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Cars and Coffee July 30 2017

C&C Open House Exoticars USACars and coffee, meet up and drive

You are invited: Sunday July 30, 2017. Morning coffee from 9-11 followed by a 1 hour tour of beautiful Bucks County and Hunterdon County. We specialize in service and restoration for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin and vintage Jaguar, but all classics, exotics and customs are welcome!

The invitation is extended to all our clients, as well as members of the Chatham ‘Cars and Croissants’ group. We have a good parking lot as well as a giant field in excellent condition that we would love to fill with cars.

Please note, there will be no drive if rain is forecast. Check this page for updates the night before. If the roads are dry a PDF of the drive route will be available for download here ==>

RSVP to info@exoticars-usa.com Our drive will start at 11AM sharp.

We are located at: Exoticars USA, 636 Frenchtown Rd, Milford, NJ 08848

Hoping to see a lot of familiar faces and meet new people who love cars the way we do!

Wil and Sandy de Groot

Exoticars USA shop view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note, participants in the drive will be required to sign a release:

I hereby declare I will be participating in an organized drive along with Exoticars-USA LLC on public roads and do not hold them accountable for any legal responsibilities including but not limited to abiding to local and state driving laws, proper insurance/registration, and driver licensing. I understand this organized drive does not give me ANY driving privileges beyond legal laws such as speeding, illegal passing, and cutting through intersections/stop signs etc.

I do not hold Exoticars-USA LLC responsible for any damages to my vehicle, myself, or passengers during this drive in the event of an accident.

 

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Happy 4th of July Lamborghini Countach

three Lamborghini Countach

3 stunning Lamborghini Countach

Happy Independence Day! Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.

What better was to celebrate our freedoms and forget about the trials of the world for an few hours than to peel down the road in a classic Lamborghini Countach.

three classic Ferrari

…or in a classic Ferrari.

 

We hope everyone gets an opportunity to drive their favorite sports car this weekend

Ferrari service Exoticars USA NJLamborghini Miura serviceLamborghini Gallardos birds eye

Exotic car consignment sales

Lamborghini Countach, Diablo, Ferrari 365BB and 360 Modena

3 Lamborghini LM002s

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July Bodywork and Paint Special

Aston Martin DB2 bodyworkAutobody special

We hope everyone’s Summer is off to a great start!

Our bodyshop has a number of long term restoration projects in process, but we currently have openings for new jobs.

Call us today for special discount pricing on PDR, paint, rust remediation, panel replacement, paint work. If you love your exotic or sports car, you want it to look its best. Our paint and body work is performed to the highest standards.  No job too big or too small. 1-888-416-7160

Aston Martin DB2 bodywork

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SPRING! …are you ready? Auto repair basics

Be ready for the road this Spring!

It’s been a long winter 2017 in the Northeast.  Finally, Spring is here!  Is your prized sports car ready to launch onto the track or tear down the road trouble free?  If not and you encounter problems when you take the cover off and turn the key here’s a great intuitive article on auto repair basics we spotted on the FTC Consumer Protection website.  Call us if you need help!

The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely you’ll be able to head off repair problems.  Click the link to read about trouble shooting problems with your

  • Alternator
  • Battery
  • Starter
  • Exhaust system
  • Tune-up – what is a tune up for modern cars
  • Fluids – identify fluids and check for source of puddles
  • Smells – identify problem sources by their odor
  • Sounds – squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds
  • Feel -difficult handling, rough ride, vibration and poor performance are symptoms you can feel. They almost always indicate a problem.

 

Great article covering the basics that every car owner should be familiar with, whether you’re driving a LaFerrari or it’s your child’s VW.

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Our new enclosed transporter

Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2016 FCA Fall Festival

Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2016 FCA Fall Festival

We helped save the day at the 2016 Annual FCA Ferrari Fall Festival when a LaFerrari broke down en route to the show in the center of town.

 

2016 FCA Ferrari Fall Festival

2016 FCA Ferrari Fall Festival starring LaFerrari

It was a thrill to see this phenomenal Ferrari at the show and equally thrilling to be the rescue operator loading and carrying the amazing exotic to the show in our newly deployed transporter.

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2002 Aston Martin DB7

2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante – only 15,200 miles

12/19/2016 – for sale $32,000.00

Location Readington NJ.

For further infomation please email Sandy at info@exoticars-usa.com.

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Oil changes

Ferrari engine low compressionChanging the oil in your Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati or Aston Martin is probably the most important part of routine maintenance. After removing old engine oil it is replaced with new, fresh oil and one or more new oil filters.

Oil absorbs heat and lubricates the moving parts of your car’s engine to reduce friction (which causes premature wear and potentially overheating). With time engine oil breaks down and becomes worn out. Old engine oil is no longer effective at lubricating engine parts and absorbing heat.

For high performance vehicles an oil change every year or every 3,000 – 5,000 miles (whichever comes first) is recommended. Change the oil more frequently if you drive at high speeds, have an older engine or live in an area that is hot, cold, or dusty.

ferrari-oil-change-2ferrari-oil-change-1The photos shown here of sludge in the oil pan and valve train are from a Ferrari engine that has apparently not had oil changes at the recommended intervals. We might expect to see sludge in a ‘daily driver’ older car of low value, never a Ferrari!

 

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Ferrari Transmission

Ferrari 575 finished consoleFerrari transmission options 20 years ago did not include F1. There is no crystal ball that could predict how Ferraris and cars in general would change over the next 20 years, from appearance, to performance and handling, safety features and all the interior technical accessories. We can add to this the decision by Ferrari to cease production of models with gated 6 speed transmissions, in favor solely of F1 shift models. Who would have seen that coming?

In 1996 Wil de Groot’s son Eric created the first website for Exoticars USA as a 16 year old high schooler. Today I nostalgically searched the nifty Wayback Machine to view our original 1996 site and discovered the history has been lost. I’m sad! So today, we salute Eric for being ahead of the tech curve 20 years ago and carving us a spot in cyber space.

 

Ferrari 575 with Ferrari manual transmission conversionThe web, automotive engineering, the fruits of human ingenuity and adaptation, keep evolving. A good thing for all of us! But we all retain a sense of nostalgia and in some cases you can return to the past, whether for sentimental or other reasons. Contact us if you are interested in having us modify the F1 shifting of your classic Ferrari to a gated shifter transmission. It can be done.

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Ferrari transmission conversion

Ferrari 575 with Ferrari manual transmission conversion

Recently we completed a Ferrari transmission conversion project for a client who bought an F1 Ferrari 575 Maranello, after he was unable to locate a suitable, increasingly-scarce 6-speed manual example. It is not news that many Ferrari enthusiasts are happier driving with a manual transmission vs the steering column mounted ‘paddle shift’ F1 semi-automatic gear-shifting. We were challenged with the assignment to convert the F1 transmission over to traditional manual stick-shift. We were able to locate the necessary parts and custom machined some extras fittings that were needed. End result? A happy customer driving his Ferrari the way Enzo intended. For track driving, F1 shifting is quicker and more efficient. For pleasurable street driving, nothing beats the original manual shifting mechanics. We think it is a shame that more and more manufacturers no longer manufacture models with a manual transmission option. As the man said: “Real men use 3 pedals.” http://grfxpstore.com/store/product/885037345  What do you think?

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2016 Amelia Island Concours Ferrari spectacular

DSC_1823Just back from this year’s phenomenal Amelia Island Concours. Each year this show is better than the last, now 20 years old. Narrowly dodging late afternoon showers, there was a huge turnout of classic, antique, sports and exotic cars. We’re sharing photos of some of our favorites. If you haven’t been to this show, please add to your bucket list. Hope to see you there next year!

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