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100th Anniversary of the Indy Auto Show

Anniversary Of The Indianapolis Auto Show
 

It’s not too late to participate in the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Auto Show! The show started last Thursday, but it continues through this Wednesday, with daily events, celebrations and exhibits that are sure to wow car collectors and classic auto fans everywhere.

Adult tickets are only $7 at the door, and children 12 & under are FREE! Exhibits will be available from every major car manufacturer, showcasing classic models, as well as up and coming models and concepts. The show will also be graced by exhibits from a couple of exotic manufacturers like Rossion and Lotus.

The Indy Auto Show will also feature “Camp Jeep”, an interactive, unique, off-road experience to attendees. On this simulated course, drivers will be able to avoid obstacles and put their Jeep through rigorous testing phases to make sure it is road ready and meets the capability standards of Jeep. Standards include testing for Road Clearance, Traction, Stability, Articulation and Suspension.

Take advantage of the remaining days in this year’s Indy Auto Show while you’re family is all home for their holiday break! When you’re done, give Classic Auto a call and find out how we can help you protect your classic car investments!


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

Posted: 12/30/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


The Build Works On Chevy Malibu’s Dashboard & Primer


It’s been a while since we check in on our friends over at American Modern and their project, The Build. American Modern has been working to restore a 1965 Chevy Malibu, and they’ve been letting us in on their progress! Take a look at their latest video as they work to straighten up the dash and prep the jams and trim for a new primer.

If you’re in the market for insurance to protect your vintage car investments, give Classic Auto a call and we’ll give you a quote on our customizable classic car insurance plans with agreed valuation and roadside assistance! Call us at (888) 901-1338.


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: 12/27/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Lamborghini Turns 50: The Aventador and Veneno


Ferruccio Lamborghini was born in 1916, and was a savvy business man even from his early years. By the time he officially founded Lamborghini in 1962, he was extremely wealthy and started the company out of his own surplus. He owned a tractor factory and multiple other businesses that contributed to his affluence, and Lamborghini was the cherry on top of a life full of successful ventures.

The first model of Lamborghini was released in 1962, with a V12 engine (designed and built by Giotto Bizzarrini), and a body designed by up-and-coming engineers, Giampaolo Dallara and Giampaolo Stazani. With just a short time for initial production (in an effort to present at the 1963 Turin Auto Show) the first model of the Lamborghini, the 350 GTV was a work of art that is still praised for its originality, its luxury and its design.

Two of the most successful models of the Lamborghini have been the Aventador and the Veneno. These two models are on the opposite ends of the spectrum for what Lamborghini has to offer, but they are both billboards of luxury, speed, power and groundbreaking engineering.

The Aventador:

  • Named after a prize-winning bull in Spanish bullfighting

  • Base model costs $548,000

  • Only 100 cars in production

  • Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini

  • Gets 720 HP and tops out at 217 MPH


The Veneno:

  • Named after another Spanish bull that was known for its strength, aggression and speed

  • Costs $3.9 million

  • Only 3 cars in production

  • Also built for the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini

  • Gets 750 HP and tops out at 221 MPH


Whether you are a fan of Lamborghini or not, it’s hard to ignore the power, intuitive design and popularity of these Italian luxury sports cars. If you are lucky enough to own one of these bull-fighting beasts, you know first-hand how well they handle, how smoothly they drive, and how incredibly luxurious they really are. Classic Auto Insurance offers customizable Lamborghini insurance packages for your exotic car, so give us a call to find out how we can help you protect your investment.


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: 12/26/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction

Vintage Cars Await At Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

It’s almost time for one of the most prestigious car auctions in the world, the week-long car celebration with auctions, automobilia, gala events, and much, much more! It’s time to register for the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ!

This year’s auction will be from January 12th - January 19th, with special events, exhibits and sponsor presentations from Radio Disney, Miller Lite, Ford/GM, Meguiar, American Car Collector Corvette, and more! Besides the events and exhibits that will keep car collectors entertained and inspired all week long, the auctions are slated to be ones for the record this year!

The cars up for auction this year are those collectors of all kinds will be excited about. There are classic Mercedes Roadsters, antique Volkswagens, a 1952 Crosley, custom GMC’s, Chevy’s and Volvo’s, plus this King Cobra Shelby CM/3/63, that has been sold in the past by RM Auctions at the Amelia Island sale in 2007.

There are over 1600 cars, trucks and other vehicles going up on the block at next month’s Barrett-Jackson Auction, so whatever your collection needs, there’s a good chance it will be available to bid on in Scottsdale. For a full list of what will be available, you can view profiles of every car on the Barrett Jackson 2014 Car List.

If you plan to attend this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event, book your tickets today for advanced purchase deals and discounts! If you plan to bid on any of the vehicles at the auction, give Classic Auto a call first; let us help you run an instant quote on your prospective buys and customize an affordable collector car insurance plan to protect your investments. Call us today at (888) 901-1338.


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: 12/23/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


The Beginning of Ferrari

Exotic Car History - Enzo Ferrari & His Supercars

Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 in the small town of Modena in Central Italy. He, his older brother, his mother and father all lived in a modest, four room space above his father’s metal working shop.

As a boy, Enzo aspired to be an artist. His dreams involved the opera and sports journalism. After he was drafted for the war in 1917, Enzo came home in search of a job. His father and brother had died, and he needed a job that could support him in the post-war economy.

Enzo ended up with a factory job that stripped parts from old trucks and used their chassis to build new cars. This job got him more and more interested in racing, as his father and brother always had been. After spending some time at his favorite hangout, Vittorio Emanuele bar, a local favorite for race car drivers, Enzo was quickly recruited to test drive cars for the well-known Milan automaker, Construzioni Meccaniche Nazionali.

After working with that company for a year, Enzo Ferrari entered into the Targa Florio, an intense race that took place in 1920, and driving an Alfa Romeo 20/30, he took second place overall. This got his name into a place of recognition, and people began to pay attention to the up and comer, Enzo Ferrari.

Partnering with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari continued to race throughout the 1920’s. In partnership with some of the design engineers from Alfa Romeo, Enzo developed the Scuderia by 1930, a car he used to enter into over 20 races, winning 8 titles among them.

Enzo wanted his Alfas to stand out in the crowd, so he painted an emblem of a prancing horse on a bold yellow background onto them. Ferrari said he created this image based on the crest of the Countess Paolina Baracca. Enzo’s brother, Alfredo, had served with her son, Francesco, in the same flying squadron in WWI.

In light of all of Ferrari’s wins in the Italian racing world, he became a pseudo-celebrity, garnering attention in all racing markets. However, soon after this fame began, Ferrari and Alfa came to have disagreements about design and production aspects, and Enzo Ferrari was let go from the Alfa Romeo company in 1938. As part of the agreement, Ferrari was not allowed to manufacture a car with his name on it for four years post-split, thus delaying the development of the first real Ferrari.

In the meantime, Enzo spent his time and his own company’s efforts developing a car called the 815, but this car was the only one his company would produce until after the war. Ferrari survived through WWII by manufacturing grinding machines and machine tools.

Once the war came to an end, Enzo Ferrari immediately began talks with Gioachino Colombo (a former design engineer of Alfa’s), and began work on a new engine design he had in mind.  On March 12, 1947, the first Ferrari, a 125 with a V-12 engine started up for the first time. The 125 was supported with a tubular chassis, leaf springs and shock absorbers. The 1496cc engine could produce up to 118 horsepower, with a 5-speed transmission.

In 1948, the 166 Sport was introduced with the Colombo V12 under its hood. This rear-wheel drive registered sports car was a powerhouse. It got 110 hp, and could reach speeds of 113 mph. Ferrari has only updated its style a few times through the years, making it notable for its continuity and craftsmanship in a world of ever-changing cars.  Some of the most notable models of the Ferrari were:

  • The Dino 246 GTS (ran from 1968 – 1974). The Dino had only 3700 units manufactured during its lifespan. It housed a V6 engine, got 195 HP, 166 lb-ft of torque and could get from 0 to 62 in 6.7 seconds. This model was a 5-speed manual, and had an original base price of $13,895.

  • The 308 GTSi Quattovalvole (ran from 1982 –  1985). The Quattrovalvole housed a V8 engine, got 240 HP, 192 lb-ft of torque and could get from 0 to 62 in 7.2 seconds. This model was a 5-speed manual and had an original base price of $58,555.

  • The 360 Modena (ran from 1994 – 2004). The Modena was named after the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari. This model housed a V8 engine, got 400 HP, 275 lb-ft of torque, and could get from 0 to 62 in 4.5 seconds. This car could reach the speed of 183 mph and got 13.1 mpg. It had an original base price of $147,332

  • The LaFerrari (new in 2013 and still in production) is decidedly a rare edition, with only 499 units to be allowed in production. The engine is a 6.3 liter V12 with 800 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. This car can get from 0 to 62 in 2.5 seconds and maxes out its speed at 217 mph. It is equipped with a 7-speed dual clutch, and will cost $1,200,000.


While Ferrari’s are rare and powerful supercars, they are also fragile assets that need protection. If you are lucky enough to own one of these pieces of history, don’t let it go undervalued or under protected with cheap insurance coverage.

Classic Auto can help you protect the cars you are so proud to have in your collection! We are just a quick phone call away, and we can provide you with instant, free Ferrari insurance quotes, as well as information about our agreed valuation plans, our roadside assistance policies, and our customizable coverage, designed to meet the needs of individual exotic car owners. Give us a call today at (888) 901-1338.


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: 12/20/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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