Tag Archives: Classic car

Chasing Classic Cars: Collectible cars under $15,000

Let’s face it, most of us don’t have a pile of money

Photo: Bonhams
Photo: Bonhams

So collecting cars, like this Ferrari GTO, which is now the most expensive car ever after being auctioned off for $38 million this summer, is pretty much not going to happen. Boy if I had that kind of cash and bought it the car would spend much of its life in my garage with me oogling all over it. Even with insurance which has to be at least the size of or mortgage payments I’d be afraid something would happen. I mean you wouldn’t drive it to the grocery store to get a gallon of milk.

But there is hope because I found this article in my Yahoo Auto feed from Haggerty with some cool cars for under $15,000. My fav is the 1963-65 Buick Riviera. Go check it out. You decide.

Photo: General Motors
Photo: General Motors
Advertisements

Chasing Classic Cars: Here come the British

It was the other British invasion

The one that involved the British auto manufacturers finding a new customer base in the U.S. MG’s were one of the first cars in the late 50’s, Austin Healey’s in the late 50’s and then from Canley, Coventry, England there was Triumph Roadster. Legendary British sports cars. In this blog entry I’m going to write about the later Triumphs because I have a connection with them through a friend.

Hey Paul, check out Tim’s new toy

British sports cars, Triumph TR6, Triumph Tr4, Triumph GTA6+, collectable british sports cars, chasing classic carsThat was an e-mail I received from one of my buddies, Dave Flick, just before I went to meet both of them in Green Bay. Buddy Tim Monday had just purchased this TR6. When I saw it sitting in the garage my heart started beating. There it was, low miles, no rust, no nothing. It was in great shape but needed a little bit of TLC. The Triumph TR6 was built from 1969–76. The best-seller of the TR range built by Triumph when production ended. Continue reading Chasing Classic Cars: Here come the British

Chasing Classic Cars in the woods

Sometimes you never know where you will find them

If you’re like me out on the road, your head turns if you see even a slight view of a piece of metal resembling a potential classic car. My neck gets sore on many trips and if I want to stop, it drives my wife nuts. It’s even tougher when I’m out on my Hayabusa. Eyes on the road Paul.

Remember the Lambrecht Chevrolet sale back in September?

500-car-cache-in-the-woods-Well this collection of mostly European cars is even bigger. Found in, well we don’t know since the owner was afraid if he let the cat out of the bag he would be open to looters. This is a really interesting article I read on AutoWeek. Who wouldn’t want to walk around and just look. Yea right?

 

 

 

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!

chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.

Chasing Classic Cars: A rare Vette

Looking for classic cars

chasing classic cars, corvette, classic corvette, 50th anniversary vette, savageonwheels.comThat’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.old vette frontvette

Chasing Classic Cars: You find them when you least expect them

A car show at an air show

Car shows, classic cars, plymouth, mercury, chevy, pontiac covnertibleSo this past weekend, I was up with my buddies in Oconto, WI putting on an airshow with our radio controlled airplanes. Our gig was actually just part of a bigger event they held at their local airport. Well one of the other parts was a classic car show. I saw the shiny bright objects right away and when I was in between flights took a walk over. All kinds of cool cars and they pictures I’m sharing here are just a sample of the cars there.

A 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

The Cougar was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 1967 and helped Mercury sales quite a bit when it was introduced in 1967. A Mustang twin? Well sort of except that unlike a lot of other cars built on the same platform that make minor changes, Mercury did a lot. This with the Eliminator package was high performance. The owner wasn’t around but if it had a 427 in it, would be worth some serious cash.

, chevy, pontiac covnertible, chevy, pontiac covnertible

The Duster everybody wants

There basic model was kind of…eh. It was built for economy and they don’t have a lot of value to collectors, however this one with the 440 is and are very affordable muscle cars. I found one on Hemming’s for around $15 grand. Not a lot of dough for a very fast car.

, chevy, pontiac covnertible, chevy, pontiac covnertible

OOOOOOh…Barrracuda

The Plymouth Barracuda was a two-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 to 1974. This is a third-gen Cuda and the redesign for the removed all its previous commonality with the Valiant. I love the color treatment on this one.

cuda-front, chevy, pontiac covnertible

A rare Firebird

This is a first-gen made from 67-69. I believe this is a 68 and what makes it rare it the 440 and its a convertible. Hemming’s trend guide showed that it would go for about $117,000.

, chevy, pontiac covnertible, chevy, pontiac covnertible

The classics of classics

This 1957 Chevy convertible was pretty cool. I also love the drive in touch. Depending on the package it had pricing goes up to $120,000. What’s not to like about a car show? Two of my loves, cars and planes.

, chevy, pontiac covnertible, chevy, pontiac covnertible, chevy, pontiac covnertible

Chasing Classic Cars: Multi-Million dollar Corvette

What would you pay for a rare car?

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.

Photo courtesy: Yahoo Autos
Photo courtesy: Yahoo Autos

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:)