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Most of the FantomWorks team joined Dan down in Las Vegas for the annual SEMA show. It was a week of cars, fans, meet and greets and other miscellaneous adventures. The whole team enjoyed the sights at the Hoover Dam as well as Red Rock Canyon getting to enjoy the grandeur and magnificence of what man and mother nature can create. We all got to enjoy a huge group dinner and most of us tried to make it to breakfast together, some days making it to breakfast was an event in itself. In between Dan signing autographs at the Por15 booth and doing live events for Velocity, Dan did get drive a Lamborghini Aventador around the city. Instead of manning a booth and showing a car, Dan was able to walk around SEMA for business purposes. He found an incredible 3D printer, CNC machine and a scanning system that would be invaluable for the shop. We brought back some good stories and a ton of pictures, to see more check out our Facebook photo album here.
Thanks for sharing the love and support you guys and gals give us and we look forward to next year at SEMA, when we once again will attempt to bring an epic build and hopefully achieve another speeding work of art.
Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. Today’s photos were provided by V8 Speed Shop; we have no affiliation by them and we are not endorsed in any way, shape or form by them – We are simply using their photos. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners (Nor do the owners pay or sponsor us in any way, shape of form), we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was written with written consent from the owner.
This week we take a look at our friend Red Lehr’s 1964 Galaxie Fastback from lehrsmeatmarket.com. Unlike many kids these days, Red was lucky enough to have something with style as his first car. At the age of 16 he was the happy owner of a 1964 Galaxie. Red drove that car around everywhere, which included a couple dates with a few sweethearts when he was back in highschool. On one of these dates he was cruising on the highway going 55 when a Mazda GLC turned hard in front of him. Red ended up hitting that Mazda (and the two drunks driving it) and sent it flying. The result was his Galaxie now carried the title of “totaled”. Like any of us could imagine, it broke his heart. He swore that one day he would have another and he would build it right.
Fast forward 30 years and Red came across another Galaxie in Nevada. He promptly purchased it and shipped it home without a second thought. After going back and forth a few times on what to start with, Red decided it needed to be repainted. Originally he had a light blue Galaxie, but something was steering him towards a dark blue this time. It showed off the lines and just seemed better suited for the car. At the same time it was being repainted Red worked on polishing the stainless and aluminum trim to a mirror finish. The metal now looked great, the paint job though? Not so much. So he taught himself how to wet sand, cut and polish paint so Red could get it to where he wanted it to be.
Once your ride starts to look good, what comes next? More power. So Red pulled the 390 cid Fe engine to swap in a 428. He started with adding a 4.25 stroke crank, bored 40 over, added custom Diamond pistons, a hydraulic roller cam, hydraulic lifters and some roller rockers. Then he topped the engine off with a new set of BBM aluminum heads, a dual quad intake and two 600 Holley Carburetors. Red then finished everything with a 4 speed toploader, a 9 inch rear and some aftermarket 3.80 gears. It’s safe to say that Red knew exactly what he wanted and how to do it.
But not everything is as simple as it sounds. Red was continuing to have trouble dialing in the dual carbs so he took it to a local shop to have his engine looked at. Just as the car was driving into the shop he suffered another bout of heartbreak with a 1964 Galaxie. The brake pedal pin holding the brake booster arm in came out and the car sailed into a set of heavy steel doors. Then a door fell onto the car. It hit the hood, bumper, fender and grille. Red decided to just start from the ground up after everything he learned and repaint the car once more after this fiasco. He also decided to add a Crites tear drop to the hood while he was at it.
Red’s favorite thing about this classic is the old school look it carries. It has the look and gives him the exact same feeling he had when he was young. Red loves how the dark blue paint job and the Cragar wheels make the car pop on the outside, and the 428 stroker makes it hop when you’re inside. This was the car Red dreamed about when he was a kid and after many years, lots of hard work and sweat it was a dream come true. Though, he says, a childhood dream car is never truly finished.
All car people have heard of Eleanor and Bullitt, almost all have heard of SEMA, few have gotten to go to SEMA and only one guy has a car that combines all three. If you have seen the Season 3 episode for this build then you know whom we are referring to. Join us as we look back at that agonizingly wonderful build that produced a beautiful piece of handcrafted moving artwork. Since we have a build page for this already we decided to share the other aspect of this build and share some of the SEMA experience. If you would like to see the build page click here.
Thanks for sharing the love and support you guys and gals give us and we look forward to next year at SEMA, when we once again will attempt to bring an epic build and hopefully achieve another speeding work of art.
Next week we will be going to SEMA. At SEMA there will be countless beautiful cars, tons of restorations to be seen and other cars that represent the top 1% of builds. Prior to SEMA everyone is being teased by wonderful cars like Ford’s “7 Mustangs”, the fine works the Ring Brothers put out and countless others like the Chevrolet Hot Wheels Camaro. But today we look at something quite the opposite. These next few weeks all anyone will hear about is the story behind the transformation of the car. In this writeup we will do the opposite, we will talk about the mentality behind not changing it. In fact, we take a look back at something that would be overlooked by many or quickly taken to a paint booth to make into a show car. Today we look at a 1955 Buick Century.
Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was written with verbal consent from the owner.
This vehicle was found in a barn about a year ago. Scottie had a friend come across it and immediately called him. A quick drive and some negotiating later the Buick changed hands to someone who could take care of it and off to its new home it went. There were two things changed on this car, and for good reason. The first is the headlights. This car is going to be driven frequently, so something safe and modern had to be bolted on. The second is the wheels. Again, it came to safety and a little bit of vanity. They had to match the look of the car, and it was well executed. Don’t worry though, these 6 original parts are stored safely in a box and can be reverted back to original in under 30 minutes.
People often like to take a car of the past and turn it into something new and modern. They want to put on some new suspension, drop in a big engine and turn it into something that looks old but feels new. Don’t get us wrong-That can be tons of fun, it can allow you to overcome the technological limitations of the past and turn something that was a Sunday driver into something that can be driven across the country to your friend’s wedding or on a whim to your kid’s graduation because the weather is nice. But there is something to be said about driving a car the way it was. And you hear that phrase often “the way it was” in the car building community. People remember the hardwork and fun that went into the cars of the past but the modern conveniences of today replace the ill remembered troubles from back in the day.
Cars today are so quiet, they drive so smooth, they accelerate without issue and you can often hit 80 on the highway without realizing it because of how solid everything is put together. Sometimes, though we need a reminder of how everything used to be, that’s where this Buick Century comes in. Sure, those restomods are fun and really let you live the dream you had when you were a kid. But also getting to sit in something that makes you really feel the road, doesn’t allow you to drift off and day dream, something that requires you to be in tune with the car is fun in its own kind of way.
If you do a quick google search you will see a great deal of restored Buick Century cars. They have disk brakes, they have an engine swap or maybe an EFI system and often have replaced parts. But that’s the issue with them. They have some modern components, but some are still old. And that’s where you run into problems. They may have a monster engine, but the car cant take it and it controls a little funny. They may have a great new transmission, but it changes the feeling of the car or it shift heavy. It may have disk brakes, but they now require you to apply more force than before because the system wasn’t designed for that and the owner didn’t properly replace the assisting power. It be able to go 100 miles an hour, but everything feels like its about to come apart. You get the picture.
Something is to be said about taking the car the way it was, and driving it the way that teams of men and hundreds of thousands of work hours intended it to be. Sure, the paint job may not be great. But I guarantee you park this behind any modern Corvette or Mustang and more people will be looking to talk with you or grab a quick photo before they do those other two cars.
Today we want to thank Scottie. Not for this being a time machine back into the past. Not for being some well preserved, near pristine, all original car. And not for even letting it sit as a perfect example of mother nature and father time working together to make this car as it sits today. But for taking ownership of this car and letting it continue to be an old relic of the past. Taking something many would add to their collection to brag about and instead turning it into a car he drive whenever he feels like it.
The car for this post is the same owner as the 1959 Lincoln Continental we highlighted a few weeks ago. Today will be an extra long Fan Car Friday on Facebook and as even longer writeup on the website. This is because all Thursday and Friday shows are having a break this week to allow the Barrett-Jackson auctions have air time. This build started out as a 1968 Chevelle Malibu Sport Coup. It now has a 307 with a 3 speed manual, but used to have an SS 350 SBC from a 68’ Camaro matched to a 2 speed powerglide when a previous owner tried to make it a drag car.
Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners.
The story begins with Bryan. His dad was a big do it yourselfer in the garage, and always asked for Bryan’s help when he worked. Soon being forced to help his dad turned into an obsession. Bryan often found himself in the garage of his friends, with their car obsessed father, instead of hanging with the friend! Every week Bryan and his dad would watch car shows, auctions and read magazines together always saying “one day we’ll get one”. Well, when Bryan turned 23 he decided it was time for some change, he was going to move west and buy himself his first real car-He wanted to end the “One day we’ll get one” conversation. He spent many nights searching craigslist, online sites, forums and local ads all throughout the country to find the right car. If a car is worth having, it won’t last long, so he knew he had to act fast no matter the distance of the vehicle.
After many 3am nights Bryan went to purchase this fine beauty. Even before seeing it, Bryan already knew he was going to buy it. He purchased the car for cool 7k. It came with a drag car setup and he was supposed to drive it 2 hours home, only it broke down 15 minutes into his drive. There was a loud bang, smoke followed and it felt like a bomb went off inside the car…the engine had blown. The seller was a standup guy, he immediately showed up trying to help, to no avail, and paid for a flatbed to take the car back to Bryan’s driveway. When they arrived back with the car Bryan’s father asked “what was going on, what is that?” Being the wisecracker he is, Bryan simply said “It’s a Chevelle!” Bryan said he blew the engine and needed to stow it in the garage. His father laughed, and opened the door to let him park it with a simple “ok”. In all reality though, his father was even more excited about having a Chevelle at the house than Bryan was.
After diving into the engine bay Bryan discovered the time and money it would take to fix this was not only more expensive than an engine swap, it would probably be less reliable. Luckily, with good friends and neighbors rallying behind him, they did a swap and it went smoothly. The new 350 was in and it ran wonderfully.
Bryan’s dad was giddy, he hugged Bryan with a huge smile on his face. During this entire process Bryan’s dad couldn’t stop talking about how surreal it was. His son, Bryan, now had the same make, model and year car he did when he was only 17 years old. Talk about a trip back to the past.
Now came the real nitty gritty parts of the restoration. The brakes, wiring nightmares, undoing the abuse and other ridiculous “mods” other owners had done throughout the years. Spending literally every second of free time on this car just to get it going. Pulling all nighters with the Chevelle because he wouldn’t be able to sleep because he was so close to getting X, Y or Z done on the car. His mother was getting worried, his father was getting excited. Bryan spent almost a thousand hours in two months working on it. At some points he was caught talking to the car as he worked on it, he just chalks that up to sleep deprivation. In the end, Bryan wouldn’t trade that for anything. He conquered the mountain, the car was glorious (His bank account though, not so much).
He jumped in the car and he immediately realized the two speed power glide had to go. Back on the jacks the car went and in came a new 700r4 with a B&M Megashifter for more fun. This was going to be Bryan’s daily driver; there could be no hesitations in making this car perfect. With no savings left, Bryan now had something that you couldn’t put a price on; a beautiful car, great memories and something you can’t quite describe-The privilege of restoring a car with your father.
Now, what’s the first thing you do when you just finished building a car with a new engine? Drive it 2,000 miles across the country to San Diego of course. Despite having minimal tools, the car performed flawlessly the entire trip. It wanted to be back on the road, it wanted to drive across America, the car just needed to be back in its element. Being his daily driver, the car made Bryan plenty of friends in no time out in California. People wanted to talk about his car, many wanted to just look at it, others wanted to know how a guy so young could do almost all of that on his own. Bryan just said he couldn’t see himself in anything other than a classic.
When Bryan moved back to the Midwest things weren’t as smooth. Overheating in Vegas traffic and fuel starvation in the mountains of Colorado tried to stop him, but Bryan was determined and some 40 hours later he was back at his parent’s place. Bryan opted to drive something better suited to Midwest weather. This is also the time when he got the 1959 Lincoln Continental we shared the other week. Having these two cars plus another 73’ Mini Cooper was catching up to him financially. One car had to go. But Bryan would rather sleep in the cars to save money on gas and insurance before letting one go. But then something great happened. His father’s 60th birthday was coming up, the big 6-0. Something special had to be done. His father had this car in his youth, was more excited at times than Bryan was, he always said he would have a 68’ Chevelle again if he could. Bryan knew what he was going to do. There are truly no words that can describe the feeling, the moment, the room, the emotions or the thoughts everyone felt when Bryan gave the keys to his father. The car is now slowly getting upgraded every year with suspension, brakes, interior and other small things. All the while Bryan has the privilege of working on this car for his father 95% of the time. Bryan’s father wants to swap a 396 into it like he had when he was 17, but this always goes back to the “one day we’ll have one” conversation. Some of Bryan and his father’s best memories are riding in their classics together, the 1959 Continental and 1968 Chevelle.
Bryan’s favorite thing about the car is anyone who drives it feels like they own the world. It sounds mean at idle, ferocious when you step on the gas. His father’s favorite thing about the Chevelle is the car being a time machine, taking him back to when he was 17 years old, playing some Pink Floyd, AC/DC or whatever classics he can and just slam on the gas and go. No matter what is going on, it always makes him feel better.
In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a fun 1968 Mustang. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners.
Ty purchased this mustang in 2009, at the ripe old age of 14. He was originally going to purchase a F-250. At that age many of us would want a fun truck that would be able to keep pace with us. Especially because during highschool most of our friends would be stuck driving around their Aunt’s old minivan. Luckily for Ty, the seller went back on his word and sold it to someone who showed up before Ty could deliver the cash. So, like many of us, after having our hearts broken by something (Or someone) he went out that day and got the coolest and sexiest thing he could. A classic Mustang.
The 1968 Mustang is a no-brainer for many of us. Its the classic all American muscle car. Instantly recognizable, loved by many and it turns heads wherever it goes. After a bit of searching Ty found his Mustang and a guy who was able to pull it from a field that was slowly swallowing it. Having an all original, numbers matching car with the original paint is great. But, having the privilege of bringing a classic back to life is pretty great too.
Almost since their inception people have been taking the 6 cylinder motors out of their Mustangs and replacing them for more power. The fact that Ty has the original straight 6 is something that is a little special in its own right. What wasn’t special is all the major rust issues that existed throughout the car.
But with a little, well actually, a great deal of hardwork, Ty has been fixing that issue for the last 8 years. The front valence, battery tray, inner aprons, entire floor panels, you name it. Everything has been replaced so that there’s not even rust within 10 feet of this car.
After replacing all of the rusted out metal, what comes next? Ty went on to rebuild the engine, convert it to a 5 lug and completely rewired the entire car. And the paint, he did that himself too. Given his resources, the execution is incredible. It all works.
You may not be able to see your reflection in the paint. You may not be able to see perfect body lines or gaps. But once you start looking at the car you see this Mustang for what it really is, a car. Not a trailer queen, not something that is only kept in a garage and sees the light of day when it isn’t raining and it’s going to a show. You instead see something that you wouldn’t ever be worried about driving in any form of weather, something you wouldn’t be worried about leaving outside overnight, something you wouldn’t be worried about letting your friends borrow. Something that would make David Ash (The man who helped to make the mustang a reality) smile.
If you know your Mustang then you’ll notice the little details Ty put into the car to make it his own. He relocated the gas cap to the trunk, shaved off the emblems, shaved off a bit of the trim and added a few other touches you can find by taking a long look at the car.
Everything you see about this car was something Ty did himself. He didn’t just pay some shop to do everything for him. He was 14, he was still young and had the time to do everything himself. He had a little bit of help from his grandfather with the engine, that’s something that adds to the good memories with the car though. No matter how you look at it, the car is done well. Its something Ty will always have fond memories with and something we hope he will always be proud of.
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Everyone has seen them, you might even know where to find them or even have some on your property as well. These are the unwanted carcasses of vehicles that have been abandoned by their owners. Sometimes it starts as for just a bit until we can afford to work on them, then life happens and they get forgotten or reclaimed by plants and lost. Here at FantomWorks where we know every car has a story, seeing these we often wonder how many life stories have been lost and reclaimed by the earth as the metal rusts and the paint fades.
So if you ever see one of these forgotten monuments to our vehicular history, maybe stop, snap a few pictures and think about the lost stories these cars take with them back to the Earth. If you happen to have one of these in your life, share the story with us so that maybe we can preserve it online in the future.
In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a truly unique 1959 Lincoln Continental to give you a slight taste for what will be to come on an upcoming FantomWorks episode. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners.
The owner of this build is all about getting the car out and on the road for the public to see and enjoy. Getting to talk to people about the car, getting to share it with others and the hobby itself are all part of the fun. Even more fun is stepping into this car, your sense of urgency just washes away from you. You could be late to your wedding, but suddenly that doesn’t matter anymore and you will just slowly cruise along enjoying life and everything this world has to offer. Simply put, this car is big, it is excessive and it is overflowing and exuding with luxury; you sit down in it and you feel like the most important person in the world. But the drive isn’t about your destination; it’s about the path getting there. It’s about seeing everything, feeling everything and appreciating it all for what it is. And hey, for having the total costs of this car be just a few grand less than a used Prius, Brian has the best bang for his buck you could ask for. Especially when you consider that everything is numbers matching and original. Except for the convertible top that is, plus the car had only recently passed 30,000 original miles.
If you’re like me you’re wondering how on earth something survives for almost 70 years only being driven less than 500 miles a year. Well, the original owner was going through a divorce and his neighbor “she may take my house, but she will never take my damn car!” which is something any of us could probably see themselves saying if we were in the same situation. So the original owner took it to his neighbor’s dentistry practice in Chicago in 1961 and gave him an offer too good to refuse. After driving it for a short two years the dentist parked it citing “its too damn expensive to drive” and that’s when gas was $.35 a gallon. So the car sat being taken out on special occasions and the 4th of July only putting about 50 miles on it every outing. After doing this for a few years the owner passed away and his neighbor purchased this for a whopping $6 even from the wife. He could have purchased a large combo meal at a fast food joint instead, but we think the car was a much better option.
After the newest owner got the car running he had no idea what to do with it. He didn’t have space for a 22 foot behemoth (That’s about 5 feet of car per passenger) so it sat in a dark and dusty room fora good number of years. One day Brian caught a glimpse of this beauty. He constantly begged the owner not to buy it, but simply get it up and running again at his own expense. For years this continued, Brian would ask to be allowed to fix it and he would be dismissed out of hand. Until one morning the neighbor went too Brian offering to sell it, by now Brian was used to this old song and dance of the owner throwing out a ridiculous number or immediately saying “never mind” and walking away, but this time was different. The owner was going to lose his job and never having any kids of his own, saw Brian as the child he never wanted. Brian was getting first rights to buying the car! You can see its condition at the time below.
It didn’t drive but it had 7 working power windows, power roof, heater etc. that were all working. After some fresh gas, an oil change and new plugs it fired right up! The car is only on its second set of tires, though the original spare is in the trunk and still holds air. At 5,200 pounds this is the true definition of a land yacht. It truly defines this after Brian did some magic to it as seen below.
Bryan truly enjoys driving this car and understanding “The way it was”. Especially when it comes to the luxury aspect of the car. Today most luxury cars are mostly defined by their technology or engine. But for this vehicle luxury is defined as build quality: engaging buttons that don’t wear away on you, an incredibly smooth ride and the overall satisfying feeling you get from doing anything in the car. Whether that is closing the behemoths of doors, everything being made of solid metal or being completely surrounded by real leather this vehicle doesn’t simply scream luxury, it instead politely informs you of it.
Good news, everyone, we have a finally finished the new sign. Our wonderful maintenance team here have finally been able to install and completely wire in the new DRS FantomWorks Sign. It has been a long road to get here from the initial idea of Dan’s, to creating in our CAD system and then cutting out the individual letters on our plasma table. To the tedious task of cutting a groove in Plexiglas to hold the lights and the drilling of “a whole lotta” holes to bolt the metal letters together. The engineering and mechanical work that went to actually getting this sign working was immense but our dedicated team put the time in to get it working correct.
So if you are ever in the Norfolk, VA area and happen to be traveling down Hampton Blvd then you will be able to glimpse this impressive sign. And if you are lucky enough to be doing this at night you just might be able to see it all lit up.
In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a 1969 stingray, and the lucky owner behind it. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners.
The fan car this week is one that is going to spark some passionate responses. Just remember, when we were 16 most of us would do anything for a vehicle like this. The Corvette has been passed through a number of owners, but has always remained within the same family. In this history there are three main people, the purchaser (The grandfather), the first legacy owner (Jared’s father) and then onto Jared. At its start, it was originally purchased by Jared’s grandfather with the intention of his wife using it as a daily driver. While it may have been fun, it wasn’t exactly the best grocery getter in the world. She once went out to get groceries and forgot she had driven the corvette. She was soon reminded how small the space was when the bag boy innocently asked “where would you like me to put these?”. Impracticality added with a growing family led the Corvette to being parked for some time.
Once Jared’s father was old enough to drive he was able to use it on and off throughout high school with strict approval and curfews from his parents beforehand. He was quickly enthralled with the car. While Jared’s father swears he would never even think of speeding a mere mile above the limit, he was still once pulled over for “the intention of speeding” from a police officer. It was a small town in Cicero, IN and he had turned a corner at the one spotlight in town to an open road except for a crossing set of railroad tracks. That’s when he saw the blue lights in his mirrors. He wasnt given a ticket, he told the police officer he had not done anything wrong and the intention of flooring it on this open road was ridiculous because the hump for the railroad tracks would quickly end that teenage fantasy. Fortunately he wasn’t given a ticket. Unfortunately though, the Corvette was parked once more as college and his future wife started to become his new passions.
Jared’s grandfather had always been a car guy, he raced at the dirt track and knew how to tinker around cars. So after many years of this sitting behind a factory Jared and his grandfather got it running again and was told “One day this will be yours” after from going from his grandfather, to his father, Jared was excited to be the next proud owner. He started counting down the days until he could drive it. Almost every waking moment he would be reading articles online, buying any magazine with a corvette on the cover and stick to a channel anytime he saw a corvette on it. It was 9 long, grueling years later that Jared was able to legally drive a car on his own. After all those years, after all the excitement and after all the anticipation was built up in his mind for the overwhelming majority of Jared’s life….. The car still blew away every expectation he had in his mind about driving it and then some.
Jared has been offered good money and even a trade for a 2017 Z06 for this beauty. While he may be seen as just another millennial, he has earned and deservesour respect because Jared would rather die than not let this car go to his kids one day. He wants to keep it in the family. Forever. Jared’s favorite thing about the car is how it “feels like [I’m] driving a beautiful, powerful time machine into the past”