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Vintage Rallies Close to Cannonball

A group of three approaches the top of the pass.

A group of three approaches the top of the pass.

We have a very close relationship with Rich and Jean Taylor at Vintage Rallies, and I wanted to create a video to promote and build their events. So, earlier this summer we gathered some favorite customers and friends together for a spectacular day of enthusiastic driving on wonderful back roads. We closed down the shop, and Nate, Casey, Peter and I were actually able to enjoy the cars we work so hard on.

We made sure that every car had a camera and a co-driver to run it. The result, a brief, but fun piece that shows just beginning of some of the capabilities that these cars possess. Video after the jump (click here). » Continue reading “Vintage Rallies Close to Cannonball”

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Cleaning and Ebaying

IMG_5760We cleaned out the attic over the holiday and discovered a number of items that we’ll be putting on eBay in the coming weeks. Currently listed are a Bosch Voltage Regulator (black box BOSCH) 6v 12v volt for returning your classic back to the original configuration – or just the look.

Ferrari Bonaldi Brake Booster for rebuild will only stop you in your tracks in it’s current condition – not working – but in very nice cosmetic shape.

A rare Ferrari 275 GTB and GTB/4 Egg-Crate Grille Brandoli reproduction isn’t easy to come by and is in good condition.

Marchall 660 Fog Lights for Ferrari 250, 225, 212, 166 will actually look at home on a variety of other cars including Porsche 356, Mercedes 300, etc.

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Testarossa Hood

A customer swung by with the pictured Testarossa hood asking if we could repair it. We said we’d check it out, and he asked for a very rough ballpark estimate of what it could run – you know, is it $20 dollars or twenty-thousand? Initially we said it’d be a few grand, but when Eben saw it, his experience as the panel beater and sculptor rang true, with an estimate of about $5k to make it perfect again. The aluminum can only be worked so much, and new material would have to be welded in.

It was a better deal to just replace it with a used panel and let the owner keep the crushed one as a souvenir – you may ask, how’d he do it? The guy he bought it from did.


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Black Ferrari Testarossa and 308 QV

A man called me one year ago asking for help locating and purchasing a nice Ferrari 308 GTS. He told me that a friend of a friend told him about us, the power of word of mouth exposure!

We spoke for some time and decided that the best series 308 for him was the later Quattrovalvole. I did not have any in stock so I called a good friend Peter Sweeney who at the time had one but a second one coming in one week.

I called the buyer and told him that in one week we would meet at Peter Sweeney’s and see the two 308′s, one red with a black interior and one red/tan. Both cars were well serviced and ready to go but the tan car was just a tiny percentage point nicer. We both really liked the slightly modified lowered Penske coil over shocks and the Stainless Steel exhaust.

I transported the car to the owners home and he called me nearly every day expressing his appreciation for helping him find the car and for how much he enjoys the car. The man was very sick from liver failure and was at the point of his life that he wanted to live his dream.

Not long after buying the Ferrari 308, he wanted another car. He did not know what to buy so naturally I was the first person he called to help spend his money. We decided that for the amount he wanted to spend a Ferrari Testarossa showcases serious performance for the dollar and I just happened to have a sinister looking black car coming in.

With his illness progressing rapidly, the buyer wanted to get the car as soon as possible and had a chance to drive the car 1000 miles before he passed away in early October. He was enthusiastic and enjoyed every experience of car ownership, the pursuit, driving, servicing, cleaning, and preserving by replacing minor worn parts such as the hood release levers that had cracks in the housings.

The black 1986 Ferrari Testarossa is for sale fully serviced two years ago and needs nothing.
The Red 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV is for sale with a super responsive suspension, nice interior and having a recent belt service.

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