Who is Dave Tobin 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.
Over the past several years, as Editor of the SL Market Letter, Dave has paid especially close attention to the collectible Mercedes-Benz market and has reported extensively on it.
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’m thinking 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.
I’ve been a member of the Sports Car Club of America for almost 15 years, I served as President of the Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and I’m a member of the Porsche Club of America.
My love of all things automotive was passed on to me by my father. He has always loved European cars. From the innovative designs that made a mark on automotive history that show up in modern art museums and on the Concours field, all the way down to more common cars you see out and about on 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 a Dion Pears oil painting of an Alfa Romeo racing at Le Mans in 1931 hanging in our living room. Since this photo was taken it’s been framed, my folks have moved several times over the years, yet 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.
Growing up, there was always some car adventure to go on… whether tracking down a car for sale in the ‘Tradin’ Post” (Long before Craigslist!) or attending IMSA Camel GT races at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course… cars were a big part of our lives.