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Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The Citroën DS's suspension may have changed the course of history in 1962, when French President Charles De Gaulle was riding from the Elysee Palace to Orly Airport in his DS. Gunmen opened fire on the car in an assassination attempt, and more than a few of the 140 bullets shattered the car's rear window and deflated all four of its tires. Due to the car's suspension system however, the President's driver was able to accelerate out of a skid and flee to safety.

Why the Facel Vega HK500 Is Collectable

Why the Facel Vega HK500 Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Jul 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.

The Facel Vega HK500 combines a beautiful European handcrafted body and chassis with a proven, American engine. This type of combination has been used before–Iso, Bristol, Jensen, and De Tomaso spring to mind–but it’s a good one. You won’t have to worry too much if any mechanical issues come up, as you could pop down to your local Chrysler dealer, or even Auto Zone.

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Why the Land Rover Series 1 Is Collectable

Why the Land Rover Series 1 Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 16 Jun 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
Perhaps the highest praise that could possibly be paid to the iconic Land Rover, is that sixty-six years on, it remains in production (now the Land Rover Defender) and yet was only intended as a stop-gap product for Rover. It was effectively an instant hit.

Why the Karmann Ghia Type 34 Is Collectable

Why the Karmann Ghia Type 34 Is Collectable

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.

The Type 34 is stately and is certainly more rare than the Karmann Ghia Type 14. But it's also far roomier than the Type 14 with more luggage space, as well. In contrast to what you might expect, the Type 34 is actually faster than the Type 14 too! You see, the Type 34 was fitted with a 1.5L engine, whilst its sibling made do with a smaller engine until 1967.

Why the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Is Collectable

Why the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 5 May 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.

"Long ignored by Alfisti because of their wild styling and heavier weight, Sprint Speciales came on strong in the market four years ago and values are now more than 140% higher than in 2010. And with roots going back to Alfa’s arresting BAT show cars, this is no surprise."

Why the Chevrolet Chevelle Is Collectable

Why the Chevrolet Chevelle Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 28 Apr 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.

The Chevrolet Chevelle is pure, American unpretentiousness. It’s simple, straightforward, and designed to do one thing: cover the quarter-mile faster than anything else. To that end, the Chevelle was available with a top-of-the-line 454 cubic-inch (7.4L) engine option, making 360hp (there was also a racing engine option, the LS6, that was supposedly conservatively rated at 450hp!).

Why the Datsun 240Z Is Collectable

Why the Datsun 240Z Is Collectable

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Apr 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
Everyone knows the Datsun 240Z. However, for many, according to Mr. Brian Rabold, Hagerty’s Valuation Services Senior Manager, the Z “redefined what an affordable sports car could be, and in some ways helped seal the fate of British sports cars in the US. And while nice 240Zs could be found anywhere for less than $10,000 for years, astute buyers have long since recognized their value and it's now difficult to find a high-quality example for four figures.”