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The Many Decades of Ford Mustang

The Classic Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang, named after the WWII P51 fighter planes, first entered the market on April 17th, 1964. Initial projections slated the car might sell 100,000 models in the first year. Instead, the Mustang surpassed everyone’s expectations and sold over 417,000 units in 1964. After the second year in production, the car had topped over 1 million sales.

To this day, the Ford Mustang remains one of the top muscle cars on the market. It has won races the world over, and is a favorite among car collectors everywhere. During the first year, the Mustang was honored as a pace car in the Indy 500, and within a span of months, the car was hitting the big screen.

The Mustang has been featured as an iconic “superhero” car in countless movies; some of the most famous are Goldfinger (The 3rd film in the legendary James Bond series, 1964), Bullitt (A Steve McQueen classic, 1968), and Gone in Sixty Seconds (The original car-theft flick, 1974). Newer models of this classic Ford continue to be depicted on screen in films like I Am Legend (2007) and Transformers (2007).

The original price for the Ford Mustang was only $2,240, which adjusted for inflation would be around $11,500 now. Today’s Mustang will cost a buyer anywhere between $22-44,000, depending on the model and options chosen.

The first Mustang had a top speed of 116 miles per hour. Today’s Mustang beats that number by a fairly large chunk, topping out at 160 miles per hour. The first Mustang was relatively lightweight, weighing in at only 2500 lbs. Today’s muscle cars weigh in at around 3700 lbs.

Today’s models also get significantly better gas mileage than the first cars, which shows how far engineering has come in 4 decades.

Through the Decades

By the end of the 60’s, Ford had introduced the Mustang BOSS, a special-edition Ford that was designed to compete in the Trans-Am series race. This edition was only offered through 1970.

The 1975 Mustang introduced the 302-cid V-8 engine, which only offered 130 horsepower to the driver, and only came with an automatic transmission. To repent for this negative side of the Mustang, Ford introduced the Cobra II in 1976. The Cobra II was designed to pay tribute to the beloved Shelby’s of the decade prior.

The 80’s saw an entirely different body style for the Mustang. Shorter, and much more “modern” in their appearance, the Mustangs of the 80’s were a far cry from the previous decades’ cars. In 1984, Ford introduced a 20th anniversary edition of the Mustang Convertible, a limited edition V-8 Mustang GT.

In the following decade, Ford fought through their critics and stayed alive, bringing the ’93 Cobra R, a low-volume race car that ended up selling out before it even went into production. Built with Ford Motorsports Performance Parts, this car is a legend, still to this day.

The following year, Ford introduced the ever-familiar coupe in its lineup. Labeled as a mid-sized car, the coupe far exceeded expectations and helped Ford do much better than just stay alive through the 90’s.

The 2000’s gave a hat tip to the original 60’s Mustangs, with an all-new body style introduced, Ford brought its Mustang back from the “coupe” and away from the smaller racing bodies of the 80’s and took it back to its roots, back to the shape of the muscle car it was originally. The 2000’s saw a major uptick in sales and the Mustang has stayed successful even today.

The Mustangs of today are every racing enthusiast’s dream, with completely customizable options, you can design the Mustang that is your ultimate dream car. You can join over 2 million other people online who have “created” their dream Mustang, and if you’re a true fan, you can purchase the exact car you design.


If you are a true Mustang enthusiast, however, purchasing a brand new GT might not be your cup of tea. Collectors and car restoration experts know that the Ford Mustang is one of the best cars to add to your collection. Whether you are bidding on a car to keep and drive, or purchasing a worn-down model that needs a restoration, the Mustang will add a significant amount of value to your garage. Mustangs in need of restoration can be bought inexpensively, for only a few thousand dollars. Those same cars are often resold for nearly a hundred thousand dollars, after a decent restoration. It’s an investment that is well worth the time and effort.

However, you should never set out to purchase or restore a classic car without the proper muscle car insurance in place.

Classic Auto Insurance has seen disasters happen. We know how difficult it can be for those who experience the loss of property and don’t have the proper coverage to compensate for their losses. If you are going to make such a significant investment of your time and money, don’t let it go to waste. Having your car properly insured is the only way to guarantee you won’t lose money if damage befalls that car.

Accidents happen every day; tree limbs fall, garages flood, fender benders are a harsh reality. But you don’t have to suffer a loss because of these things! Before you make your purchase, get online and get a free, instant quote! Find out how much money we can save you on a classic car insurance policy, and think about how much money we’ll save you when damage strikes!

Protection for your assets is a must. Give us a call today at 888-901-1338 for more information on our customizable policies that are designed to fit your individual needs as a classic car owner and driver.


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

Classic Car Thefts Outside Indianapolis Hotels After GoodGuys Car Show

Indianapolis Car Show

To own a classic car is a dream come true for most car enthusiasts. Classic car collectors sacrifice much, even empty their pockets, in order to fulfil their dream of owning a particular car. Hence, the thought of losing a classic car is unbearable for any collector.

Such an incident occurred very recently in Indiana when four classic vehicles were stolen from outside three different hotels, leaving their owners in shock.

The classic cars that were stolen included a 1949 Chevrolet truck, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, a 1979 Chevrolet Short Box, and a 1987 Chevrolet Silverado. The stolen vehicles were all brought from Illinois and Michigan for the GoodGuys 3rd Speedway Nationals car show, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The vehicles, worth tens of thousands of dollars, were all taken from locked trailers outside the hotels where the owners were staying.

It all started with a story from the Indianapolis Star about a missing Chevelle outside the Wingate Hotel. Further investigations led to three more missing car cases around the area outside different hotels. The owner of the Chevy Short Box, which was stolen outside Days Inn and Suites, was lucky enough to get his car back the day after it was stolen. Dennis Quin, the owner of the Chevy truck, watched helplessly from his hotel window at the Ramada as the thief drove away his classic truck. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating the case, and is yet to determine if the thefts are related to each other, or just a coincidence.

Frank Scafidi, the National Insurance Crime Bureau spokesman, commented that it is unlikely that the stolen classics would be dismantled, and the parts separated, as the thieves would definitely be aware that the cars are worth more as a whole. However, Lanny Wilhelm of Masterpiece Classic Cars in Whiteland, Indiana, who is a classic car collector turned dealer with forty years of experience in classic cars, says that there is a huge market for dismantling classic vehicles, extracting their parts, and distributing them in the country and abroad. The classic car becomes untraceable once it is dismantled.

The moral of the story? Secure your precious collector car well to prevent it from getting stolen or lost, either as a whole or in parts. Classic vehicles need more than a simple security system to ensure their protection; car owners need to add many layers of protection to make it difficult for thieves to steal their car.

Theft of a classic vehicle will not only create mental agony but will also result in a huge financial loss. At Classic Auto Insurance, you will get all the support you need to insure your car with suitable collector car insurance, and take care of it in the long run. For more information and a free classic car insurance quote, contact us at 888-901-1338. 



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: 9/27/2013 2:24:04 PM with 0 comments

The Dodge Dart: Then & Now

Dodge Dart Infographic

Dodge has been a high-ranking contributor to the world of classic cars for many decades now. Having several big names in the “classic” category (the Challenger, the Charger, a few spectacular racing models and the entire line of Plymouth beauties) Dodge is no stranger to the art of creating a classic.

The biggest demonstration of their talent, we believe, comes through the Dodge Dart. Created in 1960, the Dodge Dart was an instant hit. The first year of the Dart Pioneer offered drivers four separate models to choose from, the Economy Slant 6, the Economy Slant 6 TorqueFlite, the Red Ram V-8, and the Red Ram V-8 TorqueFlite.

The Early Models

  • The Economy Slant 6: This 4-door sedan was equipped with rear-wheel drive, a manual 3-speed transmission with an engine that gave up to 145 horsepower and 2800 lbs. of torque. This instant classic could reach speeds of up to 93 mph and had an acceleration of 0-60 in 15.7 seconds. The gas mileage on this guzzler was an average of 14.4 mpg.

  • The Economy Slant 6 TorqueFlite: The TorqueFlite model of the Slant 6 took it up a notch with a slightly more aerodynamic body style. This version of the first Dart could reach higher speeds and get there in a faster time.

  • The Red Ram V-8: This 4-door sedan also boasted RWD and a manual 3-speed transmission, but offered significantly greater horsepower (230) as well as much higher speeds. The Red Ram V-8 could reach speeds of 107 mph and could get there in 10.2 seconds. Gas mileage on this racer was only 11.2 mpg.

  • The Red Ram V-8 TorqueFlite: The TorqueFlite version of the Red Ram also boasted the same specs as the regular V-8, but it was fitted with a more racing-friendly body that allowed it to reach even greater speeds. The gas mileage on this beauty, however, was only a measly 10.9 mpg.

In the first year of the Dodge Dart, there were 306,603 cars sold, ranging in price between $2-3000, depending on the model.

Through The Years

Sales of the Dodge Dart increased dramatically through the 1960’s, and even continued to soar into the 1970’s, but the Dart didn’t last forever. After racing in a Trans-Am race in 1966, and getting a complete facelift for the start of a new decade (1970 brought the “Dart Swinger”, a 340-cube V-8, 198-cu engine that made it a sleek family sedan with a racing engine under the hood), the Dart had a few more great years, until Dodge outsold itself. In 1976, the Dart overlapped with the brand new Aspen, and was discontinued after the Aspen won the sales race.

Between 1960 and 1976, the Dodge Dart sold over 4.3 million cars, with well over 100 sub-models, many of which are still around in collectors’ garages and in auction houses today.

The Up & Comer

Dodge is doing something most car companies aren’t willing to do: it’s trying to make a comeback with a classic. 2013 witnessed the revamping of the original Dodge Dart. Dodge released this new car as a much more pared down version of the original Dart. This new compact base model offers front wheel drive, a 4-wheel ABS system, a 6-speed manual transmission with a 4-cylinder engine that boasts 25/36 gas mileage.

While the compact version isn’t a direct remake of the original, more a head-nod in its general direction, this Dart is an affordable, family-friendly car, just like the first one. With a starting price tag of only $16,990, buyers can choose from an array of options (like the GT or SXT, or even the limited edition Aero or Rallye versions) and get a Dart that is customized to meet their needs for a price that still won’t bust budgets.

Is Restoration Right for Me?

Just because the car didn’t cost much way back when doesn’t mean it isn’t worth protecting now! Depending on the upkeep or restoration jobs done on these classics, some models are bringing in an upwards of $75-80,000 at auctions and sales across the country!

If you are interested in purchasing a classic Dart and seeing what you can make out of it with a restoration job, many old body-styles can be purchased for just a few thousand dollars, and restoration jobs on these cars are making most collectors a good chunk of change when their job is done.

If you’d like an idea of what a Dodge Dart restoration project might look like, here’s the story of a Dart named “Emma”, here’s some specific information on restoring 1963-66 Darts, and if you visit YouTube, you can see thousands of examples of collectors who have undertaken restorations on different models of the classic Dart. We also love this story about the restoration of a 1969 Dart from Mopar Muscle Magazine.

Protecting Your Assets

We know that restoration is a huge undertaking, and it also bears a certain amount of risk with it. You can never be certain that damage won’t befall your car, or that it will be safe whether it’s in storage or out on the road.

One thing you can be certain of is that Classic Auto will protect you from extraneous costs. When you have us in your passenger seat with collector car insurance, we can protect your car from damages, and prevent you from spending a fortune to repair what you’ve already restored. Don’t ever drive without insurance, but if you’re restoring and showing classic cars like an original Dodge Dart, don’t ever drive without Classic Auto Insurance. We offer the most affordable rates and the best plans that can be customized to meet your needs as a driver and as a classic car owner. You’re taking on enough risk by restoring and auctioning classic cars; let us take on the risk of repairing damages and protecting your car. Give us a call today at 888-901-1338 for a free, instant quote and more information about our classic car insurance policies!


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: 9/27/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

How Best to Transport Your Collector or Classic Car?

Transporting Ford GTs

Vintage cars, unlike other certain expensive assets, cannot be confined within the four walls of a bank or locker, or garage all the time. They deserve to share the limelight at auctions, automobile expos and classic car rallies. A challenge that classic car enthusiasts face while participating in such events is the transportation of their assets. There are stories of horrifying incidents that occurred while owners transported their cars, ranging from shattered window glass, convertible tops drenched in oil, to even damaged chassis. This doesn't mean you and your vintage car have to stop participating in your favorite shows. You just have to make sure to take certain precautions and arrange your car's transportation with some thought and care.

Zero in on the Transporter

  • More than the price tag, consider reputation and reliability when choosing your ideal classic automobile transporter. Obtain the USDOT number of the suggested transporter and examine their records of service by visiting the official website of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

  • An ideal way to transport your asset is in enclosed trucks or carriers. This ensures protection of the car from flying debris and unfavorable climatic conditions. Even though closed carriages may be priced higher, they are definitely worth the extra money as they protect the classic vehicle from the irrevocable damages that may occur when using less secure and cheaper transportation.

  • Double decker carriers are frequently used to transport classic cars. It is advisable to position your automobile on the top deck, as it protects the vehicle cover from damages due to the leaking oil tank of a vehicle positioned above.

Zero in on the asset

  • Every vintage car has a unique manner of being fastened to the deck to ensure the least amount of movement to avoid scratches and damage while transporting.  Make certain that this position of the automobile is understood by the transporting agency.

  • Examine your car for scratches and damages prior to transporting it. It is wise to photograph your automobile before it is loaded into the carriage. This provides you with the added advantage of claiming compensation for damages incurred during transport.

  • Empty the oil or gas tank before the car is loaded onto the carrier.

Despite all the above mentioned precautions, it is possible that damages may occur accidentally or due to carelessness by the transportation agency. It is of utmost importance to insure your car with the right classic car insurance in order to protect your asset from any such unfortunate event. Classic Auto provides customizable collector car insurance policies that can be tailored to fit your car and requirements. Contact us for a free 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: 9/25/2013 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Exotic Car of the Month - The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera Twin Turbo

2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera Twin Turbo

If you are in the market for luxury and speed, the Elite Autos Car of the Month might just be for you!

This month, we are featuring a spectacular 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera Twin Turbo! This beauty comes fully equipped with ceramic brakes, full interior carbon package, navigation system, reverse camera, E-Gear transmission, anti-theft security system, large carbon rear wing with clear engine bonnet and rear engine light package.

The list price on this instant classic is $284,980, and considering its had over $150,000 in modifications, that is a fantastic deal!

With an aftermarket Heffner 1000hp Twin Turbo System and upgraded fuel system, this Lambo can reach 900hp with pump gas and over 1000hp with racing gas.

This car is a 2011 model and only has 1200 miles on it that were part driven during the upgrading process. It needs a good home with an owner that can keep it in excellent condition and usher this car to its future as a classic! Give Elite Autos a call today at (870) 932-7744 if you are interested in viewing the Lamborghini Superleggera Twin Turbo. Don’t hesitate because this car won’t be on their show floor very long!

If you are in the market for insurance coverage for this Superleggera or any other collector car, Classic Auto has you covered! We have the best rates and the most comprehensive and customizable packages. Fill out our form online for a free, instant classic car insurance quote and find out how much money we can save you!

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

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