While most high school kids in the 1980's gathered in arcades and dance clubs in their spare time, Blue Nelson had a different hobby.
"I remember going in and looking in people's garages and barns, pulling out classic cars," recalls the Los Angeles-based film director and producer.
That's perhaps not surprising for a guy whose father, TV and film director Gary Nelson, raced Porsches for fun and whose mother, Judi Meredith, drove around town in a 1973 Ferrari Dino GTS.
Over 30 years later, Nelson remains just as awestruck by vintage cars as he was as a teen. He has become one of the country's most prolific auto dealers and car collectors.
On the latest episode of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage," Nelson treks to San Diego, California, for one of his routine barn examinations. There, inside a secluded wooden garage, he uncovers a beige 1953 Porsche Pre-A coup worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
Untouched for over 50 years, the car is covered in dirt and laden with rat carcasses. Animals had nested under its hood and died there.
For Nelson, these physical remains of time past is part of what makes old cars special. "To see it in this shape is the best thing, because once you wash it, it just slowly turns into every other car," explains Nelson.