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STILL DREAMING: John Staluppi Offers A Curated Cars of Dreams Museum Selection

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2019 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Palm Beach Auction.

 

1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE

We all have one: that fictional garage in your mind that holds a long list of the cars you will buy when you have the money to obtain them. For those who have prospered, that dream garage is a reality. And like the ever-evolving list from which we add and take cars away — changing the order in which we would hopefully one day acquire them — some collectors, like John Staluppi, do just that and are always on the hunt.

Staluppi is a businessman, philanthropist, renowned car collector and curator of his very own Cars of Dreams Museum tucked away in Palm Beach, FL.

“I’ve been passionate about collecting cars my entire life, starting with Hot Wheels models when I was just a kid,” Staluppi said. “I’m fascinated by everything from European concept vehicles to hot rods and ’60s-era American muscle cars.”

Staluppi worked as a mechanic and later opened a gas station, followed by a Honda motorcycle dealership franchise. As the dealership business grew, so did his success. In 1977, he moved to Florida, setting up his Cars of Dreams Museum.

The private museum’s Coney Island theme offers a glimpse of Staluppi’s penchant for fun. Memorabilia reminiscent of the iconic amusement park — bumper cars, beachfront boardwalks with a Carvel ice cream store, Nathan’s restaurant and hand-painted murals of the Parachute Jump and the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster — helps set the mood.

Staluppi filled the space with many of the vehicles he purchased at Barrett-Jackson over the years. Featured are original and custom vehicles, including tasteful Resto-Mods and high-quality restorations, in addition to cars Staluppi used to work on or those that remind him of his childhood. At its peak, the collection had more than 140 cars representing a diverse group of vehicles, predominantly convertibles, from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

“It’s about the chase,” Staluppi said. He added, “This is something that’s a passion for me.”

1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE

Staluppi said the process of building a “dream collection” for the museum is enjoyable. He added that he and his wife “enjoy the hunt for the perfect collection as much as we do driving the cars. We intend to start over again and build a new dream collection.”

True to his word, Staluppi is offering the over three dozen vehicles from his Cars of Dreams collection – all with No Reserve.

Starting with this limited-edition 2018 Ford GT which celebrates the 1967 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark IV race car driven by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. This 2018 model bears a high-gloss Race Red finish topped with white stripes and Frozen White No. 1 race-number graphic on the hood and doors as an homage to the historic race car. Red brake calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look. The titanium exhaust and lug nuts on the 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels with Silver Satin clear coat are unique to the limited-edition model.

This special GT also features unique interior colors and materials, including the leather trimming for the carbon-fiber seats with the added 6-point harness anchor option. Red accent stitching carries over from the seats to the steering wheel. This edition also has red seat belt webbing, with paddle shifters in anodized gray. The dash sports a unique serialized identification plate, indicating it is one of 250 produced in 2018.

Power comes from a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine generating 647hp and 550 ft/lbs of torque, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Other modern cars offered from the collection include a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car convertible, 2008 Cadillac XLR custom convertible and a supercharged 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4×4 custom SUV.

1972 HONDA Z600 COUPE

The 1970s vehicles include a 1972 Honda Z600 coupe. The orange coupe made its debut at the start of the oil crisis and the ensuing gas shortage. The car first resonated with Staluppi because it is powered by a rebuilt 598cc Honda 2-stroke motorcycle engine, and he was in the motorcycle business.

This 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 custom pickup received a no-expense-spared nut-and-bolt restoration with 1,200 miles since its completion. It rides on a 2-inch lift, with 20-inch Hardrock Gunner wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires. Power comes from a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and a rebuilt drivetrain.

Finished in red with a tan

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Published Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:08:16 +0000

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