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60,000 Classic American Cars, and Three Good Ones

December 19th, 2014

Cuban cars

The cars of Cuba are somewhat legendary in the United States, because the vehicles that roamed the roads there in the 1950s are the same ones being driven today. Since we’re not allowed to go there, very few of us have seen them in person, yet we know they exist.

Does that mean American collectors should start salivating over the prospect of virtually untouched classics if Cuba and the U.S. become friends again?

Probably not. The 1959 Cuban revolution essentially put an end to imports of American cars, so Cubans have had to make do for the last 55 years with what they had, or buy Soviet-era imports. That means no new parts, no new cars and lots of Chevrolets and Buicks running with Soviet-made engines.

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The Wellborn Sale: Get Your Rare American Muscle!

December 5th, 2014
The million-dollar Daytona?

The million-dollar Daytona?

What do you suppose a 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona with a 4-speed 425-hp V8 with only 6,000 original miles would command on the auction block?

Here’s a little more info to help with your guess:

The car is in the Tim Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alabama and is:

a “pedigree” car that once did time in collector Otis Chandler’s stable and is among the fastest stock cars to ever rip up the roads. “It has a true NASCAR race motor from a brief age when you’d race that car on Sunday and sell the same one to the public on Monday,” says Wellborn. “That’ll never happen again.”

Yes, this car is going up for sale, along with 25 other classics from Wellborn’s 70-car collection. Price?

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Hellcat Opens the Gates of Possibility

December 3rd, 2014
New Buick GNX?

New Buick GNX?

Hellcat is the coolest and most intimidating name ever given to a car.

The Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat twins live up to the name and offer over 700 horsepower of fire-breathing evil. Plenty has been written about the ferocious beasts, and I think we can all agree that they’re pretty much the most impressive muscle cars ever produced.

While proudly owning that crown, the Hellcat probably won’t be the last to emerge from the now open gates to the underworld.

Another famously evil car could return, this one once associated with the dark Empire run by one Lord Vader.

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Maybe We Should Restore One of These

November 26th, 2014

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2 Roadster

Handing my son an iPhone is never a good idea.

That’s mostly true because he’ll spend hours downloading and playing car racing games. His latest game involves buying rundown classic cars, racing them, and earning money to spend on restoration. It’s a cool concept, and the game has introduced him to classics he wouldn’t otherwise have known, including the ’67 Chevy Impala and ’72 Mercedes-Benz 280SL.

One car, though, he knows very well. The 1965 Jaguar E-Type has been a favorite since he first saw one at about 6 years old. Seeing it in the game for $129,000 sparked an interest in a real-life search for what the E-Type commands in today’s market.

Which is the other reason handing my son an iPhone isn’t a good idea.

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The $50,000 Red Delorean

November 24th, 2014

red-delorean-dmc-12

Rich guys will pay anything to relive their childhoods.

The Delorean DMC-12 has a rich history, not because of its performance or a long production life, but because of its place in pop culture courtesy of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

The DMC-12 is a sports car that was manufactured by the Delorean Motor Company for the American market in 1981 and 1982 in Northern Ireland. I think virtually everyone who’s even remotely into cars knows its story, but the DMC-12 is the only model Delorean ever produced. The DMC-12 featured gull-wing doors with a fiberglass underbody to which those famous brushed stainless steel panels were affixed.

Despite having just 130 hp in U.S. models, the Delorean today remains one of the most collectible models from the 1980s. One “barn find” model just sold for nearly $50,000. From the picture above, I’m sure you can guess what makes it even more rare than a typical Delorean.

That’s right: It’s red.

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Say Goodbye to the Chevy SS

November 19th, 2014

2014 Chevrolet SS

Get it while you can, because the Chevy SS is going and going fast.

Like the beautiful and amazing GM V8 super sedans before it, the Chevy SS appears to be on the one-way track to discontinued-ville. The previous cars, the Pontiac GTO and Pontiac G8 GXP were ferocious and well-built cars, but didn’t last more than a couple of model years.

Personally, I kick myself, because I had the chance to buy a new GXP just after news of Pontiac’s coming extinction broke. A nearby dealer had one left and contacted me with a heckuva good deal, but I passed. Now, those used GXPs can go for close to 40 grand because there are so few on the market.

There are only 6 in CarGurus’ used listings as of this writing, and 3 them are flagged as overpriced. And they’ll probably sell.

The same thing could happen to the Chevy SS.

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For Veterans Day, Our 10 Favorite Automotive Veterans

November 7th, 2014

2006 Hummer H1 Alpha

The eleventh day of the eleventh month marks Veterans Day, the time of year we honor and remember the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and our allies. We want to take this time not only to reflect on the people who have served, but also to mention some of the vehicles that assisted the military throughout the years. These vehicles have served soldiers in combat and noncombat situations in times of war and peace. Some were born in the military, and some adapted to combat well after their creation.

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A Corvette for Every Year

October 29th, 2014

Peter Max Corvette Collection

Before yesterday I’d never heard the name Peter Max. Maybe that’s because I’m too far out of touch with pop culture, or maybe that’s because I’m not involved in the world of art.

I am, however, involved in the world of cars, and Peter Max has quite the car story.

Mr. Max, as you might have heard by now, owns one of each Corvette produced in the years 1953 to 1989. That’s a total of 36 unique ‘Vettes, which have sat in New York parking garages for the last 25 years.

The story of how they got there, and why, is unbelievable.

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Our 10 Favorite Truck Innovations

September 26th, 2014

2010 Ford SVT Raptor

When it comes to variety in vehicle choice, nothing beats a pickup. The number of trims and options available to the customer nowadays is staggering and may even seem overwhelming. But trucks are good like that: They evolve with customers’ needs. Aftermarket products often lead to manufacturer options and eventually become standard features. So we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite innovative pickup truck features that have arrived over the years. Of course, we have to go back a little ways to find out when some of these innovations first surfaced, but a lot of them have appeared within the last few years.

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Celebrating 60 Years of Ferrari Design

September 17th, 2014
2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

In 1954, America changed forever.

This wasn’t because of a traumatic event or even something that seemed all that significant when it happened. The impact, though, has spread across six decades and left a trail of inspiration and breathlessness, along with plenty of burned rubber and lofty aspirations.

It was in 1954 that Ferrari formed an alliance with the North American Racing Team and began selling cars in the United States. Over the next 60 years, Ferrari won countless races and produced some of the most exhilarating and beautiful automobiles to ever scorch the pavement.

With a 60-year anniversary car debuting next month, let’s take a moment and look back at some of the most influential Ferrari designs in U.S. history.

First, though, I want to share what little info there is about this 60th anniversary car. AutoEvolution says,

In all likelihood, it is expected that this car will be based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and it will add an exclusive exterior and interior design to account for the price jump of almost $3 million; a standard 2014 F12 Berlinetta starts at $318,888. Among the upgrades include a distinctive blue paint scheme with white stripes acting as a throwback to the Ferraris raced by the North American Racing Team (NART) from the 1960s through the 1980s. Big changes are also expected inside this car.

For $3 million, it had better be special! Not that it matters, because word is that only 10 vehicles will be produced and all are already sold. With that in mind, here are my favorite Ferrari designs from each decade:

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