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Buying And Collecting Classic Cars and Vintage Watches



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There are a lot of similarities and common themes between vintage car collecting and the world of high-end, luxury watches. For one, both automobiles and fine timepieces are harmonious collaborations of dozens — even hundreds — of components that require routine maintenance in order to stay in proper working order. However, both well-made cars and high-quality watches — if properly maintained — can offer their owners decades worth of trustworthy and reliable performance.

Additionally, much like iconic and desirable classic car models, certain vintage luxury watches have risen to legendary levels of value and collectability. Recently, Paul Newman’s reference 6239 Rolex Daytona sold for a record-breaking, $17,752,500 (including buyer’s premium), making it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold.

With the exception of an engraving on the case-back that reads “Drive Carefully Me”, the record-breaking watch itself is not unlike other reference 6239 Rolex Daytona watches of the time that were fitted with exotic dials that featured an art deco style font for the numerals. However, these exotic dials – which are now highly collectable and known among members of the watch collecting community as “Paul Newman” dials – are referred to as such because of this very watch and its legendary original owner.

In addition to the desirability of “Paul Newman” dials and the important influence of this exact watch on the entire world of contemporary Rolex collecting, Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” Daytona also comes with an amazing backstory. After receiving the watch as a gift from his wife, Joanne Woodward, and wearing it for many years, Paul Newman gifted the watch to James Cox, who at the time was dating Newman’s daughter, Nell. Although James and Nell did not stay together, they remained good friends; and after wearing the watch for a few decades, James decided to sell the watch with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Nell Newman foundation.

Although Rolex does not manufacture the absolute most-expensive wristwatches among the various luxury manufacturers, they are certainly the most well known, and some of their vintage timepieces have a remarkable ability to reach stratospheric prices at auction. Any example of a “Paul Newman” Daytona will rank among the most valuable and highly sought-after Rolex watches ever manufactured, and Paul Newman’s very own, “Paul Newman” Daytona is about as ultra-collectable and expensive as vintage luxury watches can get.

In the world of automobiles, Porsche fills a somewhat similar position that Rolex occupies within the watch industry. Both Rolex and Porsche manufacture high-end, performance-oriented, products that are luxurious in nature yet still practical and reliable enough to use on a daily basis in everyday life. Although Rolex sells far more watches each year than Porsche sells cars, both companies are arguably the most well known, high-end manufacturers within their respective industries, and both brands have become household names that have universal connotations with luxury, performance, and exclusivity.

If a reference 6239 Rolex Daytona is like Porsche’s classic 356, then a “Paul Newman” Daytona is the timepiece equivalent of an all-original, Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster. Today, any vintage example of Rolex’s Daytona will bring in a decent sum at auction; however, if that same watch is in good condition and fitted with one of the exotic, “Paul Newman” dials, then it immediately becomes among the most valuable and highly sought-after vintage timepieces on this planet.

In regards to the collectable vintage market for both cars and watches, condition and originality are always going to be the two greatest factors influencing the value of a specific piece. Additionally, just as not every classic Porsche is a 356 Carrera Speedster, not every vintage Rolex is a “Paul Newman” Daytona. It is really only when scarcity, all-original condition, and a wonderful backstory/provenance come together that auction prices start to exponentially escalate, and reach such immensely high values.

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Electric Ford Mustang Classic Comes To Goodwood Festival of Speed



Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic

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Old hardware gets infused with new tech to deliver what is presumably an exhilarating experience.

Ford brought an electric Ford Mustang to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it’s not the modern electric Mustang you probably expected. This one is on the ‘classic’ end of the spectrum.

Developed by Britain’s Charge Cars, the model in question is a 1960s Mustang with a fully-electric drivetrain. More specifically, engineers swapped out the gas guzzling V8 for four electric motors, one for each wheel to effectively create an all-wheel drive system.

Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic Car

The four electric motors get their energy from a 64 kWh battery pack and generate a combined 536 horsepower and 885 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the electric Mustang to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3.99 seconds, reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h), and drive up to 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge.

Charge Cars plans to only build 499 units of the charged up classic Mustang, and you’ll have to pay a lot to get one. Prices start at at £300,000 ($380,620).

That out of the way, watch this classic 1965 Ford Mustang get drunk on autonomous tech.

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Your Complete Checklist To Restoring A Classic Car



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Restoring your classic car doesn’t have to be scary or expensive.

Despite not being better vehicles than their modern counterparts, classic cars have an irresistible appeal to a lot of automotive enthusiasts. These timeless automotive gems provide their owners bragging rights and great satisfaction, especially when driven around town or shown at car exhibits.

Vintage cars are appealing also very appealing to folks with a penchant for design, engineering, history and art. After all, they are a glimpse of the past — bygone times. Unfortunately, there is a major downside to owning one, and it has to do with the costs associated with restoration and maintenance

Having a professional handle the restoration process could cost thousands just to get the results you desire, but that’s something you don’t necessarily have to do. With a bit of practice and research, your can restore that darling of a car on your own.

This article covers the key things you need to understand and consider to ensure your DIY classic car restoration project is a success.

Garage Classic Car Work Space

Your Work Space

You can’t start your restoration project without a working space prepared. You need to have a clean, warm and shaded working area once you start with your tasks. Ideally, you should do it in your garage so you have access to your tool, equipment and a nearby power outlet. However, if this option is not available, you can try using the barn or perhaps rent in your area.

Your Schedule, Budget And Project Expectations

It’s crucial for you to consider your schedule, before you begin working on your car. This will help you manage your time efficiently. Take note that restoring a car takes a bit long to do especially if you lack the skills and equipment needed. Expect to wait for at least a few weeks to fully complete a job.

You also need to think about your working budget and your project goals and expectations. Find out how much restoration you need to do in order to have a rough estimate your expenses. Then, see to it that you define your goals clearly so you avoid blowing your budget and adding too many tasks on your plate.

Car Restore Tools

Your Work Equipment And Supplies

Professional vintage auto restoration services are expensive because of the supplies and equipment used. You also pay for the skills and experience of the specialist. But, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do the auto restoration task on your own.

In order to restore a car to it’s best condition, you need to examine it closely. Find out what you need to work on. For example, do you need to do a repaint job? How about the engine? Do you need to replace it as well? Once you find out what you need to prioritise, you should start finding where you can source the supplies and equipment.

Then, you should also document the current condition of the vehicle. Take photos of the damaged parts, the original colour and other important aspects and use these are your references when you start working.

Painting Car

Performing A Car Paint Job

To perform a car respray, you’ll need items such as an electric sander and a spray gun. You need the sander and a paint thinner to remove the top coat to allow the primer to settle on the surface properly. Then, you need a spray gun to evenly coat the car’s surface with paint and clear lacquer.

Locating the code in the compliance certificate can help you obtain the original exterior color. After finding it, a local car paint supplier to source the perfect shade for your car.

For a more detailed look at how to pain a car, read our article ‘Do-It-Yourself Tips To Paint Your Car Like A Pro.’

Repairing Damage Parts

To fix any damaged car part, you need to have an auto body kit with you. Use the tools to repair the fenders or other car parts. The car body tool kit should at least contain tools like rubber mallet and pullers.

You should also have an engine tool kit to help you remove and replace damaged engine parts quickly. If you don’t have the device or tools needed, you can try reaching out to auto shops or DIY shops. You have the option to buy or rent the missing items.

Make sure to read the manual or research about the car’s mechanical parts before you start working. This will help you minimise mistakes and streamline the repair process.

Replace Worn Out Accessories, Interior Components

There are several auto shops that offer accessories, dashboard covers and seat covers for vintage car models. To stay true to the original appearance of the vehicle, see to it that you a specialty store to source the accessories and interior components you need. Use the photos from the documentation procedure to find the perfect replacement for your accessories. They might be able to offer you with a product that suits your car.

Alternatively, you can have these items customised. However, this option might cost you a lot of money. Plus, it may extend your project timeline due to the availability of auto specialist who will handle your request.

Ready to take charge of your vintage car restoration project? Don’t forget to use the tips we shared above so you can speed up the process and drive your newly restored vintage car.

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12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 2



1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, front

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These American classics made a name for themselves in a field dominated by Mustangs and Corvettes.

In Part One of our article on second-tier muscle cars, we looked at six of 12 models that are certainly considered genuine muscle cars but failed to make the waves that some of their bigger-engined brothers did. Here are the remaining six lesser known gems of the muscle car era.

1967 Dodge Coronet RT

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

The Dodge Coronet R/T was a special model produced to make a statement. While a more domestic version with a 440 CID engine was available, buyers had the option of a monster.

Yes, according to Selma Dodge (Selma, CA), the Dodge Coronet could be optioned with the 426-cid Hemi. Drivetrain options were Mopar’s excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual.

1964 Mercury Marauder

1964 Mercury Marauder

The Mercury Marauder debuted in the middle of 1963 to take part in the horsepower wars. It was available with the 390, 406, and 427 cubic-inch engines, which could be paired with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 3-speed automatic.

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

The all-new 1965 Biscayne was available with just one engine, a 250 cu in inline-six. That all changed in 1966 when the in-line six became the entry level engine, replaced by the Big-Block 427 cu in V-8 as the top engine.

The high-powered, high-revving 425 hp V8 version with solid lifters proved to be what the doctor ordered.

1965 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sport Coupe

Introduced in 1964, the Pontiac Catalina was 2+2, a full size coupe based on General Motors’ iconic B-body chassis. It sourced its power from a 421 cu in powertrain with dual exhaust, heavy duty front springs, a 3-speed synchromesh manual transmission (a 4-speed with a Hurst shifter came as an option), and a 3.42:1 performance axle ratio.

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

Built by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002 — yes, it was around for that long — the Firebird was a very capable machine. Two Ram Air 400 cu in engines were available for the 1970 model year: The first was the L74 Ram Air III model (335 HP) and the second was a 345 hp LS1 Ram Air IV (370 HP) that were carried over from 1969.

The 1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds.

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

The Fairlane Thunderbolt introduced in 1964 as a limited production, factory experimental model. A total of 100 units were produced — forty-nine featuring a 4-speed and fifty-one making due with an automatic — which was enough to secure Ford the 1964 NHRA Super Stock title.

The Thunderbolt’s combination of Ford’s light weight, intermediate-sized body with a “high rise” 427 cu in V8 powertrain and dual Holley four-barrel carburetors proved to be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR.

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