First things first, establish your supply line
Restoring a classic car is a labor of love that thrives upon U.S. currency. As most people know, the cost of restoring a car can far exceed what it’s eventually worth. That means you need to convince your s.o. to let you spend an armored car’s worth of money on something just to make yourself happy. Sample dialogue:
“Hey, nice gardening.”
“I like the dirt, and the way you’ve molded it with the flowers.”
“I’m just saying it looks nice is all.”
*walks back inside*
We’re not saying it’s going to be easy, asking to spend more money. With retirement to save for and the increasing cost of living in the U.S., you kind of need to have your ducks in a row to begin a classic car project. But with practice, soliciting funds can become as easy as appearing before an oversight committee.
Focus on shared memories you can make, not on horsepower
Sure, you might find the burble of the flat-four engine you’ve installed quite charming, but your s.o. might not see it that way. Instead of talking up the dual overhead cams and 13-horsepower increase to 176 overall, maybe focus on things that your partner might actually give a hoot about, like trips up to Rhode Island. In fact:
“I was thinking, and we’re due for a vacation.”
“Yeah, it’d be good to travel somewhere.”
“But where? You know, my sister’s been asking for us to visit for a while.”
“Yeah, I was thinking more like the Rockies, or Miami, or something cool like that, you know.”
“Oh but Davie’s in first-grade now, and I haven’t seen my sister in two years. Plus, you liked Phil, right? Don’t you guys like the same team?”
“No, I don’t like Phil; we don’t even like the same things. That guy is like the person at a bus stop who won’t leave you alone.”
“Well, I want to see Doreen, and we’re going.”
So that didn’t go too well. What went wrong? Well, we didn’t specify a location up front. We left it very vague. To avoid train derailments like the above, do your research. Find out where your s.o. wants to go (that you also want to go), without hinting that you actually might go. Use as leverage.
Become the best special-interest lobby that you possibly can
Buy dinners, send gifts, show up impromptu, surprise them, catch them off-guard, spoil them, woo them. You’ve heard the phrase, “You have to spend money to make money”? Well sometimes you have to spend money to spend money. Become buddies with your s.o. Become their friend. Find out what they like to do and do it with them. Then, when the time comes for your project’s needs, it should be smooth sailing.
Well, that’s our best shot. This is a tough road, but you have a worthy goal. Good luck.
1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe
Not only is this vehicle extremely rare (only six ever made), it also maintains a position as one of the most expensive cars around the globe.
This vintage beauty symbolizes wealth and status in a manner that has yet to be rivaled. Its elegant curves, generous use of chrome, and uncanny prestige distance are but a few examples that make this vehicle so unique. One of the most striking features you’ll notice is the separate compartment for the owners of the vehicle – after all, who wants to breathe the same air as your driver? Am I right?
Oh, and let us not forget to mention that the 12.7-liter engine that powers the Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was originally manufactured for aircraft.
If you’d like to get your chauffeur’s hands on this vintage vehicle, your bank account better have a minimum of six zeroes preceding the decimal point — $19,000,000. Go get it, Rockefeller.
1954 Oldsmobile F-88
In this day and age, we might not view Oldsmobile as a cutting edge (or existent) make; however, the 1950s treated this auto company quite well. The 1954 “Olds” F-88 makes this list for two reasons: (1) it departed from Oldsmobile’s typical architecture; (2) only four were ever produced.
As a matter of fact, most industry experts consider this model to be the one that heralded an entire new approach to car designs. We at Raleigh Classic applaud automotive evolution, and apparently so does everyone else. If you’d like to boast about something more exclusive than walking on the moon — twelve astronauts had that privilege – then you should be willing to pony up around $3.5 million.
And if you’re wondering how a vehicle from 1954 could perform, the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 had a standard 5.3-liter Super 88 V8 that could generate 250 horsepower. That’s faster than President Eisenhower could get congressional approval for, well, anything for which he wanted approval!
1970 Dodge Coronet R/T
You’ve likely heard of the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T, considering it is a classic American muscle car with an impressive 440 Mangum V8 engine that could crank out 375 horsepower. A choice of four-speed manual transmission or the legendary Torqueflite three-speed automatic gearbox made the car accessible to all buyers, and both included a console-mounted shifter. In the cabin, occupants delighted in the deluxe all-vinyl interior with carpeting, bucket seats, and a center console.
What you might not have known is that the Coronet R/T also offered a convertible version, which was completely unique for the time period. Unforunately, it’s more likely that you’ll turn the television to FXX and watch Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin dash across an open prairie field toward each other as a warm spring sun gently kisses their faces and embrace each other in a glorious conclusion to their conflict than to purchase one of these. Why? Well, only two of these 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T convertibles were produced, and they fetch around $250,000 at auction.
1938 Phantom Corsair
If you’ve ever wanted to lay your eyes on a genuine manifestation of anachronism, then take a look at the 1938 Phantom Corsair.
Some of its futuristic features would become quite standard in today’s market, such as the faired-in fenders and low profile. It does, however, seem to take stylistic cues from the caped crusader. The Batmobile – err, sorry, the Phantom Corsair was so unique that it, unfortunately, never made it to production.
Only one was ever made.
The Phantom Corsair was the brainchild of Rust Heinz, estranged grandson to the founder of the ketchup company that’s worth billions today. It’s tough not to wonder if the creators over at Detective Comics didn’t borrow a few ideas from the Heinz family drama to create the Batman character…
Bruce Wayne, orphaned son of a very affluent family. He later becomes Batman – separated from the Wayne name – and in the first issue of the comic series, our dark knight drives the Batmobile (1939).
Rust Heinz, estranged grandson of a very affluent family. He later tries to become his own man – separated from the Heinz name – and creates the Phantom Corsair (1938).
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Block, best known as a founding member of Hoonigan Racing and for his many high-rev, drift-heavy shenanigans caught on film, was recently spied working on Gymkhana 7, the latest in the series. If you aren’t familiar with Gymkhana, it’s a video series that generally features Block driving and drifting his modified Ford Fiesta ST through a tightly-wound obstacle course. What caught our attention this time is that Block was not caught on camera in his usual ride. This time he was driving a more classic steed with a modern twist.
What do you think of this super ‘stang? Is it a desecration of something sacred or can we accept it as a worthy and entertaining tribute? We’ll be interested to see the finished product and hopefully learn more about the story behind this particular car once Gymkhana 7 drops. Until then, this opens up the Raleigh Classic blog to discussions of how to (tastefully) modify your classic car. Expect more on this subject in the future.
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Many car drivers use their vehicle every day, but from time to time it's necessary to consider long-term storage. Some people don't use their car over the winter months or need to leave the country for a while, and this means that it's time to store away the family auto. If you need to put your car into long-term storage, use the following tips to make sure that your vehicle remains in excellent working order.
Find a good place to store the car
You probably won't want to leave your car exposed to the elements if you're not going to use it. Find a sheltered place to keep the car like a garage, shed, or outhouse that can protect the vehicle from the rain. Search local ads for reasonably priced accommodation if you don't have your own garage. If there's nothing available, invest in a high-quality weatherproof car cover which will at least protect your car from the weather.
Thoroughly clean the car
Dirt and debris on your car may cause damage, so give the car a thorough clean before storing it. Remove bird droppings or tree sap, which can both damage paint work, and get rid of mud or oil from the wheels and fenders. Apply a good quality wax or sealant to the exterior, as this will protect the paint from any dirt or dust that accumulates in storage.
Fill up your gas tank
Some drivers make the mistake of emptying the gas tank when they put their cars into storage. Topping off your gas tank stops moisture from accumulating inside the tank, and will also make sure the seals don't dry out. Consider adding a fuel stabilizer, which will protect the engine from rust and ensure the fuel doesn't deteriorate.
Charge the battery
Even though you aren't going to drive the car for a while, it's a good idea to make sure the battery charge doesn't run out. If you can't get somebody to come and visit the car, charge and disconnect the battery completely. Otherwise, you can buy a trickle charger that plugs into the electricity supply and continuously gently charges the battery.
Inflate your tires
It's always a good idea to inflate your tires to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. While the car is stationary, the weight of the vehicle pressing on the tires can cause damage, particularly in cold temperatures. Another solution to consider is removing all four wheels and jacking the car up on all four corners. This is hard work, but it’s worth it for cars that will be stored for a month or more.
Protect the car from pests
Cars give rats and mice lots of places to hide and keep warm and these creatures can cause damage if they gnaw at wires. Plug obvious places (like the exhaust pipe) where rodents could get in, and consider laying traps or poison. Make sure you close all the car windows tightly and remove any food or trash from the car that may attract pests.
Don't cancel your insurance
Your car is a valuable asset. Even though it's not on the road, it could still suffer damage in storage. If you cancel your insurance, you may have to pay more when you decide to start driving it again. Talk to your insurance company about the options available to you.
It's important to prepare your car properly for long-term storage. Your vehicle is probably worth a lot of money, so protect your investment and make sure your car is just the way you left it when you come back.
December 5th - December 6th
The auction will again be held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. Hundreds of vehicles will be displayed inside the climate controlled Jim Graham Building and the adjoining Exposition Building.
Thursday, December 4th 5pm - 8pm
Special preview of the cars available for auction open to all registered bidders.
Complimentary refreshments will be available.
Friday, December 5th 9:30am - 6pm
For all registered bidders, enjoy complimentary breakfast from 8:30am-9:30am and complimentary lunch from 11:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, December 6th 9:30am - 6pm
For all registered bidders, complimentary snacks will be available.
Click here to register to bid for this event.