Awards are a pleasant side benefit of doing outstanding work. Our goal is to make our customers happy, whether they're in for a new interior or a complete restoration. The fact that we win awards is truly icing on the cake. The cars below are just a handful of the awards we've won, from Platinum at Cavallino to our appearance at Pebble Beach.
1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL RoadsterAward Won: The Ameila Island Mercedes-Benz Award of Excellence
This stunning 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster is a wonderfully restored example. The production for 300SL’s lasted 9 years and a total of 3,258 cars were built with 1,858 of them being the roadster. The 300SL is well known as the world’s first road going supercar with its straight 6 motor producing 212 horsepower, a 4 speed manual gearbox and a tubular chassis. It was the fastest production car of its time and could even do 160 miles an hour! It also has plenty of fluids on board with the necessary amount of oil at 2.6 gallons and a 26 gallon gas tank!
This particular car was purchased by our customer several years ago. It was restored in Mexico City in the early 1990's for its owner who lived in Mexico. The paint had a fair amount of shrinkage and bubbling. Our customer decided to have us perform a bare metal repaint. Once the paint was removed, we found large amounts of poorly applied lead and body work that had been hiding under its shiny red paint. Rust was under the lead & creeping outward, lifting the paint in places. We cut out all bad metal and body work areas. New metal sections were made up on our English Wheel. A color change to black was performed. A complete interior restoration was also performed as well as engine compartment and chassis detailing. The car was completed the fall of 2012.
For its first showing, we displayed the car in The Ameila Island Concours in March of 2013. We were awarded with The Ameila Island Mercedes-Benz Award of Excellence.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SLAward Won: Mercedes-Benz Owner's Convention 1st Place
The first photo of this 1956 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing tells the story, an accident. As much as we resist the idea, collector cars sometimes get banged up. The impact in this case was bad enough to bend the tubular frame, slightly buckle the rear quarter panels, and crack the aluminum structure of the deck lid. We had to make a replacement panel for the damaged rear area because it had been hit many years ago and was very poorly repaired.
The entire car had to be re-painted because it is very difficult to match old metallic paint. This was a challenging job because the interior and engine compartment were both perfect and had to be protected through the whole process. The customer selected a color that was very close to the original Mercedes silver but a bit brighter. The result was stunning. The car was completed just in time to be invited to the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Group meeting in Denver. Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new 2010 SLS Gullwing, alongside our customer's car, to dealers for the first time. After the meeting, both cars were shipped to Sedona, Arizona for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Owner's Convention where our the car won 1st place in its class. Both cars were again photographed together in Sedona and appear in the Christmas issue of the Robb Report.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT PFAward Won: Cavallino Platinum
Our customer purchased this 1961 Ferrari PF Cabriolet from a family back east that owned the car for 35 years. It was in excellent overall condition upon arriving in Denver. We performed some initial mechanicals and cosmetic freshening years ago.
We completed a restoration of body and paint, an overhaul of the original V-12 engine, freshening of the suspension, complete interior restoration including construction of a new soft top and restoration of the original Borrani wire wheels. Then this beautiful car was entered in the 2015 Cavallino Classic Concorso, where it won a Platinum award.
This car has been on the Colorado Grand - a grueling (for the cars) 1000-mile journey through the Rocky Mountains - for the last 5 years.
1954 Arnolt-Bristol BolideAward Won: 2015 Pebble Beach appearance, 2015 Santa Fe Concorso Most Elegant Open Car, 2015 Santa Fe Concorso Class Winner
We are proud to say we recently showed this unique car at the esteemed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, after a very thorough (and quite fast) rotisserie restoration. This Arnolt–Bristol is one of 142 made between 1954 and 1959 by eccentric Chicago businessman Wacky Arnolt.
This particular unit had been sitting idle in a garage for many, many years. It combines an English chassis & drivetrain combined with an Italian body, designed by Bertone, with final assembly and trim being performed in Arnolt’s facility in Warsaw, Indiana. They were powered by Bristol’s 2 liter, in-line 6 cylinder engine using three carburetors. These engines were originally designed by BMW and produced 130 horsepower in a car weighing 2100 pounds. The engine technology was actually given to the Brits by the Germans as war reparations after WWII.
These dynamic little racers had great balance and handling, which made it a delight on the track or the street. Their racing prowess in the 1950s was well known. Our very aggressive timeline was documented by the hashtag #100daystoPebble. Click here to watch the video series.
1961 Ferrari 250GTAward Won: Ferrari of America Platinum Cavilino Classic Platinum and Class Winner
This 1961 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet was in California and Arizona most of its life. Since 1977 it was with the same owner in Flagstaff. It was parked in his garage in 1988 with a clutch problem and remained there until late 2009 when it was purchased by our customer.
This car was an amazing find. Our complete restoration was completed in the summer of 2013 and appeared in its first car show at the Ferrari Club of America International Meet in Wisconsin where it received its first Platinum Award.
It was later displayed at The Quail in Monterey in August of 2013 where it was very well received. Most recently it returned from the Cavallino Classic, a large Ferrari show in Florida, where the car won its class and received another Platinum Award.
1962 Porsche 356 Super 90Award Won: 2016 Santa Fe Concorso Director's Award
1962 Porsche 356B Super 90 sunroof coupe; the twin-grille coupe with factory power sunroof option is a rare car indeed, with surprisingly few originally built (several have been 'created’ by grafting on another car’s top!).
This car, #119937, has official Porsche Certification of its USA-spec numbers-matching authenticity and its original Reutter Karosserie body tag is in the door jamb. Our shop performed a very comprehensive pan-up professional restoration that included suspension rebuild, new Koni Classic shocks, brakes and drivetrain overhauls.
Beautifully finished in period Slate Grey with Dark Red cloth and vinyl trim, it looks spectacular and correct. Accented with chrome Porsche wheels with new Verdestiens (5) and Porsche crest hubcaps. The original owner’s book is in its glove box pouch along with the trunk tool kit and jack.
1972 Maserati GhibliAward Won: 2016 Amelia Island Manufacturer's Award for the Most Historically Significant Maserati
This beautiful 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder is an incredibly rare car. There were a total of 1,295 total Ghibli’s made with 1,170 coupes and 125 Spyders. Of those cars only 49 had the SS package with only 25 SS Spyders which means this is an incredibly rare vehicle. The SS package contained a stroked version of the V8 to bring it from 4.7L to 4.9L and some new carburetors. The extra displacement and new carbs brought the horsepower up to 330 horsepower and made it the fastest production Maserati road car ever at the time.
We recently completed a 2 year restoration on this very rare 1972 Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS 4.9. It just returned from the Amelia Island Concours where it won best in class and the Manufacturer's Award for the Most Historically Significant Maserati.
This car has been in our customer’s family since the late 80’s. Although complete, the car was in for a complete restoration. We performed extensive metal and body work, along with new paint. The engine and gearbox were removed for maintenance repairs and detailing. The interior was completely restored in-house and re-constructed from six hides of new leather. The soft top was stitched up from scratch. All chrome and trim was restored, as well as the original Borrani wire wheels. It runs as good as it looks.