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Die-cast: Auto World 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS

Auto World delivers unique 1967 Chevy Impala SSAMM1027_67Impala_1stPrepro-1

You can’t get any rarer than a one and only model, a one and done.

In this case, Auto World has reproduced what experts say is the ONLY 1967 Chevrolet impala SS with a 427 cu.in. L-72 V8 under the hood as original equipment.

The rare, make that one-of-a-kind, Impala hardtop is owned by Bill Wickman and graced the September 2012 cover of Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine. Now it’s a 1:18 knockout from Auto World. Here’s the scoop!

The History

In 2011 the Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals scored this unusual Impala at 992 of a perfect 1,000 points, which led to the gorgeous emerald turquoise SS ending up on the Muscle Machines cover.

AMM1027_67Impala_1stPrepro-14Experts at the show say there’s no record of any 1967 SS models being equipped with the mighty 427 V8 that created a whopping 425 horsepower. The big block Chevy engine was introduced in 1966 and the L71 version used in Corvettes. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS

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Chasing Classic Cars: There’s an app for that

For those who like me love going to the app store and classic cars

Let’s face it, we’re all car junkies! If we don’t already have our classic car, our baby, we lust for it. Well…..there’s always the promo models but they’re not interactive. Relax followers, I found a couple of apps that might interest you.

Free is good!

When I go to the app store I try to limit what I pay for apps. Of my 118 apps (OK, I might have gone a little overboard), I have a several that are $4.99 and a couple that are $9.99 (mostly aviation related). But FREE is even better, right? I have tons of those. Keep in mind that most of the apps offered are created with a goal of generating revenue. So free isn’t always free. To generate revenue, many free apps will make up the difference with in-app purchases.

chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.Not sure how I found out about it but CSR Classic caught my eye. The concept behind this app is that you have the opportunity to restore “THE GREATEST CLASSIC CARS EVER MADE” although not everybody will totally agree with the list of cars. There are Mustangs, a Corvette and several other Chevys, Mopars, such as a Road Runner and Barracuda, along with options from BMW and Audi that you drag race against other fictional car owners the app comes up with. Whateverchasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps. you do, do not pick the Chevy Impala even though it has a big 427 engine in it. I picked it thinking all that power would help and it didn’t and ended chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.up costing me lots in upgrades. It’s all about shift timing and power. Oh and speaking of upgrades, you get some freebies in the beginning and it is pretty easy to earn the cash needed for  them. I used most of them to buy the Thunderbird which ran must better but eventually needed some upgrades I would have to pay for. The in-app purchases start at $2.99 (not bad) and run all the way up to $59.99 (ouch). Well after a while I loved the game, I didn’t love it more than the $9.99 upgrade I had bought. I will warn you that this game is addictive.

The classic cars that you will never own

chasing classic cars, classic cars, car apps, iphone, ipad, SavageOnWheels.comchasing classic cars, classic cars, car apps, iphone, ipad, SavageOnWheels.comAh but you can with this cool app I found called Car Fiend (who isn’t?) where you can create your ultimate garage. It’s sort of like Facebook or Pinterest but just for cars. You can add pictures of your own rides or grab ones you see on the internet to put in your garage. Others can comment on your picks while you can do the same with their’s. I’m not going to get into what’s in my garage because I’m going to do a post about that soon. I love this app! Hats off to its developer, CARFIEND.

How much do you think that car costs?

hagerty-1I do that all the time when I see a classic car. My wife and daughter ask too. Hey, it’s not like we’re going to buy it but it’s nice to know. This comes from one of my favorite place to hang out at Hagerty.com, considered THE source on classic cars. Hagerty has a price guide app. Totally FREE! You can find your car’s price and view market trends. It is so easy to use. Select the make, model, and year and the prices pop right up from a low (barn find not covered) to a high (restored to factory or better). Just for fun, pick a car, any car. I like to have fun with the exotics like Lambos or Porsches as these are the cars I will probably never own. Come on PowerBall!

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Chasing Classic Cars: A Ford that is out of this world

In the 60’s the space race was hot

1965 Ford Galaxie 500XL photographed in Mont S...
1965 Ford Galaxie 500XL photographed in Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada at the Auto classique VAQ Mont St-Hilaire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because of that the auto manufactures took cues from the space race whether it was in the design or the name. Ford is a good example, specifically their Galaxie. Yes the word is spelled Galaxy but maybe Ford didn’t want to just rip off the word. The Galaxie was a full-size car built in the United States by the Ford Motor Company for model years 1959 through 1974. It was the high volume counterpart to the Chevrolet Impala. Some Galaxies were high-performance, racing specification machines, hello muscle car era while others were plain family sedans.

Sales of the Galaxie convertible

I couldn’t find 1967 sales numbers (because the car I will be blogging about is a 1967) but in 1966 the Galaxie 500 was the #3-selling convertible in the U.S. with 27,454 sold; it was beaten by the Mustang (at 72,119, by more than 2:1) and by the Impala at 38,000. The cars are moderately priced on the collector market in the 20 thousand dollar range. However one of the rarest is one with the 427cid/425hp 2x4bbl high performance package goes for just under $100,000 according to Hagerty and the market is trending up.

It was a top down day at the beach

I had ridden my bike down to a local beach near my house to get my hair cut and what do I see but a red 67. Of course I grabbed the owner and here is his story.

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Click on the image to view the video.

No garage, no problem

So let’s say you don’t have around 30 grand to have something like this. The next best thing is a promotional model car. I wasn’t able to find a 1967 like this but I came pretty close with the 1965’s you see below. This car is in pretty good shape with the usual issues like the posts and was reasonably priced on eBay going for just over $42. So there you have it. The big one or the little one? If money were no object, which it very much is right now, I’d take the big one since I love convertibles! To see another of my blog entries on a model Galaxie, click here.

65 Ford Galaxie Convertible right rear65 Ford Galaxie left profile65 Ford Galaxie Conv left side

Chasing Classic Cars: A barn full of Chevys

A Chevy lover’s dream come true

Lambrecht-Chevrolet-auction-Impala--sedanIf you’re into collecting Chevys then you need to start planning a trip Pierce Neb. located in the northeast portion of the state. If you’re coming from the east or north, you’re in luck, from the west, not so much. I’ve driven Nebraska a couple of times and it is flat with nothing to see but corn fields. Ah but you’d be going there for the cars. This will have around 500 cars mostly from what the owners of a Chevy dealer kept over the years. Super collection some with low miles. If you can’t make the trip on September 28-29, here is a list of the cars and what they are going for in the online auction.

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LT

New Chevy Impala brings GM all the way back

Originally I thought Chevrolet’s Cruze signaled that the giant automaker was back, back to its 1960s world of innovative, high-value, handsomely styled vehicles. Cruze may have been the beginning, but Impala really says that Chevy has arrived.

Sleek and modern, the new Impala is a looker!
Sleek and modern, the new Impala is a looker!

Since 1958 Impala has told folks that their neighbors have arrived, financially. It was pretty much the top of the line Chevy for a family. Oh sure, there was the Corvette, but that was for single guys or mid-life crisis guys. Impala was a loaded family sedan with a bit of styling flair, and sometimes even a sporty edge.
The 2014 Impala is all that in today’s crowded large sedan marketplace, but unlike many previous attempts to catch the competition, this Impala is top-shelf and maybe even a step or two ahead of some competitors.

Styling is crisp and attractive with a fastback style rear window and C pillar to give the car’s profile a swept back look. Folks noticed, and that’s not something Chevy has heard often in the past four decades. People weren’t sure what it was, asking if it were a Lexus and one suggested a Jaguar. Well, it does look inviting and muscular in profile with a clean nose and tail.

SavageOnWheels.com, car reviews, Subaru, Subaru ForesterUnder the hood? The tested 2LT model packs a 3.6-liter, direct-injection V6 that provides 305 horsepower and is linked to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic. Torque is strong and the car will dance up to highway speeds quickly and efficiently. There is a tad of engine noise, just enough to let you know Impala means business. Continue reading 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LT

1964 Chevy Impala Convertible: See the USA….

64_Impala promo model_frontI saw this ’64 Chevy Impala promo model and it brought back so many memories I just had to blog about it. My grandpa was a big Chevy guy and I think it was every Sunday night, we would go over to his house to watch the Dina Shore Show. She sang the song beginning in 1952,and it became something of a signature song for her. Later the song was also sung by male spokesman Pat Boone on his Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom (ABC) from 1957 through 1960.  This was not just a 30 second jingle, it was an actual song. Continue reading 1964 Chevy Impala Convertible: See the USA….

Promo model: Restored 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

Turning a junker into a gem

promo car projects, savageonwheels.com, Paul Daniel digital marketingFord Galaxy, ford, galaxy, promo model cars, SavageOnWheels.com, Paul Daniel digital marketingBarn find is a term used when somebody finds a really special car which has been sitting in the corner of a barn all covered up. What the treasure hunter will do is restore the car to the way it came out of the factory. But restoration projects are not just limited to the barn finds for the real cars.

If you’re a collector like me, you will have a pile of promo model cars like this. The project on the left is a restoration of a 1968 Ambassador Convertible. The Pacer…eh…not sure what I’ll do with that. The other image (Courtesy Collector’s Weekly) is a ’66 Ford Galaxie 500 restored. More on that in a bit but first a bit of background on the real deal. Continue reading Promo model: Restored 1966 Ford Galaxie 500