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Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2003 11:26 pm | Updated: 2:05 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Mike Kolin's used car is not too shabby. The leather interior is impeccable. There's not a scratch on its traffic-stopping red body and it doesn't rattle or shake.

Pretty remarkable for a 16-year-old vehicle — or maybe not. The 1987 Ferrari Testarossa — or "The Redhead," a nickname derived from the car's trademark red cylinder heads — has been properly maintained, including its once-every-five-year $8,000 maintenance.

Sixty-eight Ferraris will be featured Saturday as part of the Gauthier Classic Car Show, 7 a.m. to noon, outside Gauthier’s Jewelry Store, 4211 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Admission is free.

The highlights of the Classic Car Show, however, are the 30 “historically significant cars,” hand picked by event sponsor Scott Gauthier. Each of the 30 grand touring cars will be showcased, then taken for a spin to Sedona at noon. The high-performance cars are designed to go fast, yet aren’t race cars.

Besides being a renowned jewelry designer, Gauthier, 37, of Paradise Valley is also an aficionado of hand-built, classic cars. He said he organized the tour and car show three years ago so hand-built car collectors could share their passions with the public. Among the 30 museum-quality cars featured Saturday will be Gauthier's own 1956 Jaguar D-type and a 1956 Paris Show Car, a Jaguar XK140 Zagato, Italian cars that are among Gauthier's favorites.

Kolin, of Scottsdale, will not participate in the classic car show and ride. His car, worth $150,000, is not old enough or "historically significant," he said. Only rare cars hand-built prior to 1970 are considered. Even if Kolin were invited to tour, one thing is certain: He’d be firmly planted behind the steering wheel.

"I only drove the car once," his wife Lisa said, "and that was just so he could see how it looks as it drives by."

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