328GTB in Italy

Having sold the 1988 328 that I bought at Bonhams last January, I have the itch to get another one. My friend in Italy found this excellent red/tan car in his neighborhood and I bought it last week. It will be great to get it here because this is a European specification car with more power which will be fun to compare to the U.S. spec cars that we have enjoyed so much.

Sharing the container with this 328 GTB is a 308GTB “Carter Secco” that I have purchased for re-sale so stay tuned to this blog and my website for updates.

328GTB Euro Spec

Ferrari 328GTB

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1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I recently purchased this 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe and am just thrilled about how nice this car is.  There are a few visual cues that prove that its a European Production car such as the narrow bumper over-riders to fit the long license plate and rectangular side markers on the front fenders.  This car has  low miles and flawless paint and spectacular original interior that is testament to the care this car has received over the years. Its currently in Orlando Florida and in a few days I’ll fly in and drive it to Amelia Island for the big show and Auctions on March 6-9. It’ll be so great to get out of the Northeast after this brutal winter.

If you are at the Amelia Island festivities this week, look out for this car and grab a card off the windshield wiper, I’d like you to take it for a spin and get your feedback.

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A Very Early Ferrari 166

Early Ferrari engine

Engine to Ferrari 166 Coupe

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.

Berlinetta Ferrari 166 Touring

Two Very Early Ferrari Berlinetta

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Jaguar XKE Roadster and Coupe

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.

XKE Roadster in BRG

British Racing Green XKE

1971 XKE Coupe Jaguar

XKE Series II Coupe 1971

S-I and S-II XKE's For Sale

Series I and II Jaguar XKE’S

 

 

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1971 Jaguar XKE Coupe

Jaguar XKE S-II Coupe

Jaguar XKE Coupe 4.2

The Series I 3.8 Coupe sold recently so we just purchased this very nice and original Series II Coupe. Peter is leaving early next week to pick up the car and get it here for a check up. The car is supposed to be in very good driving condition but as you can imagine, it is going to need some things. Let me know if you want more information on this wonderful XKE!

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Air Cooled Porsches

Porsches for Sale

Air Cooled Porsches

Porsche Targa, Cab, Coupe and Roadster

911 and 356 Porsche’s for sale

 

We have a huge selection of Porsche cars for sale, all of these are available and I have a few others showing up on our website soon. A friend or mine wants to sell his 30,000 mile 1986 Cab, a 1987 Turbo Coupe and know of a bunch of other 911′s but there aren’t too many 356′s out there.

 

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Jaguar XKE 3.8 Coupe

Series I 3.8 Jaguar XKE

Series I 3.8 Jaguar XKE

Last August when I was in Monterrey, one of my customers asked me to keep an eye out for a Jaguar XKE Series I Coupe for him. There were probably 50 XKE Roadsters mixed into the various Auctions but the only Coupe was at the Gooding sale and it was a magnificent black/red S-I 4.2.  After lots of prodding, I convinced my customer to let me take it to $95,000 but the billionaires were happy to take her to $148,000!

It makes sense that the coupes are raising in value because you rarely see them for sale, last year there were probably 50 roadsters at the auctions in CA.  but coupes are rarely seen. Since last August, Gooding has sold a number of S-I Coupes for well over $100,000 which makes me think that maybe these are $150K cars! I’ve always loved the look of the coupes whether they are the S-I or S-II versions and think that Jaguar XKE’s offer the best performance for the money out there.

So, back to my customer. In late April, I found this car, a late production S-I 3.8 in Florida. He asked me to set up a Pre-Purchase Inspection and handle all of the details of the sale and if the car was described accurately he’d buy it. I sent my own money as a deposit and signed an intent to purchase contract and had it transported to a Jaguar Specialist for inspection. The day that the inspection report was sent to me was the same day that my customer was in a serious car accident and was in a medically induced coma for weeks. He was really hurt and it will be probably years before he can drive again but has recovered amazingly well!

Since I signed the intent to purchase contract and sent the deposit, I reluctantly bought the car, nervous because I can’t really afford it and paid “full retail” for it!

Well, its here now and I am super impressed with every little detail on the car.  The paint is wonderful, the interior is original and lovely and the floors and bodywork are totally original and solid. The door and hood gaps are spot on, all of the engine detailing is correct and it has all of the books and tools suggests careful and conscientious ownership from day one.

BRG XKE 3.8 Coupe for sale

XKE S-I 3.8 Coupe Interior

3.8 Coupe Engine

Engine for XKE 3.8 Coupe

 

 

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Silver and Grey

Sepia tone Ferrari

Altered photo of Ferraris

I’m not feeling too inspired to write on the blog but thought I’d try to make a photo look like it was taken years ago. Not that successful. These are two cars that I really like, the convertible is an outstanding original example of a Pininfarina Cabriolet and the other car is Ian’s 330 2+2 that we just finished re-upholstering.

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XKE Jaguar Ready For a New Home

There was so much activity on this Jaguar that is sold quickly and effortlessly. I wish all deals were as seamless as this one. I like selling cars that are under no assumption of being operable, there aren’t any expectations of grandeur, it’s just an unemotional exchange of a commodity.

Delivering an XKE Jaguar

Transporting Jaguar XKE

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How Does the Jaguar XKE Look?

XKE underside front

Under the front engine area

XKE Roadster floors

Floors from an XKE Roadster

Bottom of the door

Drivers door bottom, solid

It looks very good to me, solid and straight. There is more “top rot” on the car than deterioration on the undercarriage.

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