Sparks Turbo Phaeton- SOLD / SOLD / SOLD / SOLD / SOLD / SOLD

Mileage 27250
Engine V8 7LT 425cu
Rego S29466
Ron Spark was an experience coachbuilder who worked for Clenet Coachworks in Santa Barbara , CA in the US . Clenet manufactured Neoclassic automobiles that combine retro styling with modern technology. It was a formula that was successful for companies like Excalibur from mi 60’s to the mid 70’s it was a niche but growing market targeting Hollywood movie stars , rock stars , sports stars and generally the rich and famous. Clenet witch began in 1975 was quite successful and went on built almost 500 cars before their closure in 1986. Ron Sparks left Clenet and set up Ron Sparks Coachworks . He wanted to continue to built Neoclassic automobiles but he wanted them bigger and better than anyone had ever done before .....and he wanted to built them under his own name . The first Spark the Sparks Turbo Phaeton was soon built and it was launched to great fanfare and critical acclaim at the Los Angeles PlayBoy Club in may 1979 . With a wheelbase of 419cm and an overall length of 620cm the dual cowls phaeton was imposant and also very unique , the front cabin remained open for the chauffeur and the rear cabin had a removable hard top . Sparks had plans to built a total of 300 cars , of witch 50% were US market et the other 50% overseas markets at a rate of 50 cars annually. Unfortunately the project never got off the ground as the Sparks Turbo Phaeton was too expensive to built and the oil crisis at that time strangled demand for such a car . Only one Sparks Turbo Phaeton was built . A more conservative single cabin vehicle the Sparks D’élégance Roadster was eventually put to production, according to Ron Parks 25 Roadster were built and followed some other new model before Sparks sold the company in 1985 . Following is a detailed description of the car from the sale literature produced at the time . The lines of the Sparks Turbo Phaeton reveal it’s classic heritage . You’ll never see anything like it on any road . Gold plated grille bars and chrome exhausts , 18k precious gold plating inside and out are just some of the highlights. From wheels to canvas top the Sparks Turbo Phaeton is uncompromising in it’s design and accomplished craftsmanship witch is part of it’s singular appeal. Standard Appointments . Power steering, power brakes , cruise control , tilt steering wheel, English leather upholstery, choice of Hard wood trim , air conditioning, AM/FM stereo cassette front and rear Blaupunkt Bosh AM/FM radio Berlin model with remote control selector in rear , front and rear Glenayre 2000 telephone/intercom system , automatic park brake release, twin trumpets horns , convertible top , canvas covered , rear removable hard top rear , bar with Bacarat crystal accessories, extensive 18K gold plating inside and out , VDO clock insert with 4 1/4K diamonds for 12-3-6-9 , all VDO gauges in carved dash ( made in hardwood of your choice beautiful stripped rare Macassar wood from Madagascar for that car ), hand-etched glass quarter windows , imported English wool carpeting throughout matching rear seat and doors panels . SPECIFICATION Engine : 8 Cylinder , 90-degree V (Cadillac) 425cu . Transmission: THM-400 Cadillac , 3 speeds Automatic. Front suspension: independent coil ( Cadillac) stabiliser bar ,link type , hydraulic shock absorbers. Rear suspension: Coil Spring , four link drive hydraulic shock absorbers . Brakes: Self-adjusting disc-Drum ( Cadillac ) , dual hydraulic master cylinder, tandem vacuum power booster , ventilated , callipers front brake with single sliding piston , duo servo drum brakes in rear . Frame , ladder type with welded cross member . Wheels and Tyres : Chrome wire rims wheels fitted with white wall LR-78-15 tires Wheels base : 13 feet , 9 inches ( 419.1 Cm ) Overall length : 19 feet , 9 inches ( 602 Cm ) Sparks had his car featured on TV shows and in movies and sold them to Hollywood’s most famous stars , including Joan Collins from Dynasty and Evel Kneivel . Interestingly Mr Kneivel has not taken delivery of his car as there is correspondence on file from Ron Sparks starting that Evel’s cheque bounced and he still have the cheque today . The Sparks Turbo was used to promote Coachworks before being sold and it is understood to have remained with one Owner , Mr George Straza from Rancho Santa Fe and later Palm Springs in California. The car was sold to Australia in circa 1990 , converted to Right hand drive and used as a limousine in Melbourne before being sold to his next owner in Northern NSW . Interestingly there is a engineering certificate on file from Phil Scott Automotive in Grafton NSW to compliance the car dated 4th August 2004 . The car changed hand again in mid 2000’s finding its was to the Gold Coast QlD state . The current owner acquired the car in 2011 in very poor condition. What transpired over the next seven years can only be described as a labour of love . No stone was left unturned to restore the Sparks Turbo Phaeton as close as possible to who it was originally built . The current owner managed to track down Ron Sparks who confirmed that there was indeed only one Sparks Turbo Phaeton ever built . Ron was able to assist the owner with information and photographs of the car , including original brochures and press releases witch were invaluable to provide a reference for the restoration. The owner has additional literature, including an original invitation to the launch of the car at the L.A PlayBoy Club , witch is now an absolutely fabulous accompaniment to the car . The restoration was challenging because everything was bespoke . All of the parts were either refurbished where possible or replaced if required and at all time with an incredible attention to detail . It took years to find new old stock Blaupunkt radio , the Glenayre 2000 telephone-intercom and baccarat crystal bar accessories. The Hardwood timber is Macassar ebony from Madagascar. So what’s it like to drive ? The Cadillac engine starts easily after priming the big carburettor and it definitely has that American muscle car edge . It rumbles effortlessly and once you get going the car is surprisingly smooth to drive . The seating position is confortable, the controls accessible and when you push the accelerator the car just goes about its business. The automatic transmission is also very smooth , the steering surprisingly direct , the ride is firm but very confortable and the car just cruise along in a very business like manner. Just what you’d expect from a luxury limousine ! After a few miles you forget what you are driving ,just getting into the zone....and then pow’re brought back to reality by the frenzied onlookers come paparazzi who with their mobile phones are looking for that hero shot to boost their social media profile . You get a great reaction when driving a Lamborghini Countach or a Messerschmitt..... but that’s nothing compared to this . Today the Sparks Turbo Phaeton presents as a new car it has hardly been driven since the restoration has been completed and the current owner is simply exhausted and feels the time is right for the car to find a new home . It’s unlikely that there ever been anything like it built or there will ever be anything like it built again ! Therefore the Sparks presents an incredibly unique opportunity and it deserves to find a home in one of the world’s major car museums or perhaps a significant private collection... but it should not be lost to the world !
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