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Welcome to Vintage Motors of Lyons

Front of the shop in Lyons

We sell, consign, purchase, and locate cars of interest for folks that appreciate them. We  always carry an eclectic selection of classics. Whether you are wanting that perfect  Sunday driver, a project car, or a higher end investment, we probably have a car that you will enjoy!

I have been passionate about cars since I was a kid in the '50's and '60's and bought my first car while in high school, which was a then 10 year old 1958 MGA. Since then I have enjoyed and nurtured many classics, both foreign and domestic. I decided to follow and share my passion for cars by creating a welcoming marketplace to not only sell cars, but open a place for everyone to come in and check out and talk cars, look at car books, magazines, posters, artwork, etc..

Our shop was originally built as a Texaco gas station in the 1940's and is conveniently located at the junction of the two highways leading to the Rocky Mountains just north west of Boulder. You won't miss us at the west end of Main Street.  Lyons is a fun, small town offering nationally known live music festivals and brewpub; shops and great fly fishing, kayaking, tubing, hiking, and mountain biking.  The South St. Vrain Canyon is among many great driving roads in the area.

The best part of this business has been all of the great people we meet. Thanks for visiting our site and I hope to meet you whenever you are in the area.

-- George Raffensperger

" I recently consigned my 1964 Porsche 356C to George with Vintage Motors and highly recommend him. Please contact me as to further
details. "

Bud Leonard

1964 Porsche 356C
303-440-9147

Find out more about George and the shop by watching the video at Lyons TV.

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About The Shop

Lyons TV Vintage Motors of Lyons Video

Find out more about George and the shop by

watching the video at Lyons TV.

Welcome to Vintage Motors of Lyons, Colorado.  We sell, consign and purchase cars of interest. We find great cars,put them into good shape, and offer them to folks who appreciate them. Whether you are wanting that car of your dreams, a fun Sunday driver, or a high end investment car we can provide you with a car to meet your needs and for you to enjoy! Our tastes in cars is quite eclectic; pretty much whatever we think is “cool”. If you’ll click on the “Cars We’ve Sold” page you can see what we mean (and check out what some of our customers have to say too).

We are located in the small, friendly town of Lyons, Colorado. Lyons is nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is called “The Double Gateway to the Rockies” as one can travel through Lyons to reach the high Rockies via two different spectacular canyons. We are just northwest of Boulder, Colorado and our shop and lot are located at the junction of Hiways 36, 66, and 7 (you can’t miss us at this junction at the west end of Main Street). All of these roads offer great drives in your favorite car and the area has much to offer for sightseeing and fun places to eat, shop, and relax.

Our building was built as a Texaco service station in 1936 and is where we have created a welcoming marketplace where car enthusiasts can gather to buy/sell and check out and talk cars. Clients and guests can enjoy a rest stop in our unofficial “pit stop lounge area” and peruse our collection and lending library of car books and magazines. We have automobilia on display, shop T-shirts and car art; be sure to pick up one of our free shop stickers too.

We hope you will stop in to see us when you are in the area.  You may click on Cars For Sale to view our current inventory. We sell cars we have restored,  on consignment for clients; locate cars, appraise cars and do certified VIN Verifications for registrations. We enjoy a large network of car people and know of cars wanted and cars for sale. We enjoy hosting car club gatherings too.

Again thanks for visiting our site and we look forward to meeting you in person next time you are in the area.

 

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My Car Story:

One of the best things about having this business is the people we meet.  Regardless of the types of cars we may be into, car folks share a common bond of enjoying and appreciating cars. It is fun to hear the many stories of first cars, cars that got away, and of car and road trip adventures and miss-adventures!

My passion for cars began as a child.  By age 4, I could recognize and name most any type of car by make and model. This came from sitting on my grandparents front porch which was located on a T intersection in the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and watching the seemingly endless flow of tourist cars stopping in front of me on summer days. These cars of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s captured the romance, style and beauty of the automobile.  Hood ornaments, grilles, tail lights, hubcaps, body lines and shapes all comprised the ingredients to the elixir of cars.

While in high school, I was fortunate enough to help my Mom pick out a new car for my Dad; this was a 1967 Mustang Convertible. I know that this car served my weekends and date nights as much as it did his “mid-life crisis”!

The following year, I bought my first car, a 1958 MGA 1500 Roadster.  I worked at a local service station that summer and my “A” was on the lift or in the bay most every night as I worked on it; learning the intricacies of British cars!  Many of my friends also had British sports cars or American muscle cars and my parents garage was usually the unofficial workshop for one or more cars. I’m sure they were glad to reclaim their garage after my brothers and I moved out! Since restoring my MGA , I have owned and worked on many types of cars and motorcycles, including all types of foreign cars as well as my now departed 1950 GMC Pickup truck. From performing all types of mechanical and maintenance work to engine rebuilds, I have enjoyed cars, most of all driving them!

Our next door neighbor (who also owned a new 1966 Lotus Cortina!) campaigned a dirt track sprint car and I was always eager to accompany the car and crew to the local tracks. Going to the nearby Hershey Hillclimb and the GP F1 races at Watkins Glen in the 60’s and early 70’s were also favorites. One of my brothers is restoring an early MGB and driving another; the other is one of the foremost experts in restoring vintage Land Rovers (his Series II 109 was recently featured on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey). I guess we have all kept our car dreams alive. Although we live in different parts of the country, we have traveled to meet in Sebring and Road America for races.

Vintage Motors is a way for me to share my passion for cars.

I strive to provide a genuine and honest approach for folks to buy or sell cars of interest with personal service and attention to detail foremost.

Please contact us (vintagemotorslyons@gmail.com or 303-931-5280) for additional information and details on any of the cars.  We believe in providing as much information as possible on every car we sell and in honest and forthright business dealings always. We are a licensed and bonded car dealer in Colorado.

Thank You for viewing our site and we look forward to meeting you soon,

George Raffensperger

Meeting one of my car “heroes”, Peter Egan, was a real thrill; he is even more entertaining in person than in his articles (those being the first read in R&T & Cycle World back when)! I helped to get this abandoned 1965 Morgan titled for him to purchase and here we’ve just finished loading it onto the trailer for him to take it home to Wisconsin from Colorado. You know he is going to do just a great job putting it back together!

PS: I have included below a few photos of cars that we enjoy:

This is a photo taken of our son Taylor in our 1960 MGA Mk1 1600 Roadster at the British Car Conclave in Arvada, CO. He prep’d and detailed the car to show it at this event. You may see Taylor at the shop where he helps us work on cars. We’re looking forward to bringing back a complete, original ’67 Triumph MkIII Spifire that had been sitting in storage the past 27 years as a “next” project together.

Here is the MGA at the shop next to the 1967 TR4A we’re currently restoring.

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Here are a few photos of one of my now favorite, fun cars; our 1963 Mk1 Triumph Spitfire (FC1171TR2L). I must admit that when these cars were new I did not pay a lot of attention to them but with time they are now much more appealing to me (like many other things in life!). It has been completely rebuilt (special thanks to Mike Chambers) with several modifications (Spit aficionados may notice that the bonnet is from a MKIII Spit as the original was damaged beyond repair); the front and rear bumpers have been removed along with the badge and lettering from the bonnet, the Triumph lettering from the boot, and the separate pair of round rear signal lights. The signal, brake and tail lights are now all incorporated into the original Lucas rear tail lamps; all to achieve a sleeker, cleaner look which I feel accentuates this great Michelotti design. The 1296 cc engine is also from a MkIII Spit and is slightly heated up; bored twenty over; performance cam; headers and center exhaust; race type suspension, etc. making for a quick, nimble, and fun car to drive!

 

I took this shot from our Spit of my brother Tim driving our ’59 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite. I found him a Bugeye back in 1970 and he said driving one again was just so much fun!! Even now, some 46 years later, we can both attest that a Bugeye provides as much fun for the buck than most any sports car and the saying of “It’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow” certainly applies here!

Here is a shot of Tim’s old (post Bugeye) VW Bug. It was left in our old barn and when the barn floor rotted away the Bug ended up on the ground below where the floor used to be. I guess you could say that this is a “Barn Site” Find now!

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Here is brother Bob at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Summer 2016 where his 1964 Land Rover Dormobile 109 was featured in an exhibit; one of several vintage Land Rovers he has personally restored (being a fine cabinet maker his car restoration work is top notch too!). Please check out the article about Bob and his 109 in the Spring 2017 issue of Alloy + Grit Land Rover Magazine.

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In September 2014, my brothers, Tim and Bob, came to Colorado for a visit. Of course that visit centered around cars(!). We had a blast driving this trio of wonderful vintage sports cars from Lyons to Ft. Collins and back on country roads on a sunny, Colorado blue sky day. The cars we enjoyed driving were a 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce 1750, a 1967 MGB Roadster and a 1966 Porsche 912; which made for a “Red, White & Blue” day! Tim purchased this nice ’67 B from us on this visit and trailered it back home to NC (where it shares the new garage he built for it with the ’65 B he’s restoring; see photo below).

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Here is a photo of the new garage brother Tim built for his MGBs!

Hard for me to pick a personal favorite vintage car but this 1966 Porsche 912 is certainly one of them

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As is this 1972 BMW 2002

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And can’t leave out the wonderful MGs, Healeys, Jags, VWs and Alfas too!!