Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance


This weekend come down to the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia for Luxury & Supercar’s Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance. Last year it was a great event with many classics alongside some very impressive new automobiles.

Saturday September 8th

Luxury & Supercar Weekend
The Great Lawn Ladies Fashion Day
11:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday September 9th

Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance
Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance judging
and award ceremony
11:00am – 5:00pm


The Great Lawn
VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Entrance via Gate 2 or through VanDusen Visitor Centre


Ferrari 308 GTB

These sleek, angular Ferrari of the 70s and 80s are now quite collectable. These were the poster cars for a younger generation, along with the 288 GTO, the F40 and the outlandish Lamborghini Countach. In 1977 a targa topped 308 GTS made its début and was featured on the hit television series Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck. The cars used on that series are still sought after by enthusiasts of both the car and the show.

The 308 GTB may not be the fastest or the prettiest Ferrari, but it is iconic, it sounds incredible, drives very smoothly and is potentially a regular driver. Sit it beside a 246 GT and you can see how Pininfarina evolved the design. They had been dropped briefly on the 308 Dino, where Ferrari hired Bertone to do a production run of the more economic Dino line.

Servicing can still be on the high side as accessing the drive-train and parts of the motor is nearly impossible for those of us not born with the flexibility of a contortionist.  Overall, I rate this is a future classic, or “young classic” as many people like to refer to them as these days. Look for original condition, well-maintained, low mileage, and all the books and tools.

In total from between 1975-1985, Ferrari produced 12,149 308 GTB/S/QV. The breakdown is as follows.

Ferrari 308 Production Numbers
308 GTB  1975-1977:          712 (Fibreglass)
308 GTB  1977-1980:          2185 (Steel)
308 GTS 1977-1980:           3219
308 GTBi 1981-1982:          494
308 GTSi 1981-1982:           1749
308 GTB QV 1982-1985:     748
308 GTS QV 1982-1985:     3042

Information from

The 1976 308 GTB featured in the photograph is one of just 712 fibreglass models.

We also have a 1978 steel bodied 308 GTB available too.


1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing: Painted!

You’ve seen it here first. Fresh out of the booth. A very rare and stunning paint colour, original to this particular Gullwing. We are very happy with the results.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing under restoration

Our 1956 Gullwing that sat since 1994 in Tucson is coming back to life. This week the car is being primed for paint. You should be very excited for this colour too. We decided not to make a matching pair, but it is a very similar colour in tone/period fashion. Keep an eye on this car here:

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster under restoration

One of the roadsters under restoration has been painted and the body recently fitted back onto the frame. The shop is hard at work putting the car back together. I really love this colour. Apparently only four roadsters were sold in this colour. This is original to this car. Keep an eye on it here:

Alloy 300SL Gullwing #21 Time-lapse Photography

Enjoy these time-lapse photos of the alloy Gullwing #21 at the beginning of the restoration!

Photo/Video Credit: Russ Heinl

Summer is upon us.

After a brief hiatus, and sixty hours in the air, I am back and working on some exciting new projects with Rudi & Company. The shop is very busy. We’re creating a new website to highlight the restoration work and to showcase the vast archive of beautiful photographs Rudi and I have collected over the years (and continue to take). It will be “car porn” for all those who appreciate the beauty of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL as much as I do.

Alloy Body 300SL Gullwing Restoration

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – Alloy Body #21

Here are some shots from the first nine hours of disassembly at the 300SL workshop of Rudi & Company.

Photography by Russ Heinl

Alloy Body Gullwing #21 Restoration Update


1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – Alloy Body #21

Here are a few photographs (of at least a thousand) taken during the first week of restoration. We are late in putting these up because a new website is in development and is not anywhere near ready. So to feed your appetite, behold Rudi & Company hard at work disassembling and stripping this beautiful car.

The first gallery is of the car prior to restoration. The next post will give an overview of the first few days of work.

Photography by Russ Heinl

300SL Roadster at RM Auctions Amelia Island 2012

Here is a 1960 (built), 1961 model 300SL Roadster, restored by Rudi & Company and finished in 2010. It has since had a rudge wheel conversion and the current owner has consigned it with RM Auctions. It is one of the most striking colour combinations we’ve worked with and I think deserves a good look. It has the larger drum brakes, hard top, and tool roll. We also restored a matching Gullwing, which would look beautiful beside the roadster.

Lot 147

Estimate: 850,000 to 1,100,000 USD

Auction date: Saturday March 10, 2012

See our photos of the roadster when it left here:

See the RM Auction catalogue entry here: