Throughout The Car Industry
Living, as I do, in Southeast Michigan, I am constantly subjected to Canadian radio stations, with their better playlists, fewer commercials, and just general all-around better listening experiences. Granted, Detroit was/is the home of Motown, but that’s not really my thing. No, when it comes to classic and modern rock—plus pretty much anything else that makes your ears bleed in a good way—you’ve got to set your radio to something Canuck.
So I’m not quite sure why I was so surprised to find two of the most important and sought-after new(ish) Heavy Metal Mustangs for sale in Toronto this weekend, at Collector Car Productions April 5-6 sale in Toronto. Not only do they have a “Mint 1-of-1 Prototype Pre-Production” 2012 Boss 302 for sale, there's a reverse-color 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, too.
[Granted, that doesn’t leave you much time to get your papers in order, but it’s not like anybody’s going to care if you’re border-hopping OUT of the U.S., right?...]
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Auto Shows, Exotics, Racing, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 prototype pre-production Laguna Seca Edition Canada Totonto Spring Classic Car Auction 2014 Collector Car Productions unique
This winter has been one of the snowiest in recent memory. I live in Florida, so I haven’t seen a flake but I watch the weather and I’ve seen the mounds blocking roadways and making driving dangerous. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own snow plow? It sure would beat shoveling snow. At least, I assume it would; I’ve never done it myself.
Extended vehicle warranties have become almost as common as life insurance and retirement funds. On the surface they seem to make good sense. After all, why pay through the nose for car repairs when you don’t have to? But, before signing your name to an agreement that may or may not be worth the paper it’s printed on, ask yourself the following questions first:
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: auto warranties
You Have The Right to Remain Terrified by Mecum's Fully-kitted Ex-California Highway Patrol 2002 Camaro B4C
No. It can’t be. NO! But it’s a… a Camaro! Then the unmistakable round red “takedown” light pops on and I know the California Highway Patrol has me dead to rights. And forget about fleeing. Not that I ever would, but the test Nissan Maxima I was bombing down I-5 in would be meat on the table for a car like what I found to be the first “B4C” (police) package ’02 Camaro in that neck of the woods.
First thing out of the officer’s mouth—hand to God—was, “Dang. I thought you were going to run. They say these Camaros’ll do almost 150, but without a suspect to chase we can’t exceed 100.” Then I, professional wordsmith that I am, offered an equally shocking, “Sorry to disappoint you.”
He laughed, I tried to laugh back, and he let me go. And as I watched his shark-like black-and-white police-package Z28 slide off into the night, I swore one day I’d have one just like it, lights, labels, and all. And if I was in Anaheim, CA during Mecum’s Nov. 21-23 auction, I really could’ve. But [insert excuse why here] someone beat me to it. And for a price I STILL can’t believe…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Safety, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: mecum california highway patrol CHP Chevrolet Camaro 2002 B4C police auction ford mustang SSP cop cars
What does the serious Shelby collector do once he’s scratched all the usual itches? Cobras? You’ve got at least one each of the 260s, 289s, 427s, and 428s. Mustangs? You’ve got a garage full of G.T. 350s of every stripe (including at least one real-deal “R”) and a field full of G.T. 500s, open and shut, “KR” and not. Heck, you’ve even got the Holy Grail of Shelbys in your stable, a one-of-nearly-none Cobra Daytona Coupe.
Well, my friend, as Mecum’s recent auction in Anaheim shows, there’s a whole ‘nother volume in the Encyclopedia of Shelby, and—if you act right now—you can build yet another collection of that wily Texan’s wares for a relative song.
Well, that, and a MUCH bigger building…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Car News, Exotics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: mecum auction shelby series 1 dodge durango supercharged sp360 ram van mustang california special
Unlike diamonds, cars are not forever. Also unlike diamonds, cars do not hold their value and cannot be resold for the same amount that was paid for them. If you are in the market for a new car and need to get rid of the old one, or if you just have one you’d like to sell, you may be surprised to find that you can’t get as much out of it as you may have been counting on, even if it is in good condition. Some cars retain much of their value and some simply do not.
An automobile is more than just a way to get somewhere. It’s also an expression of your personality and status in life. So it just makes sense to keep it looking as good as possible.
But that doesn’t mean you have to pay costly fees to detail shops. With a few dollars’ worth of supplies and some “sweat equity,” you can get the same results for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how to get professional results the next time your wash your car or truck.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Miscellaneous
Tags: how-to, car maintenance
Labor Day us almost upon us, and some parts of the country are already feeling the first cool breezes of fall. Autumn is a great time for raking leaves, getting ready for the holidays, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of the season. It’s also perfect for getting your car or truck ready for the coming winter. Here’s a look at how to make sure your vehicle runs trouble-free throughout the cold months ahead.
Posted In: Aftermarket, How-To Articles, Safety
Tags: safety, winter driving
Finding a good auto mechanic is a bit like meeting the right romantic partner. The effort can be draining, exasperating, and downright painful. Nevertheless, the rewards that come afterward make all the time and agony spent in the quest worthwhile. An auto shop that performs maintenance and repair tasks correctly, for a good price, and within a reasonable time period is worth its weight in gold. To help you in your search, here are some things to look for:
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Good, Bad & Ugly, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety
Tags: auto service
Some newer cars, particularly luxury models, come with the option of a head-up display (HUD) that casts important information, such as turn-by-turn directions, on the windshield right in the driver's line of sight. While it may sound dangerous, the jet fighter-like technology is designed to deliver essential visual information while the driver keeps his eyes on the road. With a head-up display, the driver doesn't have to glance down at a separate screen, and the information doesn't completely block any part of the windshield.
Of course, head-up displays are a relatively new technology not available on every car. So the navigation experts over at Garmin are offering an aftermarket head-up display that brings the capabilities into any vehicle.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Technology
Tags: Garmin, navigation, technology, heads-up display, infotainment
While auto theft rates are falling nationally, car thieves remain active throughout the country. The following statistics tell a sobering story:
• In 2011, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, 715, 373 motor vehicles were stolen.
• Less than 12% of those incidents resulted in an arrest, and only a tiny number of the vehicles taken were ever returned to their owners.
• The value of stolen autos in 2011 exceeded $4 billion.
• Car theft is a nationwide problem, with states like California, Georgia, Arizona, and New York all included in the FBI’s “top 10” places where vehicles are most likely to be stolen.
Posted In: Aftermarket, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety, Technology
Tags: car alarms, car theft, vehicle theft, stop car thieves