Winter 2005
Volume IX
The JCNA Challenge Championship

“You should have been there”, was the general consensus, what a fabulous venue! We enjoyed interesting activities including, JCNA competition events, the Rally, parties, dining and endless social interaction with Jaguar friends from North America.  Among the many highlights was the unveiling of the new Jaguar XK. The all-new XK is clearly more assertive and sportier than the model it replaces.... a future classic if you will. From zero to 60mph in 5.9 seconds this elegant and spacious sports car exemplifies Jaguar craftmanship, luxury and quality. Perceived as the most technically advanced Jaguar ever. For more information on the all-new XK you can go to The award for “Best Jaguar in Show” was awarded to the 1974 E Type owned by Terry Love; which also won “Best in Show” in 2001. One of the 1st Place cars, obtaining 100 points was awarded to Paul McCollam for his 1949 Jaguar XK-120 OTS “Alloy”, which was restored by Classic Showcase.  This vehicle also took 100 points at the 1998 San Diego Concours de Elegance.  Since the JCNA Challenge Championship is only held on odd years you will just have to wait until 2007 to attend this event.  For more information you can go to


San Diego British Car Day

Much fun was had by all at the 26th Annual San Diego British Car Day.  There were over 400 British cars of all Marques and Classic Showcase was very present in the middle of the Jaguar Marque.  Classic Showcase took 1st Place for Classic with our XKE and 1st Place for Modern with our XJ8.  Best of Show was awarded to Gordon Wangers for his Rolls Royce.  Amongst the display of British cars you could find friends and family picnicing, enjoying each others company, sharing a common interest all while listening to the Scottish Bag Pipers, dressed in the traditional attire. Among the festivities are vendor booths selling various British memorabilia, used parts, modern parts, etc.  There was even an award for the best picnic presentation. Classic Showcase caravanned to the event through back country roads.  All in all it was indeed a well orchestrated event.  If you would like to attend this event next year you can visit their website at:


Exciting Porsche News

912 Engine Being Rebuilt

Classic Showcase has been consistently stocking its inventory with early Porsches; 356’s, 911’s and 912’s which will position us well to extend our expertise in this key market that is steadily growing. Led by baby-boomers seeking to re-connect with the cars they loved in their youth, this market is not going to slow-down anytime soon.  Classic car collectors are a special breed; they know the value, appreciate a good investment and share a common interest in fine collectables. As this market continues to grow we will continue to enjoy what we do and that is restoring these timeless beauties.

1955 Porsche Speedster

1963 Porsche 356 Cabriolet

Maintaining Your Classic for theWinter Season

Don't let the winter months cause unnecessary damage your classic.  If you plan to store your classic this winter, follow these simple precautions to keep your baby safe and happy.

1. Drain the petrol.  If you can't or won't take that step, then add a few drops of additive that won't break down into the gas tank and carburetors.  Marvell Mystery Oil is an amazing product and you'll find it works wonders.  To add oil to the gas, put a small amount into the cylinders.

2. Disconnect the battery.  If it is very cold, remove the battery completely and place on a trickle charger.

3. Place your vehicle on jack stands.  This will save your tires from getting a flat spot from sitting.  If you don't have access to a stand then slightly over inflate the tires to compensate for the amount of time they won't be in use.

4. Make sure the car has plenty of anti-freeze.

5. Keep your classic in a dry environment; if possible a climate controlled one.  Never store a car on the dirt.  When wet it can cause rust.  Always try to park your car on the pavement.

6. Finally, give her one last polish, put a car cover on, say your goodbye, and put her away until you are ready to take the scenic route again.


2005 Restoration Highlights

1956 Packard Caribbean

One of our valued collectors, whom we have been doing business with for many years, was looking for a 1956 Packard Caribbean their dream car, actually it was a gift for his wife.  Classic Showcase was commissioned to locate and restore this car.  I know most of you are familiar with this make but, for those of you who are not, let me take a moment to enlighten you and allow myself to go back in history when technology surpassed time.  Conceived as a limited-production convertible and hardtop, derived from a concept car, the Caribbean was designed with detailed European styling touches and is equipped with maximum luxury features.  A mere few hundred were sold in each model year, at prices guaranteed to keep them exclusive, and considered to be the most expensive car of that era.  Elegant, classy and well ahead of its time, the Caribbean’s claim to fame is that it most certainly attracted attention wherever it appeared.  From the beginning the Caribbean’s interior offered leather trim, power-assisted steering, power breaks, power windows and power seats; plus dual heaters and defrosters. A three-way radio sits decoratively on the dash plus dual electric antennas that are synchronized; might I remind you this was 1956. The hardtop was added in this model year and other refinements that year were if you can imagine; reversible seat cushions with leather on one side and fabric on the other.  With 310 h.p.,V8 engine and a push button automatic transmission, it is a powerful luxury vehicle.

Our quest to locate this magnificent classic car was exhausting but, ultimately concluded right here in our own backyard.  A Southern California car, with only two previous owners on this California title had been taken apart for restoration and stored for many years.  The car was delivered to us dissembled, without an engine installed and boxed, clearly our restoration process is a labor of love, and this magnitude of a restoration is extremely labor intensive.  To undergo this type of restoration is a very daunting task that requires a lot of patience, knowledge and expertise. It requires learning the history of the vehicle, extensive research in order to perform a proper restoration and maintain its original form.  This was indeed a very comprehensive restoration, we searched far and wide to get the exact parts required to complete this restoration to a show/driver level.  Upon completion, our customer received a beautiful dream that we turned into reality.  The color combination is an optical treat with Grey Pearl, White Jade and Rose Quartz; the chrome is very present and the appearance is art-decoesque.  We installed the transmission that conveniently converts in to an automatic by a push button; conveniently installed on the dash.  Power everything, we rebuilt the self leveling system, restored the radio with a wonder bar; Dual antennas are synchronized to go up and down with the touch of a button.  The interior was hand made from scratch and the paint was taken down to bare metal, metal finished, fitted, painted, color sanded and buffed all inclusively performed by our Craftsmen.  The entire restoration from locating, assembling, and restoring to a show/driver level took about year and a half to complete, it was difficult to part with. We truly enjoyed making their dream come true.  As a standard parting gift each of our collectors receive a complete DVD movie of the entire restoration process performed on their vehicle from start to finish.

Restoration in Progress

1967 Jaguar XKE

This is one of two classics that we are restoring for this collector.  Currently metal work is being performed and we are preparing new panels, welding, fitting, leading to get the exact fit and look as an E-Type should have.  We will keep you up to date with this restoration process on this car in our next newsletter.



1967 Jaguar XKE FHC in our body shop in bare metal undergoing body work.

Collectors and Friends, your feedback and thoughts are always welcome.  Please feel free to contact us with your input ~ We would love to hear from you.

… The restoration we do is truly a labor of love and when you love what you do; perfection is easily achieved.

2005 Highlights Continued


1967 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

This 1967 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was originally red with tan interior and great looking the way it was, with its original patina. Our customer, who is a great collector of fine European automobiles, wanted Classic Showcase to restore his Ferrari.  His vision was to change the color from red to a deep midnight blue with grey leather interior, a very luxurious and sophisticated combination.  We stripped it to bare metal, uncovered the fine lines of this great Italian body, serviced and updated all systems.  Restored it to a show/driver level, this restoration took about eight months to complete. 





Currently Available
1962 Jaguar E-Type OTS,
Early 3.8 Series I Roadster… A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE
Under current restoration, this E-Type is for the discerning collector who has done his homework, knows what he wants and that is a beautiful quality example.  If you want the best of the best, you want it now and do not want to wait to have one restored this is your opportunity to own this beautiful example that we named “The Black Beauty”.  This vehicle was selected by Classic Showcase to be exclusively sold at the RM Auction in Phoenix Arizona in January 2006.  “The Black Beauty” got its name from the depth of the paint and the dimensional illusion that comes from that depth, the paint and finish is awesome to say the least.  Our standard high level all-inclusive restoration was performed on this concourse show car and absolutely no expense was spared. With all numbers matching, indeed this is one of the finest examples for sale in the world today. Don’t miss opportunity to own "The Black Beauty".  To become a registered bidder at the RM Classic Car Auction you can visit their website at, or you can call 800 211-4371. The Auction is being held at the renowned Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix Arizona on January 20th, 2006.  Stay tuned to our next Newsletter for an update on the sale of “The Black Beauty.”

1962 Jaguar XKE "The Black Beauty"


Coming in January:

Classic Showcase will participate in the RM and Barrett-Jackson Auctions, as they present another spectacular week in Scottsdale Arizona, with some of the finest vintage, exotic and sports cars all up for grabs. At these events even the most serious collector will find enticement in the form of some of the most exclusive vehicles available at auction. Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is well known for being the premiere classic car auction company in the United States.  The 34th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction will be held January 14th through January 22nd, 2006 at the WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ.  You don’t have to be a registered bidder to attend this auction; in fact more than 175,000 participants are expected to show up at the WestWorld.  Of those, only about 2,500 are expected to be registered bidders.  For more information you can call 480 421-6694 or visit them on the web at:  The 7th Annual RM Vintage Motor Car Auction is truly a luxurious and very special event.  The Auction will be on Friday the 20th.  A few of the extraordinary vehicles up for the taking are a 1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton, a 1969 Ferrari 212 E Montagna, a 1906 Ford Model K Prototype Roadster, a 1953 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Car, and a 1955 Maserati 300S Sports Racing Car.  The festivities will commence with a cocktail party on Thursday the 19th at the renowned Arizona Biltmore. (This event is for registered bidders only.)  The Biltmore has been Phoenix’s premier resort since it opened in 1929.  It was here at the Arizona Biltmore where Irving Berlin wrote the famous “White Christmas.”  For information on this event, to obtain a catalog, or to become a registered bidder you can call 800 211-4371 or visit them on the web at 

January 14-22 2006 35th Annual Barret Jackson Auto Auction, Westworld, Scottsdale AZ
January 17, 2006 15th Annual Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach FL
January 20, 2006 RM Auction Vintage Motor cars in Arizona, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Scottsdale AZ
January 22, 2006 Gooding and Company Auction, Polo Club, Palm Beach FL
January 22, 2006 Palm Beach International Concours d'Elegance, Palm Beach FL
January 28, 2006 Grand Am Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Daytona Beach FL
February 10, 2006 Retromobile Ponte de Versailles Paris, France
February 10-12, 2006 RM Auction Boca Raton Collector Cars, Royal Palm Polo Grounds, Boca Raton FL
March 11, 2006 RM Auction Amelia Island, Amelia Island FL
March 12, 2006 Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance, Amelia Island FL
March 18, 2006 54th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring, FL
March 31 - April 2 2006
Barrett Jackson Palm Beach Auction, South Florida Expo Center, Palm Beach FL.
May 31, 2006 Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet, Chantilly VA

Finally, as we wind down the year, reflect on the year’s success we would like to pay tribute to the great talent we have added to our office staff. 

We are delighted to have Angie Knight, Darrick Hwang and Marissa Figueroa!


Results of January's Auction
How to Prepare your Classic for Driving Again
Further Progress in the Restoration Shop
Upcoming Events and updates
What's new at Classic Showcase


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