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Author Archive | Philip Richter


Rising Star: The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL

At Turtle Garage, we are longtime fans of the R129 SL—our love affair with this groundbreaking car dates back to 1990. A dealer poster of it hung above my bed at Boston College. Sightings of the then-new SL were rare in Boston, but I remember being at Jimmy’s Harborside for my 20th birthday and seeing […]

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Car Talk on Bloomberg Markets

Last week we were honored to be a guest on an episode of Matt Miller & Paul Sweeney’s Bloomberg Markets. We discussed financial markets, art and collector car auctions, interest rates, the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, and the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Ferrari GTO auction. You can watch the full […]

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Always Bet on Black

In the current issue of Sports Car Market, we look at three cars to either Buy, Sell, or Hold. Our buy pick is the odd but interesting Iso Grifo. Our hold is the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. Our sell is ironically the cover car of the June issue—the Ferrari 512 BB/BBi.

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The old familiar Manero’s parking sign

Greenwich Concours, Manero’s, and the Love of the Automobile

The 2022 Greenwich Concours is in the books. Last year, Covid caused a postponement of the show and it was ultimately held in October. The Greenwich Concours is now back on its regular early June schedule. The Hagerty website succinctly summarized the 2022 event: This year, Saturday’s Cars & Community showcased 125 vehicles, including some of […]

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The Future of F1: Miami or Monaco?

“The success of Miami’s inaugural Grand Prix this month was a sign of what new Formula 1 events may look like, such as providing weekend-long entertainment with concerts.“ —Luke Smith, The New York Times “F1 used to be a gentleman’s sport. Now its warfare.” —Anonymous former F1 team manager In early May, Turtle Garage attended […]

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The Fantastic Pursuit of a Special 356 Speedster

In 2021, a unique partnership between Lime Rock Park and the Turtle Invitational culminated in a new trophy called the Best Race Car Award. Lime Rock Park CEO Dicky Riegel and Sunday in the Park Lime Rock Concours Chairman Lowell Paddock serve on the Board of the Turtle Invitational. Last year, we created a reciprocal trophy recognized at both […]

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2021 In The Rearview Mirror

Zermatt, Switzerland: The odometer has rolled over another 365 days, and 2021 is in the books. Following the lockdowns and broad cancellations of 2020, the collector car world came roaring back to life in 2021. Radnor put on their wonderful Concours d’Elegance in Pennsylvania hunt country. Monterey Car Week restarted, and Pebble Beach was as […]

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