You’ve probably seen ads from this place because they’re everywhere. They’re always of some interesting classic in dubious condition sitting in a white void with what seems like an absurd price. I don’t know anything about the sales experience with these guys, but they were honest enough with me about one car I can’t get out of my mind. The cars don’t get any less questionable in person, but I have to say, this is one of the most fascinating car dealer spaces I’ve ever been in. They have an incredible variety of rare and interesting cars most in a state that would make you want to run away screaming. I mean, there are what can only be described as derelicts. But, of amazing cars. Some with sold stickers.
Jobjoris and I paid them a visit a couple weeks ago and were agog at what we found.
This Ghibli is in near mint shape in the world of the Beverly Hills Car Club. I’d say it’s only been sitting for +/- 5 years.
Those and this Pantera were in the good room.
The warehouse in back is where the really fun stuff is.
A goddam herd of dusty E-Types.
This one has a few more issues:
That’s still a rare car that I guess if it has a VIN plate, is worth restoring in some fashion.
That thing started life as a 1962 Maserati 3500. Not much of the Maserati is left as you can see as it now has a less than flattering fiberglass body, and a rear end and motor out of a Chevy.
That is one of the most mind-boggling cars I have ever seen. It was once a 1956 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato “Double Bubble” and now it’s a work of art. Well, it was always a work of art, actually, but now it’s a different kind of art. At some point, a Corvair transaxle with custom cut gears and a Buick V8 were shoved in and this little car became an ice racer on Big Lake Alaska. It was actually featured on Bring a Trailer last year when it was on eBay for $300,000. You read that correctly. The owner who ice raced it had two 250TR Ferrari Testarossas that he also raced on the lake, but apparently they didn’t live as hard a life as the Abarth. He also claimed this was the 750 that won the Mille Miglia which would make its fate even more unfortunate, but I don’t know if that claim was ever substantiated. I can’t imagine BHCC got it for anywhere near that eBay price as they’ve seemingly moved it.
That’s the one I want to bring home. I know I shouldn’t, but it’s one of my (admittedly many) dream cars. A Glas 1700 GT. Yeah, it’s in dodgy condition. There’s rust, but they all have rust. Their bodies were built by Frua in Italy and then shipped to Germany where they were finished at the Glas factory. But, they were literally rusty by the time they got there, so you’ll never find a completely clean one. It also has an automatic transmission that may have been added later. Glas never made a GT with an auto as far as anyone knows, but it’s possible this was a special order for America because the 1700 sedan got an automatic, so it could be an original Glas unit. These cars are really rare and special. BMW even kept building them after acquiring Glas, but I prefer these original Glas cars without the pasted on kidney grille. So awesome. I nearly plotzed when I saw it. It’s got a nice bird’s nest of wires too, and I have no room for it, but I want it anyway.
I’m still not 100% certain I’d buy a car from these guys, but it’s a really entertaining place to visit.
An an added bonus, on the way home, we spotted this poor Renault Dauphine sitting in the weeds outside a little bodega. The owner says it runs, so I told him I expect to see him driving it next time I’m in the neighborhood.