John Staluppi

Yacht Builder, Car Magnate, Philanthropist

Born in Brooklyn, native New Yorker, John Staluppi started his life from humble beginnings. His father, Francis, was a hard working electrician who worked two jobs to make ends meet and his mother Millie was a homemaker. It was the 1950's - the golden years of the American automobile. There would never be another era like it and John Staluppi was fortunate enough to have witnessed the innovation, imagination, and vision in the automotive industry. Even though his father encouraged him to become an electrician, John was already bitten by the car bug. His father did, however, teach John the value of quality, hard work, family and friends. John went for the American dream and had the courage to do what he really loved – to be a part of the automotive industry in America.

Part of American Auto History

He was rebellious and had a run in with the law in his youth, but was able to move forward towards his dream. First, he started out as a 16 year old mechanic. John was motivated and talented and soon became an expert in cars. It was at this time that his dad recognized John's exceptional drive and decided to help. His father took out a loan so his son could run a Sunoco station. John Staluppi is incredibly grateful to his father for his support and guidance during that time. Through creative marketing, John was able to make this and other gas stations a success. With these successes and practical experiences, he was able to take a risk on a venture called Honda - an unknown name at the time. John Staluppi was, however, able to see it's potential. Within a decade of hard work, he owned close to 20 dealerships and the Honda name took off in the United States. His commitment to Honda during this time, made him an integral part of shaping the automotive industry. The next venture for John Staluppi was Hyundai, another solid success. The Hyundai investment showcased his business philosophy - to stay with quality franchises, focus on a particular market and try to get the best people. Through all successes, John Staluppi always made sure he put people first. In fact, John is proud that there is a sign in all his dealerships that reads "Every visitor to our dealership is an honored guest in our home, every day, every time, without fail, no exceptions". This statement represents his commitment to his customers over the years.


John Staluppi 's successes were never just for him. He vowed that if ever really made it - he would help those less fortunate. He grew up with an intimate knowledge of people who have a tough life - and now he feels an obligation to help needy people have an easier life in some way. The list of charities and fundraisers that John is involved with is extensive -from Hospice, National Kidney Registry, to Make a Wish Foundation - John Staluppi says that each charity event keeps him down to earth. When a child hugs him for granting his wish (Make a Wish Foundation) or when he can provide state of the art wheelchairs for spinal cord injury victims (Darrell Gwynn Foundation) - John Staluppi says “ I hope this is my legacy.”

John Staluppi News

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

Cars of Dreams Museum from thrillmonkey on Vimeo.

June 2016

Cars of Dreams Museum from thrillmonkey on Vimeo.

April 2016

John and Jeanette Staluppi Barrett Jackson April 2016

Carolyn and Craig Jackson with John and Jeanette Staluppi.

“Barrett-Jackson continues to lead the collector car community in supporting veterans, youth programs, medical research and countless other worthy causes,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our history of helping runs deep in our company’s DNA and it’s such a rewarding experience to share the stage with many of the individuals that our charity vehicles benefit. Having a true hero like retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell on the block to support the Lone Survivor Foundation was one of the more inspirational moments we’ve experienced during a charity auction.”

March 2016

Palm Beach Boat Show 2016 from thrillmonkey on Vimeo.




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January 2016

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September/October 2015

November 2015 - Shop with a Cop Benefit

FlashbackFriday raised an estimated $75,000 which will benefit the Homeless Coalition’sCreating Housing Opportunities Program. It was a blast from the past!

July/August 2015

June 2015 Prolific owner returns to Benetti - New 66m motor yacht fb269 by Benetti sold to John Staluppi Staluppi signs order for 66m Benetti luxury yacht

May 2015

Based on the new Sunrise 68m by A. Vallicelli & Co, Project Skyfall was designed for one of the world's most experience yachtsmen, renowned for his spirit of innovation.

The aggressive sleekness of the yacht's lines reflects its ambitious performance targets: a fast displacement steel-hull, Project Skyfall will have a shallow draft of less than 3 metres, a top speed of 25 knots and a transatlantic range.

The yacht will also be a showcase of innovative technologies, never utilized on a yacht before, including VOITH linear jets propulsion and MME microturbines power generation. Herbie at Cars of Dreams Museum


July 2014 Skyfall Docks - Boys and Girls Club Donors - Staluppi Center Renderings

June 2014 - Floating Assets Magazine - Rendering of Superyacht Skyfall

Yacht International Magazine - Skyfall


May 2014 - Superyacht Design The Birth of Superyacht Project Skyfall

Boat - Showboats International - News- Skyfall Team -Skyfall-Need for Speed Show Boats May14.pdf -Project-Skyfall: A Closer Look


April 2014

Barrett-Jackson has raised literally tens of millions of dollars for charity and there's probably never been a woman who's done as much for automobile racing then the legendary Linda Vaughn, a/k/a Hurst Miss Golden Shifter. So when the two of them team up, it's magic, especially when a noted philanthropist and car collector like Palm Beach resident John Staluppi is involved and so is noted Oldsmobile restoration house Thornton Motors Inc. Friday at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors sold for $200,000, every penny of which will go to Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. -Bidding-Gets-Fast-and-Furious-at-Barrett-Jackson-Palm-Beach

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December 2013

Renderings for Staluppi Center - St Marks Episcopal Church

John Staluppi's Christmas Lights 2013 - YouTube Video

John Staluppi's Christmas Lights - Video/Photos


November 2013 - Lifetime-Giving-Society - Benettiyachts Posts DAF on Cover of Luxe Et Al Magazine - Yacht and Aviation - Sold-200-Benetti-Diamonds-Are-Forever - Worth-Avenue-Sells-Superyacht-Diamonds-Are-Forever-With-OCI

October 2013

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September 2013

Faith was rewarded: Having raised $7.7 million for construction, the 1,300-member Palm Beach Gardens church broke ground on the Staluppi Center, the crown jewel of its construction campaign. The 26,450-square-foot center comes complete with theater stage, kitchen, band room, choral room, art classroom with kiln, middle school science lab and computers, coffee shop and bookstore.

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Staluppi center at St Marks Church

Ceremony for Staluppi Center at St Marks Episcopal Church - Diamonds Are Forever at Cannes Boat Show

Diamonds Are Forever - Cannes Boat Show

Cannes Boat Show - YouTube

Diamonds Are Forever at Monoco Yacht Show

Diamonds Are Forever to be at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show


August 2013 - Videos - Diamonds are Forever - Cannes Boat Show - photos/thetoptier - Diamonds Are Forever


July 2013 - Diamonds Are Forever - Diamonds Are Forever


June 2013 -video - Million-Dollar-Collection - Stuff-We-Love-Diamonds-are-Forever-is-a-Super-Yacht-Fantasy-Come-to-Life/ - Benetti


May 2013 - Donation-to St. Marks will-help-build-multipurpose-center

“St. Mark’s is a jewel,” says John Staluppi, a businessman and philanthropist whose two young grandchildren attend the school. “My wife Jeanette and I are thrilled to provide this gift to St. Mark’s, because the children, parishioners, and members of the community will benefit from the enhanced programs the center will provide.” - Lunch-with-superyacht-owner-john-staluppi


April 2013

Worth Avenue Yachts Brokerage at The 2013 Palm Beach Boat Show - International Yacht and Aviation Award Winners 2013 - Diamonds-Are-Forever - Diamonds-Are-Forever - Gallery - Diamonds are Forever - Admirals Club

Upcoming Yacht Shows - - Cannes

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March 2013 - Azimut-Benetti Group Official Presentation 2013 - Boat show on Flagler Drive and the Intracoastal runs through Sunday - THE 2013 PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW - palm-beach-international-boat-show - The-Yachts-of-the-2013-Palm-Beach-Boat-Show-2355


February 2013


January 2013 - Diamonds Are Forever - Diamonds Are Forever by Yachting Pleasure - Diamonds Are Forever - Monoco - Cars of Dreams Museum collection auctioned off


December 2012 - Rare Cars for Sale - RM Auctions concludes record 2012 calendar with $11.5 million John Staluppi 'Cars of Dreams' Museum sale - RM Auctions John Staluppi 2012 – Auction Report - RM Auctions John Staluppi 2012 – Auction Results - John Staluppi - John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Go Up for Auction - Watch Live! - Fly High – 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird


November 2012 - John Staluppi's "Cars of Dreams" Collection Joins RM's Record 2012 Calendar - RM-Auctions-John-Staluppi-2012-Auction-Preview - RM-Auctions-Offers-John-Staluppis-Car-of-Dreams-Collection - John Staluppi's 'Cars of Dreams' Collection Joins RM's Record 2012 Calendar - Cars-of-Dreams-Show-Benefits-Shop-with-a-Cop


October 2012

10/30/2012 - - One-of-none 1956 De Soto Adventurer convertible to cross the block

10/29/2012 - -The largest yacht to be reduced this week was the 61m Diamonds are Forever.

10/29/2012 - - Major price drop on superyacht Diamonds are Forever at Worth Avenue and OCI

10/25/2012 - - The 2012 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Opens


September 2012

Cannes International Boat Show - Video

Onboard Diamonds Are Forever - Video

September 11, 2012 - Diamonds Are Forever in Cannes

“Diamonds Are Forever” on Display at 2012 Cannes and Monaco Yacht Shows

Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News Brief for Diamonds are Forever


July 2012

July 26 2012 - - Benetti debuts its longest yacht "Diamonds Are Forever" at the Cannes Boat Show

July 26 2012 - - Benetti Diamonds are Forever will be the longest boat of 2012 Cannes Boat Show

July 26 2012 - - Benetti Yachts to attend Cannes and MYS 2012 with 61m megayacht Diamonds are Forever on display

July 13 2012 - - Diamonds Are Forever | A Luxury Yacht Fit For James Bond

July 12 2012 - holiday, ladies? Tamara and Petra Ecclestone play tourists in their mother's native Croatia


June 2012

YouTube Video: Bugsy Gedlek photography - Diamonds Are Forever - Sky Deck/Sun Deck

YouTube Video: Bugsy Gedlek photography - Diamonds Are Forever - Upper Deck


August 2012

Cars of Dreams sale of collection by RM Auctions - for details go to


July 2012

July 26 2012 - - Benetti debuts its longest yacht "Diamonds Are Forever" at the Cannes Boat Show

July 26 2012 - - Benetti Diamonds are Forever will be the longest boat of 2012 Cannes Boat Show

June 2012

June 29 2012 - - 5 Great Charter Destinations in the Mediterranean

YouTube Video: Bugsy Gedlek photography - Diamonds Are Forever - Sky Deck/Sun Deck

YouTube Video: Bugsy Gedlek photography - Diamonds Are Forever - Upper Deck

May 2012

YouTube Video: Bugsy Gedlek photography - Diamonds Are Forever


(Excerpt from April 2012 - Boat Literally and metaphorically, John Staluppi has spent much of his life with his head in an engine. As a 16 year old mechanic he fell in love with the muscular engines of classic 1950s cars, whose voluptuous forms convey speed, even when standing still. Later his mechanical passion was the basis on which he built an empire of auto dealerships, and of his sideline in super yachts, which he commissions, uses, charters and sells. His success has afforded him the luxury of a private museum, Cars of Dreams in North Palm Beach, Florida, filled with angular sedans and undulating soft tops. But a visitor is still most likely to find him out the back, tinkering with a carburetor.


April 2012 - Show Boats International Magazine - Newsletter

(Excerpt) The largest yachts expected at this years show is the New 200' Benetti Luxury Superyacht "Diamonds Are Forever". Shown by Ocean Independance, this true luxury yacht is a stunning collaboration between John Staluppi, Benetti Yachts, and Evan K. Marshall. This combined talent has resulted in a yacht that meets the most demanding charter requirements; palatial amounts of space, the very best materials and technology, the highest levels of service, and the utmost privacy and security. This fantastic yacht cruises in on Friday morning so come see the queen as she makes her appearance at Palm Harbor Ramp E; Slip E300A

3/26/2012 - - "Highlights Palm Beach Boat Show"    

(Excerpt) Our charter experts had the priceless opportunity of touring Owner John Staluppi's newest Bond-themed megayacht, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. This Benetti 60-meter masterpiece is a dazzling tribute to the superb naval architecture and engineering synonymous with the brand, and the artistic genius of designer Evan Marshall . . .


John & Jeanette Staluppi Buy "Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters" from Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, April 7

(Excerpt from Article) Car purchase caps off amazing week of generosity by John & Jeannette Staluppi

DGF Donates $24,000 Wheelchair to Madison Wilson of Miami

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Longtime foundation supporters John & Jeannette Staluppi purchased the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters (Lot #3006) from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday, April 7 hosted by the South Florida Fairgrounds. The car was donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by Ron Pratte after he purchased them at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Proceeds from the sale of these cars benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
"What an amazing gesture by John Staluppi," said Darrell Gwynn. "They've done so much for us and did so much for us this week I just can't thank them enough. Their generosity propelled our mission so much this week. I just thank them and may God Bless them."

In addition to purchasing the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters, John & Jeannette Staluppi hosted "Wheels of Dreams", a fundraiser at their Cars of Dreams Museum to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday night and donated the 1960 Chevy Impala to the foundation that sold or $70,000 on Friday to Joe Riley at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.

Also, while on stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach several Barrett-Jackson bidders and supporters pledged their generosity by making donations to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation collectively totaling approximately $30,000.

While on stage, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $24,000 "Mini-Mouse" themed power wheelchair to 4 year-old Madison Wilson of Miami. Madison, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with complications was denied the power wheelchair she needed by Medipass. She is a patient at the Ann Storck Center and she was referred to DGF by Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Her new power wheelchair will give her the gifts of mobility and independence and allow her to start school next fall.


WHEELS OF DREAMS - Event to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

View Article "Wheels of Dreams Gala hosted by John & Jeannette Staluppi Raises funds Darrell Gwynn Foundation"


NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $13,500 "Batman Themed" wheelchair to Tyler Wright, a six year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. "Wheels of Dreams" Gala at the Cars of Dreams Museum on April 5. Tyler, a well-liked student at Charles Drew Elementary School, is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and could not propel himself in his old manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied his claim for the proper wheelchair he needs. The new power wheelchair will give him the gift of mobility he needs so he can ride the bus to school on his own and engage more with his classmates as well as be more independent at home. The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's national Wheelchair Donation Program.

Tyler in his new Batman themed wheelchair complete with cape and mask was able to visit with his family a replica of the famous "Batmobile" which is on display at the Cars of Dreams Museum. The event was hosted and underwritten by John & Jeannette Staluppi. Proceeds from the event benefited the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.


"It's the Oscars of the Auto Industry," said Grant Cardone, best-selling author and noted sales expert.

12 Questions with John Staluppi

Becoming Number One:
It's all about people and process.

Staying on top:
Focusing on the growth areas of our business, customer retention and the Internet.

Key Vendors or partners:
Reynolds & Reynolds; AAX (DealerTrack's inventory management system)

Something unique about Atlantic Hyundai:
Our average employee tenure is over 10 years.

Favorite part about being a dealer:
The continuous challenge and excitement.

Favorite vehicle:
1962 Corvette

Make-A-Wish Foundation

One homerun in 2010:
Using the Joe Verde training sessions

Something you would do differently last year:
Well, we just didn't have enough focus on our used car business.

What would you improve in the automotive industry?
Due to the industry reputation, it is very tough to recruit and attract educated young people. It is a great business and people would see that if they gave it the chance.

Next five years:
Look for Hyundai to continue on its path of gaining market share.

A leader finds a way to get the most out of his people. A leader builds a team and surrounds himself with people more talented than himself.

MAXIM's April Rose takes you for a spin around John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Museum.