Sarasota, Florida, Dealership Offers Classic Cars and Muscle Cars to Buyers Globally
1957 Mercury and 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
SARASOTA, Fla. – July 3, 2014 – PRLog — Doug Page, Larry Gilliland and Marcy Gilliland have announced the best quarter ever for their classic cars dealership, which now operates as American Classic Car Sales Inc.
It was the best quarterly performance for the classic cars business since its predecessor opened more than two years ago. “We have continued to grow since Day One,” said Larry Gilliland.
Now located at 1683 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, Florida, American Classic Car Sales offers classic cars as well as muscle cars in its 21,000-square-foot location. Among the new arrivals are a very rare 1957 Mercury with only 60,000 original miles and a classic 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle for which the previous owner spared no expense in restoring.
American Classic Car Sales sells and ships cars to American classic car fans all over the globe. It also takes consignments, marketing cars for sellers in Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, out of town, and out of state. It has a 5 Star rating on eBay for 100 percent customer satisfaction.
Every boy, and a lot of girls growing up, have a dream car, or a special car that you think, one day your going to have one of those. You picture yourself driving down the road, you hear the noise of the engine, you know that you have the power to kick down the accelerator and it will throw you back into the seat, even if your already doing 80. Some boys outgrow the dream, some don’t. The ones that don’t, restore these amazing cars so the rest of us can still enjoy them.
Top Muscle Cars
If you don’t keep up on classic collector cars, you would never guess what the top wanted and most expensive U.S. car is. The 1971 Plymouth Hemi cuda convertible. There were 11 built, 7 of them were originally sold in the U.S. The car sold new in 1971 for $3700. One of these cars sold in 2007 for $2,500,000 and was said to be a steal for that price. It was expected to sell for over 3 million.
1964 Ford Shelby cobra 289 roadster
There were 528 of the Mark 1 model produced. The first 75 were made with a 260 cu in engine, the rest were set up with the 289. Many were set up for racing. You can pick a non racing version for around $329,000. A racing version sold for $1.2 million in 2005.
Newer versions of the Shelby Cobra were made with bigger engines and better performance. Shelby was set on making sure the cobra was better than the Chevy Corvette so he was constantly tweaking the drive train to make it faster.
1970 Chevelle ss 454 ls6 convertible
There were 50 of these cars built. This classic collector car out of the factory put out 450 horsepower. To buy one brand new in 1970 would have cost you $4800. Now you can get one for around $400,000.
1971 Pontiac GTO Gudge Convertible
There were 17 of these classic collector cars produced. This one sold in 2007 for $300,000. 1971 was the last year the Judge was made and so few of the convertibles were made that the demand is very high for these cars.
1969 dodge charger RT 440 hardtop
When I was in high school, my best friend had 2 of these cars. He spent most of his time adding and changing the cars. They are now worth $170,000. He beat these cars hard, and he used all the power that was under the hood. One sweet car and a rush to ride in.
He had a 6 pack on one of them, we were going down the highway at aver 120 one time, and he kicked it to the floor and the acceleration threw me back into the seat hard, even at that speed.
1968 Ford Shelby GT 500 KR
530 of these were produced with the 428 cobra jet engine. One recently sold at an auction for $191,000.
1969 Chevy Camaro z-28 ss coupe
This model had the induction cowl hood, the special grill, 4 wheel disc brakes, and more horsepower than you know what to do with.
1969 Chevy Camaro z-28 ss coupe
This model had the induction cowl hood, the special grill, 4 wheel disc brakes, and more horsepower than you know what to do with.
These were all the cool cars that we were driving when we were growing up. These cars were the cars that everyone could afford at the time. It’s hard to look forward 40 years and think that a 2009 dodge Neon will sell at an auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There will not be another bunch of cars like these ever. The classic collector cars in 40 years will be the classic collector cars that are already expensive now, not the average cars that anyone can buy.
These exciting automobiles prove that America has produced some of the best cars in the world
It seems safe to write that millions of people love classic American automobiles. The beauty and technological achievements of these cars has dazzled folks since the early 1900s. Fortunately, rather than discard these cars in junk yards, many people have restored these precious automotive marvels so future generations can gaze upon them.
The following is a list of the 5 best classic American automobiles – and they were all made in America, not some other country such as Japan, Korea or Italy. Cars from these countries are fine, but they aren’t American cars.
Moreover, it’s possible some impressive old models may not be in this compilation, since there are so many contenders, but this list could represent a pleasing approximation, and that’s good enough for this writer.
1. 1949 Mercury Eight Custom Coupe
The Mercury Eight, whose advertiser’s penned the tagline: “The car that truly dares to ask ‘Why’?,” essentially boasting that this automobile offered both power and economy. The car’s engine was a version of the Ford flathead V8; it could push the vehicle along with 95 hp and attain up to 20 mpg in fuel efficiency, not bad even by present standards. In those days, you could buy a “Merc” for about a thousand dollars, making this a very practical car, and many thousands of people coughed up the dough to buy it.
Over the years, the Mercury Eight has become a favorite of hot rod enthusiasts, as the accompanying photo to this article will attest. Many customized versions of the Mercury Eight can be seen on the road as well. By the way, various Mercury Eights make appearances in the movies “Rebel Without a Cause” and “American Graffiti.”
2. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Tri-Five
The Tri-Five Chevys, as they were called, manufactured from 1955 to 1957, are some of the most collectable cars on the planet, and perhaps the greatest of these illustrious Chevrolet autos is the 1957 model, with its distinctive, jutting tailfins, “twin rocket” hood design and tri-color paintjob. Perhaps even more impressive is that the 1957 Tri-Five models offered the choice of seven different V-8 engines, including a Rochester, fuel-injected, high-compression 283. Also sporting 283 hp, this is the first production line motor to achieve 1 hp per cubic inch, making this notable auto a production line hot rod!
Needless to point out, “rod rodders” and customizers love the Tri-Five Chevys and countless ones can be seen on the road and in car shows. After all, millions of Tri-Fives were bought by people around the world. Maybe you own one.
3. 1965 Ford Mustang
The first-generation Ford Mustang was billed as a pony car, – a compact passenger vehicle that emphasizes stylishness, affordability and performance. Among other pleasing aspects, the interior of the Mustang offered bucket seats and a floor shifter, both very popular with folks in those days. Priced at about $2,300, the Mustang was a bargain and its swept back look proved quite popular with buyers. The available engines varied somewhat, but the most popular seemed to be the 289 cubic-inch V8 with either a two-barrel or four-barrel carburetor.
The introduction of the pony car spawned many imitators, including Chevrolet’s Camaro, Plymouth’s Barracuda and AMC’s Javelin. Understandably, there are still many first-generation Mustangs on the road, while many of its imitators are rusting in junk yards.
4. 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood El Dorado
At least one full-size personal luxury car belongs on this list. The Fleetwood El Dorado was a two-door convertible with a plethora or accessories, including front and rear safety belts, variable ratio steering, optional heating pads beneath the front seats and seatbacks, headrests, reclining seats and an AM/FM stereo system. The engine was a 429 cubic-inch V8 with 340 hp, which included a patented quiet exhaust system. Moreover, this model had a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, first used in 1964 Cadillacs.
For luxury, power and performance, the Cadillac El Dorado was pretty much top of the line, with the exception of the Buick Riviera and the Lincoln Mark series. Nobody makes these beautiful cars into hot rods, of course; when possible, they keep them in mint condition purely to impress.
5. 1964 Pontiac GTO
Although the first muscle car may have been the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, the Pontiac GTO was one of the more prominent muscle cars to emerge in the American car market in the middle 1960s. With numerous options available for the 1964 “Goat,” as it was sometimes called, maybe the best package included a 389 cubic-inch engine, with a four-speed manual transmission and 3 two-barrel Rochester carburetors, comprising a “six-pack,” as they were nicknamed. This car could reach 60 mph in about six seconds or around a 100 mph in the quarter mile.
Some GTO models included a Bobcat kit, providing higher compression and advanced timing, adding 30 to 50 hp to the vehicle, as long as high octane gasoline was used. When properly tuned and maintained these Goats were monsters of the road.
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Buying a classic car is, for many, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Whether buying a prize example of their first car 30 years on or reliving childhood holidays in a fine example of dad’s old saloon, classic car ownership is about enjoyment and relaxation. But the sheer enthusiasm with which many people enter into the purchase can sometimes blind them to the harsh realities of owning and running a classic car.
I have bought and sold many cars in my years running the UK’s largest classic car hire company. In that time I have learnt the hard way how to buy classic cars well. I bought my first classic car in 1993, a rare Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti in black. It was my dream car, having cycled past an identical example every day while at school. I did my research, buying copies of all available Buyers’ Guides and I knew exactly what to look for and what to avoid. Unfortunately, what none of these guides told me was the cardinal rule – buy with your head not your heart. I particularly wanted a black Alfasud and when I clapped eyes on the car this was the over-riding thought in my head. It blinded me to the reality of the car’s obvious flaws, including suspect electrics and typically Alfa-esque rust holes. Floating on a wave of dream fulfillment I convinced myself that these were idle matters and coughed up the asking price to a probably flabbergasted owner.
When you go to buy a classic car bear in mind two simple rules. Firstly, it is not the only example of its kind in the world. Regardless of how closely its specification matches your desires, there will be another one out there. Secondly, picture the asking price as money in your hand – this will help you to appreciate the value of the purchase. Very often cars are bought and then paid for later, which gives plenty of time for circumspection! I strongly recommend that anyone buying a classic car takes along a friend who can be relied upon to be objective – they can reign you back when your enthusiasm takes ov er.
When I bought the Alfasud I managed to bring it back to a respectable standard, but it cost me to do so. That taught me another rule of car buying – objectively assess the cost of repairing the car before you buy it. Know the market value of any car you plan to buy – what is it worth in average condition and what is it worth in excellent condition? Objectively assess the value of repairing the car’s faults by researching the cost of trim, bodywork, mechanical work and so on. Do not under-estimate the cost of apparently minor work – scuffs and scrapes on the paintwork can cost hundreds of pounds to put right. If a seller says something is an ‘easy fix’ you have to wonder why they haven’t done it themselves.
When you go to view a classic car do your research first. Check the buying guides. Visit web forums and ask questions that are not immediately answered by your research – generally forum contributors are very happy to help. Talk to the experts – marque experts who repair cars on a daily basis are often very happy to offer advice because you may become a customer. Talk to people who own similar cars – a good place to start is with classic car hire companies who run classic cars over several thousand miles every year. I often get asked by would-be owners about the cars I run and I am always very happy to offer advice based on living with classic cars day in and day out. Before you view the car ring the owner first and run through a checklist of questions – this will save you a wasted journey.
Besides the actual car itself, there are two other areas to pay particular attention to when you view a car. Firstly, the owner – the old adage about buying a used car from a man like this obviously applies. If the owner is genuine, the chances are that the car is too. And of course, the reverse is true too. Secondly, have a look at the paperwork thoroughly – check that the contents back up the description of the car in the advertisement and from the owner. The paperwork should be well presented rather than a jumble of paperwork that is difficult to decipher – if the owner can’t be bothered to organise this detail, what else has he skimped on?
Your test should include full inspection inside and out and underneath, ideally using a ramp (local garages are often happy to arrange this – the seller should be able to sort this out).
On the test drive you should start the car from cold – insist before arrival that the seller allows you to do this – and you should drive at least 5-10 miles at the wheel. Check for unusual noises on start up – particularly knocking – and monitor the dials throughout the test. Check that the oil pressure and water temperature perform as expected. Check the brakes – do an emergency stop. Rev the engine through the gears and test rapid gear changing. Drive the car quickly around a corner to test the suspension and steering. Test all of the switches, particularly the heating – failed heaters can be a costly and very inconvenient expense.
if you like the car you’re looking at, buy yourself some thinking time. Don’t be railroaded into a quick decision by the vendor. Often the seller will genuinely have a lot of interest in the car – if so, depending on how you feel you should ask for either overnight or at least a few hours to think about it. if you are serious you could offer a small deposit as a demonstration of good faith. It is better to lose £100 than several thousand through a rushed decision. I would recommend viewing the car at least twice in daylight.
This is inevitably not an exhaustive assessment of what to consider when buying a classic car but if you follow these simple rules you will stand a much better chance of buying the right car for you. Buy with your head not your heart and buy with a closed wallet.
Graham Eason owns and operates Great Escape Classic Car Hire, the UK’s largest classic car hire company. He is responsible for a fleet of 50 classic cars for rental and has bought and sold countless classic cars over the last 17 years. He has learnt the hard way what makes a good classic car purchase – and what makes a bad one.
Today the term muscle car refers for all sorts of cars with large engines and great performance. However, “back in the day” it described mid-sized automobiles that had big engines stuffed between the fender wells. Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs were not considered muscle cars by the purists. Even today many gear heads only consider the mid sized cars from the 1960’s as true muscle cars. Everything else is a sports car, pony car or just a plain old car.
So what was the most important of these original muscle cars? We have chosen five of the most popular cars for a retro comparison to determine the king of the hill. The selectee’s are the 1961 Chevy Impala SS, the 1964 Pontiac GTO, the 1964 Ford Fairlane, the 1966 Dodge Charger and the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. Let the showdown begin.
1961 Chevy Impala SS
Many consider this the first true muscle car. A 409 cubic inch motor was dropped into the Chevy Impala and a legend was made. With the help of the Beach Boys and their song about the car (‘She’s so fine, my four-oh-nine’) it became an icon for the baby boomers. Chevy’s marketing for the car described it as designed “for young men on the move…(who) won’t settle for less than REAL driving excitement.”
Keeping your investment in great shape is crucial if you are a true enthusiast. What’s the point of using inferior car detailing products in order to save a few dollars, if in the end you are damaging your prized muscle car? None really, so as they say in all things, “you get what you pay for”. It is no different when it comes to car polish. Probably the best wax your money can buy is Carnuba wax. It is made up of of aliphatic esters (40 wt%), diesters of 4-hydroxycinnamic acid (21.0 wt%), ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids (13.0 wt%), and fatty acid alcohols (12 wt%).
I digress, back to the topic of performance for these puppies…
Performance was very good for the era with Motor Trend driving one from zero to sixty on seven seconds and completing the quarter mile in 14 seconds at 98 mph. The car became a legend.
1964 Pontiac GTO
The GTO was another marketing success for General Motors. Although the car was not the fastest car on the market it quickly became successful as an all a round muscle car. It was relatively affordable, relatively fast and relatively handsome. Many consider it the first modern muscle car. Although that is debatable, it is definitely the first successful muscle car in terms of sales.
Performance was very good with Car Life and Motor Trend both measuring zero to sixty times of less than seven seconds and quarter mile times of around 14 seconds.
1964 Ford Fairlane
In 1964 the Fairlane was redesigned and the tail fins were removed. Other improvements included upgrades to the suspension in order to improve ride-quality. Interior enhancements included full carpeting for the floors and turn signals that turned themselves off after the steering wheel was turned. However, the big news for 1964 was the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt was one of fastest dragsters ever produced by a manufacturer. Ford stuffed a heavily modified 427 cubic inch engine with two four-barrel carburetors mounted on a high-riser manifold into the relatively light weight Fairlane. The car had a ram-air induction system with air vents mounted in openings in the grill left by deleting the inboard headlights.
Other modifications included: equal-length headers, a trunk-mounted battery, fiberglass hood, doors, fenders and front bumper, Plexiglass windows, and other lightweight options included deleting the rear door window winders, carpeting, radio, sealant, sun visors, armrests, jack, lug wrench, heater, soundproofing, and passenger side windshield wiper. Performance was amazing. Gas Ronda dominated NHRA’s 1964 World Championship by running his Thunderbolt through the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 124 mph. Later, the NHRA changed the rules to require 500 models of a car to be manufactured for Super Stock competition, and Ford, which had been losing $1500 to $2000 on each Thunderbolt sold at the sticker price of $3900, gave up. In the end, it was the NHRA and its ability to change the rules that stopped the Ford from dominating the drag strips for many years.
Although the Fairlane faded form Ford’s performance spotlight as the Mustang took off. It came back in 1966 and 67 as a very nice looking car. Large engines ‘encouraged’ great performance numbers also.
1966 Dodge Charger
Although it resembled a Coronet with a fastback, the production Charger carried design cues from the Charger II concept car. Both maintained the swoopy fastback that was very popular during the mid-sixties. The electric shaver grill used fully rotating headlights that when opened or closed made the grill look like one-piece. Inside, the Charger used four individual bucket seats with a full length console from front to rear. The rear seats and console pad also folded down which allowed for more cargo room inside. In the rear the full length taillights carried the Charger name.
The car was radically different than anything else on the road and when fitted with a street Hemi it was one of the fastest cars on the road. A Hemi equipped car could do zero to sixty in less than seven seconds and the quarter mile in about 14 seconds. It was a big and radically designed car. And best of al, it was fast.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner
By 1968, muscle cars had become fast, luxurious and expensive. The young people that consisted of the primary market for these types of transportation had been priced out of the market. Plymouth recognized this and exploited to its fullest potential. First, the stripped down a Belvedere to its most basic form and then gave it a large motor. Then the marketing department found a simple way to change the image of the car from that of a bare bones racer to a unique automobile. A popular cartoon character and a unique horn was all that was need to bring this car to the masses.
The Road runner was an instant success. The combination of affordability plus outstanding performance had won the day again. Performance was remarkable with 13 second times for the Hemi and 15 second times for the base engine in the quarter mile.
All five of these muscle cars were trend setters in their day. But the one that appeals to this author as the greatest of the early muscle cars is the 1966 Dodge Charger. It was a radical departure from the past with its fast back design and the four passenger bucket seats. It just looked like a muscle car. Performance was strong and the price was reasonable. The 1961 Chevy Impala Super Sport is a close second and if more had been made it may have actually won this little competition.
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