Make Mine a Classic Please!
Sitting at a stop light you find yourself behind a beautiful brand new Chevrolet pickup truck. It is all shiny and new and looks like a luxury liner on four wheels - just imagine all the bells and whistles it possesses. From onboard navigation to heated seats, this behemoth has it all. So while you wait for the world’s longest light to turn, you ponder the evolution of the great American pickup. What kind of truck would you wish for? Since “classic” is the name of the game, chose one from a group of trucks that many car collectors refer to as “Glamour Pickups”.
The 1967 Chevy C-10
Produced by Chevrolet and GMC from 1967 to 1972, these trucks are what led the way for today’s personal truck. Thousands were produced and today their appeal has not waned. The modern, streamlined design and improved drivability make these trucks extremely popular. Take for example this fully restored 1967 Chevy C-10 recently available from Elite Autos in Jonesboro, AR. This beautiful truck and many other classic cars can found on their website, www.eliteautosllc.com.
The New Family Car
Until these Glamour Pickups come along the truck is primarily a utilitarian vehicle. No one would have thought of it as a “personal vehicle,” which is why Chevrolet decided to change their sales strategy. As their advertisements state, these trucks are “a new concept in personalized pickups,” positioning them as the next family car.
Let’s Go Camping
No longer do care owners use trucks just for work. These lovelies could play, too. With the RV experience taking the U.S. by storm in the late 60’s and early 70’s, the popular choice of a vehicle to pull those campers is a truck. Americans start hitting the road in the family truck with camper tops attached or being pulled behind. Consumers want comfortable interiors and increased power to help them on their family adventures. In 1968 sales for trucks with V8 engines out-sell the V6 models for the first time. Chevy soon realizes that the family truck needs to do it all.
Bring on the Comfort
Chevy wants to appeal to the fashion sense and practicality of its potential owners. So they retool their design by lowering the cab height for easier entry. They start paying more attention to creature comforts like wall to wall carpeting, air conditioning, and bucket seats with a center storage console. These are items that are unheard of in trucks at the time. New features like a coil spring trailing arm rear suspension for an improved ride and new body sheet metal to battle rust become the norm. The pickup box is redesigned with double walled steel and come in a number of different lengths.
It’s All in the Design
There are three generations of Glamour pickups. Each consists of two model years and has distinct design changes associated with them. The 1967/68 model years have a sleeker feel to the body shape and a sloped hood. Its open grill front is a good give away as to what model year truck you are looking at. Early in the production of the 1967 model Chevy offers an option to have a small rear window. Designer Harry Bentley Bradley
adds the small rear window to give the truck a “coupe quality,” but the demand just isn’t there, so it is discontinued by the time the ’68 models comes out.
No Delicate Trucks Here
Chevy executives decide the ‘67/68 truck designs are too “delicate” looking, so they beef up the appearance of the pickups over the next four years. The 1969/70 models offer a higher hood, which gives the truck a more blunt look, along with a shiny grill. The 1971/72 truck models introduce the egg crate design on the grill and offer additional trim packages. In 1972 Chevy adds front disc brakes as a standard feature on all its light duty trucks.
If you have a passion for the classics, a Glamour pickup may suit you just fine. Besides, you probably don’t need onboard GPS. Why? Because you know the way home.
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Posted: 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
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Founder of Hemmings Motor News dies at 88
On February 25, 2015 the classic automotive industry lost a one of a kind individual. Ernest R. “Ernie” Hemmings passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 88. Ernie was a quiet, unassuming individual who loved antique cars and loved being around them. He grew up in Quincy, Illinois where he lived upstairs above the family business, Standard Auto Parts.
Standard Auto Parts and Early Ford Cars
The auto parts business was his life. Ernie began working in his dad’s shop in high school and he eventually took over in 1945. With the exception of his time in the military during the Korean War, Ernie poured his heart and soul into the parts business. The Standard Auto Parts store was known for stocking parts for early model Ford cars like the Model A and Model T. It gained a national reputation as the place to go for that elusive part or accessory you needed.
An Idea Is Born
In 1952 Ernie Hemmings began a mail order parts catalog to help expand the clientele for the store. The catalog was an immediate hit classic car buffs. In 1954 the catalog transitioned into a newsletter aimed at people interested in early model Fords. Ernie edited, mimeographed and distributed the newsletter by himself. He proudly called it the Hemmings Motor News.
Hemmings Motor News - the Magazine That Started It All
The newsletter (or magazine as Ernie called it) was sent out to the Standard’s catalog customers and offered free ad space to subscribers. The first edition was only 4 pages long and annual subscriptions went for just 50 cents. 500 subscribers signed up in the first year and soon a legend was born.
Want to Sell a Car, Turn to the Bible
Hemmings Motor News garnered a loyal following. It became a forum for individuals interested in selling or restoring antique automobiles. HMN was the “bible” for car collectors. Ernie had found a niche market that no one realized existed and he did it years before anyone even knew what a niche market was. Mr. Hemmings was ahead of his time.
New Owner, New Home
In 1969 Ernie Hemmings sold the magazine to another car enthusiast, Terry Ehrich of Bennington, Vermont. By then the magazine had close to 40,000 loyal readers. Ehrich moved the production to its new home in Vermont but nothing could part Ernie from his beloved magazine. He continued to write a monthly nostalgia article for the magazine up until 2004.
60 Years and Still Going Strong
Today Hemmings Motor News has close to 200,000 subscribers and is still produced in Bennington, VT. Its yearly subscription cost is $31.95 per year. At 550 pages in length, HMN looks more like a phone book than a magazine. It is a far cry from the early days when Ernie typed the pages himself.
Leaving a Legacy Behind
Ernie Hemmings was a simple man. His love of antique cars led him to seek out others like him through his magazine. He became an icon in the classic car community. His once little newsletter is one of the largest subscriber based classified Ad publications in the world. Now a part of American City Business Journals, HMN has spun off three associated titles – Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Muscle Machines, and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Cars. Together these four publications have a combined readership of half a million.
For the Love of Classic Cars
But success did not change this humble man. “He was not the kind of person who would splurge on too fancy a car” Ernie’s son, Trent Hemmings notes. “The biggest revelation for him was when he bought his first car that had heated seats.” Ernie Hemmings was a man of simple tastes. He liked what he liked and what he liked was classic cars. His love of vintage autos made it possible for others to share in the pleasure of owning and restoring them. For that we are truly grateful. Thank you Ernie. God Speed.
From all of us at Classic Auto Insurance we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Hemmings family for their loss. Ernie was one of a kind. Thank you for sharing him with us over the years.
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Posted: 3/19/2015 9:00:00 AM
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Pulling out all the stops
A sure sign of spring is when some amazing classic cars invade the beautiful seaside resort of Amelia Island for the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance March 13th through 15th. Easily one of the top automotive events in the world, the organizers have pulled out all the stops.
Two Time honoree, Sir Stirling Moss
OBE This year “the Amelia” is set to honor one of motorsports premiere race car drivers, Sir Stirling Moss OBE. The winner of 34 Formula 1 races during his stellar career, Sir Stirling Moss has the distinction of being the only two time honoree in the event’s history having received the award in 1996 and now in 2015.
(Photo by Nick Riley)
Mercedes-Benz race cars to take the field
“Sir Stirling set us on our path in 1996,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “To have Sir Stirling and his Mercedes-Benz racers from the 1955 double World Championship season on the field is a fantasy come true for us.” More than 20 of Moss’s racing cars will be on the field Sunday as the event pays tribute to the legendary driver.
(Photo by www.sportscardigest.com)
A 60 Year Old Speed Record Still Stands
Moss was the first non American to win the 12 hours of Sebring and was later inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Mercedes Benz honored him in 2006 by naming a new version of the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren the “722 Edition”. This is a reference to the starting number of the Mercedes Benz 300 SLR that Moss drove with co-driver Denis Jenkinson in the 1955 Mille Miglia. The epic 1000 mile race around the Italian peninsula took Moss and Jenkinson nearly 10 non-stop hours and set a speed record that still stands today.
(Photo of Sir Stirling Moss by www.sacarfan.co.za)
Porsche 914 Gets Its Day in the Sun
Also being honored this year is a car that is finally getting the respect it deserves. The Porsche 914 was born out of a divisive joint venture between Volkswagen and Porsche back in the 70’s. Many Porsche purists refer to the 914 as “the ugly duckling” because of its boxy, modernistic shape. But this classic car evokes images of the Gmund Porsche, the first car to wear the illustrious family name. “The 914 is a true Porsche with true Porsche DNA” says Bill Warner, “It’s time the 914 had its day in the sun”.
(Photo of 914 courtesy a2.fssta.com)
914…The People’s Porsche
The 914’s distinctive low profile, mid engine mount and a removable Targa top set this sports car apart from the crowd. It was named Motor Trend’s Import Car for 1970 and went on to become one of Porsche’s best selling models. The popular 4 cylinder model was priced to sell and soon brought customers streaming into Porsche showrooms. But for some classic car enthusiasts the 914 was not a Porsche. “For many people it was the ‘people’s Porsche’, the VolksPorsche, like the Volkswagen”, says Dietter Landerberger, Manager of Porsche’s historical archives in Stuttgart, Germany. “They didn’t accept the 914 as a true Porsche”.
(Shot of 914-4 courtesy of www.3.teleus.net)
Famous feud cost the Porsche 914/ 6 cylinder
The 914/6 model suffered the most from the dissention between Volkswagen and Porsche. Production costs soon drove up the sales price for these cars to the point where it was only nominally cheaper than Porsche’s flagship model, the 911T. Only 3351 editions of this model rolled off the assembly line before production was halted in 1972.
(Photo of Porsche 914/6 GT by Bill Warner)
Fast and collectible
Success on the track set the Porsche 914/6 apart. In 1970 it placed 6th overall at the 24 hrs of LeMans. Drivers of 914 cars won half the races in the 1971 IMSA GT Championship season. Despite its success, Porsche only produced around 32 race prototypes of the 914/6 GT making them highly sought after collectibles.
"Ugly Duckling” no more
Bottom line, the Porsche 914 may not have the typical Porsche design but no one can deny how fun it is to drive. With its low center of gravity and excellent handling, this “ugly duckling” can blow the doors off a few “swans” out there. This is why this feisty little sports car is being honored at such a prestigious show like the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
(Photo of 914-6 GT by Bill Warner)
Spring has come to Amelia Island
Spring is in the air! It’s time to shake off those winter blues and celebrate with some of the finest automobiles imaginable at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. For more information check out the event website at www.ameliaconcours.org. If you’d like to view some of our past blogs on this show just click on the following links and enjoy; The Concours Events - A Picture of Elegance and Get Going To Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
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Posted: 3/12/2015 9:00:00 AM
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Remove that dusty car cover, change the oil and polish the chrome. It’s the driving season!
If you are ready for the end of winter then you aren’t alone. Many car lovers are eager to shed those winter time blues and get back outside to enjoy their vehicles. Now is the time to bring your car back to life with a top to bottom spring cleaning. Classic Auto has put together some useful suggestions to help you get a jumpstart on making your car ready for the driving season.
It’s a Spring Cleaning Thing
Refresh your interior – Check the condition of rubber seals around doors and windows and give the car a good overall dusting.
Renew the exterior – A good wash and wax will make your ride show ready.
Replace fluids – Change all fluids if your car has been stored all winter.
Review your paperwork – Spring is a good time to revisit your insurance coverage before you hit the road.
So before you answer, take a look at our spring car cleaning checklist to see if you’ve missed anything –and share it your fellow classic car collectors to compare notes.
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Posted: 3/6/2015 5:07:20 PM
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A Better Way
Looking out the living room window as snow is still falling; you struggle to hold back the tears. These are not tears of joy over the picturesque scenery or even tears of sadness over the amount of fluffy white stuff you will have to shovel off your sidewalk. These are tears of frustration, built up from constantly trying to figure out where you are going to be able to work on the ’57 Chevy sitting in your garage. While the love-of-your-life vehicle is tucked cozily inside the garage, the family car is buried somewhere in the frozen tundra that was your yard. “There’s got to be a better way,” you cry to the heavens.
We Got the Space You Need
Well, the heavens may be giving you an answer! Welcome to the wonderful world of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) garages. The concept for these facilities is nothing new. In fact, the military has been offering their base personnel access to repair bays like this for some time. Service members are able to rent the space and the tools they need to work on their vehicles right on the base.
Use Is Growing Monuments to self sufficiency, self service garages have cropped up all over the United States. From California to Florida, these establishments offer gear heads and first-time mechanics a convenient way to work on their cars in a covered area complete with professional lifts and most of the basic tools required. A person who wants to restore their vintage models or collector cars or perform their own maintenance and repairs can rent space by the hour, the day or the week. Hourly rates start around $25 for the work space. Many locations offer an on-site mechanic to give you the help needed for tougher repairs. Those rates start around $85 an hour.
At DIY it’s BYO
The garages provide the space but the clients are responsible for bringing the parts and fluids they will need for their restoration or repair. All clean up and disposal of hazardous materials are the responsibility of the do-it-yourself mechanic. If specialty equipment is needed, then the mechanic can also rent those at an hourly rate. Before any work is started however, the facility requires that the mechanic sign a waiver releasing them from any liability in the event of an accident. Some companies will require clients to take a class in the correct operation of the lifts and the proper handling of harmful materials before they turn them loose in the service area.
All the Space and Tools, Without the Hassle
Self service repair sites are the perfect location for individuals who live in apartments or in neighborhoods where Home Owners Associations (HOAs) might object to seeing someone changing their oil or restoring a car in front of their house. These establishments are ideal for the car enthusiast who doesn’t have the space in their home garage to properly work on a car. DIY shops also offer a place where like minded car lovers can come together and do what they love.
High Cost of Operation
So why isn’t there a DIY garage on every corner? There seems to be enough car buffs out there who want to work on their own cars and need the space to do it. It all comes down to profitability. Start-up costs are fairly high on these businesses. Owners are required to carry expensive liability insurance. Many times the monthly premiums exceed their monthly lease payments. High insurance costs mean that the service bays have to stay busy from day one. It takes a long time before they do more than just break even.
A Tough Business, Just Ask NPR’s “Car Talk”
It’s a tough business. Not everyone can make a go of it. One famous example is that of the Magliozzi brothers, hosts of NPR’s “Car Talk”. Sure, they became popular radio talk show hosts but back in the 70’s, Ray and is late brother Tom were two car lovers who decided to open a DIY garage in Cambridge, MA called Hacker’s Haven. They rented space and tools to “hackers” and hobbyists just like them. The brothers made a go of it for a few years but were never able to make the endeavor profitable. “We ended up helping everyone all the time, and we made no money,” Ray laughs. “It was fun though.” Eventually, the Magliozzi’s decided to turn their DIY business into a traditional auto repair shop that still exists today as Good News Garage. It may also be known as Ray’s Garage.
Space is Ready and Waiting
For do-it-yourselfers, these garages are essential. They offer the freedom to tinker on a car or motorcycle in a comfortable setting with everything they need close at hand. No longer do they have to brave the elements to rotate their tires or move a garage full of Christmas decorations just to be able to lift the hood or stage an all-out car restoration. Work space is readily available. So to all the gear heads and vintage car collectors out there who love to work on their cars themselves, we say rejoice! There may be a DIY garage nearby that has a service bay ready and waiting for you.
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Posted: 3/5/2015 9:00:00 AM
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