With a base price of $11,396, the Lincoln Continental Mark V was only the 4th most-expensive American-brand car available in 1977. It was the Brits who first used the term “Yank Tank” to describe the cars produced by American auto builders. And, compared to the cars sold in Britain after WWII–around the time the term Yank Tank came into use–the cars of the UK were certainly smaller, better handling, and more efficient than those sold Stateside. It is perhaps ironic then that the most-expensive American-built car in 1977 was, in fact, by definition a compact car. All prices listed are as reported in Consumer Guide Auto ’77. Introduced in 1975, the Cadillac Seville was meant to emulate the best European vehicles by packing a modestly sized car with the latest technology (including fuel injection) and features. Of course, that’s just the one car. Three of the remaining four cars on this list are proudly of the Yank Tank variety, and among the … [Read more...] about The 5 Most-Expensive American Cars of 1977
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1969 Ford Ad This random collection of holiday-themed classic car ads is probably a poor representation of automaker Christmas marketing efforts over the years, but it’s worth noting that three of six ads include Santa Claus, three a Christmas tree, and one a very, very expensive gift. Make of that what you will. Please accept our staff’s warmest wishes for you and your family this holiday season. We appreciate your interest in what we do, and thank you for checking in. Best regards, The Consumer Guide Automotive and Collectible Automobile Magazine staff More classic car ads 1903 Duryea ad Dead-Brand Madness! 10 Classic Edsel Ads 1956 Cadillac ad Aussie Madness! 12 Classic Ute Ads Aftermarket seat-belt ad, circa 1965 Model-Year Madness! 10 Classic Ads From 1982 1968 Hertz ad Soccer Mom Madness! 10 Classic Minivan Ads 1969 Ford Ad Urgent-Care Madness! 15 Classic Ambulance Ads 1971 Ford Christmas ad Equine Madness! 5 Great Horse-Loving Classic Ads Follow Tom on Twitter Car … [Read more...] about Christmas Madness! 6 Classic Car Ads With A Holiday Theme
Start the Countdown This 1962 Ferrari was presented during an auction for 33 of world's most significant sport and racing Ferrari cars at the Ferrari's headquarters in Fiorano, Italy, in 2007. See more pictures of classic cars. AP Photo/Luca Bruno Automotive aficionados know that there are cars, and then there are "cars." There are the cars we drive to work every day, the cars we use to take our kids to school, the cars we pick up groceries with and the ones we use to haul stuff from The Home Depot. They're utilitarian, reliable, practical and in most cases, they're relatively boring, too. But others are the rare automobiles that provide more than just transportation. They're the ones that border on rolling art. The cars that most consider to be miracles of engineering. The ones that glorify speed and luxury. The ones that are best described as madness sitting on four rubber tires. As long as people have been driving, cars like these have existed. Some individual or some … [Read more...] about 10 Most Expensive Classic Cars
Porsche Classic, the division of Porsche dedicated to its vintage vehicles, is now 3-D printing rare parts. Porsche In mid-February 2018, Porsche announced that it is producing parts for its classic vehicles with the help of 3-D printing technology. Using 3-D printers to make car or motorcycle parts isn't unheard-of, but it's typically been the stuff of hobbyists who come up short while sourcing parts for a restoration or repair, or want to make custom parts for a car. Porsche, however, said its strategy is mainly for extremely rare parts that are too expensive to produce by traditional methods. In other words, you probably won't come across one of these 3-D-printed parts unless you're working on an especially old or rare model. The parts will be available through Porsche Classic, a division of the company that is dedicated to vintage Porsche vehicles. For instance, since only 292 Porsche 959s were ever sold, it's safe to assume fewer than that still exist today. Parts are even … [Read more...] about Porsche Is 3-D Printing Rare Parts for Its Classic Cars
If your car isn’t a collectible classic like this one, expect it to depreciate once you drive it off the lot. DarthArt/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock As a general rule, a car should only be considered an investment if it's a collectible classic. Plenty of people try to justify taking out a loan for a new sports car or luxury car by saying it's an investment, but that's not the right way to think about it. It's true that some new cars actually appreciate in value over time, but those are exceptions to the rule, and they're unpredictable. There's really no reliable way to know which new cars will hold their value or gain more value, but it's a safe bet to assume they'll lose value. It's smartest to think of a new car purchase like an appliance. It's going to start depreciating as soon as it's legally yours. It's there to be used, and it might break, and it'll need repair. It's OK to spend money on something that's losing value (that's just the nature of owning a car), but it is … [Read more...] about Is a car really an investment?