Archive for September, 2010

2010 AmericanMuscle Car Show

September 27, 2010

We would like to pass along this exciting news about the 2010 AmericanMuscle car show that was such a smashing success. AmericanMuscle invited us to share some of the fantastic bling they have assembled to give classic car fans a taste of the big event. This is Part 1, we will bring you more from the 2010 AmericanMuscle car show on Friday. Enjoy!

The AmericanMuscle car show this year was amazing! There were thousands of people in attendance, over 500 Mustangs, and thousands raised for charity. I hope that everyone agrees that it was a fun and successful day. We couldn’t have done any of this without our loyal customers, so let’s take a look at the final figures:

* Total # of Mustangs: 524
* Total # of People: Over 1700
* Final Charity Amount Raised: $14,825
* % of People Who Had a Great Time: 100%!

Not only were all of the donations and attendance records broken, we had some of the hottest, loudest and baddest Mustangs in the country show up. From the AmericanMuscle staff, we thank you again to everyone who attended. We truly hope you had a great time…

AmericanMuscle Girls!

2010 AmericanMuscle Car Show Overview

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

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The 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440

September 24, 2010

Most people are under the impression that the era of the “pony cars” started with the introduction of the Ford Mustang in the middle of April, 1964, but they have got it all wrong. Though the term was indeed built around the incredibly popular Mustang, a car that truly changed the face of the American automotive industry, another car that wound up in the pony car category was introduced before the Mustang. The Plymouth Barracuda was actually released on April 1st of 1964, making it the first true pony car.

For the 1969 model year the Barracuda was offered in a new trim package that was packed with some additional punch called the ‘Cuda. Plymouth set out to make the ‘Cuda the hottest pony car on the road and it was offered with a 340 or a 383 ci engine initially, and these were certainly not designed for the proverbial little old lady from Pasadena.

However, the granddaddy of them all was the 1969 ‘Cuda with the 440 cubic inch OHV V8 and four-barrel carburetor. This was the largest engine available in any pony car at the time, and in fact the engine took up so much room the car could not be offered with power steering or power brakes. The behemoth under the hood could propel the ’69 ‘Cuda 440 from zero to sixty in just 5.6 seconds, and it could get a quarter mile in 14.01 seconds, reaching a speed of 104 miles per hour in the process. The 1969 ‘Cuda 440 sold for $3,900 brand new.

The ‘Cuda returned to production in 1970 as a high performance variation of the Barracuda in its own right rather an option package and would remain in production through the 1974 model year. The entire Barracuda line was discontinued after the ’74 models were released, making them rather hard to find these days. And speaking of scarce, if you run across a 1969 ‘Cuda 440 you may want to take a picture: just 340 of them were built.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

Barrett-Jackson Auction Coming To Vegas This Weekend

September 21, 2010

Bugatti Veyron

True classic car fans need little provocation to make a sojourn to that irrepressible oasis in the desert, fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas is the “other” city that never sleeps, and there are virtually unlimited things to do in Sin City 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Though you can have the time of your life in Las Vegas regardless of when you go, there are some events that you can plan your trip around that make a fantastic time even more memorable.

One of them is the big annual NASCAR event that takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that used to be called the Las Vegas 400 and then the Shelby 427. The 2011 version is called the Shelby American, and to give you an early heads-up, the date of that race is March 6th, so you may want to start making your travel plans now for the big race in the desert. Vegas is a blast during NASCAR weekend.

However, NASCAR in March is not the primary purpose of this post. Today we would like to draw your attention to a different event that can get you to Las Vegas even sooner: the Barrett-Jackson Auction that they are holding at Mandalay Bay this weekend, September 23rd (which is Thursday) through the 25th. Among the cars that are sharing top billing are a 1988 Ferrari 512 Testarossa, a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren convertible and a stunning 2008 Bugatti Veyron.

Here is what Craig Jackson, the CEO of Barrett-Jackson, has to say about the automotive extravaganza taking place amid the unmatched glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas Strip:

“Barrett-Jackson creates a docket of amazing cars at every auction. We were the first to demonstrate the value of modern collectible vehicles, which our customers enjoy acquiring as much as they do their vintage cars. The Bugatti, McLaren and Ferraris represent a nice stable of vehicles for the serious enthusiast who wants to diversify his collection and still drive his car.”

Be there or be square….it’s Vegas baby, and you simply cannot lose with the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction…it’s the only sure thing in town!

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

The 1969 Mercury Marauder X-100

September 17, 2010

The late 1960s were a time when the early wave of personal luxury cars were out in full force, and these provided a combination of sporty good looks, power, class, and comfort. Cars like the Buick Riviera, the Pontiac Grand Prix, and the original personal luxury car, the Ford Thunderbird, were ringing up sales and turning heads on the roadways.

It was a fertile market at that time, so the Mercury division of Ford entered the fray when it introduced its own entry into the personal luxury car market, the Marauder, for the 1969 model year. The Marauder name had previously been used to identify the fastback models of the Monterey, Montclair, and Park Lane from 1963 to 1965, but ’69 was the first year that it became a model in its own right.

Mercury Marauder

It came in a base model as well as the better appointed Marauder X-100. The Marauder X-100 was a hefty beast with a long front end, weighing as much as 4,500 pounds when fully equipped, so it took a lot of engine to set it into motion. It was powered by a 429 cubic inch V8 with a four-barrel carburetor that was rated at a robust 360 horsepower. The ’69 Marauder X-100 with the 429 could go from zero to sixty in a rapid 7.5 seconds and zero to a hundred in 19.9 seconds. It could cover a quarter mile in 15.17 seconds, reaching a speed of 92.3 miles in the process, and the car was capable of a top speed of 129 miles per hour when wide open.

In 1969 Mercury was able to sell a total of 14,666 Marauders in all, 5,635 of which were X-100s. The base price of the ’69 Mercury Marauder X-100 was $4,091, and that number could reach around $4,500 if you wanted all of the options, including air conditioning and power windows.

The Marauder is a car that is of interest to some collectors because if you blinked, you missed it. There were only two model years for this incarnation of the car, ’69 and 1970. In 1970 production of the Marauder stood at about 5,000 units, and that was the swan song for the model until it reappeared in 2003 and 2004 in markedly different form. These days a 1969 Marauder X-100 that is in excellent shape should be able to fetch about $13,000.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

Babe Ruth’s Car: 1940 Lincoln Zephyr

September 13, 2010

The Bambino

If there is one thing more American than classic cars, it has to be baseball, and those two things are invariably topics of conversation when classic car fans get together. Now you may say wait a minute, what about apple pie? Well as you might expect, none of us is much for the kitchen, plus you have to figure that people must have made apple pies somewhere in the world prior to 1776, so I’m not sure about that pie thing anyway.

'39 Zephyr

But I digress. The other day a few of us were gathered at the local watering hole, and…now before I go on, did you ever have a friend who was a total know-it-all? You toss out the most obscure subject and here’s this guy with all the facts…like Cliff Clavin from Cheers. Well we have one of those characters in our crew, and the guy is annoying (and he knows it). So we’re sitting there after knocking back a few cold ones, and I had this idea. I said I wonder what kind of car Babe Ruth used to drive…? I didn’t expect an answer of course, because who knows something like that? I must have forgotten for a minute that I was with everybody’s favorite Boston mailman. But now I know. Babe Ruth drove a 1940 Lincoln Zephyr.

My Know-It-All Buddy

Of course I’m sure that’s not the only car the Bambino ever drove, but my buddy is not aware of any others, and I can’t find any on the Internet, so we’ll stick with the Zephyr. It was first introduced for the 1936 model year and lasted through 1942, which was the last one before car production in the United States was suspended for WW II. The 1940 Lincoln Zephyr was powered by a 292 cubic inch V12 that was rated at 120 horsepower. There were 21,765 specimens of the 1940 Zephyr manufactured, which makes it somewhat rare, but the Babe’s was a two-door convertible, and just 700 of them were produced.

Baseball/motorhead lore has it that the 1940 Lincoln Zephyr that the Babe owned was given to him by Joe McCarthy, the legendary Yankee manager who was at the helm from 1931 to 1946. The Yankees won seven World Series under his guidance.

It’s interesting to note that the Babe Ruth 1940 Lincoln Zephyr was sold at the Mecum Auction in Monterrey California, in August of 2009 for $170,660. It had been sold at RM’s Kensington Auction in 2006 for $407,000. And I’ll have you know that unlike my know-it-all friend, I have to look this stuff up.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer