Sweet Sighting: W111

Spotted this W111 on Craigslist and upon realizing it was just down the street, I couldn’t help but have a look. Huge bench seat, accented fintails, lovely curved glass and a grille that says “pull over, peasant” make this chassis one of my all-time favoritie Mercs, and high on my list of next potential projects.…

Cave Of Wonders Found Deep In New Hampshire

The seemingly endless saga of restoring my old GSXR brought my father and I to Drum Hill Cycles in Nashua, New Hampshire- a massive warehouse full old motorcycle parts, basically a Cave of Wonders to a couple retro-moto enthusiasts. Aside from a small banner on the road-facing wall, there’s not much to tip you off…

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FIAT’s Back, and Beautiful

After a long two months of great convertible weather passed, Nino finally relinquished dad’s FIAT Spider 2000. While it still may not be perfect, it sure looks good. We decided to immortalize it while we could, before some jackass in the Crosby’s parking lot opens the door of their QX56 too close and squashes it.…

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Where is the FIAT?

“De kahr e dun” was the message my father received from our wacky FIAT-obsessed Italian mechanic. Interpreting that as “The car is done” we grabbed the checkbook and drove out to Kettle Cove industrial park to pick up our newly-restored ’79 Spider. But as soon as we rolled up we knew something had been lost…

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FIAT Spider Restoration: Stage 1

The family’s beloved roadster, the 1979 FIAT Spider 2000 that raised me is finally getting the treatment it deserves- an almost full restoration back to its original glory with a working roof, heater, and an absence of rust. Dad dropped it off at our mechanic’s, an animated Italian fellow named Nino DeMayo (for real) who…