“Everybody that has a classic car has a love affair with the car,” said Mr. Robert Hamaty, owner and founder of Tortuga Rum and a proud member of the Cayman Islands Classics and Hot Rods club. Everyone with a classic car also has a classic story to go with it: “What happened was my dad died in 1988 and left me an identical looking car – same colors and same year. I bought this one on the internet because it was the same color as my dad’s car, which has a lot of interest attached to it because it used to belong to Kenny Rogers.” Mr. Rogers wanted to buy a newer model, Mr. Hamaty said, so he put the car up for sale at a dealership. “My dad bought it for 26,000 dollars and put it on a train, and took it to Miami. Then he died he left it for me, and it’s still there; a very dear car to me,” Mr. Hamaty explained. So while he has never shipped that car to Cayman, Mr. Hamaty has got an identical one to enjoy here. “I was surfing the internet – and I came across it on Ebay and I started bidding on it. This car was held up in an estate problem, a Filipino doctor died up in Chicago, and there was a big legal problem. It was in a warehouse for a long time; that is why it only has 34,000 miles on it. Everything is original on it and I have not had to do any restoration.”
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