Sports Car Market questions why a burned-down—then built-up—Shelby 289 Cobra goes for 40% above market average. Average values for authentic Cobras continued to rise—up an additional 27% on average in the last five years. Is it possible to crash—and sometimes burn—the history out of a winning race car?
/ 28 Jul 2015
People that love cars also tend to love stories about cars. These stories often include the one that got away, the one that made it cross country, the one with a million miles, and so on. Another story is that of the survivor: a car that has made it all this time without being altered or damaged, and that’s still here today driving around just as it did during another time. This car is one of those.
When you mention Affordable Classic, it’s unlikely that the first generation Dodge Viper RT/10 pops into many minds. But with prices starting in the mid-$20k range for a decent driver example, I believe that most performance-hungry buyers agree that a Dodge Viper RT/10 is a ton of car for the money. Here’s why.
“How can you spend 12 hours out there and work on those things all day?” Don Rogers’ wife will sometimes ask, to which he replies, “The day just flew by…I don’t know what happened.” With a love for the iconic Chevrolet Impala, Rogers’ garage is filled with two, both ’64 models. One is a hardtop, the other a convertible. What makes Rogers a bit different from most enthusiasts, however, is that he does all of the work on his cars himself.
Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel, 40, grew up in Banner, Oklahoma, a country farm town so small that Google Maps hasn’t been out there yet with its cameras. His father was a used-car salesman with his own repair shop, and Jason started fixing cars from the age of 10. Paint, wiring, body work. Living out in the country, Jason had to learn to do all that and more. There were advantages.
And as thousands upon thousands of American soldiers began returning home from the Great War, the market for domestic automobiles was ripe for revolution. Enter: Glen Gordon “Gary” Davis.
Unlike Preston Tucker, Davis had no hands-on experience building cars. What Davis had was years of experience selling used cars during the war in his home state of Indiana. Like so many before and since, Davis migrated to southern California with dreams of fame and fortune.
How’d that work out? Well…
Running a automotive museum is an exhaustive endeavor that often involves the dedication of thousands, including employees, volunteers, mechanics, and benefactors. Vehicles require constant attention, exhibits need to be updated, and regular visitors always want to see new things every few months.
That’s before acquiring (and maintaining) unicorn-grade rarities like the Davis Divan, as the Petersen Museum did—a vehicle so obscure and pending restoration so complex that they’re asking for donations via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
It’s often difficult to appreciate the humble start that many automotive legends had to overcome. We know the Shelby Cobra as shorthand for unparalleled racing success—the car that almost single-handedly put American performance cars on the map—as well as proving the benefits of fitting a big American engine into a small, light, European chassis. For the Cobra, racing was inevitable—and this is the first one ever offered by Carroll Shelby to a private customer.
/ 20 Mar 2015
Today marks the anniversary of James Ward Packard’s death, and I thought it fitting to appreciate some of the timeless designs to come from his family’s company, Packard. Founded by James and his brother William Doud in 1899, Packard was founded with a simple goal: to build the best horseless carriages. Over the years, this led to hundreds of innovations that we still enjoy today...