Windy City Muscle Cars opens in Elburn

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 is for sale at Windy City Muscle Cars, a new specialty car dealership that recently opened in Elburn.

ELBURN – A new car dealership recently opened in Elburn that specializes in “niche” vehicles.

Tom Scardamaglia, owners of Windy City Muscle Cars, said while the dealership has a physical location in Elburn, he considers his business an Internet-based warehouse dealership.

“People that are looking to purchase my vehicles know exactly what they want,” he said.

The business opened about a month and a half ago at 217 Paul St. in Elburn and can be found online at www.windycitymusclecars.com.

One of the cars in Scardamaglia’s inventory is a 2013 Bentley Continental GTC convertible that previously was owned by actor Nicolas Cage, he said. He said he has both new and old cars, including a 1969 Camaro Z28, a 1966 Dodge Coronet and a 2007 Mustang Shelby.

He also has a 1988 Mustang GT that has all of its original parts.

“That’s an extremely rare car,” he said. “It’s all stock. Most people that buy those or bought them, raced them and they were usually heavily modified.”

Scardamaglia said he currently has about 15 cars in stock, but he hopes to have 30 to 40 cars regularly in stock as the business grows.

He said he’s been in the car business for many years and said owning his own specialty car dealership has been his passion. He said he spent nine years selling Toyotas, which eventually became boring. But that background gave him plenty of connections to the car industry, he said.

“I have access to hundreds of thousands of cars at wholesale every day, as far as the new stuff,” he said. “I follow up on leads from people – friends of friends, family members, other people in the business. I’m constantly searching for cars for the niche market of cars I’m trying to specialize in.”

In addition to car sales, Scardamaglia said he also offers inside and outside car storage, appraisals, and disassembly and final assembly.