Vintage Classic Cars

Cars of Dreams... 
Tailfins & Chrome Ride Into The Past.

1957 Buick Roadmaster in all its Tail-fins and Chrome glory. A freeze-frame of a bygone era with some of the most beautiful cars ever made.

I believe life's better in a classic. Even better if you happen to own a couple of dozen or even a hundred Vintage Classic Cars.  

I have a feeling you would agree, which is why I have created this special page of tail-fins and chrome based on two of my favorite vintage car collections. 

A place to share what it was like growing up in a time when beautiful cars were a part of every day life.

It was a special time when cars were transported to dealers by truck and also by rail, and  were completely covered from public view.  

This created excitement for the new cars coming to town and virtually guaranteeing dealerships a showroom full of customers.

Vintage Classic Cars.
Hidden treasures behind papered showrooms.

Some of us remember those days and what it was like to see showroom windows covered in to bottom.  It was a carnival like atmosphere during the build up to "Grand Opening" day. As a young boy I just loved it.  

The vintage classic cars you see here belong to two separate owners and are two of the most awe inspiring and beautiful collections I have ever seen. 

The "Cars of Dreams" owned by John Staluppi and the "Okoboji Classic Cars Museum" (The Ultimate Man cave) owned by Toby Shine are obviously a labor of love for both men.

John Staluppi’s "Cars of Dreams" Museum is a private collection of classic vehicles located in Palm Beach County, Florida. 

The museum features a Coney Island theme and much of the memorabilia that is reminiscent of the iconic amusement park. 

The design features a beachfront boardwalk with a Carvel ice-cream store, Nathan’s restaurant, and the world famous Cyclone rollercoaster. 

John Staluppi's fabulous collection, which includes a historic full working carrousell, will be showcased first as it was completed prior to the "Okoboji Classic Cars Museum."

Each classic car museum is special in its own way as shown in the separate videos. Close attention to detail is the norm for both.     

Cars of Dreams - Read below what happened to John Staluppi's collection in 2012.

Today's cars certainly may be more efficient but they lack the style and elegance of those shown here. A special thanks to my friend Gary Ritchie from Fairfield, Ohio.

He is a close friend and high school classmate and provided me with a link to this great video, sending me  on a fantastic dream ride with the cars I grew up with. 

It should be noted that Mr. Staluppi's collection is only open for viewing two or three times per year...ONLY for Charity events. A wonderful example of a successful and caring individual giving back.

It's time to grab your favorite beverage and enjoy this wonderful "Cars of Dreams" ride into the past.

Cars of Dreams - The final chapter...or is it?

An update on the Cars of Dreams

In 2012 John Staluppi decided it was time for him to do something different.  He sold his beautiful Cars of Dreams museum and said he was going to build a whole new museum with a whole different atmosphere.

He said that people would come back and say "Yep...Staluppi did it again."

He did not say exactly what he was going to do but in due time we will all know. 

Watch the auction review video below and  appreciate the attention to detail that goes into the restoration process of these beautiful classic cars.

On December 1, 2012, over 110 automotive lots and over 60 memorabilia lots, sold for an estimated $11 million dollars. 

Toby Shine's Amazing display of Cars and Art - The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum.

Cruising is part of the American dream and growing up in the fifties and sixties with the right car was a ticket to Coolville.

It was a time when cars were judged by their tail-fins and chrome and beehive hairdos were all the rage.  

With all the chrome, tail-fins and squared appearance, cars looked like juke boxes.....They shared the image and emotion of music, the very music you hear on this site.  

The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum brings all this back to life in a detailed display of these beautiful automobiles from the past.  Click the link above for your half century trip back in time.  

Your gonna love the videos and another trip down classic car memory lane when we take you to The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum.

The Chordettes
Lollipop & Mr. Sandman

If you lived and breathed in the fifties those songs of the past reminds us of our connection to innocence and the fabulous harmonies of these four pretty gals.

More than 60 years later, the emotional power of these two songs still resonates with listeners, and as a result, still remains current. Read more ...

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It was 1958 and Short Shorts by The Royal Teens was #3 on the charts.  Read their remarkable story here.

Go to Royal Teens page, read their story and watch video.

The true story of a teenage crush and how a young man was inspired to write his song about the girl he left behind.  Read the Fireflies story.

Go to The Fireflies page and watch this live-in-concert video of this wonderful old song.

The Fireflies 1959
"You Were Mine."

The real "Little Deuce Coupe" story includes video showing where this historic vehicle is located.  Read more.

Read the Little Deuce Coupe Story here.

The Skyliners
"Since I Don't Have You"

Switch off the lights and this romantic tune will send you back to the late 50s when this song was so popular. As a testament to its longevity, the song is frequently played on the radio today, 60 years after it was first released in 1959. Read more ...

Watch The Skyliners live in concert.

Don't Break The Heart
That Loves You.

This haunting ballad is about a plea from a heartbroken teenager trying to understand why her boyfriend is going out of his way to treat her unkindly. Read more...

The "Marcels" were named after a popular hairstyle of the day. A great song, a great group and the live video will have YOU dancing in the aisle. Read more ...

Go to the Blue Moon page and join in on the fun.

The Duke of Earl Story

Vee-Jay records were responsible for some great music in the 50s and 60s and "Duke of Earl" was one of their mega hits. However, Gene Chandler almost prevented this from happening until Vee-Jay stepped in and offered him a choice. Read more ... 

Duke of Earl vinyl record memories.

It was simple and good back then never thinking it would end. Cruising the drive-in restaurants where guys with duck tails met gals with pony tails. It was Burgers and Fries and Cherry Pies in a world we used to know.  Read my Burgers & Fries story here.

Cruzin' the drive-in restaurants where guys with ducktails met gals with pony-tails.

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