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The Value of Steve McQueen’s Cars


Over the past several years, many famous vehicles have been sold from one celebrity car lover’s collection.

Those who were fans of Steve McQueen knew he was not only a car lover and skilled driver on the silver screen, but also in real life. Some of his cars have sold for millions of dollars, and others not so much. But collectors everywhere are swooning over the variety and depth of McQueen’s collection.

Among his garage-dwellers was a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT. This car was valued at $460,000 and sold at Christie’s in Monterey, CA in 2011 for $2.3 million. Another favorite of McQueen’s was his 1946 Indian Chief vintage motorcycle. This bike sold at Auctions of America in Burbank, CA in 2013 for $143,750, more than five times its estimated value.

Another favorite among his collection was the 1970 Porsche 911 SS, with an estimated value of $72,000. This car sold at RM Auctions in Monterey, CA in 2012 for $1.4 million. His 1953 Hudson Hornet made an appearance at RM that year as well, and it sold for almost triple its estimated value.

Celebrity-owned classics are not always sold for what you might think. In fact, over the history of car sales, celebrity ownership rarely affects the sale price of the car, with the exception of Steve McQueen and Elvis’ vehicles.

Are you the owner of a car made famous by a celebrity driver? We would love to see what you’ve got in your garage! Send us some pictures and we will show them off to all our readers and followers on Facebook and Pinterest!

If you are in the market for something to add to your collection, don’t forget to get a free, instant quote from Classic Auto before you make your purchase! We can offer you a customized collector car insurance package, as well as help save you money.


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: 2/28/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Classic Muscle at the Chicago Auto Show


As part of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, classic American muscle cars were on display by groups such as the Windy City Corvettes and the Illinois Camaro Club. The classic Corvette display drew a significant amount of attention in light of the recent sinkhole disaster that struck the National Corvette Museum and was recently featured on our blog.

Displays by classic car groups give visitors a chance to view some classic American muscle from previous decades while they also take a look at concept cars of the future. Enthusiasts of both classic and newly released Corvettes as well as Mustangs compared what they liked best about their favorite muscle car.

Couldn’t make it to the 2014 Chicago Auto Show? You can check out the video on the NBC News 5 Chicago site to see some of the displays.

If you are the proud owner of a classic Corvette or Camaro, Classic Auto Insurance can help you protect those classics from disasters, accidents, and general wear and tear. Give us a call at 888-701-1338 to get a free, instant muscle car insurance quote!


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: 2/26/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show

See Exotic Luxury Cars & More At The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show

The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is one you won’t want to miss this year! Whether you are an avid classic car lover, an aspiring collector, or you practically have your own car museum, there will be something at this show for everyone!

Beginning on February 22nd and running until March 2nd, the show will take place at the Wisconsin Center and will be open from 3 - 9 pm on Monday through Thursday, 1 - 9 pm on Friday and it will be open from 10 am - 10 pm on the Saturday and Sunday of both weekends. If you are interested in purchasing advanced tickets you can save $1 on the adult tickets (normally $11, discounted to $10), children 7-12 are $5, and kids under 7 get in free!

The show will include the ever-popular Camp Jeep, where riders are taken on a virtual reality off-roading experience, the Chrysler Drive, where you can test drive all of the latest and greatest Chrysler models including the Fiat 500, the Volo Auto Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum Showcase, the DuPont Registry Live featuring exotic luxury cars, the Sports Car Club of America, and much, much more!

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this show and witness some of the newest innovations in the car industry, as well as some pieces of history you won’t see elsewhere!

If you are in the market to insure a new classic car purchase, or if it’s been a while since you’ve evaluated your existing policies, Classic Auto Insurance can help you reevaluate and save money! Give us a call for a free, instant collector car insurance quote to find out how much we can save you!
 


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: 2/24/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Garage Collapse Reminds Us to Protect Our Classics

Grand Rapids Garage Collapse Destroys Historic Car Collection

Even with recent updates and reinforcements, one garage in Grand Rapids, MI couldn’t hold the weight of all the snow we’ve seen this winter and collapsed under the pressure. Neighbors said they thought it was a “planned demo”, but instead, it was the harsh reality of weather and circumstances out of our control.

Garage owner Guy Bazzani said thankfully no one was hurt. That was not the case, however, for several classic cars he was storing in the garage. We do not have information about the type of cars stored in the garage, nor the amount of damage done to them, but we can only imagine that “historic” cars and a roof collapse did not mix well together.

Are you safe from the threat of this winter weather still plaguing us? This story just goes to show us that even when you think you are safe and you have your cars nicely stored inside of a warm, dry garage, all may not be well for very long. All it takes is one tree branch, a small earthquake, a busted water-main, or a kid with an attitude problem to cause you hundreds, potentially thousands of dollars in damage. Are you prepared to deal with the costs of damage when the inevitable happens?

If not, call Classic Auto Insurance. We see cases like this every day, and we are experts in helping you protect and restore your classic beauties. Our collector car insurance rates are the best on the market; don’t believe us? Call 888-901-1338 for a free, instant quote!


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: 2/21/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Corvette Stingray Black Widow on the Silver Screen

Corvette Stingray Black Widow Featured In New Captain America Movie

The 2014 6.2 L V8 Corvette Stingray “Black Widow” will be making an appearance in the upcoming blockbuster, Captain America: Winter Soldier. The Widow won’t be driven by Captain America, however. Instead, it will be driven by the Black Widow herself, Natasha Romanova (played in the movies by Scarlett Johansson).

The new Stingray appears to be an all-black version of the regular Stingray, and we do know that this model gets 455 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque. The new Stingray is available in convertible models, the Z06 and also the C7R. We hope to know more about the special Black Widow edition when the movie releases on April 4th of this year. Until then, we can only imagine what this Avenger might have in store!

Did you purchase a new Stingray off the line this year? If so, we’d love to see pictures of it! Share your images with us on our Twitter or Pinterest page, and we could feature your car in an upcoming blog.

If you are in the market to renew your Corvette insurance coverage, or if you are curious how much money you can save by shopping around a bit, check out Classic Auto’s customizable policies. We are experts in saving you money and still giving you the best coverage available. Give us a call today at 888-901-1338 for a free, instant quote!


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: 2/19/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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