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Market Analysis: 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta

Market Analysis: 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta

Thursday, May 14 2015
Donald OsborneThe Mangusta is now selling at parity to the small-block Grifo, as I have long believed should be the casePhoto courtesy of Silverstone AuctionsSOLD! This car, Lot 319, sold for $281,782 (£180,000), including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ NEC Motor Show sale in Birmingham, U.K., on November 16, 2014. The Mangusta is a fascinating car, beautiful in a very masculine way, powerful, rare and...
2015 California Mille Re-Cap

2015 California Mille Re-Cap

Friday, May 8 2015
For those of us who live on the east coast, there really isn’t anything like the grand sights of California. Add 70 old cars to those sights and you have pure magic.Morgan, Lotus, and Oldsmobile lined up early morning at The Little River InnThis year marked the 25th anniversary of the California Mille and with that in mind, the organizers put together a true driver’s tour through some of the most challenging and remote locations...
May 2015 Classic Car Events

May 2015 Classic Car Events

Tuesday, May 5 2015
Each weekend hundreds of collector car events are held around the country and many can be classified as “Car Shows with a Cause.”  While giving us another reason to fill our calendars, these shows have a positive impact on our communities by raising money, awareness, and hope while others honor and remember people, families and important events. Checkout the following shows happening around the country this May. ...
Mustang II - The Retrospective Look

Mustang II - The Retrospective Look

Tuesday, April 21 2015
Looking back, Lee Iacocca has been noted as saying the Mustang II “was the right car at the right time.”  Lee Iaccoca with a 1974 Mustang II Ghia (foreground) and 1965 Mustang (background)Debuting at nearly the same time as the first energy crisis in 1973, one can safely say the Mustang II’s fuel efficiency certainly helped spur sales. In comparison to many offerings at the time, most of which barely got double digit fuel...
The Sportvan's First Assignment

The Sportvan's First Assignment

Friday, April 17 2015
Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to report that our beloved "Underdog" is about to embark on it's first assignment: Support Truck for the California Mille.  The guys at Rob Ida Concepts have been addressing a few last minute upgrades and fixes for the past two weeks in anticipation of the van's pickup, managed by the fine folks at Intercity Lines: Rob Ida just checked in and advised that the transporter...
Travelling the World in a British Roadster

Travelling the World in a British Roadster

Thursday, April 9 2015
Nothing deepens the relationship with your collector car like a long road trip.  If the journey is a mechanical success, then you just might enhance the relationship with your co-driver as well.  I just finished "Road Trip!", a book written by a Lotus collector that provides light and entertaining reading about various trips in a vintage sports car.  Ross Robbins not only has some very cool cars, but he shares many...
This Day in Automotive History: Dad's 1969 Mustang

This Day in Automotive History: Dad's 1969 Mustang

Tuesday, April 7 2015
Today marks the 46th birthday of my father’s 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 which was built at the Ford plant in Metuchen, New Jersey on April 7th, 1969.  He purchased this particular car in 2004 but the love for Mach 1's started more than three decades earlier. When discharged from the Army in 1969, after a deployment in Japan, he purchased a brand new Mustang Mach 1 which happened to be the first new car he ever owned at that...
The Sportvan Hits the Highway

The Sportvan Hits the Highway

Thursday, April 2 2015
If you've ever driven in New Jersey, you may have developed a sense as to what it's like to be a Blue Angels pilot, flying in close formation at high speeds. If these pilots dealt with potholes and massive truck traffic heading to and from seaports, they would understand the true Jersey driving experience.  It gets real fun when you take an old orange van that was built as an "around towner" and drop it into 80mph traffic...
Chevy Sportvan - Project Update

Chevy Sportvan - Project Update

Tuesday, March 31 2015
The underdog van has officially had its mechanical restoration completed by our new best friends at Rick Allen's Auto repair. Now, I know everyone will tell you that their shop is "the best" however, I've been around the car scene for quite some time and I've never dealt with a group of mechanics more dedicated to accuracy and clear communication of work.  If you're in the Central NJ area, this place is worth the...
April 2015 Classic Car Events

April 2015 Classic Car Events

Tuesday, March 31 2015
We often mark the passage of time through the traditions we build into our lives.  For some it's the first day of baseball season.  Collector Car Hobbyists come to associate certain times of year with specific shows. Check out these shows happening around the country that are marking the beginning of a new season.   New York International Auto Show– Happening April 3-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC....