How to Pay for Modifications - Twice

Posted by Bill Orth on August 2017

One of the Golden Rules of the automobile business is: almost any modification to almost any car hurts its value This has become even more valid in today’s collector car environment where originality is prized more than faddish ‘improvements.’  We bought the Testarossa above with period BBS wheels and simply HAD to replace them to originals to sell the car.

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Collector Car Restoration Trends

Posted by Bill Orth on June 2017

Fashion trends permeate virtually every human activity, from ladies wear to home design to…auto restoration. Before there was such a term as ‘collector car,’ the only people who drove old cars were laborers and teenagers. Working people were only concerned that their ride was reliable, but younger drivers took more artistic liberties. During the 1940s, kids would paint slogans on the outside of their prewar jalopies (Kilroy was here!) and hang a fox tail from the antenna. During the 1950s, tastes got more refined and shaving off chrome trim and lowering the ride height became popular, along with building enhanced performance into the engines with multiple carburetors, dual exhausts and other modifications.

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Just What is a 'Driver' Car?

Posted by Bill Orth on March 2017

 

When reading ads of vintage cars for sale, there will be the occasional prestigious award-winning examples. And then the opposite extreme: completely rotten carcasses sitting under a tree somewhere.  But, the vast majority—no matter the make or model, from Ferrari to Ford—will be billed as “drivers.” However, when reading many ads carefully, often the ‘driver’ car turns out to have been dormant for years and is, in truth, far from actually being driven anywhere.  So, what really constitutes a ‘driver’ car?

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2017 Cavallino Report - Including Big Awards.

Posted by Bill Orth on February 2017

Each January for the past twenty-six years, one of the world’s most prestigious vintage Ferrari events has been held in Palm Beach, Florida on the grounds of the famous oceanfront Breakers Resort. It's known as the Cavallino Classic.  Farland Classic Restoration has had three 1960s Ferraris restored in our shop accepted for judging in recent years. Each was a 1960/61 250 pininfarina cabriolet Series II, and each car won the Platinum award in class, which is the highest accolade the IAC/PFA (International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile) awards, the criteria for which is scoring a minimum of 97 points out of a possible 100. 

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Amelia Island Video

Posted by Tom Van Ness on May 2016

 We are just back from the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida. Please click our video about this spectacular annual show and the 1972 Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS that we restored, and represented for our client. 

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Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Report

Posted by Tom Van Ness on March 2016

The Farland Classic Restoration team is just back from the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the week of fun therein. We're back home with memories of amazing cars and several awards to toot our horns about. 

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