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Famous But Forgotten - The Winton Motor Cars


One of the first companies in America to sell an automobile was The Winton Motor Carriage Company under the ‘horseless carriage' genre. Its earliest advertisements urged the public to “dispense with a horse”. The success of this early automobile manufacturer was the reason Cleveland was deemed the automobile capital of America in the 1890s.

Their first automobiles in 1897 were built by hand with painted sides, padded seats, a leather roof and gas lamp. During 1898, Winton sold 22 cars and in 1899, this rose to 100. The first sale was on March 24th, 1898 to Robert Allison of Port Carbon for around $1,000. The 1899 Winton Phaeton had a 117.8 cubic-inch engine with 6 horsepower. In 1997 this hundred year old vehicle was driven from Cleveland to New York City to commemorate the Winton’s journey a century ago. 
The Winton company went on to introduce new models, including a racing car and delivery vehicles. After a short hiatus in sales in 1900-01, Winton came back with the 1902 Winton Bullet which set a land speed record of 70 mph in Cleveland that year. The 1903 Model was made famous by Doctor H. Nelson Jackson for making the first successful coast-to-coast crossing of the United States. There were also two racing cars in 1903 called ‘Bullets’ with a speed of 52.2 miles/sec.  

In 1904 the Winton Quad was produced with a flat-four and a dummy bonnet which cost $3200. The 1905 productions had vertical four-cylinder engines consisting of a16/20 hp ($1800), a 24/30 hp ($2500), and a 40/50 hp ($3500).  These also had the characteristic inlet valves with two elliptic springs that were connected so skillfully to maneuver rough surfaces.  30 hp Model K of 5801 cc were produced in 1906, and a 40 hp four-speed Model M in 1907.  New models like 7817 cc ‘Six-Teen-Six’ (a play on words for the company’s 16th model) were introduced in 1908 and a 9505 cc six in 1909.  By 1910, 18 automobile models had been sold.

Winton Cars became more conventional with electric lighting and starting, and left–hand drive by 1915. 1916 saw the emergence of a Winton Six-33 Model 22-A 5-Passenger Touring Car, powered by a 347.9 cubic-inch L-head six-cylinder with 33 hp. By 1924 Winton had sadly ceased production.

Winton holds many titles to its credit that adds to its status as an amazing brand of antique car. It was the first to

  • install a steering wheel
  • develop a practical storage battery
  • position the engine in the front
  • build a car carrier in America and
  • have a tank with 11-12 gallons of gas capacity

With a 1904 Yellow Winton Flyer figuring in the movie ‘The Reivers’, the movie itself came to be known as the Yellow Winton Flyer and Steve McQueen called it the real star. A 1910 Winton Model 17 5-Passenger Touring was recently sold for $209,000, which testifies the place it still holds among collector car enthusiasts.

So go ahead and grab a Winton, but also get a collector car insurance quote from Classic Auto Insurance while you are at it. We help you protect your unique classic car collections with tiered mileage plans, agreed value coverage with inflation guard, and roadside assistance.


About the Author

is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 8/30/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

A Great Day at the Carmel Artomobilia Car Show Event

Original Shelby Cobra at Artomobilia

We were fortunate to take part as a sponsor of the 2013 Carmel Artomobilia event this past weekend! Vehicles ranging from Italian motorcycles, vintage muscle cars, exotic super cars, and street rods lined the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District. Over 350 collector cars were on display, and thousands of spectators and automotive enthusiasts came to take part in this one-of-a-kind event. Among the entrants was the original Shelby Cobra previously featured in a profile on our blog!

If you weren’t able to make it out to Carmel, Indiana, for this event, we’ve put together a little video showcasing some of our favorite cars.

You can also check out our Instagram feed for some of the pictures we tweeted during the show!

Were you part of the Carmel Artomobilia? Please share your favorites with us! Tweet us your pics using #ClassicAutoArtomobila and your photos may be shared in future blog posts!

About the Author

is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 8/28/2013 7:45:16 AM with 0 comments

How to Grow Your Classic Car Collection & Keep Your Costs Down

vintage vettes

Even if the economy is weak, the market for well-maintained vintage vehicles will always be strong. For those looking to invest in a car that has the potential of becoming a classic car in the decades to come, 2013 offers a great variety. Choose from the SRT Viper, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 427, Audi RS5, Porsche Cayman S, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Tesla Model S, MINI John Cooper Works GP, 2013 Subaru BRZ, Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus ST. For those looking to pick up a new car that may eventually be a classic, the above cars are the professional’s choice for future vintage contenders.

If you’re the current owner of a vintage or classic car, maintaining insurance coverage is the first step to keeping the value of your cars intact. If you hope to have a collection that will expand into the future and maintain value over the years, maintaining insurance coverage without any lapses is important.

If your vintage car is uninsured or if it is time to renew your classic car insurance policy, it’s time to start collecting quotes from vendors who can provide the best coverage for you and your vintage car collection.

We know that maintaining insurance on valuable cars can get expensive, so we thought we would offer you a few ways to reduce your premiums and ensure that you can keep expanding your collection to the cars that will eventually be classics.

  • The cost of insurance is significantly less for a vehicle that has been quarantined for restoration or kept only on display and off the roads.
  • Vintage car owners who only use their cars occasionally can benefit from a specially tailored limited mileage policy where you can carry over the unused mileage into your next classic car insurance policy term.
  • If you own several vintage, classic or collectors cars, our insurance specialists can offer multiple car discounts that will assist in the reduction of your insurance bill.

In addition to helping you reduce your premium, Classic Auto Insurance even offers roadside assistance at minimal cost for services such as towing and jump-starting, flat tire assistance and fuel delivery. Contact us today for more details on our customizable collector car insurance plans, and keep growing your collection of classic cars!


About the Author

is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 8/26/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

It Is Time for the Carmel Artomobilia

Time for the Carmel Artomobilia

Get ready to see over 400 collector cars at the upcoming Carmel Artomobilia on Saturday, August 24th, from noon - 5pm! Situated in the Carmel Arts & Design District, the event is expected to attract almost 15,000 visitors and will feature cars in more than 26 classes. Admission is free to the public!

At the event, be sure to visit the Specialty and Traditional Car Classes, which will be positioned east-west along Main Street, as well as the Car Club Corrals placed north-south along Range Line Road. You can also visit over 100 businesses in the area ranging from antique dealers, furniture showrooms, and art galleries. Food and fine dining abound in the vast selection of Carmel Arts and Design District restaurants. For more information on the Carmel Artomobilia, check out the Event Guide.

This year, Classic Auto Insurance is a proud sponsor! We invite all of our friends to come out and enjoy the Artomobilia event. We will be sponsoring the VIP lunch at the Indiana Design Center for any car owner that has entered their car in a class (rather than displaying in the corral).

We’ll be posting pictures from the event, and we’d love to see your photos as well! Tweet us your pictures with #ClassicAutoArtomobilia and they may be featured in a future blog post as well as our social media channels!

About the Author

is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 8/23/2013 8:12:16 AM with 0 comments

Rare Finds in Vintage Muscle Cars

Rare Finds in Muscle Cars

The powerful engines, sleek lined bodies and strength of American muscle cars have been captivating the imaginations of Americans since the 60s. This was the era when car manufacturers were developing affordable but well designed and high performing vehicles rather than concentrating on high end luxury models. Their progress in terms of refinement, modifications and other developments has been followed with fascination over the years.

A mixture of nostalgia amongst classic collectors and the rarity of certain models of vintage cars have made some of these classic beauties very hard to come across these days.  Here is a list of the top ten hard to come by classic muscle cars that are highly sought after by muscle car enthusiasts, and the places where they can be found.

  1. Shelby GT 500KR - The classic “Eleanor” from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds can be found in St Louis (MO), Scottsdale (AZ) and a few are available in Canada
  2. Plymouth Road Runner - Chrysler’s Plymouth division brought out this low-cost, fast and high performance muscle car that was a raging success. A few models are available at Clarkston (MI), Sarasota (FL), Pompano (FL),  as well as California and Miami
  3. Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1/Z-28/SS Coupe - A few models can be found around Florida, California, Colorado and Illinois.
  4. 1971 Plymouth Superbird 440 - An upgraded and modified version of the original Roadrunner. Some of these are available at West Bloomfield (MI), St Charles (MO), Charlotte (NC), Las Vegas (NV)
  5. Buick GSX 1970 - A perfect fit for the popular psychedelic look at the time. With a sinister hood and high torque engine, this beast can be found in Franklin (TN), St George (UT), Atlanta (GA) and Greenwood (IN).
  6. Pontiac GTO - A classic American muscle car that can be found around Bay City (MI), Gilbert (AZ), New York, Illinois and California.
  7. Dodge Charger R/T 440 - A few models are located in Saint Charles (IL), Charlotte (NC), Whiteland (IN) and Florida.
  8. Plymouth Barracuda - Available in notch back, fastback and convertible versions. Select numbers can be located in Florida, Kentucky and Oregon.
  9. Chevrolet Chevelle SS/LS - Available in sedan, convertible and coupe body styles. A few models are available around New York, Ohio and Michigan.
  10. Oldsmobile 442 - The Oldsmobile muscle car that got its name from a four speed manual transmission, 4 barrel carburetor and dual traction. A few models can be located around California, Florida and Ohio.

Once you locate and purchase your rare muscle car, protect it with collector car insurance to it safe and well maintained. Contact Classic Auto for flexible and customizable muscle car insurance options for your vintage car.


About the Author

is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 8/21/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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