I've known Dick since 2002 when I started here at NHTSA and participated with him on the Show and Display committee. He even gave me a few 1st Edition Copies of his Ferrari book (as highlighted in this article) and signed them for me. I like old British sportscars and have a few, and Dick used to tell me a lesson he learned. Back when he first started collecting cars, he used to buy hot rods. Everyone loved the cars, but he always had a hard time selling them. Then he got a Jaguar XK-120 MC. When he advertised to sell it, there was a bidding war from people all over the Country to buy it. Dick said he didn't understand why all these years no one wanted to buy any of his hot rods, but people were fighting over the 120. Then his wise friend told him, "The people that want the hot rods, don't have the money, and the people that want the Jag have plenty of money." That's when I learned to collect Ferraris. So have fun with your British sports cars, but if you want to start a serious collection and make money on them, you need to move up to the cars that the wealthy people want. Otherwise, you'll just collect cars, which the people that want them, can't afford them, and the people that can afford them, don't want them! It's been over a year, since Dick has passed, but I still think of him when ever I see a Ferrari.
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71 GTX ok but IMHO the one and only GTX is the 1967. Great sleek, straight lines and powerful (for the period) 440 coupled with the legendary 727 and Dana rear, a real classic beauty. Had one as a kid and now have a 1966 Belvedere (same body style) almost finished with restoration including 440 and 727. Just re-living my youth!
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