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Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

1972 Buick SkylarkFlint, Michigan: The motherland of General Motors. In the 1960s, Flint could brag that it had the highest per capita income of any in the world, but this is no longer the case. There are a few remnants of the day, like the largest brownfield zone in the United States; this zone was once the flourishing Buick city plant. At one point, over 80,000 people worked for General Motors in Flint alone, now there are fewer than 4,000. People leave the city to find a new home every single day. The Great Recession has taken its toll on Flint, but it has not destroyed the Sloan-Longway Museum.

Masterpiece Vintage Cars

Masterpiece Vintage Cars

MasterpieceJust south of Indianapolis, Indiana is a car lover’s dream: the Masterpiece Vintage Cars showroom. Like a candy store for classic car enthusiasts, this showroom is stocked with a variety of refurbished and restored classics, like 1930s Fords, 1950s Chevys, and 1960s American muscle cars. Even if you aren’t sure you’re ready to buy or sell, this showplace is well worth a visit.

The owners and operators of Masterpiece Vintage Cars brought together decades of experience and a passion for older cars to help serve fellow car enthusiasts with buying, selling, consignment, shipping, financing, and even in searching for that elusive dream car.

Cars Turned into Art

Cars Turned into Art

'67 Chevy CorvetteTo many people, cars are a form of artwork. To a select few, cars are the canvas to use to create art. Some cars, like the Chevy Corvette and the Mazda Miata, are sculptures all by themselves. Car purists might not enjoy the fact that artists are transforming their favorite working sculptures into eye-catching pieces of art, but the fact is that alternative art is here to stay. Here are a few notable pieces:

What to See at the Henry Ford Museum

What to See at the Henry Ford Museum

henry_ford_museum_galleryfullIf you love cars and history, The Henry Ford is a must-see location to add to your bucket list. This National Historic Landmark rests just outside of Detroit, Michigan in the suburb of Dearborn. The complete location includes a The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Proving Ground (Dearborn Development Center), the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Benson Ford Research Center. The Henry Ford complex takes visitors through time on a rich journey of the history of the automobile and other inventions that change the way of life in the United States.

Where Do the Car Names Come From?

Where Do the Car Names Come From?

1969 Chevy NovaBel Air. Corvette. Nova. Delray. Car manufacturers have worked hard to create memorable names and for the most part, they have succeeded. But, where do those names originate? In many cases, the names are often taken from foreign languages, places, and science.

1955 Chevy Bel AirOne of the most iconic cars of all time is actually named after a speedy warship. The Chevy Corvette shares the same name with a small, lightly armed warship. Most corvettes were and are still used by foreign navies, but there were some that were used by the United States Navy during World War II. It only seems appropriate that the fastest production car is named after another speedy object.

Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses

Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses

'62 Buick ElectraWhere do cars get their names? This question stumps many car buyers. Many car buyers do not understand the reasoning for the collection of seemingly random letters and numbers. While many car buyers are able to connect many of the names to timely events, like the space race, the cars that received those names rarely looked like their namesakes. For example, the Chevy Corvette was named for a warship, but the car is sporty and compact, nothing like a warship. Many cars were named after mythological gods and goddesses, but it seems as if some car manufacturers did not consider the stories of those gods when they chose the names.

Old Cars

Old Cars

1955 Lincoln CapriOld cars can be a joy to own, but if you’re not careful you can lose your investment. Classic, antique, vintage, and all types of old cars require care and protection, just like any modern new or used vehicle. Unlike modern cars, they need more attention, more care, and more protection to keep them safe and in running order. If you don’t want to lose the money you put into your classic car, take some steps to protect it.

Perry Mason and Classic Cars

Perry Mason and Classic Cars

58 Ford Fairlane 500 SkylinerPerry Mason is the detective show that started it all. The show debuted in 1957 and lasted until 1966. The television show was based on the collection of over 80 novels that sold over 135 million copies. Perry Mason, the hard working attorney, became the inspiration for detective shows like Bones, Dexter, CSI, and Criminal Minds. It also became an inspirational show for classic car collectors, especially those who work on authentic restorations. Collectors and restorers simply have to watch the DVDs to see what their favorite vintage cars looked like in mid-century years when the show was first released.

Old Car Trader

Old Car Trader

55 Ford ThunderbirdIn the old car trader industry, it can sometimes seem like every man for himself, or woman for herself. If you are feeling intimidated by the idea of getting in the mix and buying a classic car to start your collection, there are a few things you should know. Of course, if there is a car you have your eye on and you want it purely because you love it, go for it. If you are thinking investment and getting money out of your old car trader business, you need to do more homework before you buy.

California Classic Cars

California Classic Cars

1955 CadillacCalifornia classic cars are abundant on the roads of the state, in garages and driveways, in museums, and on tracks. If you live in the state, you know how much residents love their cars and how many enthusiasts of historic vehicles there are. Buying and selling, restoring and repairing, and just collecting and enjoying classic cars is a major pastime in California.