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Have You Ever Had a Car Stolen?

March 3rd, 2015

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If you’re one of the unfortunate people to have experienced an auto theft, you’re familiar with how invasive and unsettling it is to know someone has your car.

At first you think you just can’t remember where you parked. You spin in circles, visually scouring the parking lot for any sign of your car. Then you replay the events in your mind of where you parked and try to convince yourself that your memory isn’t playing tricks on you.

Soon the realization sets in that you haven’t merely misplaced your car, it’s been stolen.

Varying degrees of panic ensue, along with calls to the police and family members asking for help. In some cases the car is found and returned unharmed. Sometimes it’s found but completely destroyed. Sometimes it’s never found at all.

Keep reading for an example of a car returned 42 years after it was stolen, and an attempted theft that resulted in some hefty “car-ma” for a would-be thief.

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The $28 Million Barn Find: It Wasn’t Mine

February 26th, 2015

France Ferrari Maserati barn find

You’d think everyone who ventures into the countryside finds forgotten but beautiful cars inside rotting old barns.

As often as the topic of “barn finds” comes up in the auto world, it appears they are as common as finding a Starbucks on a downtown corner in Seattle.

Barn finds are rare, though, at least if we’re talking about finds that could be worth some cash. I was lucky enough to have a barn find of my own once, but it was a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. Granted, it was the Sport edition, but it wasn’t exactly on par with the old Bugattis and Ferraris people seem to stumble across.

A find in France just may go down in history as the greatest barn find ever.

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Today’s Most Popular Cars From the 1980s

February 13th, 2015

1988 Pontiac Fiero

As time goes on and we look back at decades past, the ’80s become a weirder time for everyone. It was a pretty good time for cars, though, to be honest. Cars from the ’80s are still holding up to this day, and finding these 30-plus-year-old vehicles is becoming more desirable for some people. A lot of cars from the ’80s still move off sales lots pretty quickly. Not too surprising when these American classics are becoming increasingly rare and desirable. Many have long been discontinued, and that rarity has only increased their value.

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Return of the Chevelle?

February 3rd, 2015

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

Young people today may recognize Chevelle as the name of a band rather than a muscle car.

Those of us who grew up with the era of muscle cars in our recent past remember the Chevelle as a kick-butt V8-powered coupe. Those with even deeper car knowledge know the Chevelle was one of GM’s most popular nameplates in the 1960s and ’70s, spawning 4-door, convertible, coupe, and station-wagon versions.

The car disappeared after 1977, when the Malibu took over and buyers shifted to a slightly smaller car.

For almost four decades the Chevelle name has sat dormant. Is it coming back?

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Dodge Wants to Be Pontiac, But Why?

January 29th, 2015

CHARGER VS CHALLENGER HELLCAT

I like to live in a world that makes sense, but sometimes that’s just not in the cards. An article over at Automotive News ran with the headline, “Can Dodge Rebuild Pontiac Excitement?

The headline alone leaves me with three questions:

  1. Why would Dodge want to rebuild from Pontiac’s ashes?
  2. Did Pontiac even have any real “excitement” after the 1969 GTO?
  3. Pontiac failed. Shouldn’t Dodge chart a new course?

The point of the article is that General Motors left some holes in the market when it shuttered Pontiac and Hummer, and FCA is primed to fill them with Dodge and Jeep.

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New Ford Bronco: Fact or Fiction?

January 28th, 2015
This is the newest Bronco you'll find

This is the newest Bronco you’ll find

Let’s just get this straight:

A new Ford Bronco is about as likely as a new Hummer H2.

The Bronco represents an iconic time in the development of the modern-day SUV, and plenty of rumors have floated around that it might be resurrected.

It won’t. But the rumor won’t die.

Would people even buy a go-anywhere 2-door SUV in this market? Would a new Bronco be anything more than a desperate plea by Ford to harken back to a long-gone era?

A simple online search for “new Ford Bronco” brings up many pages of home bloggers declaring that the legendary rig will indeed return for the 2016 model year.

Not even close.

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Do You Know Your Movie Cars?

January 9th, 2015
This was one of the easy ones!

This was one of the easy ones!

I’ve been known to watch the occasional cat video online or to sometimes partake in viewing compilations of motorcycle jump fails. Of course, I’ll waste time on dumb stuff, too, such as online quizzes that serve no purpose other than providing advertisers a place to reach me.

One of those quizzes sucked me in, and I normally wouldn’t share my results or admit that I used valuable work time to complete it, but today, being Friday and all, I’ll make an exception.

The quiz was titled, “Can You Match the Car to the Movie?”

Well, of course I can. I am, after all, a car guy, so I expected a hundred percent. As it turns out, to know your movie cars, it’s also good to know a thing or two about movies.

Which I apparently I don’t.

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World’s Weirdest, and Coolest, Vehicle Conversion?

December 29th, 2014

stretchla

So you think you know someone. You can be married to a woman and share life’s most intimate moments, and then, one random Sunday morning, she can say this:

“You should look up my friend Otmar and his zip-together Volkswagen bus.”

Ummm…. what?

I replied, “Who is this friend you speak of and why have I never heard about said zip-together bus?”

She said he’s a long-time family friend and that she has physically laid eyes on this bus. I promptly asked Google for more information and found what I believe to be the weirdest, and possibly coolest, conversion project I’ve ever heard of: The Stretchla.

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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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