Did you make it out to this year’s Carmel Artomobilia? In case you weren’t able to make it, we took some time during the big day to do a few video interviews with the experts at Classic Auto! Check out this video below with our Senior Car and Motorcycle Claims Specialist, Rick Drewry, to see an inside look at some of the hottest cars that were on display that day.
Watch as Rick highlights several of the collector and muscle cars at the event. Some of his favorites include
If you would like to update your muscle car insurance policies, or get a quote on a new or old classic, the customer service specialists at Classic Auto are just a quick phone call away! In just a few minutes, we can offer you a free quote, and get you well on your way to saving money on even better collector car insurance coverage!
A local teenager, JD Casper, thought he was being treated to a day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted him. Casper had wished to meet driver JR Hildebrand, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation ended up treating Casper to so much more than just a few laps on the track with his favorite driver.
When JD Casper, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient, opened his garage, he found his 1974 Pontiac Grandville convertible had been fully restored to its original condition. Casper had received the car as a gift after his first car was wrecked in an accident with a drunk driver, but the Grandville was an old, beat up model that was in desperate need of a major restoration before it was fit to drive.
Once the shock of the big reveal wore off a bit, JD was taken to the Speedway where he rolled the top back on his like-new car and took it for a spin around the track a few times. Watch the video below!
A big shout out to Reynolds Body Shop for the majority of the restoration work, and great thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for all the work they do in making dreams come true for children and teenagers just like JD Casper.
Are you in the middle of your own restoration project? If so, Classic Auto Insurance provides extremely affordable prices on stated value policies that will protect you against any potential losses you may face in the process. Give us a call at 888-901-1338 for more information on classic car insurance.
With the winter months rapidly approaching, we want to offer some helpful hints for maintaining your classic automobile in the rougher weather ahead. Even though your car may spend the majority of its time in a garage, you still need to know how to maintain it and clean it up after any outward ventures.
The first thing we recommend is to always wash your car as quickly as you can after use, but also after the car cools down. You don’t want to wash a hot car because it will leave spotting as well as cause potential damage. However, you don’t want to leave dirt and grime sitting on your car because they can cause wear, tear, and even rust spots to begin forming.
Use specially designed car soaps; not because they are fancy and expensive, but because many of them are designed to remove dirt and grime without cutting through the vehicle’s wax job.
Don’t forget the details. So often, we see people who spend the majority of their time washing the body of their car, but forgetting the smaller details like the tires and wheel wells, the wipers, the grill, and more. Neglecting to wash the detailed parts of the car will make the time when you do focus on these parts far more difficult.
Don’t neglect to use the appropriate products for different areas of your car. Standard soaps won’t cut it when it comes to cleaning and polishing your leather, or cleaning up the upholstery in your classic. Spend some time researching the products you might like to use for all the different parts of your highly valued classic, and invest in the quality and longevity of your vehicle by caring for each part correctly.
We urge you to spend as much time learning about how to care for your vehicle long term as you did researching what type of vehicle to purchase, or what parts to use for a restoration. Consumer Reports offers a number of excellent suggestions when it comes to cleaning, detailing, and maintaining your car. Be prepared before the rough weather hits this year, and have your cleaning products on hand so you can do the best job possible of maintaining your classic.
What are your favorite products for cleaning your classic? Do you use special materials such as cloth diapers? Is there a certain brand that performs best for older vehicles?
If you would like help in valuing a car in your current collection, or if you would like a quote for a potential addition to your collection, the experts at Classic Auto Insurance can help you with our free, instant classic car insurance quote service! Give us a call at 888-901-1338.
The COPO cars, also known as the Central Office Production Order cars, were popular, albeit extremely rare, during the prime muscle car years of the 60’s and 70’s. These cars were issued to specific dealers to authorize special features, components, and additions to the factory models of these cars.
Many are most familiar with the COPO Camaros, but the Corvettes have a few remaining COPO models as well, including this one of a kind Bloomington Gold Survivor that is about to go up for auction at Mecum Chicago.
This Silver Pearl Exterior/Red Interior ‘67 C2 was one of only five of the color combination ever made, all sold through the COPO program. Of those five, only two of them were given small block power, and this one specifically given the 327/300 HP unit with the Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission and the 3.36 Positraction rear end.
The car is still in original condition, and has not had any restoration work performed on it. It contains the original Silver Pearl paint and the Red vinyl interior, as well as the original glass, the soft top, the engine, transmission, and rear end. It has been driven, and the odometer reads 36,850 currently.
Considering placing a bid on this once-in-a-lifetime car at Mecum? The auction will be in Chicago on Oct. 9-11, so if you haven’t planned your trip yet, now is the time to do it! Before you go, give us a call to make sure your current policies are up to date and adequate for the coverage you need, and get a free, instant collector car insurance quote on any models you are interested in purchasing! Our customer service representatives are available at 888-901-1338.
Photo Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson
The car that has been dubbed as “The Honeymoon Car” is about to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s last event of the year. The Honeymoon Car was one of the many Cadillacs in a collection owned by Elvis Presley, and the nickname was given to it as this was the car he and Priscilla used as their everyday driver following their marriage in May of 1967.
The car was sold to another family in 1979 and has been owned by them ever since then, so the condition of the car is bound to be top-notch. The car will go up on the block at this year’s Las Vegas auction, and speculations are being made that it will be among the most valuable of those sold at the auction.
Barrett-Jackson says the car is “presented in all original condition with the exception of one recent repaint in the original shade of red,” and the car will come with an original sales receipt which was signed by Elvis, with the State of Tennessee title search paperwork.
If you are an Elvis fan, you won’t want to miss this year’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction! Do you own a celebrity collector car? If so, give us a call and find out how much money we can save you on the insurance coverage for your collection. Our rates are surprisingly affordable and offer more perks than many of our competitors. Call our expert representatives at 888-901-1338.