge sigh of relief, I just finished packing and shipping the 5 perfectly re-painted wheels to Texas with brand new looking cad plated hubs and original style valve stems and tires.
Since the stars were aligned just right, I found a set of 4 totally ratty straight ear lock nuts a little later in the project. I welded and straightened the bent and smashed knock off ears in preparation for re-chrome plating and when Mickey sent them back all shiny, they looked just like jewelery. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of them all glossy and perfect.
We just got a few Jaguar XKE’s for our inventory, a green 1966 XKE Series I Roadster and a 1971 Series II Coupe. I first saw this Roadster this spring at a friend’s shop in PA. and stupidly didn’t just buy it right then and there. Anyhow, now its here and looking splendid in its British Racing Green with Biscuit Leather color combination and wonderful overall condition. There has been so much interest in XKE’s lately that I have a few other ones on back burner so let me know if you are interested in purchasing one. I purchased a low miles 1966 Roadster in CA, have a lead on a 1966 4.2 Coupe and a friend in Florida has two magnificent S-I Roadsters, both confirmed 100 point JCNA Judged cars.
The red car came in from Ohio and its an incredibly straight, solid and complete car. I did a blog post on it a week ago but now that its at the shop I wanted to share some better photos of the car. This XKE Coupe has some cosmetic issues that I will may deal with but the mechanical condition is outstanding. The engine was overhauled recently, transmission shifts perfectly, final drive is silent, its simply a great driving XKE. The floors and rocker panels are totally solid and all of the bright trim and glass is perfect so any work to clean up the paint or interior will be well matched to a sound driving car.
Later this week I am going to get some photos of the undercarriage to share with anyone who is interested.
Porsche geeks like me refer to this 911 as the “993″ which is the last series of Porsche’s using the ubiquitous air cooled engine. I’ve always liked these cars because they are very modern and refined while maintaining that classic 911 punchy feel and high level of build quality. Most of these 993′s were driven hard when new and typically have over 100,000 miles because they are so rugged, fast and comfortable.
This car was spared the normal level of use and abuse covering only 36,000 miles. The original paint on the front of the car is impossibly chip free, the wheels are unmarked and the interior is spotless. To drive the car is to believe how well these cars handle and perform so come over and take it for a spin!
We take care of a few Ford GT’s at our shop but this one has really stopped me in my tracks. While I like interesting colors, I am not into flashy colors but this GT in red looks incredible. This car has only 500 miles and is unmarked in every way. We sold it to one of our best customers who is just as blown away by the car as I am.