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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics® may be sleeping until April up here in the Hinterland, but C&C Fort Lauderdale keeps meeting every last Sunday of the month year-round. This month, we have the Mercedes Benz feature.

Yes, there are other generic cars & coffees in the Miami area, but none have the classic European good stuff like C&CFTL. So if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, it will be worth the venture to the shore.

8:00am to 10:00am
Southwest corner of 
Las Olas Blvd. & A1A (Immediately south of the famous “Elbo Room). Boccaccino Pizzeria and Cafe (at the south end of the lot) opens at 8am for breakfast. Set your GPS to 401 S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd.

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1988 Porsche 959 Craigslist Find!

February 16, 2018 by

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Could this be the ultimate Craigslist find?!

Fuelfed member Brandon C. owner of Kafein in Evanston sent this one to us.

So let’s start with this new marketing approach to selling your million dollar classic. It used to be Ebay or BringaTrailer to get exposure for a big fee. Now it appears that you go to lowbrow Craigslist for what everyone will think is a scam and you provide of course a fake name and lawyers phone number and start collecting:

1. Desperate brokers that think they can take you.
2. Tools that want to debunk the ad.
3. Parasitic flippers.

But what you’re really doing is:

1. Collecting a list for some other purpose.
2. Creating a free buzz.

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About this crazy icon. We all know about the 959’s history and importance to modern automotive development. What you don’t believe is this CL 959 is the real deal. A quick run of the vin shows it was from a listing at Christies in 2004 and is/was real. It is now apparently in Portland, OR sitting in a warehouse.

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The CL listing reads:

1988 Porsche 959 Comfort, Metallic Silver with Burgandy-Silver-Gray leather interior. 6323 miles in original unrestored condition. Complete with all books, manuals, car cover, first aid kit, factory service manual and tools.

This is the EX-Patrick collection 959 from the UK. Before coming to the US it went through Porsche Classic in Germany and was serviced to the tune of nearly $100k.

A Porsche 959 would be a great addition to any extensive car collection. Only 337 were built ’86-’88 plus the 6-8 more that were built in 1992-3.

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And there you go. Let’s all fantasize and pontificate the truth on this unbelievable marketing approach. The Fuelfed community is large and connected. We’ve seen $50m exotic collections move through our ranks, unique barn-find Miuras and alike be unearthed, but never a stunt like this before.

Time to fire up the cigar, pour the Scotch and watch this one play out.

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2018 Fuelfed Swap Meet Recap

February 13, 2018 by

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So we started 2018 with our 5th annual Fuelfed Classic Swap Meet at The Last Detail’s fantastic facility in North Chicago, IL. The Swap Meet continues to evolve and change each year and it’s interesting to see what are the hot old items annually. This year we had a record 28 vendors and several hundred attendees. Most of these were current Fuelfed members.

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Of course we couldn’t pull off the Swap Meet, nor other events without the help of our great volunteers. These members got there at 7:30am to run the entry point and help mask off the vendors slots as well as help clean up afterwards. Big thanks to Tom & Brian from The Last Detail who have been supporters of Fuelfed since our first Coffee & Classics in Winnetka way back in 2010. At 11:00am Tom gave an informative overview on the history, evolution and future direction of TLD.

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Interesting to hear how our car community works off each others strengths. How TLD prefers to work with Fuelfed supporters like Hagerty when it comes to insurance work, and how Perfect Power is their go to for 911 engine builds and visa versa. While we’re patting backs, one of our silent supporters has been Peet’s Coffee in Winnetka, who have been providing coffee to all our Swap Meets and to our gate workers at C&C Winnetka since they opened in 2016.

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So what was selling this year? Vintage air-cooled 911, Alfa & BMW parts were the big movers. Model cars, tools, good old magazines and books always move, as did vintage posters and petroliana. Big scores were E-type wires, 914 four Fuchs, and a SSI exhaust system for a 930 turbo. Even older MotorGearo swag was moving.

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Most importantly, and the main reason so many Fuelfed members look forward to the Swap Meet, is the camaraderie. As member Dennis Raucci stated in his thank you email: “being with a great group people in engaging conversations at well executed events are the hallmark of Fuelfed.We couldn’t agree more. And as quick as the crowds came in, they were gone to enjoy the rest of their Saturday.

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1981 Mercedes 380sl California Car

February 5, 2018 by

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Another Fuelfed exclusive with this tasty Saffron yellow Cali convertible.

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Seller Notes:

I purchased this 1981 Mercedes 380sl back in 2010 in California. The car has 109,612 original miles. This car has been my sunny summer weekend car. I’ve driven the car to and from the greater North Shore area only. I’ve haven’t made any changes to the car, but only regular maintenance. I’ve driven this car 3,300 miles in my eight years of my ownership. 

This is a nice driving honest car and will be missed.

• The car was resprayed it’s original yellow due to sun fading by the previous owner.
• Original tan MB Tex interior with un-cracked original dash.
• Factory top is unripped and includes matching hard top.
• No body rust/no undercarriage rust.
• Original Becker radio.
• Great heat.
• New tires.

This Mercedes is located on the North Shore of Chicago.

$7900

Contact seller

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The Fuelfed Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet This Saturday 2.3.18

February 2, 2018 by

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We’re excited to see what’s for sale this Saturday (2.3.18) morning. Always an interesting mix of petroliana, vintage parts and rare literature. But most definitely a full dose of enthusiast camaraderie.

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Doors open at 10:00am to the public with a special presentation by Tom owner of  The Last Detail at 11:00am.

Location
The Last Detail
2900 North US Route 41
North Chicago, Illinois 60064
847.689.8822

Please click parking map for designated spaces.

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Admission: 2017 & 2018 Fuelfed members $3 (bring your card), non-members $5. Cash or check at the door please.

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Fuelfed Parts Swap Meet 2.3.2018

December 27, 2017 by

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Fuelfed, Inc. together with The Last Detail will again be hosting our 5th annual Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Now you can sell all those rare items you collected for that classic you sold back in 2015. From SU carbs, Recaros & Protipos to vintage Road & Tracks, oil signage & tools, our Fuelfed community is vast and eclectic and what better audience to sell to than those who appreciate what you do.

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The swap meet will be indoors at The Last Detail’s North Chicago location. You’ll be able to see some of the classic restorations they have in progress as well as finished concours vehicles on display.

We will also have a table for 2018 Fuelfed membership info/renewal.

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SPECIFICS:

We will have forty (40) 10’x6′ floor slots  to sell items. You must pay & reserve your slot in advance. No tables or chairs will be provided. We ask that all items for sale be automotive related and relevant. Please no duct-tape rolls, tube socks or Barbie dolls (unless breathing).

Costs
Admission: Members $3 (bring your card), non-members $5. Cash or check at the door please.
Floor slots: Open to members only $25 (includes 1 admission). Please purchase & reserve your slot before January 30, 2018 by going to our secure PayPal link.

Date & Time
Saturday, February 3, 2018
8:30am to 10:00am: Floor slot set-up.
10:00am to 1:00pm: Swap Meet Open to public.
1:00pm to 2:00pm: Clean up.

Location
The Last Detail
2900 North US Route 41
North Chicago, Illinois 60064
847.689.8822

Cancellation
The swap meet will only be cancelled if  there is a polar vortex punishing us again. Slot buyers will be notified by email. Event cancellation will also be posted on the Fuelfed home page.

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Happy Holidays

December 22, 2017 by

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He who has not Spirit in his heart will never find it under a tree.

 

Fuelfed Coffee & Classics FTL

December 16, 2017 by

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While us rust-belters brace for the coming polar vortex we call the second season, our Fuelfed brothers to the south in Fort Lauderdale have been busy driving their classics. The array of European classics has being expanding as our man Martin holds court each month at Coffee & Classics® FTL.

Martin explains below.

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If you weren’t around for the November Coffee & Classics Fort Lauderdale, well, you missed a pretty amazing event! There was a little bit of everything, German, Italian, Swedish and English. We’re still hoping for something French to grace us one of these days. (insert French car reliability joke here)

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The iron butt award definitely goes to Chicago Fuelfed member Joe R. who towed his fantastic little Messerschmitt convertible all the way from Sarasota to be with us. It was also great to have first timers Steve S. and his monster 300 SEL 6.3, and Richard P. join us with his gorgeous 300 SL Roadster. A big thanks for Jon Van Woerden for taking all the pictures.  I’m sure many of you will want to peruse them. Thanks again to all of you who’ve been with us from early on or who have joined us over the last three years. This event is what it is because of all of you and your great cars.
More pics at http://www.jonvanwoerden.com/

Cheers Martin!

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The Enthusiasts Shop

December 8, 2017 by

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Friend and Fuelfed member Hugh R. has been the curator of Barrington’s classic car enthusiast’s boutique The Finish Line for years. This holiday season Hugh has again opened a seasonal shop in downtown Barrington at 220 S. Cook. We thought we’d pay a visit to The Finish Line to see what he’s up to this year.

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The quint downtown area of Barrington was alive with Christmas activities as we made our way to the boutique. As we walked in, Hugh was there to greet us and shed the unique history for every item in his shop.

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From vintage driving caps to Cuban Gran Prix posters signed by Fangio, from C-Type gear shift knobs to an F1 nose cone, The Finish Line has quite the spread of automobilia and clothing sure to make the quality short list of any Fuelfed enthusiast. All items are authentic and hand picked by Hugh to present the highest quality, so don’t expect to find a $5 fake Ferrari hat from China. Fuelfed always supports our local merchants and we highly recommend that you drop that mouse and use your right foot to get to Barrington, it’s well worth the drive and make sure to bring your beautiful co-pilot.

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The Finish Line, Inc. Boutique
220 S. Cook Street
Barrington, IL
847-382-3020
youareawinner@earthlink.net

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1981 Porsche 928 5 Speed Manual

December 6, 2017 by

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Another Fuelfed exclusive…an early Porsche 928 in the highly desirable three pedal form. We also know this car and its owner and if you’re a member, you do too.

We’ll let the owner tell his story…

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“15 years ago the car was living in Atlanta at a well known 928 shop. It was on their lot having had the color change already (silver to black). I am unsure who they acquired it from, but they sold it to a father who brought his son’s 928 from Davenport IA area to them to have it tuned and upgraded in various respects. On his return trip he bought it off them and brought both cars back.

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He and his son passed leaving this car to his next son. It was garage kept, but that son was not a “car guy” and didn’t take it out much. At 72k miles the odometer was disconnected while tracing down a slow drain. The mileage is believed to be no more than 74k original to the body and engine.

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The suspension is in excellent condition, the interior leaves a little to be desired. I am selling the car as a running driving project. I acquired it from the last owner a little over a year ago with intent to restore. I currently have a 931 as a personal project and a short list of customers waiting for my services. I will be pleased to offer this 928 to a new home. It comes on no name 5 spoke wheels. For a little more I will sell it on phone dials, and if the price is just right I am willing to let it go rolling on a set of 1991 GT wheels.”

$5800

Contact the owner

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