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A Family Legacy

When the local high school needs a car as a prop for their school musical, they go to Erie Auto Salvage. When the local fire department needs a car to practice on, they head to Erie Auto. And when customers all over want a friendly face and a warm reception, they, too, turn to Erie Auto. This Colorado yard is known for its friendliness, community spirit and, importantly, having the right part.
2018.06.14 04:56 PM

Harper's Salvage

It was a picturesque lake and plenty of family memories that sold Jody and Zara Harper on Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Not only did they enjoy visiting there, the couple decided it was ideal for the newest location of their family business, Harper’s Salvage, Sales & Service. Now they’re firmly entrenched in a successful enterprise that’s in a neighboring state from the original location.
2018.06.14 04:48 PM

Collector Car Appreciation Day is July 13, 2018

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be officially celebrated on July 13, 2018. The date marks the ninth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
2018.06.01 06:24 AM

Great American Insurance Group Introduces Program for Classic Car Restoration and Repair Shops

The Alternative Markets Division of Great American Insurance Group has announced a new national program in conjunction with Grundy Insurance. The program focuses on coverages for antique and classic car restoration and repair shops across the United States.
2018.06.01 06:22 AM

Original Venice Crew Announces Rivalry Challenge for Charity

The Original Venice Crew (OVC), which builds the official continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Competition Model, has thrown down the gauntlet in the name of charity to Aston Martin and Jaguar. During a press event in Southern California on May 18, 2018, OVC CEO Jim Marietta reignited the rivalry with these two European automakers. The Original Venice Crew is challenging them to race their continuation heritage classic cars against the classic Shelby continuation model.
2018.06.01 06:22 AM

1953 Skylark Prices Flying North

1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and potential sold for $25,500 in eastern Wisconsin. One month later, in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Neil Young sold his red 1953 Buick Skylark, reportedly the first on off the line, for an astounding $400,000 on Dec. 9. Both of these sales were off the charts.
2018.04.10 07:52 AM

Classic Success

When Brian Smyth and Jason McClure were 14 years old, one of their favorite activities was to play tag among the cars in the recycling yard. Fast forward to adulthood and they’re still running around the yard - this time in a more official capacity, as co-owners of Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix, Ariz. It’s been a journey propelled by a lifelong passion for cars and a powerful friendship.
2017.10.06 09:18 AM

Volkswagen as Collector Cars

Chevelle and Mustang are always tops of the popularity list for classic collector cars. But, there are many others that are in high demand, include Volkswagen. The German car company published an article on its website, www.vw.com, about the popularity of some of its models as collectors, especially the Volkswagen Beetle.
2017.08.03 09:41 AM

Classic Cars

To an untrained eye, the ‘49, ‘50 and ‘51 Chevy look pretty similar. But Brandon Prihoda, co-owner of RPM Classic Parts in Albert Lea, Minn., can point out the little differences - from the fender trim to the grill. And knowing RPM Classic Parts, it’s more than likely that Prihoda has those parts in stock. This classic parts business is the “go to” place for vehicles and parts from the 1930s to the 1960s.
2017.06.29 02:33 PM

Spend Your Tax Return On A Classic Car Investment Fit For The Whole Family

Recent trends in the classic car market have illustrated that returns on investments are better than ever with sales at the high end of the market offering up to a 500 percent ROI for smart investors. Trends are heating up at the entry level end of the market with more modest cars beginning to appreciate in value. Our experts have some suggestions as to how you can invest your tax money in something tangible that you can enjoy with your family for years to come - an entry-level classic car.
2017.06.05 09:23 AM

Classic Muscle Cars That Are Easy to Restore

Restoring a classic car or truck is a labor of love. And, just because you find your dream car, doesn’t mean it will be a dream to restore. Obtaining restoration parts for repairs can cost more than your classic will ever be worth. But, starting with certain classics can make the job easier.
2017.06.05 09:23 AM

Classic Parts For Sale

If your classic vehicle isn’t quite ready to cruise into show season, don’t worry. PartsLocator.com has an online Classics Search that can help you find all the parts you need.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

Celebrate Memorial Day With The Top Down

The 2017 summer unofficially kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - 29, 2017 and car clubs from across the country will host events to celebrate. Whether you own a restored classic or are just an admirer of classic vehicles, there will most likely be a classic show and shine event planned somewhere near you. Here are just some of the shows scheduled, by region, for Memorial weekend 2017.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

CLASSICALLY GREEN

Being green isn’t a fad for Ken Freeman, owner of East West Auto Parts, Inc. in Tulsa, Okla., it’s a lifestyle. So when Freeman decided to build an auto recycling facility from the ground up, he knew he wanted it to be efficient, use recycled materials and have a minimal impact on the environment surrounding it.
2017.01.05 12:13 PM

Classic Parts Locator

The classic vehicle restoration marketplace is the biggest it has ever been. According to Money.CNN.com, auction sales of collector cars passed $1 billion in 2013. Owners are also spending big money to restore and / or upkeep their vehicles. SecondChanceGarage.com stated owners spend nearly $1.9 billion a year on classic vehicle restorations.
2016.06.28 10:42 AM

The New Classics?

What if you could buy a vehicle, knowing it would become a classic? With a deep understanding of the market, the collector car experts at Hagerty released their annual list of vehicles that stand out as likely collector cars within the next 25 years. In order to be considered for the “Hagerty Hot List,” the vehicle must be produced within the 2016 model year with an MSRP of less than $100,000.
2016.06.06 07:40 AM

One Awesome Machine

The best ideas seem to just happen. Like, who would have planned to pair an automobile and an airplane and build something completely different? Gary Corns, of Colorado Auto & Parts in Englewood, Colo., that’s who. The thought came to him while he was digging through a local airplane salvage yard for a completely different project - customizing the company’s 1956 Ford Vanette. The van, used as a rolling billboard for the company, has a tricked out interior that looks like an airplane interior.
2016.06.06 07:40 AM

A Passion For Classics

Jeff Hoctor loves classic vehicles. It’s a love that runs deep in his family. His dad, Donald Hoctor, started Hidden Valley Auto Parts in Maricopa, Ariz., an auto recycling facility that specializes in classics, in 1961. Donald was a body man and had the idea to buy some property to store and recycle vehicles used for repair. As it turned out, he couldn’t part with the vehicles. “We wanted to keep the cars instead,” explained Jeff. Hidden Valley Auto Parts soon amassed a large inventory of classic vehicles and organically became a large classic specialist, in fact some of the original cars are still around.
2016.06.06 07:40 AM

Top 10 Collector Convertibles For Long Term Investment

Summer is the time for crusin’ in a convertible! And Forbes.com has created a list of the top convertibles for summer which are affordable vintage ragtops and may even increase in value over time. Forbes created the list from car insurer Hagerty, www.hagerty.com, and all the vehicles on the list sell for $5,000 to $35,000. Hagerty called the vehicles “sound financial decisions” that are reasonably reliable with repair parts readily available.
2015.07.06 06:14 AM

Collector Car Appreciation Day Is July 10

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next “Collector Car Appreciation Day” will be celebrated on July 10, 2015. The date marks the sixth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
2015.07.06 06:13 AM

Classic Cars Have Reached the 1980s And Newer

There was a time classic and collector cars meant metal, fins and muscle. Now, in 2015, many classic vehicles have come off the assembly line in the 1980s, 1990s and even the 2000s. Hagerty Insurance, which specializes in collector car insurance www.hagerty.com, noted that it covers vehicles from the 1980s and newer if they meet certain criteria. That’s good news for collectors of newer vehicles that want a break on insurance rates.
2015.07.06 06:12 AM

Old May Become New Again

If you’ve ever wanted to own a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Competition roadster, but don’t have $1.9 million lying around (the current cost per Hagerty’s Classic Car Price Guide), you could be in luck. A new bill was introduced that would allow companies across the United States to manufacture turnkey replica cars from kits. This could be a huge win for collectors that don’t have the time or expertise to build their own car. A complete kit for the 1965 Shelby Cobra costs around $12,000 - $20,000, for example.
2015.07.06 06:11 AM

OLD SCHOOL

Lynn Deyarmond loves to tell funny stories about the man she affectionately calls “my Papa.” “He has a beautiful personality,” she said. “He’s just a little strange at times.” How strange? There’s the time he noticed a dead bird on his desk, casually pushed it off to the side, and calmly continued working, Deyarmond recalled. “That’s just how my Papa is,” she added. “Nothing bothers him. Nothing worries him.”
2015.04.20 05:25 AM

Late-Night Legend To Star In Car Show

CNBC announced legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will return to television hosting a new primetime series for the network.
2014.10.31 06:06 AM

Classic Vehicle Yard Auctioned Off

Hundreds of classic vehicles and parts have just been auctioned off in Enid, Oklahoma. On June 7, 2014, VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC auctioned off the remains of a classic salvage yard owned by Oliver Jordon.
2014.07.08 04:49 AM

Collector Car Bills Pass In States

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has reported on several Collector Car bills that have recently passed in states across the United States.
2014.07.08 04:42 AM

Fuelist Ready To Launch Classic Car App

Fuelist LLC announced it has received approval from Apple, Inc. for the download of the “Fuelist” collector vehicle valuation mobile app. The app is designed to target the classic vehicle market by giving a classic vehicle’s value.
2014.07.08 04:35 AM

Passion Drives Classic Salvage Yards

Recycled auto parts are more accessible now than ever before. There are millions of late-model parts available at thousands of auto recycling facilities across the United States. Call one of these facilities and if it doesn’t have the part, it can find it and have it to the customer in days. Classic and restoration parts are a completely different matter. Classic yards, those that specialize in classic parts, are a different animal from late-model yards.
2014.07.08 04:23 AM

Sportscar Warehouse

Byron Carlson's weekends were much different than most of the other students he attended college with at the University of Texas (UTexas.edu), located in Austin, Texas.
2013.12.02 12:11 PM

Mustang Plus

From the time Joe Saitta Jr. bought his first Mustang, at age 16, he was hooked. The vehicle became his passion and inspiration for his future career.
2013.12.02 11:26 AM

CRUISE NIGHT

Summer means warm weather, grilled hot dogs, swimming pools and cruising with the top down. It also means that once a week about 700 classic vehicles park at Mark's Auto Parts & Recyclers, Inc. in East Granby, Conn.
2013.11.25 12:30 PM

1969 Camaro ZL1 Sells For $500,000

A rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sold for half a million dollars at Mecum Auction’s Chicago 2013 event on Saturday, Oct. 12. At $500,000, the Camaro ZL1 took the second seat in the top ten sales. As number 23 of just 69 built that year, the ZL1 was restored to its original factory specifi cations and presented as an excellently documented example. A Harley Earl Corvette, a 1963 General Motors styling car, took top honors at $1.5 million. The event was held at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.
2013.11.04 12:21 PM

A Great (And Sometimes Only) Option For Corvette Repairs

Corvette restoration is a huge industry. More than 1.5 million Corvette vehicles have been produced since Chevrolet first introduced the make in 1953. A quick Google search for Corvette restoration guides brings more than 1.5 million results. Corvette owners consider it a hobby to maintain their pride and joy. That’s why Corvette owners demand the best parts for their vehicles. Many times, the best parts are used parts.
2013.08.05 10:13 AM

AutoTraderClassics.com Offers Classic Projects Sweepstakes

AutoTraderClassics.com is giving consumers a chance to win the cash and tools to make their dream automotive projects a reality with the “Big Project Giveaway” sweepstakes. AutoTrader Classics opens its second entry period (June 22 - September 10) to win a check for $5,000 along with a set of tires valued at $2,000 from Coker Tire.
2013.07.08 02:29 PM

Artist Upcycles Classic Wrecks Into Functional Pieces

For some, the next stage of end-of-life classics isn’t a rebuild, but rather a reutilization of their classic lines and beauty. Jake Shelton is an award-winning hot rod artist who creates car sculptures and functional automobile art, www.jakesheltonart.com. His pieces have been used in the Ironman 3 movie and sold to famous personalities.
2013.07.08 02:22 PM

Historic Vehicles Drive Anti-Ethanol Message To Congress

Members of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) joined congressional leaders and industry experts at the June 19, 2013, “Fuel for Thought” Rally on Capitol Hill. The event raised awareness of the corrosive effects of ethanol-blended gasoline on automobile engines and the dangers of consumer misfueling. Hosted by theAmerican Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in partnership with the SAN, the event drew car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders from across the nation.
2013.07.08 02:17 PM

Auction To Feature Dealership Collection Of Classic Vehicles

Five hundred classic vehicles from the 1930s - 1970s will be up for auction on September 28 - 29, 2013 near Pierce, Neb. The collection is owned by Ray P. Lambrecht, who owned Lambrecht Chevrolet Company from 1946 - 1996. The collection also includes 30 - 50 Chevrolet vehicles that are essentially new and never sold, most have 10 miles or less and still on the Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO).
2013.07.08 02:08 PM

Rescue & Restore

Marcell Bailey didn’t just restore a classic 1956 Imperial, she saved it. “My husband was going to junk it because he wanted its 354 HEMI motor to build a rat rod,” she explained. “It was a straight, clean car that just needed a lot of love. I said, ‘Why don’t we fix this car for me to drive?’”
2013.07.08 02:07 PM

Hot Rod TV Showcases CTC Auto Ranch's Classics

When HOT ROD Magazine’s (www.hotrod.com) web show, “Roadkill,” contacted Allen Williamson about filming at his Denton, Texas classic auto salvage facility, he didn’t hesitate. In fact, CTC Auto Ranch, the 35-acre business he co-owns with his father Dale Williamson and brother David Williamson, was the perfect location for the show. Hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, were looking to buy a car from an auto recycling facility, make it run, do burnouts, add nitrous, drag race and then auction off the vehicle at the end.
2013.07.08 02:01 PM

Tips For Buying Used Classic Parts

Auto recycling facilities that specialize in classics can really be a treasure trove for restorers. Many of these yards have thousands of classic vehicles onsite and are always out buying up more. One auto recycling facility out of thousands in the United States may have the exact car you’re restoring, guaranteeing a supply of parts. But the key is to find your diamond in the rough, which can be a challenge.
2013.07.08 02:01 PM

Car Kings

June into the Discovery Channel (DSC.Discovery.com) on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET and you can watch two auto recyclers who have turned a hobby into a hit show.
2013.03.12 11:00 AM

Spit & Polish

The 2010 IT show hadn't quite ended when owner Greg LaPoint approached the event's organizer, Bill Weaver, and offered his facility, LaPoint Discount Auto Parts in Holland, Ohio, for a future show.
2013.03.12 10:57 AM

Saintly Work

with the help of a staff who is familiar with what it takes to persevere.
2013.03.12 10:57 AM

Living Legend

Everett "Cotton" Owens was a fixture in the auto-racing world from 1950 to 1973 as both a driver and owner. During the 1950s, he won more than 100 modified races, earning him the moniker "King of the Modifieds."He had nine victories in NASCAR's premier series, now called the Sprint Cup. Some of racing's biggest names drove his racecars, including, David Pearson (2011 Hall of Fame inductee), Buddy Baker, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson (2010 Hall of Fame inductee) and Mario Andretti. NASCAR named Owens one of its 50 greatest drivers of all time to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1998 and nominated him as a possible inductee for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame. It's an impressive career and one that begins with auto salvage.
2013.03.09 03:32 PM

History Restored

When Darrell Amberson thinks of the classic 1946 Dodge WC pickup that he restored, he thinks of a quainter time in history.
2012.10.10 10:40 AM

Sioux City's RockN Rods

For two nights only, hot-rodders from around the Midwest got the chance to roll up to a starting line, do a couple burnouts and then race head-to-head through the heart of downtown Sioux City, Iowa - and it was all legal.
2012.09.14 10:13 AM
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