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SCM Double Take With Somer Hooker

“A change will do you good.” —Sheryl Crow Sports Car Market is the premier source for enthusiasts to gather reliable collector car information. The magazine has proactively evolved over the years and is now the friendly, fun, but authoritative voice on industry trends. Content is predominately provided by key industry insiders, giving the publication an accurate, unique, […]

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E500 Limited

1995 Mercedes-Benz E500 Limited

The auction hammer fell at $123.00 for this 1995 Mercedes-Benz E500 Limited: Well Bought The 500E/E500 has enjoyed cult-like status among Mercedes aficionados since the day it was new. Twenty five years later the fire has only grown stronger. Most 500E’s were the first-generation car manufactured from 1991 to 1993. This subject car is not […]

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The Tale of the Dino

“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” —Warren Buffett One of the best aspects of car collecting and writing a blog is the diverse and wonderful people you meet. At Turtle Garage, we get a lot of inbound emails. Some of the feedback is obscure—last week, […]

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1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500

The auction hammer fell at $36,277.00 for this 1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500: Well Bought The infamous Mercedes-Benz W140 series is perhaps the largest and most over-engineered S-class of all time. With over $1 billion spent in development (back in the late 1980s!), the cars are complex and over the top. Upon its launch, owners complained that […]

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Aston-Benz or Mercedes-Martin?

“This is a transformational moment for Aston Martin. It is the result of six months of enormous effort to position the company for success to capture the huge and exciting opportunity ahead of us.” —Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin This week news hit the wire that Mercedes-Benz is taking a 20% stake in […]

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The 1987 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan

My Father’s Oldsmobiles

Today my father, Max, would have been 88 years old. Max loved Oldsmobiles. I never really thought about this fact until I was on Block Island last week and happened to see three Oldsmobiles thriving in captivity. These three cars, a late model Eighty-Eight, a first-generation Bravada SUV, and an Alero were either parked in […]

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California Dreamin’

“California Dreamin’ is becoming a reality….”  —John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas The New York Times reported today that the state of California will ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035—a short fifteen years from now. At Turtle Garage, we question the growing assumption that electric drive is the long-term solution. Back in […]

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