Yep, everything JG says.
One of approximately forty-five 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 d, Robert and Janet Eng’s “Mercedes-Adenauer” is certainly one of the best restored of the original fleet. With an appreciation for the care required to refurbish a family heirloom, JG Francis from Mercedes Motoring helped to bring the Adenauer out of its post in the Eng family’s garage, and back out onto the streets where it belongs. Today, the couple has little respite from the throngs of classic car fanatics eager to buy the immaculately restored vehicle
[Editor’s Note: Before we start, if you have been with us a while then you might recognize this car and these photos. We previously did a feature on it before but we still couldn’t turn down the opportunity of another tale about it told by Wallace Wyss from his own unique perspective, so here it is.]
Now one of my rules of barn finding (I write the Incredible Barn Finds series of books wherein I dispense lots of advice) is that you look where no one else is looking.
Like Minnesota for an exotic like the Facel II, made by Facel Vega, a French firm.
That’s because when things break on an odd foreign car, a brand that no one in the vicinity has ever seen, such cars tend to be parked.
In the barn.
Well, in this case somehow Mark Hyman, a famous classic car dealer, found it and took it to the homeland of the Facel cars, France, and sold it at the Artcurial auction for a pretty penny, despite the fact it was still lookin’ like it just came out of the barn. Continue reading →
Although this garage-find 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback was a no-sale at $1.1 million at the Gooding auction a few months back in Pebble Beach, it can be found for sale now at Gullwing Motor Cars in New York for $1,495,000. Yeah, that didn’t make sense to us either. But rather than talk about mundane numbers that have no real relevance to our everyday life, how about we talk about the history of this particular car, because it is quite sensational. It was originally ordered and purchased by James Bond creator Ian Fleming for his buddy Ivar Bryce, who was the inspiration of the character Felix Leiter, 007’s friend and CIA liaison in the fictional series.
[Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was written and sent in to us by CBI follower Phil via Reader Submission]
“If you walk around Jim & Earla Turcich’ s 1966 K code GT Mustang fastback a few times you may begin to notice that something is different. It’s the type of things that go largely unnoticed when you first see the car and perhaps therein lies the rub. The car doesn’t get out much, in fact prior to last year’s Lake Mirror (Fla) Concours it had been decades since it’s last show and even longer since it had been driven any significant miles. Continue reading →
Let me tell you, it took some huge amount of restraint to publish only half of the photos taken by Remi Dargegen of this 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial bodied by Scaglietti. A 1,984 cc DOHC Lampredi in-line four cylinder, the car has been making its rounds about the internet already as it is scheduled to hit the auction block in New York on December 10th. While each car RM/Sotheby’s are featuring in their upcoming sale is an example of absolute perfection in their own right, none offer the character epitomized by this particular old race car. As the story goes…
Now this is our kinda guy!
Today we just received an e-mail update of Kris Hicks’ project, pictured above in its latest state of progress. From him:
“Just wanted to give you and the readers an update on the restoration of my Fiat Abarth 750 Record Monza. I attached a photo showing how it currently sits. I had the frame bead-blasted and also sourced a set of floor pans and am currently fixing the rust issues as well as installing the new floors. Also, through my research I found that it is in fact an early 1958 model, not a 1960.”
Original Feature Posted August 31st, 2014:
I am pleased to report that apparently my “Share Your Own Car Story” fishing request which I have lately been so relentless about refreshing to the top of the page everyday has done its job and hooked us a big fish to read about this holiday weekend. Today, CarBuildIndex.com reader Kris H. shares the story of his 1960 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Record Monza restoration on the following page in our latest “Reader Submission” feature. Hopefully we can coax him into sending us progress reports to update here as he goes along, as it looks like an exciting project. Enjoy…
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The story of this 1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe‘s sympathetic restoration is graciously shared with us by it’s current owner, John K. of North Canton, Ohio. He created a website dedicated to the car’s history, but was kind enough to send me additional pictures of it during it’s resurrection back to exactly how it was originally raced in-period, which can be found on the following page after an abbreviated summary of it’s colorful life story…
Although this 1976 Porsche 934 is neither the subject of a build or a restoration thread, the original unmodified and unrestored condition that it’s in (which is the same as way back when it left Porsche’s racing department almost 40 years ago) was reason enough to feature it here today. In fact, I can’t recall ever coming across another all original 934, as they were built to be raced and most every other one has been modified into a 935 slant nose or other such concoction to stay competitive. This bad boy here is the real deal. After living in private collections for most of its existence, we’d say it’s most likely due for a sympathetic restoration to get it in reliable up-and-running condition again, but that’s a job for the new owner since it was recently sold by Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla, California. Lets just hope they don’t take a buffer out and polish the hell out of it and slap Armor All all over the tires, we think it happens to look good wearing a little bit of age on it. In any case, it is one of only 2 black on black 934 ever produced and has an interesting history, as told on the following page…
We always prefer a preservation over a restoration any day (especially an over restoration), so it’s good to see this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS that was purchased last year at the Gooding auction in Scottsdale for over $2 million having exactly that done. Scott Grundfor & Company, the Mercedes Benz Gullwing experts, were preparing it for the Pebble Beach show, probably for the Preservation class, but we have not been able to find any photos of it finished or at the show. Did any of our viewers see it there and have any photos of it they would like to share? What’s interesting about this car is that it’s the 5th of only 99 built (auction jargon hype talk) and was originally owned by a prominent cosmetic surgeon named Dr. Samuel L. Scher, a man who pioneered the whole concours car restoration movement. Ironic that this example is not being fully restored, as even the auction blog called it too far gone to be preserved since an engine fire back in 1969 relegated it to sitting in a garage ever since… Continue reading →
The finding of the car, that’s one big subject, covered at length in my three books called the Incredible Barn Finds series (see ordering info on the following page after the story).
But maybe a lot harder than finding the car of your dreams is buying the damn thing.
Say the wrong word and you’re out of the running.
Look at the shows on TV where they are pickers. Going from one old barn full of antiques to another. There’s a certain art to buying, with some technicalities to back it up. As a former barn finder (paid by clients to find and buy certain rare cars) here’s what I learned…
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These two shows, one on British cars, the others on French & Italian cars, are I should venture to say, the lifeblood of the foreign car collecting community in Los Angeles. Why? Because they don’t demand restored cars. In fact, why I like going to these shows is that there are some cars living on the edge, as they say, one step away from the scrapyard except that an owner somewhere loves them. This year at the April 16th Queen’s English meet I would say there were well over 100 cars, but each year that I go to this event in a nice shaded public park near the meeting of the 124 and 101 freeways, the”mix” of cars is different.
Jay Leno’s Garage just released their latest video highlighting his 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a car we previously featured a while back here. Don’t restore its cosmetics Jay!
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