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Classic car collectors: Roberto Galetti (2of4)

The second gent in this series reveals that his love for classic cars serve as a reminder of the dreams from his younger days.


With the 1961 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

Roberto Galetti doesn’t claim to love classic cars over modern ones. As much as he loves the performance of the latter, he enjoys the shape and design of the classics. “Classic cars are testimonials of history. They remind me of when I was young and had ‘dreams’ of owning any of the cars I saw on the road or in the movies,” he shares. “That’s why I always try to buy cars that remind me of my younger self.”

In particular, the Jaguar E-Type roadster is one of his favourites, even though he generally prefers the coupe. This was originally a gift from his father to his wife. “A few years after [I purchased the coupe], my father found this red E-Type in Italy. It is rare to find a right-hand drive in a country that’s left-hand. Lucky for me, my wife has no driving licence. So she gave it to me,” he quips.

How does this car remind him of his younger days? Galetti was a fan of the Italian comics series Diabolik. In it, the title character is a thief who owned many Jaguar E-Types. Naturally, the cars caught his eye too. He’s proven his love for this car — keeping it in such great condition that it was named Best Jaguar E in the Show and Best of Show categories at the Asia Klasika Motor Festival 2016. The vintage and classic car competition is open to participants from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Today, the Managing Director and Executive Chef of one-Michelin-starred Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar has a seven-strong collection. In addition to the two 1961 Jaguar E-Types (coupe and roadster), he owns a 1951 Singer A4 roadster, a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1, a 1967 Rolls-Royce Corniche coupe, and the newest, a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider that he purchased two years ago in Malaysia.

Does he plan to expand his collection soon? Maybe, Galetti reveals. “A friend and I are looking at purchasing and restoring two 1971 Maserati Indy models in Italy. [But] the cars are in very bad condition so we may need three to five years to restore them to perfection.”

Classic Car Tip:

“I drive all my cars as much as I can and regularly send them for servicing. I also keep my cars inside a Carcoon, which is like an inflated capsule that protects cars from the heat and humidity in this tropical weather and helps to prevent rust.”