In 1993, I walked into a repair shop. A large, outdated, 1991 calendar hung on the wall, featuring the most unusual, amazing car I had ever seen. A 1990 Consulier GTP Targa. Later, finding out anything more about this unique car was impossible. No internet way back then! The car, the poster, the colors and what the car looked like was forgotten until 20 years later.
I had seen some magazines featuring full page ads, showing a couple shiny red Consulier GTP cars but way out of my price range. Later, the company had a store of them in a warehouse, and marked them down because they wanted to clear some space, but still, my pockets weren’t that deep.
Early in August 2013, a car guy I know contacted me saying he had bought one of the left over Consulier GTP cars and I had better call quick! The cars were now priced to sell, as the company was bought out and they wanted to clear the warehouse. Once selling for $58,000 to $70,000 in 1990, they were going for $15,000 and less. My friend thought there was a chance they might have couple left. I called and was told there was only one left, the “Barbie” car. The what? He said it was the Matco Tool calendar car back in 1991. We made a deal and the car was mine.
I went to the factory for a tour before having the car shipped across the county from Florida to Oregon. A new company has taken over since Consulier/ Mosler was sold. I was introduced to a guy that had been working on these cars since the late 80’s. On his wall was “the calendar” I remembered seeing back in ’93. Oh my! It was MY car in the poster, the same exact car I had fallen in love with 20 years before. In that moment, everything I had forgotten came flooding back into my memory. The poster car is the car I bought! It had always been a factory demo and promo car. The car was painted up “Miami Vice” colors for the Matco Tool calendar/poster from the very beginning and left that way. It had been masked off for a repaint, but then stuck in a corner of the factory and just left. It sat that way for the last 18 years. It had 29,000 miles on it. I am the first owner of this car. Most Consulier GTP's are hard topped cars, this is one of the 8 targa cars they had made.
I guess it was sitting there just waiting for me, the guy who fell in love with it 20 years ago.