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The Original Batmobile

The original Batmobile
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Did you ever wonder what happened to that classic beauty Adam West drove around in the original Batman series?

Until very recently, the car was still in the possession of its original owner and creator, George Barris. Back in 1965, Barris (already a well known car customizer - the mind behind the Munster Koach and the Beverly Hillbillies’ car) was asked to design something special for the upcoming Batman series. Barris decided rather than designing and building an original car, the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car had the look he wanted. With some designer upgrades and a flashy new paint job, the car was soon ready for filming.

Ever since the series ended in 1968, the car has resided with Barris. Recently, he decided it was time to share the car with the world and let more people have an opportunity to enjoy it like he has over the years.

So last week at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction, the car went up for bidding. Despite some concern that it might not sell for a very high amount (due to the fact that there have been so many convincing replicas on the market over the years) the Batmobile ended up selling to the highest bidder for $4.6 million.

You can read more about the high bidder and future plans for the car from this CNNMoney article.

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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: 1/30/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

The New Line of Luxury

Rolls Royce

2013 promises to be a great year for luxury models. Between some of the concepts seen around the world at auto shows this month, and some of the models that have already been released for the public eye, luxury vehicles are about to get a facelift across the board.

First in the lineup, Lexus debuted the new LF-CC in Paris last fall. The design of the new Lexus focuses largely on eye-appeal. The proportions of the vehicle include a sleek, longer-than-average hood shape, which lead into a broad rear-section of the car. The design is built to suggest power and dominance, although it may do more than “suggest”. The proposed engine in the LF-CC is a 2.5 Liter, 4-Cylinder torque booster. The fuel-saving capabilities, mixed with the sheer power of this engine will bring a new standard to the market of hybrid vehicles, and will put this luxury car at the top of many lists.

Next up, the Aston Martin Rapide S. While this concept is just an upgraded model to the existing 4-door Rapide, the Rapide S is quickly gaining notoriety for it’s “mouth size”. While the new grill is just an aesthetic aspect on this new Aston, the Rapide S boasts a Touchtronic 2 six-speed transmission, which will allow this beauty to climb to speeds of 190 mph - the fastest ever for a 4-door Aston Martin.

The last one to highlight today is the unveiling of the Rolls-Royce concept Wraith. Concept pictures hint at the Wraith’s body style as a fastback, two-door coupe from this luxury manufacturer that will be a nice addition to their repertoire of 6 other luxury vehicles. We don’t know much yet about this vehicle, but coming from the Rolls-Royce name, we expect nothing but greatness. We are very anxious to see more about this car very soon, and learn more than just some speculation about the engine size and body specs. Stay tuned for more and we’ll try to keep you updated!

In the meantime, don’t let your luxury car go uninsured. We hate to see beautiful cars be destroyed by weather or accidents, and their owners not have the funds available for the needed repairs. Give us a call today or fill out our free instant quote online! We can offer you fantastic deals on luxury car insurance and tailor a plan to fit your needs as a luxury car owner.

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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: 1/28/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Know the Value of Your Classic Corvette

Owning a classic Corvette - the true American sports car - is a car collector’s dream realized. The 7 generations of Corvettes owe their illustrious history to their first chief designer, Harley Earl, the head of GM’s Design Studio from 1927-1958.

The first corvette, in a classic polo white, was rolled out of the assembly line on June 30th, 1953. Out of the 300 cars built that year, only 225 are known to exist today. The 1953 model, original C1 Chevrolet Corvette is a highly sought after car amongst avid classic car collectors.

In the decades that followed, the successive generations of more powerful Corvettes had a tough time living up to their competitors, the Ferrari, Porsche and the Lamborghini. But now, surpassing the downswings in the automobile market, GM is set to hit the US market with its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. On Jan 13th, 2013, GM unveiled the first model of the car in an old dilapidated warehouse in Detroit. Fitted with the exclusive and powerful Stingray title on its fenders, the car is slated to be the most powerful Corvette ever built. It can go from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds and can gain more than 1g in cornering grip.

While owning a Corvette of any model is definitely a dream come true for any collector, it’s important to ascertain the true value of your collectible. The most important factor in determining the value of a Corvette is the originality of the car. This can be largely determined on the extent of the documentation available. Here are a few important documents that will help you trace the origin of your Corvette.

         - The Factory Built Sheet: Considered to be the most informative document, the Factory Built Sheet has details like engine number, transmission, axle details and so on. 

         - Tank Sticker: Considered to be the second most important document, the Tank Sheet/Sticker is glued to the top of the gas tank. It contains all info regarding the various installations done on the car and also the Regular Production Option Codes (RPO).

         - Protect-O-Plate: This is a small metal plate fixed at the back of the warranty book. The reversed characters in this piece of metal contain info like the VIN, trim/paint codes, specific engine no, transmission no and axle no.

The previous owners of the car are the best source to gather info on your search to retrieve these documents. The Dept of Motor Vehicles, sources from National Car magazines or National Car Club periodicals can help you widen your network to find the previous owners.

Having collector car insurance is equally important in owning and maintaining a classic car.  Classic Auto  gives you the best collector car insurance quotes around and we can offer competitive prices and plans tailored to your personal needs.


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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: 1/23/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Tips for First Time Bidders This Auction Season

Classic Car Auctions

The business potential of the classic car industry has increased significantly over the last few years as new car sales have skyrocketed and more collector and used cars come into the market.

If it is your dream to get into the collector car market, public auctions can mean more risk in terms of the authenticity of the model, but if you know what you’re getting into, they can mean great deals. Doing your homework beforehand can help to ensure you don’t get burned while bidding.

Despite the challenges at public auctions, we want to help you capitalize on the deals that are to be had. Here are a few basic tips on what to watch out, and how to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth:.

- Inspect as much of the car as possible, checking for repair signs, puddles on the floor, sheet metal variations, and other inconsistencies. Take your trusted mechanic with you, and have him look over every detail of the car before you place any bids. Always confirm the inspection policy of an auction before you attend. Some auctions will let you inspect cars 2-3 hours prior to the bidding; others are more strict.

- The VIN numbers on classic cars help you check for the authenticity of parts. Jot down the VIN number and check it against other parts of the car. If they don’t match, that means the car has undergone some major repair and parts have been replaced. This is not necessarily a bad thing (in terms of car function), but it can mean a decrease in value if the car is not completely original.

- It’s always a good idea to attend a few auctions before placing a bid on the type of car you really want. Get a feel for how they run, get familiar with people who might be there only to pump up the prices, and see how well you can acquaint yourself with the entire bidding process.

- Walk away from a bid if you see the price tag going up with no sign of it stopping near your budget. You don’t want to get lost in a bidding war and end up spending more money than what you can afford.

The Scottsdale auctions would be a great place to start your collector car auction journey. With some of the finest models of vintage cars on display, you will certainly enjoy and experience the feel of a classy, worthwhile auction. Take these tips along with you as the auction season gets into full swing, and feel free to share other advice you have learned on the auction trail!.

Most importantly, don’t forget collector car insurance! Specialty insurance from Classic Auto Insurance offers you excellent advantages and customizable insurance options for securing your classic car, including “Agreed Valuation”. Visit us online to get 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: 1/21/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

American Modern – Making Progress!

If you have been following our blog for a while, you know that we have been following a project of some of our friends over at American Modern. The crew over there has been working hard to restore a 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS to its original condition, and they are making some fantastic progress! They have been documenting the entire project through pictures and videos, so we thought we’d share the most recent couple of videos with you so you can see what they have been up to lately.

Watch American Modern as they finish the frame on the Chevelle Malibu:



Now, check out American Modern as they add the Firewall to this classic beauty:



If you want to learn more about restoring classic cars, American Modern is a great resource to use! If you have got your own classic car that you’ve restored, Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable classic car insurance policies that can be tailored to fit your exact needs. Just like you restored your car exactly the way you wanted it, we will build you a custom policy that will do everything you need it to do. Give us a call today or fill out our free, instant quote form!

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: 1/16/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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