Category Archives: Classic Cars

Pontiac Solstice: Why It May not Be the Collectible It’s Predicted to Be

Pontiac Solstice: Why It May not Be the Collectible It’s Predicted to Be

Pontiac Classic CarsThere are two types of car collectors. One collects cars for the financial investment. The other collects cars for the emotional attachment. The financial collector does research, follows trends, and buys wisely. The emotional collector does not worry about the financial value of the car; the car’s value is in the feeling it provides, usually in the form of a powerful family memory or a joyful driving experience.

Cars That Feed Both Types of Collectors

MG Midget and the Shakespeare Rally

MG Midget and the Shakespeare Rally

'71 MG MidgetThe road rally is the true joy of anyone who owns a car that is fun to drive. In the UK, road rallies are incredibly popular and the little British racing cars, like the MG Midget and the Triumph Stag. One of the newest and popular road rallies that is drawing drivers in the UK is the The Shakespeare Rally. Interestingly, the rally is organized by Keith Shakespeare and takes place in Stratford-on-the-Avon – which is where the best known Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, was born.

'70 MG MidgetSerious Car Show with Serious Entertainment

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

'76 Ford PintoAs car collectors get younger, their car awareness does not include newsworthy events that predate the 1980s. This means that the newest car collectors do not know much, if anything, about the events surrounding the Ford Pinto. Since very few people drove the Pinto after the recalls in the 1970s, young car collectors have never seen them on the roads. There are not any celebrities who currently drive Pintos so they are not discussed on celebrity blogs. It’s almost as if the Ford Pinto has been successfully buried by those who do not want to show the flaws of the earlier days in the automotive industry.

Floating Classic Cars

Floating Classic Cars

Photo Credit: Renaud Marion

Photo Credit: Renaud Marion

If you ever dreamed of flying cars or watched “The Jetsons” as a kid and wondered when someone would finally invent those airborne vehicles, you need to check out the photographs of artist Renaud Marion. Not only has the French photographer created beautiful images of real cars that appear to be hovering just above the ground, he has done it with classic cars.

Photo Credit: Renaud Marion

Photo Credit: Renaud Marion

Insure Your Classic Car: Get the Coverage You Need

Insure Your Classic Car: Get the Coverage You Need

'72 Buick Skylark

It does not matter if you own a classic Chevy Stylemaster, a Buick Roadmaster, or Chrysler Airflow, you will need to insure the car. Insuring a vintage car is a bit different than insuring your daily automobile. Instead of simply adding your classic car to your regular auto policy, it is worth your time and money to investigate appropriate vintage auto insurance.

Choice Pre-War Cruisers

Choice Pre-War Cruisers

Lincole ZephyrThere is something magical about the cars that were sold between World War I and World War II. The “pre-war” look was heavy, but aerodynamic, masculine, but rather sexy, too. This art-deco look also known as the “coffin cars” will never be replicated and the rock-solid construction was and still is, second-to-none. There were some pre-war styles that did reappear during the post-war era, but as soon as the automakers got their production capabilities back to normal, their cars began to take on a different look. These are a few of the choice pre-war cars that define the era:

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

Buick Century Cruiser - Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

Buick Century Cruiser – Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

General Motors was on a roll in the 1960s, with muscle cars and cars inspired by the space race. The biggest automaker in the world ended the decade with concept cars that took imagination and innovation to an entirely new level. These cars looked more like space ships than speed demons and they were created with idea of where technology could take us when we were on the roads.

Miata vs. Solstice

Miata vs. Solstice

1990 Mazda MiataIn 1989, Mazda released a car that changed automobile design for the next 30 years. The release of the Mazda Miata was a moment of absolute joy for drivers who desired a two-seater convertible that didn’t spend the majority of its time in the auto shop. Prior to the release of the Miata, the only options were European roadsters like the MGB, Triumph, and Alfa Romeo. These classic convertibles offered absolutely no competition to the Miata because they all had serious problems with reliability. For 17 years, the Mazda Miata dominated the two-door convertible roadster market, until Pontiac made its mark with the Solstice in 2006.

The Pink Lambo is the Stuff of Legends

The Pink Lambo is the Stuff of Legends

pink-Espada-rearIf you are fortunate enough to see exotic Italian cars on American roads, you are most likely to see them painted shades of racecar red, sexy black, or brilliant yellow. But, this is not the case for those living along the Hudson River just north of New York City. In the community of Hyde Park, one woman owns an iconic pink Lamborghini Espada.

1951 Chrysler Saratoga

1951 Chrysler Saratoga

1951 Chrysler SaratogaFrom 1939 to 1960, with a few interruptions, Chrysler used the Saratoga nameplate as first the most expensive, full-sized eight-cylinder model, then as the least expensive eight-cylinder, and finally somewhere in between. The 1951 Chrysler Saratoga was positioned at the bottom of the company’s eight-cylinder cars, but was also made available with the famous HemiV8 engine.

In 1951, Chrysler introduced the Hemi to replace the basic straight-eight that had been in place as far back as 1930. The Hemi was not meant to be a racing engine, but soon enough its high-performance capabilities were realized and cars like the 1951 Chrysler Saratoga were being used in road races and drag races and eventually on the stock car circuit.