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1372 Baker Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Telephone: 757-363-8878

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 12:00pm
(drop offs and pick ups only)
Sun: Closed

Current Inventory

Abacus has worked on a wide variety of high-performance vehicles from early classics to later exotics. Our showroom is like its own museum, containing vehicles from many different eras, each with its own unique story . Whatever you may be looking for, from Shelby Cobras to Ford GTs, Abacus is one to help satisfy your exotic, import, classic, or vintage dreams. Give us a call or stop by anytime for more information.

Overview:

Roque González Garza, The acting President of Mexico in 1915, special ordered this 1932 Ford coupe with an elongated rear window. His son took over the car a few years later and modified it for racing, where it was reportedly successful on the podium in much of its history and comes with the badges to prove it. Left largely original, this coupe still boasts its racing glory day decals, a fitted 239 Mercury flathead V8 with Edelbrock cylinder heads, and many bangs and dents to prove its history. It was raced largely throughout Mexico and in Texas, especially Baja 500s, before it was stored by the President's grandson until 2006. Jonathan Auerbach bought the car out of storage and entered it in "The Great Race" where it went from North Carolina to California in 15 days. Abacus purchased the car in 2008, where the interior was replaced with red leather and matching accents, the plastic windows were replaced with original glass, and the front fenders were restored to original specifications. It has remained in our showroom for the last decade, gracing our museum with its heritage. For an interesting side note, this car was largely debated as being built in Guatemala, rather than in Detroit due to the noteworthy long side fenders on short flat-boards. No car produced in the USA on record has these specifications.

1932 Ford 5-window

1970 Triumph TR6: 

Overview:

This one-off 1970 Triumph TR6 was purchased by Abacus in 2005 and underwent a performance upgrade on the (original) motor that consisted of the following:

  • Balanced blue-printed, Roller-Rocker motor bored over with Stainless Steel Valves,

  • Smith Brothers Push Rods,

  • Bronze Guilds,

  • Harden Valve Seats and

  • Babe Erson cam

The connection rods were also rebuilt as Triple Weber 40 DCOE's, along with KYB Shocks installed on the rear and rebuilt rear independent suspension. The exhaust system is a 4-pipe Monza free flow system and the paint is the original Midnight Blue. Since completion, it has remained in Abacus's showroom, started monthly to keep the engine going and is clean inside and out. She is of Museum quality and kept in one, a showstopper for sure. See the complete listing specs, details, and Pricing information here: Triumph TR6 For Sale.

Overview:

This beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier has been fully restored in the original two-tone Ivory white with red paint job and has an original fiberglass finish. One of only 2,220 made in its debut year, it has undergone a total restoration to pristine, mint condition inside and out and has all the original features including the wrap-around rear window (which is still the original from 1955), chrome bumpers, wheel covers, spare tire carrier (also still original from 1955), accents, and egg-crate grill. This Cameo also boasts the original fiberglass finish (as mentioned), lower hood, sleeker fender lines, and an originally upholstered deluxe interior.

The engine was originally Chevy’s superior 265-cid V-8 optional engine but a rebuilt 283 V8 with an automatic turbo 350 transmission was installed, along with a new oak bed with stainless steel strips, metal inside bedsides, all upholstery to original specifications; the chassis was blasted, painted and reassembled, rear-end was rebuilt with new ring and pinion bearings, new radiator, new whitewall Bias Ply Tires, and new muffler and brakes. It is the original 114 inch wheelbase with 6.5 foot cargo bed and built at the Baltimore, MD Plant. It was shipped to Elizabeth City, NC on August 19, 1955 and bought the next day at Perry Motors Co. Not many 1955 Cameos of this caliber are still around today, especially in superb condition throughout like this one, under and over. You can see more here: 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Half-Ton.

1955 Chevrolet Cameo 3100

Noteworthy Past and Current Projects

Overview:

This beautiful 1969 Jaguar XKE boasts a 4.2 Liter engine with a bullet silver paint job and red leather interior, further striking its image. It was acquired from a doctor friend in the Bay area who bought it from an auction house a decade ago. He commissioned LandYachtes of Chesapeake, Virginia to refurbish the vehicle. It was acquired by Abacus earlier in 2017, where it underwent a complete mechanical breakdown to get the car running again and is now in tip-top shape after a $15,000 mechanical restoration. This included but is not limited to: new brakes and brake lines, master and slave cylinders, head gasket, fuel and water pump,all hoses, electrical wiring, new AC unit, wipers and motor, long heads, spark plugs, alternator, and much more. The Jaguar runs flawlessly and truly deserves to be driven on that Sunday drive with the top down for a true enthusiast of an amazing vintage vehicle. Its silver paint job and complimenting red leather interior are sure to stun in any show or stoplight looks. 

1969 Jaguar E-Type

Overview:

This beautiful 1969 Jaguar XKE boasts a 4.2 Liter engine with a bullet silver paint job and red leather interior, further striking its image. It was acquired from a doctor friend in the Bay area who bought it from an auction house a decade ago. He commissioned LandYachtes of Chesapeake, Virginia to refurbish the vehicle. It was acquired by Abacus earlier in 2017, where it underwent a complete mechanical breakdown to get the car running again and is now in tip-top shape after a $15,000 mechanical restoration. This included but is not limited to: new brakes and brake lines, master and slave cylinders, head gasket, fuel and water pump,all hoses, electrical wiring, new AC unit, wipers and motor, long heads, spark plugs, alternator, and much more. The Jaguar runs flawlessly and truly deserves to be driven on that Sunday drive with the top down for a true enthusiast of an amazing vintage vehicle. Its silver paint job and complimenting red leather interior are sure to stun in any show or stoplight looks. 

1969 Jaguar E-Type

1969 MGC GT

Overview:

Under the hood is a factory 2.9-liter inline-six, which is paired to a 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. Both were rebuilt by Abacus Automotive and Machine Shop in 2016, as well as a base coat, clear coat original racing British green paint job was redone to compliment the mechanical work. There are only a handful of MGC GT's left, and this figure showed in Auction on Bring a Trailer in mid 2017. You can view the write up here!

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR

Overview:

Meet the "King of the Road" GT500KR, a beefed up version of the 427 Police Interceptor made for one thing: more speed. The Cobra Jet was initially stated to produce 335hp, but later tests proved this significantly under-reported; we can promise this one is no exception. Boasting over 400hp at the least, this Cobra Jet was repainted in its glorious Moss Green paint job.

1965 Shelby Cobra

Overview:

This 1965 Shelby Cobra, #CSX-2376, harnesses a 289 cubic inch 4.7L V8 in rare Rouge Iris color. This particular Cobra has an original 14,000 miles and was sold new at George May Ford in Lorain, Ohio in 1965 with 'Class A' accessories, custom AM radio and antenna, and chrome "wheels." It won the Shelby America Automobile Club Concours in 1980 and was on display at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2002. 

1973 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro 

Overview:

This 1973 Z28 Camaro coupe withholds its  350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 producing 245 hp, but was enhanced by Abacus. Despite drops in performance, sales begged to differ and lifted the Camaro from its strike in the previous years. This one also shows off the green-gold metallic paint job that was an option by Chevrolet, sitting on Defender Sport SR tires.

Corvette Stingray

Overview:

This 1967 Corvette Stingray is powered by its 427/400 tri-carb V8 engine and sits on red-line tires. The car has been restored by Abacus and recognized by the National Corvette Registry, receiving the honored"Top Flight" restoration status. Its Goodwood Green exterior is complimented by the leather Saddle interior and matching carpeted flooring. 

Austin Healey 3000 Mk.II 

Overview:

This gorgeous 1962 blue on blue Healey 3000 maintains its originality with an Abacus-tuned 2,912 cc (2.9 L) C-Series I6 engine. The color combination is rare as well as its conditional status and is meant to be driven with the top down to listen to its naturally aspirated radio.

Sunbeam Tiger V8

Overview:

Produced in 1966, this red Sunbeam Tiger operates its original but Abacus-tuned 260ci 4.3L V8. It runs and drives flawlessly for its age and maintains its original black interior in superb condition. 

Overview:

BEX-1045, infamously known as the "Mongoose" is undergoing a complete restoration here at Abacus. Winning 32/35 Concourse D'Elegance's in California, as well as taking 2nd at Pebble Beach throughout the 60s, was once owned by Jerry Scheberies and Walt Peterson, who fitted the Olds V8 with a Corvette Transmission, originally in Svecia Red with black interior. Abacus acquired the car in 2013, where it is being restored to like-new conditions.

1959 AC Bristol "BEX-1045"

Morgan Plus Four

Triumph TR3

We might even go as far to say Triumphs are a natural specialty here at Abacus, from total restorations to minor engine upgrades. See our featured TR6 with modified enhancements, performance upgrades and installations on the original motor, and showroom kept in museum-preservation condition since 2007. It could be yours today!

Overview:

This yellow Morgan Plus Four (+4) is an absolute showstopper. Morgan produced the Plus Four's from 1950 - 1969, totalling only 4,584 ever made with a standard 2,088cc engine, there were two other options available from Triumph's motors.

Rolls Royce 20/25

Only 3,827 Rolls-Royce 20/25s were made from 1929 - 1936. The 20/25 was the most successful inter-war Rolls ever, and its success enabled Rolls-Royce to thrive economically during the times of the depression. 

Modern Exotics

Abacus works with plenty of vintage, classic, and American muscle cars. Whether domestic or import, we work with an equally competitive number of high-end exotics. These range from Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce and even Ford GTs. Whatever it is, we're sure to help. Call us for more information or scheduling an appointment.

At Abacus, we are always accepting new projects no matter the task, and performing exceptionally as if it were our own. Do you have an interesting automotive you need something done to? Bring it in and you could be featured on our home page! Our "Current Inventory" listed are for sale, call for more information if you are interested! All projects are generally customers. AC Bristol BEX-1045 is our own project car and are seeking information on its past. Please give us a call if you may know any information and keep checking back regularly to see new projects in!

See a one-off 2006 Ford GT Video Here!

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