2013 Ferrari California Convertible
Ever find yourself daydreaming about cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible, top down, sunglasses on and listening to the Beach Boys? Well, we do every time the temperature hits 32 degrees or lower. To take our minds off the cold, we’ve been searching our friends’ Dream Makers Automotive website. That’s where we find the perfect candidate for our coastal road trip, a red 2013 Ferrari California. Smokin’!
Ferrari Speed and Easy to Drive
Inspired by the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, the California débuts in 2010 to the delight of sports car lovers. This car can transform from a coupe to a convertible in a mere 14 seconds thanks to the folding aluminum roof. Classed as a GT or Grand Tourer because of its passenger size and drivability, it still possesses that famous Ferrari speed.
Cruising for Two
The car’s popularity, price and maneuverability make it easy to see why drivers don’t want to leave it in the garage. With luxurious leather seats and classic Italian styling, who wouldn’t want to take this baby on a road trip? The California is said to be a 2+2 passenger GT but after looking at the back seat we’re thinking they meant that space for leaning your seat back. Cruising for two might be the way to go.
California Boasts a Lot of Ferrari Firsts
In 2013, technological advances of the Ferrari racing teams make their way into the re-design of the car. While the Pininfarina-designed exterior remains the same, it introduces many Ferrari firsts:
- First to have a V-8 engine in the front
- First to feature a 7-speed dual clutch transmission
- First to have a folding metal roof
- First with a multi-link rear suspension
- First with direct fuel injection
Ferrari designers spend over 1,000 hours in their wind tunnel with a scaled down model of the California perfecting it. It becomes the carmaker’s most aerodynamic model until the introduction of the F-12 Berlinetta.
Watch Out for the “Launch” Button
The perfect luxury cruising convertible, the California is still fast. Ferrari execs decide to boost the power in the 2013 model but scale back slightly to keep it from being labeled as a super sports car. With a blistering top speed of 193 mph, you might wonder why there is a need for the PS (Power Start) or “Launch” button on the console. Do you really need to go faster? There’s only one answer – heck, yeah! Forget the snow, PCH here we come.
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A customizable mileage plan from Classic Auto Insurance can provide the right insurance coverage for your Ferrari on your next road trip. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
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Santa’s Parking the Sleigh and Going Classic All the Way
When Santa makes his epic ride on Christmas Eve, ever wonder what he’d drive if he could leave his sleigh at home? A classic car of course! We put our best minds to work to determine the criteria St. Nick might use to select his new classic holiday ride. See if you and your family agree. The reindeer dare you to share it!
’Twas the Night Before Christmas …
What Santa wants in a classic Christmas ride is what we all want – a little bit of everything. We don’t have the power of eight tiny reindeer or a sled capable of hauling tons of toys for every good boy and girl, but we do know some sweet classic cars. Mr. Claus might consider one of them for his fantastic journey on the night before Christmas.
Ho, Ho, Hemi
If you are going to guide your classic car onto rooftops, you need a powerful engine. We can see the jolly old fat man behind the wheel of a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda with a 426-elephant engine just waiting to muscle its way to wherever Santa wants to go. Of course, Rudolph will ride shotgun since he’s a Mopar fan.
A Christmas Icon Should Drive an Icon
When your wardrobe is as recognizable as Santa’s, you need a classic car that generates a few style points of its own. A 1976 Porsche 911 (maybe in new fallen snow white) wins hands down. Like Mr. Claus’s red fur trimmed suit, the iconic design of the Porsche 911 stands the test of time.
Can’t Stop for Gas – Christmas Day is Coming!
Even Santa worries about gas mileage -you can’t power a sleigh with Christmas cookies and eggnog! Our team of experts choose the 2013 McLaren P1 hybrid supercar for its speed (200 mph) as well as its ability to run on gas, electric or both. The big man doesn’t want to get stranded on his way to deliver presents.
On Dasher, on Prancer, on Ford GT!
When you must make it around the world in one night, speed is a definite must. While the reindeer have done a tremendous job, a 2017 Ford GT, with a top speed of 200 mph, makes a great choice in this category. Why leave reindeer tracks when you can have the winner of the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans leave burned rubber on the roof?
A Classic Caddy for Claus
Maybe Santa wants to bring the reindeer along for his incredible journey. What better way than in a roomy 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible! With the top down and the Christmas carols blasting, jolly old St. Nick will be the coolest dude this Yule.
Santa is a Classic Car Guy, Too
Since no one can attest to what Santa actually has in his garage, we believe he is a classic car lover like us. Mr. Claus may stick with his traditional transport for this one day but we bet he’s driving a classic car the other 364 days in the year. Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays from Everyone at Classic Auto Insurance
It is an honor to be a part of the classic car collector community. Thank you for making 2016 such a great year. We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year. As always, if you have any questions about the best coverage for your classic car, visit our website at www.classicins.com and or contact our staff at 888-901-1338 to see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Ever wonder what one of the world’s wealthiest and most influential women buys herself for her birthday? If you are Oprah Winfrey, you buy a 1996 Bentley Azure convertible, of course. In this video interview, Brian Grams of the Volo Museum in Volo, Illinois gives us an up close look at the queen of OWN Network’s luxury Bentley. Share the video with your friends and drop a few hints, if you have a birthday of your own coming up!
The Car for Lady O
The story begins with Oprah and her best friend Gayle King celebrating the media mogul’s birthday in Miami. Lady O spots the black and cream Bentley rag top and decides she must have it. Dealer’s floor model or not, she didn’t bat an eye at the $300,000 price tag. The two ladies proceed to drive off (top down) unfazed by a pop-up shower. It is a scenario every classic car lover can relate to – you see it, you want it, you’ve got to have it.
Oprah and Gayle - Top Down and on the Road
Ms. Winfrey owns the car until 2002 when she reportedly gives it to a friend. This person keeps the luxury car until 2011, when the Volo Museum acquires it. Oprah loved this car and has mentioned it in interviews when describing her adventures with Gayle. One night’s escapades had them dressed up in Tina Turner wigs, music blasting and riding with the top down.
One Massive Example of British Luxury
The first version of the Bentley Azure comes out in 1995 and is based on the Continental Coupe. This massive example of British luxury weighs in at 5,800 lbs. and stretches to nearly 18 feet. The 1996 Azure is the first to have the convertible body and the last to feature the vertical slats on the grill (it is a mesh inset after that). At 10mpg city/15mpg highway, this vehicle costs Oprah a large chunk of her fortune just to keep it gassed up.
It’s Your Birthday, Oprah! Do What You Want to do!
Oprah Winfrey chooses the Bentley Azure for its classic styling and handcrafted elegance. Who wouldn’t want to cruise down the road in a convertible designed by Pinanfarina and built by Rolls Royce? Everyone knows, you get what you want on your birthday! (At least in theory).
See Amazing Collections at the Volo
Beautiful cars like this Bentley are a part of the amazing collection at the Volo museum. From the George Barris’s Munster Koach and the Batmobile to Jimmy Dean’s Porsche Spyder and the Back to the Future DeLorean, Volo has something for everyone.
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
If you find yourself with a new set of got-to-have-it wheels that you hadn’t planned for, don’t worry. Classic Auto Insurance can help you cover all the vehicles in your collection. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect policy for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your new dream car.
2017 Detroit Autorama – February 24-26
February 24-26 is not too far off folks, which means some great cars will be heading to the Cobo Center for the 65th Annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama. Fabulous rides like this 1931 Model A Hot Rod are on display during the three-day event. In this video interview, AMIG’s Rick Drewry speaks with owner Pat about how this build took shape. Share it with your fellow car lovers and see if they, too, are anxiously awaiting the 2017 Detroit Autorama.
1931 Model A Hot Rod – “Drives Like a Dream”
With a French flathead engine under the hood, Pat’s Model A is no slouch in the muscle department. It puts out about 200hp and as Pat modestly says, “It’s a very strong car.” For good measure, he crafted his own fuel injection system and added an overdrive transmission to improve drivability. Did it work? “It drives like a dream,” he says with a smile.
How the Ford Flathead Joined the French Military
When did the French fall in love with the Ford flathead?! In the 50s Ford’s French operations merged with Simca, a French auto maker, to produce a line of V8-60 powered military vehicles. Ford eventually exited the partnership, leaving Simca to continue building the flathead engines over the next 40 years. These Ford-Simca engines put the oomph in French military vehicles, powering everything from troop transports to fuel tankers until they were discontinued in the 90s.
French Blocks Invade the U.S.
Today, these steel block beauties are a hot rodder’s dream. The remaining French inventory made its way to the U.S. in 2005 and is currently being snatched up by gearheads like candy treats. The French blocks are better castings than the original Ford models thanks to advances in metallurgy and foundry technology. No wonder Pat chose to get one for his hot rod.
A Hot Rod Legend, Barney Navarro
Pat’s build also pays tribute to one of his hot-rodding heroes, Barney Navarro, by using Navarro parts in his car. A 50s hot rod pioneer who hails from Southern California, Barney spent a lifetime discovering ingenious ways to extract more power out of ordinary engines. He influenced generations of racers with his innovations. Defying conventional racing wisdom, Barney placed a GMC supercharger on a flathead V8 and preceded to clock laps of 147 mph in his hot rod. He made the impossible, possible.
You Can’t Beat This Hot Rod Lincoln
Everyone knows the 50s song that immortalizes a blazing fast, souped up Model A. Bringing a Hot Rod Lincoln to life is no easy task. It is one job Pat and his restoration team took seriously. From the hand-crafted bumpers to the glass and brass gear shift, the attention to detail is evident. An appreciative crowd circles the old-school hot rod, making note of the hard work and trying not to drool on the engine. As Pat wipes an imagined spot off the finish, you can tell he is already thinking of his next build. We’re counting down the days until we to see what he brings to the next Detroit Autorama.
Join Classic Auto at America’s Greatest Indoor Hot Rod Show
Detroit Autorama continues to prove it is one of the nation’s most important indoor hot rod shows. From stunning customs to faithfully preserved rat rods, the creativity and hard work that goes into these cars is inspiring. If you plan to attend the show this February, stop by the Classic Auto Insurance booth and let our friendly staff help you find the right policy for your collector car or classic street rod. With onsite quotes, we can instantly help you insure your vehicle for less. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
2017 Detroit Autorama – February 24-26
On February 24-26, enthusiastic crowds of car lovers will descend on the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI for the 65th Annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama to see some amazing cars and to take note on how they got competition ready. As we eagerly await the 2017 event, let’s look back at one of the Ridler Award Great 8 Finalists, a custom 1952 Mercedes Benz 170S. Watch our video and see if you agree that this street rod was definitely worthy of being named a Great 8 finalist. Share it with your fellow car lovers and get their opinions.
SONAX Sponsors New Show on Velocity Channel – Competition Ready
AMIG’s Rick Drewry speaks with Jason from SONAX about detailing this elegant Mercedes Benz as part of their new television series, Competition Ready on the Velocity Channel. The pressure was on to get this classic street rod ready for the prestigious Ridler Award judges and the critical eye of the fans.
1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S – A Distinctive Color, Definite Winner
The owners and builder chose the Mercedes factory color Mystic Brown for its overall richness and way it plays off the light. SONAX detailed the car using their superior line of polymer finishing products to achieve the show quality look needed to make it into the Great 8. “We were able to buff out the few holograms we found to give the car an incredible shine,” Jason says. “It helped that we had such a good base paint to work with. It looks great!”
Getting a Car Competition Ready
Car show competition can be brutal, which is why having a team of expert detailers work on your car beforehand is a dream come true. That is the premise for the Velocity Channel show, “Competition Ready”. With SONAX as a sponsor, the team travels around the country getting classic show cars ready for judging. The Great 8 Mercedes is one of these lucky cars.
SONAX – Innovative Products for a Classic Shine
SONAX is a German manufacturer of premium car care products. Their innovative polishes are perfect for achieving that competition shine. Check out our video on their SONAX Polymer Net Shield sealant that provides long-lasting protection to your classic paint job.
Join Classic Auto at America’s Greatest Indoor Hot Rod Show
From stunning customs to faithfully preserved rat rods, the Detroit Autorama is one of the nation’s most important indoor hot rod shows. The creativity and hard work that goes into these cars is inspiring. If you plan to attend the show this February, stop by the Classic Auto Insurance booth and let our friendly staff help you find the right policy for your collector car or classic street rod. With onsite quotes, we can instantly help you insure your vehicle for less. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.