That’s my modus operandi whenever I’m out on my bike. Heck I’ve even been known to see an oncoming classic car and turn around to catch up with it and see if I can talk with the owner. Well one day I saw this 50th Anniversary Corvette, did the turn around thing, looked at the car for a bit, and then knocked on the door. The owner was more than happy to talk about it. If you have to have one good luck with that. The next best thing would be you would be to buy two promo models like these and do some kitbashing. Click on the photo on the left to see my interview with the owner.
I love classic cars but unfortunately don’t have the funds. Now, if money was not a barrier, like if I won big in the Powerball? Hey I play almost every week and only six numbers away from hitting it big. Big for me would be, oh let’s say $50 million. Sure, I think I could swing that. Besides paying our house off, and putting money away for our daughters educations the fun stuff could come. I would build a large heated garage that could fit maybe 20 cars or so.
20’s a nice round number. Sure I would like some AMC’s but I Iove other cars to like the Corvette. My fave would be the second generation (C2). How about a split window? Or, how about a ’67 convertible? Yup, that’s the ticket since I also love convertibles. How about a rare one like this one? One with a secret code like say L-88? That would hit the jackpot because this was designed by famed Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov as a race package. It recently went up on the auction block for….wait for it….$3.2 million!!!!! But hey if I had the cash, it would be in my garage. Read more about it by clicking here and remember me at Christmas time:)
Mark and I love cars, as if you don’t know it already. We especially love classic and cool cars so we carry our cameras with us all the time to take a shot of a car. Heck one time when I was riding my Hayabusa, a passed a classic, turned around and followed it until I could take a picture. OK, I may have freaked out the owner a little once I got my camera out and we started talking, he was cool. So if you see a car or motorcycle turn around and follow you. No worries, it’s just us looking for a picture of your classic, or cool car. Oh and yes, I wear a helmet when I ride.
The rarest of the rare for both the real deal and the promo model
I track a lot of auctions both on eBay and some of the others specific to promo models. This weekend, on eBay, I was watching a ’69 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible with bidding in 4 figures, something I have not seen in a long time. While waiting for the auction to end, I started checking into the real deal as I get excited about rare cars.
In 1949, Dodge introduced the Dodge Coronet, a full-size car. The Dodge Coronet was initially Dodge’s highest trim line car although from 1955, but then became the lowest trim line. During the 1960s, Dodge Coronet name was moved to Dodge’s mid-size entry. Dodge made eight generations of the Dodge Coronet which ran from 1949 to 1976. It was placed just above the Plymouth line in the Chrysler lineup. Continue reading Promo model: 1969 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible→
It’s one of those cars most guys lust over, a Ferrari. Nothing else seems to mater when one drives by. The power is beyond words. The handling is perfect.
And when the 458 is cruising around town, it’s downright sedate…(you might even think you were in a *gasp* luxury sedan.) Hit the gas on the highway, though, and it comes to life like no other Ferrari in history. My opportunity came with a Groupon and for just 99 bucks. I could not resist. One more item off my bucket list.
Even though I have this, what some of my friends call a sickness in my love for AMC cars, I love others too like Corvettes. If I were to win the PowerBall, a big one, a Corvette would be on my list of collector cars to buy. This car defines the word “cool”. Heck it was so cool in the 70’s that astronauts were given these. At the Johnson Space Center, the lot was filled with them. Which one do I like best? Well I like them all but if I had to choose just one, bummer, I would go for a 63. I love the split rear window of the coupe but also love the convertible. Again, like promo cars, the price of the real deal will depend on its conditions and options. Entry level for a drivable one can be around $30-$40 grand but if you would want a showroom quality one, just like it came off the factory line in St. Louis where it was first built, be ready to spend into six figures! Well I not sure about you but I have several mouths to feed, a mortgage and a car loan on my 2008 Chrysler Pacifica. Boy I wish they still made that. Sorry, editorial comment. Continue reading Own a Vette without taking out a second mortgage.→
I always like Pontiacs, maybe because one of my grandfathers owned a dealership. Even though I was just a kid, I remember going to visit and there was always something new in the driveway. This model though comes from my wires side of the family as they bought one in 1958 and were given the car I’ll talk about soon. Maybe it’s also because like AMC, they are now an orphan brand after GM killed the brand in 2005.
The first generation, produced in 1958, came as a coupe or a convertible and paced the Indy 500. Not only great styling but also lots of get up and go. It came with a 300 horsepower, 370 cubic inch V8 with a four-barrel carb and dual exhausts. They also offered fuel injection as an option but it wasn’t ever popular because it was a high-price option at $500. Tell me how many options you could get nowadays for that?
My promo model has seen better days. There’s only a little bit of warp in the body and all the chrome is there along with some scratches on the hood, however the big minus is that the steering rim is broken. I’ve seen much better ones on eBay going for around $110. That’s not a bad price to hold a piece of history in your hands and never have to worry about rust or engine problems.