Specialty Sales Classics Has Your Ride to the Past

We took a drive up to Palo Alto this weekend to look at a 1966 Mustang Fastback, which priced at just $23k, seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true, and we were severely disappointed when we learned most of the bottom and quarter panels were rusted out. Oh well. The day was not a complete loss since we managed to take a quick detour on the way home and stopped by one of Specialty Sales Classics’ (SSC) showrooms located in Pleasanton, CA.

Although the front driveway has one of the steepest gradients we have ever experienced while driving onto a classic car lot, what awaited us inside was nothing short of spectacular (wall to wall chrome and candy paint, Nardi steering wheels and custom leather interiors). Not an inch of space left to waste. Everything from 70’s British sports coupes like this 1970 Jaguar XKE wearing Indigo blue paint; to classic American muscle cars from all the heavy hitters like Chevy, Ford, Dodge and Plymouth, all quietly lined throughout the showroom floor just begging for the right enthusiast to come along and give them a new home.

Sadly, we were there only as daydreaming window shoppers, but we still found the sales staff at SSC to be friendly and knowledgeable without being overwhelmingly pushy or aggressive. We strolled right into the vaulted warehouse and wandered aimlessly through the sea of cars, slack-jawed and wide-eyed by every cluster gauge and paint scheme we happened upon. If we hovered long enough over any one particular model (like this 1966 Fastback), someone from their staff was there to greet us and ask if we had any questions or needed any help. But besides that, we were free. Free to basque in the awe of classic car utopia...ahh. Is this what car heaven is like? We sure hope so!

Amidst it all was this 1965 Buick Riviera with matching body-paint steering wheel, whitewall tires and only 49,000 miles. Nicely placed in the center of the larger showroom, like a grand chandelier tying together all the architectural details of a luxurious dining hall, or some sort of interstellar quasar exercising it’s gravitational pull on everything in it’s proximity. It demanded attention and more than a casual glance. To us, few things are cooler than a cherried out Riviera (well okay, maybe Spock on a Riviera).

But if the typical ‘Hot August Nights’ cruiser is not what you are looking for, then don’t worry, because SSC has a number of more exotic rides that are sure to spark your interest. That’s right, it’s the image that made you read this whole dragged out article in the first place, and if you're a child of the eighties (like we are), then it holds a special place in your heart, along with Superman pajamas and radio-recorded mixed cassette tapes. The 1981 Delorean is more than a car, it’s an icon. And although we would hesitate to make it a daily driver, we can’t repress the desire to lift up the gull-wing doors, hop in and get that baby up to 88 mph.

Eventually, we looked at the clock on the wall and pulled ourselves away; departing with large smiles on our faces and with the reaffirmed notion that there are car enthusiasts out there that love their cars and know how to take care of them. So if you’re shopping for a classic car, we highly recommend you check out Specialty Sales Classics inventory online, or better yet pay them a visit in person; just remember to watch the curb.

Images: SpecialtySalesClassics.com , Flickr.com

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