XKs Staff Biography
Name: Michael Marter
Position at XKS Unlimited: Vice President, General Manager
Birthplace: Santa Paula, Calif. (but grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Start Date with XKs Unlimited: March 12, 1990
Family: Married, two adult sons.
Education: Santa Barbara High School 1980; AA, Santa Barbara City College, General Studies; B.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Journalism
Favorite Movies: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; The Straight Story; Breaking Away; American Graffiti
Favorite Books: The Monkey Wrench Gang; Desert Solitaire; Three Cups of Tea; To Kill a Mocking Bird
Favorite Musicians/Musical Group(s): Neil Young, Miles Davis, Stan Getz (just about anything but rap).
Interests (other than cars, of course): World War II aircraft, architecture, design, woodworking
My First Car: 1960 Austin Healey 3000 BN7
My Favorite Jaguar: C Type (because it's the most pure Jaguar design ever)
My Top Ten Vintage Race Car Collection Would Include: Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta, Gurney Eagle V-12 F1, 1967 Ferrari 312 F1, Ferrari 312T2 F1, Ford GT40 MK IV, Ferrari P3/4, Ferrari Dino 206SP, Jaguar C-Type, Jaguar D-Type, Porsche 917K, Ferrari 250 GTO (even though I am too tall to fit in half of these ). Yes, my collection goes to 11.
My Top Ten Vintage Street Car Collection Would Include: Lamborghini Miura SV, Ferrari 275 GTB/4, Ferrari 512 Boxer, Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Ferrari Dino 246 GT #03726 & a certain Ferrari 308 GTB (both formerly owned by my late dad).
Current Street Car I Most Lust After: Ferrari 488 GTB
My Favorite Jaguar Related Experience: Driving XKs Unlimited owner Jason Len's XK-120 roadster to the Monterey Historics and back from San Luis Obispo (and having use of it during the weekend) when the event was dedicated to Jaguar. I got to drive a real C-Type on the parade laps during the same weekend.
My Favorite Non Jaguar Related (automotive!) Experience: The times my dad and I spent together with his Dino and 308 (and any other time we spent together, for that matter); driving a Ferrari Daytona; riding in a P 51 Mustang and a B 17.
Favorite Childhood Vacation: Visiting my grandmother in Ketchum, Idaho.
Role Models Growing Up: My dad. He was a brilliant architect and the coolest guy on the planet. If I ever grow up to be half the man he was, I will consider myself a success. I miss him every day.