Gerry "Mr. Collector Car" Martel, BS, is an auto historian certified appraiser, retired music man, and nightclub entertainer. He is also a lifelong automotive enthusiast and collector who lives life in the fast lane. Over the course of his career, he has owned more than 100 automobiles, ranging from Auburns to Rolls Royces. The jewel of his collection is a 1958 Bentley Continental Flying Spur once owned by Alfred Hitchcock. Gerry appraised his first car in 1976 and soon gained a reputation as a knowledgeable and meticulous professional. He is now one of the most experienced certified appraisers in the business.
Gerry always stays up-to-date with the ever-changing collector and exotic car markets. His library contains more than 1,500 books on all subjects of automotive lore, past and present, but he perfected his skills by selling, restoring, and enjoying the great cars of the world.
Gerry owned a custom autobody shop—SCAR CARS—for many years. This business was dedicated to the restoration of classic, antique, and sports cars, focusing on timeless classics, such as Bentley, Bugatti, Duesenberg, Ferrari, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce. He currently runs Gerry Martel's Classic Carriages, which assists clients in selling and servicing collector cars.
Gerry is also the director of the highly regarded autobody department at Montachusett Regional VocTech in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. His students are in high demand in the finest autobody shops in the state.
Gerry is a published author who has written more than 500 "auto" biographies for newspapers. These articles explored the great and not-so-great automobiles of history and featured Jack Nicholas, Wayne Carini, and other celebrities.