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Posted by GUSTAVO MONCAYO [Email] (#2535) [Profile/Gallery] (more from GUSTAVO MONCAYO) on Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:29:04 Share Post by Email
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HI, I LIVE PART OF THE TIME IN SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR TO BE PRECISE.....YOU PROBABLY HAVE HEARD ABOUT "THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS"....THEY BELONG TO ECUADOR. I LIVE IN QUITO , THE CAPITAL. QUITO IS SITUATED IN THE ANDES, A PRETTY HIGH CITY....10.000FT OVER SEA LEVEL.

I BELONG TO A FAMILY RELATED TO THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR CLOSE TO A CENTURY.....MY GRAND FATHER AND HIS TWO OLDER BROTHERS STARTED THE DISTRIBUTION FOR THE COUNTRY OF THE "FORD-LINCOLN-MERCURY" DIVISION BACK IN THE 20"S. THAT VENTURE LASTED 30 YEARS....ENDING IN 1960.

IN 1959, MY FATHER AND HIS BROTHER IN LAWS STARTED A NEW COMPANY THAT DISTRIBUTED SAAB-SCANIA FOR THE COUNTRY OF ECUADOR.....BY 1962 MY FATHER WAS RACING IN THE LOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A COUPLE OF SAABS MONTE CARLO 750s. BY 1968 THE V4s ARRIVED AND THE SAAB COMPETION DEPARTMENT DELIVERED MY FATHER 3 UNITS...V4s RALLY SPECs ....THEY WON FROM 1968-1972 EVERY SINGLE RACE....FOR SEVERAL YEARS WE DOMINATED THE HEAVY TRUCK BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY WITH SCANIA....UNTIL 1976, IN THIS YEAR A SOCIALIST REGIME PROHIBITED THE IMPORTATION OF NEW VEHICLES AND TRUCKS TO THE COUNTRY, SO WE WERE FORCED TO GET BACK TO FARMING AND MILKING COWS. ....THE AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS BARELY CONTINUED NEVERTHELESS UNTIL 1992, WHEN WE FINALLY CLOSED DOORS FOR THE SAAB-SCANIA ENTERPRISE.....

IN THE EARLY 70s MY FAMILY STARTED A SIDE BUSINESS TO THE SAAB-SCANIA VENTURE,....IT WAS THE PIRELLI AND MICHELIN TIRE DISTRIBUTION FOR THE COUNTRY.....THE SAME REMAINED IN BUSINESS UNTIL THE YEAR 2000. WE SOLD THIS COMPANY TO MICHELIN TIRE CORPORATION-A FRENCH COMPANY, WHO STARTED IMPORTING THE TIRES TO THE COUNTRY SINCE THAT DATE AS MICHELIN-ECUADOR.

I RETURNED TO QUITO FROM THE STATES A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, AFTER A 17 YEAR PERIOD THAT I CONSIDERED CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA MY SECOND HOME. MY NOSTALGIA TOWARDS THE SAAB CAR WAS INMENSE.....BEFORE RETURNING TO MY COUNTRY I BOUGHT THIS '68 GRAY SAAB V4 IN CALIFORNIA ..... NOW FOR SALE.... A BARN FIND .... MADE IT MY WEEK-END DRIVER TO THE CLUB AND VERY PROUD OF IT. ....BUT I SOLD MY HOUSE IN CORAL GABLES, AND THE PARKING FEES IN THE BUILDING WHERE I HAVE IT NOW ARE KILLING ME. HOPE I FIND A BUYER SOON.... THIS IS A BRIEF STORY OF MY LIFE.....HOPE YOU ENJOY IT

REGARDS,

GUSTAVO
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