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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.

Hello, After 15 plus years in business, please know that we have closed our physical location in Lyons, Colorado as of April 30, 2024.

My sincere thanks to the many hundreds of customers who allowed me to indulge my passion for vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles and to be of service to you. The best part of my business has been the people I got to meet and befriend along the way; I am most grateful, thank you!

I am now looking forward to new adventures wherever they may take me.

Please know I will be marketing and selling select vehicles on a private sales basis and will also continue to provide market evaluations for classic and specialty vehicle owners. You may contact me in this regard at vintagemotorslyons@gmail.com.

Again, with many thanks. Here’s to new roads and having fun along the way!
George

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My Car Story:

One of the best things about having this business is the people I 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 around age 6, 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 car 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. My brother, Tim, enjoys his 1967 MGB and brother Bob 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 and in the Spring ’17 issue of “Alloy+Grit” magazine). 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 me (vintagemotorslyons@gmail.com for additional information and details on any of the cars. I believe in providing as much information as possible on every car I sell and in honest and forthright business dealings always. I am a licensed and bonded car dealer in Colorado.

Paying It Forward: We are proud to be able to help support several of our local community non-profits each year by donations made possible from your purchases.

Thank You for viewing our site and I 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 You can see the photos and read his article about this Morgan in the February 2019 issue of Road & Track).

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

This is a photo taken of our son Taylor in my 1960 MGA Mk1 1600 Roadster at the British Car Conclave in Arvada, CO a few years ago. He prep’d and detailed the car to show it at this event. You may meet Taylor at the shop where he helps me work on cars. Scroll down another couple photos and you’ll see where he and his brother, Beau, got their start with cars!

Here is the MGA at the shop next to the 1967 TR4A we enjoyed restoring.

My favorite race car fabrication team in action!

 

 

 

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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 with several modifications: Spit aficionados may notice that the bonnet and grille are from a MKIII Spit as we felt these were better for the cleaner, sleeker look we were wanting to achieve; the front and rear bumpers have been removed along with the badge and lettering from the bonnet, the 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 best reveal the purity of this wonderful 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!

 

Not visible in the photo but another nice little detail touch is that the custom CA black plate is also stamped with the year ’63 in the upper right corner.

I took this shot from our Spit of my brother Tim driving our ’59 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite. A Bugeye found him 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. 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 on 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 this day were a 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce 1750, a 1967 MGB Roadster and a 1966 Porsche 912; which made for a real “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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The A&W in Berthoud, CO is always a favorite stop

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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 early five speed Porsche 912 (built 10/4/65) in Gulf Blue with Beige Leatherette interior is certainly one of them and I feel very fortunate to be its current caretaker:

This car was in the 14th Annual Porsche Parade held in Anaheim, CA. in 1969; driven there from Boulder and back!

As is this 1972 BMW 2002 in Inka Orange

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

1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce

1954 Jaguar XK-120 SE OTS

1966 VW Bug; built dual port, twin Webers, extractor exhaust

Tami enjoying our restored 914 2.0

1968 Yamaha YL2-C Trailmaster 100 (identical to the one I rode back then!)

Two Current Projects in progress (the yellow car may be fairly easy to identify (?), the interior of the car shown beneath it, maybe not so much!):

I’m fortunate to have enjoyed quite a few vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. Here’s one that I’d love to experience in person; a 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT! To my eyes, just a wonderful example from the mid ’60’s; has a bit of that Jetsons space ship look going on.