Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The idea was simple. I wanted to drive a Hellcat. Dodge was obliging but in auto writer world they also prefer you, ‘pitch’ an idea. This means you have some sort of ‘angle’ that will carry the story, engage readers and somehow make the manufacturer in question not look silly for giving you the car in the first place. Problem? My pitch actually worked.
The Ford GT40 is an undeniable classic, the legendary “Ferrari killer”. But they’re not exactly a car you could drive on Sundays, with auction figures for them running as high as $11 million. That leaves most sane people one option: a replica. And this one, right here, is a special thing indeed.
/ 1 Sep 2015
The average car dealer sells hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of vehicles per year, a number that has only increased in recent times. For a family-run Ford dealership in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, it just so happens that a particular one-owner Ford Mustang V8 Convertible from its past has come back—and this time, it’s not for sale.
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.