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Classic & Cruising 1965 Chevrolet Corvair

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the production line and onto the roadways of America with smoothed-out body lines, an absent B-pillar and an upgraded 4-wheel independent suspension. Nicknamed ‘The Poor Man’s Porsche”, the ’65 Corvair had more power than previous year’s models and an improved braking system to complement that extra power.

Nationale oldtimerdag Zandvoort 2010, 1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA, DM-27-60 pic 2

Image of this beautiful 19665 Corvair by Alf van Beem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Second Generation 1965 Chevy Corvair

The year 1965 was the first year of the second gen Chevrolet Corvair line. Corvairs were in production from 1960 through 1969, with the first generation Corvairs produced from 1960 until 1964. 1965 through 1969 covered the second generation.

Was the Corvair Really Unsafe?

One thing that surprised me, when researching to write this article, is that I’ve always heard the car was taken out of production ‘by Ralph Nader’ because it was unsafe. So, I was surprised to learn that Nader only questioned the safety of the first three years’ models of first generation Corvairs because of the swing suspension installed in them – plus he questioned the safety of the entire auto industry – but the Corvair was singled out by the media. By 1964, an anti-roll bar had been installed in the front end of the cars.

That means, the cars dropped from production, six years later, had nothing to do with the cars in question because the safety issues had been addressed in 1964 and then fully redesigned in 1965 models. Plus, a number of other car models – produced by Mercedes, Renault and Volkswagen used the same type of swing suspension and were not pulled into the safety debate in the same manner.

’65 Corvair Specs

A 140 horsepower engine was installed in the rear of the 1965 Corvair, and it measured 183.3 inches in length from bumper to bumper.

The wheelbase of the ’65 Corvair was 180 inches, and measured 69.7 inches wide and 52.8 inches high.

According to a paint color card shared on Corvair.org, there were 15 available exterior colors for the 1965 Corvair and 7 interior colors.

’65 Corvair Exterior Colors

  1. Black
  2. Light Blue
  3. Maroon Poly
  4. Yellow
  5. Gray
  6. Light Green
  7. Dark Blue
  8. Red
  9. Dark Yellow
  10. Fawn
  11. Dark Green
  12. Turquoise Poly
  13. Orange
  14. White
  15. Ivory

1965 Corvair Interior Colors

  • Ivory
  • Fawn Poly
  • Charcoal Gray Poly
  • Charcoal (I have to confess I’m not clear on the difference between charcoal gray poly and plain charcoal. If anyone has info on it, I would welcome your input.)
  • Red
  • Light Green
  • Turquoise Poly

How Many Corvairs Were Built in 1965?

A total of 235,438 Chevrolet Corvairs were built in the 1965 production run. The breakdown of the numbers for each specific model are:

  • 17,560 Corvair Series 500 4-door hardtop sport sedans
  • 36,747 Corvair Series 500 2-door sport coupes
  • 20,291 Corvair Corsa Series 2-door hardtop sport coupes
  • 8,353 Corvair Corsa Series 2-door convertibles (making this the rarest of the ’65 Corvair models.)
  • 37,157 Monza Series 4-door hardtop sport sedans
  • 88,954 Monza Series 2-door hardtop sport coupes
  • 26,466 Monza Series 2-door convertibles

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By Laure Justice

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How Social Media Can Help You Buy or Sell a Classic Car

Social media has become a lot more than just a way to share funny pictures of cats and snapshots of your lunch with your friends. Today’s social media venues can be used to help with selling anything from toothpaste to classic cars, and that’s why you may want to consider using it when you want to buy or sell a classic car.

Using Social Media to Sell Your Classic Car

Using Social Media to Sell Your Classic Car image courtesy of Pixabay

Can Social Media Really Help Me Sell a Classic Car?

Quickly finding a buyer for your classic car means getting your money faster. That’s where social media can really help.

When you put your listing and information about your car in front of other car enthusiasts on social media venues, sure, some of them are just there to enjoy looking at cars – but others are there to find the car of their dreams.

So, if more people see the classic car you’re trying to sell, it’s logically going to sell faster, and it’s far more likely to sell it at the price you want. This means you shouldn’t have to keep lowering your price until you get a buyer, and you will typically find a buyer more quickly.

How Can Social Media Help Me Buy a Classic Car?

Just like selling, when you put your “In Search Of” ad in front of more groups of classic car enthusiasts, you’re far more likely to find someone with the car you’re dreaming of owning in a shorter time period.

If you have a story about why you want the car, like it’s the kind you had in high school, like the car your dad had when he proposed to your mom, or whatever the story is, share the story. The better the story is, the more it gets picked up on social media, and the better results you get.

How Classic Cars Online US Can Help You Buy or Sell a Classic Car

Our social media services include sharing posts to several major social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook pages and groups, and Pinterest, just to name a few of the spots where we participate in social media classic car groups.

If you choose to pick up our social media services or just want more information, we’ll provide a list of the places your listing will be shared and how many people follow us in our groups at each site as well as how many people are in other groups where we share.

 

Classic Car Valuation Tips

A lot of factors go into classic car valuation, or setting the price on a classic car, including the popularity of the model, the rarity of the car, the provenance or story that goes with the car, and the condition. Gathering all the details to correctly price a car ends up taking a lot of time, and it’s really common for people to assign the kind of prices they see on reality TV shows to their cars only to be surprised and frustrated when they don’t sell. So, take a look at these classic car valuation tips and learn how Classic Cars Online US can help you if you’re looking to sell a classic car.

Classic Car Valuation Tips: 1965 Pontiac GTO

Classic Car Valuation Tips: 1965 Pontiac GTO image courtesy of Pixabay

Researching Classic Car Values

Pricing guides are one of your first sources to look when you’re putting  a price on a classic car, but it shouldn’t be your only source of pricing information. A number of companies put out these guides, like NADA, Hemmings, Kelley Blue Book, and Hagerty’s, just to list a few potential sources. One advantage using pricing guides is that they take condition into consideration. That’s also a problem with them, it’s very easy to misjudge the condition based on a subjective opinion and choose the wrong one. One solution is to be very explicit in regards to the car’s good features and its flaws. Another solution is to compare the results of two or three different pricing guides to see how close the results are.

Adjusting the Price of a Classic Car for Popularity, Rarity, Provenance, and Condition

Understanding and setting a value on these four things (popularity of the model, rarity, provenance, and condition) are the keys to accurately putting a price tag on your classic car when you want to sell it. Read on for the basic details you need to know.

Popularity: Some car models are just more popular than others, and when these desirable models hit the market, they tend to go for higher prices. Here’s the catch, popularity of models tends to go in waves, or trends, and to set an accurate price, you need to know what’s trending. The best way to find this information is simply to do some market research, and that’s one of the services we provide, if you need help with it when selling your own vintage automobile.

Rarity: Rarity is another tricky detail to calculate into a classic car’s price, but it’s an important one. Some cars are obvious in their rarity, but were never especially popular, which reduces their value. other super popular models had a small number of options buyers could select from the manufacturer that made them incredibly rare, even though the model as a whole was produced in the millions. To find this information, you need to go into production run data and find out if your car was rare or not, and this is another service we include in our valuation bundles.

Provenance: Provenance is a little harder to determine in that title information is private in most states, but if you know, for example that Elvis owned the car you’re trying to sell, and you have a picture of him beside it, then your value just went through the roof. Even if your car wasn’t owned by a celebrity, however, the story behind it adds to its value because it’s human nature to enjoy a good story, so if you know the car’s history, don’t hesitate to share it in the listing because it adds value to the car.

Condition: I briefly mentioned condition above, in the section about Pricing Guides, but it’s worth examining a bit more deeply. With condition, you’re going to look at things like mileage, if known, rust, dents, paint quality, interior condition, trunk condition, how it runs – if it runs, and even the condition of the undercarriage. Every detail is important, so ideally, a close inspection is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and to be able to set an accurate price on a  classic car.

How Classic Cars Online US Can Help You With Classic Car Valuation

Our classic car valuation services are designed to give you the information you need while saving you time and effort. At this time, as of 2017, our classic car valuation services include doing the market research for you. we’ll run the specs of your vehicle (based on the condition you describe and any photos you are able to provide) through a minimum of two pricing guides, determine the current popularity of the model, and we’ll research its rarity to find out how many of that particular model were produced.

For more information and prices, fill out the contact form below or send an email to LaureJ@consultant.com and we’ll get back to you right away.

What You Need to Know if You Want to Buy or Sell a Classic Car

The classic car market has changed a lot over the years, and stories of people who got their first muscle car for fifty bucks are pretty much ancient history by today’s standards. Classic car prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, due in part to the “reality TV effect” and in part to the baby boomers who are ready to downsize now that kids are grown and out of the house. Sellers obviously want to get as much as possible for their cars, and buyers obviously want to get the best deal possible, so where is the middle ground? Keep reading to learn what I discovered about today’s classic car market and how Classic Cars Online US can help.

Tips for Buying or Selling a Classic Car: 1958 Lincoln Continental Capri

Tips for Buying or Selling a Classic Car image courtesy of Pixabay

The Reality TV Effect on Classic Car Sales

If you watch TV at all and you’re a car enthusiast, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen one of the many reality TV shows that feature classic cars. That means you’ve also probably seen some pretty raggedy old cars go for thousands of dollars and some really pristine restorations and customizations go for multi-thousands of dollars – and so have all of the other buyers and sellers in the classic car market.

This is where The Reality TV Effect kicks in and creates challenges for old car buyers and sellers.

Potential sellers suddenly think of that old rusty car in the barn or back behind the shed and decide, “Hey, $20,000 would be pretty handy right about now. And, there goes that car, listed for sale on an auction site or posted on an online classified ad, like the ones featured here on the site. The thing is, is it really going to sell with that high price tag on it? Maybe, if the right buyer wants it enough, or if it’s a super rare and desirable model, but realistically, probably not.

Potential buyers, on the other hand, see these same shows and they think about their budgets and the reality of their finances – and they end up with the feeling that their dream of owning a sweet ride like the one on the show is never going to happen. Then maybe, just out of curiosity and a bit of hopefulness, they check out the prices on eBay or some other auction site and browse around through some online classic car classified ads, and they see the listed prices and give up on the dream.

So, where’s the middle ground?

  • What the sellers don’t initially see is that first, reality TV is FAKE even though the word “reality” is used to describe the genre, and two, those other cars just like theirs that are listed at exorbitant prices don’t usually actually sell for those prices.
  • What the potential buyers don’t see, is that – again – for the most part, the cars they want aren’t actually selling with any regularity at the prices they’re seeing.
  • What often happens is that sellers lower the opening price a bit at a time, until a buyer finally takes the bait, but a lot of potential buyers give up and drop out of the market long before they ever see the prices begin to equalize.
  • Tire kickers also happen… meaning that people bid or make an offer on the cars thinking maybe they can swing it, then back out of the deal leaving the seller to start all over at square one.
  • Or, sellers decide if they can’t get what the car is worth, according to their fave reality TV show’s example, they will just keep the car and let it rot behind the shed or in the barn.

The Impact of Baby Boomers on Classic Car Prices

According to Car and Driver, the classic car trend that’s related to baby boomers, is that baby boomers are trying to unload their classic cars, creating a crash in the classic car market. (This is actually the opposite of what I expected – I thought I would find that they had expendable cash and were driving prices higher – but not so!)

That sounds like good news for buyers, right? Not necessarily! The boomers selling their classic rides are also operating under The Reality TV Effect. That means, yes, the cars are dropping into the marketplace, but only at the sky-high prices very few people are actually willing or able to pay.

Tie this to the fact that the classic car market is, according to Hagerty Indices for the classic car market and  CNBC, decelerating, though prices remain high: when The Reality TV Effect and The Baby Boomer Effect collide in the classic car market, and this creates a huge gap between expectations and reality, and a lot of frustration for both buyers and sellers.

3 Simple Ideas for Selling Classic Cars Online

When you’re ready to sell your classic car, you want to get the best price possible for it, you want it to sell a reasonable time period so you can get your money, and you want to avoid the frustration of dealing with tire kickers and having to lower your prices over and over again.

  • What’s it really worth? We recommend getting started with a professional valuation of your classic car, and as a side note – that’s a service we provide through this site if you’re interested.
  • How many people will see it? The more people who see your ad, the better chance you have of getting a good price for it, and listing here on the site plus social media promotion is also a service we provide, so if you want to know more, just ask or check out our Services Page.
  • Get great photos: This is especially important when selling a car over the internet. If you’re asking people to buy your car without actually seeing it first, make sure the pictures you share are clear and plentiful, and provide plenty of details.

3 Suggestions for Buying Classic Cars Online

When you’re ready to buy a classic car, you want it to be in the condition described so you know exactly what you’re getting, at a fair price, and just like the buyers, you want a smooth, frustration-free transaction.

  • If you’re shopping on an auction site, check the seller’s rating, read the description, check the photos closely, and ask any questions you have before bidding.
  • If you’re getting the car financed, get pre-qualified before bidding.
  • Check around to see what similar cars have sold for in recent months. Be sure to consider condition, provenance, and the popularity of the model you’re considering, because, for example, a car that belonged to a celebrity is going to go higher than a car that belonged to a non-celeb.

By Laure Justice

Here at Classic Cars Online US, we’re working to build a better way for classic car buyers and sellers to connect. Our goal is to be that sweet spot – that middle ground – where the deals are fair for both the buyers and sellers – and where the transactions go smoothly for both parties. 

Sellers, if all you want is a place to list your car for sale, hop on over to our classifieds page and we’ll get you set up with a free basic ad that gets attention and runs for one week. If you want some help with pricing and promoting your car, we have packages and professional assistance available through the Our Services page to help you get your car sold without all the extra frustration of dealing with tire kickers and guessing at a price based on something you saw on TV. 

Buyers, let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll get your message out to our readers and social media accounts to help you find your dream car. 

The Unusual and Sleek 1968 Chevrolet Corvair

Few classic cars have a devoted following like the 1968 Chevrolet Corvair and with good reason. This rear engine wonder was first nicknamed the “poor man’s Porsche”, for bringing a sense of style and fun to the average family at an affordable price.

Chevrolet Corvair Sedan, Schaffen Diest Fly-Drive 2013

1968 Chevrolet Corvair image by Robrob42 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ’68 Corvair looked like nothing else on the market at the time, smaller and less curvy than other American made autos, they gave off an aura of foreign durability.

1968 Corvair Color Options

On top of the usual look, the 68 Chevy Corvair color options were plentiful, coming in black, white, red, yellow, maroon, gold, ivory and several other shades of greens, teals, and blues. These included Grotto Blue, Fathom Blue and Island Teal to fit a wide variety of aesthetics.

’68 Corvair Specs

In addition to the air cooled, rear mounted engine, the 1968 Corvair Specs were a little different from other models, with an all-independent suspension and unit construction that allowed it to handle like a sports car. The engines were made to bolt together in 4-, 8- or 10-cylinder configurations. One of which, the 10-cylinder front-wheel-drive setup, was later used in the development of the Oldsmobile luxury car, the Toronado.

The Collectible 1968 Chevy Corvair

The 1968 Chevrolet Corvair remains one of the last affordably priced collector cars available. Its hardy fan base ensures that parts and repairs are easy to come by as well. It has been one of the most discussed and studied cars in the past 50 years. It’s a head turner with its unusual looks for a great price.

References:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-07-12/news/0907090687_1_chevrolet-corvair-motor-trend-heater
http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/corvair.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-23/why-you-should-buy-a-1960s-chevy-corvair-right-now
https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits/Corvair/1968-Chevrolet-Corvair.pdf
https://corvaircorsa.com/pntcpc68.html

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The Finless and Fine 1961 Chevy Impala

The ’61 Chevy Impala rolled off the production line with a few body changes that defined its look. While still built on the B-Body platform, the 1961 Impala was a touch shorter than the 1960 Impala had been. It had a different roofline, and those iconic Impala fins were shaved down into smooth, rounded tail that curved around to house a set of triple tail lights on each side of the car.

1961 Chevrolet Impala

1961 Chevrolet Impala image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1961 Chevrolet Impala) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Full-Sized Boxy B-Body Bubble-Top ’61 Impala

The 1961 production introduced the first year for the third generation Chevy Impala. The dramatic shape of the previous year’s models had been toned down into a boxy, sleek shape.

The 119-inch wheelbase left the ’61 Impala 1.5 inches shorter than the ’60 Impala, and the slightly shortened designed added to the boxy lines.

The six-taillight style in the rear was unique to the Impala, and made this a car that stood out from other Chevrolets when looking at it from behind.

A total of five different engine options and five different transmission options were offered, for a variety of possible power-train combos.

1961 Chevrolet Impala Color Options

According to a color chart provided by Impala Classics, fifteen different color options were available for the Impala in 1961, and two-tone packages were also offered, The colors available were:

  • Seafoam Green
  • Arbor Green Poly
  • Jewel Blue Poly
  • Midnight blue Ply
  • Twilight Turquoise Poly
  • Seamist Turquoise
  • Fawn Beige Poly
  • Roman Red
  • Coronna Cream
  • Ermine White
  • Almond Beige
  • Sateen Silver Poly
  • Shadow Gray poly
  • Honduras Maroon Poly
  • Tuxedo Black

The six interior colors available were: Blue, Green, Turquoise, Red, Grey, and Fawn.

1961 Chevy Impala

1961 Chevy Impala image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1961 Chevrolet Impala) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1961 Chevy Impala Production Numbers

The ’61 Impala was a wildly popular car, with a total of 491,000 produced in 1961, as noted by My Classic Garage.

79,903 of those were convertible coupes, like the Tuxedo Black Impala Shown at the top of this page.

The rarest model of all was the Impala Super Sport for 1961, with only 453 produced with the Impala SS option package.

By Laure Justice

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Chevy Impala?

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The First Gen 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

Esplanade Grand Prix Front

1963 Pontiac Grand Prix image by Infrogmation of New Orleans [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Having an older car in today’s modern world is a big deal in many circles. One such old car is the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix.

1963 Pontiac Grand Prix Specs

The 63 Grand Prix had a 330 Horse Power 389 Tri-Power while also having three different varieties of the larger 421ci engine which was first introduced with this model car.

This powerful machine was part of the first generation Pontiac Grand Prix’s, which ran from 1962 through 1968, with only a few small changes occurring the first two years.

Along with the different motors to give the car a more get up and go there has been a new split grill that comes with an innovative design for headlights for its time on the 63 Grand Prix.

’63 Grand Prix Production Run

With this model of Grand Prix, the production more than doubled any of the previous other versions due to the demand from consumers and how pleased they were with introductions to various features on the new model Grand Prix.

The makers of this car over at Pontiac really put a lot of thought into it when designing this new model of the Grand Prix. They really went all out as far as adding new features that would really entice new customers to their line of cars for that year and it shows around every corner of the vehicle.

Not only did they change the lighting for the Grand Prix along with the engine, but they also added new windows. This really give the car a more modern look for its time frame, and it’s safe to say that they succeeded in any attempt they were going for by tenfold, which is why so many people were attracted to this car.

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The Story Behind the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

The first gen 1959 Chevrolet El Camino is considered a coupé pickup because it merged the lines of a car with the utility of a farm truck, and it was a design with a lot of history behind its making.

59 Chevrolet El Camino

1959 Chevy El Camino image by Vegavairbob at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The History Behind the Creation of the 1959 Chevy El Camino

Long before there was a sporty coupe pickup with great fins and an edgy stance: long before anyone had ever looked at a tough little car-truck and whispered the name El Camino, there was an Australian woman who wanted a nice church ride that could haul some pigs, too.

The story behind the creation of coupé pickups, like the ’59 El Camino, goes back to the early 1930’s, when the wife of an Australian farmer wrote a letter to the Ford Australia company asking for a vehicle that would be suitable to take to church on Sunday and then haul hogs to market on Monday. Then, a few years of development and competition led us to the delivery of the first generation Chevy El Camino hitting the streets.

1959 El Camino

1959 El Camino image By allen watkin from London, UK (1959 El Camino) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

’59 El Camino Specs

With an overall length of 210.9 inches and a wheelbase of 119 inches, the front engine, rear wheel drive ’59 Chevy El Camino stood 56.4 inches tall and came in the buyer’s choice of two series.

The 1959 El Camino 1100 series was the six cylinder model while the 1200 series delivered the power of a V8 engine.

Engine Options for the ’59 El Camino

Seven different engine options were offered in the 22,246 Chevrolet El Caminos produced in 1959:

  1. The 1-bbl 235 ci engine that delivered 135 horsepower
  2. The 2-bbl 283 ci V8 that offered drivers 185 hp
  3. The 4-bbl 283 ci V8 that provided 230 horsepower
  4. The 4-bbl 348 ci V8 with its 250 hp delivery
  5. The 3×2-bbl 348 ci V8 that offered 280 hp
  6. The 4-bbl 348 ci High-Lift Cam V8 that provided 300 horsepower
  7. The 3×2-bbl 348 ci High-Lift Cam V8 and its 315 hp delivery

1959 El Camino Transmission Options

A total of five different engine transmission options were offered in the 1959 El Camino models, including: a 3-speed manual, a 3-speed overdrive manual, a 4-speed manual, a 2-speed PowerGlide automatic, and a 3-speed TurboGlide automatic.

By Laure Justice

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Jeeps History Is As Versatile And Durable As The Vehicle Itself

When you see a soccer mom stepping out of one of today’s Jeep SUVs, unloading a pile of kids, groceries and athletic equipment in today’s modern world you would never guess that the versatile and luxurious vehicles not so humble beginnings evolved from a request from the department of defense prior to WWII over 75 years ago.

Classic Jeep

Vintage Jeep image courtesy of Pixabay

The First Jeep: Enter the Bantam Blitzbuggy

The military was looking to replace the motorcycle and other vehicles in 1939. They reached out to 135 car companies to compete for the right to build the next great military vehicle. One of the three companies that decided to fulfill the militaries need was Bantam. They brought in a man named Karl Probst to help in the design and production.

In 1940 together they had produced the first prototype to meet the military specs called the “Bantam Blitzbuggy”. The military had certain requirements for the new do it all vehicle, one of which was the vehicle had to be 4×4 (four wheel drive).

Bye-Bye Blitzbuggy, Hello Civilian Jeep

Considered by many as the vehicle that won the war, it wasn’t long before the popular new vehicle was in demand just as much in main street as on the allied fronts in Europe and the Pacific. In 1945 the CJ series, named as an abbreviation for “Civilian Jeep” was introduced to the American market and the popularity of this unique and versatile vehicle has never looked back since.

The evolution of the Jeep throughout the years has taken it from a tough warrior in the war and all military activities abroad that have followed since, to a surfers dream vehicle cruising down the beach into today’s modern needs of busy and active families that want toughness, luxury and versatility all in one vehicle.

The Evolution of Today’s Jeep

The popular Jeep C J series has progressed and kept up with the times through all the decades in the second half of the 20th century and is still a popular choice for consumers and militaries throughout the world in the first two decades of the 21st century. The Jeep C J series began to evolve with the upgraded design in the 50’s and deep into the 80’s when the now still popular Wrangler was introduced in 1987.

Today they offer 11 models to consumers and still showing why it always has been and always will be the leader in versatility and durability.

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The Growl of the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe

Most people have never heard of the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe. Nevertheless, if you ever get to own one, the experience is extraordinary.

1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe

Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe image by Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Information on the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe

This coupe is exceedingly rare, particularly when in superb mechanical and cosmetic condition. Built in 1961 by the Borgward Company, it was initially marketed as the Hansa featuring in-house parts, front leaf spring suspension, a water pump, an integrated electrical generator, and a mounted steering pinion and rack.

Although only a few Tiger Coupés were produced, subtle differences distinguish individual cars. The 1960 model is distinctive due to its scalloped tubular bumpers, finned tail lights and the esthetics of its cosmetic blend. With the Borgward company folding in 1961, production of the Hansa 1100 stopped. Other models such as the Sunbeam Tiger (1964-1967) and Sunbeam Alpine (1957-1961) came out two years after the Goliath.

Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe Specs

The Goliath’s four cylinder 1100cc water-cooled boxer engine produces 61hp with a top speed of 85 miles per hour. According to its 1960 Road and Track road test, the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe one horsepower per cubic inch is standard for this model and period. Additionally, the Goliath features a fully synchronized four-speed transmission, a sliding gear shift, and a 6-volt power system and period bias wide wall tires.

A unique feature of the Goliath is its 60-year-old revolutionary front wheel drive train standard in cars today, such as the Subaru. Its furnishing is impressive as well. Interior decor, trim patterns, and materials blend with exquisite detail. Another feature peculiar to the GT Coupe is the white rubber seal on the rear window and front windshield. With a Tiger horn ring, a two-spoke steering wheel, and beautiful interior decoration; the Hansa 1100 coupe is the most coveted model of the Goliath line.

The Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe Experience

A drive in the Goliath is a unique and fun experience ensuring the car’s recognition in motor shows while surprising enthusiasts with its peculiar mechanics. The 61 hp engine is throaty at low revs but smooths out at higher gear ratios providing sufficient torque making the drive enjoyable and satisfying.

References:

  • http://barnfinds.com/hold-that-tiger-1960-goliath-1100-tiger-coupe/ .
  • http://classiccarlabs.com/2016/11/01/incredibly-rare-1960-goliath-1100-tiger-coupe-that-needs-saving/

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