Skyway Classics brings car enthusiasts and dream rides together

At Skyway Classics Sales & Storage, they speak the emotional language of car enthusiasts.

Owners Alan Tansky, Roger Hrube, Mark Tansky and Max Tansky will talk to you about a four-wheel-drive gearbox, oversized muscle cars, a roadster with rough seats, or maybe a 1950s pickup truck with a massive chrome grill. He never looked so good when he was working on the farm.

All that antique iron and rubber is sure to spark a rush of nostalgia for visitors of a certain age. And perhaps for younger car enthusiasts who have an appreciation for classic and classic cars.

Skyway Classics started in Palmetto four years ago, has outgrown, and recently moved into more than 40,000 square feet of brand-new concrete space decked out with massive blue and green glass doors at 10420 Portal Crossing.

The owners set out to create a “Country Car Club,” a place complete with a colorful lounge where car enthusiasts can gather, meet, share stories, and buy and sell cars.

“Whether you want us to find you a treasure, sell your car, or buy your first car, we will ensure that your business is handled with care, caution and style. Come see what we have to offer and relive the American dream today,” the company says on its website at https:

About half of the cars on Skyway are company-owned, and about half are for sale on consignment.

Mark Tansky said that classics from the 1950s, like the 1957 Chevrolet, will always be popular with car enthusiasts, but powerful cars from the 1960s are now among the most sought after. Think of the mid-’60s and early ’70s in Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers.

Pickup trucks are also popular. There is a whole row of old trucks, parallel along one wall.

The business of marketing nostalgia and dream cars has become a national phenomenon, as evidenced by televised collector car auctions by Mecum, Barrett-Jackson, and others.

“Lakewood Farm is centrally located in Sarasota, Bradenton and Sarasota,” Mark Tansky said of how the owners selected a new base for the company.

Car owners can store their cars – classic, exotic, or otherwise – at Skyway Classics, which can also take care of the maintenance, making it a concierge experience.

The Skyway Classic Club-style building with a lounge is designed to encourage members to hang out, enjoy snacks, and host monthly car shows.

Ryan Tansky, who handles marketing for the company, said the Skyway Classics floor was broken in October 2020, and construction was completed in August. The facility can accommodate approximately 200 vehicles under the roof.

The grand opening is scheduled to take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Music, food and door prices are planned and admission is free.

For more information, call 941-254-6608.

11/9/2021 – Skyway Classics Sales & Storage recently opened at 10420 Portal Crossing, Lakewood Ranch, with more than 40,000 square feet of under-roof space for classic and collector cars. Shown above is the lounge and club area. James A. Jones Jr. [email protected]

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