Terry Michaelis, ProTeam president, is prominently featured in Wallace Wyss’ latest barn find book: ”The Baroness and The Mercedes & 49 other Entertaining True Tales From the World of Rare and Exotic Car Collecting.”
The 272-page softbound book has 50 chapters on 50 different collector cars, many found gathering dust in barns or garages. Wyss selected Terry to write the introduction because Terry was responsible for finding two of the barn finds in the book–the L88 of Ronnie Lee Joyner and the tanker Corvette that was raced by Lang Chevrolet. Also in the book is the 1964 Worlds Fair Corvette.
“I knew Terry for 40 years but never realized his sense of humor until I read your website,” says Wyss. “He knows how to express the joy of the hunt.” Wyss also said Michaelis has by far the most memorable quote in the book. “At the end of each chapter I have a lesson-learned section where the reader can learn something from each example. In Terry’s case, on the ‘tanker 63′ he says: ‘Sometimes you just go to go with your gut.’ ”
The cover features the Prussian heiress who left her Mercedes behind at a Connecticut hotel before the outbreak of WWII and never returned. The car was eventually sold for over $11 million. This story is one among many including the Bizzarrini Manta prototype abandoned at Italian customs; the Maserati Boomerang prototype spotted on a street in Spain; the bubble topped Rolls Royce Wraith rescued from a nightclub; and the Ferrari 250GTO donated to a high school in Texas eventually selling for $52 million.
Wyss has authored ten automotive histories, including SHELBY: The Man. The Car. The Legend. (Enthusiast Books). You can purchase his book at the Enthusiast Books website.