Blast From the Past.
You are invited to this year's Raleigh Classic Car Auction.
NC State Fairgrounds Expo Center and Jim Graham Building
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.
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#2 We’re also looking at this 1964 Thunderbird with red paint and black upholstery.
Here’s the pitch:
“The current classic car market is the best that it’s ever been, and the iconic cars of yesteryear are skyrocketing in value – but can you get in on the ground floor of the lucrative and promising collector car scene for less than $50,000?” Obviously our cars aren’t definitively priced, but using your knowledge of the classic car market, your experience at past auctions, and our brochure for the upcoming auction we imagine we could still come up with a good list. Use our website to find the perfect car to start a collection. Try to keep it under $50,000, and if we get enough responses, we’ll post the list later in the week.
We’ve got a few ideas to get started. There’s a spiffy looking 1964 Corvette here that’s one hundred percent original. Not only does it have a fully functional 327 V8 and 3-speed manual combo, it also looks fantastic with its silver paint and red interior. Best yet, it’s estimated to go between $36,000 and $45,000 at auction in December.
We’re also looking at this 1964 Thunderbird with red paint and black upholstery. It’s equipped with a 390/300-horsepower engine, a Factory Chrome Package, and a Roadster Kit, and it’s estimated to go for under $40,000.
These are just a couple of cars that stand out to us in the next edition of the Raleigh Classic Car Auction. Take a good look at our brochure and let us know what you’re excited to see in December. Also, make sure you’ve registered to bid if you haven’t already.
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In the novel, Fleming’s inspiration for the car came from old grand prix racing cars that were fitted with aircraft engines after the First World War. There were several cars made for the movie, but the “star” was built by Alan Mann Racing out of Hertfordshire, England. It was road-worthy, powered by a Ford 3000 V6 engine and bearing the UK registration GEN 11.
IMCDB tells us the film also featured a number of other classic cars and replicas, mostly of European make. Ms. Truly Scrumptious drove an 8-horsepower 1909 Humber automobile. A 1912 Austro-Daimler 27/80 PS and a 1914 Panhard & Levassor Type X 19 also made appearances in the film.
GEN 11 has the most enduring legacy, though. It went up for auction as recently as 2011, where it went for $805,000 to Sir Peter Jackson of The Lord of the Rings fame. We don’t have much more to add except that if you’ve been able to make it through this blog post without singing the song to yourself, we aim to fix that.
The Winter edition of the 2014 Raleigh Classic Car Auction is rapidly approaching, so make sure you watch this space and our social media outlets for more information.
Why pay someone else to do it when you can spend a nice Saturday afternoon giving your ride a little TLC? You’ll save a few bucks, and there’s something satisfying about doing it yourself. At the end of it all, you can stand back, watch the soapy water stream down your driveway and admire your shiny, clean car. But it takes more than a quick rinse to give your car a top notch car wash. Here’s a quick guide that will have you washing like a pro in no time.
What you’ll need
- A hose with a spray nozzle
- Two buckets (one for soapy water and one for rinsing)
- Car washing sponge or mitt
- Tire brush
- Car washing soap (don’t use dish washing liquid)
- Wheel cleaner
- Microfiber towels
- A portable radio (it makes the whole process much more enjoyable)
A little shady
Move your car into the shade. Washing it in direct sunlight will cause the water to dry too quickly and you’ll just end up with yucky residue and streaks.
Top to bottom
Give the whole car a good rinse, then divide your car into five sections: Top, front, sides and back. If you have any "treats" from birds left on your car, you can pre-treat them with a bit of undiluted liquid car soap. It’s important to get rid of bird poop as soon as possible since it is highly acidic and can ruin your car’s paint.
Give the roof of your car a good scrubbing with soapy water. Rinse and repeat with each section of your car. You should scrub firmly, but don’t get carried away. If there’s a bit of sand or something gritty in the mix, you’ll just end up scratching your car.
Make sure you rinse your mitt often in the bucket of rinse water and replace the dirty water with some fresh water as needed.
Don’t forget to give the tires and wheel wells a scrub, too. Use a scrub brush to get in those hard-to-reach places. This is especially important if you live in a cold climate that uses salt on the roads.
Don’t let you car air dry. Get the excess water off with the chamois, and then dry it the rest of the way with your microfiber cloths. Use a unique "tire cloth" for the tires so you don’t get any residual grease on your nice clean car. Once the tires are clean and dry, you can give them a squirt of a tire shine product.
If you follow these easy tips, your car will look just as nice (or even better) than it would’ve if you had taken it to a professional car wash.
Looking to Consign your car?
Your car's interior is something to be proud of. Use these tips to make it look like new longer.
Everyday use of your car causes wear and tear on pretty much every part of the vehicle. Although your car's interior isn't the same as a mechanical part, the constant flow of passengers still takes its toll on the interior. Looking after your car ensures that you can get a good price if you ever decide to trade in, and the interior is an equally important part of retaining the vehicle's value. Here are 5 ways to make your car's interior last as long as possible.
- Where you park and store your car can have a marked impact on the condition of the car's interior. The heat of sunlight magnified through the windows can fade fabric and crack leather or plastic seat covers. Always park your car in a cool, shady place, ideally in a garage or car port. If you have to park your car in the sun, use windshield guards to protect the interior from the sunlight.
- Carry an emergency stain-removal kit in the car, wherever you go. This should include dry, clean cloths for soaking up any spillage as soon as it occurs. Keep a small knife in the kit so that you can quickly and cleanly scrape up greasy stains, such as lipstick. Keep a very small bottle of rubbing alcohol to hand, which can break down oil-based marks and stains. A small bottle of diluted upholstery cleaner will also come in handy. Check with your dealer if you are unsure which products are suitable for your car.
- Think carefully about how you store and carry items in your car. Without care and intention, your cargo can easily damage your car's interior. Boxes with sharp corners or protruding staples can easily tear fabrics. Dirty boxes and crates can leave stains and scuffs, and bottles of liquid can easily fall over and leak. Wherever possible, carry your cargo in the trunk, ideally secured by straps or fasteners. If you must use the cabin space, lay down protective sheets or tarp before placing boxes and bottles on the seats.
- Consider treating your car's upholstery with a protector. Products like this can be purchased cheaply and should simply be applied to new or cleaned upholstery. The product then creates a barrier on the surface of the upholstery, which causes liquids to form small beads, rather than soaking in. This makes it much easier to clean up spills.
- You might want to think about banning food and drink in the car. Food and drink spills are some of the most common stains on car interiors and can be very difficult to remove after a short time. Rather than worrying about how to remove the marks, consider preventing them in the first place. If you are on a long car journey, you can stop off for a snack and a drink, keeping those potentially sticky contaminants out of your car.