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First Person: A Quest to Find a Classic Daily Driver

Chris Harrell

First Person: A Quest to Find a Classic Daily Driver

My name is Joshua Snee, and I am a 27-year-old self-employed elevator mechanic living in Los Angeles.  I own a 4-speed manual 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D that was first sold in Europe as a US-spec model. It was purchased by a gentleman in the military, who bought it brand new to drive while he was stationed overseas. Prior to shipping the car to the U.S., he and his wife took it on a European tour, which makes it kind of special in my opinion. The car eventually arrived in the States, where it acquired the U.S. delivery badge it currently sports on its front...

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Q&A with Tom Cotter, Lifetime Car Enthusiast

Chris Harrell

Q&A with Tom Cotter, Lifetime Car Enthusiast

Tom Cotter is known by some as a barn find "master", including his Barn Find Road Trip book series. He is known by others for a myriad of other car-related endeavors: Tom has spent a lifetime immersed in the automotive industry and culture, including auto repair, parts sales, car sales, and auto racing public relations. But these are just the tip of the iceberg for a man who defies labels when it comes to car enthusiasts. We sat down with Cotter last month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and talked to him about everything from the genesis of his car...

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Inspiration

Chris Harrell

Inspiration

The Porsche community is amazing. Today, we received our first email inquiry, from the shop that built the buck pictured on our Buck T-Shirt, Carolina Coach Crafters. They recognized Michael Alan Ross's iconic shot, and we sent them some t-shirts for their team. If you haven't heard of Carolina Coach Crafters, check out the May 2016 issue of Panorama Magazine, the cover of which features the original Buck image, with corresponding story called "Metal Master" on page 68 of the issue. Enjoy!

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A Brand is Born

Chris Harrell

A Brand is Born

Friends and fellow classic car enthusiasts: We are thrilled to announce that our website, retrogradeclassics.com, is officially live! In addition to our website launch, we are excited to experience Classic Car Week as a sponsor and exhibitor at Werks Reunion (werksreunion.com), this Friday, 8/19, in Carmel, CA. If you are a Porsche enthusiast, we will probably see you there. As some of you already know, RetroGrade Classics is a Classic Sports Car Lifestyle™ brand that celebrates the quality, design, craftsmanship, and materials of iconic classic sports cars in the form of period-inspired bags, accessories, apparel, and other gear. We are based...

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