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The Key to Your Next Adventure

By Bettina McBee | Photo by Manny Espinoza

Everyone loves cars. They take us where we need to go. But in a classic, vintage machine, the ride is sweeter and the scenery more magical. Thanks to Monterey Touring Vehicles I had the privilege to drive a 1965 convertible Ford Mustang—red with white racing stripes—down the coast to Garrapata, through Carmel Valley Cachagua, and then along 17-Mile Drive. As the wind whistled through my ears, the sleek feel of the steering wheel and the comfort of the seats demanded that I sit back and enjoy the ride. Though I was in control, I felt as if the Mustang took me places I’d never been before. It was an experience I will never forget and that should be shared.

Sharing such adventures is what sparked Heather and Rob Gardner, of Carmel Valley, to turn their passion for classic cars into a modern-day business. They owned a 1978 Volkswagen Beetle and a 1969 Mercury Cougar. Friends and family were mesmerized by the cars, and requests to drive them were constant. Responding to the demand, they decided, over a Thanksgiving dinner, to open a classic car rental service. Erin Sollecito was recommended to work with Heather on the new business endeavor, and together they created the only classic car rental service on the Monterey Peninsula.

The Peninsula is well known for its breathtaking coastline, golden landscape, and clean air. Every destination becomes a thrilling experience for passengers of all ages. The motors come from every decade spanning from the 1920s through the 2000s. All vehicles have been carefully maintained and upgraded to handle the roads. Whether a replica, restored with modern amenities, or almost entirely original, the nostalgic look and feel of the original cars is still present.

All generations can create new memories cruising in one of these classic inventions. “There was a time when we drove cars,” says Sollecito, “and now cars drive us.”

Renters love choosing from the diverse fleet of 37 classic beauties, which includes a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, 1965 Cobra Tribute, 1958 Porsche 356 Outlaw, 1968 Chevy Camaro SS convertible, and 1938 Buick Special Sedan. “Look how old these cars are,” says Sollecito, smiling, “and they’re still here. They themselves are survivors.”

Book your adventure. It will be one of the best days of your life.

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