Collecting and Restoring European Sports Cars and American Classics for over 30 years in Northern California

Search for a great car, weed out the marginal prospects, inspect and appraise it, complete the purchase and arrange for transportation. Once it’s here, I’ll clean, repair and restore it, then drive and enjoy it…that’s my plan.

One of my greatest joys is locating a special car for friends and clients, tracking down an interesting and unusual model, wherever that might be. From racecars to road cars to hot rods I love this sort of Automotive Archeology, it’s the thrill of the chase that gets me excited and I’ve traveled this country, and the world, to find exceptional cars for great people.

I’ve restored cars professionally for many years and have exhibited and won awards at several shows, including Pebble Beach. I maintain collectible vehicles for clients, bringing back to life the ones long left for dead and I also make sure that they continue to perform as they should. Recent restoration projects overseen on cars I’ve purchased for clients include a 1904 Cadillac, successfully shown at Amelia Island in 2011 and will be shown at Pebble Beach this year; a very original 1954 Buick Skylark needing mechanical freshening and minor cosmetic repairs; and a restored 1973 Porsche Carrera RS, needing only minor brake system repairs. To house and store these cars I’ve helped collectors design and develop “Bat Cave” garages for their collection, from the electric doors to the layout of the battery charging system to the stained concrete floor.

Just out of high school I bought my first collectible car, a 1966 Cadillac Convertible needing only a new motor and top, for the princely sum of $200. From there my automotive interests have evolved into European Sports Cars of the 1950s and ’60s, especially Porsche, Ferrari and Jaguar, the Classic American cars from the late 1920’s, such as Packard and Cadillac and the big convertibles of the ’50s and ’60s, muscle cars up through the early 1970s, and great Hot Rods, built in the style of the 1950s and ’60s.

I’ll jump at the chance to drive anything I’ve never been behind the wheel of; there are several still left on my ‘bucket list’, and I’ve driven every car that I’ve ever restored, almost always before the owner. I’m a firm believer that every car, to be properly maintained, needs to be driven and exercised regularly; and today looks like another great day for a ride in an old car.