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A Found Farewell to 2013

Daniel Schmitt & Co. enjoyed a very productive 2013 and hopes the same was true for you and yours. The collector car world saw not only record sales for highest price paid for a car at auction (a 1954 Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 race car once driven by Juan Manuel Fangio sold for $30 million in England,) but total collector car auction sales also hit a record high with $1.3 billion trading hands in 2013. This is up from $282 million in total auction sales in 2004. While topping $1 billion in auction sales is impressive, one must bear in mind that roughly 80-percent of collectible cars sales are transacted privately; meaning that total collector car sales for 2013 was likely in the neighborhood of $10 billion.
Some notable trends emerging in the past year include a move by buyers into higher end, more exclusive vehicle purchases and away from bargain hunting. The majority of collector car market gains have occurred at the upper end of the market with lower-end vehicles remaining largely…

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Just completed cosmetic restoration, believed to be 12,812 original miles, rare #’s matching L79 327-cubic-inch V-8/350 horsepower…The level of originality on this 1966 Corvette Coupe is truly impressive!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

43,816 documented original miles, one family owned since new, 289-cubic-inch V-8 4BBL..One of the finest, most well-preserved 1967 Mustangs in existence!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Being one family owned since new with ultra-low mileage, and California provenance, this is truly one of the finest Corniche Convertibles to be found anywhere!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

This car truly has it all: fresh from California with the Tri-power 348 cubic-inch V-8, and it the best factory colors available!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1987 Rolls-Royce Camargue Anniversary Edition

#3 of only 12 Camargue Anniversary models produced, 25,914 original miles, California car since new, extensive service records, original in-car entertainment systems, original books and manuals and much more!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1947 Chevrolet 3100 Deluxe Cab 5-Window Pickup

Full frame-off restoration, 235-cubic-inch inline 6-cylinder, Coker classic wide whitewalls, gorgeous chrome and much more! #classiccars #chevrolet #chevypickup

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Convertible

Framed-off full complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration with $50,000 in receipts, restored to full factory specifications/copy of factory data card, 1 of only 954 produced over a three-year production run, 2.5-liter fuel injected 6-cylinder engine…one of the most sought-after and desirable Mercedes-Benz Cabriolets ever produced!!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan

31,135 original miles, Southern California car, rare code-correct 348-cubic-inch big-block V-8, factory radio and much more!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Same owner for 34-years, California car since new with original black plate, extremely high-cost restoration, 331-cubic-inch V-8, power windows, power steering, power brakes, power top, Kelsey-Hays wire wheels…this is without a doubt one of the finest, most desirably optioned 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertibles available anywhere!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1957 Chevrolet Nomad

Longtime California car, rare factory power seat, original radio, upgraded 327-cubic-inch V-8 and much more! Click here for more information and photos

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1929 Model A Ford Sport Roadster

Highly desirable features such as dual side-mounted spares, rumble seat, stone guard, wind wings, and Motometer this Sport Roadster is ready to be drive, shown and enjoyed!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1950 Hudson Commodore 8 Convertible

1 of only approximately 1,100 produced, over $110,000 just spent on full restoration, highly desirable 3-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive and much more!


Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1992 Ferrari 348 TS

12,855 original miles, local car, only two owners since new, 3.4-liter V-8/300-horsepower…This beautiful machine truly has it all, with one of the sweetest sounding engines to ever wear the prancing horse!

November 18, 1960

Exactly 53 years ago today, Chrysler ended production of the DeSoto brand. 


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Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Originally purchased by an Air Force Lieutenant, and presumably a pilot, all of the go-fast boxes were checked on the order form, including the L76 327 with 365-horsepower backed by a factory 4-speed transmission!

Finding the right car

Maybe you have just retired, or find yourself in with new-found financial freedom and you have decided it is time to finally get that car of your dreams. Where do you start? Maybe you already think you know exactly what you want. But have you ever even driven the car of your dreams in real life? Is the car you have always envisioned a good fit for your climate and lifestyle? Do you have realistic expectations of what collector car ownership entails? 
These questions may not be of any importance if you already have some experience with collectible cars. Perhaps you already understand the idiosyncrasies that can accompany a rare or unique automobile. However, if you are fairly new to the hobby, you may want some help in making sure your collector car purchase is a match for your expectations. Very often a client will come in with a very specific idea of what they want, but after speaking with one of our expert consultants their opinions may change entirely. At Daniel Schmitt & Co. we…

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1953 MG TD Roadster

Full body-off restoration showing zero miles, new chrome, new top, 1,250CC XPAG engine,  4-speed transmission and much more!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1973 ½ Porsche 911T CIS Targa

Highly desirable matching #’s CIS engine, believed to be 37,442 original miles, California car, factory air conditioning, 1 of only 1,302 produced…Fitted with an advanced and bullet-proof Bosch injection system, these cars quickly gained a reputation as being the best built, most reliable, and most fun to drive 911s of their time!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe

This 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe has a laser-straight body and runs and drives beautifully. This is an exceptionally clean 52,658 mile survivor that with little effort could very easily be a high-level show car, or can be drive and enjoyed as is and still draw stares and compliments!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1964 Land Rover Series IIA 88” Station Wagon

Beautifully restored, highly desirable tropical roof model, 2.25-liter gasoline engine, one of the most capable and legendary 4x4’s ever made…highly sought-after and collectible!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Town Sedan

Owned by same GM Dealership since new—never sold to an individual, 38,684 original miles with signed statement from the dealership, spectacular recent full restoration…an excellent collection or museum piece!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible

Full nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, full PHS documentation, believed to be 59,802 original miles, 350 cubic-inch V-8/265-horsepower, original radio…There are few cars that can match this one with its highly desirable options combined with an incredibly high-level restoration!

Daniel Schmitt & Co. Presents: 1935 Ford Convertible Cabriolet

Rare factory correct example, incredible no-expense spared restoration, smooth running 221-cubic-inch V-8/85-Horsepower, rumble seat and much more!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

Believed to be 56,061 original miles, code-correct and believed to be original 283-cubic-inch V-8, correct Powerglide automatic transmission, rare factory power windows…A truly exceptional and original 1967 Impala SS Convertible!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Straman Convertible

1 of only 12 ever produced, 9,448 original miles, extensive service records, rare and desirable “flying mirror,” found on less than 15% of production, 4.9-liter flat-12-cylinder/380-horsepower…One of the all-time most sought-after coach built Ferraris!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1976 Porsche 911S Targa

This 1976 Porsche 911S Targa would make a wonderful addition to any collection, or as an excellent entry into the exclusive world of 911 ownership!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1977 Porsche 911S Targa

Original #’s matching engine, 1 of only 2,747 produced, 74,044 original miles, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, factory correct Grand Prix White with Black Leatherette interior…This desirably optioned 911S Targa presents wonderfully and is ready to be enjoyed by a proud new owner!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Complete frame off restoration, factory power-pack 265-cubic-inch V-8—All numbers correct, former AACA winner, just 3,600 gently driver miles since restoration, factory powerglide automatic transmission…One of the best anywhere!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Only 50,747 original miles, parade boot, factory stereo, last year for the convertible and 500-cubic-inch v-8, automatic climate control…This is an extremely high-quality car that belongs in the finest of Cadillac collections!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 2003 BMW Z8 Roadster

1 of only 62 every produced worldwide in highly desirable Red with Crema interior, 1 of only 159 U.S. models produced in 2003, only 24,595 original miles, 4.9-liter V-8/400-horsepower, 6-speed manual transmission… A true modern collectible!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

1 family owned for over 20-years, optional hard top, original Becker radio, 4-speed manual transmission, long-time West Coast car…a magnificent and highly collectible classic!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe

One of only 1,322 produced, seasoned frame-off professional restoration with photo documentation, formerly owned by active CCCA Member, full CCCA Classic status, 346-cubic-inch V-8/135-horsepower, factory radio…This is one beautiful and capable 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

2-owners since new, 21,345 original miles, 5.6-liter V-8/227-Horsepower, automatic transmission, automatic climate control, power windows, both hard and soft tops… This is one of the last of the legendary and beloved R107 SL series and features its original manuals, service records, spare and jack, First-Aid kit, and all of the amenities you would expect in the most luxurious automobiles available in its time!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible

1 of only 750 made, chrome wire wheels, 387-cubic-inch straight-8/180-horsepower, ultramatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat, power top…This striking automobile shows wonderfully after having just received a freshening of a prior full restoration and is ready to be enjoyed!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Convertible

32,525 original miles, automatic climate control, power seats, power windows, power locks, gorgeous wood throughout, 18’ wheels… few automobiles offer such uncompromising levels of power and luxury and virtually non look as good doing it as the DB7!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

6,438 original miles, optional glass roof, optional navigation system, optional magnetic ride control, paddle shifted 6-speed automatic transmission, 6.0-liter V-8/400-Horsepower, automatic climate control..A beautifully optioned like-new 2007 Corvette!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1953 Pontiac Starchief Catalina Custom Coupe

One of only approximately 800 reportedly produced, finished in factory correct Laurel Green and Milano Ivory, California car, featured in Automobile Quarterly, stunning!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1968 Porsche 911S Targa

As many people know, the 911S was never slated for import to the U.S. because it would not meet the more stringent emissions standards. However, this one did finds its way to our shores, making it an incredibly rare sign here with only 442 total examples produced worldwide in 1968!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III Convertible

29,082 original miles, 1 of only 452 made worldwide over a 3-year production run,  fuel injected 6.75-liter V-8, anti-lock brakes, four individually heated seats, power windows, power locks, power seats...This is truly one of the finest automobiles to ever grace the road with attention to detail second to none!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1958 BMW Isetta 300

Showing only 4,757 miles, gorgeous complete high-level ground up restoration, desirable 4-wheel model, 297CC engine/4-speed manual transmission… Its egg-shaped exterior and unconventional design stops passers-by in their tracks and will garner more attention than any other so-called exotic!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Radford Countryman

Ultra Rare! One of only a handful of Harold Radford Countryman Silver Cloud III ever made, just completed full cosmetic restoration, 67,790 original miles, all factory records and build documents, air conditioning, stocked with fine brandy, vodka and scotch in original decanters…Last of the Silver Cloud series!

Enjoy a Fall Drive

For many the slide in temperature is a sure sign that winter will be upon us and the days of car shows and seemingly endless daylight will soon be replaced by the crunching of snow and ice under foot and tire. While that is true for many parts of the U.S., it also marks an opportunity to enjoy what is perhaps the very best season for driving. Cool weather means little chance of overheating vintage machines, nor of their occupants. And fall foliage turns ordinary everyday sights into something to truly stop and appreciate.
There are tons of ‘Best Places for Fall Drives’ list out there, but it is not necessary to read any of them, and perhaps even advisable to avoid them. Most every place listed on any kind of popular list is likely to be overrun with otherwise well intentioned sight-seers. Your great adventure will feel more like a congested commute and all sense of spontaneity will be lost.

Use you sense of adventure and seek out a great drive of your own. Chances are, you already know…

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

Spectacular, 2 Year, No expense spared restoration including conversion from European to American Specifications, complete engine and transmission reconditioning by certified Rolls-Royce technician, believed to be only 27,822 miles, factory air conditioning…Truly one of the finest examples of this sought after model to be found anywhere! 

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

Original matching #'s engine, California car, beautiful restoration with over $16,000 spent on a complete engine rebuild by renowned Porsche master technician, fully documented with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, extensive service records and much more!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS Targa

One owner from new and part of a large private collection until 2013, 11,604 original miles, just serviced by North Coast Exotics 08/02/13 with new timing belts, tensioner pulleys, AC charged with 134A, and a complete tune-up… a fantastically maintained 328 GTS in incredible condition! Click Here to see eBay Link!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1955 Buick 50 Super Riviera 2-Door Hardtop

Buick Club of America National Senior Division Winner in 2001, factory correct Cadet Blue and Dover White with Blue interior, 322-cubic-inch V-8/236 horsepower, dynaflow automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and much more! Click Here to see eBay Link!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1978 Lincoln Mark V

 Believed to be 14,358 original miles, rare carriage roof, cruise control, 406-cubic-inch V-8, 4-wheel disc brakes, 6-way power seat, power windows and much more!
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Daniel Schmitt & Co. Presents: 1955 Porsche Beck 550 Spyder

One of the very first original Beck Spyders made—car #46, only 20,265 original miles…This beautiful car is ready to take you on an exhilarating top-down adventure, just add your favorite road and clear your calendar!Click here to see eBay listing!

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1957 MGA Roadster

Extensive restoration and service records, original owners manual with factory wiring diagram, complete professional engine out rebuild 3/12 with receipts and much more…A beautiful and expertly-maintained classic MGA!

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Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1959 Pontiac Catalina Convertible

Just in from California, this striking car features an older restoration that has been earnestly maintained and it presents beautifully! 

Daniel Schmitt & Co. Presents: 1989 Porsche 911 Silver Anniversary Edition Cabriolet

37,563 original miles, only one owner, 1 of only 200 built, 1 of 40 in Satin Black Metallic…Incredibly rare and collectible! Click here to see eBay link!

A New Record is Set

The collector car market continues on its stratospheric rise with a new record set for the highest price ever paid for a car at auction, and it nearly doubled the old record. The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 once driven by one of the greatest drivers of all time, Juan Manuel Fangio, just sold for $29.6 million at Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. It was a price that few expected and one that obliterates the old record of $16.4 million set by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in 2011. While few could have predicted a sale of such magnitude, it should hardly be surprising given the onward march of collector car values in over the years. That event was followed by record sales in Monterey, California that raised $301.9 million, the highest total for any series of classic car auctions. As a result, the London-based HAGI Top price index of the world’s most collectible autos advanced 9.3 percent in August alone. All of this adds up to great news if you are a car collecto…

Daniel Schmitt & Co Presents: 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

Service records from 1972 to present, original books and manuals, factory air conditioning , California car…This beautiful car has recently undergone a frame-on restoration, including new paint, chrome, and trim pieces, and is ready to be enjoyed by a proud new owner! Click Here to see eBay Link!