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The Evolutionary Sports Car - The Classic Porsche 911

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Ever since the first classic Porsche 911 rolled out on the assembly line, an instant classic was born. The 911 was first conceptualized by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in 1959 as a replacement to the Porsche 356 - the company’s first launch.

The Porsche, known to have the longest running production for a successful generation of sports cars, has a different type number to differentiate each generation. Like the classic Porsche 911 (1963-1989) and the Porsche 964 (1989-1993), each number distinguishes different body types and makes of this classic. The sports car was first priced at $6500 and was assigned the model number 901, but due to copyright issues with Peugeot, the company changed the number to 911. Due to historic wins in races, like the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 911 is still, by far, one of the fastest and most coveted sports cars ever built.

Owning a Porsche 911 is a definite boost to your collector car investment portfolio. Recently, a Porsche 917/30 Can Am sold for $4.4 million by Gooding & Co. Now, with the latest version of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera available in Carrera 4 and the extremely powerful 4S version, the 911 is all set to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The 50th anniversary of this legendary classic will be celebrated at the 18th Amelia Jackson Concours‘d’ Elegance on March 10th, 2013. Porsche is also ready to reproduce its original classic crest used between the years 1952-1963 for the owners of its classic cars. The crest, depicting an unbridled horse, signifies the sense of speed, power and control available in the Porsche.

Whether it’s a Ferrari, Ford, Rolls Royce or a Porsche, fully restored classic cars always appreciate in value. Adding quality, well-maintained and restored cars to your collection will only add value to down the road. However, if you don’t protect your investment with insurance, and your collection suffers damage or disrepair, you will likely lose everything you’ve worked so hard to collect over the years.

Collector car insurance is a requirement for the upkeep and protection of your legendary classic Porsche. At Classic Auto Insurance, we don’t just provide classic car insurance, we give you tailored collector car insurance policies to protect your investments. Fill out our form online today for a FREE instant quote!


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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: 2/27/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

RK Motors Collector Car Auctions

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Antique Car Enthusiasts Now Have an Added Reason to Look Forward to the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance

While the eagerly awaited first edition of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is all set to kick-start in May 2013, collector car enthusiasts now have one additional reason to look forward to this event. RK Motors, the leading retailer and restorer of investment-grade collector cars, plans to launch its RKM Collector Car Auctions at the show. The inaugural live debut auction is slated to start on May 4, 2013, at The Fair Barn, the early-twentieth century fair exhibition hall near the Pinehurst fairways. Over 150 vehicles are expected to be auctioned off at the one day sale.

RK Motors plans the auction as a regular event, with a second auction of 500 cars already scheduled for November 1-3, 2013 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

These type of auctions are a good opportunity for collector car enthusiasts to meet and savor the world-class, high performance classic cars being offered. While the auctions are open for dealers and private car collectors from across the world, the organizers also offer general admission tickets for enthusiasts wanting to enjoy the thrill of the auctions as a spectator.

It goes without saying that these auctions are also a good opportunity to collect some prized treasures. Don't forget to look at antique car insurance options from Classic Auto Insurance to complement the purchase of your collector or classic car. Classic Auto’s standard insurance plans for antique cars offer agreed value, roadside assistance and next term mileage rollover. Contact us at 888-901-1338 for a free quote.


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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: 2/25/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Four Essential Tips to Maintain Your Classic Car

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A vintage car is a great investment. Not only is it an object of great desire all over the world, but most cars appreciate in value over time if they are well maintained. However, to reap the benefits a classic car can bring, it is essential that the maintenance of the cars be pristine.

1. All cars, be it the legendary 1903 Model T, the classic 1964 ½ Ford Mustang, or the Latest Audi, come with their own set of problems. Again, most old cars, regardless of their make, face regular maintenance issues. All cars will experience things like oil leaks, rusted parts, routine engine problems, etc. Vintage car owners have to stay on top of these issues if they want to preserve the value. Letting these issues fall into disrepair can often cause more expense than it’s worth to fix down the road.. Also, maintaining the original owner’s manual is important with classic cars, because many garages and mechanics may not be as familiar with older models and may want to have the manual on hand to refer to when performing repairs.

2. Another common repair issue with old cars, regardless of their make, is the deterioration of the rubber seals around the doors and windows, usually as a result of simple wear and tear. The solution is simply to replace them with new ones, but the trick is to ensure that the replacement does not mar the originality or the appearance of the vintage car in any way. It is better to secure replacements from the original manufacturers, if they are still in business. If they are not still operating, it becomes imperative to search for an aftermarket supplier that can provide you with a very similar/identical replacement. Moreover, the actual replacement may be tricky, and may require removing the window glass, which in turn, may require removing the inner door panel. All these require great care so as not to damage the parts. It is always a better idea to have a professional assist you or handle these types of repairs because mistakes can be made very easily. Trust a professional to assist you in restoring the value of your classic car!

3. Maintaining the appearance of the vintage car is a hobby for most enthusiasts. It is essential to wash the car with mild soap, and also give it a coat of wax periodically. While these tasks are relatively simple and straightforward, carelessness or negligence can cause irreparable damage and loss of value over time. Along this line, most old cars have chrome detailing which requires special attention to ensure that it stays rust free.

4. Last, but not the least, a vintage car requires collector car insurance. Scratches and accidents can take place, even with the best precautions, and rectifying these damages can be a costly affair when it comes to vintage cars. Classic Auto Insurance offers excellent insurance options for vintage cars. The standard insurance plans include agreed value, roadside assistance and next term mileage rollover, and all our plans are customizable to meet your exact needs!.

Contact us today at 888-901-1338 for a free quote.


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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: 2/20/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Bitten by the Classic Car Bug - Things You Need to Know!

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If you find yourself being bitten by the classic car bug, then we’ve got to tell you - it’s not such a bad thing! There are so many different reasons for wanting to start a classic car collection: It can be the start of a passionate hobby, a childhood dream come true, or your choice of a reliable source of investment. Late Night comedian, Jay Leno has a multi-million dollar collection of nearly 200 cars, a passionate hobby for him and an excellent investment, as well.

Widening your portfolio of investments to include a fully restored classic car, complete with original documentation, is often a sound decision. As per the HAGI Index, prices of many important classic cars rose by 10.33% in the first half of 2012, a huge advantage over the 4.54% gain of the S&P Global Index. The values of many classics have risen by as much as 49.3%, after HAGI started its classic car valuation in 2008. This is nearly a 12.13% per annum increase. And the 6 auctions held last month in Arizona showcased nearly 2700 rare cars and made record sales of more than $220 million.

Whatever your reasons for owning a classic car, there are certain significant factors that should be given due consideration before you make the purchase. According to the NADA Guides, before buying a classic car, it is important to:

- Check the exterior of the car for any signs of damage from accidents or disintegration due to weather related wear and tear. Check the inside of the trunk for signs of welding, hammer marks, rust or scratches from accidents, as these can considerably lower the value of the car. The rear window package tray often shows signs of rust, especially in cars produced between the middle of the 1960’s to the early 1970’s. Signs of rust are also often seen under the lower rocker panels, drip rails, rear windows, lower portion of front fenders that are directly behind the front wheels, and the rear lower quarter wheel well openings. As these repairs are very expensive, it should be duly considered before you make the purchase.

- Check the alignment of the doors, fenders, hoods and the trunk of the car. Any inconsistency seen in the alignment can be due to substandard restoration done on the vehicle or can be the signs of clipping. Very often when clipping is done, a major portion of the car is replaced with parts of another vehicle. This again brings down the value of the car.

- Judge the originality and authenticity by restoration work done to the interior of the car. The original factory interior highly increases the value of the car. Many aftermarket replacements that are available are quite inferior compared to original factory products. Padded dashes, arm rests, door panels and rear package trays often show signs of having been replaced with inferior aftermarket replacements. Again many cars produced between the 1960’s and the 1970’s have lower values due to the installation of aftermarket instrument clusters and custom stereo equipment. These installations cause intensive damage to the entire dashboard and very often have to be replaced with new ones.

A perfectly restored car with authentic parts and original documents highly increases the value of a classic car. So before investing your money on a classic car it is imperative to do your fair share of educated research on the car and model you intend to buy. A pre-purchase inspection of the car is very important in order to ascertain the originality of the vehicle and it has to be done by a person who has complete knowledge of the model. The National Auto Inspection has pre-purchase inspection services starting from $220.

Furthermore, maintaining the value of your classic car is of equal importance once you have it parked proudly among your car collection. Collector car insurance is what you need to keep your classic beauty secure from wear and tear and collisions and other significant damage.

Classic Auto Insurance gives you the best insurance quotes for your classic cars. For more information, fill out a free, instant quote form today!


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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: 2/18/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

The Classic Dart- It’s All in The Name

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The 2013 model of the new Dart - a compact sedan that has yet to hit car showrooms, has an illustrious history behind its nameplate. To the older generation of muscle car users, the older versions of the Dart were good value oriented cars, ranking in top performance and fuel efficiency. While for the younger generation of car lovers, the name echoes aerodynamics and precision.

And clearing the dust covering the name, you can trace the history of the new Dart to a very popular and highly successful 1956 show car. The Chrysler Dart was designed by Virgil Exner, the chief Designer for Dodge, and was constructed by the Italian Coach builder, Ghia. The 22 foot, shiny automobile, fitted with tail fins, was a classic beauty that lived for just one year. The Dodge Company later used the Dart name for a series of cars produced between 1960-1961, which included the Seneca, the Pioneer and the Phoenix. But the most popular use of the name was the compact model car that was manufactured between the years 1963-1976.  The affordable and durable automobile, built on the strong chassis of the Plymouth Valiant, hiked the Dart car sales to 3.7 million units in 13 years.

The standard structure of the new Dart to hit the market is relatively the same as the famous Alfa Giulietta - the 2011 runner up for the European Car of the Year. The chassis, the suspension, the electric power steering and other parts are from the Fiat group. The Dodge team has included the precision components of the Alfa like the steering, and improved on the comforts, utility and style quotient - what most American prefers in a muscle car. The powerful Multi Air, with the 160 horsepower and 184 lbs per sq. ft. of torque, make driving on both the highway and the city streets a smooth experience. Fitted with some of the most classic features like heated leather seats, heated steering wheel, multimedia navigation system and other artistic innovations, the car is all set to shake the American Automobile market.

If you’ve ever wondered what your classic model Dodge Dart might be worth, the first places to look to ascertain its value are the price guides available at local bookstores. “The Ultimate Collector Car Price Guide 1900-1990”, from the editors of the Cars and Parts Magazine, and the “Standard Guide to Cars & Prices: Prices for Collector Vehicles 1901-1990”, by James T Lenzke/Ken Buttolph, are resourceful guides to help you in your research.

Online sites like The Gold Book, Collector Car and Truck,  Popular Mechanics Muscle Car Price Guide, Barrett Jackson Price Guide and the NADA Guides  will also help you to ascertain the value of your classic muscle cars.

There are many specialists who offer extensive research services to help determine the value and history of your classic car. They can in fact find and locate the original built sheets, window stickers, production numbers and other related facts that will help to increase the value of a muscle car.
Insuring your classic muscle car is as important as understanding its absolute value. Classic Auto provides tailored collector car insurance policies to protect your investment in the Classic Dodge Dart. For more information, fill out a free instant quote form today to find out how we can help you!


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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: 2/13/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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