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Lessons to Learn from Celebrity Car Collections

Fame, Fortune and Fabulous Cars

Admit it, you’ve often wondered what it would be like to live the “glamourous life” of a celebrity. Fame, fortune and all those fabulous cars. If the world is your oyster, where you can curate a celebrity-style car collection, what kind of rides would you put together?

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Celebrities Love Their Cars Too

Celebrity collectors are a varied as the cars they collect. Well known celebrities like rapper 50 Cent, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather, actor Patrick Dempsey and fashion designer Ralph Lauren express their love of cars through their collections. Just like you, they collect cars they remember from their childhood or have obsessed over for years.

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Jay Leno’s Garage Overfloweth

One of the largest collections has to belong to Jay Leno. With over 100 cars ranging from a 1906 Stanley Steamer Cup Racer to a Jaguar CX75, Jay has collected whatever car peaked his interest. His collection is so vast he is rumored to house it in an old airplane hangar at a California airport. He showcases many of his vehicles on his CNBC show, Jay Leno’s Garage. Collecting for Jay is about his love for all things automotive. Take a lesson from Mr. Leno, collect what you love.

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Ralph Lauren Collection One of the World’s Best

The Ralph Lauren Classic Car Collection, considered by many to be one of the top ten best in the world, includes some of the rarest and most expensive cars around. For designer Ralph Lauren, his cars are meant to be driven. “I’ve always seen cars as art – moving art,” he tells Vanity Fair. “In the end you can enjoy the beauty of the machine and the journey it takes you on.” Like his clothing, Mr. Lauren’s cars possess classic, sleek lines. The beautiful $40 million 1938 Bugatti 57S(C) Atlantic (one of only two remaining in the world) won the Best of Show at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This car would be at home on any runway in the world.

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“Nothing” Compares to Seinfeld’s Porsche Collection

If you want to build your collection around one make of car then Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche collection should be your guidebook. Considered one of the largest (and best) in the world, it includes a rare Porsche 959 and a 1955 550 Spyder. Jerry doesn’t just love Porsches, he loves all kinds of cars, which is why he built a state-of-the-art $1.4 million subterranean garage in a quiet upper west side street of New York. (Jerry’s 2nd lesson for us – if you love them, protect them). You can see many of Jerry’s cars on his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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Bill Goldberg - WWE Muscle Meets American Muscle Cars

In building your mega collection, ask yourself – do I want to be hands-on with the restoration? If so, then former WWE wrestler Bill Goldberg is who you want to emulate. His collection is an homage to the great America muscle car, many of which he restored. From his 1968 Plymouth GTX Convertible to his 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica, Bill’s cars are like the man – powerful and no nonsense.

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Tim Allen – A Motor City Collector

For many collectors, their cars are reminders of where they came from. This is true for actor/comedian Tim Allen whose collection reflects his love for his home town of Detroit. Tim has an eclectic mix of vehicles in his garage with a Porsche Carrera and a VW Karmann Ghia sitting alongside American classics like a 1962 Chevy 409 Bel Air. He also has the 1946 Ford Convertible, which was one of two cars built on the set of his show, Home Improvement.

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Buy What You Love. Repeat.

Whether you have one car in your (soon to be expanding) collection or many is not the point. The only thing that matters is your love of cars. If looking at them, being around them or working on them makes you happy, then you have more in common with celebrity collectors than you think. So don’t begrudge your favorite celeb a few Porsches. For any car enthusiast, collecting cars is like eating potato chips – you can never have just one.

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Posted: 10/29/2015 2:20:25 AM with 0 comments

World of Wheels Feature Hearse and Coffin Hot Rods [Video]

World of Wheels Scares up Some Pretty Cool Hot Rods

Ever wonder why the dead have to walk when they could ride in style? American Modern Insurance Group’s Rick Drewry meets one builder/collector who could definitely improve a zombie’s mode of transportation. He talks with Allen Dempsey, whose 1909 Hearse hot rod and coffin dragster are a hit with the “live” fans at this year’s World of Wheels in Indianapolis. 

Inspired by “The Munsters”

The inspiration for Allen’s hot rod vision is the ‘60’s TV show, The Munsters. He falls in love with the cars created by legendary Hollywood car builder George Barris and decides to create a few hot rods of his own. Built from an actual 1909 Hearse, Allen does all the engine, painting and wood work. These cars aren’t just for show. They are street legal with small block 400 engines.

Keeping Barris’s Tradition Alive

Creating crazy cars is Allen’s way of keeping the Barris tradition alive. His cars attend many local shows and he goes all out decorating them for fans to enjoy. Decked out with a skeleton coachman and a gruesome Angel of Death, these cars are always fun to look at. The intricate details on both the hearse and the coffin car are testaments to the amount of hard work Allen puts into building them.

Have Coffin, Will Travel

Yes, that’s an actual coffin in the back of Allen’s hearse car. He builds those, too. Don’t worry, he doesn’t keep a body in there - just his cleaning supplies. You have to keep a ghostly glow on your car if you plan to show it off at the World of Wheels.


Coffin Dragster Keeps on Rollin’

Modeled after an old Triple A dragster, the coffin car is 15 years old and shines like a new penny. The elaborate details on the coffin and front end are proof of Allen’s artistry. Any ghoul would be proud to take to the streets in this fabulous ride.

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“Munster Koach” One of Barris’s best

Allen’s cars are a tribute to George Barris, who created many of the iconic cars we remember from movies and TV shows. Barris created the “Munster Koach” for The Munsters TV show in just three weeks. It is 18 feet long and cost around $18,000 to build.

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Volo Auto Museum Acquires Both Munster Cars

Barris used three Model T’s and a hearse for the “Munster Koach” body, which sits on top of a hand built frame. It has a 4-speed transmission linked to a Ford Cobra 289ci V8 engine. He put the same engine into the “Drag-u-la” hot rod car built for Grandpa Munster. Barris had to convince a funeral home to sell him the casket for the body of the dragster. In 2011 the Volo Auto Museum acquired both of these wonderful cars.

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A Car with its Own Facebook Page

Allen isn’t the only person who loves the Munster cars. The “Munster Koach” has its own webpage and Facebook page. Rocker Rob Zombie wrote his hit song “Dragula” based on Grandpa Munster’s car from the show. Who doesn’t loves a good looking hot rod!

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Set Your Imagination Free

For Allen Dempsey, Halloween is to be celebrated all year long. His incredible cars bring joy to all those who get the chance to see them. They are proof that we don’t have to give up on the things we enjoyed in our youth. If you are considering building a radical hot rod in the future, take a tip from Allen. Set your imagination free and see where it leads you. What could be more fun than building a “monster” hot rod in your garage?

World of Wheels-Indianapolis 2016

Considered by many to be the Super Bowl of car shows, the 57th Annual World of Wheels-Indianapolis takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds February 12-14, 2016.

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Posted: 10/26/2015 12:56:18 PM with 0 comments

America’s First Supercar – the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The Corvette Z06 – Insanely Fast

If speed is your thing then you are always on the lookout for the latest supercar claiming to be the fastest. Ferrari … Lamborghini … Porsche … Maserati … These are the names you’d expect to see on your wish list. Now, add one more: Chevrolet. It’s true! We had the opportunity to check out the insanely fast Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Elite Autos in Jonesboro, AR recently. It does not disappoint.

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Not Your Granddaddy’s Vette

To say that the Corvette Z06 is fast is a true understatement. From its début in 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show, this speedster has been putting the car world on notice. Tired of having the Corvette referred to as “an old man’s toy”, GM took steps to get the attention of a younger generation. They beefed up the look, turned up the power and even featured the Z06 in the popular video game, Gran Turismo. No mistake here, this isn’t your granddaddy’s Vette.

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The Fastest Production Vette Ever Made!

With the lineage of the Corvette Stingray running through its veins, the Z06 is in a class by itself. It is the fastest production Vette ever made. With a top speed of 199 mph, the Z06 earns its nickname - “The Big Nasty” - outright. Clocking in a quarter mile sprint at 11.1 seconds, this American supercar can take on the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador and the Ferrari 488 GTB with no problem.

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The Z06 – Racing is in its DNA

The Corvette Z06 has more in common with the 2015 LeMans-winning Chevy C7.R race car than it does the original Stingray. Both cars share chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies, and more importantly, they’re wicked fast. This year, when a strictly production model Z06 is named the official pace car for the 2015 Indy 500 race, it is the 13th time a Corvette is selected. Normally, pace cars are “supersized” to maneuver the track. The only modifications made on the Z06 are the hyperbolic Indy graphics package and the safety strobe lights. Racing is in its DNA.

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Awe Inspiring Driving Experience

This “Super” Corvette has a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine, which makes 650 hp and 650 lb/ft of torque. The lightweight (yet rigid) aluminum space frame along with composite floor panels and carbon fiber hood and roof help lower the car’s center of gravity. Wider wheels and tires provide more grip than the Stingray. The Z06’s wheel base is 10 inches longer than the Porsche 911. All of this makes for an awe inspiring driving experience.

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How Will I Choose?

Chevy offers more choices on the Z06 than any other Corvette. You can opt for the Z07 Performance package that includes suspension modifications, carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cups summer tires and larger carbon fiber spoilers. It pretty much goes without saying you can select from a variety of seat styles – standard or sport, featuring the body hugging side panels to hold you in place.

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A Driving Mode to Fit Your Every Mood

The Z06 will even help you become a better driver. The seven-speed manual transmission comes with a synchronized down shift rev matching system for better, smoother shifting and handling. Soon you, too can be downshifting like a pro. The car also comes with a driving mode selector on the center console. The five settings (Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track) adjust everything from steering effort and throttle response to traction control, offering a driving style to fit your every mood.

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The Corvette Z06 – Beauty and a Beast

The Corvette Z06 is the pinnacle of speed and power. This car is built to compete with the supercars of Europe. It is a sports car that will challenge you and reward you on every ride. Chevy wants to change the way we look at the Corvette, and they succeed. No longer is the great American sports car just a beauty. It’s a true beast. Best hop on for the ride of your life.

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Posted: 10/22/2015 1:05:19 AM with 0 comments

A Reality Check for First Time Collectors

The Challenges of Buying Your First Classic Car

You love classic cars and you want one of your own to restore. For first time classic car collectors, finding the right car can be a challenge. With so much to consider before buying, Rick Drewry, Senior Claims Specialist with our partner, American Modern Insurance Group, and a passionate car collector himself, has some suggestions for keeping you on the right track when choosing that first classic car.

The Collector Car Hunt is on!

Searching for classic cars on internet sites like Craigslist, eBay, Hemmings or AutoTrader can not only be mind-numbing, it can give you limited success. This is why plugging into the collector car community is the best option. For me, word of mouth is key. Go to a car show, find the type car you want and just start talking to people. Often you will meet someone who has a car they haven’t started restoring or they know a collector who has one for sale. That’s the fun part – hunting down the perfect car.

Why Do You Want to Buy a Collector Car?

Before buying, ask yourself why you are buying a collector car. For me, it is a passion. Sure, I don’t want to lose money on a car but I’m not in it solely for investment sake. This is not the stock market. I buy the cars I want and restore them out of love for the cars. Most owners are the same way. It’s an addiction. Just ask our spouses.

Collector Car Community – Your Best Resource

The collector car community is a wonderful resource for would-be owners. Through it you can find your next dream car, garner advice from others who own cars like yours or find that illusive part. Car clubs are founts of information. They will guide you to restoration experts for your specific type of car.


Things to Consider Before You Buy

Establish a budget for yourself and try to stick to it. Do your research to find out what the market value is on the collector car you are interested in. Here are a few things to consider before you make your purchase:

  1. The price of the car – Be realistic in your desire. You may want a 1965 Corvette but if you don’t have the budget for it then get something you can enjoy. (Who’s to say this will be your only classic car?!)
  2. The price of restoring the car – If you spent the majority of your budget buying the car and the engine needs to be overhauled then you are already losing money.
  3. How the car will be restored – Know your skill set. You may be able to handle the mechanical work but restoration also includes cosmetic work like upholstery and paint. Your overall budget needs to reflect these outside expenses.
  4. How you intend to use the car – Is this going to become a daily driver or a car you roll out for shows only?
  5. How you will protect whatever you buy – Whether it is parked in a garage or driving down the highway, you will need to protect your car. Classic Auto Insurance offers customizable plans for all types of collector cars and can help you find the right policy for your car.


Is it Mechanically Sound?

Bottom line – look for a car that is mechanically sound first. If a car looks great but doesn’t run then keep walking. Minor tune ups are fine. Cosmetic stuff can always come later. Consider buying a car from the 1980’s or a Rat Rod. (We discussed a number of potential first-time collector cars in our article – “How to Get Started Collecting Classic Cars” – these cars might be just what you need to get started.)

A Passionate Collector Car Community

Taking the leap into buying your first collector car is intimidating but fun. You will be joining a wonderful community of passionate car owners who are ready and willing to share their insight into restoring cars. Take advantage of their knowledge and learn from their mistakes. You aren’t just buying an old car, you are buying into a way of life. Restoration rules, folks! Come join us.

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Posted: 10/15/2015 2:27:39 PM with 0 comments

Classic Car Insurance Made Easy [INFOGRAPHIC]

You go to great lengths to protect your pride and joy. From detailing to parking it in a state-of-the-art garage. You want only the best for your classic car. But are you getting the best insurance coverage possible?

We’ve put together a personal checklist to help you determine what you should look for in a classic car insurance policy. Share it with your fellow classic car enthusiasts.


Specialty Car Insurance Costs Less Than Standard Insurance

It may seem practical to add your classic car onto your current auto insurance policy but it really isn’t. On average, specialty car insurance costs up to 50% less than standard auto insurance. Monthly premiums are less because you don’t pay for coverage you don’t need.

Ordinary Car Insurance for Your Classic? No Way.

Face it, ordinary car insurance is for ordinary cars. It only offers current book value on a car, which decreases every year. The amount paid out on a claim also decreases annually. This kind of policy doesn’t work for collector car owners. A well maintained classic car appreciates from year to year and the cost of restoring them continues to rise.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Standard insurance isn’t flexible. It is one size fits all. Many classic car enthusiasts only drive their cars to a few shows a year. So why pay for unlimited mileage on a standard policy? Collectors store and protect their vehicles in garages so the chance of damage or theft is less than the average car. Specialty insurers knows this so they are able to offer you a discount.

The Ultimate Specialty Insurance Policy

Classic cars are not like ordinary cars, which is why you need to shop for policies that are tailored to your needs as a collector. What is considered a “classic” may vary from company to company so you will need to do some research. Look for a specialty insurance policy that has the following features:

  1. Agreed value – You need an insurance company that will work with you to determine the appraised market value of your classic car.
  2. Inflation increase – Your coverage should increase annually to account for inflation. This will help you keep the right amount of coverage needed for your classic car.
  3. Comprehensive coverage – The policy should pay to repair or replace your car as a valuable classic rather than an older junker.
  4. Underwritten by a reputable company – Many companies can claim to cover your classic but you need one that can actually do what they promise.
  5. Flexible usage plans – Look for different mileage plans to fit your needs.
  6. Broad eligibility – An insurance company that covers a wide range of car types, even ones still undergoing restoration, will be a company that understands collector cars.
  7. Knowledgeable staff – A company that understands classic cars will make filing claims easier.
  8. Prompt response time – Having an accident away from home leaves you feeling vulnerable. A company that offers quick, reliable service is a must.
  9. Flexible repair policy – Being able to use a garage of your choice is a bonus.
  10. 24hr flatbed towing – Having round-the-clock access to a tow service is important. A policy that offers optional flatbed towing will take a weight off your mind.

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Make sure you are protecting your classic cars with the right kind of insurance. Consider a specialty insurance company like Classic Auto Insurance to help you protect your investment. Getting a quote is as easy as picking up the phone (888-901-1338) or getting a free quote online (Instant Classic Insurance Quote). Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can customize a policy specifically for your vintage automobile. Let us take the stress out of protecting your classic car so you can focus on just enjoying it.

Posted: 10/14/2015 1:19:35 PM with 0 comments

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