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BMW 507 Roadster

The 507 frame is a shortened 503 frame, the wheelbase having been reduced from 2,835 millimetres (111.6 in) to 2,480 millimetres (98 in). Overall length is 4,835 millimetres (190.4 in), and overall height is 1,257 millimetres (49.5 in). Curb weight is about 1,330 kilograms (2,930 lb). The body was almost entirely hand-formed of aluminium, and no two models were exactly the same.

Front suspension is parallel double wishbones, with torsion bar springs and an anti-roll bar. Rear suspension has a live axle, also sprung by torsion bars, and located by a Panhard rod and a central, transverse A-arm to control acceleration and braking forces. Brakes are Alfin drum brakes of 284.5 mm (11.2 in) diameter, and power brakes were optional. Late-model 507s had front Girling disc brakes.
The engine is BMW’s aluminium alloy OHV V8, of 3,168 cubic centimetres (193.3 cu in) displacement, with pushrod-operated overhead valves. It had two Zenith 32NDIX two-barrel carburetors, a chain-driven oil pump, high-lift cams, a different spark advance curve, polished combustion chamber surfaces, and a compression ratio of 7.8:1, yielding 150 metric horsepower (110 kW) DIN at 5,000 rpm. It is mated to a close ratio four-speed manual transmission.  A contemporary road test of a 507 with the standard 3.70:1 final drive was reported in Motor Revue, stating a 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 122 mph.

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

In Ferrari’s first official announcement of the car, the 458 Italia was described as the successor to the F430 but arising from an entirely new design, incorporating technologies developed from the company’s experience in Formula 1. And now, words cannot describe the sensual nature of latest iteration of this model, the 458 Italia Spider. This is one Ferrari that I lusted for from the initial revelation of the Spider configuration in 2012. In ordering this very special automobile I chose to recognize the evolution of this model from it’s mid engine roots, the Dino. I opted to configure my 458 in the same livery as our 73 Dino with the exterior color in Nero & the interior being Crema with Bordeaux stitching, piping & Daytona inserts. I also had the retractable roof panel colored in Mat Black as is the Targa roof on the Dino. The end result has garnered rave reviews at every showing. The driving sensation of the 458 is so far beyond description that you really have to experience it first hand. Maranello has really outdone themselves with this one!!!

 

Toyota 2000GT

This was our first Toyota 2000GT, purchased from it’s early caretaker in Duluth Minnesota in 1976. We’ve owned this particular 2000GT five times over the last 38 years & now this old friend is a permanent part of our core collection. This example is incredibly original including the original engine & drive train as well as the completely original unrestored interior. It feels & fits like that old pair of comfortable shoes that you just can’t part with & puts a smile on your face every time you wear them(drive it)!!!

Welcome home…again…baby!!!

Toyota Shelby/2000GT

This is undoubtedly the most historically significant sports/racing car to ever come out of “The Land of the Rising Sun”. Bearing the VIN: MF10-10001(the first serial #’d Toyota 2000GT), combined with it’s stellar performance in Toyota’s first ever U.S. racing venture (1968 SCCA C-Production) where it was prepared & campaigned by Carroll Shelby for Toyota, we have the ultimate Japanese sports/racing car!!!

We added this car to our collection in 1980 & finished the frame off restoration in the early 90’s. Since then the car has seen action at NHIS, Monterey, Morroso & The Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car & it’s history were featured in a full length Japanese documentary that was released in movie theaters in Tokyo early in 2010.

This amazing piece of automotive history was campaigned in 2013 at NHIS, The Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival & The Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix. We achieved several “podium” finishes including 2 first place finishes! We’re anxious to see what awaits in the 2014 season!!!

Toyota 2000GT Convertible

Purchased in 1991 from the second owner, Tyson’s Toyota, we performed a restoration & conversion to create the only Toyota 2000GT “convertible” in the world. The “Bond 007” license plate attracts a lot of attention during ralleys & cruise nights as people remember the original 2000GT “Bond” car from the Ian Flemming film, “You Only Live Twice”. This particular car has run the New England 1000 Ralley twice & participated in several shows & driving events proving it’s reliability born of true Toyota tradition. Interested parties should e-mail or call to discuss specific details & pricing.