The Garage: Classic Car Talk - Tips and Information http://classiccars.lelandwest.com insight, assistance, ravings and rants from a (car) fanatic to other (car) fanatics en-us Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:20:00 -0800 Mon, 9 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss matt@lelandwest.com matt@lelandwest.com matt@lelandwest.com no Is Your Classic Car Damaged? http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/10/is-your-classic-car-damaged <div style='text-align: center;font-size: 11px;max-width: 100%;'><img alt='is your classic car damaged?' src='/blog/old-car-2510590_640.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/old-car-headlights-rusty-vehicle-2510590/'>pixabay</a></div> <p>nothing’s worse than damaging a classic car. not only will you have to track down the parts, but things are likely going to get expensive. if you’re attempting to do a complete car restoration, there are many places to find parts for a collector vehicle if you know where to look. check out 9 of the best places to help you fixed your damaged classic car!</p> <h2>swap meets</h2> <p>swap meets are an excellent place to hunt down parts for your vintage car. sellers pay for floor space so that buyers can browse their wares. some of the bigger swap meets easily house hundreds of tents so don’t be surprised if you’re a bit overwhelmed at first. if you’re relatively new to the world of classic car restoration, a swap meet should be one of the first places that you visit. even if you’re unable to find the part that you need, you’ll be able to chat with hundreds of sellers and possibly thousands of car enthusiasts who should be able to point you in the right direction.</p> <h2>brick and mortar stores</h2> <p>yes, there are still locations in this country where you can drive to a storefront, purchase a part and be on your way. the primary advantage of visiting a brick and mortar store is that you’ll be able to pick the brains of paid experts. even if the part isn’t in stock, the staff should be able to help you track down the part you need. also, it’s common courtesy to purchase from the expert who helped you track down the part that you were searching for. it’s simply not fair to pick the brains of an expert and purchase the part somewhere else on your own.</p> <h2>online forums</h2> <p>you can’t forget about the power of the internet. there is always someone else that has searched for the same part you’re looking for and it’s best to learn from those who have dealt with similar struggles to your own. the beauty of online forums is that they tend to be hyper-specific. the best way to find these forums is to do a google search on the make and model of your vehicle with the word “forum” appended to the end. hopefully, you’ll find a lively thread and obtain the information you need to track down the parts that you‘re seeking.</p> <h2>knock-off manufacturers</h2> <p>let’s say you can’t find the part that you need from an authentic manufacturer. the dilemma that you now face is whether or not you should purchase a knock-off part. what you should consider before going down this route is how authentic do you want your vehicle to be? which part will you be replacing? what is the quality of the knockoff? even if you’re able to find the part that you need from an authentic manufacturer, buying a knock-off part may save you a bit of money. furthermore, are you simply looking for a part for aesthetical purposes, or do you use your vehicle as a daily driver and just need it to run?  keep all of these things in mind when dealing with knock-off manufacturers</p> <h2>classic car magazines</h2> <p>if you’re looking for ideas, picking up a copy of “antique car times” just might be the solution that you need. classic car magazines tend to be chalk full of “how to” advice from experts and there are sure to be ads from businesses that specialize in servicing collector classic cars and classic car parts.</p> <div style='text-align: center;font-size: 11px;max-width: 100%;'><img alt='classic car magazines' src='/blog/car-2564044_640.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/car-vehicle-auto-automotive-shop-2564044/'>pixabay</a></div> <h2>wrecking services and auto body shops</h2> <p>thousands of vehicles are totaled on highways every year. where do you think the husks of these vehicles are sent? the answer is junkyards, but they’re often sent through a wrecking service or auto body shop first. don’t be surprised if the wrecking service hangs on to a few valuable pieces that may come through their shop. there is a broad range of wrecking services out there. it can simply be an individual in a truck who stocks their garage with the best parts or it can be a 100-acre junkyard with fleets of trucks at their command.</p> <h2>clubs and organizations</h2> <p>the truth is that no one cares about your vehicle as much as you dounless you join a club or organization full of car collecting fanatics like yourself. there’s nothing like associating with other individuals who enjoy the same things that you do. connecting with clubs and organizations are great ways to obtain general information on what type of classic car insurance to get and where to find original replacement parts. don’t be surprised if you’re pointed in the right direction after a single visit!    </p> <h2>online dealers</h2> <p>as stated before, the internet will be your greatest resource when it comes to tracking down parts for your classic car. a quick search will turn up hundreds if not thousands of dealers with searchable databases of antique car parts. many databases will allow you to search by make, model and year. it most certainly doesn’t get more specific than that and in most cases, you can have it shipped to you in just a  few days if you’re willing to pay the extra shipping fees.</p> <div style='text-align: center;font-size: 11px;max-width: 100%;'><img alt='online dealers' src='/blog/auto-2710572_640.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/auto-montage-opel-blue-old-2710572/'>pixabay</a></div> <h2>online auctions</h2> <p>you can also save plenty of time by visiting ebay’s online website. ebay has practically anything and everything that you can imagine. since online dealers commonly compete with wrecking yards and private sellers, there’s a good chance you’ll find an excellent deal on parts for your classic car during one of many online auctions. just remember to read the reviews on the seller that you’re purchasing the part from to ensure that person is trustworthy.</p> <p>at the end of the day,it doesn’t matter if you’re a classic auto collector or simply researching parts for a friend.as long as you conduct the proper research with any of these 9 outlets, you’ll be sure to quickly find the parts you need to repair your damaged classic car.</p> Tips and Information Mon, 9 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/10/is-your-classic-car-damaged How to Sell a Classic Car http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/8/how-to-sell-a-classic-car <p><img alt='how to sell a classic car' src='../blog/classic-car-76423_640.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/classic-car-red-automobiles-76423/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>selling a classic car can be considered an art form. it takes planning and effort that involves research and patience. if you’re looking to sell your car at market value, then finding a buyer can may take a lot of time. just remember this - for every car, there is a buyer. you simply have to tailor your sales pitch to draw in the right kind of buyer. with that being said, here are a few tips to help you sell your classic car.</p> <h2>prepare your car for the market</h2> <p><img alt='prepare your car for the market' src='../blog/pexels-photo-401796.jpeg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-auto-automobile-body-401796/'>pexels</a></p> <p>if you’re trying to sell your car at market value, ensure that your vehicle is presented in peak condition. your car should be in good mechanical order, cleaned thoroughly, and placed in a highly visible location. is it required to do these things? of course not, but an excellent presentation goes a long way, and a working vehicle will net you far more on the market than an inoperative scrap heap. make it as easy as possible for the buyer to say yes.</p> <p>the better the overall condition of the vehicle, the more obvious little defects will become. little nicks and scratches may appear to be inconsequential to you, but a serious collector will comb over every inch of the vehicle in search of imperfections. don't give a potential buyer a reason to talk you down on your asking price.</p> <p>after making the car as presentable as humanly possible, it’s time to take some pictures for advertisements. ads can be used to attract auctions and private buyers alike. only take high-quality photos. nothing can kill a potential deal quicker than a grainy photo (no matter how pristine your vehicle is). also, have the documentation for your vehicle gathered in one place. that way if a buyer drives up and makes an offer out of the blue you can quickly complete the transaction.</p> <h2>setting the price</h2> <p><img alt='setting the price' src='../blog/car-show-1489322_640.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/car-show-car-blue-classic-1489322/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>when ascertaining the value of any car, look at what similar models are worth. also, consider these other factors:</p> <ul> <li>the need to sell: how quickly do you need to sell your vehicle?</li> <li>the overall market:is there a market for your car? are there people willing to purchase your vehicle?</li> <li>the popularity of your vehicle:is your car a must have or is it average?</li> <li>current market value:what is the market value as of this moment?</li> <li>condition:what state is the car in?</li> </ul> <p>there are two ways you can approach setting up your pricing. if you’re in a rush and know that your vehicle isn’t exactly the rarest and most collectible find, be prepared to price your car close to the market price though it's likely you’ll have to take less than market value to make a deal happen. if your vehicle is a hot seller, you can expect to make profits 10% to 20% above the market price.</p> <p>pricing your car effectively requires research and common sense. you can check price guides and auction results for similar vehicles. if it comes down to it and you have no clue what your car is worth, hire a professional appraiser. an appraiser will be able to fill in any knowledge gaps you may have.</p> <h2>prepare and execute your marketing plan</h2> <p>there are multiple ways in which you can sell your car. each plan varies, and they carry advantages and disadvantages in equal measure. moreover, there are four crucial steps you need to take into consideration when preparing to market your vehicle:</p> <ul> <li><strong>how do you plan on selling your car?</strong></li> </ul> <p>dealer or broker, online and print advertising, word of mouth, car show or car corral.</p> <ul> <li><strong>how do you plan on marketing your vehicle?</strong></li> </ul> <p>where will you advertise? which auction, broker, dealer, website, or car show will you visit?</p> <ul> <li><strong>preparing the appropriate materials</strong></li> </ul> <p>creating signs, writing ads, and creating online descriptions.</p> <ul> <li><strong>execute</strong></li> </ul> <p>place your ads, submit online listings, and sign auction or dealer consignment forms.</p> <h2>dealer vs. broker </h2> <p>cosigning your car to a dealer or broker is simple. just choose the dealer or broker of your choice and grant them an exclusive or non-exclusive right to sell your vehicle. cost understandably varies, but you can typically negotiate. before working with anyone, you should understand the differences between dealers and brokers. a dealer typically has a licensed establishment with a location or showroom that’s open for public traffic. brokers can be viewed more as free agents. they may or may not have a showroom, but often make connections between buyers and sellers. you can think of them as middlemen.</p> <h2>advertising</h2> <p>typically most people who try to sell their vehicles turn to classified advertising. classified ads come in two categories – online and print. both methods have proven track records for effectiveness. in today’s highly modernized world, however, online advertising is almost always the better route. whatever method you choose, be mindful that it isn’t the job of your ad to sell your vehicle. your ad is only there to pique the interest of your potential lead. it’s <em>your</em> job to convince an interested party to buy your car over the phone or in person. use your ads to draw interest, and you do the rest.</p> <h2>auctions</h2> <p><img alt='auctions' src='../blog/pexels-photo-175568.jpeg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://www.pexels.com/photo/assorted-vintage-cars-in-a-well-lighted-room-175568/'>pexels</a></p> <p>auctions, just like advertising, have been split between live and online events. online auctions are fairly new. the beauty of holding an auction online is that you can reach a much wider audience of potential buyers. on the other hand, live auctions can be a much more daunting undertaking. not only do you have to hunt down a good auction company, but you also have to find the right type of auction to attend. research will be required to find the proper type of auction for your vehicle. some auctions specialize in muscle cars, others in luxury vehicles, etc. for the purposes of this article, you’ll want to find an auction that specializes in classic cars.</p> <h2>word of mouth</h2> <p><img alt='word of mouth' src='../blog/marketing-man-person-communication.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://www.pexels.com/photo/marketing-man-person-communication-362/'>pexels</a></p> <p>word of mouth can be a compelling form of advertising. relatively speaking, the car community is pretty small. small enough that when something hot pops onto the market, they begin to talk to one another about it. with that thought in mind, you should tell your friends and possibly other car enthusiasts (if you know any) that your vehicle is for sale. even if your friends aren't interested in buying the car personally, it's likely that they will tell a friend or two. it’s not entirely uncommon for a car to sell from word of mouth when it reaches the right people.</p> <h2>car shows and car corrals</h2> <p><img alt='car shows and car corrals' src='../blog/corvette-racing-car-roadster-sports-car-67546.jpeg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-corvette-c3-with-omg77-license-plate-on-display-67546/'>pexels</a></p> <p>one way of showing off a car for sale is to take it to a car show or car corral. in most cases car shows don’t allow vehicles for sale onto the show field, so your best option is to rent a space at a car corral and throw up a “for sale” sign. what makes this action particularly effective is that it allows you to position yourself in front of dozens of potential buyers. it stands to reason that most of the attendees are there due to their love of cars (specifically classic cars in this case), so the likelihood of you finding a potential buyer exponentially increases just by your showing up to the event.</p> <h2>closing the sale and getting paid</h2> <p>it doesn’t necessarily take a trained salesperson to close a deal. simply have a conversation with the buyer, and in most cases, the car will sell itself (if you’ve cleaned it up and let the prospect take it for a test drive). the tricky part is agreeing upon a price point that you’re both comfortable with. that may take a bit of savvy on your part to agree upon a price that will make both you and the buyer happy. after the sale has been completed, you'll want to ensure that you receive your money and that the rest of the transaction goes smoothly.</p> <h2>a word of warning</h2> <p>for the most part, car collectors and hobbyists are honest people. they simply wish to indulge in their love of cars at a fair and reasonable price. however, you should always be wary of shady people when you’re negotiating a sale. some sellers have been cheated with bad checks, tricked through fraud, and robbed at gun point for both the car and title. when selling your classic car, always make sure every inch of the process checks out so you won’t be an unsuspecting victim.</p> <h2>final thoughts</h2> <p>once you’ve been paid you can shake hands and conclude your business.  as you watch your car drive away, you can be confident in your successful transaction. you can now take the money and invest in another classic car to repeat the process all over again! only this time, you’ll be far more knowledgeable and experienced.</p> Tips and Information Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/8/how-to-sell-a-classic-car 11 Most Expensive Car Insurance Claims http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/8/11-most-expensive-car-insurance-claims <div class='wrapper'> <div class='image-center'><img alt='11 most expensive car insurance claims' src='http://i.imgur.com/bv7qmtw.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/coins-currency-investment-insurance-1523383/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>there aren’t many things in this world that can give you the same feeling as sitting behind the wheel of a sports car built for maximum speed. the problem with aspiring to own a supercar, or any luxury vehicle for that matter, is that the moment something catastrophic happens to your car – whether that be an automobile accident, storm, or vandalism – things quicklybecome very expensive. try telling your insurance agent that you totaled your 1936 type 57sc bugatti atlantic ferrari and don’t be surprised if you’re met with shock and silence. unfortunately, many people have dealt with catastrophic expenses due to unforeseen circumstances involving their vehicle. here are 11 of the most expensive car insurance claims.</p> <h2>1) totaled ferrari 250 gto</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='totaled ferrari 250 gto' src='http://i.imgur.com/65klinr.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/ferrari-emblem-sportscar-lettering-2209235/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2014/12/05/most-expensive-car-crash-ferrari-250-gto-restored-by-ferrari-classiche/'>'most expensive car crash' ferrari 250 gto restored by ferrari classiche</a></p> <p>during a race in 2012, the owner of a ferrari 250 gto lost control of his car and careened into another vehicle, causing extensive damage in the process. it’s said that the accident wasn’t the fault of the driver of the ferrari, but that doesn’t change the fact that the supercar is valued at over $35,000,000.</p> <h2>2) crime doesn’t pay</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='crime doesn’t pay' src='http://i.imgur.com/ctngckq.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/ferrari-brno-racing-car-automobiles-295559/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='http://www.wreckedexotics.com/special/enzo/'>ferarri enzo crash in malibu</a></p> <p>stefan eriksson is known for his criminal exploits as head of a swedish organized crime group. eriksson leased several vehicles from a london based company and had them shipped illegally to the united states. one of the illegally exported vehicles was a ferrari enzo. eriksson couldn’t help but take the supercar out for a drive on an american highway and ended up wrecking the vehicle at 160 mph. ultimately, the enzo was worth $1.4 million.</p> <h2>3) taking a dip</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='taking a dip' src='../blog/bugatti-1651827_640.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/bugatti-veyron-automobile-auto-1651827/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='https://www.autoevolution.com/news/man-who-deliberately-crashed-a-veyron-into-a-lake-has-been-sentenced-to-one-year-in-prison-102981.html'>deliberately crashing a veyron into a lake</a></p> <p>in 2009, andy lee house demonstrated how smart he was when he bought a bugatti veyron for $1 million, but somehow put a $2.2 million insurance policy on the vehicle. everything was perfectly legal until andy decided to take his veyron for a spin…and a dip. deciding that he wanted to cash in on his insurance policy, andy drove his veyron directly into a lake. it was a well thought out plan, but unfortunately for andy, a camera recorded the entire incident. he was convicted of insurance fraud and is now serving time.</p> <h2>4) lamborghini aventador</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='lamborghini aventador' src='http://i.imgur.com/rqcetkf.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/luxury-sports-car-2087731/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>it should warm a father’s heart to let his son test drive his ultra-expensive sports car.  that’s exactly what one father did when he handed his son the keys to his lamborghini aventador. sadly, the day almost turned tragic when the son was involved in an accident with a wrong-way driver. though the son wasn’t at fault, the repairs ran to the tune of $312,000.</p> <h2>5) ferrari 458 italia</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='ferrari 458 italia' src='http://i.imgur.com/ipxdxes.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/ferrari-f458-sports-car-italy-1624152/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='http://gtspirit.com/2013/02/27/car-crash-afrojack-crashes-ferrari-458-italia-hours-after-delivery/'>car crash: afrojack crashes ferrari after delivery</a></p> <p>you may know of the world famous dj afrojack. he’s one of the most well-known djs of all time, but did you know that just minutes after purchasing his beautiful brand new ferrari 458 italia, he crashed his car causing massive damage? the msrp for the vehicle was $240,000. it’s estimated that the insurance claim was roughly around the same.</p> <h2>6) paganizonda</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='paganizonda' src='http://i.imgur.com/ubaatbw.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/racing-car-sports-automobiles-260924/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>the paganizonda supercar is a very rare vehicle and thus, it’s always a sad day when one of these rare beauties is involved in an accident. the paganizonda in question met a terrible fate when its driver crashed into a wall, completely totaling the vehicle. both the driver and the car survived the incident – the driver being sent to the hospital, the supercar being shipped to italy for repairs. ultimately, the insurance claim was a total of $456,000.</p> <h2>7) mclaren f1</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='mclaren f1' src='http://i.imgur.com/qcnbghh.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/mclaren-sports-car-vehicle-logo-598252/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='http://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/09/rowan-atkinson-crashes-mclaren-f1-supercar-twice-sells-for-122-million.html'>mr. bean and his mclaren</a></p> <p>rowan atkinson, or mr. bean as he’s more commonly known, is an avid collector of rare and exotic automobiles. it wasn’t uncommon to see atkinson take his prized mclaren f1 onto the track and do a couple of laps. things took a turn towards the expensive side when atkinson crashed his vehicle and was sent to the hospital as a result. though mr. bean eventually recovered from his injuries, we can assume that the insurance payout was heftysince he sold the vehicle for $12 million after the accident.</p> <h2>8) vehicular monaco rampage</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='vehicular monaco rampage' src='http://i.imgur.com/ilcpp5m.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/skid-mark-asphalt-road-567668/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>a perfectly normal day in sunny monaco quickly turned sour for many motorists when the driver of a bentley azure went on a rampage that would prove quite costly indeed. her first victim was a mercedes s-class. she only bumped into the mercedes which wouldn’t have been so bad if that had been her only offense of the day.  next, she damaged an aston martin rapide. other victims to be added to her list before the day's end were a porsche 911 and a ferrari 430. whether she intentionally caused the accidents or not was never revealed, but the damage she caused was estimated to be around $1,000,000.</p> <h2>9) japanese ferrari massacre</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='japanese ferrari massacre' src='http://i.imgur.com/5czsncq.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/ferrari-car-performance-red-auto-2151235/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070046/8-ferraris-3-mercedes-lamborghini-skyline-2-5m-japan-motorway-crash.html'>8 ferraris, 3 mercedes, a lamborghini, a skyline and a toyota prius</a></p> <p>in japan, there is an annual gathering of ferrari owners who congregate and enjoy the sights and sounds of the many supercars in attendance. what happened at one of these gatherings would make any ferrari enthusiast cringe. while traveling to the fateful gathering one year, eight separate ferraris, as well as a mixture of other exotic vehicles, were involved in a huge accident that totaled many of the vehicles involved. from the massive amounts of wreckage and damage found at the crash site, one could only assume they were traveling at extremely high rates of speed. the total amount of damage wrought was in the $2 million range. thankfully, all participants survived the accident.</p> <h2>10) mercedes-benz sl300 gullwing</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='mercedes-benz sl300 gullwing' src='http://i.imgur.com/vzgp6xf.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/mercedes-logo-car-star-hubcap-564949/'>pixabay</a></p> <p>the sl300 gullwing looks like it was driven right off a james bond movie set with its classic lines and unique aerodynamic shape. in other words, it’s a beautiful car that would make any exotic car collector happy to add it to their collection. sadly, the owner of an sl300 gullwing was cut off by another driver and crashed as a result. there aren’t many details about the accident itself, but the end results were costly: between $1 million to $4 million in damages.</p> <strong>11) paganizonda s</strong> <div class='image-center'><img alt='paganizonda s' src='../blog/bmw-1045049_640.jpg' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href='https://pixabay.com/en/bmw-fast-speed-drift-car-tire-1045049/'>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href='http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/20/bodyguard-crashes-his-boss-uninsured-1million-sports-car-5352012/'>bodyguard crashes his boss' sports car</a></p> <p>it seems that the few pagani’s out there are being driven by reckless daredevils with an affinity for driving way too fast. this is especially the case for andy danso, the bodyguard of a well-known chinese businessman. danso was allowed to test drive a paganizonda s, an expensive car by anyone’s standards. as danso drove the vehicle, he pushed the car to such great speeds that he lost control and crashed into a fence somewhere in north london. the paganizonda s that mr. danso crashed was estimated to cost about $1 million.</p> <p>if there’s any lesson to be learned from the unfortunate souls on this list, it's to find good car insurance that will cover any damages that you might incur while driving. you never know what may happen while out on the road.</p> </div> Tips and Information Tue, 8 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/8/11-most-expensive-car-insurance-claims 9 Most Underrated Classic Cars from the 1960's http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/8/9-most-underrated-classic-cars-from-the-1960s <p>the 1960’s were a turbulent time, as the united states and the cars of this generation underwent dramatic changes. the 60’s gave us great cars like the mini cooper, the aston martin db5, and the ferrari 250 gto. however, there are many unsung heroes from this period that are completely underrated. here are of the most underrated classic cars from the 1960’s.</p> <h2>1) sunbeam tiger</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='sunbeam tiger' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/sunbeam_tiger_-_flickr_-_mick_-_lumix.jpg' style='width:800px' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/sunbeam_tiger_-_flickr_-_mick_-_lumix.jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>the sunbeam tiger might’ve had a different fate if carroll shelby been able to reserve the rights for this roadster. the sunbeam had a powerful engine with the 260ci in the tiger mark i and 289ci in the tiger mark ii. it was jensen motors who ultimately acquired the contract to manufacture the sunbeam tiger. this vehicle was all about performance. it was manufactured between 1964 and 1967. 7,083 units were manufactured with 6,460 being the mark i models. today, most surviving sunbeam tigers have been modified in one way or another, so good luck in finding an original model at a reasonable price. ultimately, the sunbeam wasn’t quite as appreciated as other cars during that time and that’s why it has been largely forgotten.</p> <h2>2) porsche 914/6</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='porsche 914/6' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/1972_porsche_914-6_gt_%282721669966%29.jpg/800px-1972_porsche_914-6_gt_%282721669966%29.jpg' style='width:800px' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:1972_porsche_914-6_gt_(2721669966).jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>it’s not surprising that out of all of the dozens of porsches out there, there was at least one that’s considered to be largely underrated. this is sadly where the porsche 914/6 falls. with all of the caymans, 911s, 918s, boxters, panameras, and cayennes to compete with, the 914 wasn’t quite remarkable enough to be as memorable as its cousins. the 914 housed an engine that gave it about 100 horsepower (which may be the reason why it’s seriously underrated). compared to the bar that porsche has set today, 100 hp is nothing. the porsche enjoyed its run from the late sixties to the mid-seventies before slowly fading away as time progressed.</p> <h2>3) ferrari dino 308 gt4</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='ferrari dino 308 gt4' src='../blog/1975_ferrari_dino_308_gt4.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:1975_ferrari_dino_308_gt4.jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>ferrari’s are known for their astronomical price tags. there was a point in the late sixties through the mid to late seventies that ferrari realized that if they wanted to reach a larger demographic of people they needed to make a more affordable car. enter the ferrari dino gt4. during the dino’s run, three models were released to the public, the last of which was the 308. the ferrari dino 308 gt4 was a 2+2 seater and the first of its kind to generate 250 horsepower with a v8 engine. for one reason or another, this vehicle has become largely forgotten. it’s believed that it was the release of the ferrari 308 gtb/gts with its two seats and new and more modern look that overshadowed the dino.</p> <h2>4) pontiac 2+2</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='pontiac 2+2' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/1986_pontiac_gp_2%2b2.jpg/800px-1986_pontiac_gp_2%2b2.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:1986_pontiac_gp_2%2b2.jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>the pontiac 2+2 was initially a trim package for the catalina in 1964. this european-inspired classic was available both in convertible and two door hardtop coupe forms. unlike the catalina, the 2+2 offered bucket seats, unique exterior panels, and a different center console. the trim option came with the option of either a 389ci v8 engine or a 421ci v8. the independent 2+2 on the other hand only offered 421ci or 428ci rochester v8 engines that were capable of pumping out 376 horsepower. still, the pontiac 2+2 was considered to be one of the finest classic cars during its very short run.</p> <h2>5) ford falcon sprint</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='ford falcon sprint' src='../blog/1963_ford_falcon_sprint_hardtop_(15347886612).jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:1963_ford_falcon_sprint_hardtop_(15347886612).jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>it could be said that fate has been cruel to the ford falcon sprint. not to be outdone by ford, mustang began rewriting the sales record books with the release of a new muscle car. from that point, the falcon began to fade away into the mist slowly. nevertheless, the falcon didn’t go down without a fight. not only did the falcon sprint offer heavy duty springs and a powerful v8 engine, but it was also quite affordable. sadly, these features weren’t enough to cause a significant buying frenzy. in fact, so few people bought the ford falcon spring that by 1970 (the falcon was first launched in 1964), it had completely disappeared from american markets. no longer welcome in the united states, the ford falcon sprint went on to become an exclusively australian car. the ford falcon sprint won’t be completely forgotten, though. if you’re a fan of the mad max franchise, you might just spot the falcon sprint on the big screen.</p> <h2>6) ford mustang mach 1 428 cobra jet</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='ford mustang mach 1 428 cobra jet' src='../blog/1969_ford_mustang_mach_1_428_cobra_jet_(14969419243).jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:1969_ford_mustang_mach_1_428_cobra_jet_(14969419243).jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>ford has once again made it onto this list with the mach 1428 cobra jet which ran from 1969 to 1970. in this case, the ford brand is what brought this vehicle down. going up against the likes of shelby, ford simply couldn’t compete despite the fact that it has the same performance, engine, and aesthetical style as the shelby gt 500. simply put, collectors were typically more enamored with the shelby brand and tended to gravitate in that direction as a result. today, the mach 1 is worth up to $100,000. that’s a pretty penny, but the shelby gt 500 is twice as expensive and still garners twice as much attention.</p> <h2>7) pontiac gto</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='pontiac gto' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f7/pontiac_gto_1970_-_falk%c3%b6ping_cruising_2010_-_6964.jpg/800px-pontiac_gto_1970_-_falk%c3%b6ping_cruising_2010_-_6964.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:pontiac_gto_1970_-_falk%c3%b6ping_cruising_2010_-_6964.jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>the demise of pontiac hasn’t decreased the value of the classics that it produced in the past. this powerful gt, as well as others like it, are known as the defining force behind the muscle-car era. the gto could pump out an astounding 360 horsepower with its massive big-block engine. if you wanted a big powerful vehicle from 1964 to 1970, you didn’t need to look any further than the gto. also, this vehicle sported a floor-mounted four-speed manual transmission. the pontiac gto has never truly received recognition like the other muscle cars from the same era.</p> <h2>8) triumph tr6</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='triumph tr6' src='../blog/800px-triumph_tr6_-_flickr_-_exfordy.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:triumph_tr6_-_flickr_-_exfordy.jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>the triumph tr is an amazing little british sports car that reigned from 1969 to 1973. the sports car had a personality all its own. it was spirited, powerful and downright stylish. the tr6 is powered by a 150 horsepower 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine that had major torque. the triumph tr6 considered a great collector’s car because it not only looks fantastic, but it's easy to maintain. also, it doesn’t hurt that parts are readily available. it won’t cost you too much to maintain this beauty. despite this, the triumph tr6 isn’t quite as popular as it rightfully should be.</p> <h2>9) cadillac eldorado</h2> <div class='image-center'><img alt='cadillac eldorado' src='../blog/800px-1976_cadillac_eldorado_convertible_3_--_10-23-2009.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:1976_cadillac_eldorado_convertible_3_--_10-23-2009.jpg' target='_blank'>wikimedia</a></div> <p>looking back at the cadillac eldorado from the present, there isn’t much to be impressed about, but during the late ‘60s, this vehicle turned heads every time it drove down a street. at the time it was considered to be one of the most advanced vehicles in the world and shared the spotlight with the unique looking oldsmobile toronado. the eldorado was the second front wheel drive that general motors ever built (second only to the toronado). with its sharp lines and de regueur headlights (on top of an amazing drivetrain), the cadillac eldorado was considered to be the first “personal luxury coupe”. a few years later, two door rear wheel drive competitors such as the chrysler cordoba, chevrolet monte carlo, and the lincoln mark three inundated american highways. despite having been forgotten by many, the cadillac eldorado paved the way for the more popular brands to reign supreme.</p> <p>there you have it, nine of the most underrated classic vehicles from the 1960s. of course, there are much more classics from the ‘60s that could be added to this list, but these were the most prominent that seemed to stand out during that decade. remember, not every great car gets its due, and there will always be a competitor waiting on the sidelines to overtake a champion of the roads.</p> Tips and Information Tue, 1 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/8/9-most-underrated-classic-cars-from-the-1960s Five Easy Ways to Protect Your Classic http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/7/five-easy-ways-to-protect-your-classic-car <style> .center_text { text-align: center !important; font-size: 11px; } .image-left { float: left; margin-right: 10px; font-size: 11px; } .image-right { float: right; margin-left: 10px; font-size: 11px; } </style> <div class='wrapper'> <div class='center_text'><img alt='protect classic cars, classic car insurance' src='http://i.imgur.com/vxgiahl.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/car-retro-vintage-cars-classic-172905/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <h1>five easy ways to protect your classic car</h1> <p>after investing plenty of time and money into preserving your classic car, following these simple tips will help you protect your vintage automobile.</p> <h2>drive the car regularly& cautiously</h2> <p>do not treat your vintage car like an untouched museum exhibit. leaving it unused can cause significant long-term damage from within. the gasoline stored in the tank will become stale over time, turning into varnish as its battery corrodes. tires will also flatten and seals will leak as they dry out.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='road-road-marking-street-miles' src='http://i.imgur.com/0yvvhqs.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/road-road-marking-street-miles-166543/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <p>drive the car safely on the road to further protect it. remember that you cannot start up, operate or handle collector cars like brand new models. you must drive it gently until the normal operating temperature is reached, which is typically the mid-point of the temperature gauge, to preserve its life and overall condition.</p> <p>maintain and pump your brakes when driving to keep these parts running smoothly on the road, further prolonging the life of your vehicle.</p> <h2>pay close attention to maintenance</h2> <div class='image-right'><img alt='car engine' src='http://i.imgur.com/iapygpl.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/car-engine-motor-engine-vehicle-1738371/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <p>there is a higher sense of urgency needed for maintaining classic cars than newer models. newer models allow you to push the envelope, extending the frequency of oil changes and other routine procedures. collector cars, on the other hand, need more tender loving care.</p> <p>check, fill and change all fluids – including the oil – whenever necessary to keep the vehicle in peak condition. inspect the condition of your electrical and suspension systems periodically to address and resolve any applicable issues. if you are not skilled at handling these tasks on your own, trust in the knowledge and expertise of a mechanic who is familiar with the proper maintenance and upkeep requirements of classic vehicles.</p> <h2>replace tires based on life, not mileage</h2> <p>most likely, you will not reach the average 15,000 road miles in your vintage car each year, but the tires will still suffer wear and tear. dry rot, tread wear, and uv exposure play vital roles in the overall health and life expectancy of your tires. in most cases, a tire is designed to last a maximum of six or seven years. regardless of appearance or mileage, replace the tires to ensure your safety and preserve the vehicle.</p> <div class='center_text'><img alt='automotive' src='http://i.imgur.com/tefnwo8.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/automotive-car-road-tire-vehicle-1845881/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <p>check under the hood and carriage of the vehicle periodically to inspect all the other parts and systems. look for any signs of damage, wear and tear or corrosion and address any detected problems accordingly before the issue worsens.</p> <h2>detail your classic car & keep it covered</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='car wash' src='http://i.imgur.com/gpkkllo.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/car-wash-car-wash-clean-water-1137351/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <p>dirt and grime can ruin any vehicle over time, but it can cause significant damage to antique cars much sooner. when detailing your car, focus on cleaning the interior and exterior regularly. rinse and dry the vehicle thoroughly after washing it to get rid of any residual traces of soap or cleaning chemicals.</p> <p>if you do not have time to wash and detail the vintage car yourself, consider investing in a professional detailer. you will spend much less on maintaining the cleanliness and condition of your car than repairing long-term cosmetic damage caused by having a dirty vehicle.</p> <p>keep your classic car stored away safely in between uses to protect it from forces of nature and the outdoor elements. keep in mind that the wind can blow damaging objects into your vehicle. long-term exposure to water through rain, hail or melted snow can lead to rust destroying your car inside and out. if it is not stored in a garage, keep it concealed with a high-quality cover.</p> <h2>keep rodents away from the vehicle</h2> <div class='image-right'><img alt='roof rat' src='http://i.imgur.com/jvxt4xx.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/roof-rat-rat-rodent-animal-961499/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <p>storing your car away for the season (or longer) leaves it exposed to the elements within its environment – including rodents and other pest intruders. avoid using poisonous chemicals on or around the antique car to reduce the risk of causing cosmetic damage. dryer sheets are effective alternatives; the scent of fabric softener repels most mice and rats. spread several sheets throughout the car’s interior to distribute the mild odor. replace the dryer sheets periodically for lasting results.</p> <p>if you have already detected signs of a rodent presence, consider using snap traps to eliminate them. victor snap traps with square yellow tongues are more sensitive than traditional snap traps, making them more effective. if you use food as bait, such as peanut butter, use small amounts to prevent your old car from absorbing the smell. you can also use steel wool, mothballs or sulphur to get the job done.</p> <h2>the bottom line: pay now or lose it later</h2> <div class='center_text'><img alt='auto old timer cobra car transport classic' src='http://i.imgur.com/gucdq1b.jpg' /><br /> image source: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/auto-oldtimer-cobra-car-transport-1327801/' target='_blank'>pixabay</a></div> <p>whether you recently purchased your classic car or have owned it since it was brand new, its protection and preservation play vital roles in its future. do not make the mistake of underestimating the significance and urgency of the steps outlined above. neglecting to properly care for, maintain and drive your vintage car now will cause you to lose it much sooner than you realize.</p> </div> Tips and Information Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/7/five-easy-ways-to-protect-your-classic-car 10 Rules for Buying a Classic Car http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/2/10_rules_for_buying_a_classic_car <p><img alt='10 rules for buying a classic car' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/c_car.jpg' style='float:left; margin:10px; width:60%' title='10 rules for buying a classic car' />once you make the decision to buy a classic car, it's important to know ten important rules before finalizing the purchase. by following these rules, you'll ensure that you've covered all your bases, right down to the <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/'>classic car insurance</a> and the upkeep of the vehicle.</p> <p>but before you get started, you should consider your reasons for buying a classic car in the first place: is it because you're planning to make a hobby out of car collecting? or are you looking to make an investment?</p> <p>during the classic car buying process, it's important to remember that while car collecting <em>can</em> be an investment, it's better if enjoyed as a hobby, too.</p> <p>now, read on to learn more about the ten important rules buyers should follow when making the decision to purchase a classic car.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>1. seek the counsel of a professional inspector</span></strong></p> <p>thanks to the internet and special interest auto forums, many buyers are eschewing help from professionals. that can lead to expensive mistakes. it is highly recommended that classic car buyers seek the counsel of a professional inspector before purchasing a classic vehicle.</p> <p>while you may feel confident with your research skills and purchasing decisions, it never hurts to have an inspector look at the automobile firsthand to see if there's something you may have missed. a trusted inspector can help you to estimate the costs of renovating the vehicle, and they can evaluate the condition of the vehicle.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>2. consider the costs of insuring the vehicle</span></strong></p> <p>generally, collector car insurance is affordable car insurance with low annual premiums. however, there are three different bases that an insurance company can use to value classic car:</p> <ul> <li>actual cash value – the vehicle's worth in cash, per an insurance adjuster</li> <li>agreed value - the car's worth, as mutually agreed, between the insured and the insurer</li> <li><a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/stated-value-vs-agreed-value-classic-car-insurance.cfm'>stated value</a> – a policy that allows you to pay less than the car is worth, in exchange for lower premiums</li> </ul> <p>to ensure that you get a fair value for your car, in the event of a loss, insist on an agreed value policy. get a quote for your antique car insurance here.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>3. avoid rusty vehicles</span></strong></p> <p><img alt='10 rules for buying a classic car' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/c_car2.jpg' style='float:right; height:334px; margin:10px; width:251px' title='10 rules for buying a classic car' /></p> <p>as a rule, stay away from vehicles with major rust on the frame. a little body rust is one thing to consider, but major body or frame corrosion on classic vehicles will make it difficult to have the automobile restored. the most common areas affected by rust will usually be the underside. look inside the fenders, under doors and rocker panels. when rust becomes visible on these areas, it is best to be extra cautious, as one risks falling into a money pit.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>4. consider upkeep costs</span></strong></p> <p>a classic car isn't just a used car--it's also an old car. even though your <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/restoring-your-classic-car.cfm'>restored classic car</a> vehicle may look and shine like new, it's important to remember that upkeep costs will rise over time.</p> <p>before finalizing the purchase of your classic car, factor in the costs of future repairs and maintenance. classic cars are rarer vehicles, and spare parts may be pricier and difficult to find. mechanics with the skill set to work on classic cars may command a premium.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>5. always check the mileage</span></strong></p> <p>when it comes to investment grade cars, low mileage is a plus. a low mileage classic is a rare find. to make sure you are not the victim of a mileage scam and the odometer wasn't altered in some way, look for significant wear and damage and other telltale signs. the gearshift knob and headliner are areas that will sometimes indicate that a car has been used more than the declared mileage.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>6. decide whether you'll drive the vehicle or not</span></strong></p> <p>deciding whether you'll drive the classic car or not comes down to your overall reasons for purchasing a collector in the first place. do you plan to drive the vehicle regularly, or would you prefer to keep it stored away in the garage? it's important to remember why you're collecting a car in the first place--and make sure that you get the most enjoyment out of the purchase.</p> <p>whether you get the most enjoyment out of driving it daily, occasionally, or if you prefer to admire it at home--the choice is yours.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>7. check the vehicle's history</span></strong></p> <p>whether you hope to make money on your collector car or not, it's wise to run some numbers and do your homework before purchasing a classic car. as part of your research, take the time to check the rear axle, transmission, and engine numbers to see if they all match the car's vehicle identification number (vin). numbers matching cars are preferred among serious collectors.</p> <p>generally, engines are stamped with the last six digits of the vehicle identification number. the rear axle and transmission should both be stamped with a specific date code, which should correspond to the vehicle identification number's date.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>8. look for a specialized mechanic</span></strong></p> <p>not all mechanics know classic cars, and unless you plan to do all the mechanical work on your own--it's wise to search for a collector car-savvy mechanic <strong>before</strong> making the decision to purchase an old vehicle. seek counsel in special interest forums and social media--and speak to other car collectors in the area to get recommendations from them.</p> <p>if you take the time to find a mechanic in your area, before the need arises, you'll save yourself a major headache and a perhaps a rather large repair bill down the road.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>9. consider a muscle car</span></strong></p> <p>muscle cars are hot collectibles right now. if you enjoy corvettes, camaros, mustangs, or chevelles, now is the ideal time to collect them. according to <a href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2016/02/21/muscle-cars-lead-resurgence-classic-car-prices/80640914/'>usa today</a>, muscle cars from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s are showing the most amount of growth--especially limited edition vehicles.</p> <p><strong><span style='font-size:12pt'>10. make car collecting fun</span></strong></p> <p>since classic cars are often more of a hobby than an investment, it's important to rely on your passion for cars as you search for the right vehicle to purchase. if you're not collecting just for the money, you'll find happiness throughout the process. attending car shows and making new friends are enjoyable byproducts of antique & vintage car collecting.</p> <p>the bottom line? don't purchase a vehicle you're not crazy about. if you're not anxious to take the car for a spin, then it's probably not the vehicle for you. if you're hesitant to show it off at your favorite car shows or car collector events, then it's probably not the best decision. car collecting is the most fun when buying vehicles that one is passionate about, rather than buying acar just because it seems like a good investment.</p> <p>by following these ten rules for buying a classic car--you'll be in a good position for making the best possible buying decision.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/users/bernswaelz-1728198/'>bernswaelz</a> / <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/fair-exhibition-porsche-oldtimer-1182112/'>pixabay</a><br /> in post image: <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/users/memorycatcher-168384/'>memorycatcher</a> / <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/vehicle-smashed-weathered-rusty-488893/'>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2017/2/10_rules_for_buying_a_classic_car Corvair Tips and Information http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2016/4/Corvair-Tips-and-Information <p>the chevrolet corvair was one of the company’s best-known compact cars between 1960 and 1969. while its legacy was tarnished by a number of issues surrounding its handling, the corvair became quite popular, and today, many collectors and classic car aficionados still love the chevy corvair. the history behind this car unveils why it is so popular and why its lifespan was cut short.</p> <p><strong>history of the corvair</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt='corvair-classic-car-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/corvair_classic_car_insurance.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='corvair-classic-car-insurance' />when the major u.s. automakers were introducing scaled down versions of some of their conventional cars in 1959 and 1960, edward “ed” cole had a different plan. originally, the chevrolet motor division’s chief engineer, cole rose through the ranks to become chevy’s general manger and one of general motors’ vice presidents. under his leadership, he designed and pushed for the corvair to be one of chevy’s flagship models in the battle for dominance in the compact car market that had begun following the introduction of the nash rambler and other small cars imported from europe.</p> <p>unlike many of the other small cars hitting the market, the corvair was built from the ground up and featured many innovative ideas. with its different frame, rear-mounted engine, and tires with a low-profile design, the corvair was elegant and very different. it was so visually striking and new that <em>motor trend</em> named it the car of the year for 1960.</p> <p>with so much excitement surrounding the corvair, it is no surprise that it sold more than 200,000 units during its first year and each of the following five years. the first model of the corvair was sold from 1960 to 1964 before the second was introduced. with a few key differences, the second corvair was just as popular at first. however, with more competition coming from ford’s mustang, and with chevy’s camaro gaining more popularity, the corvair’s third generation was put on hold, and production ended in 1969.</p> <p><img alt='corvair-classic-auto-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/corvair_classic_auto_insurance.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='corvair-classic-auto-insurance' />the numerous handling and safety issues that had plagued the corvair for its entire life didn’t help any. the first version of the corvair had issues with oversteering due to its rear axle design, leading to a number of changes in the car’s suspension to correct the issue. following the introduction of the second generation, this became a non-issue to the complete resident of the car’s rear suspension.</p> <p>the damage was already done, however. ralph nader, who at the time had published consumer safety articles in the <em>harvard law record</em> and would later go on to become a known independent presidential candidate, published his book <em>unsafe at any speed</em> in 1965. the first chapter of his book focused on the corvair, calling it “the one-car accident.” at the time, general motors had over 100 lawsuits pending in relation to accidents involving the corvair, and car insurance companies were understandably nervous about the vehicle. the sales of the car stood at 220,000 in 1965 but dropped by 110,000 in 1966. by 1969, chevy produced only 6,000 corvairs before ending the line.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href='https://www.corvair.org/index.php/about-corsa/item/6-corvair-history'>the history of the corvair</a> – a look at the <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/classic-car-history.cfm'>classic cars history</a> from corvair.org.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href='http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/09/how-the-corvairs-rise-and-fall-changed-america-forever/'>the corvair’s rise and fall</a> – how this car changed the automotive industry.</p> <p><a href='http://wikicars.org/en/chevrolet_corvair'>the chevrolet corvair</a> – the model’s entry at wikicars.</p> <p><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/chevrolet_corvair'>the corvair at wikipedia</a> – contains a good amount of information on the development of the corvair.</p> <p><a href='http://ateupwithmotor.com/model-histories/chevrolet-corvair-history/'>the life and death of the corvair</a> – a look at this controversial car.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>features of the corvair</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>as one of the most innovative vehicles of the time, the corvair had a number of unique features that were not available on any other car and granted gm/chevy a number of patents.</p> <p>the first generation of the corvair was especially unique:</p> <ul> <li>fisher body built their first unibody frame for the 1960 corvair.</li> <li>the engine was mounted in the rear instead of the front, like most vehicles. it powered the rear wheels via a compact transaxle.</li> <li>the rear suspension was a swing axle, which led to a number of steering issues. this axle did make the ride more comfortable, however.</li> <li>there was no chrome grille or tailfins.</li> <li>the 80 hpengine, an air-cooled horizontal six-cylinder, was made almost completely from aluminum.</li> </ul> <p>during the second generation, the swing axle rear suspension was completely replaced by an independent suspension. each wheel had its own coil springs. the second generation also boosted more powerful engine options, better brakes, and a better heating system.</p> <p><a href='http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-07-12/news/0907090687_1_chevrolet-corvair-motor-trend-heater'>25 things you didn’t know about the corvair</a> – some fun trivia from the chicago tribune.</p> <p><a href='http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1966-chevrolet-corvair-monza.htm'>the 1966 chevy corvair monza</a> – a look at one of the rarer versions of the corvair.</p> <p><a href='http://www.motortrend.com/news/c12-0601-1965-chevrolet-corvair/'>the 1965 corvair</a> – the features of the second generation.</p> <p><a href='http://www.curbsideclassic.com/automotive-histories/automotive-history-how-the-1960-corvair-started-a-global-design-revolution/'>how the corvair started a design revolution</a> – its features impacted more than just chevy.</p> <p><a href='http://gmauthority.com/blog/2014/08/1966-chevrolet-corvair-corsa-one-upping-ralph-nader/'>one-upping ralph nader</a> – how the corvair overcame its safety issues.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>different models of the corvair and its evolution over the years</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt='corvair-auto-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/classic_car_corvair.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='classic-car-corvair' />the first generation of the corvair was released in 1960 and built through 1964. during this time, chevy produced a variety of different corvairs: 2-door coupes and convertibles, 4-door sedans and station wagons, 6-door and 8-door vans, and even a 2-door truck. the first corvairs were considered to be thrift cars with very few amenities. they were priced under $2,000. however, it later became clear that rather than being a winner in the economy market, consumers saw the corvair as a specialty vehicle. the design was modified slightly in 1962 to better fit that niche.</p> <p>in 1964, chevy did something of an overhaul on the line and introduced the second generation of the corvair in 1965. they removed a number of options, releasing only four body styles: the 2-door hardtop and convertible, the 4-door hardtop (up until 1967) and the 6-door van (only sold in 1965). chevy had initially planned on ending production of the corvair in 1966 but continued producing limited numbers until 1969.</p> <p>with the more powerful engine introduced in the 1964 model plus a number of other features and changes, the new design did win support from critics, at first, but the publication of nader’s book plus the numerous safety lawsuits spelled doom for the corvair. despite addressing the safety concerns, the popularity of the model waned, and the third generation was canceled.</p> <p><a href='http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/04/in-defense-of-the-chevrolet-corvair/'>in defense of the corvair</a> – why the corvair didn’t deserve its bad reputation.</p> <p><a href='http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658498_1657833,00.html'>the 50 worst cars of all time: the corvair</a> – time magazine lists the car as one of the worst.</p> <p><a href='http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/corvair.html'>the corvair</a> – a look at the model and its evolution.</p> <p><a href='http://www.hotrod.com/features/1509-1960-chevrolet-corvair-the-most-technologically-advanced-american-car/'>the advanced technology of the corvair</a> – how this car was one of the most advanced.</p> <p><a href='http://classiccarsjunkie.blogspot.com/2013/09/chevrolet-corvair-1960s.html'>evolution of the corvair</a> – information about the different models of the corvair.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>popularity of the corvair</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt='corvair-collector-car-insurance' class='__mce_add_custom__' src='/blog/images/corvair_collector car_insurance.jpg' style='float:left; height:150px; margin:10px; width:200px' title='corvair-collector-car-insurance' />the first generation of the corvair influenced the design of vehicles around the world, and traces of it can be seen in the designs of cars such as the bwm 1602 and the fiat 1300. but it is the fact that this car was so revolutionary that many still seek it out. innovation is inherently a part of the american dream, as is risk-taking. the corvair is certainly both innovative and risky, and while it is true that the first generation had safety problems, those problems were also addressed and removed.</p> <p>while some classic cars didn’t seem to be appreciated until they were gone, the corvair was famous during its run. there were a number of corvair clubs created while it was in production, and the corvair society of america was formed shortly after the vehicle went out of production. today, many still want to get their hands on a corvair because of its uniqueness.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href='http://corvairmuseum.com/'>the corvair museum</a> – the official museum for the corvair.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href='http://ypsiautoheritage.org/'>the ypsilanti automotive heritage museum</a> – the corvair museum is located here.</p> <p><a href='https://www.corvair.org/index.php/component/k2/item/4?itemid=217'>the corvair preservation foundation</a> – a foundation dedicated to preserving as many corvairs as possible.</p> <p><a href='http://petrolicious.com/why-the-chevrolet-corvair-corsa-is-collectable'>the collectability of the corvair</a> – a look at why this vintage car is so popular.</p> <p><a href='http://www.automobilemag.com/news/collectible-classic-1960-1969-chevrolet-corvair/'>collectible classics: the corvair</a> – automobile magazine points out some more reasons why the corvair is so popular.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tips and Information Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:37:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2016/4/Corvair-Tips-and-Information Chevrolet Camaro Tips and Information http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2015/5/Chevy-Camaro-Tips-and-Information <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3a'68_chevrolet_camaro_rs_(rebel_ridez_'13).jpg' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt=''68 chevrolet camaro rs (rebel ridez '13)' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/be/%2768_chevrolet_camaro_rs_%28rebel_ridez_%2713%29.jpg/512px-%2768_chevrolet_camaro_rs_%28rebel_ridez_%2713%29.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>one of the most popular chevrolet cars is the chevy camaro. this muscle car first hit the market on september 29, 1966. chevy launched the camaro to directly compete with the ford mustang. development began in 1965 and was presented to the public in june of 1966. the name continued the tradition of naming all chevy's with a name that started with c. according to rumors, the name was found in a french/english dictionary, where "camaro" translates to "friend." however, it's not a french word, and the story is most likely not true.</p> <p>the first camaro heavily borrowed from the chevy ii nova. both the camaro and the 1968 nova used the same subframe design, but the camaro came in three different main models: the rs, the ss, and the z/28. the base sport coupe costs just under $2,500. however, buyers could upgrade the engine, the transmission, and more. the z/28 model was the race-oriented camaro and had even more horsepower. chevy designed it to serve as their entry in the scca trans-am race series. in addition to the coupe design, the first generation of camaros also included a convertible.</p> <p> </p> <p>almost 100,000 camaros were produced in 1967, a shocking number. since then, chevy has produced six distinct generations of this muscle car, although only the first three are currently considered classic cars. each generation has updated the basic design and added more power to the car.</p> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/camaro/history.html'>cheverolet camaro history</a> the history of the car from edmunds</li> <li><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/chevrolet_camaro'>wikipedia for the camaro</a> includes a detailed look at each generation</li> <li><a href='http://www4.desales.edu/~bms2/home.htm'>models of the camaro</a> includes a list of total numbers of cars produced</li> <li><a href='http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/chevrolet-camaro-brief-history-horsepower'>the camaro: a history of horsepower</a> this article looks at the horsepower of the camaro throughout the years</li> <li><a href='http://www.camaros.org/index.shtml'>the camaro research group</a> a group that focuses on first-generation camaros</li> <li><a href='http://www.oldride.com/library/1967_chevrolet_camaro.html'>the first camaro</a> a look at the car that started it all</li> <li><a href='http://www.superchevy.com/camaro-performers-magazine/'>camaro performers magazine</a> an online magazine focused on the camaro</li> <li><a href='http://www.thecamaro.com/'>the camaro.com</a> a resource for all camaro owners that includes forums, registry, and more</li> <li><a href='http://www.camaronationals.org/american%20camaro%20assn/public_html/index.html'>the american camaro association</a> website for one of the largest camaro clubs</li> <li><a href='https://history.gmheritagecenter.com/wiki/index.php/1967_chevrolet_camaro'>generations of gm history: the camaro</a> a story by a camaro owner</li> </ul> <p><strong>best known features</strong></p> <p> </p> <p style='text-align:center'> </p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3achev_camaro_coupe_(orange_julep).jpg' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='chev camaro coupe (orange julep)' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/chev_camaro_coupe_%28orange_julep%29.jpg/512px-chev_camaro_coupe_%28orange_julep%29.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p> </p> <p>the camaro has a number of interesting features. the first camaro used a basic unibody design to make it look lean and mean. the hidden headlights, long hood, and many different interior options were fan-favorites, as was the signature paint stripe on the front of the 1968 ss model. the changes made in 1969, including the new round headlights, skinny taillights, and the pointier front were also big hits and propelled the camaro to new heights--chevy sold over 240,000 units that year! many of these features have either stayed with the camaro or have been optional.</p> <ul><br /> <li><a href='https://myclassicgarage.com/marketplace/knowledge_base/1969-chevrolet-camaro'>features of the 1969 camaro</a> a general overview of the most popular model</li> <li><a href='http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/pages/news/us/en/2015/feb/0216-camaro-engines.html'>camaro engines throughout the years</a> the camaro has had many different engines across the generations</li> <li><a href='http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/07/06/down-the-throat-the-introduction-of-the-1967-camaro/'>the intro of the 1967 camaro</a> this vintage ad shows the car's distinctive grill</li> <li><a href='http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/classic-muscle-cars/1967-chevrolet-camaro-z-28.htm'>the 1967 camaro z28 features</a> a look at what made this model special</li> <li><a href='http://www.coolridesonline.net/news-blog/news-entertainment/showdown-1967-pontiac-firebird-vs-1967-chevy-camaro/'>the firebird verses the camaro</a> which had the better features?</li> <li><a href='http://www.zeroto60times.com/vehicle-make/chevrolet-0-60-mph-times/'>chevy camaro performance specs over the years</a> compares some of the older camaros</li> <li><a href='http://www.topspeed.com/cars/chevrolet/1968-2002-chevrolet-camaro-history-ar1399.html'>classic camaro facts & history</a> some quick and easy facts about this vintage car</li> <li><a href='http://coolmaterial.com/roundup/classic-cars-that-define-cool/'>cars that defined cool</a> includes the camaro and why it's cool</li> <li><a href='http://www.motortrend.com/classic/features/c12_0603_1967_1969_chevrolet_camaro_buyers_guide/viewall.html'>buyer's guide for classic camaros</a> what to look for when buying a vintage car</li> <li><a href='http://www.carscoops.com/2015/05/take-look-at-coolest-collection-of.html'>cool collection of classic camaros</a> one of the best collections assembled</li> </ul> <p><br /> <strong>brief evolution of the camaro</strong></p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3a'68_chevrolet_camaro_ss_(auto_classique_vacm_terrebonne_'13).jpg' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt=''68 chevrolet camaro ss (auto classique vacm terrebonne '13)' src='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/%2768_chevrolet_camaro_ss_%28auto_classique_vacm_terrebonne_%2713%29.jpg/512px-%2768_chevrolet_camaro_ss_%28auto_classique_vacm_terrebonne_%2713%29.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>as with any model of car, the camaro has gone through some evolutions over the years. while the 1969 model is perhaps the best known, it was still a basic generation one camaro. it was the next year's version that saw a total redesign of the camaro. this second generation camaro looked and felt more like a european car and was compared to vehicles like the berlinetta lusso by ferrari. the hood wasn't as flat, and the headlights were now placed within the front panel.<br /> the second generation of camaros ran through 1981. during this time, newly implemented federal regulations forced chevy to make more body changes, including a new bumper and engine. the car lost some of that european flare, but gained more of a smooth look to it.</p> <p> </p> <p>1982 once again saw the camaro get a major overhaul, beginning the third generation. this new car looked boxy and beefed up. the headlights went from round to square, while the front of the car became more angular. new suspensions and rear coil springs were added to this model. this look would continue through the rest of the third generation, ending with the final iroc-z car in 1990. chevy lost the rights to use the name to dodge when the company became the official iroc sponsor.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.complex.com/sports/2013/04/the-complete-history-of-the-chevrolet-camaro/'>the complete history of the chevrolet camaro</a> a list of each year in the car's life</li> <li><a href='http://www.autoevolution.com/chevrolet/camaro/'>camaro models</a> a quick look at the different models</li> <li><a href='http://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/the-history-of-the-chevrolet-camaro-in-pictures/ss-bbjr0bo#image=8'>the history of the camaro</a> a visual history with many pictures</li> <li><a href='https://www.dmoz.org/recreation/autos/makes_and_models/chevrolet/camaro/'>makes and models of the camaro</a> a list of resources from dmoz</li> <li><a href='http://www.nastyz28.com/camaro.html'>camaro statistical and reference information</a> covers only the classic cars up through the final iroc-z</li> <li><a href='http://www.hotrod.com/cars/featured/1111phr-1967-chevy-camaro/'>building a 1967 camaro</a> a team took up the challenge to build a camaro in 3 days</li> <li><a href='http://www.nadaguides.com/cars/chevrolet/camaro/model-history'>model history of the camaro</a> a look at how the car evolved</li> <li><a href='http://www.holisticpage.com/camaro/camaros/rare.htm'>rare camaros</a> not all camaro models were widely available</li> <li><a href='https://www.hagerty.com/price-guide/1967-chevrolet-camaro?img=1968_chevrolet_camaro_z!28'>camaro classic car price guide</a> how much is yours worth?</li> <li><a href='http://www.therichest.com/luxury/auto/the-evolution-of-the-camaro/'>evolution of the camaro</a> how did it get to where it is today?</li> </ul> <p>  <p>  <p> </p> </p> </p> Tips and Information Tue, 5 May 2015 13:13:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2015/5/Chevy-Camaro-Tips-and-Information Dodge Charger Tips and Information http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2015/4/Dodge-Charger-Tips-and-Information <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3acharger_photo6.jpg' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='charger photo6' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6b/charger_photo6.jpg/512px-charger_photo6.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>the dodge charger was one of the most popular cars during the muscle car era, but after its fifth generation, the car vanished. between 1987 and 2006, charger fans were left with nothing but the occasional rumor of a new concept car or talk of a revival. in 2006, however, the new dodge charger was unveiled, and once again, the car has become very popular. <strong> history of the charger</strong> the first dodge charger appears in 1964 at a car show. heavily based on the dodge coronet, this car would later go on to become one of the most popular and famous muscle cars in the dodge catalog. the charger underwent a number of different changes over the years, moving from sports car to larger vehicle. however, while the second generation was easily the most popular, the chargers developed and sold during the early 1980s proved to be unpopular thanks to the many different changes the model underwent. by 1987, dodge had decided to retire the charger brand, a move that many applauded due to the issues the fifth generation was having. dodge considered bringing the charger back in 1999. a concept car for a rear wheel drive was under development. this vehicle incorporated many different things from the second generation of the charger, although it was a four-door instead of a two-door. however, the concept was abandoned, and dodge wouldn't launch another charger until the brand returned in 2006.</p> <ul> <li><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/dodge_charger'>the history of the charger</a> wiki's look at this model</li> <li><a href='http://www.allpar.com/model/charger.html'>the legendary charger</a> more information about the beginnings of the charger</li> <li><a href='http://www.edmunds.com/dodge/charger/history.html'>the six generations of the charger</a> an in-depth look at each generation</li> <li><a href='http://www.allpar.com/cars/dodge/charger-history.html'>birth and death of the charger</a> what went right and what went wrong</li> <li><a href='http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/'>official charger forum</a> user forums on the dodgecharger.com site</li> </ul> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3a1968_dodge_charger_(15942903475).jpg' title='by sicnag (1968 dodge charger) [cc by 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='1968 dodge charger (15942903475)' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d5/1968_dodge_charger_%2815942903475%29.jpg/512px-1968_dodge_charger_%2815942903475%29.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p><strong>popularity</strong> the charger was at its most popular during its second generation. in 1968, dodge expected to sell around 20,000 chargers, but by the end of the year, more than 96,000 chargers had rolled off the assembly line, and many people believe dodge could have sold even more. however, the popularity of the car would decline over the next two decades due to major redesigns. while some of the following chargers were faster, more powerful, or larger, none could recapture the popularity of those made in the late 1960s.</p> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.classiccarcommunity.com/car-club/the+dodge+charger+registry/3008/'>the dodge charger club directory</a> find a charger club in your area</li> <li><a href='http://www.zeroto60times.com/2013/01/list-classic-american-muscle-cars/'>classic muscle cars</a> includes the dodge charger</li> <li><a href='https://www.hagerty.com/price-guide/1969-dodge-charger'>values of the 1969 charger</a> a look at different chargers and their current average value</li> <li><a href='http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-dodge_model-charger.html'>famous dodge chargers</a> chargers in the movies and on tv shows</li> <li><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/general_lee_%28car%29'>the general lee</a> the famous dukes of hazzard car was based on the dodge charger</li> </ul> <p><strong>features</strong> the charger had a number of different features, some of which were incredibly noticeable. the taillights, for example, were longer than normal, and on some models actually went almost completely across the back of the car. the headlights were recessed and almost hidden from sight during the day, while the dashboard was somewhat unusual in that all of the instruments were located in four small circles. new grilles were added over the years, giving each model a slightly different look. the charger was redesigned multiple times over the years, and each change brought with it different features. for example, the 1971 charger had a smaller wheelbase, and some models had hideaway headlights.</p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3acharger_photo2.jpg' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='charger photo2' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/charger_photo2.jpg/512px-charger_photo2.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.mopar.com/'>mopar</a> the company that provides parts and services for dodge vehicles</li> <li><a href='https://myclassicgarage.com/marketplace/knowledge_base/1969-dodge-charger'>features of the 1969 charger</a> a look at what made this car special</li> <li><a href='http://www.oldride.com/library/1969_dodge_charger.html'>more features of the charger</a> additional information about the early charger models</li> <li><a href='http://www.nadaguides.com/cars/dodge/charger/model-history'>history of the charger models</a> what made these different models so popular</li> <li><a href='http://www.classicindustries.com/shop/mopar/'>classic car parts</a> a great resource for those looking for charger parts</li> </ul> <p><strong>evolution of the charger from inception to the muscle car era</strong> the first generation of the dodge charger hit the market in 1966. the idea behind the car was to produce something that would appeal to younger audiences. to meet that goal, the designers took the dodge coronet and refined it into a faster sports car model. in fact, there were few differences between the two--the charger had some different trim and a two-door fastback roof. that was it. there really wasn't anything special about that first model of the charger. as expected, since it was so similar to the coronet, the charger wasn't a huge success right away. however, as one of the very first premium muscle cars, it did provide a unique option. the second generation of chargers, built between 1968 and 1970, somewhat broke away from the coronet to become its own car, and it's the charger that became a huge hit. this charger looked very different from the previous one. in fact, it looked different from anything else chrysler had ever made, but the car was actually still more or less a coronet under the new finish. still, the new look was a huge hit, and it cemented the charger's popularity.</p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3a1971_dodge_charger_super_bee_(16368030743).jpg' title='by jeremyg3030 (1971 dodge charger super bee) [cc by 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='1971 dodge charger super bee (16368030743)' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/1971_dodge_charger_super_bee_%2816368030743%29.jpg/512px-1971_dodge_charger_super_bee_%2816368030743%29.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p>the third generation of chargers was built between 1971 and 1974. a few changes were made, several of which were done in order to comply with safety and emission regulations. this generation features six different models ranging from the basic charger to the luxurious 500 se and the charger r/t hardtop. with the elimination of the two-door coronet, the charger became the only dodge midsized two-door on the market. the fourth generation (1975-1977) was considered a failure. in fact, you won't find many of them around. nothing about these cars resembled the sports cars that drivers had loved. the lines were different and outright awkward in some places, and in 1978, the charger was actually replaced by the magnum for a year. while some consider the muscle car era to include the fifth generation of chargers, the fact that these cars were so different and eventually led to the retirement of the name for almost 20 years has resulted in most charger fans discounting those models.</p> <ul> <li><a href='https://myclassicgarage.com/marketplace/knowledge_base/1966-dodge-charger'>the 1966 dodge charger</a> a general overview of the first charger</li> <li><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/dodge_charger_%28b-body%29#1968'>the 1968 charger</a> the first charger with a hemi</li> <li><a href='https://www.tumblr.com/search/classic%20dodge%20charger'>the classic dodge charger</a> a tumblr devoted to links and images of the classic charger</li> <li><a href='http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1969-dodge-charger.htm'>the 1969 charger</a> a look at how this car became so popular</li> <li><a href='http://www.topspeed.com/cars/dodge/1968-1978-dodge-charger-rt-history-ar450.html'>the dodge charger rt</a> this model was produced between 1968 and 1978</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tips and Information Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:21:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2015/4/Dodge-Charger-Tips-and-Information MG Tips and Information http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2015/2/MG-Tips-and-Information <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3amg_td_(1953)_%2c_dutch_licence_registration_dl-03-98_pic3.jpg' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='mg td (1953) , dutch licence registration dl-03-98 pic3' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/mg_td_%281953%29_%2c_dutch_licence_registration_dl-03-98_pic3.jpg/512px-mg_td_%281953%29_%2c_dutch_licence_registration_dl-03-98_pic3.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <p> </p> <p>mg, which stands for morris garages, is a british sports car brand that has been manufactured since 1924. a division of morris motors, the mg brand was initially created as a dealer for morris motors vehicles in oxford. however, they soon began designing and selling modified versions of these vehicles.</p> <p><br /> <strong>history of the mg</strong> the first mg cars featured morris chassis and coaches built by carbodies from coventry. these early models proved to be fairly popular, so mg moved to a larger facility and increased their production. in 1928, mg spilt from morris motors completely, becoming mg car company limited. their first original car, the 18/80, rolled off the assembly line that same year. in 1935, morris motors purchased mg, and the first mg racing car was built. later, in 1952, the british motor company absorbed mg, and they closed down the mg factory in order to save money. both workers and customers protested this move, but it did no good. ten years later, the mgb hit the market. it was a more modern car than the older mgs, but it was also more comfortable and had more features. it was followed by the mgc, but this larger car didn't handle as well, and it was only produced between 1967 and 1969, while the mgb was available up through 1980. in 1986, the british motor company came under the control of the rover group, and two years after the purchase, mg was given to british aerospace. in 1994, the company was again sold, this time to bmw. however, six years later, rover repurchased mg, creating mg rover group. a number of different models were designed during the 2000s, including several new sports cars. mg car company limited was sold to the nanjing automobile group in 2006 and officially became mg motor.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mg_cars'>mg cars</a> the official wiki for the mg car company</li> <li><a href='http://www.autoevolution.com/mg/history/'>mg brand history</a> an overview of the company's history</li> <li><a href='http://www.carhistory4u.com/the-last-100-years/car-manufacturers-by-country/great-britain-uk/mg'>the history of mg</a> a timeline of the brand</li> <li><a href='http://mg.co.uk/about-mg/history-heritage/'>birth of a british icon</a> a look at mg over the years</li> <li><a href='http://mg.co.uk/about-mg/'>about mg</a> the official history found on the mg website</li> </ul> <p><strong>popularity in america</strong> while mg certainly made a name for itself in europe, it also became a popular brand in the united states. while few mg vehicles were seen in north america before 1946, the car became the vehicle to drive between 1950 and 1980. the mg sports car was a major status symbol, and it could be found everywhere from new york to los angeles. the cars were fun, responsive, and totally different from the american-made vehicles, which is what drew the social elite to them. the most popular model was the mg tc, a small car that had no space for luggage and didn't come with heat or many other features. that didn't matter to fans, though. while the popularity of the mg didn't last, and few vehicles were imported after 1980, the company hasn't left the u.s. the mg xpower sv, a limited model two-door coupe sports car, was sold between 2006 and 2008 to buyers around the world, including some in the u.s. the company had plans to manufacture the mg tf brand in a new factory in ardmore, oklahoma, but plans for the factory were later shelved.</p> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.caranddriver.com/news/future-of-mg-in-the-us-car-news'>the future of mg in the us</a> an early article discussing mgs plans for the oklahoma factory</li> <li><a href='https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2007/12/02/world-of-mg'>the introduction of the sports car to the u.s.</a> a look at how mg became popular in america</li> <li><a href='http://www.oldride.com/sports_cars/mg.html'>mg cars for sale</a> find a mg in the u.s. for sale</li> <li><a href='http://www.oldcaronline.com/oldcarlinks/oldcarevents.php'>classic car events in the u.s.</a> includes shows where you can find mgs</li> <li><a href='http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/showcalendar'>vintage car calendar</a> another listing of shows in north america</li> </ul> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3amg_b_mkii_cockpit.jpg' title='by karlehorn (own work) [cc by-sa 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='mg b mkii cockpit' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ac/mg_b_mkii_cockpit.jpg/512px-mg_b_mkii_cockpit.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a> <strong>features of the mg</strong> mg was known for a few different features, but it was also known for its lack of features. as mentioned above, the popular mg tc car had very little extras--it didn't even have much room for more than a couple of people, nor did it even have real windows. the unique combination of the car bodies of coventry and morris chasses made the early mgs different from anything else on the market, and mg worked to keep their unique look over the years. the chrome bumpers found on the mgb were very popular and gave the car great lines, but these bumpers were replaced with rubber ones in 1974 to comply with u.s. regulations, a move that many felt ruined this classic car's look.</p> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.mgcc.co.uk/'>the mg car club</a> a club in oxfordshire</li> <li><a href='http://classiccars.com/event-calendar/home.html'>classic car events around the world</a> mg fans can find places to show their cars</li> <li><a href='http://sportscarcraftsmen.com/'>sports car craftsmen</a> learn about restoring old mg cars</li> <li><a href='http://www.mg.org/otherclub.html'>mg clubs and more</a> a great resource for mg owners</li> <li><a href='http://www.topspeed.com/cars/mg-motors/index66.html'>reviews of mg cars</a> includes a review done by talk show host jay leno</li> </ul> <p><strong>different models of the mg</strong> there have been a number of different models of the mg over the years. the mg 14/28 was the first car to be built under the mg banner, but it was a modified morris car. the first true mg car was the mg 18/80, built in 1928. it was followed by the first midget mg in 1929. this was followed by a number of different sports car series, including the t-series, the m-types, and much more. the larger mg vehicles were just as popular. in fact, the mgb was a runaway hit, much to the surprise of everyone. it was produced for more than 20 years, outlasting a number of models that came after it. larger designs, like the mgc, were not as popular.</p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file%3aclassic_show_brno_2011_(129).jpg' title='pavel �evela [cc by-sa 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='classic show brno 2011 (129)' src='//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c4/classic_show_brno_2011_%28129%29.jpg/512px-classic_show_brno_2011_%28129%29.jpg' style='width:512px' /></a> mg has produced the most sports cars, especially midget cars. between 1924 and 1980, a total of 22 different mg sports car models were made. in comparison, the company produced only three compact cars, nine midsized cars, and two full-sized cars during that time. while owned by morris motors in the 30s, mg experimented with racing cars, but they only built three different models.</p> <ul> <li><a href='https://fromtheframeup.com/services.html'>mg restoration services</a> a restoration site focused on mgs</li> <li><a href='http://blog.caranddriver.com/inside-the-new-chinese-owned-mg-motor-co/'>inside the new chinese-owned mg</a> learn about some of the changes in mind for the new company</li> <li><a href='http://www.topgear.com/uk/mg'>top gear mg reviews</a> the popular tv show looks at several mg models</li> <li><a href='http://www.mgownersclub.co.uk/'>the mg owners' club</a> a great group for mg owners</li> <li><a href='http://driving.ca/auto-news/entertainment/extreme-road-trip-covers-18-countries'>mg owners take an extreme road trip</a> a great example of how much mg owners love their cars</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tips and Information Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:53:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2015/2/MG-Tips-and-Information 8 Classic Cars Perfect for Celebrating Thanksgivukkah http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/10/8-Classic-Cars-Perfect-for-Celebrating-Thanksgivukkah <p>looking for the perfect way of celebrating thanksgivukkah? how about buying a classic car, or taking a drive in one you already own? there are a lot of different ways of celebrating this rare event, but if you want to do it with cars, here are eight classic vehicles that are perfect.</p> <p><strong>what is thanksgivukkah?</strong></p> <p>before celebrating it, you probably want to know what <a href='http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/thanksgivukkah'>thanksgivukkah</a> is. simply put, it's when the first day of hanukkah and thanksgiving happen on the same day. november 28, 2013, will be the first and only thanksgivukkah that people will see in their lifetime--it's been calculated that the next one won't happen for thousands of years!</p> <p><strong>the awesome cars</strong></p> <p>while there will be an interesting combination of turkeys, pilgrims, menorahs, and dreidels, classic car fans may be more interested in these awesome vehicles. just be certain you have your <a href='http://insurance.mo.gov/'>classic car insurance</a> policy in place before you go driving at top speeds.</p> <p> </p> <ul> <li>the 1966 shelby 427 cobra any model of shelby will catch the eye of a classic car lover, but the 427 cobra is exceptionally beautiful. you will be amazed at the power in this tiny car, although you may not be amazed by the amount of money you'll have to pay to own one.</li> </ul> <p><img src='../blog/images/first-car.jpg' /></p> <ul> <li>1969 boss 429 mustang another vehicle with a crazy amount of power is the boss 429 mustang. mustang engineers actually had to redesign the body of this vehicle so the larger engine would fit. they also had to leave out a number of extras to accommodate it, including the air conditioning system.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>1969 dodge charger 1969 was a great year for classic car lovers. the dodge charger that was released that year has an awesome body and lines that have never gone out of style. one of the most famous 1969 chargers was the general lee, the car featured on the television show <em>the dukes of hazzard</em>.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>1970 datsun 240z designed to look similar to the jaguar xke, the datsun 240z also draws on the lines and style of some of the most popular japanese sports cars of the time. if you're driving this sweet car, you'll certainly want to have <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/eligibility/classic-and-antique-car-insurance.cfm'>classic car insurance</a> on it.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>1966 lamborghini 350gt who doesn't love a lamborghini? you want power? the 350gt has got power.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>1969 ferrari dino 246 gt this car is all soft lines. the ferrari dino 246 gt is perfect for driving down the highway on a thanksgivukkah afternoon.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>1963 corvette sting ray put the top down and go for a drive in this classic sting ray. it was the first sting ray with this look and several other updates that would become standard.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>1969 toyota 2000gt finally, the toyota 2000gt will make you feel like a super spy (it was featured in some james bond movies). the long front gives this car a unique look and feel to it.</li> </ul> <p>remember, no matter what car you drive around in on thanksgivukkah, make certain you have the proper insurance. <a href='http://www.lelandwest.com/'>car insurance for classic car</a> owners is different from standard insurance in that it will give your investment more protection.</p> Tips and Information Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:53:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/10/8-Classic-Cars-Perfect-for-Celebrating-Thanksgivukkah Antique Car Detailing Tips from the Pros! http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/10/Antique-Car-Detailing-Tips-from-the-Pros <p>thinking about detailing your classic car? there are a number of different things you could do, but before you start, how about taking a look at what some of the professionals have done to their vintage vehicles? here are some detailing tips that might give you some great ideas for your classic car.</p> <p><img src='../blog/images/antique-car-detailing.jpg' /></p> <ol> <li>be certain to always read the directions on any products you're using. every product is a little bit different, so you want to make certain you know exactly how to use it. you don't want to do any damage to your vehicle. remember, <a href='http://www.insurance.tx.gov/pubs/consumer/cb020.html'>antique car insurance</a> doesn't cover user error!</li> <li>use two buckets when washing your car. fill one with rinse water and one with a mixture of soap and water. the trick is to rinse your wash brush or mitt in the plain water before you dip it in the soap. this way, the grit and dust in your brush will come off in the plain water and you won't be scrubbing it back into the paint.</li> <li>don't wait for spots to set in. instead, carry a small bottle of spray detailer and a good microfiber cloth so you can take care of any spots or stains right away.</li> <li>along those same lines, did you know you can use plain, simple wd-40 to remove bug spots or tar stains? it's much cheaper than buying products aimed at spot removal. just remember that you'll need to apply another coat of wax to the spots you clean.</li> <li>for cleaning your interior, the pros suggest putting aside those expensive brand cleaners. instead, create a mixture of one part woolite to six parts water. this gentle cleanser will work its magic while being gentle enough to not damage any parts of your car. your <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/eligibility/classic-and-antique-car-insurance.cfm'>antique car insurance</a> may not help you at all if your cleaning solution does the damage.</li> <li>don't immediately go for the strongest wheel cleaner. the reason for this is that wheel cleaner tends to also end up all over other parts, such as the rotors and brake calipers, and it can cause some problems there. instead, start with soap and, if necessary, then move on to more powerful solutions.</li> <li>can't tell where that streak on your window is? one tip is to wipe horizontally on one side of the glass and vertically on the other. this way, you can tell if you need to redo the interior or exterior of the glass.</li> <li>one of the most important rules of detailing is to remember that it's all in the preparation. know what products to use, how to use them, and when to use them. simply washing and waxing a car isn't enough--you need to wash and wax it the right way.</li> </ol> <p>  with these pro tips, you should be ready to give your antique car look amazing. remember, though, to make certain your <a href='http://www.lelandwest.com/'>vintage car insurance</a> is up to date so after your detailing is done, your car is protected.</p> Tips and Information Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:49:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/10/Antique-Car-Detailing-Tips-from-the-Pros