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Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.


That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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1988 Pontiac Firebird, 1 owner, 38K miles
1988 Pontiac Firebird
Middletown, CT
Mileage 38,000
Price $7,900
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
1986 Porsche 944
Middletown, CT
Mileage 99,000
Price $17,900
1958 Ford Ranchero Resto-Mod
1958 Ford Ranchero
Middletown, CT
Mileage 72,000
Price $25,900
1969 Chevy C-20 Resto-Mod Sleeper
1969 Chevrolet C20
Middletown, CT
Mileage 500
Price $32,000
1967 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet
1967 Fiat Pininfarina
Middletown, CT
Mileage 33,481
Price $18,000
1971 Triumph TR6
1971 Triumph TR6
Middletown, CT
Mileage 60,000
Price $14,500
1948 Ford Deluxe Coupe
1948 Ford Deluxe
Middletown, CT
Mileage 15,000
Price $24,500
1973 MGB GT RHD
1973 MG MGB
Middletown, CT
Mileage 82,000
Price $14,900
1984 Porsche 928S
1984 Porsche 928
Middletown, CT
Mileage 79,681
Price $22,000
1984 Porsche 911 carrera Targa Turbo Look
1984 Porsche 911
Middletown, CT
Mileage 89,861
Price $55,000
1955 MG TF 1500
1955 MG TF
Middletown, CT
Mileage 102,728
Price $35,000
1962 Ford F100 Unibody
1962 Ford F100
Middletown, CT
Mileage 21,677
Price $20,000
1929 Ford Woody Station Wagon
1929 Ford Woody
Middletown, CT
Mileage 48,000
Price $18,000
1956 Hudson Hornet Super Special
1956 Hudson Hornet
Middletown, CT
Mileage 84,000
Price $18,000
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon RHD
1952 Bentley Continental
Middletown, CT
Mileage 148,000
Price $24,700
1972 Chevy El Camino
1972 Chevrolet El Camino
Middletown, CT
Mileage 26,000
Price $22,000
1930 Ford Model AA 1.5 ton Platform Truck
1930 Ford Panel Truck
Middletown, CT
Mileage 24,000
Price $25,000
1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88
1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88
Middletown, CT
Mileage 67,000
Price $24,000
2009, 1 owner Mercedes GL450
2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Middletown, CT
Mileage 173,000
Price $11,500
1965 Buick GS, 455 Big Block Animal
1965 Buick Grand Sport
Waterbury, CT
Mileage 67,000
Price $20,000
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