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Classic Car- Drive it or Store it?

2003 Corvette Front EndIt is a continuing dilemma for the classic car market.  You run across a collectible car with ridiculously low mileage.  The car owner may even be asking for a premium for such a low mileage beauty.  The car probably comes with every artifact that came from the factory.  But here is the dilemma.  Do you buy the car and continue to keep it in storage and keep the odometer from rolling up? Or do you say the car was meant to be driven and keep the pedal to the metal, as the numbers on the odometer tick up?

There is an adage in collector car circles, that a car can only be original once.  Similarly the car can only have that low odometer reading once too.  Some fans will argue that to appreciate the car it needs to be driven and enjoyed.  But they acknowledge that by doing so, the value will tank. Others will argue it can be enjoyed while staying intact in the garage.  What to do?

This 2003 Corvette is a perfect example of this conundrum.  The first owner appears to have taken exceptional care of this stored classic.  He says he started the car every couple of months to circulate the fluids and moved the car every 4-6 months, to avoid flat spotting the tires.  He has all the marketing materials and even kept the interior lined in the factory plastic protective wrap. His “Buy It Now” price of $44,900 certainly is a premium to other models that sell with loads more miles showing.

The 2003 Corvette marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic nameplate and was highly sought after.   There is even a registry just for these cars. List price was probably over $56,000 and some dealers were aggressive in marking up these 50th Anniversary Editions.  11,632 of these Anniversary Red metallic C-5’s were made and occasionally you can find one with less than 20,000 miles; but this convertible has only 57 original miles!

So do you buy it and start driving it? After all the posting does say – “Drive it home if you want. It’s ready to go.”  Or maintain it as is, and keep the low miles?

Let us know what you would do if you were the new owner.

Please note images in this post is NOT the car for sale

Corvette Summer INSPIRED Model by Gas Monkey Garage

Fans of Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman from Fast N’ Loud will recall that a recent episode featured a Corvette that was in the style of the 1972 Corvette featured in the Mark Hamill (before Star Wars fame) movie “Corvette Summer”.Corvette Summer Driver Front

Corvette Summer

Let’s set things straight right away. The original Corvette from that movie was a right hand drive. Clearly the car that Gas Monkey Garage bought is a left hand drive car. So in the words of the Barrett-Jackson website for the car listing – “‘Corvette Summer’ inspired this car offered by Gas Monkey Garage.”Corvette Summer Placard Close Up

So if you didn’t listen closely to the episode or read careful the placards you may think differently. Never the less it is an interesting look.

Corvette Summer Inspired

The “growth” coming out of the hood is not even a grill or opening but has vinyl simulating an opening.

Corvette Summer "Intake"

Somebody did take some time to craft a look a-like; but since it isn’t even a right hand drive I wouldn’t even try to call it a clone or re-creation.Corvette Summer Rear

If you follow the show on the Discovery Channel you know what they paid. It goes on the auction block on Friday, so we can see how well Richard does on the car right away.

What do you think Flip or Flop?

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance Picks Winners

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance helps kick off the massive week of classic car auctions here in Arizona. Now in their third year, they always manage to round up an impressive number of cars and unique marques to make this show, held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix , Arizona a must see event.

They picked an impressive set of classic to win the awards but four really jumped out at us. In this first coverage of the Concours, we wanted to focus on four that really caught our eye and we hope yours too.

The show is broken down into specific classes and here were three winners of Best in Class.

1958 Gaylord Gladiator

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Avant Garde – Pre 1973

As we say if you want to see a unique car, Arizona is the place to see it. This Gaylord is visually striking with the black and white color scheme. Seems that the Gaylord was hand made in Germany as concept vehicles. This is powered though by a Cadillac engine. The side paint scheme emulates the Corvette cove maybe?

1958 Gaylord Gladiator

 

1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Iconic Postwar American – Pre 1966

This massive red brick is powered by a 365 ci engine and four speed Hydramatic transmission. A convertible with this much chrome and red paint just has to grab you and get your heart pumping.

1956 Cadillac Driver Side

 

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gran Turismo

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Postwar American-Powered Sports – Pre 1966

Well when you see this red classic, you might think that the frazzled post-production crew messed up the photos, but no this is a Corvette.   This car was commission to portray an European look on an American chassis. It used a fuel injected 283 ci engine and a 4 speed manual to get it.

 

1961 Corvette Gran Turismo

 

The show also dispenses “Special Awards” and we’re glad they gave out an honorary judge’s award ( one of three issued in that group) to this blue baby.

1948 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Gran Sport

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Honarary Judge’s Award

We liked this car for two reasons. the Talbot was beautifully restored and the blue color just blazed in the Arizona sunshine. And it may be the longest car at the Concours for a two-seater. That front bonnet (hood) just stretches and stretches.

1948 Talbot-Lago on the Lawn

Next update will feature more car, so stay tuned. Here’s a teaser. An awesome black and red Auburn Boattail is included

 

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Gas Monkey Garage 68 Corvette Hot Wheels

Gas Monkey Garage has made some outrageous builds, but this season’s Hot Wheels 68 Corvette might take the cake. And you can take it home, if you score the winning bid at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday, January 30, 2016.Gas Monkey Garage 68 Corvette Hot Wheels

Gas Monkey Garage

The stars of “reality TV’s” Fast N’ Loud – Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman – took a clean 68 Corvette that had a big block 427 cubic inch engine with a four speed and slapped on a Weiand blower to stick out of the hood. Gas Monkey Garage 68 Corvette Hot Wheels

The exhaust sticks out of the side as well. But the gold flake paint job and the wide rear fender flares really help to set this Corvette off for Gas Monkey Garage. The red line tires scream period correct and are a nice choice mated to the US Mags.Gas Monkey Garage 68 Corvette Redline Tires

Gas Monkey Garage and Hot Wheels

The story for television was that Mattel’s Hot Wheels wanted Gas Monkey Garage to design and build a car that they could feature as a model. I’m thinking a line of exclusive Gas Monkey themed model cars coming soon to toy stores everywhere.

So the successful bidder can take the car back to his garage and soon have a Hot Wheels version as well. Or the losing bidders may just have to settle for the Mattel version, which probably gets better gas mileage.

1968 Hot Wheels Corvette

We have highlighted Gas Monkey Garage at the Barrett-Jackson Auction before.  They always draw a crowd around their cars, once the show hit the cable “airwaves”.

Personally I think the Corvette begs to have a set of chrome side pipes slapped on it, but who asked me? I am asking you to post up what you think the winning bid will be. For the eagle eyed viewers, Craig Jackson is in one of shots in the slideshow below. Where’s Craig?

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Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Shows Off at SEMA

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) holds an evening reception during the SEMA Show. And while I enjoy meeting up with old buddies and making new friends, I also enjoy checking out the cars that were handpicked to be displayed at the reception.

A total of six cars and trucks were highlighted this year, so let’s take a look at these beauties.

HRIA – 55 T-Bird

From NASCAR’s” hometown” Mooresville, NC came this 55 Thunderbird in silver hues. A tube chassis mated up to a stock floor pan. It has a Ford Coyote 5.0 L 302 under the hood and Tremec six speed, with Vintage Air Conditioning and nice Halibrand knock off wheels.HRIA 55 Thunderbird

HRIA – 63 Corvette

This convertible Corvette is powered by a Chevy small block 355 with a five speed Tremec. A slick set of Inglese side draft carburetors looked mean and it borrowed some C4 chassis components and a C5’s brake set up. The blue color was an added touch.HRIA 63 Corvette side view

HRIA – 55 Ford

Another Texas build, this one used an Art Morrison chassis and a 528 Boss engine with a TKO 600 transmission. Knock of wheels looked nice with that stance and Gabe’s Interiors did the upholstery.HRIA 55 Ford

HRIA – 59 Rambler

I never get tired looking at this beauty. It was a Great Eight finalist for the Ridler Award in Detroit. The 2 door wagon features a LS small block with Hemi heads and a supercharger. Gabe’s did this interior as well and a Mesa, AZ shop did the work, including over 30 body modifications.HRIA 59 Rambler

HRIA – 70 Challenger

This blue beauty hailed from Mooresville, NC as well and used a 4L60E transmission  with an Edelbrock EFI set up.  Lots of custom work went into shaping those bumpers and changing the rocker panels by lowering them.HRIA 70 Challenger passenger view

HRIA- 69 Chevy C-10

In acknowledgement that trucks can be hot rods and the C-10 is a hot model, out rolled this nice 1969 Chevy. It has a LSX engine (461 ci) with a supercharger and a Tremec six speed. The Roadster Shop supplied the chassis and the owner claims 1000 horsepower with this set up.HRIA 69 Chevy C-10 driver's side

So a nice collection of vehicles helped make for a great evening with the Hot Rodders. They gave out some nice awards and acknowledgements. Can’t wait to meet up with them next year.

So what vehicle struck your heart?

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Jimmie Johnson’s 1971 Corvette

Jimmie Johnson’s resto-modded 1971 Corvette was featured in the first episode of Jay Leno’s Garage series.  The Corvette is awesome and features some modern technology to back up those classic styling lines of a 71 Corvette.  But we had a chance to see it first at last year’s SEMA Show and the Chevy Media Preview Show.

Jimmie Johnson's 71 Corvette Passenger Side

Jimmie Johnson at SEMA

Jimmie Johnson was present to discuss his modified Corvette in person and it spent the balance of the week as a highlight of the Chevy display at SEMA.

Corvette LT1 Engine

The engine is a stock crate LT1 engine that puts out 460 horsepower and an even more astounding 465 foot pounds of torque.  It was backed up to a 6 speed Super magnum transmission.

Jimmie Johnson's 71 Corvette LT1 Engine

The 71 Corvette rides on 18″ rally wheels and is slowed down by C6 Z06 brakes; six pistons up front and four pistons in the rear.  The interior included black leather and gray suede bucket seats and a three spoke steering wheel.

Enjoy the pictures!  Wonder what the folks from Chevy will bring out to the SEMA show this week/  Look for an update here after SEMA.

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Lingenfelter Car Collection

The Lingenfelter Company is known for hopping up the Corvettes to boost their power and handling.  As if a C7 Corvette needed anything more?

Next week on the Velocity Channel starting on Monday September 14, 2015 the car show Car Crazy hosted by Barry Meguiar of the car care business fame will look at the Lingenfelter Collection with Ken Lingfelter.

As a recent press release noted, the show will feature an in-depth look at one of the most  outstanding car collections in the world and explore the unique story of the man responsible for this dream garage.

Lingenfelter Collection

The Lingenfelter Collection, assembled and curated by Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, is a 40,000-square-foot building filled with over 200 unique and historically significant American muscle cars, Corvettes and late-model exotics, including a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Reventon and eight Ferraris, including a 2015 LaFerrari.

The Collection’s diversity comes from Lingenfelter’s wide-ranging automotive interests and cars he likes. Corvettes, both old and new, are of course featured in the Collection which includes a ’53 Supercharged Corvette, the first supercharged Corvette, (one of two ever produced and the only one believed to still be in existence); the ’54 Duntov Test Mule, which is considered the first true high performance Corvette as well as Lingenfelter Performance Engineering’s new Level One and Level Two tuned C7 Z06s.

This amazing private collection is not only a showcase of some of the coolest cars ever, but it is also serves a noble purpose – helping others. Lingenfelter uses the Collection as a unique venue for public tours and special events to generate financial support for charitable organizations through The Lingenfelter Foundation. Over the years, Collection events have raised funds for breast cancer, juvenile diabetes, youth organizations and  other worthwhile causes.

As a quintessential “car guy”, Lingenfelter has a deep appreciation for stylish, high-performance automobiles, and he puts that passion into his work as the owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a leading automotive performance engineering brand with a worldwide reputation for creating performance-tuned GM vehicles, engines and aftermarket components.

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As usual check your Velocity cable listings for dates and times in your location.  Let us know what you think and if you set up the DVR!

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