Old Stuff

January 9, 2017 by


We recently took a short tour through an old collectors shop that had millions of little “stuffs” everywhere. So much so, that it would take days to absorb it all. As we walked past a grey vault, out jumped a little familiar friend.


Fuelfed Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet: 1.28.2017

January 7, 2017 by



Fuelfed, Inc. together with The Last Detail will be hosting our third Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

From vintage motoring accessories, Recaros & Prototipos to vintage Road & Tracks, oil signage & tools, our Fuelfed community is vast and eclectic and what better way to find cool stuff than from those who appreciate what you do.

Check out more pictures from previous Fuelfed Swap Meets here.






If that Delehaye sales brochure isn’t found, you’ll still be able to enjoy the Midwest top classic European camaraderie.

The swap meet will be held 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 2016 Fuelfed membership info/renewal.

Members $3 (bring your card), non-members $5. Cash or check at the door please.

Visit the Swap Meet page to register for a vendor floor slot.

10:00am to 1:00pm: Swap Meet Open to public.

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

Peter D. – The Consummate Fuelfed Member

January 5, 2017 by



We first formally met Peter and his wife at Fuelfed Cocktails & Classics in early 2012. As the season progressed he quickly volunteered to work the gates at Coffee & Classics in Winnetka and always showed up at Spontaneous Combustions in a different historic classic. Little did we know the depth of his car affliction.





As Fuelfed grew, so did our friendship with Peter. His passion for 1980’s rally and super cars was unparalleled. He offered test drives of some of the greatest cars ever conceived. F40 full throttle through the Ravines…check. 288GTO at redline on the Edens…check. Lancia S4 tearing up Sheridan Rd…check. His gracious and selfless offerings were just the tip of what was to come.







The Fuelfed Steering Committee was formed in the summer of 2013, and Peter was eager to be part of the board. His vast and well-honed global business leadership gave vital insight & sharp input into formalizing our vibrant club for the discerning collector, and for the young enthusiast. Meetings were long and agenda-filled, yet Peter always kept discussions on point. Eventually, Steering Committee meetings were held in his private shop to ensure the smell of gasoline & rubber was always present and that the club’s focus remained on camaraderie & driving. Inevitably meetings turned to car stories and wine would continue to flow.




Peter was not only a larger than life collector, but he was also a private and strong family man. Peter always put family first, as we all should. And, in turn, that combination often meant some sort of classic European car was part of a family adventure regardless the country he and his family were in.

Peter was very excited to be part of Fuelfed as he found kindred spirits in many fellow members, yours truly in particular. He loved working on his cars and found great therapy in fixing, improving, and detailing his cars. Many a weekend or evening he spent wrenching in his shop.








He LOVED Coffee & Classics in Winnetka and volunteering at the main gate. He was a fixture there and selfless, seldom missing a month.

The man knew cars – no BS story got past him…period. Peter had a wry sense of humor which he shared with many regulars passing through the gate on his watch. He enjoyed the detailed car conversations that occur at every C&C, and would gladly spend time sharing his knowledge with others. He often spent time at the end each Coffee & Classics letting young enthusiasts explore his Ferraris, BMW M1, Lancia Stratos or whatever he drove that month. Several were fortunate enough to get a short ride (with parental consent).






It is with heavy heart that we have lost a great personal friend and immensely influential Fuelfed founder in December of 2016. Peter D. will forever be greatly missed and he had made countless contributions worldwide seen and unseen. Fuelfed will dedicate an annual event in his honor.






Big Thanks to Martin!

December 25, 2016 by



We want to give a BIG shout out and thank you to Martin Meissner for all the hard work he’s doing down in Fort Lauderdale running our Coffee & Classics FTL. Martin could not be a better Fuelfed brand ambassador with his extreme passion for classic European cars and his jovial & welcoming persona.

We had to dig up the 2011 video of Martin and his rare 2000tii to prove they both haven’t aged a bit.

If you are near FTL on the last Sunday of the month, make your way over to Las Olas Blvd. & A1A by 8:00am and buy the guy in above 2011 C&C clip a cup of coffee.


Happy Holidays

December 24, 2016 by



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


The Enthusiasts Shop

December 14, 2016 by



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 opened a seasonal shop in downtown Barrington at 222A S. Cook. Yep, right near the BMW motorcycle shop. We thought we’d pay a visit to The Finish Line to see if it was all we’ve heard it was.




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.





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.







Rapidly Appreciating Cars Can Cool Just As Quickly

December 8, 2016 by


By: Brian Rabold

According to the latest Hagerty Vehicle Ratings, previously scorching models like the 1964-67 Porsche 911, the 1984-89 Porsche 911 and the Ford GT are suffering minor hangovers now that interest has waned. These cars find themselves in the bottom following massive supply spikes – the direct result of lots of high-profile sales. Expect this to be a temporary blip as buyers stop chasing rising values with aspirational asking prices and supply begins tightening up.

Major inversions also occurred with the Porsche 924 (rated an 82 in July) and the DeTomaso Pantera (a 60 in July). Both have cooled considerably over the past two months, and now sit at a 20. The already cool first-generation Corvair got downright icy, losing 38 points to settle at an 8.




Another theme is that classic British cars continue trailing the market. In fact, six of the bottom 25 models hail from England. The Austin-Healey 3000, Jaguar XK120 and Mk IV Austin-Healey Sprites occupied similar spots in the July rating, but they are now joined by the MG-TF, the Triumph TR4 and the Rolls-Royce Corniche. It seems that shifting preferences towards more modern cars is coming at the expense of models from the Land of Hope and Glory.

View the list of the 25 lowest rated vehicles.


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Holiday Cocktails!

December 6, 2016 by



Looking forward to sharing some great Holiday cheer tonight Tuesday 12.6 with our Fuelfed brethren.




For Sale: 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL

December 2, 2016 by



This exceptional 1971 280SL is the 28 year effort of love by Fuelfed member Evans P. Evans purchased the straight, original rust-free SL from Utah (have copy of this title) in 1989 and spent the next two years having the vehicle professionally restored both mechanically and cosmetically.




The car had 55,125 miles in 1989 and now currently has only 59,385. This is a numbers matching original color car, redone in its factory spec ivory over red leather with black canvas top. We have photos and receipts documenting the restoration and all maintenance thereafter. We even have the PPI inspection letter from Alan Eisenberg from the Autohaus on Edens with his analysis from 1989.





Once the SL was completed, it lead a very, very pampered North Shore life receiving whatever it needed to keep it in perfect mechanical & cosmetic shape. Evans was proud to bring it every month to Coffee & Classics in Winnetka.

This is a no-excuses classic 280SL that Evans & family want to go to a passionate and discerning enthusiast.


The Specs

  • 1971 280SL
  • Vin# 11304412023108.
  • 59,385 original miles.
  • Original ivory over red leather. Black canvas top with ivory factory hard top.
  • 4 speed automatic.
  • Working factory Becker Europa radio.
  • All original factory books, tool kit and repair manual.
  • Working factory FrigiKing A/C.
  • Extra Nardi steering wheel as seen in pics. Original is on car currently.
  • This 280SL drives and performs as factory new. the controls and accessories work as they should.
  • Any small imperfections are shown in the photos.


Inquiries can be made here.


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2016 Fuelfed Holiday Party Tuesday Dec. 6

November 30, 2016 by


‘Tis that time for joyous spirits, whether it be bourbon or beer,
we look forward to quality time with our enthusiast brethren for some Holiday cheer.

The annual Fuelfed Holiday party is Tuesday, December 6
Light appetizers. Cash bar.

This a private party. Location emailed to 2016-17 Fuelfed members only.