Florida Fine Cars Finds Some Cool Rides at Monthly Car Meet Up

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Cars & Coffee Palm Beach offers a huge array of cool cars to check out.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – You never know who you might meet or what you might see at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach. The enormously popular car meet up at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall attracts high-end car collectors, hobbyists and lots of regular folks who love to look at cool rides.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with a few of those car enthusiasts during one of the recent monthly events. Here’s what we found!
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Meet car buff Larry Jones, a retired boat captain who loves to show off his custom 1950 Mercury Coupe, a sleek black custom head-turner painted with ferocious flames that lick at the hood. Jones acquired the car about eight years ago partially customized and has continued to do more work. Talking about it makes him smile.

“It has a Chevrolet engine, a big block Chevrolet. It has a lot of power. It’s got probably 500 horsepower,” Jones said proudly. The stunning paint job was created by Crazy Horse Painting in Waxhaw, North Carolina. It’s called “live fire” and it’s meant to stop traffic.

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Car buff Larry Jones pops the top on his customized 1950 Mercury Coupe at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

“I’ve chopped the top, I’ve channeled the car (brought the floor up 4-inches) and it rides on air bags,” Jones explained. “It has air bags on all four corners. It’s a better suspension and then you lower it and it looks cooler.”

The car sports a chrome grill from a ’56 Chevy, and the headlights are “frenched,” or recessed into the body of the car.

Nearby, Jeff Bye parked his yellow 1966 Ford F-100 pickup truck, no ordinary ride by any account! He rebuilt the lowrider with a 2008 Crown Victoria front end, a 5-speed transmission from a 1998 5.0 liter Ford Mustang and installed buttons on each side that shoot out fire.

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Jeff Bye stands by his 1966 Ford F-100 that he customized himself.

“Some people think you should restore it the way it was,” said Bye, who rebuilds Porsches and Ferraris for a living. “It’s either like love or hate. I’ve had people tell me I’ve destroyed the truck.”

You’ll always know when Bye’s truck is on its way: it doesn’t have a muffler or pipes and the noise is really, really loud.

But that’s all part of the fun.

According to John Zeilinga – one of the founders of Cars & Coffee –  the popular monthly car meet up usually attracts about 1,400 cars car owners during the slow months. During the Season, you might find as many as 2,500 cars on display and 20,000 spectators in attendance.

“We have everything from old Model T’s to brand new Lamborghinis, hot rods, race cars and hand-built garage cars,” said Zeilinga, a firefighter/EMT for Plantation. “We get people who just want to learn about cars and people who have been working on cars for 40 years.

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Brandon Gasparini sits atop his mud-spattered 1997 Jeep Cherokee X5.

Brandon Gasparini is one of those car buffs who works on cars. His Jeep Cherokee is a marvel with the rugged-looking, textured spatter that distinguishes from all others. But Gasparini didn’t pay a penny for the look. It’s mud, not paint, and it draws crowds every time he wheels into Cars & Coffee to show it off.

“Best paint job around,” yelled a passerby, who gave a thumbs up. “We like this one the best!”

Gasparini’s 1997 model Jeep Cherokee X5 has nearly 300,000 miles on the odometer and is  spattered with so much mud that many spectators mistake it for a custom paint job until some of the texture rubs off on their fingers.

“I haven’t washed it in a month,” said Gasparini who works for Jeep. “It runs like a dream.”

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The mud coating on Gasparini’s Jeep gives it a custom look that many mistake for paint.

The mud buggy has removable doors, a 4.5-inch lift and 33-inch tires.
Gasparini takes his Jeep mudding in some secret holes in Port St. Lucie that he’s been digging since he was in high school.

“It takes hours to wash it which is why I don’t,” he chuckled.

Across the way, Joe Zahradnik was showing off the brand new 2017 Shelby Baja Raptor, one of only 50 to be manufactured and the first of four to be sold to the public: the first went to the Shelby Museum in Las Vegas, the second to the Ford Motor Co. and the third to an undisclosed business executive.

Crowds of truck lovers were “oohing: and “aahing” at the huge blue beast, built with a redesigned front bumper, special suspension work and custom LED lighting that can be angled as you drive.

“Amazing! When can I take it for a test drive,” cooed one admirer as he peered inside.

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2017 Shelby Baja Raptor was a crowd pleaser at a recent Cars & Coffee. The vehicle is #4 of 50 and the first being offered for sale to the public.

Sticker price? $115,000.

And at Cars & Coffee, there’s a likely buyer somewhere with the means to take it home.

At the back of the lot, Said Sauder fielded questions about his fire-engine 1969 modelred T-1 Porsche transporter, which has the cab of an old Volkswagen bus and the rear of a car transporter.

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Interior of 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s Porsche had to take their cars to races and that was the way to go in style,” Sauder explained. But Sauder’s transporter has a longer bed – he stretched by seven feet.

Back in the day, the vehicle was used to transport a Porsche 550 Spider to races and back, he said.

It’s quirky mix of Volkwagen charm and longbed truck drew admirers all day long.

“This is the only one of its kind in the U.S.,” Sauder said. “There’s two in Germany.  It’s supposed to have a Porsche Spider on it but it’s not ready. Three people told me it’s the best car in the show!”

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Said Sauder poses with his 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

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Hard-to-Find Exotic Rides Define the duPont REGISTRY

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duPont Registry helps high end car collectors buy and sell upscale vehicles.

PALM BEACH  GARDENS – Flip through the duPont REGISTRY and you’ll find pages of collectible cars like the 2006 Ford GT Heritage for $489,900 and exotics like the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta for $699,000. Or a vintage 1969 Chevy Pro Touring Camaro for $55,000.

The glossy magazine is eye candy for car lovers everywhere and is packed with wild rides that are VERY hard-to-find.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the duPont REGISTRY during a recent Cars & Coffee meet to find out why the magazine is such a draw for car enthusiasts and collectors from all walks of life.

The monthly magazine is a leading publication for the high-end marketplace with an appeal to “individuals whose net worth significantly exceeds what is traditionally considered upscale,” according to the duPont REGISTRY.


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“It’s flying off the table,” said duPont REGISTRY account executive Dylan Orluck, as he handed out copies of the October 2017 edition with a McLaren 720S on the cover. “People are loving it. A lot of people recognize us from our social media. We have 6.5 million followers on Facebook and nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram.”

duPont REGISTRY Appeals to Both Serious Collectors and Dreamers

Yes, the cars that are advertised in the magazine appeal to the rich and famous. But not everyone who picks up the magazine has the money to buy. Dreaming is OK, too.

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A car enthusiast chats with representatives from the upscale duPont REGISTRY.

“We have a lot of aspirational readers who obviously can’t afford the million dollar cars but can maybe afford the $50,000 car,” Orluck said. “Plus, even if you can’t afford any of the cars they are fun to look at.”

The magazine offers a unique marketplace for high-end car owners to buy and sell their vehicles to others in similar financial circles. Cars for sale in the magazine range in price from $50,000 to $1 million, Orluck said. The duPont REGISTRY is typically distributed at private airlines, First Class lounges, or among major sports teams.

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The October 2017 edition of the duPont REGISTRY features a McLaren 720S on the cover.

“There are a lot of people here who are trying to sell their cars or advertise their businesses,” Orluck noted. “This is the perfect venue for this with all the exotic and high end vehicles that are coming through.

No surprise that a line of red, white and blue Lamborghinis was parked next  to the duPont REGISTRY tent.

One of them was Brad of Boca Raton, who owns a red 1986 Ferrari 328 and a black 2007 Ferrari F430 which he is trying to sell. He figured the duPont REGISTRY would be read by car lovers who might actually buy one of his Ferraris.

“It’s got some good pictures and it’s well-respected,” he said of the duPont REGISTRY. “And sometimes someone is just in the mood for a (new) toy.”

Florida Fine Cars Makes It Easy to Buy a Quality Used Car

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

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