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6 Reasons to Add Classic Cars and Real Estate to Your Investment Portfolio

Classic cars and real estate… two investments you can enjoy while they go up in value if you choose carefully and maintain them well.

Albuquerque Real Estate and Classic Cars
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It’s a fairly common saying that your home is an investment (hopefully one you enjoy) and classic cars have the potential to be great investments, too.

So, How Can Real Estate Be Connected to Classic Cars?

I’m going to use Albuquerque real estate as an example for this, though some variation of the idea can be expanded on anywhere in the country…

In an area like Albuquerque, where weather conditions and New Mexico classic car scene provide an abundance of low-rust cars that haven’t seen snow or road salt in winter, there are some things car enthusiasts may want to look for when shopping for real estate – mainly a good place to park their classic cars, of course.

  • Real estate tip #1: One of the first things experts recommend looking at in real estate is location. Some basic tips are to (a) check the crime rate for the neighborhood you’re considering, (b) check out the landscaping at neighboring homes to see if neighbors tend to their lawns, and (c) browse around the neighborhood to see if houses seem t have junk piled around them. (This is kind of linked to the well-maintained lawns, but junk piled around neighboring homes can bring down the value of all properties in the area even if the front lawn is mowed.)
  • Real estate tip #2: If you want to keep your classic car or cars at home, look for a property that either has a decent garage or room to build a garage. If you invest in classic cars, you don’t want to leave them sitting outside, so having a climate controlled garage space is part of keeping your vintage autos in good condition.
  • Real estate tip #3: Look for property that has a security system, or consider having one installed. This makes the home worth more, keeps your family and property safer, and it helps keep insurance costs a bit lower, which is great because it helps offset the cost of the security system.
  • Classic car tip #1: This may seem obvious, but consider the value of the kind of car you like best… Are you looking for a driver that makes you feel like a kid again with everyone turning to look at your car when you drive past? Or, are you looking for a show piece that won’t be driven often or at all? Investment-wise, you may want one that’s not driven much, to keep the mileage low – but if you want one to drive and enjoy – you might look more at the style that gives you the eye-appeal you want over rareness or its price sticker.
  • Classic car tip #2: Check out the production run numbers to find out how many of the model you’re considering were made. This helps you determine how rare – or how not rare – it is.
  • Classic car tip # 3: Get an assessment of the classic car’s condition. Condition is as important with classic cars as location is with real estate. Then, use the condition information to get an accurate estimate of the car’s value.

So, with these few tips in mind, it’s your turn to start dreaming about how great your new-to-you classic car is going to look sitting in front of your house, and how safe it, and your family of course, are going to be in your great new home.

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Maintain your Classic with a used Nova Engine

Maintain your Classic with a used Nova Engine

Keeping history Alive

In the 1950s and 1960s, passion and feeling were a part of the manufacturing process. The cars were outlandish and the best designs were developed in this era. American manufacturers including Chevrolet, with its Nova, used a lot of chrome and a lot of angles to make the car’s styling statement. The swinging sixties was the era where style developed and in many ways, this era was the birth of cars as art.

Nova’s Aim

The Chevrolet Nova was born in 1961 and came as a coupé, a sedan and a convertible. A station wagon came later in 1962. The car came with a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine, a 3.2 litre inline six and a 3.8 litre inline 6. You can find any used Nova engine today as they came in several other models at the time. It is best to use a traditional Nova engine to do your conversion or your restoration. Cars are best restored with the engines they came with. A used Nova engine is also cheap because it is widely available. In the 1970s Chevrolet added larger engines. There was a 5.7 litre engine in the SS version of the Nova and this made it compete with the muscle cars at the time.

This used Nova engine was also available in other Chevrolet and Cadillac cars at the time and there was a street race and drag race era which supported the sales of the SS Nova. The Nova was an affordable car at the time and was comfortable and sporty. The car came with a 4 speed manual, a three speed manual, a 2 speed Powerglide and a 3 speed automatic. These transmissions were available on all the engines while the best to get is the 4 speed manual. A special edition Nova came out in 1977 and came with a canvas roof and brilliant white paint. These cars had special badges.

Nova in the Current World

The Nova is a classic car in every sense and they drive up to today, as daily cars. This is so because the car has several used engine choices which could all fit the chassis. Chevrolet put a used Nova engine in some of their light trucks in the early 1980s. The 5.7 litre engine is a pushrod design and was adapted to suit current fuels.


Collectors praise the Nova for its beauty. It has lasted for a long time as an American classic and represents an era where American engineering was at its peak.

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Find Out About Limited Editions and Famous Classic Cars Collectibles

Find Out About Limited Editions and Famous Classic Cars Collectibles

68 Yenko Camaro
By Dana Hurt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Owning your first car is a generally your first opportunity at freedom. Looking out in your driveway and seeing your car sitting there reminds you adventure is just a highway away; the open road ahead and a blank map create stories to share for generations to come. A car has always been a direct reflection of the owners personality and attitude. Some individuals have gone beyond just a one car driveway and have moved into the collector phase, filling large warehouses with numerous automobiles, old and new. A famous classic car collection is as easy as adding some rare limited editions and famous classic cars collectibles to your collection.

Once the bug bites it is very hard to resist the urge to continue adding vehicles to your garage. Eventually as you find your collection growing; it will be time to really give your collection something special; nothing is as special as a Limited Edition classic automobile. The vintage model has always made car owners feel special, that they had something just a little bit better then their neighbor; a Limited Edition Classic can do the same for your collection.

Finding classic cars used to be relegated to driving old country roads in search of the barn treasure or field find that was a diamond in the rough. Now, with the internet you can find lost classics in just a few simple clicks all from the comfort of your living room.

There are vintage car auctions everywhere, and car restoration services can take a pile of rust and transform it into something that is factory fresh. With cars this easy to acquire you owe it to yourself to ensure the next addition to your collection is unique, something that will not only add value to your collection, but also clout. A Limited Edition or Limited production can do exactly that.

Shelby Mustang GT500
By Michael Gil from Calgary, AB, Canada (Shelby Mustang GT500) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The vintage vehicles today are nothing more then a gold badge package, maybe leather seats, perhaps a nice stereo. In the days of old a Limited Edition most likely included special dealer performance packages, or in certain cases, a local speed shop taking a vehicle and unlocking potential that the factory overlooked. Two notable examples of this were the Yenko Camaro and the Shelby Mustang, two icons in American Classic collectible muscle.

The Yenko Camaro and the Shelby Mustang were not all that right off the factory floor. Each was considered a muscle car in the year they were produced, but they were the diamonds in the rough that a gear head searches for.

Don Yenko and Caroll Shelby took these cars and gave them radical performance upgrades before selling to the general public. Once they had been enhanced their value and reputation increased dramatically, coupled with the fact that these two individuals only performed these modifications for a few years has made these vehicles highly sought after in any serious car collection.

Whether you are making an addition to your collection or just starting one, a Limited Edition Classic Car is a great place to start looking. These cars offer a rare insight into an age when being the leader of the pack involved raw horsepower and muscular lines, add one to your collection linking the past and the future, as these cars are timeless.

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Why People Love and Collect Antique Cars

Why People Love and Collect Antique Cars


Antique Car
By Stephen B Calvert Clariosophic (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Antique cars and classic cars collecting, restoring, and showing have become the number one pass time for many classic car enthusiasts. Whether you’re new to antique cars as a hobby, or a seasoned collector, the internet has information on classic cars, car parts, accessories, car shows and antique car sales, and more.

The first antique automobile was made in 1672 by a Chinese monk, and was steam powered. Then, around 1769, The Cugnot Steam Trolley was capable of transporting humans was produced. Other steam engine cars followed. By today’s standards, the steam car would be considered a green alternative to modern gas guzzlers. New hybrid cars still don’t operate on nothing but steam power like the steam trolley did over two hundred years ago.

It wasn’t until 1806 that the first car with an internal combustible engine appeared. The internal combustible engine cars began to hook us all on vehicles that were powered with the use of gas and oil. In 1885, a more modern version of the internal combustible engine car was introduced. Even electric cars were designed very early in the twentieth century, but faded out in favor of gas powered vehicles. The Ford Museum, in Detroit, MI. still has a running, working model of Ford’s first electric motor on display. Antique Ford cars are highly collectible and well known in classic car circles.

There are several eras of collectible automobile history. Each era has a specific term to define the particular types of classic cars made during those time frames. Knowing certain antique car terms can help you to decide which antique car era you want to focus on as an antique car collector or restorer.

Classic cars from the 1890’s and earlier are termed “Veteran Era” antique autos. From around the 1900’s to 19190, those classic cars are generally referred to as the “Brass”, or “Edwardian” era collector cars. A very popular area for antique car collectors is the “Vintage” 1920’s era classics. Through the 1930’s to the 1950’s, there are “Pre-war” era classic cars. 1950’s through 1970’s are termed: “Post-war” classic or antique cars.

Cars that are twenty years old or older are generally referred to as “antique” cars. Another classic and collector car term you will hear is the term: “muscle cars”; which generally refer to sports cars made between the 1960’s to 1980’s. Whatever your classic antique car interest may be, the internet gives all the information, history, and antique car sales.

Antique Car collecting and restoration is a hobby practiced by people all over the world. Even American celebrities fall in love with them. Jay Leno, in addition to hosting the Tonight Show, is known for his huge collection of antique cars and motorcycles going all the way back to the early 20th century. Past stars known for their love of cars are Larry Hagman and Steve McQueen.

One of the reasons people love antique cars is that, for them, it brings back childhood or teenage memories. Maybe they had their first date in that car, or that is the car the family when on annual picnics, or maybe it was the car to have when they were young but they couldn’t afford it. The nostalgia market is worth billions of dollars and those longing for the antique autos of their youth account for only a small piece of it.

1963 Aston Martin DB5

1963 Aston Martin DB5


By Sicnag (Aston Martin DB5) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Sicnag (Aston Martin DB5) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Certainly one of the most famous cars in the world today,the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 represents one of the pinnacles of car design, performance, and sheer speed that has impressed and delighted car aficionados the world over. The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 is a grand tourer in the luxury style that was manufactured by the Aston Martin Company as part of their DB line of vehicles. This was a successor to the DB4 models which had been quite popular. The “DB” stands for David Brown, who was head of the Aston Martin Company during that time.

Of the many features of the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 are the all aluminum engine,durable ZF five speed transmission, and three SU carburetors which gave this series a boost in power over the previous DB4 line. Standard equipment included reclining seats, electric windows, two fuel tanks,chrome wire wheels,and even a fire extinguisher.All of the models came with two doors and four seats.

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 could attain speeds of 145mph and certainly made an impression. Of course, it is most famously known for being the 007 Aston Martin DB5 as driven by James Bond as played by Sean Connery in the 1960’s films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”.Later in the series,the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 was seen again driven by Pierce Bronson in “GoldenEye” and Tomorrow Never Knows and finally, by Daniel Craig in the remake of “Casino Royal”.

It’s look was so famous that when Roger Moore, who played James Bond in the 1970’s to the mid 1980’s make an appearance in “The Cannonball Run”, he drove the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 that reminded viewers of his James Bond persona, although interestingly enough he never actually drove the Bond Aston Martin car while in the James Bond movies.

There were three versions of the Aston Martin DB5, the first was known as the “Vantage”, which was introduced in 1964.It had even greater speed, although was not as flexible as the previous model.

There were only 65 models of the coupe version produced.  So it’s not surprising that there were only 123 models of the Aston Martin DB5 Convertible produced, they are also highly sought after, especially those built with left hand drive as only 19 of those were made.

The third and most interesting of the versions was known as the DB5 “Shooting Brake” series.An estate car used mostly for hunting and could carry the equipment used in the rear of the vehicle; very few of this series were produced. It was made primarily for David Brown as he was an avid hunter.

The value of the 1963 Aston Martin DB5, particular those that were used in the James Bond films have made them highly valuable and often go for an enormous price in auctions. In June, 2010 the DB5 that was used in both “Thunderball” and “Goldfinger” was sold at auction for over $4 million, making it one of the highest selling classic cars ever.

The price for this Aston Martin DB5 in 1969 when it was purchased from the company was only $12,000. Given the reputation, style, and fame of the 1963 Aston Martin DB5, it’s sure to be worth more and more as classic car enthusiasts the world over are seeking to own this piece of automotive history.

Hot Wheels Aston Martin DB5 1963
By Seneca Quayle (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Classic Cars – The Best Muscle Cars

Classic Cars – The Best Muscle Cars
By Jason J Junge

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30
By Sicnag (1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as, “any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.”

Although opinions vary, it is often cited that the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is the first muscle car ever created. It was designed with speed and power in mind, using a powerful engine with a lightweight body.

By the mid-1970s some of this market converged into personal luxury performance cars, thus beginning an era where personal luxury trumped lightweight speed.

Performance-type cars began to make a return in the United States during the 1980s, however with new regulations governing safety and pollution combined with increased production costs, these new vehicles were not designed to the formula of the traditional low-cost muscle cars. Introducing electronic fuel injection and overdrive transmission to the remaining muscle car survivors like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird helped sustain a market share for them alongside personal luxury coupes with performance packages.

Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief of the online car review aggregator “Total Car Score” is a self-described fanatic who characterizes muscle cars as his “primary passion.” He compiled a list of what he considers 10 classic American muscle cars, saying, “Vintage car collectors consider these must-haves!”

Karl Brauer’s list:

• 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30

• 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455

• 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

• 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6

• 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV

• 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR

• 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang

• 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi

• 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda

• 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Car buffs sometimes refer to classic muscle cars as “overpowered iron beasts” because these cars were built to deliver and beating and also to take one. They often burned rubber, and were anything but agile. Big, heavy, loud and rude, they embodied everything that was great about the American auto industry of the 1960s and 1970s.

American car-maker Chevrolet offered many different types, beginning with the Corvette in 1953, adding the Impala, Chevelle, El Camino, and Nova to its ranks throughout the years.

Dodge threw their hat into the ring beginning with the 1966 Charger, adding the Challenger and Super Bee thereafter.

Other American car-makers offerings include:

• AMC’s AMX and Javelin

• Buick’s Grand National

• Ford’s Mustang and Thunderbird

• Mercury’s Cougar

• Oldsmobile’s Olds 442

• Plymouth’s Barracuda and GTX

• Pontiac’s Firebird and GTO


When restoring muscle cars, people have differing views on whether staying true to the original factory’s work is the best way to go, or whether improving on anything you can is better. One thing to keep in mind is that a well-documented restoration performed by a renowned shop will always hold more value than one that’s undocumented or completed by an unknown shop or individuals.


Muscle cars are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, however finding one in mint condition is near impossible. Finding one that needs to be restored, and/or customized is a different story. So many different things about these cars can be customized, it is best to do your research on what features you would like to customize before getting a bid from someone.

Most likely people who own custom car shops are huge car fans who have learned the skills to do something they truly enjoy doing. Ask to see some of their work before going with a custom car shop, and remember it’s OK to barter when asking for custom work to be done to your muscle car.

by Jason J Junge, a muscle car enthusiast!

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Classic Cars and Breakdown Coverage

Classic Cars and Breakdown Coverage
by: Carl Phillips

Classic Cars and Breakdown Coverage
Plymouth Valiant image courtesy of Pixabay
Owners of classic cars have typically put in thousands of dollars of parts and labor towards care on their car. And, occasionally, they love to take their car out of the garage and on the road for a spin. But few have thought about what happens if their car should break down while they are on the road.
Breakdown coverage, or roadside assistance coverage as it is sometimes called, is more important for a classic car owner than for other motorists for a couple of reasons.One, many classic car owners only drive their cars infrequently or on special occasions. Over the winter, they may keep their car in the garage and only bring it out once the weather turns milder. Who knows what, if anything, has gone wrong to affect its mechanics or handling ability during the months that it has been in storage? As a consequence, when you do bring it out, you have less confidence in its road abilities than you do in a car that you drive everyday.

Secondly, in most cases, your classic car is a bit more valuable than your everyday car. As a result, if your car does break down on the roadside, you might need a special type of assistance and auto shop to get you back on the road again. Specialized classic car coverage might provide that whereas normal breakdown coverage would not.

According to industry statistics, less than one out of every five classic car owners carry breakdown coverage for their car. Many have avoided thinking too much about it because they simply assume that breakdown coverage for a classic car would be too expensive.

Unfortunately, for those who go as far as getting a quote from many insurance companies, this is exactly true. Which is odd, because, as a rule, unlike many typical car owners, classic car owners are very meticulous about taking extremely good care of their car and keeping it in good running condition.

That’s why, if anything, the charge for their roadside rates should be less. At any rate, this shows why it is important to shop around for a company that has experience in insuring classic automobiles. Such a company will be glad to quote you reasonable rates.

Other car owners have avoided purchasing this type of insurance because they were not aware of the advantages that such coverage would offer. Automobile hobbyists are a special breed. And, while it is true that most owners of these cars could probably fix the car themselves if given the proper tools, parts, and equipment – when on the road, these things will probably not be available to them.

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