Lenny's Garage


#1

I think it is safe to say that most of us would love to own at least one or two of this guy’s old cars.

Enjoy!


#2

That 1941 Chevrolet shown in the opening scene is identical to my dad’s first car. It bit the dust in 1956 after having had rings and valves at 100,000 miles in 1953.


#3

Thank you for posting that VDCdriver. It is stunning to watch and walking through the door is just like stepping back in time.

There’s also some serious, very serious, money there. There’s a fortune there just in misc. memorabilia.


#4

I can just imagine the aroma in that garage…


#5

What a retirement job. That would be my dream. Give me something worth looking forward to each day.


#6

No kidding. I’ve seen rusty barn find KR200’s go for 10 grand. A really nice example I’ve seen priced at upwards of 70. And he’s got his just stuck in a corner somewhere. That’s an amazing collection.


#7

“There’s a fortune there just in misc. memorabilia.”

Well, even though the neighborhood where Lenny’s garage is located is a run-down locale, he mentions that he lives in Park Slope, which is very up-scale, so I would say that this guy has a few bucks–over and above his very valuable collection.


#8

nice


#9

Neat. Interesting that he rode his bike to work. Nice to see him actually driving them. I’d just like to have one of them.


#10

This is one cool guy. If he ever decided to let some go, I’m sure Jay Leno would love to show up on his doorstep with a box of money.


#11

What I would hope is that when his time comes he doesn’t have some relatives who consider it junk for the most part and start scrapping stuff.

Some years back I used to buy a lot of antique Harley Davidson motorcycle parts from an old pack rat in Sand Springs, OK. About once a month I’d go there and root around like a hog in slop to score some goodies.

At one point the old man had a stroke and had to scale his involvement back so his son came back from AZ to run things. The son had no idea of value.
The son thought old Harley rigid frames were worthless because “they don’t have shocks on them” so he torched a bunch up and hauled it off as scrap iron. The old man just about had another stroke over that move.

Those frames bring anywhere from 2 to 5 grand with a select few worth going 10.

The son even sold me half a dozen old Harley dashboards; six of them for 25 bucks. They will bring 4-500 each now as they’re the early, impossible to find style. They’re still stashed back except one being used on a restoration.


#12
" I'd just like to have one of them."

You and me both!
My brother has a neighbor who has a '54 Packard with less than 50k miles on the odometer, and while my brother has never been able to drive it, he has ridden in it on a couple of occasions, and he described the experience as…incredible.
The neighbor also has a “cherry” '54 Olds 88, which has similarly low odometer mileage.


#13

Notice all the fan belts? Just putting an inventory together for all the parts would be quite a task.


#14

Loved watching that video. Thank you.
I hope that place stays preserved somehow.


#15

Best 4 minutes of the day. Thanks.


#16

What impressed me was all the spare parts he said he had. Enough for a lifetime for all the cars he had. A man of my own heart I guess. When parts could be hard to get some day, I like to stock them. Of course most of the time they are never used, but it makes me feel better to have them. Brakes, points, carbs, tail lights, wow.

My barber used to have a 39 Chev and needed a fuel pump for it. He looked all over and couldn’t find one. A block away there was a parts guy that had been in business for many years but no one hardly went there anymore for anything. My barber tried the guy and sure enough he had a brand new one on the shelf for about 10 bucks.


#17

Somewhere in the basement in my stash of stuff I’ve got a large box full of old parts that would be right at home in that garage.
The box is full of old points, condensers, rotors, generator brush sets, and even some king pin rebuild kits for old Packards, Chevys, Kaisers, and so on circa 1930s and 40s.

I did have about 3 or 4 dozen NOS piston sets for the old flatheads of varying makes but I stuck those on eBay some years ago and a guy in Virginia bought the lot for a decent price.

Great video. I’ve watched it half a dozen times and can’t even imagine what the sensation of entering that shop and browsing would feel like. I love that ice cream truck and period uniform.


#18

This guy probably has a fortune in cars. Many people see this and say…“Why doesn’t he sell them and live the good life.” I think many of us here think…“He IS living the good life.” I can’t think of a better way to spend my days when I retire. To me it would be a dream retirement.


#19

Without even knowing how much he paid for these cars, I feel safe in guessing that they’re a much better investment than putting the money in the bank. And, as already mentioned, he gets to enjoy his life every day of the year. It apparently makes him happy.

In short, there’s no real downside. I tip my hat to the man. :star:


#20

““Why doesn’t he sell them and live the good life.” I think many of us here think…”"

I gotta agree. Money is only a means to an end and there comes a point in life that other things are much more important. That’s why I’m not upset that I didn’t win the last lottery, except maybe I would have bought a warehouse of old cars.