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Ferraris Dominate New Canaan's 'Top-50' Autos

The highest-assessed motor vehicles in New Canaan in 2012 speak to a town that values its iron. Here's a look at the top-50, including many Ferrari models.

 

Home to some of New England’s most spectacular residential properties, New Canaan also boasts a fleet of impressive and often rare motor vehicles.

New Canaan itself has emerged as a mecca of sorts for car enthusiasts from throughout the tri-state area, with the terrific “Caffeine & Carburetors” gatherings at Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee on Pine Street on Sundays once the warmer weather hits.

As Mark Bagg—who for more than two decades has owned and operated Pine Street fixture New Canaan Foreign Car Service Inc.—tells Patch, motorists and hobbyists with valuable cars in town invest in keeping them up because they often require special attention (see video).

Numbers-wise, even as the total assessed value of taxable property in town increased .6 percent year-over-year (a rise of $53.3 million from 2011 to 2012)—that’s cars as well as residential and commercial property—the motor vehicle portion of that “Grand List” declined 2.2 percent, or about $5.5 million, according to the town assessor.

It isn’t clear why that happened. The assessor could not immediately be reached for comment (though I’ll update the comment thread here if I hear back).

What follows is a list of the top-50, highest-assessed motor vehicles in New Canaan in 2012, as per the assessor. The list includes make, model, year, color, assessed value and owner.

A favorite among car aficionados here? Ferraris, with 21 of the top-50 spots:

Year Make Model Color Assessed Value Taxpayer(s) 1970 Aston Martin DB6      Yellow $295,190 Kenneth G. Tropin 1971 Ferrari Day 365  Gray $265,020 Kenneth G. Tropin 2013 Ferrari FF       Blue $209,130 Fabio Calia 2012 Ferrari FF       Green $209,130 Robert J. Bishop 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Black $201,740 Kenneth G. Tropin 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Red $201,740 Nicholas W. Tiller 2007 Ferrari 430 F1   Red $168,000 Paul J. Ostling 2005 Ferrari 575 Super America Red $166,670 Paul J. Ostling 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia White $163,500 Brian L. Libman 2012 Aston Martin Virage Gray $157,510 Ranjit N. and Mary H. Singh 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB  Black $156,870 Paul Christopher Orwicz 2005 Ferrari 575 Super America Red $152,530 Kenneth G. Tropin 2005 Ferrari 575 Super America Red $152,530 Eugene P. Conese, Jr. 2012 Bentley GTC      Blue $150,780 Paul Christopher Orwicz 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia Blue $150,150 Paul B. Queally 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia Yellow $150,150 Paul J. Ostling 2010 Ferrari California Blue $147,980 Ronald B. Pressman 2010 Ferrari California Black $147,980 Brian L. Libman 2008 Ferrari 430      Red $147,350 Tedford G. Marlow 2011 Porsche GT 2 RS Gray $140,000 Robert J. Sechan II 2012 Bentley Continental Brown $139,650 Rodney A. Hawes, Jr. 2012 Ferrari California Black $135,800 Christopher Lasusa 2010 Bentley Continental White $133,700 William McKenzie 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLSC     Gray $132,720 Mark S. Kristoff 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLSC     Black $126,490 Nicholas W. Tiller 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Red $124,110 Kenneth G. Tropin 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Black $112,840 Kenneth G. Tropin 1973 Porsche 911 RS   Green $109,690 Kenneth G. Tropin 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Orange $107,240 Kenneth G. Tropin 2004 Ferrari 360      Blue $106,050 Brian J. Machale 2010 Aston Martin DB9      Gray $102,550 David S. Daniel 2012 Maserati Granturismo Gray $101,010 Michael Grise 2012 Porsche Panamera Gray $95,690 Maura A. and Steven A. Smith 2011 Porsche GT3 RS   White $94,850 William C. Repko 2006 Ferrari 430 Black $94,640 Kenneth G. Tropin 2006 Ferrari 430      Gray $94,640 Jack Fonss 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish Gray $92,120 Mitchell A. Vazquez 2008 Bentley Continental GT Speed Gray $90,300 Rudolph V. Pino, Jr. 2003 BMW   Z8       Gray $90,300 Alexander R. Magaro 2003 BMW   Z8       Black $90,300 Chad R. Loweth 2008 Bentley Continental Blue $90,300 Chad R. Loweth 2003 BMW   Z8       Gray $90,300 Peter E. Deutsch 2011 Maserati Quattroporte Blue $89,780 David R. Jaffe 2011 Maserati Quattroporte Black $89,780 Paul V. Ippolito 2011 Porsche 911      Gray $88,710 William C. Reed II 1977 Aston Martin Vantage Black $88,480 Kenneth G. Tropin 2007 Bentley Continental Gray $88,200 Lisa J. Hickey 2012 Maserati Granturismo Black $87,150 Iaian J. Smith 2002 BMW   Z8       Gray $85,400 John R. Bickham 2011 Porsche 911 White $84,000 John J. Barker
Dave February 26, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Perfect name NIGHT SCHOOL, things like this is like putting candy in front of a kid I guess most new Canaan peeps think they are safe in this town stupid things like this just promote outsiders to our town I know theses cars are not in the open dope, how about thinking be for you type these things out THINK NIGHT SCHOOL THINK
Carol Cunningham February 26, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Why do you feel the need to do this? This is not reporting, it's an invasion of privacy. This site should be renamed 'The New Canaan Rag.' Carol Cunningham
Glen K Dunbar February 26, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Actually we can agree on this Dave. you are right Sir. Much as I dislike the way I have and am treated in this town...we do NOT want to "promote outsiders to our town" But, I still say I am treated like a martyr here and it is unfair the way everyone got all the lucky breaks but me. As for the topic. Cars. I would rather take train all the time. But, since I am married I guess I have to have a car
Baffled Resident February 26, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I don't know what all the fuss is about. The NC Advertiser ran last year's list, and perhaps other years as well. And if you think you're going to get into the Tropin estate to steal one of those sports cars. Haha, think again......
Michael Dinan March 06, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Hi everyone: Though I have not heard back from the writer of the following note, Carol Cunningham, I thought this was an important enough email to share here: "Why would you do this? Do you hate rich people, do you have an ax to grind? And a map no less?? What is your motive? This is High School bullying mentality at its finest. Carol Cunningham" As I told Carol and for anyone else out with strong feelings on New Canaan, including this community website, should you wish to share more of your opinions, please consider posting a "Local Voices" blog on New Canaan Patch: http://newcanaan.patch.com/blog/apply Thanks for reading, everyone. -Mike

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