'34 Ford, Best-in-Show
My first classic car was a 1966 Ford Mustang which I sold in 2009. I missed this car so much that I told my husband that I'd really like to get another classic because I enjoyed going to shows and driving around in the car.
He said we should check out Gateway Classic Cars in NJ so we made a Saturday of it to check out their showroom. He said let's just go there and look. I'll suggest that he is the thinker in the family and I am the impetuous one!
We walked around upon arrival and we were kidding each other on which ones we liked. We bumped into a 1934 Ford Truck and I said that's a winner. So we bought it with the help of JJ Best and their team. What a great experience we had and the results gave me a best in show winner on our first show this year!
- Kathy & Edward Clark
Francis Fay and his 1970 Datsun 1600
My father traded in his 1968 Datsun 1600 Roadster for a Volkswagen Campmobile. It was exciting to get the VW, but sad to let the Datsun go. Personally, as a kid, I couldn't get excited about saying "good bye" to the Datsun being traded in for a very slow family minivan type of vehicle. I had always dreamed of the day I'd be able to drive my father's Datsun. My Dad honestly loved the car but from a family practicality purpose or function, it didn't work. The family was too big and the car too small.
I thought I'd get to keep the car or get it when I turned 16, but he decided to sell the car only after 3 years, and It made no sense to hold onto the car for a few years. Ever since, I've always wanted a Datsun and have looked for years, never finding the right car.
This Datsun came up at Duncan Imports and Classic Cars Sales and I knew it was the right car. I travelled 9 hours to see the car and brought with me a Nissan/Datsun mechanic to inspect. It was beautiful and I knew instantly, it was finally the right car.
I had done my homework in advance and reached out to J.J. Best and got approved before I even saw the car. It was the smoothest transaction in history. No surprises, no shocks. The interest rate was great too. I couldn't be happier.
Wayne Wirth TX, 1930 Stutz Blackhawk
I owned one when I went to UCLA in 1950, this year I saw the car in a catalogue, went to the auction and just fell in love with it.” We financed this car for Wayne at Worldwide Auctions.
A 1930 Stutz Blackhawk Speedster, we have only been able to find 4 others in the same year with different body styles. The Blackhawk was a companion car to the Stutz manufactured in 1929 with around 1600 built over a 2 year time span. While the Stutz was very expensive, the Blackhawk was marketed as a more affordable alternative, however it was actually more expensive to build (because of a new chassis style they engineered for the Blackhawk)!
Wayne at 86, has a very happy garage with a 1929 Packard, his 1930 Stutz Blackhawk, and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird in it. “I love the way the front looks- it has this gothic appearance to it with huge Ryan headlights.” While the Blackhawk needs a little bit of work, he enjoys spending his time working on it, when he was 18 years old he re-built the engine of the Stutz he owned then, and luckily these old cars are still just as easy to work on.
1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442
Jermaine grew up enjoying and hearing stories about the only car his dad ever owned, a 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass. When he passed away in 2004, his family sold the car, and Jermaine’s hunt for Oldsmobiles began. He had a list of 5 different Oldsmobiles he dreamt of owning, now completed with his most recent purchase of the 1967 Cutlass pictured at the right.
But it started off where it all began, purchasing the same model he grew up loving and one felt honored driving, a 1974 Cutlass. The list went on as so, he purchased another 74, then a 73, a 55, and then a 70 (442) and 67, his two favorite Oldsmobiles and the two he still owns today.
Phil Perlini’s 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont 88
“When I was a kid in the 60's and 70's, I had a neighbor who bought a new Olds every 2 years. Mostly 88s or 98s and usually some shade of dark green, I always thought the 2DR 88s with the fastback look were super cool. There was something about the '68 Delmont with the combo of the front grille, fastback look and the rear bumper/ taillights that has always stuck with me. When I saw this one on Facebook, I jumped at the chance. The owner(s) before me each did a lot of work on this car and it is very nice. I love driving it around, the feel, smell, sounds all bring me back to some great times. I go to the Dog 'n Suds with it on Saturdays to show it off. This car makes me feel like the "greaser" I always wanted to be growing up.”
“Over the years, I had a '66 Ford Mustang, 6cyl 3 Sp, a 67 F-85 Olds Cutlass with a 6 Cyl, 2 speed, a '65 Olds Dynamic 88 with a 425 and 3 Sp, an '87 Chevy El Camino with a 305 and 3 Sp and finally my '68 Delmont 88 with a 350 and 2 sp. Just like any "car guy" there's always some regret when you sell one, but the bright side is it makes room for the new old one.”
My favorite car is always the one that's in my garage, 'til it's not...
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