This V-12 Maserati 300 S is in show-car condition but it’s been known to go to the racetrack, too. (Bill Griffith/Boston.com)
The Alfa (Romeo) Owners of New England allowed us to tag along recently on a glorious Saturday morning outing to Precision Automotive Restoration, Inc. in Newburyport.
We knew it was going to be a memorable day when the show started in the parking lot with a member’s Alfa Montreal – a vehicle that features a V-8 formed by melding two Alfa four-cylinder engines (including two fuel pumps).
It continued with a welcoming sniff from Truman, an English boxer and Precision’s official greeter.
Inside, there were some interesting complete cars such as the pair of Porsche 914-6 race cars, one an original GT with racing provenance, the other a beautifully built clone by the folks at Precision. There was also a BMW 1600 in immaculate original condition, a 1957 Porsche Carrera, a 289-powered “real” Cobra, and a wood-framed Morgan in for upholstery work. Works in progress ranged from a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTBC race car that’s being “retired” and restored to a show car.
Owners Mark Allin and Carrie Holt have run the business since 2002, moving into the expanded quarters last year.
Having visitors, explained upholstery guru Mike Curley, is a good not only for business, “but it also gets us to do a full-scale cleanup of the shop, too.”
About Boston Overdrive
|Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
In the garage: 1995 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (by association)
|Bill Griffith is a veteran Boston Globe reporter, having reviewed cars for more than 10 years and serving as assistant sports editor for 25 years. He was also the paper's sports media columnist.
In the garage: 2006 Subaru Baja
|John Paul is public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, a certified mechanic, and a Globe columnist. He hosts a weekly radio show on WROL.
In the garage: Hyundai Sante Fe, Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible
|Craig Fitzgerald has been writing about cars, motorcycles, and the automotive industry since 1999. He is the former editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car.
In the garage: 1968 Buick Riviera, 1996 Buick Roadmaster, 1974 Honda CB450
|Keith Griffin is president of the New England Motor Press Association and edits the used car section on About.com. He also writes for the Hartford Business Journal and various weekly newspapers in Connecticut.
In the garage: Mazda 5, Dodge Neon
|George Kennedy is a senior writer for WheelsTV in Acton, which produces video reviews for Yahoo, MSN, and other auto websites.
In the garage: Lifted 1999 Jeep Cherokee