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When you restore a classic or collector car, chances are very good it has a few miles on it, let alone quite a few years! Well, one car company, Volvo, would like to recognize you for your ability to keep one of their cars in running shape for so long. (It's always nice to get a little recognition from the original builder of the car!)
The Volvo Heritage Club was launched in November 2012 to recognize and celebrate long-term or high-mileage Volvo owners.
Do you belong in this exclusive club? Membership is for anyone who meets one of these eligibility requirements:
- An owner who has had one or more Volvos for at least 10 consecutive years
- An owner whose Volvo has more than 100,000 original miles
- An owner who was a member of the former Volvo High-Mileage Club
"We decided to launch the Volvo Heritage Club with one distinct difference from our previous High-Mileage Club," said VCNA President and CEO John Maloney. "This club acknowledges our passionate owners who may have had many different Volvos over time but never had a particular car with high mileage. When you combine both long-standing loyalty and high-mileage achievements, well, that's a club that truly represents the heritage of a car brand."
Once accepted into the new Volvo Heritage Club, members will get a commemorative Volvo Heritage Club medallion to display on their Volvo. They'll also get previews of new product offerings, access to exclusive promotions and offers, and special invitations to Volvo events and more.
Volvo Heritage Club medallions will be issued for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of consecutive ownership, as well as these mileage milestones: 100k, 200k, 300k, 400k, 500k, 750k and 1,000,000 miles.
Think you meet the membership requirements for the Volvo Heritage Club? Sign up here.
And if you'd like to watch a PBS video about a 1966 VolvoP1800 still going strong after 2.7 millon miles, click here and enjoy.
While browsing through some videos on YouTube, I came across a 4-1/2-minute home movie that someone took on a trip to Havana, Cuba. It's amazing, but at first glance you'll think it's a video about a classic car show somewhere in Florida!
Virtually all the American cars in Cuba are from the Fifties, thanks to the blockade imposed by the U.S. in 1960. So you can imagine what kind of fine shape they must be in to still be on the road! (Without access to original car parts, Cubans make their own parts or scavenge them from other cars.)
Though several of the cars in this video have already been identified, you can try identifying them as you watch as well. You'll also enjoy a short travelogue of today's Havana.
Interestingly, you'll also see traffic lights that have digital timers to let drivers know how many seconds are left until the green light and red light change. That might not be a bad idea in this country (though I could think of some drawbacks).
In this video you'll see classic Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Chrysler, and even a vintage Mercedes-Benz.
In Eastwood country the classic car hobby is still huge and it isn't uncommon to see a lot of cool cars cruising when the weather is nice, but during the east coast winters it is pretty rare to see anything of interest rolling around. Recently I was grabbing some breakfast at my local diner spot and I spotted a muscle car roll up that I haven't seen in my area before. It was very cold outside and not really an ideal time of year to be driving a muscle car. I watched intently to see what sort of person would get out of the car. To my surprise a family of 4 crawled out of the car and walked into the dinner. The owner didn't lock the doors, didn't look back to check on it, didn't really seem too bothered he was driving a pretty unusual muscle car. It made me wonder if he really didn't realize it was such a unique car, or if he just was a local at the diner and trusted the area? I didn't get to chat with them, but I snapped the picture above on my way out. It looked to be a survivor car in pretty decent shape considering it didn't seem too be babied. I'm still surprised by the cars that people drive like normal-everyday cars. This is a reminder that in the end of the day, it's a car, it's meant to be driven and the best drives are the ones taken to do the most normal things, like eat breakfast with the family. Cherish your time with your favorite car and the people that are important to you, no matter what condition your ride is in.
Every year the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson collector car auction gets larger. This year they've announced it'll be the largest yet with some of the most rare, valuable, and interesting vehicles for sale. The 2013 auction also has the largest number of Shelby vehicles for auction at one time. That includes the rarest Shelby Mustang of all-"The Green Hornet". We can't wait to see what some of these vehicles go for and we'll be participating in the fantasy bidding just like you! We decided to take a sneak peak at the auction list and pick out our 10 favorite vehicles (in no particular order) being offered up this year. Which one is your favorite?
1. Clark Gables 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE
Even these days Clark Gable is a name that most everyone has heard of, he is undoubtly one of the top American actors of all time. This rare 300SL Gullwing was purchased new by him in Hollywood for under a measly $8k. The car has lived a pampered life and was professionally restored in 1989. Other than a few modifications, some of which Clark himself had done, the car is as nice as it came off the showroom floor. Whoever buys this should definitely buy the Gone With The Wind soundtrack and cruise around doing their best movie star impression.
2. 1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A SS CASTAGNA ROADSTER
This car is one of the most rare and sought after antique cars in the world. These cars were the most expensive Italian cars built and only owned by extremely high profile and wealthy people. This car is 1 of 2 known and is definitely in the nicest shape. Most recently the car was in the Harrah's collection (yes like the casino/hotels) and this is the first time it has been available to the public in close to thirty years. The new owner of this probably will never drive it, but I suggest that he learns Italian and imports a driver from Italy to complete the full effect.
3. 1986 PORSCHE 959 PROTOTYPE
Normally auto manufacturers don't want their prototype vehicles to get into the hands of the public and often they're destroyed. In this case, a small number of preproduction prototypes for the Porsche 959 got out to the public. Most of these cars were destroyed after the release of the 959 or during testing. This car was an ABS and chassis test mule and faired pretty well over the years. It's one of the more highly-photographed prototype 959's on many high speed road course tests throughout the world. The car still wears its original, never-released lightweight wheels and tires. We think the new owner should get some period correct race wheels and sticky tires and take it to a few track days to let the old girl stretch her legs like she was built for!
4. 1968 SHELBY EXP 500 "THE GREEN HORNET PROTOTYPE"
This car is the rarest of Shelby Mustangs known and it was a prototype twice. After Ford decided they didn't want to follow through with the GT/SC program, they sent this factory prototype to Shelby to use as the prototype for the EXP 500 Mustang. Again it only stayed a prototype and Carroll Shelby and crew's EXP 500 Mustang plans died with this car. For many years this car was thought to be destroyed like most prototypes, but was eventually found and restored. This is THE only Green Hornet Shelby Mustang in existence. We think the new owner should pamper this car and bring it out for special events.. as long as it doesn't stay hidden away and forgotten like it was for decades before!
5 FATTY ARBUCKLE'S 1919 PIERCE-ARROW 66 A-4 TOURER
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one the biggest comedians and actors of his time and the highest paid. He had the money to do and buy whatever he wanted. In 1919 he had this Pierce Arrow built. This car is one of those antique coach built cars that REALLY looks the money it demands. This car has been owned by many high profile owners and had a 100-point restoration during it's 90+ years. I think the new owner should be careful where and what he's driving on with those white tires!
6. THE ORIGINAL #1 BATMOBILE BY GEORGE BARRIS
Batman and the Batmobile have been a staple in the modern entertainment world. Every new version of Batman produces a new Batmobile. This legacy was started with George Barris when he built the first fully functional Batmobile for the 60's Batman TV series. This car started life as a Lincoln Futura concept car that George bought for $1 directly from Ford Motor Company. He later hand built the car for the Batman series. This car defines an era and is surely going to make Batman fans go wild. George Barris himself has never let the car go and it's up for auction for the first time EVER. I'd say this car will either complete the ultimate Batman collection or start a downward spiral of owning rare Batman collector items. Either way I'd be sure to buy a vintage Batman costume and sit in the car while watching old episodes of the show and yelling "Bam!", "Pow!", "Zap!".
7. 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L-88 OWENS/CORNING RACE CAR
Corvettes from this era aren't exactly the most desirable, but this one is very important to Corvette racing history. This car was almost unbeatable winning podium positions in the '69 12 Hours of Sebring and the '69 and '70 wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This car has been restored back to its look from its days of 24 hours of Daytona and will make any Corvette fan have wet palms. I think the new owner should at least take it out once in a while for a track day, maybe the new owner of the Porsche 959 Prototype will want to rent laguna-seca for the day?
8. RING BROTHERS "PRODUCER" CUSTOM 1965 MUSTANG COUPE
The Ring Brothers need no introduction to the custom car fans. They've been building some of the most insane masterpieces of classic muscle cars we've seen and we always enjoy checking out what they're debuting at SEMA each year. This '65 Mustang coupe was nicknamed "Producer" and was debuted at SEMA 2012. This car is as mean looking as it gets, mostly because of the four inches it's been widened and those big aggressive wheels. This car swept up at the Goodguys last year and it proves again why the Ring Brothers are one of the top car builders. The new owner definitely needs to take this out to some shows and at least a couple grudge race days to cream some of the Chevy and Mopar guys! Oh and maybe a show and shine or two..
9. 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA CONVERTIBLE
Mopar and muscle fans lust after this vehicle, it's really a unicorn and rarely ever does one show up for sale. This Plymouth Barracuda convertible is one of eleven built and it's in phenomenal condition. This car is a lot more rare when you start comparing it to the other Hemi 'Cuda convertibles. It was one of two cars built for Canadian export and the ONLY one that left the factory with the "Plum Crazy" color. If you're a muscle car collector bidding on this you'd probably have a tough time picking between this and the Green Hornet! The new owner needs to take it out with the top down on some cool summer night drives with their loved one in the passenger seat!
10. CR1S 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM ROADSTER
If Chevrolet had their heads in the same place classic custom cars guys did, they'd build something like this. This '62 Corvette has been converted into a custom roadster that looks incredible, but has race car performance. This car truly pushes the custom car world and won the 2009 SEMA/GM Best Hot Rod award. This car has so many details and one off modifications it's hard to take them all in. The new owner should definitely find the buyers of the Ring Brothers Mustangs and challenge them to a track day, that'd be interesting to say the least!
Whatever you're into, there will be something crossing the auction blocks for you. Tune into the SPEED channel today (Wednesday January 16) through Sunday (January 20) for live coverage and get in on some fantasy bidding!
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