Step back in time at Smithfield Classic Cars | News

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Classic Cars and Auto Sales, now open at 278 Douglas Pike, has over 19 classic cars, from a 1931 Ford Model T pickup, a 1976 Porsche 912E, to the 1960s Ford Mustangs and to Jeeps and 1980s models. Broncos.

General Manager Dave Maurice has worked in the vintage car business for decades and has said that he and owner David MacDonald of MacDonald Douglas Realty buy and sell “the best classic cars on the market.”

Maurice said he “ran the whole show,” focusing on buying and selling quality used cars while MacDonald traveled to shop.

Maurice said he was out of retirement and joined the business to help the business owner realize his dream of running a vintage car dealership with car shows and possibly a hall. exhibition of vintage cars.

Classics range from vintage vehicles from the early days of the car to classic cars of the 1970s and 1980s. Looking at a car, Maurice said that he and MacDonald look for specific things, such as rust, bodywork and frame. , previous owners, possible customizations and where it was stored.

“We don’t want them to be bloated. So it’s not called a classic car, ”said Maurice.

Cars are then valued based on their value while taking into account the work the dealership has put into them or any repairs that a buyer may need to invest in the car. For example, Maurice said he had a 1966 Mustang that needed a paint job, priced at $ 14,000.

“You want to find a guy who wants to buy a hobby car and fix it, put it in a garage and restore it,” Maurice said.

Maurice said that selling other used cars helps the company survive where it would sell other than classic cars. It remains difficult to find classics because a lot of people don’t want to part with them, he said.

Today’s market is a seller’s market, he explained, due to the 2020-2021 global chip, and used cars remain very expensive. Classic cars move a bit slower, usually sold to someone looking for a specific model.

“I think he’s going to do very well here. We have had good reviews, positive word of mouth feedback, ”said Maurice.

Smithfield Classic Cars will host its first auto show next March, featuring food, drink, entertainment and classic cars. Maurice said to check for details.

Contact Smithfield Classic Cars at 401-227-9548 or Maurice on his mobile phone at 401-480-6700.

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