Who is Dave and does he really know cars?
Dave Tobin operates Collector Car Consultants, LLC from Minneapolis, MN – offering sales consulting, marketing, appraisals and auction representation of vintage and classic automobiles. He specializes in buying and selling interesting, rare classic and collector cars for clients world wide.
Dave is also the Marketing Manager and a Contributing Editor for the SL Market Letter “The resource for rare and collectible Mercedes market analysis and sales information for over 30 years.” See what we’re up to at the SL Market Letter by visiting our website.
The SL Market Letter is a print based publication headquartered in Minneapolis. Editor and Publisher, John Olson, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the collectible Mercedes-Benz market. Olson has served as a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, he has also authored several books on the subject of collectible Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
At the SL Market Letter we work with ALL TYPES of collectible Mercedes and we:
– Market and sell cars for our clients to our enthusiast network around the world.
– Search for and locate all types of rare and collectible Mercedes-Benz automobiles for our clients.
– Publish the industry leading resource for people looking to buy or sell a rare or collectible Mercedes.
– Provide price trend consulting, inspections and collector car auction representation.
For years I have read about and researched cars and the companies that manufacture them. Cars are what I’m generally thinking about when I go to bed at night, I think about them when I wake up in the morning, they’re what I talk about at dinner parties (just ask my friends) and now they’re what I surround myself with everyday at work.
My love of all things automotive was passed on to me by my father. He has always loved European sports cars, the really innovative, groundbreaking designs that influenced automotive history that show up these days in modern art museums, all the way down to the more common cars you still see out and about on those beautiful spring days.
Growing up there was always a British sports car or two in various stages of completion in our garage. Car books and magazines littered shelves and coffee tables around the house.
As you can see in this photo I grew up with an oil painting of an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 racing at Le Mans in 1931 hanging in our living room. Since this photo was taken it’s been framed, they’ve moved several times over the years, and it still hangs over the mantle in their current home.
My mother is clearly a saint to put up with such automotive nonsense, but secretly she’s been a willing participant for years, even before my parents were married! In fact, she found my father one of his first sports cars. She saw an ad on a bulletin board at the University of Cincinnati in the late sixties for a 1959 Morgan +4 Drop head Coupé, just $600. She took the ad off the bulletin board so no one else could see it, took it to my dad, and he bought the car.
I’ve been a member of the Sports Car Club of America for almost ten years, I currently serve as the vice president of the Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. When I’m not at work I’m often doing something auto related. During the long winter in Minnesota I spend a lot of time online combing auto classifieds keeping up with the new and pre-owned car markets or writing articles for my other blog affordable classic car reviews.com.