Glimpse of the retro world
Retro cars are a craze among today’s generation too. Though these vintage cars are not like our modern cars with the best facilities but they are the sole ones in their own style with a unique identity. Retro car itself means still ambiguous. The owners of these retro cars have a very loyal and attached feeling towards it. Today many cars like Volkswagen Beetle, Ford GT, Fiat 300C and many other cars really prove to be a resemblance of these old, vintage cars.
Future of Retro Cars
Those retro cars which we loved long time back can become the classic cars of the future. A little bit of change is made and today we can see the retro look is now obtained in all our modern cars.
Volkswagen Beetle: The new Beetle has maintained the retro look of the original one with bug-eye shaped headlights, hunch-back shape and running boards but its technology has advanced in all the ways.
Jaguar X300: Even time passes, but this model did not fail to copy the looks of the old Jaguar XJ40. Jaguar had fitted a supercharger for the first time which threw BMW M5 and Mercedes E500 out of the sports car competition.
Mercedes 500 SL: The fastest and coolest version of Mercedes R107 ever produced which provides a speed of about 140 MPH. A late remake of the 1980’s which is still loved and purchased by many people who were a fan of the Mercedes R107 model.
Cars are the most wanted transports in today’s world. But, retro cars in modern form are more in demand. With the growing technology in these classic retro cars they are becoming the first choice for the audience of this generationand the future. It is worthy to note that the models of the early 1960’s are now occupying a better place in the market.
Glimpse of the retro world
Ask anyone who belongs to the past and, they would definitely say that most of the cars that exist today had their ancestors in the retro versions. Yes, a chevy of today is the re-vamped version of the original Chevy that belonged to the retro era. Though they belong to their ancestral cars, they hold next to nothing about those retro cars. These retro cars have been redefined by giving them the right technology and style mix.
The Retro-Modern Fusion
If you study the Chevrolet Camaro, the model was designed in the year 2002 and, has been recently revamped in the year 2012. Apart from the styling part, the technology and interiors of this car are completely modern. You would observe the name and the styling to be completely retro. Such retro-modern fusion of Camaro has driven it ahead of the competitors. In case of the Dodge Challenger, the car that was first launched in 1970, the muscular styling part remains retro. Another example of the retro-modern fusion includes the Ford Fiesta. Apart from the name, this car holds European styling and the fuel efficiency details as retro.
The Name’s Retro
Oh! And there are these cars that have only the name that sounds retro. Apart from the name, the other details of the car including the features are all modern
The Dodge Dart is one such car that has only the name to call it retro. The features, style, appearance and the interiors plus exteriors of this car bear no resemblance to its retro version
Chevrolet Malibu is another such car that holds a retro name and no resemblance to the retro version. The best part of technology that the modern version holds is the fuel efficient four cylinder engine
So, you would realize that there are many such cars that have retro names and a few resemblances too. But, their modern versions are absolutely unbeatable. Gearheads.org, the edgier source for car information, news, and reviews contains a huge list of intresting articles that deserve your attention.
Retro is the term that is used to define aged styling or culturally outdated styling and there have been many occasions where retro style has come back into fashion in the world of clothing, footwear and other areas. Retro cars are cars that are about 25 to 40 years old and cars that are over 40 years old are known as vintage cars. There are many people who are fond of such cars as they tend to be steeped in history and there may be certain connections that they have with that car model.
Buying Retro Cars
Retro cars are available for sale all over the world with some car dealers who generally tend to specialize in such cars. You also have many garages that will pick up retro cars from the junk yard and transform them into cars that are road worthy by only using parts that were originally made for the model. The retro car business is a huge one in the states and one has to be very careful while buying retro cars so there are many counterfeiters that will pose as dealers and sell you cars that are not truly retro.
Retro Car Rally
There will be a retro car rally held in almost every state in the US and in countries across the globe. A retro car rally is a great place for people to see cars of the bygone era and they can catch a glimpse of some of the cars that were popular cars decades back. If you are a fan of cars, then you would not want to miss a retro car rally that is going to take place near you and do ensure that you take the tour of the cars after the rally where you can get to know more about the cars from their owners and the auto enthusiasts who would have come for the rally.
Buying Retro Cars
The Aston Martin ZAGATO was launched at the London Motor Show way back in 1958. Despite the great success and immense popularity of the ZAGATO, it was subjected to numerous changes by Aston Martin in order to make it compete with the Ferrari 250 GT. However, only 1185 vehicles rolled out under the ZAGATO name up till 1959 from the workshops and its modifications kept coming in batches from 1959 to 1963.
Engine And Exteriors
The ZAGATO was fitted with an aluminium L6 3.7 liter engine which provided an output of 240 horsepower. The ZAGATO was also equipped with the Dunlop disc brakes and offered a 5 speed manual and 3 speed automatic transmission. Another feature of the ZAGATO which left onlookers spellbound was its state of the art body. The car featured an extremely fast paced and super stylish body and the technology used in its engineering was years ahead of the competition. The frame was also made from steel tubes which were sheathed in aluminium. The unique design of this futuristic concept vehicle made it extremely light which vastly helped in improving the dynamics of the vehicle. It also boasted of a top speed of 250 kph.
Changes Made In The ZAGATO After Its First Launch To Make It Compete With The Ferrari 250 GT
In order to make the ZAGATO compete with the Ferrari 250 GT in the auto markets, Aston Martin subjected the vehicle to numerous changes.
The bodywork was completely revamped to make the car look much more aggressive and streamlined.
Steel body parts were also replaced with aluminium and glass inserted light weight Perspex was placed instead of the the car bumpers. Due to these few changes, the machine was able to lose as much as 40 pounds from its weight, which greatly helped in increasing the speed as well as the dynamics of the vehicle.
The ZAGATO was also provided with air intakes on its bonnet and closed fairing head lights.
The ZAGATO was also provided with air intakes on its bonnet and closed fairing head lights.
There are a lot of people in America who collect vintage cars as a passion and some of the collectible cars could also fetch a handsome amount in the retro car sales and auctions.
Amelia Island Auctions
One of the popular places where you will be able to buy and sell retro cars is the auction at the Amelia Island. It is one of the most happening places as far as vintage cars are concerned and you will be able to find the best and the most antique cars on display during the auction. Every year, the Amelia Island auction brings in a lot of vintage car enthusiasts to the island and it is one of the most sought after collectible auctions in this island.
This Year’s Auction
This year there were two main auctions held at the Amelia Island Concours during the first fortnight weekend of March. A total of $53.8 had been collected for the vintage car auctions that had taken place this year at the Amelia Island. This is a sales figure that has been shared by Hagerty which is a collectible car insurer and valuation firm. Some of the leading manufacturer’s cars were on display during the vintage car auction at the Amelia Island like and there was no doubt that the hot favorite this time too was the retro Ferrari cars. Although the approximations at Amelia exceeded over $2 million, the accumulated collectors were devoting close attention to check if the late skyrocketing costs still have space to bleed, or kick out to be an unsustainable ripple. Despite its increasing prices, Ferrari vintage cars seem to be the one that most antique car collectors are looking to buy in most auctions and the story was not different at Amelia Island auction too.
Comparison To Last Year’s Sales
If you compare last year’s vintage car sales at Amelia Island to this year’s retro car sales, you will see that there is a dip in the car sales as last year’s haul was about $59.2 million. This year the Amelia Island auction could only fetch a total of $53 million which shows a sharp decline in the sales figures when compared to last year. The average prices of the vintage cars were more or less similar to what it was last year. There was no rise in the sales of cars this year as only fewer cars were sold when compared to last year’s sales figure.
Cars Sold At Auction
The following are some of the popular cars sold in this edition of Amelia Island Auction:
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Walker-LaGrande sold at $4.51 million. This was the most priced car this auction.
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer which sold at $2.75 million was the car that fetched the second best price at the auction.
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy model fetched a whooping $2.365 million at this year’s auction and was the third best selling car.
Some of the other popular vintage cars that got good value at the auction were 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Derby Speedster, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti and 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta ‘Tuboscocca’ by Vignale among others.
The Ferrari 250 GT featured a 3 liter V12 engine. It was fitted in strong and simple steel frames which were suspended by the wishbones with the help of just a single leaf spring on the front and a live axle in the rear. Most of the 205 GTO engines produced an output of about 290 to 300 horsepower which peaked at about 7500 r.p.m. They also featured a 5 speed manual transmission (something that was unheard of in the 1960’s).
One of the major drawbacks of the Ferrari GTO was its interiors. They could be best described as minimal. Most of the interior portion was featured a gold paint. Unlocking from inside was with the help of a very simple mechanism. Apart from the basic stuff, there was nothing much about the interiors to talk about. However, the amazing looks and the even greater performance more than made up for what it lacked.
The Ferrari 250 GTO may perhaps have been the last car which could compete in international level races as well do normal road duty. It was also most definitely the last front engine car which was able to compete at such high levels. In the late 70’s and 80’s, the value of the GTO also rose tremendously as it became every collectors dream.
The Ferrari 250 GTO
A retro car is something which makes all car lovers go crazy just thinking about it. One such vehicle was the Ferrari 250 GTO. This wonder car came into production in between 1962 – 1964 and consisted of everything one could ask for – amazing styling, award winning engineering and it was owned exclusively by 39 lucky individuals. While most of the modern day super cars may surpass the historical GTO in terms of performance, none can match the style and aura it created in terms of both looks and performance. However, in its time the GTO was one of the fastest cars to have ever been made. Such was its exclusive design and performance that even after all these years, it is one of the most sought after cars in the world. Due to its exclusivity and amazing demand, the GTO has also sold for mind boggling prices such as $15000000. The car was designed as a dual purpose car to compete both in races as well as for street driving. Apart from its in race performances which need no explanation, the Ferrari 250 GTO was also extremely well received amongst people for its amazing body work. However, even though the car continued to win the world over, it was very selective in its owners. So unless one was in the good books of the great Ferrari Enzo or his associates, the best racing car was not available to them as a purchase option (to be continued…)
In the United States the demand for retro cars continues unabated. Because of such demands, many car and auto manufacturers have come up with cookie cutters, copycat, and uninspiring car models all claiming to be retro. This is only a strong indication that when it comes to retro cars, they really rock!
As a matter of fact, the automakers in the United States are trying their best to bring out car models that reach back the cars of the yesteryears. The following is known as the Big Three car and automakers taking time to develop their new breeds of retro cars and the future models, which will soon appear.
But before dealing with The Big Three, you need to know what retro cars really are. Retro cars are actually types of cars that come with styling cues copied from the designs and attributes of cars that were developed one or two generations ago.
These cars are not actually the carbon copies of the earlier models but each of the retro cars you see usually borrows much of its looks from a car that has appeared during the old years.
The United States car and auto market dominates the market for retro cars. The New Beetle Volkswagen was considered as one of the many first cars that have reached back as they want forward. This car was based with the Volkswagen golf platform wherein the circular shape dates back to the era of the flower child while rendering itself as the people’s car.
This type of retro car also offers the flower holder found at the dash, evoking the sweet memories of the models that appeared many years ago.
Next is the Ford Company which also pushed on its way of developing retro cars and it was in 2002 when it rendered the introduction of its Thunderbird in the retro car market. This car has borrowed many of the attributes of the TBirds of the 60s.
Sometime in 2004, Ford has made it possible to come up with its own retro version of the popular 1967 Mustang. This kind of retro car has put so much success in the production of Ford.
Chrysler is one of The Big Three and with its PT Cruiser 2000, it made its way to become a part of the retro car craze in the US. This car is based from the panel vans in the 50s and sales for such retro car model are actually strong.
As of today, retro cars are in the verge of peak popularity. Car owners have that elusive dream of owning vintage and retro cars that have become popular during the yesteryears. And now, owning a retro car is something that can give you a sense of pride. This is the reason why many people from all across the globe want to have a retro car for their everyday travel.
Owning retro cars is no longer impossible these days. When you can’t get the option to buy original retro cars then you have the option to buy automatic retro-inspired cars. As of today, these types of cars are famously offered and sold in many auto shops and dealers all over the world.
But did you know that driving retro cars that come with automatic features is far more comfortable compared to driving the manual ones? Yes, it’s true, automatic retro cars are more comfortable than the manual ones but they are more sensitive during bad weather conditions.
This is the reason why when you make use of an automatic retro car for your everyday transport service, you need to be sure of the proper treatments you should do specifically during unfriendly weather conditions.
During the rainy season, floods and pool of waters on the road usually take place. This is especially true when heavy downpour of rain happens. Here are some few essential things you need to do whenever you are driving your automatic retro car in a rainy day and through high and severe puddles.
Firstly, you should avoid puddles that are as deep as the half of your car tire; doing this thing will prevent your car from getting stuck into these puddles. Remember that getting help is impossible especially when you’re in a remote place at the wrong time.
It is important to position your car wheels to L or low especially when your car is running through a puddle. This is very important to avoid water from entering your car’s exhaust and air filters. Wash the car immediately after it has walked through puddles to avoid water and mud from contaminating your car’s engine area.
Always take time to check the quantity and quality of your car’s transmission oil. It is highly suggested that this procedure would be done by an expert. Cloudy transmission oil simply means water has entered your car’s transmission.
Never attempt to start a car with its transmission entered by water. Call an expert to address such problem.
As of today, executive saloons are very popular but one thing is for sure: only the well-to-do people can afford them. If you are an ordinary individual and you want a Mercedes Benz to be used as your executive saloon, then do you think this is possible?
Of course, yes! As long as you are a smart buyer and someone who knows the ways on how to pick the right ones, then you’ll find it easy to have something like Mercedes Benz to be used as your executive saloon particularly in your everyday transport.
Choosing a pre-owned Mercedes Benz is definitely the answer to your needs. This is true in the sense that used Mercedes cars come with prices that are trimmed as high as fifty percent compared to the price of the brand new ones!
The following are few important guidelines you need to know first before buying a pre-owned Mercedes car for your executive salon.
First, search the market. Remember that the current market is packed with many different products and selling executive cars is potential during these days. A lot of people who own cars simply sell them for certain reasons. This is what you should take advantage of.
Look on the pages of newspapers specifically on the ads section wherein you can find car sales taking place in a certain part of your locality. These are excellent places to buy pre-owned Mercedes cars as most of the time, prices really do down so well.
Ask a friend. Asking a friend if he knows someone who sells a pre-owned Mercedes is another effective way to buy a pre-owned Mercedes car. Through words of mouth, your aim to buy something like a used Mercedes car will definitely flourish in your locality and other nearby places. This will keep potential sellers informed, thus paving their way to contact you the soonest possible time.
Check the websites. The internet is a home of many different types of products and that include used Mercedes Benz cars. As a matter of fact, there are so many different types of website that sell used cars and comparing one site to other sites will give you the best options to come up with the best one in terms of looks, quality, and of course, price.
Executive saloons can go from $48,000 up to $95,000. Buying a pre-owned Mercedes car can give you the option to buy it 50% less of their original value; great news for buyers like you.