Cars I Could’ve, Should’ve, Kept: Memoir of a Life Restoring Classic Sports Cars

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McFarland, Mar 9, 2007 - Transportation - 263 pages
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A small business owner and lifelong lover of classic sports cars, Jackson Brooks began in the early 1960s to purchase, restore and enjoy a long succession of rare automotive beauties, many of which are million-dollar commodities in today’s market. Not so much a collector as an enthusiast and entrepreneur, he recounts in this well-illustrated memoir how he found and selected the cars, some of which were on the verge of the scrap-heap, the process of restoring them, the challenges he confronted along the way, the ones that got away, and always the hunt for the next vehicle to spark his imagination. The cars, primarily sporting machines, include 8C-2.3 Alfa Romeos, a Jaguar SS100, three 1953 Ferrari 250MM Barchetta racers (of 13 built), a 1922 Mercedes Targa Florio racer, a Type 57 Bugatti, a 1929 Mercedes SSK (one of 33 built), four Talbot Lagos, and a 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton among many others, with particular concentrations on Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. Often the sale of one, after restoration and use, financed the purchase of the next, and the text includes the purchase and sale prices as well as approximate present-day market values of the cars. Few people have enjoyed so much hands-on experience with so many of the world’s most desirable automobiles.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
The 8C23 Alfa Romeo
5
The Jaguars and a Few Others
18
The De Mola Bodied Alfa
30
The 6C1750 Gran Turismo Con Compressore
35
The 250MM Ferraris
38
The 1959 410 Superamerica Ferrari
54
The Lusso Berlinetta Ferraris
60
The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
128
The 1930 6C1750 Alfa Romeo Zagato Spider
137
The 250 GT Boano Ferraris
151
The Fire Alfa
157
My Last 8C23 Alfa Romeo
165
An Idyllic Interlude
173
The Nash Healy
186
My Packard Education
190

The Maharajahs 29 Alfa Romeo
68
The 1922 Targa Florio Mercedes
72
The 1957 Gullwing Mercedes
79
The SSK Mercedes
84
The 1953 212 Inter Ferrari 0289 EU
90
The Talbot Lagos
99
The Type 57 Bugatti
111
The 1949 Type 166 Ferrari Barchetta
120
The Austin Mini Cooper S
208
The TwelveCylinder Pierce Arrow Club Brougham
214
The 1937 Supercharged Cord Phaeton
221
The 1939 Alvis Speed 25
232
Cars I Admired But Never Owned
244
Conclusion
247
Index
251
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Former business owner Jackson Brooks is retired and lives in Loveland, Colorado.

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