Throughout The Car Industry
It's an age-old mantra most gear heads will recognize: Run what ya brung, and hope it's enough! Whether it's at the track, road course, or just the next traffic light, every hot rodder knows that feeling of getting beat out when you weren't expecting to lose. Watching taillights pull ahead of you when you're giving your own car everything its got is demoralizing, disheartening, and feels worse than watching your favorite team lose the Superbowl. After a loss, there are stages of rehabilitation: Surprise, Anger, Denial, Sadness, Acceptance, and, in some cases, Resolve. Surprise that a car could beat a car that you believed was unbeatable; then anger, quickly on its heels, that you spent money on a car that isn't as fast as the car now humbling and/or humiliating you. The denial comes a little later. That usually stems from the transmission: "Oh I missed a shift", or sometimes "He caught me in the wrong gear", or the ever popular "I need a new clutch, this one is slipping pretty badly, but next time..." Each of these excuses, along with hundreds of others like it, all boil down to the same result: You lost. Winners never make excuses for why they won.
If you have never had the good fortune to sit inside of a Ferrari while its driver rips off a couple redline shifts down an open freeway onramp, you seriously need to add that little soul-stirring experience to your bucket list. If you don't have a bucket list, may we suggest you go get a pen, some paper, and jot down at least one item on that list. There is simply nothing quite like it. There are few sounds in this world that can actually reach through you and excite your soul, but for an automotive enthusiast of any level, the banshee-like shriek of 40 valves fluttering wildly in a short-stroke V8 masterpiece at 9000 rpm is unparalleled in the physical realm.
Classic cars come from various different distinct eras. The classic cars that strike a particular chord with me are vehicles from the 1970s, because I got my drivers license for the first time in 1977. There is a T-shirt that has been going around that says something to the effect of “I may be old, but I got to see all the best bands”. I would have to agree with the premise, and I did get to see some fantastic concerts when I was young. At the same time, I also think that there were some particularly cool cars on the road during the decade of the 1970s. Let's look at four of the models that caught my eye when I was a lad back in the day.
Before the automotive world took a giant downturn in 2002 by watching one of its longest tenured power-players cease production, GM decided to give us a Camaro worth remembering. The Fourth Generation Camaro was not wholly innovative in its execution, nor was it a fully formed, new iteration of the venerable Pony Car, what it was, however, was a very stout, rip-roaring good time on any backroad, on-ramp, or traffic light in the country.
If you were one of the people who thought Japanese sports cars were criminally undervalued, you should feel good in the knowledge that you were right. But unless you also PURCHASED one of those absolute steals at their rock-bottom prices, that feeling ain’t gonna last long because—as shown at Auctions America’s Auburn, IN, sale Aug. 31–Sept. 4—it would seem that your chance to get in on any of the 20 or 30 lower floors of this exploding market has passed you by.
Then, again, seeing as how the 2017 NSX hasn’t made its full impact on the value of its predecessors yet (up or down)—and that there’s supposed to be another Supra on the way in 2019 that could do the same—there might yet be some money on the table for you if you act fast…
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If you sit back and think about just how many different model cars have come across the assembly lines, its amazing that we remember any of them at all. Sure, you personally might remember your first car, but by-and-large, not too many of us are really emotionally vested in a 1987 Buick Skylark the way you might be. But then there are cars that come along every once in a great while that we as a collective civilized world can appreciate. Cars that are so striking, and so stunning that men and women that have no automotive knowledge whatsoever become awestruck and mesmerized by the mere sight of one of these mighty machines. That list of cars is very short, but it can be argued that at the top of that very short list lies one car, and one car only -- the Ferrari F40.
Las Vegas, Nevada is clearly one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the country, and most people have made the trip at one point or another. I have actually lived in Las Vegas for about 15 years, so I know more than a little about Sin City. When you think about Las Vegas, you are obviously going to think about gambling, nightclubs, shows, and restaurants. You can do all of that stuff if you want to, but this is an automotive website, so if you are reading this, you are probably an auto enthusiast. There are actually a lot of things to do in Las Vegas if you are someone who loves transportation-related entertainment. Let's look at a handful of the attractions that you may want to visit the next time you are in town.
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There are few cars that actually elicit a physical reaction from people when they start up, but the 2012 Aston Martin N420 will make a believer out of anyone gearhead or otherwise. Not like an Aston Martin needed anymore fanfare. Being the go-to car for most James Bond films over the years has all but inducted it into the Hollywood Garage of Fame. However, this Bond car is one that the bad guys could hear coming a mile away.
Instead of always trying to be ahead of the world on information and breaking news, sometimes it's better to take a deep breath and look back on what has already come to pass. Some may argue that the Golden Age of automobiles was the mid to late 1960s; however, there is a compelling argument that can be made for the mid to late 1990s as either a second Golden Age or perhaps even a Renaissance. Although instead of huge displacement and grossly overrated horsepower numbers, these later cars used forced induction and new technology to compete on the highest level of production vehicles.
When you think of classic sports cars that have been sold throughout the US over the years, there are a few cars that come to mind—certainly the venerable Corvette and the Porsche 911 take the lion's share of the credit (and deservedly so), but what others? Maybe a car like the Mazda Miata which has been going strong for more than twenty years, or more recently cars like the Porsche Boxster or even a Lotus or two might spring to mind. But more often than not, one of the most impressive traditional sports cars to ever grace a showroom in America gets almost no credit whatsoever: The Honda S2000.
Now, don't panic. I know the list of Mecum's Ferrari/Maserati apex predators alone won't spend all of your quarter-billion-dollar inheritance from your granduncle Archibald, but I promise you will be able to spend it all in one place, between August 18th and 20th, to assemble the greatest collection of modern mega-dollar performance cars as his will requires.
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