|2010-10-11 02:24 (UTC)
Yes, in so many ways.
While getting his masters at Yale, he saw this virginia blue Mercedes Cabriolet.
You may have seen the one he had while I was at Choate, he sold it to pay for law school. And because he could not afford to stay ahead of the rust.
Then he saw a car leaving a car auction in Maine on a flatbed going in the other direction. He chased but lost it. He went to the auction house and got the phone number. The car was from Madison, CT! After much haggling he bought it and got the records. 36K original miles, and the original owner lived two blocks from where he first saw it. Speak of serendipity, that was his dream car, the exact one he fell in love with.
Alas real estate sales were down and he had just finished an addition on the house. The addition is gorgeous, he used a local architect who normally does nothing less than several million but is a client of dad's. He finds dad challenging... He at one point wanted to redo the cottage on the same footprint, where the architect wants to rotate and expand it.
In any case to pay off the construction debts he parted with the car. Broke his heart but it was for the best. It sold with hours of the ad printing in Hemmings Motor News. He was still getting calls two weeks later, there were only 500 odd of them made.