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Plymouth Hemi Cuda Sells for Record Price

Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible Brings $3.5 Million At Auction
Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

A Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible just made record numbers for Chrysler last weekend when it was sold for $3.5 million at auction. This rare muscle car is only one of two produced for the U.S. and only one of 11 convertibles with the 425/425 hp engine built from that year.

This Hemi Cuda not only has the 426/425 hp V8 under its hood, but it also has a 4-speed manual transmission, and is the only car remaining of its kind. This Hemi Cuda has been fully restored with a Bright Blue finish, and has a numbers-matching motor under the hood, as well as largely original bodywork. It includes the performance option Dana 60 4.10 rear end, the Super Track Pack, a 26-inch radiator and the Barracuda’s Shaker hood.

This car beats any other Plymouth previously sold by at least a half million dollars, but since this car is truly one-of-a-kind, we’re not surprised it drew in such a high price. What do you think Plymouth would be like if Chrysler had kept the brand around? Do you own any older Plymouth models? We’d love to see pictures of your restorations and classic Chryslers!

If you need a quote for a restoration or a new purchase, give us a call at 888-901-1338 and chat with one of our muscle car insurance customer service reps!

Posted: 6/30/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


McLaren Spider at Carmel Artomobilia


We have all seen and been impressed with the power of the 2013 McLaren MP 4-12C Spider, but can you imagine that McLaren has outdone itself and made an even more impressive car? It didn’t take much, either. They simply removed the roof, added some minor reinforcements, and turned the coupe into a convertible.

The 618 hp car can make it from 0-60 in a mere 2.9 seconds, topping out at 207mph. The convertible does weigh slightly more than the original coupe, putting it at 3,250 lbs. because of steel reinforcement that was added as rollover protection.

Interested in seeing this car? We would love to show it off to you at our Carmel Artomobilia booth this August! Stay tuned for more information, but start your plans now to attend! This will be an unforgettable year for this local collector car festival!

Posted: 6/27/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Zagato Special Edition Lamborghini

Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato Special Edition Gallardo For Albert Speiss

The famous (or infamous, depending on how well you like their designs) car body design company, Zagato, is celebrating 95 years as a company, and nearly 50 years of work with Lamborghini.

In honor of the celebration, legendary car collector, Albert Spiess has called for the design of a new species of Lamborghini. Zagato has taken the bones of a Gallardo and transformed the exterior, creating what some love and some hate.

The Zagato-created Lamborghini has taken the classic design of the Gallardo and reimagined the entire shell. The grill is now set into the body, the wide-mouthed front end extends past the grill, and they have added large secondary air intakes under the headlights.

There is now a black air scoop on the roof, and minimized side intakes. The rear of the car shows off a wraparound glasshouse with black-out pillars.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the new design? Let us know your thoughts, and if you think Zagato has made the best-yet, if you’re happy with this just being a special edition, or if you hate the new design completely.

Do you have a Lamborghini in your garage? Give us a call at 888-901-1338 and see how we can save you money on exotic car insurance policies.

Posted: 6/25/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


2015 Corvette Stingray

It’s hard to imagine something outdoing the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray, with all the praise and attention it has garnered over the past year. However, we’re anxious to see how the 2015 model holds up against its predecessor, as early reports look incredibly promising.

The 2015 is replacing some colors, going from the Lime Rock Green Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic, to all new Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic. But even more than colors, the standard 6-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox is being replaced with an all-new 8-speed box with a 2.41 ratio.

The 2015 will also play host to the OnStar 4G LTE, as well as a new Performance Data and Video Recorder. With all these new additions, we still can’t overlook the new packages this model have as options: the Chrome Badge Package, the Carbon Flash Badge Package, and the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package. The additional Z51 Performance Package will be even better than the basic packages, including Performance Exhaust and the 3LT interior Sueded Microfiber-Wrapped Trim Package.

Were you a fan of the 2014? How do you think the 2015 will compare to previous models? If you are looking to purchase one of the new models, you might be surprised at how affordable your insurance costs will be! Give us a call today to get a free, instant quote for a Corvette insurance policy.

Posted: 6/23/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Summer Fun with Your Vintage Car

Have Fun This Summer & Protect Your Car With Vintage Car Insurance
 

Do you have a bucket list for your cars? We came across this article from the Summer Driving Guide, and we thought the concept of using your summer to get more acquainted with your vehicle is a novel idea. While we don’t recommend off-roading in a classic, we do recommend getting to know your vehicle better, taking better care of it, and even checking a few to-do’s off your list for a fun-filled summer! So here are our additions to their list:

  • Take a weekend to go to a new car show: Whether you’re an avid car-show attender, or you’ve never been to one before, take an opportunity this summer to travel to a new place with your classic car, and share it with other car lovers from around the world. You can use Google to find great shows in your area, and there are tons of resources and calendars available to help you find shows near you!

  • Use the extra daylight to add some modifications or upgrades to your classic car: While we would never encourage you to add something to a classic that would devalue it, we also understand the appeal of a modified exhaust, chrome trim, or even a custom paint job. Always make sure you have a qualified mechanic or custom-expert to assist you with any modifications you choose!

  • Take the time this summer to join an auto-club: No matter what type of classic car you have, there are clubs out there for everyone! You could join a street rod club like the Goodguys, the Classic Car Club of America, or even a local club in your city. Did you know Classic Auto offers discounts on car insurance policies for members of auto clubs?


Most importantly, make sure you’re taking great care of you, your family, and your cars by calling Classic Auto Insurance for a check-up on your vintage car insurance policies. Any time you take a trip, make a modification, or just want to adjust the terms on your policy, our customer service representatives are waiting to help you at 888-901-1338!

Posted: 6/20/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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