1955 Chevy 210 Wagon - From Rat Rod to Shimmering Classic
When his wife says she wants a custom 1955 Chevy 210 Wagon to drive around town, like a good husband, Gary Ritchie delivers. Check out our interview with Gary at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Hear how they take a former rat rod and turn it into a shimmering classic. Can you picture yourself cruising the neighborhood in this custom dream? Let us know in the comments.
The Nickname Says It All
“My wife sees the for-sale sign on this Orange rat rod wagon and has to have it” Gary says. With rust, nowhere in sight, he sets out to transform this diamond in the rough into her dream car. “Everyone wants to know if it is a Chevy Nomad” Gary laughs. “So, we call our car Notmad”. The nickname says it all. The Chevy 210 has many of the same features as the Bel-Air based model but it is not a Nomad. It is unique all by itself.
“It’s a Ball to Drive!”
The build begins with Bill Ritchie’s Automotive Services installing a new LT1 V8 engine from a 1995 Corvette. They add an L460 transmission to give the wagon a smooth ride. “It’s a ball to drive! We love it.” he says. The custom interior, complete with all the modern bells and whistles, is crafted by the folks at Ciadella Interiors in Tempe, AZ. With stellar paint and body work by the Boogie Man himself - Gary Zaborowski, it is evident Gary knows the way to a woman’s heart.
Champagne Dreams and Caviar Wishes
For the exterior, achieving a silvery shade of Champagne proves a challenge. “We looked for six months to find just the perfect one” Gary remembers. He finally got the look he was going for by pairing Silver Sand Metallic (a 2015 Mercury MKX color) with Wimbledon White (a Ford off-white hue from the 30s). The combination is timeless and elegant. Now, this former rat rod is a classic family wagon, evoking champagne dreams and caviar wishes for its proud owners.
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Customizing a classic takes creativity and hard work. Protect your investment with the right insurance. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and tailor a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Ridler Judges Take Notice
This year, a customized 1949 Chevy C-10 truck has Ridler Award judges taking note. Débuting at the 2017 Detroit Autorama, this gleaming pickup easily cruises into the Great 8 winner’s circle. We seize the opportunity to speak with the proud owner/builder of this fantastic truck, Robby Collvins of Collvins Collision and Customs in Mount Vernon, TX. This curvaceous pickup will leave you breathless, yes? Leave us a comment.
This Truck’s Got a Corvette Soul
With its Corvette C5 frame and LS engine, this pickup has the soul of a ’Vette. “Corvette makes a great chassis and this model has one of their best,” Robby says. “We widen the truck about five inches to make it fit.” The bed is a different story. “We wanted something with the look of the 50’s that wasn’t just a box stuck on the back.” They shape the quarter panels and bed from a 1955 Cadillac El Dorado.
Choosing the Right Paint for Easy Touch-ups
The unique color on this C-10 is called Burnt Cajun. Robby creates it with the folks from BASF. As most collectors know, show cars take a beating during transport, which is why you need a paint that is easy to fix. “This color is very forgiving and gives us the look we want,” the builder says. “Having the right paint allows you to repair a panel and have the judges not notice.”
Showing Classic Cars Team Effort
Robby knows all about the perils of transporting a show vehicle. Damage to the truck’s running board causes it to miss the 2016 event. “Everyone thinks building the cars is the hard part but there is so much more involved. From safely towing a vehicle to finding someone to cover your shop back home, participating in car shows is a team effort.” Bringing home a Great 8 Award makes the five years of tireless work well worth it for the Collvin team. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this great truck!
Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10
Once a truck fan, always a truck fan. At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks and we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic! We also know accidents will happen so leave nothing to chance. Even before you finish your masterpiece, protect it during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
2017 Carmel Artomobilia – The Sun Sets on Another Great Event
The 10th Anniversary of the Carmel Artomobilia is now a fond memory. On Saturday, August 26, over 400 classic cars and 15,000 attendees filled the downtown Carmel, Indiana Arts & Design District. Car enthusiasts and spectators enjoyed a day full of music, food and spectacular automobiles. We have captured some of the sights and sounds of this incredible event in a video which we would like to share with you. Did you attend? Let us know your favorite thing from this year’s festivities in our comment section.
Something for Every Car Lover
The Carmel Artomobilia is the brainchild of a group of dedicated “car guys” looking to create a unique way to showcase classic car collections. The gathering features nearly a half mile of automobiles, art, shopping and delectable eats. Twenty-six car classes are on display including Super, Exotic, Classic, Sports, European, Domestic, Vintage and Racers. There is something for every car lover.
Can’t Do Without the Collector Car Community
The event has grown over the years thanks to the support of the collector car community. In a set of exclusive interviews, several owners explain how their passions for cars started. Get a peek into their garages by following the links below to the videos:
Classic Auto is a Proud Sponsor of Fuelicious and the Carmel Artomobilia
Today this homegrown event has expanded to include an exclusive charitable event on Friday night called Fuelicious: A Celebration of Wheels + Wishes. Proceeds benefit the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Classic Auto Insurance is proud to support classic car collectors everywhere. Participating in events like Fuelicious and the Carmel Artomobilia is our way of giving back to the collector car community we love so much. If you are passionate about your classic car collection, let us customize the perfect insurance policy for you. Our expert staff will answer all your questions and help you find the right coverage for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car collection.