Monterey Cocktail Party and More History on 5053

Monterey Coctail Party and More History on 5053

I’m getting ready to head out to Monterey in about a week, and I wanted to remind everyone that I’m throwing my usual BYOB Cocktail party on Thursday night of the Monterey weekend. Tom Shaughnessy kindly secured the breakfast room from Jim Heady of the Lamborghini Club that uses the Mariposa as a base hotel. It’s a perfect arrangement, because as all the Lambos head out to some fancy dinner, we arrive for serious talk about Vintage Ferraris! Here’s the location:

Mariposa Inn
7pm Thursday Aug 14th

Parking can be tight at the motel, but there is a parking lot across the street at a shopping plaza. It’s a great way to meet with all the tomyang.netters in person, and make plans for the rest of the weekend. The get together lasts for about 3 hours and all are invited.

A couple of months ago I mentioned I was contacted by a previous owner of my 330 America. He read the feature article in the August issue of Forza, and contacted me about SN 5053. Phil Farber told me a Sandy Brawley bought 5053 in the early 70s, so I began the search for the next owner. With the help from some tomyang.netters, I found Sandy’s e-mail and sent him a letter. Within a day, I got a response saying “Yes, Tom I am your man. I hope I can help.” I was so excited about finding another piece to the puzzle to 5053. I called Sandy and we had a pleasant conversation about his ownership.

Sandy bought the car in Philadelphia from Phil and moved to Chicago. He remembers the car being very enjoyable and reliable. Although he owned the car for about a year, his memory of it was like it was yesterday. He got a job in California, and was thinking about selling the 330 America and a Vice President at the saw manufacturer, Skil Saw contacted him about buying the car. Winter was approaching, and Sandy was not too keen on pulling the car out of the garage for a test drive for the prospective buyer. As the garage door was opened, the executive immediately stated, “if it starts, I’ll write you a  check for what you want!”

Of course, the battery was dead! That didn’t seem to deter the original offer, so after finding a good battery, the 330 America fired right up. The executive went back to his car to write Sandy a check. After 30 years, Sandy has forgotten the name of the buyer, but I’m trying to piece together who the executive at Skil Saw could have been. This piece of the puzzle will fill a three year span until the car was titled to an Arthur Bastyr in Chicago and sold to the next owner.

Just a reminder, I’m looking for a new Vintage Ferrari Project. If you have, or know of a restoration project, please let me know. It would be great to restore another car on this website! My E-mail.

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