Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a free destination getaway where the public can experience an important part of history, while also being recognized as the top choice in classic car dealerships.

Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price.

We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Our customers range from avid and experienced car collectors to international brokers to first time classic automobile owners who are finally purchasing the car of their childhood dreams.

At Ideal Classic Cars we provide the highest level of customer service possible. We will not complete a transaction until we know our customer feels “warm and fuzzy” about their purchase and overall experience.

We pride ourselves in building solid, long-term relationships with our buyers and brokers. We work hard to produce high quality vehicles for our customers and will continue to do so for years to come.

Summary of Company

Located in beautiful Venice, Florida, the Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom is home to over 100 gorgeous classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. ICC has been in business for 4 years, while its partner company has been operating for over 33 years – all the while, maintaining a great reputation.

As a way to give back to the community, our museum offers free admission to the public, which attracts and inspires car enthusiasts; both young and old.

Ideal Classic Cars is a full service classic automotive dealership and museum, specializing in buying, selling and trading as well as consignments, financing, appraisals and domestic and international shipping. Our 27,000 square foot showroom is situated on 3 acres and receives approximately 200 walk-in visitors per day. We offer the full array of high quality investment-grade restorations as well as driver-quality collectible cars from the 1920's to the 1970's. The ICC Museum, one of the hottest tourist attractions on Florida's southwest coast, is lined with hot rods, street rods, European models, muscle cars and originals – all available for purchase. We advertise world-wide on numerous platforms with the goal of becoming a household name in the classic car world. For more information, please contact us at (888) 257-8352

Meet Our Staff
Michael Lombardo
Michael started out as a business owner at a very young age, founding a group of high-end pre-owned dealerships in New Jersey named Wholesale Outlet. He decided to retire to Florida in 2009, he quickly discovered that retirement lacked the excitement to which he had become accustomed and he needed something to keep him busy. Michael and Evelyn founded Ideal Classic Cars in 2010 and it has definitely kept him busy ever since. Originally in Sarasota with a 5,000 sqft. building, they have since relocated to a 30,000 sqft. building in Venice, just 12 miles south of the original location. Michael has two daughters, Alexis and Danielle, whom he loves to spend time with. He keeps his private collection in the showroom at Ideal Classic Cars for the public to see – including a classic Porsche, a Ford GT, a dune buggy and several motorcycles.
Evelyn Lombardo
Evelyn has a background in banking and was also a pilot. She is originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2009. Evelyn and Michael founded Ideal Classic Cars in 2010. Originally in Sarasota with a 5,000 sqft. building, they have since relocated to a 30,000 sqft. building in Venice, just 12 miles south of the original location. Evelyn loves spending time with her daughters, Alexis and Danielle, and two dogs, Armani and Princess.
Les Curtner
Operations Manager
Les’s background with muscle cars and classics dates back to the early sixties, growing up in a Chevrolet dealership in which his father was a partner. His after-school hours and weekends were spent embracing the high performance cars arriving at the dealership. His job was the envy of most in 1965 – the new vehicle inspection and delivery check in which required a test drive. Later years came connection with Chevrolet that led him to co-author his first book “Corvette Sports Car of America” with Michael Antonic. Les operated Corvettes Original, a restoration shop, for many years and was also the Technical Editor for “Vetten USA”, a subscription based publication. Les joined the Ideal Classic Cars family as Operations Manager after retiring from a successful career in corporate management with a major outdoor power equipment company. An avid collector, his favorite car in his collection is a 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427 4-speed sleeper from the muscle car era.
Cindi Ramnarine
Finance & Transportation
Cindi was born and raised in the sunny state of Florida. She has been working in the automotive industry for over 28 years. She loves her family, friends and life itself. She says, "Life is good at ICC and I enjoy helping people get in the car of their dreams."
Mel Dickman
Finance & Transportation
Mel has been in the automotive industry for over 40 years. He has an extensive background in finance, insurance and transportation. Mel has been with ICC since the doors opened at its original location in Sarasota. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, doing yard work, riding his bicycle and keeping up on baseball and football.
Tyler Stevenson
Sales Specialist
Tyler has been a classic car lover as long as he can remember. He is originally from New York and moved to sunny Florida in 2013 to pursue his passion for the classic car business. “It is an incredible opportunity to make peoples’ dreams come true every day when we provide them with quality classic automobiles.”, he says. Some of his best childhood memories are going to car shows with his father and talking about cars to people. Now he loves the fact that he is able to do what he loves every day at work. Tyler has been on the ICC Sales Team since 2013 and is looking forward to a long future with the company.
Mark Wheatley
Sales Specialist
Mark is originally from the Indiana farmlands and moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 1969 which is where he grew up and developed a love for cars. He began a career in Aviation at age 17. Mark attended Parks College where he received his A&P Mechanics License and a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Management. His Aviation career included flying airplane and various positions in Aviation Management. Mark retired in 2012, and in 2013 he and his wife Colleen moved to Venice Florida where he is now following his interest in the classic car industry. Mark and Colleen have three children and one grandchild.
John Van Arnam
Sales Specialist
John has always had a passion for classic cars, especially muscle cars and corvettes. After retiring from ICC he found himself getting a little bored and decided to come back to do what he loves. John enjoys golfing and warm weather, two things that are abundant in the sunny state of Florida.
Rich DeAngelis
Sales Specialist
Rich is originally from New Jersey. He has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years. He has always had a passion for classic cars and loves making his customers happy. In his spare time he enjoys the beach, baseball and football.
Michael Gould
Director of Advertising & Design
Mike is a graphic designer, photographer and videographer for ICC. He also manages the advertising and marketing. He has always been into art and photography and discovered graphic design in 2003. He attended The Fortis Institute of Scranton for Digital Graphic & Multimedia Design and also took online classes and studied Photography. Mike is originally from New York and moved to the sunny gulf coast of Florida in May of 2014 with his wife, Dana, and their two cats. Food and movies are some of his favorite things in life and combining the two, he says, “is glorious!”. He enjoys driving his Subaru WRX – he has owned and tuned three Subarus and loves the world of Rally and Rallcross. He is an action sports junkie who loves the outdoors and also enjoys riding around on his skateboards and bikes and snowboarding up north.
Sallie Landis
Front Desk Receptionist
Sallie was born in PA, lived in DC for 15 years and landed in Florida around 1992. She has worked in the construction and development industry for over 25 years. She enjoys and respects the beauty of working at ICC and being involved in the day-to-day excitement that comes along with the job. She loves her large family of 5 sisters, 1 brother, her beautiful mother, 2 sons and a daughter.
Tim Lawson
Front Desk Receptionist
Tim was born and raised in the Detroit area and spent 35 years as an automotive engineer. He has worked with every major automotive company and has designed and built automotive test machines that are used all over the world. In 2008 Tim retired and moved to sunny Florida with his wife, Maggie. One day, while visiting ICC, Tim was so impressed with the cars that he asked for a job. Tim's hobbies include cooking, swimming, entertaining their 7 grandkids and spending time at the beach.
Mike Hendricks
Wholesale Coordinator
Mike moved from New Jersey to Florida in 2008. Before joining the ICC family, Mike followed in the footsteps of a long line of family members who were in law enforcement. Now, at ICC, Mike oversees the buying and selling of wholesale vehicles. In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing golf, relaxing on the beach and everything else the Florida lifestyle has to offer.
Pawan Mantaporn
Shop Coordinator
Pawan likes to refer to himself as “the oil to the ICC machine”. He is a utility employee at ICC, using his diverse background to help both in the shop and with operations. Pawan loves food, dancing and cars.
Mark Petty
Auto Tech
Mark has 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. He is ASE Certified in Subaru, Toyota, Porsche and Mitsubishi. He is also an ASE Master Technician and Hybrid Certified. In Mark’s spare time, he volunteers with the local high school and races circle track.
Chris Eckard
Auto Tech
Chris is a family man who has been married for 10 years. He and his wife have two boys and two German Shepard. He has been ASE Certified for many years and has also been FAA Certified as an Aviation Tech since 1999. He owned a powder coating and ceramic coating business, where he also did chrome plating, before joining the ICC family in 2014. Chris is a die-hard F-Body Camaro nut. He has owned dozens over the years and still has a 1992 25th Anniversary Convertible Camaro with a turbo charged 383 LT1 with a 6-speed transmission. His hobbies include drag racing, autocross and outdoor sports with his family.
Steve Sherrill
Auto Tech
Steve is ICC’s walking ray of sunshine. When asked how his day is going, he will always reply “Best day ever!”. He has 10 years experience in the automotive industry, is I-CAR Certified and also went to school for auto body and collision.
Richard Raymond
Auto Tech
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Richard has been in Florida for over 30 years. He has over 40 years experience in the automotive service industry. He is ASE Certified in bodywork, painting and structural welding. Richard is also a PPG Certified Painter and I-CAR Certified in collision. In his spare time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, dining out, traveling and spending time at car shows. He owns a 1973 Chevy C3 Corvette and often drives it work.
Hunter Eaton
Auto Tech
Jonathan Sainson
Auto Tech
Jonathan moved from New Jersey, where he was an employee of Wholesale Outlet, to join the ICC family in 2014. He has 10 years experience in auto detailing. He is MMI Certified and in his spare time enjoys riding and working on motorcycles.
Bill Johnson
I recently purchased a 1970 Mercury Cougar convertible from your dealership. I worked with John during the sale and I wanted to let you know how happy I am with the car and with the entire experience. I was quite hesitant to purchase a car like this sight unseen, but John patiently answered all of my questions and sent me a video and photos that really helped put me at ease. The car proved to be everything John said it was and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from you again.
I purchased my dream car from Ideal Classic Cars and the experience was just as awesome as my new General Lee! Yee-Haw!
I have purchased several cars from Matt at Ideal Classic Cars and I will continue doing business with them as long as possible. They make the process so easy everyone there is a pleasure to do business with. I highly recommend Ideal Classic Cars.
I have never purchased a car sight unseen until now. Ideal Classic Cars went above and beyond to put my mind at ease and make me completely comfortable about my purchase. Tyler was extremely down to earth, very knowledgeable and helpful. He even went to the trouble of sending me a very nice video of the car so I could hear the engine running and see the car driving. He also accommodated my request for undercarriage photos. I will definitely call Ideal Classic Cars when I am ready to make my next purchase!
Five Star Operation here! I can't say enough great things about the cars and the staff at ICC. Highly recommend!
This place is better than Disney World! My kids loved our visit almost as much as I did!
I have purchased a few vehicles from Ideal. My first was a '71 Corvette Stingray with a big block engine - 454 cubic inches! It's a true survivor car in gorgeous, mint condition. With the exception of a new paint job in the original color, it was all factory original. I have also purchased a factory four-speed 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 and a 1965 Mustang Fastback. I'm glad I met Michael (Lombardo). He knows my taste. If I'm not careful, he's going to sell me another car this month!
Mike E
We consigned our car with Ideal Classic Cars and were extremely satisfied with the quick sale result. It needed some prep work prior to being ready for the showroom floor and the service department brought it up to Ideal's standards for a very reasonable price. My age was against me doing any preparation, but Ideal took it on for me and now my wife and I are relieved to have our investment back in the bank.
Ed B
I heard great things about Ideal Classic Cars and their business practice. All I can add is that within 30 days my 1964 Chevy sold for the money I needed. They are truly customer centric in their dealings.
Frank A
My wife and I wanted to buy a classic so we visited with Tyler, one of the salesmen at Ideal Classic Cars. We found that a Mustang was within our budget and we had at least four to choose from. Tyler was very professional and knowledgeable and he let us make an informed buying decision with no pressure. His style was refreshing and we made a purchase however we had a breakdown on the way home. Mind you, we bought this car As-Is. Le, the Operations Manager, had the car picked up immediately and scheduled repairs. The service department kept us informed of the progress daily and they were more than fair on resolving the repair costs. I would definitely purchase again from ICC.
John & Carol K
Ideal Classic Cars consigned my 1968 Shelby GT 350 Convertible for me. I had it go through a couple auctions before taking it to ICC, but never reached my reserve. In less than 6 weeks, Ideal sold my car for what I was asking - and they do not charge consignment fees! I couldn't believe it!
Roger D
As a member of the newly formed Oaks Automotive Enthusiast club, I wanted to thank you for allowing myself and the club to visit your business after hours. I think I can speak for all that we enjoyed your collection of classic and muscle cars, your hospitality and your presentation.
Ned B
Jim, I am pleased with transaction... I do thank you for being helpful and very professional throughout our interaction. I would also appreciate it if you would extend a thank you to Tyler & Mel.... Thanks guys.
Vinny C
I bought a 1966 Mustang from Ideal Classic Cars and absolutely love the car! Thanks Ideal for a quick and painless process!
Mike G
I recently purchased a 1931 Model A from Ideal Classic Cars and couldn't be happier with the car and the service. I live in Arizona and had never purchased a car over such a long distance before. Mark and Mel guided me through the process and I would be happy buying another car from Ideal just based on their professionalism.
John T
I walked in and my heart skipped a beat!!! I love the old cars, they have a great selection and are very polite. Will answer any questions you have. Even saw some possible next investments.
Mike F
They have an EXCELLENT selection of some of the finest classic cars, even including some movie cars. Their staff is absolutely superb; they are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous. I highly recommend you check them out before purchasing your next classic car!
Ryan A
They have something for everyone a beautiful selection of classic cars great staff excellent service do yourself a favor come check them out for your muscle car needs.
Henry S
Amazing collection...we stumbled upon this place sort of by accident....can't wait to return
George S

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