many of the original parts were no longer available, Jimmy considered
having them made. As tail light bezels had deteriorated on virtually
all Metropolitans, Jimmy decided to start with those. In 1975, he
located the manufacturer in England that had made the original tail
light bezels. The company found the old molds, but the minimum number
they would run was 5,000. Jimmy took a financial gamble, having
no idea how big the demand would be, and placed the order. That
was the turning point... what had been a hobby blossomed into a
The Valentines began having parts manufactured, which involved the
expensive process of creating new molds and dies. They also had
many parts remade by the original manufacturers. Cartons of car
parts and accessories were now stacking up in the lobby and hallways
of the recording studios. After 25 years in the recording business,
it was phased out as Jimmy and Eve spent more and more time with
the Metropolitan venture.
the next several years, Jimmy developed a complete inventory of
Metropolitan parts, reaching the goal of being able to offer a replacement
part for every component of the car.
Along the way, the Valentines purchased a group of buildings to
house the vast inventory of parts. Further expanding the business,
a full-service garage was added for repairing and restoring Metropolitans,
as well as for conducting research and development on new parts
Today, Jimmy is still at the helm, directing the staff and developing
new parts. He enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of Metropolitans
and their history while guiding tours of the Metropolitan Museum,
adjacent to the Metropolitan Pit Stop. Eve retired in 2002 and
has passed the baton to their daughter, June.
When June first saw her parents' Metropolitan in 1973, she was
smitten and decided she wanted one, too. She eventually acquired
her own Metropolitan in 1979, shortly after learning to drive.
June was a Legal Administrator for over ten years and brings significant
office management experience to the Metropolitan Pit Stop.