Turning 50 Never Looked So Good
The high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz, AMG, is turning 50 this year. While some might see hitting the Big 5-Oh as a sign to take things easy, the folks at AMG decided to kick it into high gear instead by debuting the 2018 AMG GT C Edition 50 at the recent Detroit Auto Show. This is not your granny’s Benz.
Going Gray Gracefully
Only 50 of these sports cars will make it to the U.S. All of them will be decked out in one custom color, Designo Graphite Gray Magno. The protruding metal grille pays tribute to the Mercedes 300sl that won the 1952 Carrera Panamericana Mexico race, while the 550hp 4.0L V8 engine promises a top speed of 197 mph.
New Mercedes-Benz AMG Hypercar to be Unveiled This Year
Offering High Performance Options to Mercedes Benz Customers
Since 1967, AMG has been modifying Mercedes-Benz cars into whatever customers desire. Founded by two former Mercedes-Benz engineers, Hans Warner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, the original company, AMG Engine Production and Development, Ltd, specialized in high performance engine and body customizations. As these upgrades became popular, the AMG options were offered through the dealerships. Eventually in 1999, Daimler-Benz AG acquires the company to bring everything under one umbrella.
One Man, One Engine
Racing has always been at the heart of AMG’s passenger car enhancements. They seamlessly bring what they learn on the track back to the Mercedes-Benz customer who wants a little bit more from their German luxury car. The AMG philosophy of “one man, one engine” means that these hand-crafted sports cars are built with the utmost expertise and care. To prove it, an engineer signs his name to the engine when complete.
Even the Easy Rider Loves His Mercedes AMG
Mercedes-Benz is promoting its beefed-up luxury sports car to the free-spirited rebels of the 60s like the original Easy Rider himself, Peter Fonda. With Steppenwolf’s Born to be Wild blasting in the background, the Coen Brothers-directed commercial aims to get non-conformists off their bikes and into an AMG sports car. Sell-out or savvy marketing ploy? You make the call.
Mercedes-Benz AMG – Never Slowing Down
Owning a German-engineered sports car with a racing tuned engine is a dream for many. The AMG line of cars now offers everything from race cars to SUVs. Turning 50 has in no way slowed them down. Instead, they look to the future and use their knowledge to enhance the driving experience for Mercedes Benz customers. Proving once again, age is just a number, so aim for the red line and make it a record-breaking one.
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The Best Hot Rods and Customs Will Be in Detroit
So Much to See and Do
With over 600,000 square feet of exhibits, demonstrations, and live bands – the Cobo Center will be packed with everything a car enthusiast could possibly want. From the Hazzard County Stunt Show and the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion to the Cavalcade of Customs (a 10-car exhibit) and Chop Shop demonstrations, this weekend promises an exciting time for all ages.
For the Love of All That’s Not Shiny
Not into shiny, candy-colored hot rods? Prefer your cars with a little rust on them? Then head downstairs where the entire floor is devoted to traditional hot rod and rat rod lovers. If keeping it original is your motto, these cars will be right up your alley.
The Ridler Award
The highlight of the weekend is the prestigious Ridler Award, given to first-time show entrants that exhibit the highest level of creativity, engineering expertise, and quality workmanship. Last year’s winner is a 1939 Oldsmobile convertible nicknamed “Olds Cool” and owned by Billy Thomas of Georgetown, TX. Last year’s recipient exemplifies the qualities Autorama promoter Don Ridler championed - designs that seamlessly blend imagination and craftsmanship into a one-of-a-kind car.
Selecting the “Pirelli Great 8”
Prior to the event’s opening, a special panel of judges has the unenviable task of narrowing down the field for the Ridler Award. The “Pirelli Great 8” are announced before the doors open the morning of the event. Just making it into the field of finalists is an honor. The judges revisit the eight cars one more time over the weekend to confirm their scores. The lucky winner is revealed at a packed award ceremony the last night of the event.
America’s Greatest Indoor Hot Rod Show
The Detroit Autorama, sponsored by O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, is part of the World of Wheels and Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series as well as the International Show Car Association. Treat yourself to a weekend of great customized hot rods, informative exhibits, and plenty of entertainment at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. See you there!
Meet Classic Auto at the Detroit Autorama February 26-28
We are proud to once again be a part of the Detroit Autorama. Stop by the Classic Auto Insurance booth at the Cobo Center and let our friendly experts help you find the perfect policy for your collector car or classic 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.
America’s Love Affair with the Chevy C-10
America has a passion for pickups and this enduring love affair shows no sign of letting up. One of the most popular lines ever built is the Chevy C/K series, which lasted from 1960 to 1998. Early trucks like the 1960 Chevy C-10 Apache helped drive sales skyward as consumers fell for this hardworking yet comfortable vehicle. Truck love at first sight!
Chevy Delivers a Full-Size Truck
At the time, the C/K series is Chevy’s way of gaining a larger share of the full-sized truck market. By adding a V8 engine, the carmaker beefs up their design to appeal to a wider consumer base. They realize trucks are doing double duty as a work vehicle and the family car. Consumers want more from their trucks and Chevy delivers.
Truck Soul in Tact
There are two basic body styles on the 1960 C-10 Apache – the Fleetside (smooth sides) and the Stepside (fendered sides). Trim packages are either basic or custom. This C-10 is a no frills pickup with its few options being two-tone paint, extra chrome and panoramic windows. It never loses its truck soul.
C-10 Gets a Lower Cab and New Suspension
The C-10 design introduces the drop-center X-type frame, which lowers the cab by as much as seven inches. It gives the truck a lower center of gravity and greater stability. It also makes the cab easier to get in and out of. Chevy adds an independent front-end suspension to give it a more comfortable ride like a car.
Check Out Those Nostrils
There are two hood styles for the first generation of C-10s. The 1960-61 hood sports an indent running from windshield to grille and “nostril” flares that surround the turn signals. In 1962, the “nostrils” and indention are eliminated, leaving a flatter looking hood that would remain until 1966.
Is Your Chevy C-10 Waiting to Be Restored?
You could select from one of several 6 or 8-cylinder engines on the 1960 C-10. The most popular being the large V8 327-cubic-inch version. What these trucks lack in bells and whistles, they make up for in stamina. Many early trucks are used and abused on the job – and are still out there waiting to be restored.
What’s in a Name?
1960-61 C-10 trucks carry the name Apache in addition to the C-10 moniker. It is a holdover from Chevy’s Advanced Design Series when the different truck weight classes have names like Apache, Viking and Spartan. By 1962, the name is dropped from the logo.
1960 Chevy C-10 Apache a Rare Find
A completely intact 1960 Chevy C-10 Apache is considered a rare find by collectors. Two years of production is all we have to yield certain parts. With minor changes between 1960-61 and some parts not interchangeable with other C-10 trucks in the series, restoring these early gems is a classic truck lover’s dream.
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Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10
The C-10 is a perfect blend of the things we love about our trucks; strength, dependability and good looks. Which is why we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10 Truck. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic!
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Type 30
For Throwback Thursday, we’re highlighting one of the 80’s most popular sports cars – the Porsche 911 Turbo Type 30. Our friends at Dream Makers Automotive just happen to have a 1989 model we are drooling over (figuratively of course - #TBTDrool).
Porsche 930 – The Fastest Production Car of Its Time
When Porsche turbo-charge their legendary 911, it kicks the sports car game into high gear. What they learn on the racetrack with their 917/30 Spyder CanAm racer, they soon introduce into their production cars. The 930 (as it is commonly known) becomes the fastest production car of its time when it rolls into showrooms in 1975. Everyone (young or old) wanted one.
Let’s Make It Faster!
When first introduced, the Porsche 930 has a single turbocharged, 3.0L engine producing an incredible 256 hp. In 1978 engineers decide, “Why not make it faster?” so they enlarge the engine size to 3.3L, add an air-to-air intercooler and boost the output to 300 hp. After that, the car is lightweight, wickedly fast and untouchable.
A Whale Tail Only a Yuppie Could Love
Aerodynamics plays a big part in the 930 design. It has a wide body and an iconic rear spoiler, or “whale tail”, that re-directs air flow over the engine while also producing downforce over the rear tires. With a blazing top speed of 150 mph, reliable German engineering and iconic styling, the 930 Turbo is a true status symbol of the 80s. Every yuppie in America has to have one.
Speed Taken Seriously
With great speed comes great responsibility, which is why the 930 is nicknamed of “The Widow Maker”. The lightweight body, rear engine layout and shorter wheelbase makes this car prone to oversteering. Throw in the slight turbo lag when you step on the pedal and the driver is easily caught off guard, fishtailing when the speed kicks in. While today’s Porsches have safety technology to counter this and assist the driver, with the 930, you have to take the speed seriously.
Can’t Replace the Porsche 930 Turbo
The 930 briefly disappeared from the American market in 1980 when Porsche pulls it due to U.S. emission regulations. The replacement model is the Porsche 928, which suffers from dismal sales and disappointing reviews. The carmaker decides to re-introduce the 930 in 1986 - with an emission-controlled engine that reduces the horsepower to 282.
1989 – The Last Year of Production
The last big change for the 930 is in 1989 when the German automaker offers it with a 5-speed manual transmission. Sadly, it is also to be the last year of production. Porsche decides to close out the era by replacing the 930 with the 964 Turbo.
Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life
Among the last of the air-cooled Porsches, the 930 Turbo is one of the most powerful sports car of its time. A highly sought after classic, this sports car hasn’t lost its bark or its bite in 30 years. Be warned, if you want to take one for a spin, hone your driving skills first. As long as you show it the respect it deserves, the 930 Turbo will give you the ride of your life.
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