The Garage: Classic Car Talk - Tips and Information insight, assistance, ravings and rants from a (car) fanatic to other (car) fanatics en-us Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:45:00 -0800 Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0800 no Guide to Insuring Classic Cars and Aftermarket Parts <p><img alt='guide to insuring classic cars and aftermarket parts' src='/blog/guide-to-insuring-classic-cars-and-aftermarket-parts.jpg' /></p> <p>choosing an insurance policy for your classic or modified vehicle can be tough. the definition of ‘classic’ or ‘custom’ or ‘modified’ vehicles can vary from one insurance company to another. sometimes it is defined by the year, the condition or if the frame or engine has modifications.</p> <h2>how do insurancecompanies typically define a classic car?</h2> <p>a classic car can be defined as a vehicle older than 15 – 25 years that is as close to factory original as possible.</p> <p>one of a kind vehicles, kit cars, and reproduction vehicles could be classified separately as “custom vehicles” and require a special policy. custom vehicle policies do not come with age restrictions, but may include guidelines on what percent of a vehicle needs to be modified to be considered custom.  however, most mainstream classic car insurance providers recognize a variety of vehicle classes that allow these and other types of specialty and exotic vehicles to all coexist on the same policy, with the same coverages and limits.</p> <p>additionally, there may be in-between vehicles, sometimes referred to as modified classic cars.  these are old enough to be a classic vehicle, were built in the factory, but have been modified or customized greater than a percent of the value of the vehicle.</p> <p>many modified classic cars will only be customized in one area, they may have a performance engine but a classic factory interior or they may have a one of a kind paint job with a classic engine and interior.</p> <p>regardless of the specifics, some classic car insurers are less concerned than others about modifications.  in all cases however, the essential thing for the collector to do is to disclose the modifications and let the insurer class the vehicle properly so the modifications will be expressly covered - just like the stock parts - and there is no concern over coverage eligibility.</p> <p><img alt='do classic car policies cover everything necessary to be road legal? ' src='/blog/guide-to-insuring-classic-cars-and-aftermarket-parts1.jpg' /></p> <h2>do classic car policies cover everything necessary to be road legal?</h2> <p>some insurers only cover the physical damage to your classic car on the classic car policy. others cover both your vehicle and your legal liability.the former case is very rare unless the car is unregistered.</p> <p>find out if the quotes you receive have liability (you hit someone else), uninsured motorist (someone without insurance hits you and hurts you)coverages and verify that the policy limits are the same that you carry on your other vehicles.</p> <p>if you have an excess liability policy or umbrella policy, call your agent and verify that they will accept the collector car policy as an underlying policy without surcharge.  better yet, ensure the information you are told is correct by reading the underlying coverages section of your umbrella – the terms for accepting a third party policy are listed there and definitive.</p> <h2>are there mileage or use limits placed on classic car policies?</h2> <p>many insurance carriers will place a limit on a classic car policy that the vehicle can not be driven more than 3,000 – 5,000 miles per year. is that adequate for you?  can this mileage be increased (which costs more) or decreased (which saves you money) if you seldom drive the car?</p> <p>all classic car insurers also limit how you use the the least, they require 'use consistent with owning a classic auto' or similar.  that means no errands around town, or commuting (some will let you buy back into commuting with an endorsement).  they may restrict coverage if the vehicle is used in performance competitions, road and track meets on public roads. make sure the exclusions don’t matter to you in how you already use your car.  you should never buy a policy that excludesactivities you engage in!</p> <h2>specialty coverages</h2> <p>towing and roadside assistance services included in classic car insurance may guarantee a rollback with soft nylon straps and assist in locating a shop that can work on your special vehicle. if you travel with your specialty vehicle away from your home having a national network or towing companies and repair shops at your finger tips can be a wonderful resource.</p> <p>coverage for hotel, food, and incidental expenses if your vehicle breaks down away from home at a car show and you have to wait on parts to come in is another perk often included in specialty vehicle policies. while these perks are not things you will use often, if you do travel with your vehicle having your insurance company dealing with the hotel, rental car, dinner expensesinstead of you can make a tough day easier.</p> <h2>how do insurance companies value vintage vehicles?</h2> <p>the standard auto policy offers coverage for your vehicle at actual cash value, meaning that the policy would pay you the value of a standard vehicle without any modifications. this coverage is woefully inadequate for classic and collector cars.</p> <p>an “agreed” or “guaranteed value” policy covers your vehicle at a value that you and the insurance company agreed upon prior to purchasing the vehicle. this valuation is designed for unique vehicles to protect the consumer.</p> <p>stated value is a once-popular valuation for classic cars that has fallen well out of favor with the proliferation of agreed value policies over the last few decades. these policies allow you to choose the amount of insurance you want on your vehicle.  unlike agreed value, where the agreed value is the amount you will be paid after a total loss, stated value is simply used to determine how much you pay in premium.  when it comes time to pay a claim, the insurance company pays you the stated value or the actual cash value… whichever is <strong><u>less</u></strong>.  in many cases stated value policies are less to purchase than agreed value but remember they do offer significantly less coverage.</p> <p>stated value can be a valuation compromise if you inherited your vehicle and are not interested in recouping the replacement value of the vehicle but still want it to be insured at a fair value.  however, an agreed value is always better – even if it’s a lesser value – since with stated value the insurance company has no obligation to pay any attention to said value when it comes time to decide what to pay you.</p> <p>some insurance carriers will offer a standard actual cash value policy with customized equipment coverage. these policies can be less expensive, but the coverage will pay for your vehicle and the customization or custom equipment at the cost to replace it minus the depreciation.</p> <p>placing a value on a 2019 nissan maxima is easy, pick up the paper and look at car ads or look in the kelley blue book. valuing a classic vehicle such as a 1970 chevrolet corvette with a performance-built engine, one of a kind paint job, and restored interior requires a value to be agreed upon and careful documentation of the value.</p> <p>on a stated value policy it is important that you keep careful records of the value of your vehicle. an annual appraisalcould be an option.  since with an agreed value policy the payment of the agreed value is etched in stone, contractually, there is no need for appraisals once the value is accepted by the carrier and the policy is written.  further, most specialty insurers take it upon themselves to re-value your vehicle at intervals… they may approach you for an increase or decrease annually as the market fluctuates.  to do so is best for everyone involved and specialty insurers are accustomed to value changes that are reflective of the current marketplace (and since the rise of the internet, auction prices and even many private sales are widely available and easily obtainable). </p> <p>dyno records, concours judges' receipts and similar show records can help prove the condition of your vehicle, along with very detailed photos of the interior, exterior, engine bay, wheels, and underbody are important to prove the condition.  if you have a stated value policy, its best to keep a copy of your valuation information in a fire proof safe.  you may need it desperately someday.</p> <p>if your insurance company does require an appraisal, there are some steps you can take to ease the process.  as you think about your value of your classic carand get ready for the appraisal gather all of the receipts and documentation of parts purchased or work you have had done on the vehicle. if you do the work yourself make sure the valuation includes the cost of a mechanic, in the event of an accident you may not be able to repair your own vehicle.</p> <p>many consumers often forget about the value of restoring their wheels. if you restored the wheels on your vehicle, make sure you keep the receipts and maintain documentation of the condition of the wheels</p> <p>if you have custom wheels or aftermarket wheels keep receipts for the entire set. find out how the insurance company would handle replacing only one wheel if the entire set isn’t damaged. would they replace it with something close in appearance if it can’t be repaired or an exact match sourced? replace the entire set so they match?</p> <p>does your vehicle still have an original factory paint job? find out how the paint would be sourced for repairing or if the company would pay for the entire vehicle to be repainted</p> <p>have an aftermarket paint job in a tough to find color? have a hand drawn one of a kind airbrushed paint job? properly valuing your paint job isn’t just about the paint, make sure you include the value of the artist to draw the designs again, the airbrush artist, booth rental. many times, the miscellaneous costs get forgotten and they can add up to a total loss claim.</p> <p>fairly valuing the engine is not just about the performance parts. remember the chrome or custom paint. make sure you have a current dyno for the engine to prove the performance</p> <p>when you value your engine include any custom parts machining.</p> <h2>are there requirements for where a vehicle is stored?</h2> <p>some companies require vehicles to be stored in a locked, enclosed garage. some require covered and fenced at a minimum. verify the policy clause and that your storage space is adequate. if you have to rent storage space for your vehicle your insurance company may need photos of where the vehicle is stored and proof of how it is stored.</p> <p>verify if you drive the car to a show and it’s damaged in a hotel parking lot the following night or stolen from walmart when you run in to get snacks for the show that it will be covered.</p> <p>not all companies cover vehicles in tow on a car trailer towed behind your private vehicle. if you tow your vehicle to shows or events, make sure your policy covers the vehicle while it is on your trailer or a friend’s trailer.</p> <h2>how does one choose a company to insure an antique or classic car?</h2> <p>the most important considering when choosing an insurance company is the policy terms – do they fit your needs and give you the coverage on your vehicle to protect you? also consider the financial strength of the company, if it is a non-admitted or admitted carrier, cost, if you are purchasing through an agent or online are important considerations.</p> <p>ask detailed questions about the policy terms and guidelines. the insurance company or agency should provide you with a copy of the policy terms before you purchase. read them carefully and ask for clarification on any differences in verbal promises or information on the quotes. if the agent or company assures you that what they are telling you is correct make sure you have documentation in writing and keep it with your policy.</p> <p>you can check an insurance company’s financial grade through a.m best. a.m. best rates insurance companies much like the health department rates your local restaurant. you want to verify that the insurance company is “a” rated and that the financial outlook is not negative.</p> <p>as you get quotes you may hear different terms like “admitted” and “standard carrier” or “non-admitted” and “excess lines carrier”.  admitted carriers are insurance companies licensed by your state’s insurance department, non-admitted carriers are insurance companies that are not governed by your state’s insurance department.</p> <p>admitted carriers are governed by the state laws and participate in a guaranty fund that would pay claims if the insurance company becomes insolvent. the department of insurance in your state can become involved and require specific performance, or even sanction them if they determine the company is acting against the public interest, in violation of statute or is in some way not adhering to the insurance contract.</p> <p>non-admitted carriers are insurance companies that do business in states without going through the same approval and oversight process. they have greater flexibility in the policies they can write, but in states that have them, there is no guaranty fund if they become insolvent.</p> <p>one of the largest specialty insurers in the world, lloyds of london, is a non-admitted carrier. it doesn’t mean that the carrier is not a quality insurer or that they can’t pay their claims.</p> <p>the choice between non admitted and admitted should come down to financial strength, policy terms, am best rating, and competitiveness of price.</p> <p>if you have a multi-million-dollar high value custom vehicle that is essentially a piece of static art, is never driven and kept on display in a shopping mall,a non-admitted specialty company like lloyd’s of london will have more experience covering one of a kind situations. if you have a classic vehicle, and particularly if you want to be able to drive it on public roads, an admitted company that specializes in classic vehicles will give you the best coverage.  almost all consumers will never have any reason to even look at a non-admitted carrier, and in fact many states require your agent to be declined in writing from at least two admitted carriers before they are even allowed to consider a non-admitted option.</p> <p>finding a local agent with classic car experience can make the process go smoother. an agent will know and understand the policy, can help you assess your vehicle and classify it, help you understand terminology, and be an advocate for you if something happens.</p> <p>there are few things more fun than tinkering with a classic car, taking it to a show, and enjoying introducing a new generation to the fun cars we grew up with. protecting your vehicle and your liability can be challenging, with any hobby or specialty product it is important that you understand what you need to protect and how best to protect you!</p> <p>featured image credit:<a href=''>jill111</a>/ <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p>in post image credit: <a href=''>goldie1802</a>/ <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0800 4 Collector Cars to watch in 2019 <p><img alt='4 collector cars to watch in 2019' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019.jpg' /></p> <h1>4 collector cars to watch in 2019</h1> <p>becoming a collector isn't something many car enthusiasts set out to do. it usually just sort of happens. you fall in love with one vehicle, and you want to get it a friend, then they need someone to honk at together -before you know it you're researching rental garage space around town. they say that once you skip past three and into four of something you have begun a collection. at 4 or 5 vehicles many start to branch out and broaden their collection- this is also where collectors let themselves get a little impulsive.</p> <p>if you found yourself clicking onto this page looking for that fourth or fifth vehicle well, then you are in good company. 2019 is shaping up to be a great year for more unique and diverse finds. you will find on our curated list a selection of some of the more interesting classical cars being sold that will give you a beautiful and unique driving experience, those moments we are all looking for, and won't set you back very far in your account. while you won't be able to afford these cars flipping burgers, you also won’t have to be holed up in a mountain lair with a helipad.</p> <h2>a note</h2> <p>every real collector knows you need a place to maintain and preserve your vehicles; lawn carcasses are a sad end for any car. make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew and find yourself either with a deteriorating vehicle or one you have to resell immediately for lack of space.</p> <p><strong>table of contents</strong></p> <div> <hr /></div> <ul> <li><a href='#_y5qs40jdhn0j'>1979-1985 mazda rx-7</a> <ul> <li><a href='#_yr0z00bz77ai'>engines</a></li> <li><a href='#_lqkrxgfkxbvl'>layout</a></li> <li><a href='#_tdr69a8mk6le'>production</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='#_uc1dq2yqcqsh'>fiat x1/9</a> <ul> <li><a href='#_ruoxa7naddxz'>engine</a></li> <li><a href='#_efvzlpdh8jmq'>layout</a></li> <li><a href='#_r3pjmgqdju22'>production</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='#_4vzbzzmtxmc1'>ika-renault torino</a> <ul> <li><a href='#_9t99qx9drn4l'>engine (all argentina built)</a></li> <li><a href='#_xdxexkxvd7gr'>layout</a></li> <li><a href='#_venmwm73kz16'>production</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='#_laz5v7b4e16w'>triumph tr6</a> <ul> <li><a href='#_xkb76ho1bfr6'>engine</a></li> <li><a href='#_5xuveo9hatjt'>layout</a></li> <li><a href='#_cy6wqt29furj'>production</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <div> <hr /></div> <h2><a name='_y5qs40jdhn0j'></a>1979-1985 mazda rx-7</h2> <p>when the ’70s were wrapping up a whole new bevy of safety and emission regulations were put into place and the roadsters of the time were not having an easy go of it adapting. the rx-7 was the first rotary-powered coup to catch on in the new market.</p> <p><img alt='1979-1985 mazda rx-7' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-01.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p><strong>in 2004, <em>sports car international</em> ranked this mazda seventh on their </strong><a href=''><strong>top sports cars of the 1970s</strong></a><strong> list. </strong></p> <p>the lead designer for mazda in that era was matasaburo maeda (his son designed the rx-8) he helped to transition the company into the sports car arena. matasaburo kept the focus on the rx-7 on minimizing size and weight, allowing the compact rotary engine to be placed behind the rear front axle. this led to a beautiful result of improving both the speed and balance of the vehicle. you may come to find yourself loving the tiny unique quirks of this rotary</p> <p>the rx-7 comes in around 2350 pounds and came with a 1.1-liter engine that hit 100 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. that combination was enough to reach 60 mph in under ten seconds -solid for the time. the sales of the first-generation rx-7’s were good. over 470,000 were produced, and over 375,000 were eventually sold in the united states.</p> <p>in 1982 motor trend compared the rx-7 to a nissan 280zx and toyota supra. the mazda came out on top in handling, steering, enjoyment, and “sportiness”.</p> <h2><a name='_yr0z00bz77ai'></a>rx-7 first generation (sa22c) engines:</h2> <ul> <li> <ul> <li><a href=''><em>12a</em></a> (1.1 l): 1,146 cc</li> <li><a href=''><em>12a</em></a> turbo</li> <li><a href=''><em>13b-resi</em></a> (1.3 l): 1,308 cc</li> </ul> </li> <li><a name='_lqkrxgfkxbvl'></a>layout <ul> <li>front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive</li> <li><a name='_tdr69a8mk6le'></a>production</li> <li>1978–2002: 811,634 produced</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <div> <hr /></div> <p><em>in 1985 mazda came out with the the limited edition rx-7 finale to the australian public. the car also had a brass plaque with its release number and the quote: "last of a legend."</em></p> <div> <hr /></div> <p>by the time you get to the series 3 (1984–1985), you will see both the gsl and gsl-se package being offered. north america is the only market to have gotten the rx-7 with the fuel-injected <a href=''>13b</a>, model gsl-se.</p> <p><img alt='1979 mazda rx-7' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-02.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p>the 1984 rx-7 gsl gets around 30 mpg on the highway and can accelerate 0 to 50 in 6.3 seconds.</p> <p>the 1985 rx-7 finale was released in australia and only a limited number were made. in addition to the power options and some minor cosmetic changes, the car also had a brass plaque with it’s the serial number and the quote: "last of a legend."</p> <p>a great piece of 70’s engineering and history you can still make use of today.</p> <h2><a name='_uc1dq2yqcqsh'></a>fiat x1/9</h2> <p><img alt='fiat x1/9' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-03.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p>the fiat’s x1/9 is a mid-engined italian sports car envisioned by a celebrated design house. a rare case of someone getting something right on the first go. the x1/9 remained relatively unchanged for almost two decades following its release in 1972. it was one of the earlier mid-engine production sport vehicles and has since become one of the most enduring of its age. it is underrated for its ability to bring you an authentic vintage european sports car experience, at a very reasonable entry cost.</p> <p>the fiat x1/9 is a very stiff vehicle since it had to accommodate new safety regulations. the result is a heavy and safe sports car for the era that can handle a larger engine for its size. it is a tiny car that requires a bit of maneuvering to get into, though once you are inside, there is plenty of legroom. fiat’s initial front-drive 128, made in 1969, was initially found in the sedan.</p> <h4><a name='_ruoxa7naddxz'></a>engine</h4> <ul> <li><a href=''></a><a href=''> i4</a> 1,290 cc</li> <li><a href=''>138.a2/a4</a> i4 1,498 cc</li> </ul> <h4><a name='_efvzlpdh8jmq'></a>layout</h4> <ul> <li>transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive</li> </ul> <h4><a name='_r3pjmgqdju22'></a>production 1972–1989</h4> <ul> <li>140,500 produced (fiat)</li> <li>19,500 (bertone)</li> </ul> <p>the acceleration and top speed are nothing to write home about, but the weight distribution and handling has been beloved by fans of the fiat x1/9 for decades now.</p> <p><img alt='1974_fiat_abarth_x1-9' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-04.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <h2>inexpensive to maintain, full of character, great to drive!</h2> <p>all in all, this is an excellent find for those looking get their hands on a classic italian sports car. good x1/9’s are still pretty easy to find if you look. the same goes for spare parts.</p> <h2><a name='_4vzbzzmtxmc1'></a>ika-renault torino</h2> <p><img alt='ika-renault torino' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-05.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p>the ika torino, later named the renault torino (ika was bought out by renault in 1975), is a mid-sized vehicle made by industrias kaiser argentina (ika) under an agreement with american motors corporation (amc) in 1966. they wished to make a car that combined "combined american ruggedness and european style." it was made in both two-door hardtop and 4-door sedan variants and production continued until 1981. the ika-renault torino has been called argentina's national car.</p> <p>from 1970 until 1976 the torino was touted as a luxury vehicle. this marketing drive led to some notorious and famous owners including fidel castro, leonid brezhnev (the fifth leader of the soviet union), muammar al-gaddafi and juan manuel fangio (an argentine driver who dominated the first decade of formula one) — making this a real historical collector's piece.</p> <p><img alt='adguez_canedo_1967' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-06.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p>the torino hit the stage at the municipal racing circuit of buenos aires in november of 1966 and was first available as the torino 380 w. the torino 380 w produced 176 hp and came with weber two-barrel carburetors, a floor mounted four-speed shift and an electronic wooden instrument panel. there were also leather accouterments making it a unique hybrid of features at the time.</p> <p><img alt='ika_torino_380_coup' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-07.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <div> <hr /></div> <p><em>in the ’70s the torino was a popular luxury vehicle. famous owners included dictators such as fidel castro and muammar al-gaddafi. making this a real historical collector's piece.</em></p> <div> <hr /></div> <p>italian auto stylists designed the lines of the car at pininfarina since the argentinian buyers were more partial to european rather than american design. the car’s badge is the city of turin’s coat of arms, a prancing bull, and is purposefully reminiscent of the ferrari stallion.</p> <h4><a name='_9t99qx9drn4l'></a>engine (all argentina built)</h4> <ul> <li><a href=''>i6</a> tornado special</li> <li><a href=''>i6</a> tornado interceptor</li> <li><a href=''>i6</a> torino 233</li> <li><a href=''>i6</a> tornado interceptor</li> </ul> <h4><a name='_xdxexkxvd7gr'></a>layout</h4> <ul> <li>front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout</li> </ul> <h4><a name='_venmwm73kz16'></a>production</h4> <ul> <li>1966–1981 | santa isabel, cÓrdoba province</li> </ul> <p>in the 84-hour race in nÜrburgring, germany the no. 3 torino covered the most laps of any competitor. though they came in third due to time violations accrued, the torino proved it had the gumption to take on the european vehicles. afterward, the torino became "the pride and joy of argentine car enthusiasts" that no. 3 car is now on display in a museum in argentina. still today many argentines love the torino, and it has remained popular enough to ensure that you have can find parts and advice pretty readily.</p> <h2><a name='_laz5v7b4e16w'></a>triumph tr6</h2> <p><img alt='triumph tr6' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-08.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p>the triumph tr6 was produced from 1968 until 1976 and was in its time the most successful of the tr range of sports cars. the british triumph motor company produced 91,850 tr6s and exported of 80,000 of those. it ranked as one of the most famous british cars for everyday transport.</p> <p>the tr6 sports a manual 4-speed transmission and an optional electrically switched overdrive, independent rear suspension, bucket seats and a walnut veneer dashboard to start. from the tr5 to the tr6 an anti-roll bar and wider wheels were added making the car look lower and leaner. there was an optional hardtop that required two or more people to take on and off. (i recall watching my father’s tr6 hardtop swaying widely from atop our family garage during an earthquake in california!)</p> <p>a uk version of the tr6pi was noted in autocar magazine with the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph.</p> <h4><a name='_xkb76ho1bfr6'></a>engine</h4> <ul> <li><a href=''>2.5-litre straight-6</a></li> </ul> <h4><a name='_5xuveo9hatjt'></a>layout</h4> <ul> <li>front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout</li> </ul> <h4><a name='_cy6wqt29furj'></a>production</h4> <ul> <li>1968 – 1976 | coventry, england</li> </ul> <p><img alt='triumph_tr6_roadster_-_1974' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-09.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p><img alt='riumph_tr6_roadster_-_1974' src='/blog/4-collector-cars-to-watch-in-2019-10.jpg' /><br /> image attribution: <a href=''></a></p> <p>triumph's 2.5-liter straight-6 powered all of the tr6s. this was an evolution of the standard wet liner inline-four engine. interestingly this 2,088 cc inline four-cylinder petrol engine was developed for the ferguson te20 tractor.</p> <p>in general, the tr6 drivetrain is pretty stable and there are plenty of mechanical parts available for the tr6, from numerous suppliers. these british engines can be very temperamental though once one aspect starts showing signs of its age. don’t let any problems linger or you can find yourself back in the shop again and again.</p> Tips and Information Sat, 13 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0800 8 Classic Cars That Define Beauty <p><a href=''>classic cars</a> are typically automobiles 15 years old or older. some have more historical significance or allure, so the personal or financial value of the vehicle is worth restoring and bringing the classic to its original condition.</p> <p>these vehicles are captivating because of their engineering, their rarity, and most importantly their beauty. oxford dictionary defines beauty as “a combination of qualities such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight”. from the frame to what is under the hood, collectors of these rare vehicles become enamored at their sight. there are a lot of great looking classic cars out there, but most would agree that these 8 classic cars fulfill the definition of beauty.</p> <p><img alt='1959 plymouth sport fury convertible' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty1.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>1.</strong><a href=''><strong>1959 plymouth sport fury convertible</strong></a><strong> – </strong>this was plymouth's top of the line vehicle in 1959, offered as a coupÉ and a convertible. the sport fury has rear fins, beautiful curves, a wraparound belt line, and swivel buckets seats but the imitation rear spare tire cover is what stands out as far as the physical appearance of this dynamic car. in 1959, plymouth replaced the 350 v8 with a 361-version giving this car remarkable power. imagine having this beauty out on a sunday drive with the top down.</p> <p><img alt='1973 porsche 911' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty2.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>2.</strong><a href=''><strong>1973 porsche 911</strong></a><strong> carrera rs </strong><strong>–</strong> this german sportscar is incredibly distinctive, being in fact an actual race car only sold to the public to homologate it for use in the group 4 gt class of the european gt championship. the carrera rs had wider body panels, bigger tires, and a beautiful ducktail rear spoiler, further adding to the classic car’s streamlined beauty. the fact that under that skin are all the trappings of a top-tier, street legal race car gives this car a rare inner beauty few others can equal let alone surpass.</p> <p><img alt='1947 lincoln continental cabriolet' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty3.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>3.</strong><a href=''><strong>1947 lincoln continental cabriolet</strong></a><strong> –</strong> edsel ford designed this beauty because he wanted to have a high-end, sophisticated vehicle to compete with what was coming out of europe. classic cars of america recognizes this vehicle as a true “classic” and is one of the last cars to get this recognition. this amazing convertible was one also one of the last cars built that had a v12 engine and had new walnut trim. this is a rare find and would make your garage a thing of beauty.</p> <p><img alt='1958 pontiac bonneville' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty4.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>4. </strong><a href=''><strong>1958 pontiac bonneville tri-power sport coupe</strong></a><strong> – </strong>was first introduced in 1957 and stayed in production until 2005 but the 1958 bonneville was so special that it was the pace care for the indianapolis 500. the 1958 model offered consumers the option of a hardtop or a convertible and had a lower cost than previous models. the engine consists of a 300 hp v8. this is a classic vehicle that turns heads at every corner.</p> <p><img alt='1947 mercury eight club' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty5.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>5. </strong><a href=''><strong>1947 mercury eight club convertible</strong></a><strong> – </strong>mercury was a major manufacturer that helped the middle class get back on the road after wwii. the 1947 model had some fantastic adjustments made to make the vehicle more appealing to the masses. they added more chrome, the parking lights were rectangular in shape, the grille was re-designed and looked like the zephyr, and mercury boasted about the increase in head room. this was a very popular vehicle in the 1940’s and is still considered a beautiful machine today.</p> <p><img alt='1956 jaguar' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty6.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>6.</strong><a href=''><strong>1956 jaguar </strong><strong>xk120</strong><strong> roadster</strong></a><strong> – </strong>this vehicle is one of the most gorgeous cars ever created. after wwii jaguar, like all other manufacturers, began producing autos again and the jaguar roadster was one of the best creations by far. this vehicle was not only a thing of beauty, but it was able to top out at 124 mph and was driven during many auto racing events. hollywood actor clark gable adored his jaguar xk120.</p> <p><img alt='1955 chevrolet 210 two-door hardtop' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty7.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''></a></p> <p><strong>7. </strong><a href=''><strong>1955 chevrolet 210 two-door hardtop</strong></a><strong> – </strong>the 1955 chevrolet 210 was the first to introduce chevrolet’s new chassis and the small block v8. this classic has smooth edges and straight panels. the launch of this model was also a turning point for chevrolet as it was a major success. it is famous as a car in the movie “american graffiti” and has been in demand by classic car enthusiasts around the world.</p> <p><img alt='1940 ford deluxe convertible' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty8.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p><strong>8. </strong><a href=''><strong>1940 ford deluxe convertible club</strong></a><strong> – </strong>this beautiful ford is probably one of the most exciting that we are discussing in this list. the 1940 ford deluxe convertible club has been named by many as the best-looking car to come from the 1940’s era. it is very recognizable with its smooth curves, tail, tail lights and distinguished grille. this was a very popular car back in the day for the moonshiners because of its large trunk and strong rear suspension. it also came with a v8 engine which gave it plenty of power to carry such a load.</p> <p><img alt='the late 1940’s' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty9.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>the late 1940’s through the end of 1950 was an important time in world history, as wwii had ended which put the steel plants back in the hands of the automobile makers they were extremely excited to have the opportunity to once again design and build automobiles which is why most car enthusiasts love the beauty of the vehicles made during this era. the manufacturers pulled out all the stops to create lines of vehicles that would get americans back in the driver’s seat this list could have continued as narrowing down to just 8 beautiful classic cars was a difficult task. auto enthusiasts will agree that making a list like this takes time and research as you much consider the different era’s, their design techniques, as well as the combination of shape, form, and color, and if it pleases the sight. classic car collectors all over the world will travel for the opportunity to take these types of vehicles into their possession and will spend countless hours making sure whichever classic car they choose it is in pristine condition. the year, make, and model of classic cars will change for the next generation, but most will agree that automobiles from this era were and always will be beautiful.</p> <p>article by matt robertson</p> <p><img alt='matt robertson' src='/blog/8-classic-cars-that-define-beauty9.png' /></p> <p>matt is managing partner at <a href=''>leland-west classic car insurance</a>. matt is a classic car enthusiast and you’ll usually find himwrenching in his garage. otherwise, you’ll find him at any number of classic car events :) you can reach him at matt at lelandwest dot com.</p> Tips and Information Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 How to Find your Old Car <h1>vintage car insurance</h1> <p><img alt='how to find your old car' src='/blog/how-to-find-your-old-car.jpg' /></p> <p>sometimes we hit a point in life where we have to let go of the things that we cherish. whether your decision was motivated due to financial reasons, lack of time, or even lack of motivation it’s always hard to let go of a prized possession.</p> <p>if you’ve ever sold a vintage car that you cared deeply cared about, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. for many car enthusiasts parting with a vintage vehicle that they’ve owned for years can feel very much like parting with an old friend.</p> <p>thankfully there are several ways you can go about finding your old car even if you sold it many years ago.</p> <h2>search using the former vin number</h2> <p>one of the first steps you should take when tracking down your old car is to us the former vin number (vehicle identification number) associated with the vehicle. many online databases will accept your vin as a valid search parameter, and frankly, if you have this information, there’s an excellent chance you’ll find the vehicle you’re searching for.</p> <p>sites such as <a href=''>lost car registry</a> are perfect for reconnecting with old vehicles. the site is free and simple to use. be mindful that vin numbers before 1981 may not come in the 17 character format common for standard vins. if that’s the case, you may run into possible issues during your search.</p> <p> </p> <h2>what should you if your initial search doesn’t turn up your old vin?</h2> <p>simply put, finding your old vin number is the best shot you have at reconnecting with your old vehicle without turning to other useful, yet less effective tactics. if your initial search doesn’t turn up the vin number than we recommend you search through old files.</p> <p>search through old repair invoices, <a href=''>vintage car insurance</a> policies, and accident reports. vin numbers are commonly listed on auto-related paperwork.</p> <p>if you’re thinking of turning to the dmv, prepare to be disappointed. the <a href=''>driver’s privacy protection act</a> (dppa) prohibits the dmv from releasing personal information about a driver to any unauthorized individual.</p> <p>dppa was the government’s response to instances in which stalkers would find the location of their victims by requesting their information through the dmv. digging through your old paperwork is your best option when it comes to finding your old vin number.</p> <h2>trace the person who you sold the car to</h2> <p>one of the easiest ways to find an old vehicle is to contact the person who you sold it to in the first place. if you happen to have their old contact information your job will be that much easier. however, if that information is no longer available (or if they changed their phone number or moved to a new address) turn to other methods of contact such as social media or email.</p> <h2>turning to search engines</h2> <p>if your vin number comes up during your search one of the first things you should do is whip out your phone and run it through a google search (or any other search engine of your choosing). if your old vehicle has been listed online for sale or if it’s being auctioned off then there’s a good chance it’ll pop up.</p> <p>if your search comes up fruitless try searching the databases of the larger auction houses such as <a href=''>gooding & company</a> and <a href=''>mecum</a>. vehicles available for auction should have all of its background information available for potential buyers.</p> <h2>turn to social media</h2> <p>never underestimate the power of social media. put your message out there and see what happens. you never know who will read your post (especially if it’s shared by multiple readers). if you want people to share and read your post, then you should keep your message short and concise.</p> <p>tell your story, share as much information as you can about the vehicle, and make sure to leave contact information. while there’s certainly no guarantee you’ll find your vehicle through a social media post you never know how many people you’ll reach. you certainly have nothing to lose by trying!</p> <h2>take your case to forums that specialize in classic cars</h2> <p>if anyone can help you find leads on your long lost vintage car than it’s going to be the type of folks who hang out in automotive forums that specialize in classic cars. while many of these individuals may not know where your vehicle is personally, they may be able to point you in the right direction.</p> <p>the classic automotive community is a small, tight-knit group. there’s a possibility that your vehicle may be floating around somewhere in this community, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to appeal to the enthusiasts.</p> <p>another benefit of visiting an automotive forum is that the members will likely give you all kinds of tips on how you should hunt down your vehicle. many members have likely been in similar situations and may be able to offer some advice on how you should proceed.</p> <p>don’t worry, classic car enthusiasts are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. they know the plight of someone who’s desperately trying to hunt down an old vehicle and will likely go out of their way to offer some great advice!</p> <h2>persistence is key</h2> <p>it may sound clichÉ, but finding a long lost takes persistence. don’t give up if the initial search doesn’t turn up the vin number. turn to the online community to see what may turn up. you never know – it may take more than a year before the right person sees your social media post or forum inquiry and reach out to you with information that will reunite you with your old ride.</p> <p>do you own a vintage vehicle? then it’s vital that you invest in classic car insurance. leland west has been around for more than twenty years and provides classic insurance for a wide range of classic cars, replicas, specialty vehicles and much more. don’t be caught on the road without the right type of coverage. <a href=''>contact us</a> today to learn more about how we can help you.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>michaelgaida</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p>in post image credit: <a href=''>geralt</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Thu, 3 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Collector Car Market Trends 2019 <h1>collector car insurance</h1> <p><img alt='collector car market trends 2019' src='/blog/collector-car-market-trends-2019.jpg' /></p> <p>a whole new year is upon us. will it bring along new trends for the collector car market? from the surface, the market seems to be slowing down. this is despite the <a href=''>increase in attendance</a> of collector car shows in 2018.</p> <p>frankly, research on trends in the collector car market can be confusing. some news is positive, while a good bit of it is negative. some even believe that the <a href=''>collector car market</a> has hit a peak. whatever the case, looking at the numbers should help us to identify the trends for the 2019 collector car market. if you're a proud owner of a collector car, contact leland-west to fully understand about <a href=''>collector<strong> </strong>car insurance</a> in the usa.</p> <h2>investments of passion</h2> <p>collector cars have long been considered investments of passion (such as art, wine, and the like). this fact is emphasized by a <a href=''>report</a> published by the realtors knight frank, which states that the collector car market has made returns of 288% over the past ten years.</p> <p>in terms of current trends, classic vehicles going for $100k and under have been on the radar of many buyers. many of the big ticket cars (those with multimillion dollar price tags) have seen a significant <a href=''>decrease in sells</a>.</p> <p>this may be because big-ticket cars have always resided in the smallest segment of the collector car market and have always been seen as a haven during tough economic times. however, with the economy sitting relatively strong at the end of 2018 and going into 2019, these big-ticket vehicles have seemingly hit a roadblock, and the vehicles that sit in the mid to low range are starting to surge in sales.</p> <h2>market trends</h2> <p><img alt='market trends' src='/blog/collector-car-market-trends-2019-01.jpg' /></p> <h2>1950s american</h2> <p>american cars from the 1950s have slowly been suffering. this is especially the case for vehicles that aren't in mint condition, as these have slipped as much as 30 percent in value since the past year. examples of this vehicle category include the 1953 cadillac eldorado convertible, the 1959 cadillac eldorado biarritz, and the continental mark ii. </p> <h2>blue chip</h2> <p>blue chip cars have remained stagnant for the most part over the past few years. stability, it seems, has become the new norm for vehicles that sit in the uppermost echelons of the collector car market. despite this, as of 2018 blue chip cars still sit at an all-time high. examples of blue-chip classic cars include the ferrari 250 gto, the aston martin db4 gt zagato '2 vev', and the mclaren f1.</p> <h2>british cars</h2> <p>british cars have most definitely been suffering when it comes to value. however, the british market has been making a comeback. the comeback is slow (there has only been a 4% increase in value since 2014 for specific vehicles), but at least the market is trending in the right direction. examples of british cars that fall into this category include jaguar e-types and the sunbeam tiger.</p> <h2>ferrari</h2> <p>ferrari hasn't seen much change over the course of the past year. as we've discussed, collectors aren't as interested in purchasing higher-end vehicles right now. cheap classics seem to be the way to go for the vast majority of the market and ferrari has fallen into a catatonic sleep that it hasn't experienced for more than a decade. a prime example of a classic ferrari is the 246 gts dino spider.</p> <h2>german collectibles</h2> <p>german collectibles have been enjoying a slow, yet steady upward trend in value. many german collectible cars, such as the 1986-89 mercedes-benz 420sel  and the 1986-92 560sec, are shining examples that collectors are more interested in vehicles that are affordable, stylish, and reliable than any other category of classic cars.</p> <h2>muscle cars</h2> <p>it's safe to say the muscle car market has grown stagnant. three years was the last time the market even made a one percent movement in any direction. thus, muscle cars have been sitting rock steady for quite a while now. only time will tell where this market will go.</p> <h2>affordable classics</h2> <p>affordable classic vehicleshave seen the most significant rise out of all of the vehicle categories. this highlights one fact for the collector car market as a whole -- during times of unease people are more interested in cheap fun than more expensive and risky investments.  examples of affordable classics are the porsche 914 and the volkswagen beetle.</p> <h2>old vs. new collectors</h2> <p>one aspect that's often overlooked in the classic car market is the habits of old vs. new collectors. for example, the older generation is more interested in buying classics they can showcase at their garage or during car shows.</p> <p>on the other hand, younger collectors are more interested in using their vehicles as daily drivers. with social media being so prevalent, the younger generation is more interested in being seen in their vehicle as they post pictures to facebook, instagram, snapchat, and other social media platforms.</p> <p>despite their obvious differences in taste, every generation of car collectors have one thing in common -- they all tend to purchase vehicles they grew up with. for example, younger collectors tend to prefer 80s and 90s vehicles. older collectors tend to favor vehicles from the 50s, 60s, 70s, or earlier.</p> <p>frankly, what may interest to a 32-year-old collector may not appeal to a 50-year-old a new generation of collectors takes to the stage, the types of vehicles sold will begin to shift slowly, thus causing waves in the industry.</p> <h2>how does the market trend look for 2019?</h2> <p>cheap and safe seems to be the trend going into the new year. however, this trend may change depending on the strength of the economy. if the economy is strong more collectors will feel at ease when considering big ticket purchases. if the economy feels uncertain then more affordable and safe purchases will continue to prevail. only time will tell.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>schlappohr</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a><br /> in post image credit: <a href=''>pixabay</a> / <a href=''>openclipart-vectors</a></p> Tips and Information Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Top 20 Classic Cars to Drive Daily <div class='wrapper'> <p><img alt='classic cars to drive daily' src='/blog/classic-cars-1.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>there's a bit of a rumor out there that classic vehicles that you can use as daily drivers are rare and expensive. nothing could be further from the truth. there are plenty of classic cars that you can still use on a daily basis that are just as affordable as they are reliable.</p> <p>before you hop into the market looking for your next classic vehicle, there are a few things you have to ask yourself: how rare is the vehicle? how expensive is it? how available are parts if something goes wrong? how much fun is it to drive?</p> <p>to help you narrow your search, we've compiled a list of the top 20 classic cars to drive daily. let's take a look.</p> <h2>1.mazda miata mx-5</h2> <p><img alt='mazda miata mx-5' src='/blog/classic-cars-2.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>the miata mx-5 is a fun classic that'll give you an excuse to get out of the house every day. this sports vehicle has been around for two and a half decades due to its responsiveness on the road as well as its affordability. you can think of the miata mx-5 as the "average man's" sports car which makes it a fun little daily driver to zip around town.</p> <h2> 242</h2> <p><img alt='volvo 242' src='/blog/classic-cars-3.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>volvos are known for their safety and reliability. not only is the 242 reliable and safe, but they're also stylish. also, they're highly durable. just think of the 242 as a tank that you can take to the store when you're running low on groceries.</p> <h2> fj60</h2> <p><img alt='toyota fj60' src='/blog/classic-cars-4.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>the fj60 is the perfect daily driver for off-road warriors. durable and reliable, the fj60 is an all-weather vehicle that you can drive in practically any environment. it's predecessor, the fj40 land cruiser, is also a reliable vehicle, but the fj60 is considered the superior choice due to its advanced design. you can't beat being able to drive off the beaten track whenever you want.</p> <h2>4.saab 900 turbo 16</h2> <p><img alt='saab 900 turbo 16' src='/blog/classic-cars-5.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>the saab 900 is a true workhorse. it's practically the epitome of the "every day classic vehicle". the saab 900 is slow to rust, has a turbo that really pushes it down the road, and a tough interior to boot. the unique styling has created two camps - those who absolutely adore this car or those who outright hate it. there's rarely an in-between. though as of this time, there seems to be more lovers of the saab 900 than haters. simply care for your saab 900 like you would care for any other vehicle that you would drive on a daily basis, and you should be satisfied with its performance.</p> <h2> mustang (1964½-1966)</h2> <p><img alt='ford mustang' src='/blog/classic-cars-6.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>yes, we're talking about the original pony car. when you think of a daily driver, the original ford mustang likely doesn't come to mind. in fact, it's probably not even a consideration for most people, but hear us out on this one. though nowhere near as powerful as later mustang generations, this is the vehicle that started a legacy that has lasted for generations. it's small, light, fast and most importantly, stylish. furthermore, this classic car is surprisingly affordable making it a top contender as the perfect classic daily driver.</p> <h2> 240z</h2> <p><img alt='datsun 240z ' src='/blog/classic-cars-7.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>this japanese made sports car has a lot to offer. with its rear-wheel drive and tough looking aesthetics, enthusiasts around the world view the 240z as the epitome of japanese sports vehicles for the common man. it's fast, reliable, and you can own one today at affordable rates. just imagine yourself driving around town in a classic japanese sports car. the experience would be unique to say the very least.</p> <h2>7.mercedes-benz w113</h2> <p><img alt='mercedes-benz w113' src='/blog/classic-cars-8.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>though still considered to be a class act to this day, the mercedes-benz w113 can still be used as a daily driver. it's classy enough that your neighbors will compliment you every time you drive down the street, but not so much so that you have to worry about parking it somewhere and returning to find it stolen. you can put around 250,000 miles on the engine before you have to worry about a rebuild.</p> <h2> cr-x</h2> <p><img alt='honda cr-x' src='/blog/classic-cars-9.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>if you're looking for one of the most reliable classic vehicles that you can get your hands on, then look no further than the honda cr-x. it's not the fastest vehicle in the world, and some people claim that it doesn't have a "soul", but you'll be able to turn the key every morning and know that it'll get you back and forth to work every day. plus, it's still fun to drive. honda has an excellent reputation for reliability and superb manufacturing.</p> <h2>9.bmc mini</h2> <p><img alt='bmc mini' src='/blog/classic-cars-10.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>this bite-sized classic vehicle is a top contender as a daily driver. for one, it isn't terribly expensive. second, there's great fun to be had when you take one of these on the road. finally, who doesn't love the bmc mini? sure, they're not quite as reliable as other cars on this list, but that's offset by the fact that this vehicle is so fun to drive.</p> <h2>10.vw golf mki (or ii)</h2> <p><img alt='vw golf mki' src='/blog/classic-cars-11.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>it isn't a surprise that the vehicle built to replace the iconic beetle made this list. vw harnessed auto union's innovative technologies (water-cooled cars and front-wheel drive) to create the golf. just like the mini, the golf is a blast to drive. furthermore, due to its tight engine and transaxle, there's plenty of room for passengers. don't be surprised if a grin spreads across your face every time you go out for a drive.</p> <h2> e30</h2> <p><img alt='bmw e30' src='/blog/classic-cars-12.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>over the years the e30 has become somewhat of an icon. its affordable pricing and superior performance have made it the perfect choice as a daily driver for many enthusiasts. you'll commonly find the e30 at raceways. you could say that you should start with the e30 if you're unfamiliar with the world of performance vehicles, but of course, simply driving it due to its reliability is also a good reason to make the investment. with parts plentiful and an overall simple design, the bmw e30 is among the most affordable classic vehicles not only to purchase, but also to upkeep.</p> <h2>12.vw beetle</h2> <p><img alt='vw beetle' src='/blog/classic-cars-13.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>would you believe me if i told you that adolf hitler himself was the sole reason that vw beetles existed in the first place? ferdinand porsche developed the beetle at hitler's request. it was originally designed as the ultimate "people's car". despite its somewhat controversial origins the beetle has proven to be exactly what hitler envisioned it to be all those years ago - a common car for people to use on a daily basis. with 21 million units pressed into service while it was still in production, the beetle isn't going anywhere anytime soon. that also means that there are plenty of spare parts out there to keep repair and maintenance fees low. if you're looking for true german ingenuity at its finest, the vw beetle is an excellent choice.</p> <h2> p1800</h2> <p><img alt='volvo p1800' src='/blog/classic-cars-14.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>feats of extraordinary renown  have been accomplished with the volvo p1800. the most notable being the time that irv gordon of long island took his p1800 on a 3 million mile road trip across america on a single engine. if that doesn't communicate the true reliability of this vehicle then we don't know what will. as a side note, don't expect <em>your</em> p1800 to crank out 3 million miles without severe consequences. still, there's no denying that if you take care of this vehicle, it will most certainly take care of you. the four-cylinder volvo engine doesn't pump out much in terms of speed (unless you consider 100 horsepower to be fast), but it'll get you where you need to go. what more can you ask of a daily driver?</p> <h2>14.alfa romeo 105/115 series</h2> <p><img alt='alfa romeo 105/115 series' src='/blog/classic-cars-15.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>just one look at one of these classic vehicles will likely make you think "out of my price range". well, you're still in luck because this italian car is quite affordable. also, it's known for its reliability so that you can use it on a regular basis. we'd be remiss not to mention how pleasurable the rumble of the engine is when you fire it up in the morning. the alfa romeo sounds just as tough as it looks. you can't beat that.</p> <h2>15.rover vitesse</h2> <p><img alt='rover vitesse' src='/blog/classic-cars-16.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>initially, this performance coupe didn't have a great reputation. the sd1 was known for rusting over time and not being the most reliable car out there. however, when the vitesse version of the vehicle launched, all of those past mistakes were corrected. and even if you ran across someone with one of those troublesome sd1's there's a good chance that the owner went out of their way to clear out the rust and ensure that the vehicle received the due care that it deserved. if you're able to find a rover vitesse today in targa red or moonraker blue then prepare to receive some stares of admiration.</p> <h2>16.porsche 924s</h2> <p><img alt='porsche 924s' src='/blog/classic-cars-17.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>you didn't think that you'd find a porsche on this list, did you? though the 924s had a fairly high price tag during its initial launch, it's much more affordable in today's classic car market. that's mainly because the 924s was more of an "entry-level" porsche. people bought this car to discover what porsche's were capable of before moving on to something else up the ladder. for the sake of clearing up any confusion, understand that there's a difference between the porsche 924 and the 924s. the 924s, the latter of the two models, was capable of better torque, had a nice build quality, and was in overall better shape. this is a fun vehicle to drive. with excellent fuel economy, the porsche 924s would make a great daily driver.</p> <h2> 528i (1981)</h2> <p><img alt='bmw 528i' src='/blog/classic-cars-18.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>the bmw 528i looks very similar to its 1972 predecessor, however, the difference between the two vehicles is where it should count the most; underneath the hood. the 528i sported the latest and greatest technology at the time, putting it leaps and bounds above its predecessor in that regard. the 528i runs great in nearly all categories and it can potentially get 30 mpg. also, you can push it to around 120 mph, making it loads of fun to drive around town.</p> <h2>18.opel manta</h2> <p><img alt='opel manta' src='/blog/classic-cars-19.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>the opel manta is an excellent car to use as your every day vehicle. this coupe is slowly moving up in terms of value, so if you're going to buy one, it's now or maybe never (unless money isn't an issue). the manta is a mean looking classic vehicle with the toughest drive train you've likely ever seen. the body has been known to suffer from corrosion, but if you're able to find a later model in good condition then you've likely found your next daily driver.</p> <h2> granada injection</h2> <p><img alt='ford granada injection' src='/blog/classic-cars-20.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>not the cheapest classic vehicle on this list, but it's most certainly worth the price if you're looking for reliability. the granada injection is one of those classic vehicles that's perfectly suited for everyday use. with its rubber chin spoiler, trx wheels, and forward facing spotlights this vehicle has a lot to offer. let's not forget about the interior with its recaro seats and charcoal-hued liner. reliable and stylish, the granada injection is an excellent choice as a daily driver.</p> <h2> ls400</h2> <p><img alt='lexus ls400' src='/blog/classic-cars-21.jpg' /><br /> image source : <a href=''>wikimedia</a></p> <p>toyota is no stranger to building reliable cars. it's common for a toyota to have hundreds of thousands of miles on the engine before things start to go wrong. with that being said, the luxurious lexus ls400 has a nearly infallible track record of reliability. the overall build quality is top of the line. furthermore, it sports the 4 liter 1uz-fe v8 engine. what that all means is that no matter how much you drive this beautiful classic (and as long as you take care of it), the lexus ls400 will feel like new every single time your foot presses down on the gas. relatively affordable, reliable, and luxurious the ls400 has you covered on all fronts. </p> </div> Tips and Information Sun, 2 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 How to Locate a Classic car VIN <h1>classic car insurance</h1> <p><img alt='how to locate a classic car vin' src='/blog/how-to-locate-a-classic-car-vin02.jpg' /></p> <p>vehicle identification numbers (vin) have been a requirement for all vehicles within the united states since 1954. in the early years, vins were determined by the vehicle's manufacturer. there was no set standard in terms of character type, length, number sequence, etc.</p> <p>however, this policy changed for 1981 models when the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) created a standard when it came to the assignment of vins. from that point onward, all vehicles were required to have vins that were 17 characters in length that consisted of numbers and letters.</p> <h2>the importance of vins for older vehicles</h2> <p>there are a number of reasons why you may need to know the vin of an older vehicle. some of the more common reasons often include:</p> <ul> <li>finding production numbers for special edition or rare vehicles.</li> <li>searching for an old automobile you used to own.</li> <li>learning the actual value of your value if you decide to sell.</li> <li>learning the history of a vehicle, you may own.</li> <li>ensuring the authenticity of an older vehicle before you make a purchase.</li> </ul> <p>you should make it a point to know as much information as possible when you're researching an older car or truck. this includes history, value, and more. generally, rare older vehicles tend to have a heftier price tag and come with more risk as a result. knowing as much about the vehicle as possible will help you make the right decisions when it comes to buying or selling.</p> <h2>finding the vin for older vehicles</h2> <p>if you're searching for an older vehicle or if you're digging into the history of an older vehicle you're interested in buying (or already own), the first step is to locate a vin or serial number. if you find yourself in a situation where the vin stickers and plates are missing from the vehicle in question, there are several alternate methods you can employ to locate the vin of the vehicle. these include:</p> <ul> <li>checking the repair records from the car dealership where you bought the vehicle. you can also try checking repair receipts.</li> <li>loan papers may also have the information you seek. banks often keep this information on hand when they assign loans.</li> <li>checking <a href=''>classic car insurance</a> cards and old registration.</li> <li>checking insurance claims and/or police reports. if your vehicle was involved in an accident, you might find the vin information on file.</li> <li>checking the records of previous insurance companies. you can either check with your current insurance company or check with the previous owner's.</li> </ul> <h2>finding vin information with photos </h2> <p>the above methods may not always work when you're attempting to track down a vehicle's vin. if that's the case, you can try searching through old pictures. the following methods may not directly lead to the discovery of a vin, but they may lead to information pertaining to the history of the vehicle.</p> <p>old photos can reveal a wealth of information. these include:</p> <ul> <li>the original color of the vehicle.</li> <li>information pertaining to the interior design of the vehicle.</li> <li>license plate numbers.</li> <li>information pertaining to transmission type, original body, and engine.</li> </ul> <h2>starting a vin search for an older vehicle</h2> <p>whether you have a vin or not, it can still be challenging to locate an old car or truck. if you do have a vin or serial number on hand, you can begin your search in a couple of ways. these include:</p> <ul> <li>running your vin through a search engine such as google, bing, or yahoo.</li> <li>running a search on a vin check site that has an extensive database of older vehicles.</li> </ul> <p>actually having the vin on hand makes the search much simpler. however, if you don't happen to have the vin or serial number, you can try the next best thing -- posting a search history on the vehicle. a search history is an ad that you create that usually features a short description or story that relates to the vehicle in question. you can post a search history to a number of online sources:</p> <ul> <li>social media platforms such as facebook</li> <li>message boards for enthusiasts</li> <li>a self-made blog</li> <li>car club websites and newsletters</li> </ul> <p>posting a search history may or may not provide the information you're seeking, thus it's a good idea to also contact the previous owners of the vehicle to see if they have further useful information. if you happen to have the name or address of the previous owner, you can try contacting them through social media. if you only have their name you can try running a public records search to see if you can ascertain their contact information.</p> <p>searching online through various sources can often lead to essential information such as the vin of the vehicle, the license, and more information that will help you to continue conducting your search. </p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>paulbr75</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Classic Car Rating System: What the Numbers Mean <h1>classic car insurance</h1> <p><img alt='classic car rating system: what the numbers mean' src='/blog/classic-car-rating-system1.jpg' /></p> <p>classic cars are given a rating of 1 - 6 to classify their condition. understanding what these ratings mean can help you understand the true value of a vintage vehicle.</p> <p>the numerical grading system began in the mid-1970s by a magazine publisher named chet krause. prior to the adoption of the system, ratings such as 'good, 'fair, and 'excellent' were used to rate the condition of a vintage vehicle. the problem with a 'fair' or 'good' rating is there were often disagreements on what 'fair' or 'good' actually meant. to rectify the issue, krause reasoned that vintage vehicles needed a better rating system that the community would be willing to adopt.</p> <p>when the numerical rating system was initially adopted, there were only five classifications because vehicles that were considered 'unusable' were not given an evaluation. problems began to arise when appraisers that lived in states with personal property tax laws began to exploit the system by purposefully overstating the value of their vehicles. therefore, a sixth and final rating classification was created to account for 'parts cars.'</p> <p><img alt='the value of each rating' src='/blog/classic-car-rating-system2.jpg' /></p> <h2>the value of each rating</h2> <p>under krause's numerical rating system, lower numbers (1-3) indicated higher quality and higher numbers (4-6) indicated lower quality. let's take a more in-depth look at each of these classifications.</p> <h3>no. 1: excellent</h3> <p>a perfect original vehicle with components that either look like new or operate like new or a perfectly restored vehicle in the same condition. this is a show car that's rarely driven. contact us now to find an insurance quote to fully understand your coverage and know more about <a href=''>classic car insurance</a>.</p> <h3>no. 2: fine</h3> <p>an original that is considered to be in 'excellent' condition or well-restored though not quite at the level of a classic vehicle rated at number one. the vehicle should be well cared for and displays minimal wear and tear.</p> <h3>no. 3: very good</h3> <p>a vehicle that shows a good bit of wear, yet still operable. the vehicle is presentable for an amateur restoration though it wouldn't quite meet professional standards.</p> <h3>no. 4: good</h3> <p>a vehicle that can still be driven though it likely needs minor work (such as a brake job). the vehicle is likely a poor amateur restoration or a restoration that has deteriorated over time. the car is still usable 'as is' but it certainly needs work.</p> <h3>no. 5: restorable</h3> <p>the vehicle is in need of a complete restoration regarding the interior, chassis, and body. the car may or may not run. despite this, it's still in good enough condition that it can be restored.</p> <h3>no. 6: parts car</h3> <p>as the name implies, the vehicle is in a state where it's only useful for parts and nothing else.</p> <h3>another way to view the rating system</h3> <p>the above is just one way to look at the rating system, but there are easier ways to visualize how it works. you can also view the system in the form of a pyramid where number one rests at the top and number six sits at the bottom. as with any pyramid, the tip is narrow and only fits one or two of the best vehicles from a particular model. one level down the pyramid widens ever so slightly allowing for the addition of a few more cars. the trend continues the further you travel down the pyramid.</p> <p>therefore, the cars at the top tier of the pyramid are the best of the best. they're most likely to take home 'best in show' at every car competition they enter. cars of this caliber are rare because of the massive amount of work and money it takes to keep them in such pristine condition.</p> <p>on the second tier, the number of cars increase as the quality ever so slightly decreases. they're likely the same model as the cars at the top rank, but their condition isn't quite what would be considered 'perfection.'</p> <p>the next level down the pyramid widens, and more vehicles are able to occupy the space. these vehicles are nice to look at, but there are a few flaws here and there. they've likely been restored some time ago, but they don't look quite as nice as they used to.</p> <p>on the fourth tier down we begin to see more wear and tear. these vehicles still run, but it's highly advised you let your mechanic have a look at it before you make the vehicle your daily driver.</p> <p>cars that occupy the last two rungs of the pyramid are the type you'd find rusting away in someone's driveway or backyard. they're the kind you would find at a 'pick-a-part' lot when you're searching for those hard to find pieces as you restore one of the vehicles in the upper levels of the pyramid.</p> <p>the numerical rating system for classic vehicles isn't terribly difficult to understand. knowing how the system works allows you to truly understand the value of a vintage car and should guide any purchase decisions you may make in the future.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>smarko</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a><br /> in post image credit: <a href=''>u.s. air force photo by alex r. lloyd</a></p> Tips and Information Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0800 What is a Matching Number Classic Car and Does it Matter? <h1>classic car insurance</h1> <p><img alt='classic car' src='/blog/matching-number-classic-car.jpg' /></p> <p>if you're new to the world of classic automobiles, you might not be familiar with the term 'matching number' or 'number matching'. knowing the meaning of this phrase may influence the amount that a buyer is willing to pay for your classic automobile, or, just as importantly, how much <em>you're</em> willing to spend on a classic vehicle.</p> <p>ultimately, number matching is important because it doesn't just influence the value of your vehicle, but also its collectability and rarity.</p> <h2>the definition</h2> <p>matching numbers refers to the number of parts that a vehicle was originally manufactured with. keep in mind that this definition may change depending on who you ask. all parts are considered during an inspection for a matching numbers vehicle. this includes major components such as the engine and even seemingly insignificant parts such as nuts and bolts.  </p> <p>though this may sound simple enough, it really can be quite challenging to find a true matching numbers classic automobile. the longer you keep a car the more likely you'll have to repair or outright replace a failing part or two.</p> <p>even the most hardcore classic auto collectors recognize how impractical it can be to find a vehicle that still maintains 100% of its original parts. therefore many collectors find it acceptable if all of the components on a vehicle are from the original assembly line, even if a few parts had to be swapped out at some point. it's also acceptable for vehicles to have 'like new' stock parts.</p> <p>often times factories have extra parts lying around and end up sending them to a warehouse to be inventoried. these parts can then be ordered by a dealership when needed.</p> <p>in most cases, those who use the term 'matching numbers' are referring  to the fact that the transmission and the engine have the same sequence numbers as the vin (vehicle identification number) assigned to the chassis. keep in mind that the casting number, rear axle, and differential date code must also belong to the vehicle.</p> <p><img alt='what is a matching number classic car and does it matter?' src='/blog/matching-number-classic-car01.jpg' /></p> <h2>vins and their importance</h2> <p>the vehicle identification number is very important when determining when a vehicle was manufactured. today, vin numbers are often easy to find because they're mostly located in the same area in most vehicles -- the inside of the driver's side windshield.</p> <p>american auto makers began using vin numbers in the mid-1950s to properly identify and describe a vehicle and its parts. as automobiles were mass produced, vin numbers were used more and more.</p> <p>back during those times, every manufacturer utilized their own variations. for example, ford would have a different vin number variation than general motors. therefore, if you're familiar with each of the vin variation types, you should be able to easily identify the manufacturer.</p> <p>at one point factories began labeling every single one of its parts with vin numbers. this helps the manufacturing process along greatly. as you can very well imagine, some vehicles had longer build sheets than others.</p> <p>you can use vin numbers to identify whether or not a particular component of a classic automobile is actually an original part. there are a number of essential parts of a vehicle you should check for a vin number:</p> <ul> <li>ignition distributor</li> <li>alternator</li> <li>generator</li> <li>transmission</li> <li>engine</li> <li>rear axle</li> <li>cylinder heads</li> <li>water pump</li> </ul> <h2>do your research</h2> <p>classic automobiles aren't like today's vehicles. they generally lack uniformity which makes them unique, but might present problems when you're trying to figure out if the vehicle is 100% original. you can visit leland-west – a <a href=''>classic car insurance</a> company to learn more about your classic car.</p> <p>when it comes to investigating a matching numbers automobile, you have to identify the numbers that you need to verify and then you have to figure out where they're located on the vehicle.</p> <p>this will take some digging and likely hours of online research. if you have the cash, bringing along a pro who knows what to look for can save you hours of searching. if you're not interested in bringing someone along with you, they could always show you where to look, but nothing beats having a professional doing the heavy lifting for you.</p> <p>you can always look online for the information that you need, but there are also car clubs that focus on a specific makes and models of specific vehicles. if you present yourself in a friendly way, you should be able to get the information that you seek from one of the members.</p> <h2>why doing the research matters</h2> <p>calculating the numbers and doing the research is indeed very important if you're looking to get the best price for the vehicle. typically, the more original the vehicle, the more valuable it is. it can be difficult to determine the market value of a classic car, but it certainly helps if you can prove its originality.</p> <p>so yes, doing the research and determining how original the number matching vehicle is completely matters when it comes to getting the most money during a sale. keep that in mind, and you might just be surprised at the value of your vehicle.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href='by%20rex%20gray%20from%20southern%20california%20-%201960%20chevrolet%20corvette%20fuelie%20-%20fvr,%20cc%20by%202.0,%20https:/'>rex gray / wikipedia</a></p> <p>in post image credit: <a href=''>joe ross / flickr</a></p> Tips and Information Tue, 1 May 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Restomod vs. Restore: The Great Debate <p><img alt='restomod vs. restore: the great debate' src='/blog/restomod-vs-restore-the-great-debate.jpg' /></p> <p>there's something about classic vehicles that draw people in like moths to a flame. no one can explain it. newer cars have better mpg, tend to run smoother, and have better technology amongst other advantages. why would anyone want a classic vehicle in the first place? they even cost more money to acquire and maintain!</p> <p>though your average joe may call this lunacy, nothing would please a classic car enthusiast more than to trade in their modern day vehicle for a classic beauty. plus, some classic vehicles have yet to be outdone by anything from this day and age.</p> <p>thus, if you run into a classic vehicle that you'd like to turn into a project you have a very important decision to make -- do you restomod or do you restore the vehicle?</p> <p>first, let's start with a definition:</p> <p><strong>restoration</strong> - refers to bringing back a classic car to its former glory by only using all (or mostly) original factory parts. the vehicle undergoes a complete makeover both externally and internally. when the restoration is complete, you should have a vehicle in pristine condition that looks just as good as it did when it was manufactured all of those years ago.</p> <p><strong>restomod</strong> - this is a process where you perform a restoration on a classic vehicle, but incorporating modern day technology to improve the performance. with most restomod projects, the outer appearance of the vehicle retains its classic appeal, but the inside is replaced with the latest technology to truly give you an improved ride.</p> <p>though both sides have valid points when it comes to choosing one over the other, the one deciding factor that usually tips the scale for most people is value. a restored classic vehicle with original parts will often fetch a higher price at auction. however, the process of restoration will also be far more expensive. hunting down parts that are no longer in production can be an expensive endeavor indeed.</p> <p>though a restomod project won't hold the same value as a restored classic vehicle, the improvement in performance may compensate for the deficit in value, at least for some people. restomod vehicles have the same appearance as an original classic, but with all of the modern conveniences provided by current technology.</p> <p>it all comes down to two factors -- your purpose and your budget.</p> <p>if you plan on using your classic vehicle as a daily driver and want something that is reliable and safe, a restomod project will be exactly what you're looking for.</p> <p> however, if your budget is large and you're looking for a showpiece car that will only be brought out on special occasions, a restoration may be the route you're looking for.     both projects hold merit. it comes down to what suits you best.</p> <h2>a deeper look at the debate - traditionalists vs. modernists</h2> <p>the debate goes deeper still. there are classic car purists or traditionalists out there that view modernizing a classic vehicle as a sacrilegious act. for the traditionalist/purist, restoration is the only proper action.</p> <p>from the flip side of the coin, those who favor restomods want to maintain the classic look of the vehicle while improving performance, safety, and comfort while driving. it may be a classic on the surface, but it's a completely different vehicle beneath the hood. restomodders favor function over form, as opposed to traditionalists who prefer form over function.  </p> <h2>picking a side</h2> <p>the problem is that it's not so easy to simply pick one side or the other. you might find yourself toeing the line because when you think about it, both sides have valid arguments. if the classic vehicle in question is extremely rare, then going the restoration route would be a good idea to preserve the history of the vehicle.</p> <p>but if you need a reliable vehicle to take your kids back and forth to school and get yourself to work every day, there's nothing wrong with going the restomod route and updating the safety features of your vehicle with modern day technology (i.e., brakes, safer seat belts, etc).</p> <h2>the challenges of restoring a classic vehicle</h2> <p>let's be honest with ourselves, especially if you're a traditionalist. it's hard to restore a true classic. not only does it come down to cost, but sometimes it's just downright difficult to find the parts in the first place. in many cases, you may end up settling with aftermarket parts anyway because the parts you're searching for may be out of production. plus, with the advent and popularity of bolt-on parts for classic vehicles, restomod projects may not seem so far-fetched after all.</p> <p>true restoration is a long, hard and expensive road. that's why many people find that going with a restomod is the better choice. parts become plentiful, cheaper and easier to come by. though, if you have a large budget, you can overcome all of these issues.</p> <h2>what do modifications do to value?</h2> <p>as we already know, a classic that stays true to form will fetch a higher price than a vehicle that has received the restomod treatment. however, restomod vehicles can also command a handsome price, especially if you find a buyer who is searching for a vehicle with specific modern day modifications in mind.</p> <p>be mindful that modifications done for the sake of changing the aesthetics of the vehicle, an expression of art, will likely drive down the price. however, upgrading the guts of your classic car will surely fetch you a handsome price from the right buyer.</p> <h2>the hardcore traditionalists</h2> <p>somewhat recently, truly hardcore purists/traditionalists have begun to adopt the european way of preserving classic vehicles. typically, the american definition of restoring a classic car is to make it look as new as possible while maintaining its original parts. this is done by applying fresh paint, a good waxing, etc. </p> <p>however, a new wave of traditionalists now believe that a classic vehicle should remain the way it is -- dents, rust and all. even when a part fails on the vehicle, that part must be repaired while maintaining its original look, no matter how many dents it has. it's clear these individuals wish to preserve <em>every</em> aspect of their classic vehicle's history.</p> <h2>there's only one conclusion</h2> <p>the only conclusion here is that both schools of thought -- restomod vs. restoration -- are valid in the right situation for the right person. it ultimately comes down to purpose and budget, but it also comes down to whether or not you care if your vehicle remains a true classic with 100% factory specs or if you don't mind throwing in modern day conveniences.</p> <p>there's no reason why you shouldn't modify your vehicle the way that you want it to look and run. but if you wish to preserve the tradition of your classic vehicle, then restoration is truly the way to go.</p> <p>let's agree that we all love working on classic vehicles. let those who want to restomod their vehicle mod to their heart's content, and let those who prefer restoration focus on preserving the tradition and history of their vehicle.  at the end of the day, both camps share a love for classic vehicles and that's all that matters.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>catbadger</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Wed, 4 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The 16 Most Underappreciated Classic Cars <h1>classic car insurance</h1> <p>throughout the decades, there have been a significant number of classic cars that have gone largely underappreciated. whether they were outshined by another historic car at the time, or if they simply weren’t perceived well by the market many classic vehicles have been given the proverbial cold shoulder by practically everyone the world over. here are 16 of the most underappreciated classic cars.</p> <h2>1) porsche 914/6</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='porsche 914/6' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars01.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>porsche has a long history that dates back to ww2. with so many successful lines out, it’s not a surprise that one would be lost along the way. of course, i speak of the porsche 914/6. with the 911s, caymans, panameras, and cayennes to deal with the porsche 914/6 were simply swallowed up. there’s not much to say about this vehicle. it’s safe to say that it’s underappreciated mainly because it’s compared to every other vehicle that porsche has put out since its inception. just think of the 914/6 as the forgotten middle child of the porsche brand. if you own a porsche 914/6 call (877)237-4730 for <a href=''>classic car insurance</a>.</p> <h2>2) sunbeam tiger</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='sunbeam tiger' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars02.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>the sunbeam tiger truly deserves more recognition. with its v8s (260ci in tiger mark i and 289ci in tiger mark ii) it had raw horsepower on its side. too bad carroll shelby didn’t reserve the rights to this classic automobile. instead, jensen motors took the reins and…well, the sunbeam wouldn’t be on this list if things had gone well for it, now would it? the sunbeam tiger ran from 1964  to 1967 and produced 7,083 units. keep in mind that the vast majority of these, 6,450 to be exact, was the mark i models. most collectors who own these antique vehicles have modified them in one way or another, thus finding one in its original condition can be quite expensive.</p> <h2>3) studebaker avanti</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='studebaker avanti' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars03.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>the studebaker avanti couldn't have been released at a worse time. when it was revealed to the world in 1962, people found that the avanti was a great grand tourer. as a plus, you could also get this historic vehicle with an optional factory supercharged v8 that could crank out 355 horsepower. however, hard times forced studebaker to close down the avanti factory in 1963, and they gave other automakers permission to produce the avanti on other platforms. sadly, these other platforms had much lower standards than studebaker. the lower quality avantis pretty much ruined the reputation of the studebaker avanti and the rest is history.</p> <h2>4) mercury cougar</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='mercury cougar' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars04.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>the mercury cougar had its time in the spotlight once upon a time. that time, sadly, is far behind it. having been around for nearly three decades, it’s safe to say that this old car is very much underappreciated. during the time that the mercury cougar was related to the mercury, you could throw all kinds of features into this bad boy such as equipping it with the cobra jet v8 or 289ci windsor v8. there was even a blacked out performance package available. that time is past and the mercury cougar is very much underappreciated in today’s classic car market.</p> <h2>5) ford centurion</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='ford centurion' src='/blog/1989_ford_centurion_classic_350.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>in the beginning, ford broncos could never get the four-door thing down. at the time chevy's suburban dominated the four-door market, and it seemed like ford didn’t want to go down that rabbit hole. that all changed when the expedition succeeded the bronco. well, let’s not forget that the fourth and fifth generation bronco was able to offer a four-door package. enter the ford centurion, a vehicle produced by centurion vehicles who focused explicitly on manufacturing ford’s trucks. if you were to break the ford centurion down you would find an f-150 and f-350 chassis married to bronco panels. the result was the release of the c-150 and the c-350. these were terrific vehicles, but over time, with the release of the expedition, they just faded into black. it’s a pity because these were truly amazing vehicles.</p> <h2>6) thunderbird turbo coupe</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='thunderbird turbo coupe' src='/blog/turbocoupe.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>with a name like the turbo coupe, you should instantly expect great things. after all, the turbo coupe was the best option you could get to match europe's sports coupe in the 1980s. the turbo coupe could hit 190 horsepower and sported a medley of features: sound brakes, special shorter gearing for better acceleration, and adjustable suspension. despite all of its fantastic features, the thunderbird turbo coupe only lasted about four years before disappearing from the hearts and minds of the people. even classic car collectors seem to pass up the turbo coupe. on the other hand the mustang svo, its sister car, still maintains a legendary status amongst mustang fans to this day.</p> <h2>7) ford maverick</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='ford maverick' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars07.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>from its inception, the ford maverick was doomed. it was first brought about as an experiment in 1970 and was a few years behind the introduction of pony muscle cars. this was the reason the ford maverick couldn't possibly compete, but ford still wanted to see what they could do with this antique car. equipped with base anemic engines and a low base price, the maverick wasn't entirely impressive though you could configure them differently if you so desired.  some models were equipped with 302ci v8 engines and could hit around 210hp. this was fine for a sedan of its type, but 1977 saw the end of its run. soon afterward, the ford maverick faded away from the hearts and minds of the people.</p> <h2>8) ferrari dino 308 gt4</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='ferrari dino 308 gt4' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars08.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>ferrari is known for its ultra-expensive supercars. nowadays, if you drive a ferrari that probably means you're rich. well, you may be surprised to learn that ferrari tried to market a more affordable vehicle for the general population using the dino badge. ferrari offered these vehicles from 1968 to 1976, releasing three models during that time. the last model was the ferrari dino 308 gt4. this collectible car sported a v8 engine and was able to hit 250 horsepower when you really put your foot down. it had a good run until 1976, where ferrari transferred the 308 away from dino and gave it the ferrari name. oddly enough, this is probably the reason this collectors car faded existence and is largely unappreciated.</p> <p>                       </p> <h2>9) studebaker lark</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='studebaker lark' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars09.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>if you don't recognize the studebaker lark, we can't blame you. the "big three" dominated the market at the time, so studebaker had a lot to compete with. despite the stiff competition, the lark held its own. this vehicle was manufactured between 1959 and 1966, when the company folded. this vehicle was offered in every type of body layout that was available at the time, and a large selection of powertrains. if one thing could be said about the lark, it was one of the most versatile american cars in the market at that time. too bad this vehicle faded into obscurity after the company folded.</p> <h2>10) pontiac 2+2</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='pontiac 2+2' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars10.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>this vehicle was initially offered as a trim package for catalina in 1964. however, the pontiac 2+2 was eventually marketed as its own vehicle and ran from 1965 to 1967. the pontiac 2+2 was european inspired and was offered as a convertible or as a hardtop coupe. the 2+2 was most certainly its own vehicle, differing from the catalina by offering different exterior panels, bucket seats, and a different center console. in 1964, the trim package came with either 389ci or 421ci v8 engines whereas the 2+2 only offered 421ci or 428ci rochester v8s that could hit 376 horsepower. during its run, the pontiac 2+2 was regarded as one of the finest classic cars at the time, but today you'll find that it's largely underappreciated.</p> <h2>11) chevrolet kingswood</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='chevrolet kingswood' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars11.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>station wagons were never quite as popular as sedans, especially in the united states. however, with its two short runs, the chevrolet kingswood could most certainly compete in the power department. this is especially true for the second generation that ran between 1969 and 1972, where kingswood sported 454ci v8 chevy big-blocks. in other words, these station wagons had some power. though largely forgotten and unappreciated for what it was, you couldn't say the chevrolet kingswood didn't have class. how could anyone not appreciate those wooden exterior panels?</p> <h2>12) datsun sports</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='datsun sports' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars12.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>we might think that the original fairlady was the first z car, but that simply isn't the case. that title belongs to datsun sports. datsun sports had a run that lasted from 1959 to 1970 and had five distinguishing brands for the consumer to choose from sports: 1,000, 1,200, 1,500, 1,600, and 2,000. these compact roadsters were stuffed with 4-cylinder engines. reliable, affordable, and very much fun to drive the datsun sports had a fantastic run. however, along came nissan with its z cars and suddenly the bar was raised exponentially. from that point onward datsun sports faded into the background. now, despite being good vehicles, they're underappreciated and mostly forgotten.</p> <h2>13) cadillac allante</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='cadillac allante' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars13.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>you could say that the cadillac allante was the spiritual predecessor to the corvette-based xlr. the market didn't exactly receive this vehicle well when it was first introduced due to its front-wheel drive and poor handling. however, pininfarina (the italian design house that designed scores of ferraris) built the body in italy and flew them out to detroit where it was fused with a decent chassis and v8, so you can't say that the allante had any design flaws. today, it's parentage seems to be somewhat unappreciated as bigger and better models pushed it into obscurity.</p> <h2>14) ford pinto </h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='ford pinto' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars14.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>how could anyone ever forget the unforgettable ford pinto? perhaps it may be fresh in some of our minds, but it's still underappreciated for a number of reasons. for one, it tended to catch on fire a lot. despite its other features, ford simply couldn't get rid of that stigma. despite its proneness to combust, the pinto provided an economical car that was perfect for the gas crisis that defined the seventies. it handled well and was a fun drive, especially if you got the manual version. unfortunately, there was no getting over that stigma, and the ford pinto remains unappreciated to this day.</p> <h2>15) kaiser darrin</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='kaiser darrin' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars15.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>it could be said that the kaiser darrin was the united state's direct challenge to the british that they could build better roadsters. this contemporary of the thunderbird and corvette didn't sell well, however, because it wasn't all that fast. still, what the kaiser darrin lacked in speed, it made up in style. it's mostly recognized for its unique doors (along with the bmw z) that slide into the front fender. sadly, the vehicle remains underappreciated to this day.</p> <h2>16) buick gnx</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='buick gnx' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars16.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>for the most part, every single vehicle bearing the buick grand national name that was built in the mid-1980s could be said to be a bit on the underrated side. these eighties muscle cars were turbocharged and capable of 245 horsepower. these were the "normal" specs, however. when it came to the gnx, your typical grand national was sent to michigan where it underwent some serious fine-tuning. everything was tweaked from the transmission to the turbo. the result was a badder more fierce muscle car then your run of the mill grand national. often referred to as "darth vader's car" due to its all black appearance and tough demeanor, somehow the buick gnx fell out of grace and was never truly appreciated as the beast that it truly was.</p> <h2>17) chevrolet corvair monza</h2> <div class='image-left'><img alt='chevrolet corvair monza' src='/blog/underappreciated-classic-cars17.jpg' /><br /> <strong>source:</strong> <a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <p>the corvair monza had a bit of bad reputation due to ralph nader's book, <em>unsafe at any speed</em>. nader argued that a lot of people ended up losing their lives because gm didn't give the monza's suspension the love that it truly needed to be driven safely. in actuality, it was discovered that the suspension of the corvair monza was essentially the same as contemporary mercedes and porsches. statistics even proved that the monza wasn't any more dangerous than any other vehicle on the road at that time. the corvair monza sported an advanced air-cooled flat-six engine that was mounted in the rear. you could think of the corvair monza as a porsche for the average man. however, it simply could not survive the controversy that surrounded it, and it ended up fading away into obscurity.</p> Tips and Information Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Top 14 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auctions <h1>top 14 most expensive cars sold at auctions</h1> <h1>classic car insurance</h1> <p>there’s nothing quite like the world of high-stakes car auctions. with money changing hands by the millions and classic cars, hot rods, and classic trucks finding new owners, the atmosphere can get pretty exciting. leland-west, a leading <a href=''>classic car insurance</a> company in california has done the research and has found some of the most expensive vintage cars to be ever sold at an auction. if you’re ready to have your mind blown by these extremely high numbers, continue reading.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1962 ferrari 250 gto' src='/blog/lw-ca-01.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>1) 1962 ferrari 250 gto - $38,115,000</h2> <p>the ferrari 250 gto is a highly coveted classic automobile. the 250 is so rare that ferrari only made 39 units. with scarcity and rarity on its side, the 1962 ferrari 250 gto was sold at the quail lodge in monterey, california for a staggering $38,115,000. 250 gtos rarely make their way through the auction circuits, so it’s not hard to imagine why an individual would pay so much money to own one. if you think $38,115,000 is a lot of money, you’re going to be very surprised by the original estimation of this vehicle. here’s a hint: it was $50,000,000.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1954 mercedes-benz w196' src='/blog/lw-ca-02.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>2) 1954 mercedes-benz w196 - $29,607,760</h2> <p>once upon a time, the mercedes-benz w196 held the title for being the most expensive collector vehicle sold at an auction, having changed hands for $29,607,760. that was a full year before the aforementioned 250 gto took that coveted title. the w196 was listed at the bonhams goodwood festival of speed sale in july 2013. the formula 1 single-seater had quite the history; having won races with the ever famous f1 driver juan manuel fangio at the wheel. furthermore, the w196 sported a fuel-injected 2.5-liter inline-eight engine. when it was sold, the w196 set thee records simultaneously: it was the most expensive mercedes-benz, it was the most costly formula 1 car, and it was the most expensive car to be ever sold at an auction.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1967 ferrari 275 gts/4 n.a.r.t. spider' src='/blog/lw-ca-03.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>3) 1967 ferrari 275 gts/4 n.a.r.t. spider - $27,5000,000</h2> <p>can you believe that this collector car was originally listed at presale for a mere $14 - $17 million? clearly, the bidding grew hot and fierce because that initial estimate practically doubled when it was all said and done and the 275 sold for a staggering $27,500,000. the price point was so surprising that auction expert dave kinney stated that it was “one of the most memorable auction sales ever”. the ferrari 275 gts is only one of 10 drop top versions that were ever built by coachbuilder scaglietti. what made this vehicle even more special was the fact that it had never left the ownership of its original owner, eddie smith of north carolina. it was only six years after his death that his family finally decided to sell the vehicle and donate all proceeds to charity.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1964 ferrari gtb/c speciale ' src='/blog/lwn-ca-04.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''> wikimedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>4) 1964 ferrari gtb/c speciale – $26,400,000</h2> <p>the gto might have overshadowed by the sale of the 250 gto, but the 275 gtc/c speciale pulled in quite the pile of cash itself. this vehicle is the road going version of the 275 race car that placed third overall at the 1965 24 hours le mans. that’s quite the pedigree, and it’s also one of only three gtb/c speciale berlinetta competitonze cars produced that met homologation regulations. the 275 gtb is powered by a 3.3-liter v-12 engine with 320 hp through a five-speed manual gearbox. when this vehicle was sold at auction, it was in perfect condition. on top of the fact that it’s so rare, it’s no wonder that the ferrari 275 gtb sold for so much!</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1954 ferrari 375-plus spider competizione' src='/blog/lw-ca-05.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>5) 1954 ferrari 375-plus spider competizione - $18,400,177</h2> <p>the ferrari 375 is a factory-backed car built for the race track. its powerful 4.9-liter v-8 engine made it a force to be reckoned with on italian raceways. eventually, it was sold to an american who used the 375-plus for scca club racing for several years before the vehicle eventually fell into disrepair. sometime later, the vehicle was sent to italy to be fully restored, and the body and the original engine were reunited once again (no one knows why the two were separated in the first place). before its fall from grace, the ferrari 375 was a fearsome beast on the raceway. with nicknames such as “the fearsome four-nine” from british teams and “le monstre” from the french, it was clear that the 375 had created quite a name for itself on the raceways. it’s no wonder that this vehicle sold for so much money, despite having gone through such extensive restoration.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1957 ferrari 250 testa rossa' src='/blog/lwn-ca-06.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikimedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>6) 1957 ferrari 250 testa rossa - $16,390,000</h2> <p>for those who truly understand the value of this vehicle, $16.39 million may seem like the bargain of a lifetime. considering the fact that this was the first ferrari 250 testarossa that was ever built, the price really does seem on the lower end. before the 250 testa rossa ever made it to north america, it was put through its paces as a scuderia ferria team car that competed at le mans. what this antique car has in spades is a rich past. it has a 3.0-liter, frenzied styling, 300-hp v-12 engine, four-speed manual transmission, and six weber carburetors. there aren’t many vehicles that have such impressive specs.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1964 ferrari 250 lm' src='/blog/lwn-ca-07.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>7) 1964 ferrari 250 lm - $14,300,000</h2> <p>though the price continues to fall in terms of value on this list, there’s still nothing quite like the ferrari 250 lm. it was ferrari’s first mid-engine car and was extremely well maintained. features include a coachbuilt body by scaglietti and packs a 320-hp ferrari v-12 engine under the hood. the 250 lm was owned by steven earle of santa barbara, who used this race car as a daily driver in california. for a racecar, you could say it was lightly used. earle first ordered the car back in 1964 and only racked up a few thousand miles on the vehicle before selling it off a few years later. he never raced the vehicle. some years later, the 250 lm was put through its paces through various racetracks that included daytona and sebring. in 1968, it even placed first in its class at the 24 hours of daytona. when it was sold in 2013 for $14,3000,000, it was the vehicle’s first appearance in public for three decades.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1953 ferrari 340/375 mm berlinetta competizione' src='/blog/lw-ca-08.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>8) 1953 ferrari 340/375 mm berlinetta competizione - $12,812,800</h2> <p>this particular 340/375 mm berlinetta was one of three 375 mm cars to race in the 1953 le mans 24 hour race. later on, the vehicle was modified for improved performance. the engine was one of the first to be modified, receiving an increase to 4.5 liters. this increase brought the 340/375 spec’s up to match the same capacity as the v-12 engine found in the ferrari 375 formula car. changes to the front and rear also helped to improve the 340/375’s performance, specifically its downforce and visibility. this old car has had quite the racing history, having been driven by three well known and respected champions before ending being imported to the u.s. in 1954. over the years, the vehicle underwent many restorations, returning it to its original state when it first rolled off the line in 1953. hopefully the owner had classic car insurance (coverage) to offset the costs of all of that restoration work. this vehicle went for a stunning $12,812,800 on the auction room floor at villa erba in may 2013.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1936 mercedes-benz 540k special roadster' src='/blog/lw-ca-09.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>9) 1936 mercedes-benz 540k special roadster - $11,770,000</h2> <p>the mercedes-benz 540k special roadster has a war strewn history, having survived the horrors of ww2 in germany. at some point, the 540k speical roadster was transported to the u.s. and seemed to vanish from existence. eventually, it was found hidden in a barn located in connecticut in 1992 and restored back to its former glory. boasting a 180-hp, 5.4-liter inline-eight engine with a supercharger as well as a four-speed manual gearbox, this vehicle was a force to be reckoned with. the backstory of this vehicle, along with its specs and mere presence, prompted one buyer to part with $11.77 million at the pebble beach auction in 2012 to take it home. it was quite the historic purchase indeed.</p> <p>thus far, we’ve talked about vehicles that have actually been sold at auction. however, there are a few vehicles out there that have yet to be sold to car collecting enthusiasts with a fat pocket book, but have ridiculously high auction estimations.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1956 aston martin dbr1 ' src='/blog/lwn-ca-10.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikimedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>10) 1956 aston martin dbr1 – estimated price: $20,000,000 or more</h2> <p>one of the first vehicles on the chopping block, so to speak, is the 1956 aston martin dbr1. this is one of five aston martin dbr1’s that has ever been built; needless to say, the value of this vehicle is immense. in 1959, the dbr1 won the le mans title and had a racing history that’s quite impressive. this vehicle has in fact been driven by carroll shelby and stirling moss. the dbr1 is the first vehicle ever to be offered at a public auction. it’s estimated that the dbr1 could easily skyrocket to one of the five most expensive cars ever sold at an auction.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1995 mclaren f1' src='/blog/lwn-ca-11.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>11) 1995 mclaren f1- estimated price: $10,000,000 – $14,500,000</h2> <p>when it comes to supercars, it doesn’t get better than the mclaren f1. it’s considered the original supercar, and possibly the best out there. you can think of the mclaren f1as formula one road cars. it’s almost scary if you let yourself think about it too long. between 1994 and 1998, only 106 have been built, and they retailed at $1,000,000 a pop.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1970 porsche 917k' src='/blog/lw-ca-12.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikimedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>12) 1970 porsche 917k – estimated price: $12,000,000 - $16,000,000</h2> <p>anything that steve mcqueen has touched that’s even remotely car related has practically turned to gold. basically, everything that the actor/racer has driven in, owned, starred in, or stared at suddenly saw an increase in its value because of the “mcqueen premium”. it seems that gooding & co. have unearthed one of mcqueen’s ultimate trophies – the 1970 porsche 917k that was used in mcqueen’s racing movie “le mans”. despite the fact that the legend himself didn't drive the vehicle in the movie, it still appeared on screen. if the selling price matches the estimate, the 917k will become the most expensive porsche ever sold. </p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1966 ferrari 275 gtb/c' src='/blog/lwn-ca-13.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikimedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>13) 1966 ferrari 275 gtb/c – estimated price: $12,000,000 - $16,000,000</h2> <p>a recurring theme on this list is rarity and scarcity. it’s one of the primary reasons that vehicles can sell for millions. the ferrari 275 gtb/c is no exception to this rule. there were only 12 built in the world, thus owning one would make instantly make you a member of a very exclusive club. this specific vehicle participated in more than 20 races, winning in its class many times over and giving it an impressive pedigree. the 275 gtb/c is highly coveted.</p> <div class='image-left'><img alt='1963 jaguar e-type lightweight' src='/blog/lw-ca-14.jpg' /><br /> <strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>wikipedia</a></div> <div class='image-left'> </div> <h2>14) 1963 jaguar e-type lightweight – estimated price: $4,000,000 - $7,000,000</h2> <p>after going through this entire list, it seems that $4,000,000 is practically nothing, but that’s still an impressive number, especially for the jaguar e-type lightweight. many view this car as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever built. over the years, this model has undergone many improvements, becoming well-known for its aerodynamic tail, amped up engine and suspension, and aluminum bodywork. in total, only 12 of these machines were ever made, and this is the 10th in the lineup.</p> Tips and Information Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 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=''>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=''>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=''>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 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 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=''>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=''>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=''>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=''>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=''>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=''>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 11 Most Expensive Car Insurance Claims <div class='wrapper'> <div class='image-center'><img alt='11 most expensive car insurance claims' src='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>'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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>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=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>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 <a href=''>split insurance policy</a>, 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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>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='' /></div> <p><strong>image source: </strong><a href=''>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=''>pixabay</a></p> <p><a href=''>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 9 Most Underrated Classic Cars from the 1960's <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='' style='width:800px' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' style='width:800px' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' 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='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' 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='' 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 Five Easy Ways to Protect Your Classic <div class='wrapper'> <div class='center_text'><img alt='protect classic cars, classic car insurance' src='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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='' /><br /> image source: <a href='' 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 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=''>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, <a href=''>collector car insurance</a> 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=''>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 <a href=''>agreed value car insurance</a> 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=''>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=''>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=''>bernswaelz</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a><br /> in post image: <a href=''>memorycatcher</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a></p> Tips and Information Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 Corvair Tips and Information <h1>classic corvair insurance</h1> <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. if you have a classic car, make certain you have the correct <a href=''>classic corvair insurance</a> for it.</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 <a href=''>antique auto insurance companies</a> 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=''>the history of the corvair</a> – a look at the <a href=''>classic cars history</a> from</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=''>the corvair’s rise and fall</a> – how this car changed the automotive industry.</p> <p><a href=''>the chevrolet corvair</a> – the model’s entry at wikicars.</p> <p><a href=''>the corvair at wikipedia</a> – contains a good amount of information on the development of the corvair.</p> <p><a href=''>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=''>25 things you didn’t know about the corvair</a> – some fun trivia from the chicago tribune.</p> <p><a href=''>the 1966 chevy corvair monza</a> – a look at one of the rarer versions of the corvair.</p> <p><a href=''>the 1965 corvair</a> – the features of the second generation.</p> <p><a href=''>how the corvair started a design revolution</a> – its features impacted more than just chevy.</p> <p><a href=''>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=''>in defense of the corvair</a> – why the corvair didn’t deserve its bad reputation.</p> <p><a href=',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=''>the corvair</a> – a look at the model and its evolution.</p> <p><a href=''>the advanced technology of the corvair</a> – how this car was one of the most advanced.</p> <p><a href=''>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=''>the corvair museum</a> – the official museum for the corvair.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=''>the ypsilanti automotive heritage museum</a> – the corvair museum is located here.</p> <p><a href=''>the corvair preservation foundation</a> – a foundation dedicated to preserving as many corvairs as possible.</p> <p><a href=''>the collectability of the corvair</a> – a look at why this vintage car is so popular.</p> <p><a href=''>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 Chevrolet Camaro Tips and Information <h1>classic camaro insurance</h1> <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. fortunately, even with all of that power, affordable <a href=''>classic camaro insurance</a> is still available.</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=''>cheverolet camaro history</a> the history of the car from edmunds</li> <li><a href=''>wikipedia for the camaro</a> includes a detailed look at each generation</li> <li><a href=''>models of the camaro</a> includes a list of total numbers of cars produced</li> <li><a href=''>the camaro: a history of horsepower</a> this article looks at the horsepower of the camaro throughout the years</li> <li><a href=''>the camaro research group</a> a group that focuses on first-generation camaros</li> <li><a href=''>the first camaro</a> a look at the car that started it all</li> <li><a href=''>camaro performers magazine</a> an online magazine focused on the camaro</li> <li><a href=''>the</a> a resource for all camaro owners that includes forums, registry, and more</li> <li><a href=''>the american camaro association</a> website for one of the largest camaro clubs</li> <li><a href=''>generations of gm history: the camaro</a> a story by a camaro owner</li> </ul> <p><strong>best known features</strong></p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by bull-doser (own work.) [public domain], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='chev camaro coupe (orange julep)' src='' style='width:512px' /></a></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=''>features of the 1969 camaro</a> a general overview of the most popular model</li> <li><a href=''>camaro engines throughout the years</a> the camaro has had many different engines across the generations</li> <li><a href=''>the intro of the 1967 camaro</a> this vintage ad shows the car's distinctive grill</li> <li><a href=''>the 1967 camaro z28 features</a> a look at what made this model special</li> <li><a href=''>the firebird verses the camaro</a> which had the better features?</li> <li><a href=''>chevy camaro performance specs over the years</a> compares some of the older camaros</li> <li><a href=''>classic camaro facts & history</a> some quick and easy facts about this vintage car</li> <li><a href=''>cars that defined cool</a> includes the camaro and why it's cool</li> <li><a href=''>buyer's guide for classic camaros</a> what to look for when buying a vintage car</li> <li><a href=''>cool collection of classic camaros</a> one of the best collections assembled</li> </ul> <p><strong>brief evolution of the camaro</strong></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>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> <ul> <li><a href=''>the complete history of the chevrolet camaro</a> a list of each year in the car's life</li> <li><a href=''>camaro models</a> a quick look at the different models</li> <li><a href=''>the history of the camaro</a> a visual history with many pictures</li> <li><a href=''>makes and models of the camaro</a> a list of resources from dmoz</li> <li><a href=''>camaro statistical and reference information</a> covers only the classic cars up through the final iroc-z</li> <li><a href=''>building a 1967 camaro</a> a team took up the challenge to build a camaro in 3 days</li> <li><a href=''>model history of the camaro</a> a look at how the car evolved</li> <li><a href=''>rare camaros</a> not all camaro models were widely available</li> <li><a href='!28'>camaro classic car price guide</a> how much is yours worth?</li> <li><a href=''>evolution of the camaro</a> how did it get to where it is today?</li> </ul> Tips and Information Tue, 5 May 2015 13:13:00 -0800 Dodge Charger Tips and Information <h1>dodge charger insurance</h1> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='charger photo6' src='//' 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. a long enough span of time, that all of the previous models would qualify for <a href=''>dodge charger insurance</a></p> <ul> <li><a href=''>the history of the charger</a> wiki's look at this model</li> <li><a href=''>the legendary charger</a> more information about the beginnings of the charger</li> <li><a href=''>the six generations of the charger</a> an in-depth look at each generation</li> <li><a href=''>birth and death of the charger</a> what went right and what went wrong</li> <li><a href=''>official charger forum</a> user forums on the site</li> </ul> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by sicnag (1968 dodge charger) [cc by 2.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='1968 dodge charger (15942903475)' src='//' 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=''>the dodge charger club directory</a> find a charger club in your area</li> <li><a href=''>classic muscle cars</a> includes the dodge charger</li> <li><a href=''>values of the 1969 charger</a> a look at different chargers and their current average value</li> <li><a href=''>famous dodge chargers</a> chargers in the movies and on tv shows</li> <li><a href=''>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='' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='charger photo2' src='//' style='width:512px' /></a></p> <ul> <li><a href=''>mopar</a> the company that provides parts and services for dodge vehicles</li> <li><a href=''>features of the 1969 charger</a> a look at what made this car special</li> <li><a href=''>more features of the charger</a> additional information about the early charger models</li> <li><a href=''>history of the charger models</a> what made these different models so popular</li> <li><a href=''>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='' title='by jeremyg3030 (1971 dodge charger super bee) [cc by 2.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='1971 dodge charger super bee (16368030743)' src='//' 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=''>the 1966 dodge charger</a> a general overview of the first charger</li> <li><a href=''>the 1968 charger</a> the first charger with a hemi</li> <li><a href=''>the classic dodge charger</a> a tumblr devoted to links and images of the classic charger</li> <li><a href=''>the 1969 charger</a> a look at how this car became so popular</li> <li><a href=''>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 MG Tips and Information <h1>classic mg insurance</h1> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by alfvanbeem (own work) [cc0], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='mg td (1953) , dutch licence registration dl-03-98 pic3' src='//' 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. if you have a classic car, make sure you have the correct <a href=''>classic mg insurance</a> for it.</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=''>mg cars</a> the official wiki for the mg car company</li> <li><a href=''>mg brand history</a> an overview of the company's history</li> <li><a href=''>the history of mg</a> a timeline of the brand</li> <li><a href=''>birth of a british icon</a> a look at mg over the years</li> <li><a href=''>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=''>the future of mg in the us</a> an early article discussing mgs plans for the oklahoma factory</li> <li><a href=''>the introduction of the sports car to the u.s.</a> a look at how mg became popular in america</li> <li><a href=''>mg cars for sale</a> find a mg in the u.s. for sale</li> <li><a href=''>classic car events in the u.s.</a> includes shows where you can find mgs</li> <li><a href=''>vintage car calendar</a> another listing of shows in north america</li> </ul> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='' title='by karlehorn (own work) [cc by-sa 3.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='mg b mkii cockpit' src='//' 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=''>the mg car club</a> a club in oxfordshire</li> <li><a href=''>classic car events around the world</a> mg fans can find places to show their cars</li> <li><a href=''>sports car craftsmen</a> learn about restoring old mg cars</li> <li><a href=''>mg clubs and more</a> a great resource for mg owners</li> <li><a href=''>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='' title='pavel �evela [cc by-sa 3.0 (], via wikimedia commons'><img alt='classic show brno 2011 (129)' src='//' 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=''>mg restoration services</a> a restoration site focused on mgs</li> <li><a href=''>inside the new chinese-owned mg</a> learn about some of the changes in mind for the new company</li> <li><a href=''>top gear mg reviews</a> the popular tv show looks at several mg models</li> <li><a href=''>the mg owners' club</a> a great group for mg owners</li> <li><a href=''>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 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=''>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=''>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=''>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=''>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 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=''>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=''>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=''>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 Classic Car Rating System: What the Numbers Mean <p>classic cars are given a rating of 1 - 6 to classify their condition. understanding what these ratings mean can help you understand the true value of a vintage vehicle.</p> <p>the numerical grading system began in the mid-1970s by a magazine publisher named chet krause. prior to the adoption of the system, ratings such as 'good, 'fair, and 'excellent' were used to rate the condition of a vintage vehicle. the problem with a 'fair' or 'good' rating is there were often disagreements on what 'fair' or 'good' actually meant. to rectify the issue, krause reasoned that vintage vehicles needed a better rating system that the community would be willing to adopt.</p> <p>when the numerical rating system was initially adopted, there were only five classifications because vehicles that were considered 'unusable' were not given an evaluation. problems began to arise when appraisers that lived in states with personal property tax laws began to exploit the system by purposefully overstating the value of their vehicles. therefore, a sixth and final rating classification was created to account for 'parts cars.'</p> <h2>the value of each rating</h2> <p>under krause's numerical rating system, lower numbers (1-3) indicated higher quality and higher numbers (4-6) indicated lower quality. let's take a more in-depth look at each of these classifications.</p> <h3>no. 1: excellent</h3> <p>a perfect original vehicle with components that either look like new or operate like new or a perfectly restored vehicle in the same condition. this is a show car that's rarely driven.</p> <h3>no. 2: fine</h3> <p>an original that is considered to be in 'excellent' condition or well-restored though not quite at the level of a classic vehicle rated at number one. the vehicle should be well cared for and displays minimal wear and tear.</p> <h3>no. 3: very good</h3> <p>a vehicle that shows a good bit of wear, yet still operable. the vehicle is presentable for an amateur restoration though it wouldn't quite meet professional standards.</p> <h3>no. 4: good</h3> <p>a vehicle that can still be driven though it likely needs minor work (such as a brake job). the vehicle is likely a poor amateur restoration or a restoration that has deteriorated over time. the car is still usable 'as is' but it certainly needs work.</p> <h3>no. 5: restorable</h3> <p>the vehicle is in need of a complete restoration regarding the interior, chassis, and body. the car may or may not run. despite this, it's still in good enough condition that it can be restored.</p> <h3>no. 6: parts car</h3> <p>as the name implies, the vehicle is in a state where it's only useful for parts and nothing else.</p> <h3>another way to view the rating system</h3> <p>the above is just one way to look at the rating system, but there are easier ways to visualize how it works. you can also view the system in the form of a pyramid where number one rests at the top and number six sits at the bottom. as with any pyramid, the tip is narrow and only fits one or two of the best vehicles from a particular model. one level down the pyramid widens ever so slightly allowing for the addition of a few more cars. the trend continues the further you travel down the pyramid.</p> <p>therefore, the cars at the top tier of the pyramid are the best of the best. they're most likely to take home 'best in show' at every car competition they enter. cars of this caliber are rare because of the massive amount of work and money it takes to keep them in such pristine condition.</p> <p>on the second tier, the number of cars increase as the quality ever so slightly decreases. they're likely the same model as the cars at the top rank, but their condition isn't quite what would be considered 'perfection.'</p> <p>the next level down the pyramid widens, and more vehicles are able to occupy the space. these vehicles are nice to look at, but there are a few flaws here and there. they've likely been restored some time ago, but they don't look quite as nice as they used to.</p> <p>on the fourth tier down we begin to see more wear and tear. these vehicles still run, but it's highly advised you let your mechanic have a look at it before you make the vehicle your daily driver.</p> <p>cars that occupy the last two rungs of the pyramid are the type you'd find rusting away in someone's driveway or backyard. they're the kind you would find at a 'pick-a-part' lot when you're searching for those hard to find pieces as you restore one of the vehicles in the upper levels of the pyramid.</p> <p>the numerical rating system for classic vehicles isn't terribly difficult to understand. knowing how the system works allows you to truly understand the value of a vintage car and should guide any purchase decisions you may make in the future.</p> <p>featured image credit: <a href=''>smarko</a> / <a href=''>pixabay</a><br /> in post image credit: <a href=''>u.s. air force photo by alex r. lloyd</a></p> Tips and Information Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:45:00 -0800