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

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

by Jackson Brooks
     
 

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

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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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Editorial Reviews

The Prancing Horse
delightful...quite enjoyable
Vintage Sports Car Club
fascinating account of his decades as a car restorer. Each restoration challenge and his experience with each car after it was finished are covered with enthusiasm and in intriguing detail...describes each job in a way that makes its special problems vivid...any enthusiast w ill enjoy this marvelous book
The Flying Lady
"some of his cars are, by today's standards, the very cream of the crop...possessed of an artist's eye...describes a good 30 of these in detail, and many more in passing...one of the enlightened few books that recognizes the fact that not all Lucas (or Smiths) parts are created equal"

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ISBN-13:
9780786428106
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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