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1st 2015 Corvette Z06 Gets $1 Million At Auction

I don’t know about you, but I cannot help smile while watching Rick Hendrick bid on this 1st 2015 Corvette Z06 – very cool!  What makes it even better, is knowing that all the proceeds from this sale go towards cancer research and to assist the Karmanos Cancer Institue’s renovation efforts.

“We thank Rick Hendrick for his ongoing, generous support that will help Karmanos Cancer Institute provide better care and treatment for cancer patients,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann.

Chevrolet donated this first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Camaro Z/28.  The Camaro sold for $500,000.

 

How To Get The Best Price On Your Next Car Purchase

Car Buying Tips

A recent study offered the exact same Nissan Altima for sale in Southern California.  The purchase prices ranged from 20K to 26K, the savvy car buyers saving more that 5K!  Those who paid the most walked into the dealership without having done any research or prices comparisons.

If you are shopping for a new or used car, here some tips that we hope will help you get the best deal possible.

1.  Expand your search.  Car shipping is easier and more affordable than you might think, so don’t be afraid to look past that 150 mile radius for a good price.  (Yes, yes, we are a bit biased towards this tip)…

2.  Research actual pricing using online tools such as TrueCar, and Kelly Blue Book.  Make a note of the lowest price point that you see for that make and model you are interested in.

3.  E-mail the dealerships that have your desired vehicle in stock, and ask them if they can beat that low price point, or give their best price quote.

4.  Take the lowest quote you receive back, and send another round of e-mails asking if anyone of them can beat your lowest bid.

5. Contact the sales manager who provided that lowest quote, and confirm that the price quoted is the “out the door price” – with other other fees or costs tacked on later.

Other Helpful Car Buying Tips:

  • Don’t be persuaded to pay more because of dealership promises to stand by their vehicles.  The truth is, most reputable dealerships have service centers because they add another profit center for the business.
  • Don’t offer your current vehicle as trade-in.  Even though it offers a level of convenience, almost always you will get more for your vehicle by selling it directly.
  • Don’t get emotionally attached.  No matter how perfectly suited a vehicle may seem, there are always going to be hundreds more just like it for sale at any given time.
  • Don’t be in a hurry.  Take your time to shop around and don’t buy into any sales pressure or urgency tactics.
  • Focus on the total sales price, NOT the monthly payment.   You’ll end up paying thousands more due to higher interest rates in order to save just a few dollars on the monthly payment.

When you finally find the right vehicle, we are happy and eager to answer any questions you may have about Vehicle Transportation!  866-221-1664

See The National Corvette Museum Sinkhole This Summer

corvette sinkholeBack in February of this year, a giant sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, and consumed eight prized corvettes.  Shortly after, GM announced that they would cover the cost of restoring those vehicles if possible. “Our ultimate goal is to help the museum in any we can because they are a charitable nonprofit organization that is not owned by Chevrolet or GM,” said GM spokesman Monte Doran.

On April 9th, the museum removed the last Corvette, (a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06), which the most heavily damaged of all eight.

Today, June, 25th 2014, the museum’s board of directors are scheduled to meet to review the proposals and options on both the building and the 8 damaged vehicles.

Wendell Strode, the executive director of the museum said in a statement that the current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests can have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole for the summer, and delay construction until after their 20th Anniversary Celebration August 27-30.

Although not yet official, they may leave some of the cars, and a portion of the sinkhole unrepaired, as part of a permanent display.

There has been so much interest and increased attendance due to the sinkhole, that they made arrangements to allow people to view the recovery efforts.

Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum stated, “We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes.  We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on.”

Check out the live video feed here

 

 

Mecum Auto Auctions First Visit To Seattle

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The Mecum Auto Auction made its first ever visit to Seattle this past weekend, putting more than 600 classic and collectible cars on the block.    As expected, the holy grail of muscle cars (a 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S) landed the top spot selling for 3.5 million dollars.

Documented as the only matching numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes.

Rounding out the top ten sales were the following:

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback Sold for $340,000

1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback Sold for $160,000

1958 Buick Limited Convertible Sold for $150,000

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Hardtop Sold for $150,000

1937 Packard Twelve Victoria Convertible Sold for $150,000

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Sold for $143,640

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Sold for $130,000

1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback Sold for $125,000

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Sold for $115,000

Visit Mecum’s website for more details – http://www.mecum.com/

Shelby Offering Concept Cars and Prototypes For Sale

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Are you a Shelby enthusiast?  Want to add a little something from the Shelby legacy to your car collection?

Shelby American recently moved to their new headquarters off of the Las Vegas strip, and to make room for a new generation of concept cars and prototypes, they’ve put an handful of very special vehicles up for grabs.

The Shelby vehicles found in this exclusive offering represent some of the most significant cars that they have built. Shelby says it would rather see them in the hands of enthusiasts than sitting in storage.

Here is a list of the vehicles being offered:

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Shelby Cobra Demonstrator / Development Vehicle:  $200,000
2007 Shelby GT Prototype:  $175,000
2010 Shelby Super Snake Concept:  $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype:  $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype:  $200,000
2011 Shelby GTS Concept:  $99,000
2012 Shelby GTS Wide Body Prototype:  $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype:  $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype:  $150,000
2013 Shelby Raptor Concept:  $125,000
2013 Focus Concept:  $50,000

Click Here For a PDF of the collection

 

Dodge Unveils New Muscle Car – Dodge Challenger SRT® HEMI® Hellcat

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features their most powerful V8 to date: A supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine and available eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

The name Hellcat seems incredibly appropriate!
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Click Here To See More

 

17 Amazing Concept Cars On Display In Atlanta Museum

The High Museum of Art in Altanta, one of the leading art museums in the southeastern United States, has 17 of the most amazing concept cars ever designed on display from now until September 07,2014. These concept cars, were never intended for production but are the results of ideas dreamed up by designers. The “dream” represented by these cars was that of future possibilities and pushing the limits of imagination and design.

Some examples in this collection:

1953 General Motors Firebird XP-21. firebird

The Firebird XP-21 was the first gas turbine-powered car built and tested in the United States. At the 1954 Motorama, General Motors made it clear this was a design study created to determine the practicality of the gas turbine for use in future vehicles.

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model, 20013/4Front_var1schatten_ 002
The GINA‘s shape could change through the use of flexible tensile fabric stretched over a moveable body frame of aluminum and flexible carbon fiber.

Norman Timbs Special, 1947
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Mechanical engineer Norman Timbs created the Timbs Special for his personal use. This car graced the October 1949 cover of Motor Trend magazine, accompanied by a short article, “Home-Made Streamliner,” a title that implied that anyone could make this car.

 Electric Egg (Paul Arzens L’Œuf électrique, 1942)
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Designed under the duress of the German occupation of the city, L’Œuf électrique creatively responded to the period’s shortages and rationing of petrol and other materials. It was equipped with only a single pedal and a steering wheel.

See the full collection and get more details here:  http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Dream-Cars.aspx

Which Cars Are Really Made In America?

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With over 4% of the U.S. GDP over 800,000 jobs depending on the U.S. auto manufacturing industry, it is no wonder why so many prefer to “Buy American”.  However, with todays global economy its hard to tell which cars are really made in America.

To help consumers determine the most American made cars, the Kogod School of Business in Washington D.C. created the “Made in American Automotive Index”.  The index considers a number of different factors to determine an American made rating for each car.   They look at the following:

Profit Margin: Where the automaker’s global headquarters is located

  • Where the car is assembled
  • Research and Development
  • Inventory, Capital, and Other Expenses: Location of assembly
  • Engine and Transmission: Location of production
  • Body, Interior, Chassis, Electrical, and Other: Location of production
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration AALA “Domestic Content” Score

So which 2014 models are the most American made?

  • F-Series Pickup, Ford (score: 87.5 out of 100)
  • Corvette, Chevrolet (score: 87.5)
  • Enclave, Buick (score: 86)
  • Traverse, Chevrolet (score: 86)
  • Acadia, GMC (score: 86)
  • Acadia Denali, GMC (score: 86)

See the full index here

 

Incredible Vintage Car Collection Discovered In Oklahoma

Image From Vanderbrink Auctions

Image From Vanderbrink Auctions

Over 220 vintage vehicles from the 30′s 40′s and 50′s will hit the auction block on June 7th, 2014 in Enid Oklahoma, from what is being called the Jordan Collection.

According to VanDerBrink Auctions, the collection was owned by Oliver Jordan, who kept the vehicles hidden from almost everyone, especially the government.  He was a fervent believer that no one had the right to tell him what to do with his life, business, or his cars. Both Oliver and his wife Ruby have now passed away, and now the family is now offering this amazing collection at auction to the highest bidder.

There are many rare finds in this collection including a 1936 Cord, a supercharged 1937 Cord, and a 1939 all Aluminum Lincoln 7 passenger Sedan.
Other desirable autos that are sure to excite car collectors are two1942 “blackout specials” – a Ford and a Chevy.  When these vehicles were made, the government had put restrictions on the use of ornamental shiny metal parts.

Everything will be sold at auction at no reserve, not just the vehicles, but
hundreds of collector parts from the 1930’s and 1940’s.   Ford, Chevy, Olds, Cadillac, Cord, Chrysler, Studebaker, included.

Click here to see the amazing pics from this collection and to find out more about the auction.

Aston Martin Signed By 50 NBA Hall Of Famers Up For Auction

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In 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame celebrating it’s 50th anniversary by inducting legends such as Michael Jordan, David Robinson, and John Stockton. It was an amazing ceremony with dozens of the best basketball players in the world in attendance.  Over 50 of them signed a 2002 Aston Martin as the walked the red carpet.

Owner Geoff Abadee bought the car for $200K, but with the 50 famous signatures, it has now been valued at 1.25 million.

Signatures include:  Michael Jordan, Walt Bellamy, David Robinson, Dave Cowens, George Gervin, Marques Haynes, Bob Wanzer, Bob Houbregs, Jerry Sloan, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, Bob Kurland, Bob Lanier, Moses Malone, Bailey Howell, Calvin Murphy, Nancy Lieberman, Harry Gallatin, Ann Meyers, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, David Thompson, Dolph Schayes, and John Havlicek and more.

This now one of a kind car, and famous piece of basketball history is up for auction at here.