Archive for November, 2010

2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Concludes

November 27, 2010

There has been quite an automotive buzz emanating from Southern California this week as the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show has taken center stage. The big extravaganza kicked off on Friday, November 19th and the last day of the show is Sunday, November 28th when the doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

There are some stunning exhibits at the L.A. Auto Show this year, and the categories include World and North American Cars; Concept Cars; Electric, Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Cars; and Aftermarket and Project Cars. The show also features a design challenge, and there are ongoing test drive opportunities offered by Kia, Toyota, Ford, Land Rover, and GMC.

The exhibitor list for the Los Angeles Auto Show is jaw dropping; you would be hard pressed to think of an entity that is relevant to the automotive stratosphere that is not represented at this year’s show. On the high end the L.A. Auto Show marquee is set alight by Aston Martin, Lotus, Morgan, Rolls Royce, Perana, and the Steve Mark Saleen Supercars.

If you are a true classic car fan you appreciate the past while marveling at the automotive engineering of the present, and the Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the premier showcases of state-of-the-art automobile manufacturing. If you live in the SoCal area you still have time to drop in–the show is taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 1201 S. Figueroa Street–but if this year’s show passed you by, mark your calendar and consider making early plans to attend the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer


Buying A Classic Car Online

November 23, 2010

When you are into classic cars, muscle cars, and rare collectible automobiles you are faced with the challenge of geography. What makes these cars so desirable? It is in large part their rarity, so the cars of your dreams are hard to find. If you live in a rural area or a rather small town how many fully restored 1969 GTOs can you expect to find in the newspaper? The answer is probably none at all, and even if you live in or near a big city you may find more classic cars for sale, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to find the car you’re really looking for.

The above problem is true for other things that are hard to find besides cars, and the solution for many people is to make the purchase online. There are those who will say, yeah, that’s great for a pair of shoes. I can return them if I don’t like them or if they don’t fit, but cars don’t work that way. How can I know the car is everything it is advertised to be, and even if it is, how can I pick it up when I’m in Pittsburgh and the car is Phoenix? took all of this into consideration when they decided to build their business. These guys are classic car fans themselves, and that’s why they decided to do what they do. They couldn’t always find the cars they were looking for, so they knew that the need existed for a marketplace conceived by classic car fans for classic car fans.

If you go check out the site you will see countless cool classic, collectible, antique, and muscle cars, but you will also be able to find solutions to the online buying challenges in the form of classic car appraisers, shippers, buyer escrow, and even financing resources. The classic car fan of the Internet age is no longer at the mercy of geography thanks to the good folks at!

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum

November 19, 2010

We always like to encourage our readers to mix their love of classic cars with some R & R and take road trips that are centered around cool attractions for classic car fans, and with that theme in mind today’s suggestion is the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. If you live in most places around the country you are probably feeling a consistent nip in the air around now, and with Thanksgiving coming up next week you will be shoveling snow before you know it. A winter trip to Florida is a must, and Sarasota is a great place to visit offering top-rated white sand beaches, art, dining…and the Sarasota Classic Car Museum.

This is a museum that is not to be missed, and if you are a true fan of classic American cars (and you are still alive) you probably have an affinity for the 1960s. Classic cars of the 1960s abound at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, and at the center of their impressive collection you will find the famed John Lennon Bentley (okay, it’s a ’56 but he drove it in the sixties) in all its psychedelic glory. And hey, you can’t have Lennon without McCartney, so the Sarasota Classic Car Museum also exhibits the Mini Cooper that Paul used to drive through the streets of Liverpool. You will also find mucho muscle cars and dozens of classics from the Edsel to the DeLorean.

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is located at 5500 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, and they are open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’d like more information right from the horse’s mouth visit their website or give them a call at 941-355-6228.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

The First Personal Luxury Car: Ford’s Thunderbird

November 16, 2010

The ultimate American personal luxury car of the heyday of the Big Three had to be the Cadillac Eldorado, but the very first of the breed was the Ford Thunderbird. The car went into development in 1953 as competition for the new Chevy Corvette as a sporty two-seat convertible, and by 1954 the first prototype was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in February; by September of ’54 the T-Bird went into production. The first 1955 Ford Thunderbird models were offered to the public by the end of October that same year, 1954.

The Thunderbird was an instant success from a sales perspective, and the goal of matching the Corvette was accomplished in spades when you look at the number of cars that were driven out of the showrooms. A total of 16,155 1955 Thunderbirds were sold as compared to just 700 Corvettes. The first generation of the car lasted through the 1957 model year, and by that time the standard engine in the T-Bird was a 312 cubic inch V8 that was capable of 245 horsepower, but there were performance upgrades available, including one with the dual Holley four-barrels.

The Thunderbird went on to become one of the most successful models ever produced by Ford. In all, there were eleven different distinct generations of the car, and it holds the distinction of being the first model to win the Motor Trend Car of the Year award, which it captured in 1958. (Previous to this, brands were given the award rather than model lines.) The original Thunderbird was in production from 1955 through 1997, and it was then revived in 2002 and was manufactured through the 2005 model year. In all, more than 4.4 specimens of the Thunderbird have been produced over the years, and it is truly an American classic of legendary status.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

November 12, 2010

October, 1953 – The Paris Auto Show. People came from all over the world to see just what the car manufacturers were going to show them. They knew what they wanted–they saw themselves as elegant and stylish, and they wanted their car to complement that image.

Volkswagen paid attention to the post-war trends and didn’t disappoint the public. While their Volkswagen Beetle appealed to many people during this time, they chose to speak to the desires of a different type of consumer with their Karmann Ghia. Oddly enough, the car didn’t enjoy the mega-power of some sports cars, but people were looking more for elegant styling which the Karmann Ghia delivered in spades. Volkswagen’s emergence into the sports car market became a huge success and the Karmann Ghia gained popularity worldwide.

Because the Karmann Ghia was handcrafted instead of being produced on an assembly line, it had a higher price tag than the Beetle. This fact only added to its charm for consumers looking for quality, so paying a bit more for it also helped them buy into the belief they were getting something that enhanced their personal image.

As classic car fans know, a well built automobile is indeed a lasting commodity. Members of Volkwagen Karmann Ghia car clubs still contend that it was one of the best cars ever made for the price and they love the nostalgia they feel when tooling down the road in their classic VW sports car. The Karmann Ghia remained in production through the 1974 model year, and in all a total of 445,238 were built in Germany and 41,689 more were produced in Brazil.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer