From the Shop and Showroom

From the Shop and Showroom

Don't Get Rejected at the DMV - Classic Car Titles

Posted by Bill Orth on May 2019

Negotiable, in checks or titles means you can transact it. If a seller has a negotiable title, he can transfer it to a buyer who should have no problems registering the car in his name.  Determining title status is a critical step in your due diligence, because if it isn’t completely correct, you can’t register or insure the car you just bought! Now - this is all assuming that you have already compared the title VIN number to the vehicle itself! 

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Let's Sell it Ourselves!

Posted by Bill Orth on January 2019

An integral part of owning a special car, be it a Ferrari or a Firebird, is the necessity of selling it one day. Perhaps your interest has waned or you’re ready to experience the next rung up the ladder. Typical family cars are usually simply traded in on the next one because there are logistical advantages with taxes, finance payoffs and expediency. But a classic or collector car rarely accommodates a trade scenario very well and generally needs to be turned into cash for the next acquisition. Let's discuss why.

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Classic Car Restoration - Sittin' Disease

Posted by Bill Orth on October 2018

With a nod to my friend Dave Olimpi for coining the phrase, ‘sittin’ disease’ is a great catch-all to describe the varied deterioration all cars suffer when allowed to, well, sit. Most classic car buffs realize the problem exists, but often don’t appreciate how pervasive—and expensive—it can be to undergo classic car restoration on an old car that’s been hibernating for years.  

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27 Years of Restoring Classic Cars - Let's Tour the Shop

Posted by Tom Van Ness on May 2018

Farland Classic Restoration has been around since 1991. We are a leader in the restoration of investment-level classic cars. One look at the shop tells you that we are very serious about the work that we do. For those who haven't seen it, here's a quick tour! 

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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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