As a kid I dreamed of “my ride”. While playing baseball, I like most red-blooded Americans longed for “my set of wheels”. As a young player I was putting my extra dollars away in the bank or should I say in my garage. I wanted to enjoy my savings. Working on the cars and giving them that special logo that said this baby is mine.
As I hunted for wheels, tires, bumpers or interior, new windows or a mirror I struggled to find what I wanted, and constantly wrestled, with “fit and finish”. When I found a company or guy that gave me what I wanted, which was, care for the customer and product, I was sold on that particular vendor.
Cars became a passion for me and many other people I encountered in the Hobby had at that time, had the same passion for their beloved “hot rod” collectible, classic, original, restored, preserved or new.
These vehicles from as far back as the 30s cars, Fords, Cords, Deusenbergs, the 40s “Fat Fenders” and 50s, Chevys, 55 56,57 the start of the Corvette era in ’53, Fords, Mustangs, Shelbys and Cobras, Mopars and Hemis, Mercedes of the 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s and even the 80s Ferraris 50s 60s 70s 80s, even VWs have a niche that has driven prices well over 6 figures on some models for collectors.
My collection started in the in the 70s with performance vehicles, Muscle Cars from Chevy, Mopars and Ford to Mercedes and Ferraris that also include the 30s and 40s. I wanted to restore, preserve and leave original the automobile in its purist and or its most valuable state.
That gave focus to the type of product that I looked for. One that had a concentration on “fit and finish”. Sounds easy, but that doesn’t always happen from vendor to consumer.
Having been in the hobby for 20+ years I started to recognize and build relationships with those that cared the most about their product and consumer, and had a focus on quality, “fit and finish”.