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Categories: Classics

2013 Ford Mustang GT

On: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Jon Summers


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The 2013 Mustang GT is not so much a new car as it is the last iteration of a very well-loved old one. The 2014 Mustang will end the retro look Mustangs have worn since 2005; it will be something all new. Whisper this – it may even have independent rear suspension – thus changing a key, if gloriously Neanderthal, element of Mustang DNA. The last time Ford tried something so radical, by replacing the Fox Mustang with the front wheel drive Probe, customer reaction was so vociferous the board changed direction, and green-lighted development of a new generation of rear-drive Mustang.

Comparing the 2012 with the 2013 model, raw power is up to 420hp, thanks to the use of piston and ring coatings from the Boss 302. There is a new automatic transmission, a 6 speed, which features SelectShift, a tool allowing drivers better control over the ‘box, by allowing the car to be manually held in each gear. Visually the Mustang has had some nip-and-tuck work, with HID headlights alongside a new grille, set in a new front fascia. Tail lights too have been redesigned, with a blacked-out look, and new wheel designs are available.


Collector Car Values - Four Good Buys

On: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 9:41AM | By: Jon Summers


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For a few weeks each year in August, the entire focus of the collector car community falls on the Monterey peninsula, in Northern California, for the auctions, shows, and races which take place around the Pebble Beach Concours. This year Hagerty classic car insurance organized a panel discussion on car values – useful both to car guys and pure investors, since anyone who has been paying the slightest attention to the classic car market knows that values have been steadily marching upwards, and generally speaking have been doing a whole lot better than traditional investments such as property or stocks.

Rare, but not too rare

There are certain rules of thumb to apply to values in car collecting; as “Chasing Classic Cars” Wayne Carini put it, “production numbers is always key to collectability”. The ideal number seems to be between 25 and 1000 made: more than that and there is a sufficiently strong supply to weaken values – the example given by the panel was the 80s Ferrari Testarossa, with around 1300 made, while extremely rare cars suffer from their being no comparable sales to base values upon. The example discussed by the panel was a 1908 Simplex – there have only been two other Simplex come to market in the last few years, each were touring cars, not speedsters, plus the 1908 car is the oldest known Simplex still surviving. Without a meaningful comparison point, the value will be determined by how many and how wealthy the bidders are on auction day. Naturally, this doesn’t mean virtually unique cars cannot make huge numbers, just that from an investment perspective they are less predictable.


Finally! An Auto Auction Lot That Comes With A Lifetime Mating-Prevention Guarantee!

On: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:49AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Have a problem with getting too many women? I, being such a person, know what it’s like; they follow you everywhere, looking for any excuse to hop in your car and go…wherever.

This is why I’ve been considering replacing my eight-passenger 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser. If only I could find something that would not only seat one (and some groceries) and—most importantly—would instantly kill the mating instinct of the human female on sight.

As it turns out my ideal lust-killer’s been around since the 1980s: the Litestar Pulse. And if only I’d been at Auctions America’s Auburn Indiana sale last weekend—and been suffering from a tragic-yet-comical brain injury—I could’ve been the sad… I mean LUCKY guy who traded $22,000 actual American dollars for Lot 4052, a “1990 Reconstructed Pulse Litestar.”

Way to go, dude! No more girl-sourced cooties for you!


Labor Day Traditions: The Lead East Car Show!

On: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 3:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Every Labor Day, it seems brings with it a series of conflicting emotions. On one hand, it signals the end of yet another season of warm summer weather and having to say goodbye to long hours of sunshine, shorts, and walks on the beach. Snow cones and ice cream won't taste the same again for at least another nine or ten months, and of course, the dreaded beginning of yet another school year is just days and hours away. But, Labor Day isn't all bad -- each annual long weekend brings about one of the most celebrated old car shows on the entire East Coast. The Lead East car show in Parsippany, NJ touts itself as the "world's biggest 50's party" and they aren't kidding - oldies bands, Doo Wop Groups, and of course, some of the craziest, most impressive hot rods from all over the country.


 

Quartet Of Classic Ferraris Coming To Pebble Beach Auction

On: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Each summer, the auto shows that fill out the rest of the calendar year take a vacation, and Concours d'Elegance events take over as the place for auto exhibition and excitement. The events showcase exotic and classic cars and include auction elements for those looking to add something exotic, classic or rare to their collections. This year, the Concours Pebble Beach event brings the opportunity to own four rare Ferraris from generations gone by.

The 2012 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction will include four Prancing Horse classics expected to pull in a combined $20 million. The cars are all part of the collection of the late Sherman M. Wolf.


New BMW Zagato Model Coming To Pebble Beach

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:25AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It was just a few months ago that BMW and Zagato teamed up to wow the crowds at the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este. The BMW Zagato Coupe was a sharp, curvy fastback that may or may not make it to production. And it may or may not be joined in production by a second BMW-Zagato collaboration. The partners have another vehicle to show, and it's coming later this week.

"Making its world debut late in the week will be a new BMW Zagato concept, the second collaboration between these two legendary car companies," BMW says in an announcement previewing its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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So rarely does a car come along that actually makes a significant change in its parent company. Sure, if you believe the commercials, every single new car is some big, grandiose example of how the company is transforming and evolving into something bigger and better. But the truth is, a lot of those cars are just "filler" cars, and really don't do much except affect the bottom line. But the ones that truly make a difference are the ones we remember, especially when that company is one that doesn't create cars, it creates dreams. The F355 was not only a dream come true for teenagers and millionaires everywhere, it was also helped revitalize the Prancing Horse back to international automotive supremacy.

In the mid-1990's, Ferrari was in the midst of a bit of a slump. The emotional high the F40 left in its wake had faded and the few cars Ferrari had like the 348 and the 512 TR began to seem almost a bit antiquated compared to some of their German, Italian, and even Japanese rivals. Ferrari needed ... something, and in May of 1994 they got just what they were looking for and then some. The F355 Berlinetta  and the targa-topped GTS were the first introduction of what would go on to be one of the most popular Ferrari models ever built. The Pininfarina design was a direct descendant of the 348-308 lineage, and although you can see the resemblance if you look hard enough, the F355 didn't just replace those cars, it leapt a light year ahead of them.


Jerry Seinfeld's New Show Is A Great Waste Of Time (Video)

On: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:10AM | By: David Walter


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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is a new web series where Jerry Seinfeld... well, you’re probably already ahead of me. Yes, Jerry drives around in car and gets coffee with a comedian. But these aren’t just your average cars – or comedians! Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Brian Regan, Colin Quinn, Alec Baldwin and Michael Richards to name a few.

Now, I have to admit, that when I first heard about Jerry's new web series idea, I wasn’t that intrigued. I don’t know if it was the show's name or the overly-simplified premise, but after catching up on the first two episodes, I realized that, really, the show’s simplicity is what makes it so fun to watch.

Think about it. This is Jerry Seinfeld making a show about (almost) nothing – that’s right in his wheel house! Even Larry David, co-creator of “Seinfeld” – “the show about nothing,” congratulates Jerry on the very first episode: “You have finally done a show about nothing.”


MG To Bring Back The Roadster...Crossover

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Small car brands like MG develop followings that far exceed their footprints as businesses. Though the car brand has gone through many different owners over its 90-year history, models like the MGA and Midget still inspire passion and admiration among car fans many years later. So a return of an MG roadster model should be welcome news to many folks. We put emphasis on “should” because the new roadster model may draw more detractors than fans.

Instead of the small, two-seat format that it perfected back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, MG is reportedly looking to corrupt the roadster concept with a convertible crossover. The crossover will essentially be a soft-top version of the Icon concept that MG, now under Chinese ownership, unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in spring. Its styling will be heavily influenced by that concept.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:22PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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With the recent passing of one of this writer's personal heroes, we thought it was time to take a look back on one of Carroll Shelby's greatest creations. Although it was only built for one model year, the Shelby Series 1 may be one of the most underrated sports cars of all time.  

The Series 1 was the first car that Carroll Shelby created from scratch. Really? Yes, really. Think it over -- all of the other cars Shelby is known for were already in production: the Cobra was originally an A/C Ace, the GT350 and GT500 were Mustangs, even the Dodge GLH was an Omni before it became one of the first pocket-rockets. The Series 1 however, was nothing before it came into existence  It was an idea, at best and then became one of the crown jewels in the king's garage.


Dogged Dallas-Man Finds Stolen Car, 42 Years Later

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 1:39PM | By: Chris Salamone


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This one’s for the record books. After almost 42 years of grim pursuit, Dallas resident Robert Russell finally located his stolen 1967 Austin Healey 3000 – which was originally taken from his Philadelphia apartment in 1970. And, most humorously, Russell actually spotted the car on an eBay auction.

“Ever since eBay showed up, I’d check it periodically,” Russell said to The Dallas Morning News. “I checked it on Friday May 11, and there it was.”

That’s what we call persistence.