Lifetime auto enthusiast, longtime Chicago auto dealer John Weinberger dies at 88

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He enjoyed racing through the Sports Car Club of America, and he continued racing vintage cars into his 80s.

Weinberger’s own collection of more than 40 classic and exotic cars was housed in mint driving condition in a 3,500-square-foot garage in Naperville, Ill., which was as large as his home. He also housed some of the cars at his second home in Austin, Texas.

Weinberger was a member of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, the Illinois Automobile Trade Association and the American Import Auto Dealers Association.

Alongside his wife, Lisa, Weinberger initiated the Continental Motors Group “Driven to Care” program, which donates refurbished vehicles to survivors of homelessness, substance abuse and physical abuse. Seventy-two vehicles have been donated through the program.

Continental Motors Group ranks No. 130 on Automotive News’ list of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S., with retail sales of 7,626 new vehicles in 2018 among eight locations that sell Acura, Audi, Ferrari, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota brands.

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Saurabh Shukla

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