I just wanted to share some photos of a few cars that are kind of the same era. The D-Type is a replica in Aluminum and probably one of the most fun cars to drive at the shop.
After a massive amount of work, I brought this 1969 Ferrari 365GTC out for photographs and caught this Barn Swallow in the image! Photo Bomb! If I new how to edit this image you would see that the bird is very well focused and clear.
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This Daytona came in recently for repairs after it struck a deer. We had to rebuild so much of the front, all the tubing was bent and radiator was damaged. We were happy with how it came out. It was a struggle to find out how the front plexi-glass should look when finished because there were so many different details from the cars we photographed.
Last fall, a customer asked me to check out a cool 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster on Ebay. I contacted the seller who told me that his father purchased the car when new and it has never been out of the family. We bought the car, shipped it to the shop and did a bunch of work to make it a perfect driving yet very original example. The interior is incredibly well preserved but the carpets were a few random threads so we replaced the main carpets and left the rest of the original “Hardura” and that velvety stuff in the back area. We have spent a ton of time behind the wheel of this XKE and it is one of the best we have had. It has a supple original feel while feeling super crisp and responsive. Everything works perfectly on this car except the original hazy window in the convertible top that you can’t see through. This is a very special matching numbers example with a perfect original tool roll and lots of little details that would make a Jaguar expert very happy. Even though the owner loves this car, he has some college expenses coming up and is ready to sell the car.
I have tons of photos of this car including the tool kit and other details so let me know if you would like more information or specific shots. The tool roll is like a little treasure that you have to carefully unwrap to see the delicate Dunlop tin brake bleeder kit and all of the clunky tools. So cool.
Nearly all of the Lamborghini V-12′s we have at the shop are missing, have mismatched or mangled thumb screws for the air cleaner top. On the Lamborghini Miura, the screws are right on the top of the engine in a very visible location so I have been looking for replacements to complete this and the Islero and Countach. A few vendors said they had the parts but couldn’t actually produce them and one guy sent me two which were not correct in appearance.
I found one very good original screw and made a mold from it so I could make my own. I’ve made a few parts in plastic but this is my first 2 piece mold which took a few attempts but I am very happy with the results. I am so fussy about how my parts look even though the molds for the original FIAMM parts weren’t clocked correctly! Anyhow, I have a few car sets of these parts that I am looking to sell and can make more to order. The first set I made sold very quickly on eBay.
While I don’t have a close up of them on a car, here is a shot of them on a 400GT Jarama holding on the white air cleaner lid
Last Spring I heard about a very early Ferrari 212 Vignale Cabriolet and knew the guy who would love this car. I offered to export it from its life long home of Toulouse France but the my customer asked me to secure the car and find a local shop to check it out so we could safely drive it to the Ferrari factory in Maranello Italy. The car was born in Italy and delivered new to the first owner in Toulouse where it has stayed since 1952. It is now our job to bring it back home!
All of our plans worked out nicely, Jean-Claude got the car up and running and we headed to Southern France to have Dinner in St. Tropez. What an amazing car, it is so fast and comfortable especially when we pack it full of bags and 100 liters of fuel! I could go on and on about the trip but after a two day stop in Monaco, we decided to press on and get to Italy.
When pulling out of a toll plaza, the car no longer was able to move itself, it was running fine, there were no odd noises, the transmission was shifting perfectly but the car wouldn’t move forward. I thought that the clutch disc broke or maybe something at the back of the transmission which wouldn’t surprise me since the engine was so strong but it turns out that the right hand rear axle shaft broke and the LH one was twisting and close to breaking.
What a supreme disappointment that we couldn’t have pulled into the Ferrari factory with this car but we had it trucked there for a Classiche Inspection and soon certification. It was a great experience none the less, we had a tour of the factory and a wonderful memory.
A week ago I pulled the trigger and bought this really nice 1977 Ferrari 308GTB Carter Secco. Carter Secco literally translates to “Dry Frame” but we use the term “Dry Sump” here in the US. Most of the Carter Secco’s are for European Delivery which is where I got this car. Notice the larger front spoiler, small fiberglass bumpers and the lack of rectangular side markers? Its so pretty this way. This car is super nice and sorted, has all the books and tools and was recently serviced. In a few weeks the car will be here with the early Lambo LP400.
The other Dry Sump 308GTB I purchased months ago should be here soon, it arrived in the US on December 31st but has been locked up in Customs for an Agricultural Inspection for weeks which really bothers me. I need the car here to inspect, photograph and resell, so many people are interested in the car and I need the cash! Keep an eye out for photos of that red/black car.
Here are more photos of the red/tan car
After posting about the “Fran Tarkington” 308 interior, it reminded me about the other 308GTB that I bought this year with the red corduroy upholstery on the seats. Do you think this is original? Its too cool and Italian to NOT be original!
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Even though this is a 1979 Ferrari 308GTB, it has the next series GTBi (fuel injected) type of interior. At first I though it may have been changed to the more contemporary pattern but I thought that with the low miles, it was likely original. I bought the car from a guy in Kansas and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived because it had a super complete book and tool pouch. When I opened the warranty book, I found that it was sold new to Francis Tarkenton! Kind of cool even though I am not into football. Why didn’t I keep this car?
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This is a lovely Dino 206 that arrived earlier this fall. It has had a ton of service including a full engine overhaul but it never ran well. We did a little carburetor tuning and checked over some items and couldn’t pin point what was going on.
Rolf disassembled the distributor and found this disaster, totally worn out flyweight pivots. They shouldn’t be “C” shaped, they should pivot on the pin with a close tolerance round hole. Once we installed new weights and dialed in the advance curve, the engine ran like a champion.
206′s are my favorite of all Ferraris, so small and delicate and stunningly beautiful. I am working on purchasing a few of them, one of which has a racing Stratos “Doppia Accensione” or “twin plug” engine. Once I sell the 206 at the Gooding auction this January, I hope to have the money to buy this other car.