Have you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a sleek sports car—think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, or Maserati? If so, you should pay a visit to Ben Ripstein at Motorcars of Palm Beach, located on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Not only is he personable, down-to-earth, and a fireball of energy, but he is also one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll ever meet when it comes to cars. Having owned dealerships and also raced cars himself, Ben is well versed in the ins and outs and most minute details about vehicles in general and even more specifically about exotic and luxury cars. These valuable experiences have given Ben a platform to learn more about and enjoy sports cars as well as to help propel his business.
Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Ben would often come to South Florida to escape part of the cold winter and attend the car auctions here. In 2018, he finally closed his dealership in Chicago and moved to Palm Beach County full time. “Now,” he said, “I specialize in buying luxury and exotic cars from private parties, not at auctions.” He added that when vehicles are acquired from private parties, there is a better understanding of the car’s background and maintenance. Ben enjoys stocking vehicles that are hard to get, such as the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG car and the 2019 Ferrari Portofino. With less than 2,000 miles on the odometer, the vehicles are in near new condition and priced considerably less than brand new.
Ben said, “We buy from collectors all over the country, and we have about 40 cars in stock right now.” Ben buys not only unique, one-of-a-kind autos but also vehicles that appeal to the general population, from a teen’s first car to an extra for a family nanny. Motorcars of Palm Beach is a Kelly Blue Book Trade-in Center.
Ben explained that “we offer financing, extended warranties and everything other dealerships do, but we do it better. I want people to know that we do business correctly and with Midwest friendliness, unlike the stereotypical salesmen. We’ve only been in this location for about a year, but we already have at least 100 positive reviews on Google.”
While Ben specializes in highline and luxury, he is always looking to buy all cars. He said, “We make buying and selling painless. We respect people’s time. We offer white-glove service, even picking customers up at the airport. We offer a true luxury auto boutique experience.” Ben emphasized the importance of listening closely to clients’ needs. Motorcars of Palm Beach is proud to be a boutique-style, family-run business. His family is most important to him and vital to the business. His wife, Joanna, also works there, and their two children, ages 5 and 7, visit frequently. It is charming to see them participate by helping to stock the snack basket, assisting in washing cars, or greeting customers.
And what is Ben driving? A 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cab in Lizard green. He said, “I’ve been blessed to drive plush Bentleys and Ferraris with crazy horsepower, but I have always been partial to Porsches. They are a great daily driver, but it turns into a perfectly engineered sports machine with the press of sport mode.”
With his typical Midwestern hospitality, Ben invites people to stop in, take their time looking around, and relax with a delicious hot cup of Pumphouse Coffee or an iced Nitro-brew on tap.
Motorcars of Palm Beach
2201 W. Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33445