Below is the Listing of Vehicles Undergoing Restoration

1950 Citroen Traction Avant 15/6 A rare Traction Avant ("front drive") with a big straight-six-cylinder engine. This one was the personal car of a former Citroen dealership owner and was in storage in his basement for almost 40 years until we purchased it in the fall of 2010. Eventually the car will be restored and enjoyed, but for now we're enjoying its "barn-find" patina.
1953 Willys Aero Falcon Did you know that Willys, the famous "Jeep" manufacturer, also made cars for a few years? This is one of them. This particular Aero Falcon was purchased from one of my former co-workers in 2003. It has a fully-known history and only shows 12,347 miles on the odometer. Considering its rust-free condition, that's a very believeable mileage.
1958 Fiat 600 A nice straight, solid car offered and sold to us by friend Tim up in NY in the fall of 2010. Bought with no engine and it needs just about everything else redone as well, but will be a nice restoration and a fun driver when finished.
1959 Fiat Multipla Been looking for one of these (that we could afford!) for decades. In the summer of 2011, the wait came to an end. I found a Craigslist ad in Virginia and was first to call and basically bought it sight-unseen over the phone. The body is in good shape and most of its parts (allegedly) came with it, albeit in boxes inside. Will be a fun long-term restoration project.
1960 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet Partially restored in the Midwest. I was contacted via email and asked if we'd be interested in completing the car's restoration. We agreed and the Folkerts family took a road-trip to the Kansas City area to pick it up and bring it home.
1960 Fiat 2100 Sedan This car was a well-loved daily driver of an elderly gentleman from New Jersey. The previous owner didn't have as much time to enjoy it as that original owner, so it sat outside a few years before I picked it up. This is a VERY well-engineered solid car I look forward to restoring.
1960 Lancia Appia Vignale Cabriolet A rare Vignale-bodied Lancia convertible. Purchased as a restoration candidate needing a drivetrain, a pair of doors, bumpers, etc. Located and purchased a partscar in California (thanks to Mike M. for help with that) which will make the restoration possible.
1961 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet A Pininfarina-bodied Fiat convertible. Purchased as a rolling, steering shell, but with not much more. I will hope to find and buy an appropriate parts car which will make a restoration possible. Another option is to create a "resto-mod" with a later Fiat engine and transmission, plus modern parts (brakes, wheels, interior, etc.).
1961 Lancia Appia Vignale Cabriolet Parts car located in northern California in late 2004. With friend Mike M.'s help and patience, I cut it in half and towed the front half home on a tow dolly - facing backwards - with a Lancia Beta Coupe. Will become the donor of many needed parts (drivetrain, windshield, etc.) to the black one.
1961 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupe One of my all-time favorite designs, and a long-time "wish-list" car. Located this one for sale in New York by a former Lancia race driver who was liquidating his collection. Good solid body, mechanicals, and interior but needs a lot of help with cosmetics and trim.
1962 International Scout "800" Restoration project purchased from my friend Phillip R. in southeastern PA who rented an apartment to this truck's previous owner until he passed away. A rare early Scout 800 with fold-down windshield. Currently a 4-cylinder, but may receive the V8 from the parts truck I got with the package.
1964 Ford Thunderbird Bought this car, and the 1965 parts car, from an elderly neighbor friend. The car has great options - the 390-4bbl, swiveling front seats with swing-away steering column, landau roof, red leather - and was well-cared-for until recently, when it was parked outside under a vinyl tarp. I'm pretty sure I see enough in the car's potential to return it to its once-beautiful condition.
1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Another rare barn find, this low-production "big Alfa" was used in Europe in the late 60s and early 70s by a US soldier stationed in Italy during the Vietnam War. He brought it home and parked it in his sister's barn in 1974. There it sat until I bought it. Click the link for the whole fascinating story.
1965 AMC Rambler Marlin The first "American Muscle Car" of the collection. Has a 327 V8/automatic and wide, period bias-ply tires on period alloy wheels. Needs full restoration, but a good candidate to work with. The white-over-purple-over-turquoise paint will all have to be stripped, and then we must decide which color to go with!
1966 Fiat 1500 Coupe One of the rarest in the collection. A factory Coupe version of the popular Fiat 1500 Cabriolet series. Anyone know of any others out there? This particular car was discovered in and rescued from downtown Washington D.C. by friend John D. and then he sold it to me a few years later. Needs full restoration - bodywork, engine transplant, fuel systems, brakes, etc.
1966 Plymouth Fury III Convertible A big-block 383ci with 4-barrel carburetor and 727 automatic transmission. I had known of this car for several years before finally coming to own it - it belonged to the neighbor of a local friend. A very cool old droptop big-block Mopar I really wanted to add to our collection. Once I get it running and driving, we look forward to using it for "cruise nights" as it gets restored over the years.
1967 Fiat 124 Sport Spider Very rare 1967 124 Spider purchased from Pete A. out of Colorado; he had rescued it locally and had it for many years. This car features the dashboard-mounted heater controls, chrome steering wheel, lack of center console, and other characteristics of the VERY early 124 Spider model.
1967 Fiat 850 Spider Owned and enjoyed by a CA resident until he was transferred to New England. His 2 1967 850 Spiders came with him. Now that he's retired, he's returning to CA, but without the Fiats. I was lucky enough to have found his ad and was the first one there with a trailer - yes, both fit on one trailer! A really nice, solid, French Blue covered headlight 850 Spider.
1967 Fiat 850 Spider This car was the second purchased as a package with the one above, and has the same story. The only difference is that this one was more complete as purchased and has a later 903cc engine installed. If I'm not able to sell for a decent price, I'll eventually get around to restoring this one as well.
1967 Fiat 850 Spider Rolling shell purchased from the Harrisburg, PA area. Awaiting installation of drivetrain. Good history includes old photos and SCCA Logbook.
1967 Fiat 850 Spider Traded some parts to friend Doug R. in Ohio for this shell. Installed the drivetrain from a former 1973 850 Spider partscar to this car, so it currently has a 903 engine. Also has a great history including old "as-raced" photos and SCCA Logbook.
1967 Lancia Flavia Pininfarina Coupe 1.8-litre Kugelfisher-injected horizontally-opposed "flat" 4-cylinder. Needs most exterior chrome, but otherwise complete and in nice shape.
1967 Lancia Fulvia Coupe Nice original Fulvia needing complete restoration. Was originally Lancia legend Tom Sheehan's wife's personal car.
1967 Porsche 912 The seller of the Multipla and I got to talking and he asked if we'd be interested in an old Porsche he had 'round back. We took a look and for the price he wanted, instantly struck a deal. It has typical Porsche rust that needs correcting, and the car came without an engine, but we just happen to have a good 2-liter Porsche engine sitting around...
1968 Citroen DS-21 Pallas This car was purchased off of Craigslist in Houston in early 2009 after an exhaustive search for an interesting car in Texas. The car was picked up, looked after, and worked on by good friend Csaba in Fort Worth. In March of 2010, the Folkerts family flew to Texas for a working vacation and to pick up "The Goddess" and drive her home to PA.
1968 Fiat 124 Spider An early-production Spider found on Long Island in late 2008. This car is a three-owner German-market car and still has all the German DOT requirements. An early "pre-console" car that will be restored and enjoyed.
1968 Fiat 124 Spider Rescued in 1995 from an Escondido, CA scrapper...several times. Now my "Ultimate Spider" project. 1968 body with 1980 nose and doors grafted on. Two-litre engine, custom interior, Minilite wheels, race springs, Koni shocks, power windows, etc...the best of everything that Fiat and the aftermarket had to offer - on one car!
1968 Fiat 850 Spider Found this one on Craigslist in New Hampshire in early winter of 2008-9. We drove up to pick it up and got stranded in a surprise blizzard coming home through Vermont. This car is nearly complete and relatively sound. Will need a full restoration, but it'll be well worth it on this rare, early, covered-headlight model.
1969 Fiat 124 Coupe A good, solid, running AC purchased from a dedicated AC enthusiast in Ohio. This was his daily driver until he found another AC with which to replace it. Will be restored.
1969 Fiat 850 Coupe I discovered this car in a field next to a junkyard in Tucson. I tracked down the owner, purchased it, and towed it across the country. Nearly rustfree and complete.
1969 Lancia Fulvia Coupe Nice original Fulvia Coupe missing drivetrain. Will either be restored as original or modified with a modern drivetrain.
1969 Volvo P1800S Coupe This car came with a Volvo/Triumph used-parts inventory I purchased in 2009. It's likely restorable but needs a complete drivetrain and a lot of work.
1970 Fiat 850 Racer Fiat sold the 850 Racer in 1970-71 as a special hardtop-only version of the 850 Spider. This is a great, solid car found in Texas and rescued by friend Christopher J. from whom I purchased it. Still has the Texas dealership decal on the back and the appropriate sun-faded paint. Drivetrain disassembled for restoration.
1971 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe I had my eye on this car for at least ten years before buying it. My friend Dan in Philadelphia owned it for many years after discovering it in a barn, and traded it to another friend of ours. Eventually I got the call asking if I wanted to buy it, and I didn't hesitate to jump right on it.
1971 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe Local friend Dwight V. gets the credit for finding me this one. This car belonged to the wife of the owner of the Fiat dealership for which Dwight worked many years ago. It had been stored in the barn of a friend of his for decades until being offered back to Dwight, who, in turn, offered it to me. Will be restored to original.
1971 Fiat 850 Spider A local car I found on Craigslist. Had been partially converted to a race-car (hollowed doors, cut windshield frame, etc.) and came with a rebuilt 843cc engine. Not sure I'll ever use it as a race-car, but it would be fun to finish it with a low frameless windscreen. Originally bright yellow...can't wait until it shines again one day!
1972 Fiat 128 Wagon A very rare find that was purchased via eBay from southern Ohio.
1972 Fiat 130 Coupe One of the nicest and rarest vehicles in the Garagemahal. 3.2-litre V6 with 5-speed ZF transmission. One of only a handful in North America, and perhaps the only one with the manual transmission. A handbuilt Pininfarina exotic. Once exchange rates are more favorable, I'll bring home the parts I've stashed in London, England for this car's restoration!
1972 Fiat 238 Wohnmobile I first became aware of this car when Euro-model-importer friend Simon had it for sale. He brought it to the Carlisle Import show to sell and I regretted not buying it! It eventually went to friend Rich S. out in California, and many years later we bought it from Rich. This was the Oregon '09/IronButt 2009 subject car after a bit of preparation in the capable hands of Wine Country Motors in Napa and Sacramento-area friend Mike.
1972 Toyota Landcruiser FJ-40 Had one in college in Buffalo (see former vehicles page) and always wanted another. Got a tip from a friend that one of his friends might be selling his project. Bought it with a ton of spare parts. Landcruisers are such cool trucks.
1973 Fiat 850 Sport Spider Another amazing find from my friend Dan in Philly. This car was partially disassembled for restoration and put into storage in 1979. That owner died and Dan bought it from his widow. This very original car may be the most rustfree unrestored 850 in the Northeast.
1974 Fiat X1/9 While living in Las Vegas (2002), I purchased this car from a guy in the CA desert who had as many British cars as I have Italian ones. He had to take this one with another Brit he wanted, and was happy to sell it to me. Completely original in every way, including the paint and ugly period-correct side mouldings. Drove it to FFO West in Denver and then home.
1975 Fiat 128 Sport Coupe This car is a very rare 128 Sport L Coupe. It was only built from 1971 to 1975, and this is one of the last of them, manufactured in April of 1975. This particular car has a great history as well. Currently fitted with a fuel-injected 1500cc engine and 5-speed transmission.
1975 Lancia Beta Coupe A remarkably nice Lancia rescued by friend Tom N. in New York. Body and interior are gorgeous and it needs only minor mechanical and electrical sorting to be 100 percent.
1975 Lancia Beta Coupe Purchased in Seattle, WA in 2002 with a PERFECT tan leather interior and dual 40 DCNF carbs. Installed front Koni struts on cut springs and installed an NOS Monza exhaust and Euro Carellos. We attended Oregon 2003 and got as far as Boise, ID, where it was completely torn down and rebuilt by friend Dwight A. Completed the drive home in July 2005.
1976 AMC Pacer X Rescued from friend Philip's farm in southeastern PA. Originally lemon yellow, same color as the one my father bought brand new in 1976. This one Will be either restored or re-sold as it is.
1976 Fiat 128 Sedan A rare 128 sedan in 2-door form. Restoration candidate purchased in Georgia, from eBay, DURING Fiat FreakOut 2004. Thankfully, it's mostly surface rust and the car is otherwise complete and very restorable.
1976 Fiat 131 A good, solid, two-door automatic with air conditioning. Was a daily driver of a young Philadelphian until I purchased it. Will be converted to a 5-speed manual transmission when restored and will then be turned over to friend Dwight A.
1976 Fiat 131 A complete 4-door automatic 131 parts car rescued from friend Philip's repair shop in southeastern PA. Far too rusty to be saved, but has already donated many needed parts and will continue to do so as long as we have room for it.
1976 Fiat X1/9 A half-decent 1.3-litre X1/9 floating somewhere between "driver", "restoration candidate" and "partscar".
1976 Lancia Scorpion #00005 This is the fifth Scorpion ever produced - serial number 00005. Was just in the right place at the right time to add this one to the collection. Had been lightly modified as I bought it, but nothing serious that can't be undone. Will be restored to original condition.
1976 Lancia Scorpion #00293 Solid but incomplete Scorpion. Purchased locally from a former Italian-car repair shop in the northern Philadelphia area and will be either restored or used for parts.
1976 Lancia Scorpion #01154 I found this car in Tucson in 1996 in pretty rough shape. It didn't run, both bumpers were cracked, and the interior could best be described as "dust". But the body was solid, so I took a chance. I replaced the original carbed 1756 engine with a 2-liter FI powerplant that began life in my totalled 1982 Zagato. I've since mounted dual 40DCNF Webers on an Alquati intake.
1977 Fiat 128 3P The rare and elusive "Tri-Porte (3P)". A near-perfect car rescued from a California wrecking yard (believe it or not!) by friend and gifted car-rescuer Mike M. Towed home to PA from California in 2004 with a Fiat Spider 2000.
1977 Fiat X1/9 A very nice original car that originally was purchased on eBay out of California. The buyer was in Allentown, PA area and before he could even drive this car, he found a newer X1/9 to replace it with. Essentially a gorgeous time-capsule of a car with minor needs.
1978 Fiat 124 Sport Spider A decent '78 Spider. Purchased locally from the northern Philadelphia area needing minor mechanical and cosmetic work. Will be reconditioned to be sold.
1978 Fiat Superbrava Wagon This is the famous ex-Granju, ex-Rhodes, ex-Haines, ex-Friedman, ex-Robinson, ex-Perkins yellow Brava wagon. I have followed this car through each of the above owners over the better part of the last decade until one of them (to remain unnamed here) totalled it. With help from some friends, it was saved and will resurface again someday...but not as you may think.
1979 Fiat Spider 2000 Bodyshell restoration project that came from a local friend. Relatively rustfree car was partially stripped for parts and when the space was needed back in his garage, the shell was abandoned to me. Will someday be reassembled as we have enough new and used parts to build several Spiders.
1979 Fiat Spider 2000 A beautiful example of a Spider 2000. Purchased from an elderly Allentown-area widow whose husband rarely used the car before he died. Was always garaged and shows only 59,000 original miles. With the exception of the convertible top and brake master cylinder, and possibly the tires, this car is completely original and as new in every way.
1980 Fiat Spider 2000 Bodyshell restoration project that came from Baltimore, MD area. Rustfree car was shipped from California to Maryland to owner who stripped it down for paint and abandoned the project to me. To save space, I have it mounted vertically up against a wall at Garagemahal. Will be reassembled sometime FAR in the future as we have enough new and used parts to build several Spiders.
1980 Fiat Spider 2000 The only car in my history that I wish I never owned. Why? Because this car was the pride and joy of my friend Joseph "Joey Fiat" LaSala until he was killed by a drunk driver on June 25, 2002. I bought this car from his Dad and haven't been able to bring myself to do anything with it since. I'd want nothing more for this car than to be able to give it back to him. Miss ya, in peace, buddy.
1980 Fiat Spider 2000 Purchased from a used car lot in Virginia as a non-runner. Got it running and did a minor restoration on the car to get it ready for resale. Bosch-fuel-injected 5-speed.
1981 Fiat Brava Purchased with a complete dealer inventory out of the Pittsburgh, PA area. The most desireable Brava - a 5-speed, fuel injected, 2-door. Original leather interior option as well as dealer-installed cruise control - this was a high-spec car. May be restored or used as a parts-car due to some rust underneath.
1981 Fiat Spider 2000 Pininfarina 50th Anniversary Edition One of the rarest Fiat Spiders, only 1000 were made to celebrate Pininfarina's 50th Anniversary. Featured "Champagne" paint, a special interior with leather seats and power windows, unique 14" alloy wheels, and special serial-numbered badges. This one is a low-mile original with all four badges AND its original window sticker. Will be fully restored.
1981 Fiat X1/9 Another recent former daily driver that needs some attention. Has a lot of miles on it, some rust, and needs some work, so this one might be headed toward a future as a parts car rather than restoration candidate. Still complete as it was last driven.
1982 Bitter SC 1982 Bitter SC purchased from its second owner out of Birmingham, Alabama, where it was originally sold new. Part of the two-Bitter deal that included the white 1985. Currently has a Ford 351C V8 under the hood that needs replacement. Beautiful dark blue leather interior.
1982 Fiat Spider 2000 A very nice local car with a long single-family history. Original color was sage green, and that's how the car is being repainted. Fuel injected 5-speed. Installed new top and performed other standard maintenance/tune-up to bring it up to standards for resale.
1982 Fiat Spider 2000 Turbo A very rare Legend Industries Turbo Spider. A beautiful car found in North Carolina and picked up on our way to Fiat Freak-Out 2010 in Asheville. Needed engine work but only has 70,000 original miles on it and is otherwise near-perfect.
1982 Fiat Spider 2000 Turbo A very rare Legend Industries Turbo Spider. Even rarer in that it has just 20,936 original miles on it. Much of the car is like new, but it needs some work as the previous owner left it outside subjected to a few Connecticut winters. Will be restored to original condition.
1982 Fiat Spider 2000 Turbo A very rare Legend Industries Turbo Spider. Purchased from Long Island's beach resort community "The Hamptons" with just 33,210 original miles on it. Will be restored to original condition.
1982 Lancia Zagato ("Beta Spider") A very nice former parts car donated to me, minus its drivetrain and a few other bits, by friend Will H. in New York. Purchased a replacement drivetrain from Jim Keller and will restore the car with several modifications, the most notable of which will be manual rack-and-pinion steering.
1983 Pininfarina Spider Nice car purchased out of Virginia needing a headgasket. Will be restored and either sold or added to the permanent collection.
1983 Toyota Landcruiser "FJ-60" Purchased needing an engine, wheels/tires, and much more. Got it back close to 100 percent and put on a few thousand enjoyable miles before the used engine blew. Been sitting since, awaiting another (used) engine transplant. Will also receive a 5-speed transmission and automatic transfer case which I sourced over the years.
1984 Bitter SC Bitter parts car that was offered to me by a very gererous guy from an Opel club in southern Virginia that I "met" through eBay. Turns out I had gone to look at buying this car on Long Island some 10 years earlier! Only has 15,000 or so miles on it. Not sure what to do with this one yet...
1984 Bitter SC Another Bitter parts car, also acquired on eBay from a really nice guy from Indiana. Has a beautiful interior, most of the trim bits I needed, and has the only (complete but shot) Bitter engine of the four Bitters in the warehouse. Not sure what to do with this one yet either.
1984 Maserati Biturbo 2.5-liter V6 with 5-speed manual transmission. A nice low-mile car that needed a bit of work (don't all Biturbos?).
1985 Bertone X1/9 Rescued from a wrecking yard in the late 1990's. Has only 4,649 original miles on it, and a long story about how such a car ended up being abandoned. A new car in nearly every respect.
1985 Bertone X1/9 Purchased on eBay from Northern Virginia. May become a partscar, may become a driver, may be restored...who knows!
1985 1/2 Pininfarina Spider Very rare 'rack-and-pinion' Spider purchased from friend Arman L. in New Jersey, who had purchased it from California and had it shipped across the country. One of the highest-serial number Spiders in existence.
1987 Bertone X1/9 A basically nice and solid "triple-black" '87X that needs a bit of work to be returned to the road. As I have the parts and the knowledge, that's what I'll do.
1987 Bertone X1/9 A basically nice and solid red '87X that needs a bit of work to be returned to the road. Have the parts and the knowledge, so that's what I'll do.
1987 Cadillac Allante Purchased as part of a larger package that included the Traction Avant, Reatta, and TC. Pininfarina lines and beautiful burgundy leather interior, American V8 power and reliability. Even included the factory Pininfarina hardtop. A nice 2-seat luxury cruiser.
1988 Buick Reatta Purchased as part of a larger package that included the Traction Avant, Allante, and TC. Buick's attempt to build a sporty, European-styled 2-seat personal luxury coupe. Has the powerful and reliable 3800 V6 engine, 4-speed transaxle, and burgundy leather interior. Not sure if it's a good fit for the collection, but if not, it's not too far outside!
1988 Toyota Landcruiser "FJ-62" Purchased at a charity auction to replace the grey 1989 Landcruiser. Needed a transmission, brake master cylinder, and other minor work, currently underway. Has 140,000 FEWER miles than the one it's intended to replace!
1989 LaForza A very rare Pininfarina-designed, Iveco-4x4-based LaForza with factory Paxton Supercharger. Only has 38,000 original miles on it, so this is the "garage queen" of the two we own. Found on eBay out of New Jersey in the fall of 2007.
1990 LaForza What's a LaForza? The Italian equivalent of a Hummer - used by the European military, police, etc. with some upgraded to civilian use. Designed by Pininfarina, built by Fiat (IVECO) with a Maserati interior and Ford 5.0 engine, 4-speed automatic 4WD transmission, and Jeep transfer case. This is the "high-mileage, daily use" LaForza of the two in the collection.
1990 Yugo GV-Plus Another eBay find, this time in the Cleveland, OH area. A beautiful original Yugo with under 40,000 original miles. Rare fuel-injected 5-speed.
1993 Monterey 225 This boat belonged to my Mother and Stepfather until the engine failed. It was moved up to PA from FL and will eventually get the new engine it needs. Nanci, Madelyn and I look forward to exploring the PA/NJ/DE coastlines with it someday.

Click here for main site