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A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL with gullwing doors at the Barn Miami.

A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL with gullwing doors at the Barn Miami.

Photographer: Nathalia Mahecha for Bloomberg Businessweek

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There’s a New Style of Dealership Selling the Hottest Old Cars

The Barn Miami holds a bonanza of “young timers” and other buzzy classics.

Gaston Rossato sold his first car, a 1981 Toyota Corolla he’d purchased from one of his South Florida neighbors, when he was just 9 years old. “He was asking $200 for the car. I offered him $100,” Rossato says. “He laughed at me.”

But Gaston returned to the neighbor’s house with his father, Lucas, who ran a local used-car dealership. Lucas lent his son the money for the transaction and later let him use his lot to resell it. “We made 100% profit. And I bought the bike I always wanted, a GT Performer,” Rossato says. He was hooked.