Abandoned and Stalled Projects

Posted by Bill Orth on November 2016

Each of us, at one time or another, have started projects that never quite got finished, from model airplanes as kids to more complicated jobs later on.  After the acceptance it wasn’t going to get done, the project was disposed of somehow or finished by hired help and we moved on.

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Santa Fe Concorso Car Show 2016

Posted by Tom Van Ness on September 2016

Our team is just back from the 2016 Santa Fe Concorso over a lovely New Mexico weekend. We were happy to bring down our 1962 Porsche 356 Super 90 Sunroof coupe, as well as a 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder that we restored a couple of years ago. 

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Bringing a Ferrari 412 Back to Life

Posted by Bill Orth on August 2016

Our adjacent blog story outlines the history of the 412’s development by Ferrari, from their earlier, simpler 2+2s to the emergence of Ferrari’s first real luxury car.  One of our clients was searching for one of these ‘80s masterpieces and we were fortunate to locate one squirreled away in a Houston warehouse after the former owner passed away.  

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Ferrari's First Luxury Car - The 412

Posted by Bill Orth on August 2016

Even early on, Enzo Ferrari catered to a very select, fortunate clientele, many of whom were European royalty, film stars and producers or just really, really wealthy.  It was the patronage of these individuals who bought his road cars that funded Ferrari’s racing efforts.  Many are the one-off, specially-outfitted cars done for important clients, and as the years went by, more engineering effort went into developing cars that were luxurious by intent, like the 250GT Lusso, whose name actually means ‘luxury’ in Italian.

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Our Latest Around the Shop Video

Posted by Tom Van Ness on June 2016

Click the video to see our latest update. We're finishing up a beautiful 1971 Volvo P1800, working on a couple of Ferraris and more. 

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The Dramatic Rise of the Lowly Ferrari 2+2s

Posted by Bill Orth on April 2016

For many years, the various 2+2 model Ferraris have been considered ugly ducklings and only worth a mere fraction of their 12-cylinder siblings’ value. The 250 GTE, Ferrari’s first 2+2, debuted in 1960 and quickly became a popular car, even when sitting next to the other contemporary 250-series icons, like the SWB and California Spiders, because it was a more practical automobile.

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Thoughts on Pricing on High-End Classics

Posted by Tom Van Ness on December 2015

Since 2013,  many specialty cars have exploded even more dramatically in value.  Porsche 930 Turbos have gone from being cheap cars to commanding very significant money.  Ferraris last went nuts in 1988 when Enzo died, but the past eighteen months have seen even more phenomenal appreciation in their  normal production  cars like the 308 & 328 series, the previously-unsellable V12 2+2s and even the trouble-prone F355s. 
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