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Nice film. Domenick’s is legendary in American Lancia circles. And as is becoming more and more rare these days, the second generation is really doing justice to the first.
Can anyone identify this car? This is the tiny red coupe on the scissors lift in frame 0:58. The car is bright red, with a black roof & pillars, black wheels that may be pressed steel, and quite narrow tires. There is no front bumper, and the front grill has lateral bars. The body may be a one-off. Give the placement of the cabin towards the rear of the car, it is almost certainly front engined. A windshield wiper is visible, indicating that this was a fully featured build, and not a car stripped of every spare kilogram for racing.… Read more »
It’s a Moretti 750 Gran Sport. Produced in small numbers (to match its very small size…), but far from a one-off.
Thanks for spotting that Ed. The car is new to me. Here is more information for anyone following along . .
Moretti Grand Sport.
71 bhp, 748 cc dual overhead-cam four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse semi-elliptical leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 78 in. Approximately 10 examples delivered to the United States. Nice examples sell for well over 100,000 USD.
More details following up on Edward Levin’s correct identification of this car: This specific car is from the Skip Barber collection. It is a 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta, chassis no. 1290S and engine no. 1294S. The Spadaros were preparing the car for sale at Monterey last August 2016. Moretti was primarily an engine builder, and the carrosserie for this series of chassis was done by others, notably Michelotti or Zagato. This body is a Michelotti design & build. This ‘Berlinetta’ coupe shares design elements with the Ferrari 212 coupe that Michelotti designed a year or two before this… Read more »
Wonderful story, more about a family than an auto repair shop. Bravo!
Bravo Domenico, BRAVO!!!
What a great (and different) short-film- the garage looks just like one you would find if you travelled through deep Portugal –
I really can relate to this garage – no clean floor, grease and oil everywhere, lots of parts from European /Italian cars piled up! I wonder if there’s a calendar on the wall with a naked girl on it …
Nice going Petrolicious!
good movie – unfortunately you typoed the Spadaro surname incorrectly a whole bunch of times .. attention to detail
Yes, yet another very nicely turned out film and yes, yet again no credit to whoever did the camera, sound or editing. What’s wrong with you Petrolicious? 10 or 15 seconds of credits wouldnt hurt. You subject us to the cheezy ads at the end but no credit where it is due.
Totally agree but I’m biased: my son was the filmmaker.
More films like this, please! Sure I want to hear from Rod Emory on his latest creation. And, yes.. I do dream of a Singer – still awaiting my lottery win. And, fotos of post-war Ferraris are always welcome. But, keep films like this in the mix. These are real people with a real love of sports cars and they are keeping a family tradition alive by keeping cars running for normal people like us.
That is just magic, what a fantastic story. My favourite video of yours so far….I would love to work somewhere like that.
This is an absolutely marvelous piece! I liked it so much I immediately watched it again and have book marked it for future viewing.
Thank you Petrolicious!
Fun to see the Cisitalia barchetta sitting up on jack-stands, and so many others. This is a lovely little film. The Spadaros are so just so soaked in the business; so knowledgeable; so schooled in the work.
EXCELLENT short! The owners, Santo and Frank and their sister Vera are easily threaded from the fabric that is their father. Absolutely one of my favorites – well done.
(BTW Pertolicious, love the classic header fonts throughout the site)
Splendid. It’s so great to hear about real mechanics in an era of parts-replacers. I also appreciated the remarks about Lancia. I had some first-hand experience with a Fulvia 1600 Hi Fi and it was a little jewel of a car.
A wonderful and inspiring film. A family that knows their place in life.
So there are Santos on both coasts taking care of our precious Italian metal!
Great Film! I can say as a visitor and future client of Dominick’s that the film scratches the surface on the passion that both Santo & Frank have for the shop, the cars and their customers.
Everyone is treated like family and you feel the comradery from the minute you walk in. Visiting the shop is a step back in time. The shop is a true time capsule, of cars, photos, memorabilia and a real tribute to Dominick.
Kudos to Petrolicious for capturing the magic of this shop.
A great story, man, totally enjoyed it. Among many fantastic films you have done, to me this one takes the cake so far. Thanks, it’s really wonderful.
Fantastic. What a wonderful story and film. Thanks again, Petrolicious. You made my Tuesday (and the rest of the week)!
Yes! This is why I come here every Tuesday. Great story, great car! There was a video a while back called “The Pumpkin” where a guy (CKK) interned for Dominick’s an built a wonderful 2002 BMW. One of my favorite videos that I go back and watch over and over. Was always left wondering what a magical shop Dominick’s must be. Now I know! Thank you! More of this!!!! Please!
Petrolicious seemed to have lost its way of late: too many videos about rich (it appears) car collectors and one particular car from their collection. The cars were interesting up to a point, but the story was absent. And then this video comes comes along – simply magical. Great story with an absolutely stunning and well engineered car. More of this please (and less car collectors).
Great job, nothing wrong with the hyperbole, the legacy left by the father that started this garage is immensely important in this context and the appreciation of that history by the next generation. The emotions and sensations portrayed in the video don’t need to be placed in context of “Post truth dumification of America”. I appreciate the video, the story and photography. The photography is great and the brothers coming back from their ride and backing the car into the bay shows an appreciation for the practical art of the old Lancia. “The car makes me sit up straighter…” love… Read more »
Ahem .. having come from the area myself .. being a hard core dyed in the wool Joisey boy .. and still having extensive family/familia there .. though there’s no doubting Dominick’s legendary status the fact is there’s a whole host of ‘ legendary ‘ classic car garages in and thru out the greater North East area . Some of lesser status .. some much greater [ Hint ; the best Bugatti garage in North America or South America … is in southern VT ] So suffice it to say Dominick’s garage … isn’t on everyones radar .. and doesn’t… Read more »
Ahem…. that would be “famiglia”
Jeez, take a pill.
Where in southern Vermont is this Bugatti shop? I have ties in the area and will like to go visit. It wouldn’t be RPM, would it?
Thankfully you don’t connect with history or vibe of Dominick’s. That status you are so concerned about, is not even a thought to the Spadaro’. They are just cool and their works speaks for itself. No polish or buffing required.
I saw and heard a great story, told in an honest manner. Not sure we need unfounded critisism in any world…
“Familia” – is Portuguese – right continent, wrong country
your replies in the main are rude and pointless so if thats what you set out to do …bravo…mission accomplished.
A wonderful film, more like that please.
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