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Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by Bertocchi, Jan 14, 2006.
I think it went from Bob Sorrell to Bruce Lavachek to Cottingham, then Peter Sachs.
Bob Sorrell sold spares part to Cottingham (DK eng.) who sold it to Sachs via Chris Renwick.
Bruce Lavacheck? from US?
Bruce Lavachek from Phoenix, Arizona, I believe that Bruce made contact with Bob Sorrell. Bruce and Cottingham were partners on the purchase of the parts from Sorrell. I don't know the exact timeline or how the 121 LM figured in all of this but Bruce found the car in Arizona.
85/90 was great period for looking for cars...I imagine the head to everyone.
Thanks 375+ for this precise reply.
Thank you, happy to contribute!
Today the resurrection
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Former Parravano mechanic and almost 30 years (28) owner Sorrell kept 0484LM in longtime outdoor storage beneath a tractor trailer in Longbeach and sold it in 1987 to David Cottingham who sold the dismembered unrestored car the same year to the present owner. Restoration took 7 years and was finished in 1994 (Cavallino 166, 2008).
I have a great shoot with the car and PS, at this time I dream Ferrari s. Today....it s another story. I will try to find it, it s really nice picture, probably when he revrecei the car already restored.
Parravano is the same man based in Modena. This one?
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This is Tony indeed.
I like relationed people on pictures. I want placed this one in Maserati thread.
But it seems that Walter is on Holliday.
Do you think this picture is:
His garage ? I mean personal cars? Or his business?
Slightly OTT but I have read somewhere that the tubular chassis then in use in any Maserati and Ferrari was ideal for concealing a certain white powder.
His business was primarily home building. I think the photo was taken at the Maserati factory. He never owned a A6 GCS.
Parravo had a big construction business in the early to mid 50s. He was a big customer first for Ferrari and after he felt not treated by ol`Enzo like such turned it attention to Maserati. He purchased no less than 1 150S, 1 300S, 1 450S, 1 350S, 1 250F and 1 A6G GT-car. Parravano was always BIG SHOWTIME. In an interview he claimed to own more spare parts than Maserati himself...
In 1956 he faced the IRS on his neck. But before he could be interviewed he dissapeared and was never seen again. Most likely he had the same fate as Jimmy Hoffa...
His cars were transported over the Mexican boarder and stored there for many years. The 450S was given back to the IRS and sold via an auction. The 150S, 350S and 250F were found and bought by Joel Finn in the 70s and the A6G survived in California and is now owned in Belgium.
Yes, Parravano never owned an A6GCS. But he travelled at least 3 times to Modena. The photo shows him in 1955 in the Maserati race department.
A beast - but not the most beautiful Ferrari.
Parravano was a home builder in California. He would visit Italy periodically to visit family and Modena.
Never heard that speculation.
IIRC it was an aside in a Classic & Sportscar mag. Probably a Brit having a laugh but you never know.
Probably not but this specimen has a strange line, and livery looks spectacular.
Never seen in real.
Great to read that. He did also some Pan Americana race.
Very nice, I like the description for this personage. Thanks Walter!
At first, I really think he has made his life around modena.
Tony Parravano's son Ron Parravano is an attorney in Carmel, CA. He collaborated on the book American Sportscar Racing in the 1950's with Will Edgar and Michael Lynch.
I will check this book perhaps there's a version available in Google E books.
The book is a great read. Much recommended!
Yes with his personal Ferrari 340. I wrote this on the Pan Am thread a few years ago. It was 0150A. I wrote the wrong serial number.
Tom, Great pictures in these pages. I notice you build by yourself this expo in Chicago.