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Seven of the Sexiest American Cars Ever Made

02/14/2016

Editor's Note: When Velocity's own Sam Wackerle isn't here at work, you can catch him chasing another record, building another project or crawling through the junkyard. Certifiably a car nut, Sam wanted to share his unique vehicular view with a weekly list, The Velocity Stack. 

No one can deny that the Hennessy Venom GT and the Shelby Cobra should be on any “sexiest” list, but both of their bodies were built in the UK and sent to the US to be fitted with American power.  This Velocity Stack is about home grown American sex appeal.

1963 Corvette Split Window

1963 Chevrolet C2 Corvette Stingray coupe

The C2 Corvette premiered in 1963 and lasted until 1967.  The later years had more horsepower and may receive more attention because of that, but for the first year only the rear window was split down the middle.  It is subtle, but the lines it created catapulted the Stingray into a completely different class of good looks.  Who knew that a small strip of fiberglass would define a car as one of the sexiest ever made.

1987 Buick GNX

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The thing about the 1987 Buick GNX is that nobody saw it coming.  It was a turbo charged muscle car in the middle of one of the worst performance decades for American cars.  It was as fast as a Corvette, but you could put groceries in the back.  No one can deny that the all black mystique of the GNX is simply tantalizing.

1967 Pontiac GTO

1967 Pontiac GTO

In 1964 Pontiac coined the termed and brought in the “muscle car” era with its GTO, but it wasn’t at it’s peak visual appeal until 1967.  With the quad headlights going from horizontal to vertical, the lines of the entire car were sharpened and tweaked, making the 1967 Pontaic GTO just plain sexy.

Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma PHEV

The company may be defunct, but the car is still damn sexy.  The Fisker Karma brought sex appeal to a market dominated by practicality, the plug in hybrid.  Who knew that going green could look so good?  With only 2,450 Karmas built, it’s also going to be a sought after collectable in the near future.

Ford GT40

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If the car itself doesn’t do anything for you, the history of the GT40 still speaks volumes.  The GT40 was built with 1 purpose, take down Ferrari.  The fact that it won and the fact that it’s second incarnation looks nearly identical, is a testament to it’s timeless design.  It was American brain and brawn, stuffed into one good looking package.

1968 Mustang GT

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There are many iterations of Mustang with the latest from Detroit being particularly good looking.  None of them, however, have the name Steve McQueen forever etched into their lore.  Thanks to Steve McQueen and the movie Bullitt, the 1968 Mustang GT is now synonymous with speed and sex appeal.

1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville

1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville black

With legendary fins and one of the longest wheel bases for an American coupe, it was the epitome of excess in the late 1950s.  However, the lines were perfect and it was long, low and gorgeous straight from the factory.  You can see the hints of inspiration the Coupe Deville got from the jet air craft industry which was new and exciting in the 1950s.

 

The Road Back to Barrett-Jackson

01/20/2016

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

I was so lucky back in January to be asked to cover our Velocity Channel's Barrett Jackson 2015 Scottsdale auction.  I spent 5 days/15 hours a day taking photos, doing web based interviews and blogging.  I was in heaven.  As a car guy, it was the greatest show I've ever been to.  Any car nut must make this a bucket list event.  You don't have to bid on anything, just check out the mile long tent filled will cars and vendors and all sorts of great food.  Then you have another 6 huge tents outside, housing hundreds of vehicles.  

I'm highlighting just a few of my favorites below.

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The 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton is a mouthful of title but such a special car and a splendid example of American craftsmanship and engineering.  This special motor car had a 420 cubic inch motor which was upgraded to the SuperCharged specification netting 320 horsepower.  The Duezy was part of the Salon collection of special high end automobiles curated by Ed Fallon and and Don Williams of the Blackhawk Collection.

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The Velocity Stack: Seven Soon to be Collectables from the 1980s

11/30/2015

Editor's Note: When Velocity's own Sam Wackerle isn't here at work, you can catch him chasing another record, building another project or crawling through the junkyard. Certifiably a car nut, Sam wanted to share his unique vehicular view with a weekly list, The Velocity Stack. 

VW Vanagon Syncro

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Introduced in the 1986 model year for the US, the Vanagon Syncro took a few decades to truly start picking up in demand.  With the recent popularity of off the grid living and self-sufficiency, prices of Vanagons with the Syncro 4 wheel drive system have begun to rise dramatically.  With the prices of all generations of VW Vans going up and up, these will continue to follow that trend.

 

Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

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In 1983, the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was the top of the line option for the Thunderbird, placed above the venerable 5.0 V8.  The most desirable Turbo Coupe to have is the 1988 model with the 5-speed.  Turbo Coupes with the new for 1987, overdrive automatic trans had horsepower reduced in hopes of transmission longevity.  The 1988 model was also the first year that allowed the full 15psi of boost in all 5 manual gears.

 

Dodge Rampage

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37,401 may sound like a lot of “coupe utility” vehicles on the road, but that was the total sold over the entire 3 years it was made.  The Rampage was a front wheel drive, half-ton, sub compact.  It was rated with a load capacity of 1,045 pounds and 29mpg on the highway.  With urban living becoming increasingly popular, small multipurpose vehicles like this will only gain in popularity.

 

1987 BMW L6

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The BMW L6 is an obscure piece of BMW history with sources indicating only 1200 to 1300 were ever sold in the States.  The BMW L6 looks the same on the outside as the 635CSI in the picture, but it’s what’s inside that counts.  Some say the “L” stands for leather, which it had on almost every possible surface.  If you can find a L6 with it’s leather not warped from the sun and sheet metal not rusted out from salt, you’ve got a rare and soon to be valuable gem. 

 

Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

1987 AR Milano QV 3.0, vb

Rear wheel drive, limited slip differential, 3.0l V6, manual transmission and Italian.  Yes the electronics are going to fail and the mere mention of rust while standing next to the car will cause oxidation, but have you ever heard a properly tuned exhaust fitted to an Alfa Romeo V6?  Do your ears a favor and look it up, you’ll soon understand why these are destined to be collectable.

 

Toyota MR2 MK1 Supercharged

Toyota MR2 MK1 from above

Only 10 percent of 1988 and 1989 MR2 MK1s are estimated to be supercharged.  The 1989 model year is slightly more desirable with the addition of a rear anti roll bar, added to handle the increase in power from the boost.  It’s loads of fun and epitomizes 1980s JDM styling; this poor man’s sports car is on the verge of being an introductory collector’s solid investment.

 

1983-1984 VW Rabbit GTI

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There were 30,000 Rabbit GTIs sold in the United States but with their reputation for being a track beast as well as cheap transportation, their numbers were quickly depleted.  The GTI isn’t as fast as modern cars, but it’s a ton more fun when you take it down twisty back roads.  The hot hatch still invokes teenage angst when you get behind the wheel and was certainly deserving of its nomination for Car Of The Century.

The New Graveyard Carz

10/06/2015

(Guest blog post courtesy of Mr. Mopar, Mark Worman) D-158842-Graveyard-Carz-Countdown-Cards-3

Graveyard Carz (GYC) is back!

I'm looking forward to sharing the new season with all of you. As some of you know, we have undergone some changes since the last time you saw us. We finalized our move into the new shop—thank goodness—and it's truly amazing. The growth of Graveyard Carz has been exponential over the past few years and we're busy!

The new GYC is exciting, fast-paced and chocked full of work on the most desirable Mopars on the planet. We have eight vehicles in the shop at any given time, in various stages of restoration and we take you through the painstaking tasks of making old cars look new. The tutorials and information on the show this season reach new heights. 

Our new painter, Will, is phenomenal at what he does. I taught him everything he knows, so what else would you expect? The fun thing about Will is that he's worked for me for almost 15 years, so he knows my routine and can snap back quicker than anyone. Allysa, my daughter, is back at GYC. She's doing our research and learning the finer points of OE detailing. Allysa, much like Will, has been around me most of her life, so I have my hands full keeping them on their toes. Royal is back! My life-long friend is returns and has always been the steady worker that gets things done. Mixed in with the new cast and crew, Royal is at the top of his game.

Make no mistake about it, Graveyard Carz is here to stay. Great shop, great cars, great team and all of the fun you've come to love.

Getting to Know You: Dallas Car Sharks' Martha Davis

09/16/2015

33065_ep201_021Dallas Car Sharks returns with an all new season Wednesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.
 
Martha Davis hails as the only female shark, but she doesn't let anything stand in the way of showing the boys who's boss. Be sure to keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.
 
What’s the number one thing you look for when purchasing a car?
Martha: The first thing I do is research the market and economy before I even go to the auction. It's not what you buy but if you are going to be able to sell it. To me, the market dictates what I buy. I may love a  certain type of car that isn't marketable that week, so I am a flexible buyer. When I look at a car I want to buy of course looks draw me in just like a retail customer. I don't care what year it is, newer or older, but it has to draw my attention. Then I go for smells-- such as smells in the engine-- whether I smell an oil burner, or antifreeze leak. Smells tell a lot about the car, after that I listen to the engine to see how it sounds. Like everything, it's still a toss of the dice, everything is a gamble.
 
What’s one modification a new owner can make that can really revamp their new used car?
Martha: The first thing to do on a car you buy is to change fluids, so that you know what mileage to follow, and can maintain from that day forward. Then get a full detail, if it wasn't already done. That makes it feel like a new car to you. A compound and buff can do wonders for a used car.

Is there a car you’ve bought that you’ve immediately regretted?
Martha: Of course over the many years there are cars I have said I wished I hadn't bought thats why this business is not for the faint of heart!
 
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What sets you apart from the other sharks?
Martha: The main thing that sets me apart from the other sharks is that I'm a woman and also the longevity of time I've been in the car business.
 
What’s your favorite aspect of an auction?
Martha: The auction is all about making a deal. You make your money when you buy the car, but with so much competition that's not an easy task. Having the experience to know what my shop can repair and what I can restore and still make money on is a blessing. I would not want to be new in the car business in this day and time!
 
What’s your best piece of advice for the average car buyer looking to purchase a used vehicle?
Martha: GET A SECOND OPINION! Check out the car at a reputable mechanic shop, hopefully someone you are familiar with. If its too good to be true, beware! Don't impulse buy.
 
What occupies your schedule when you’re not working on Dallas Car Sharks?
Martha: Work takes up a lot of time but after that it's my family. My husband and I are empty-nesters now that the boys are grown and my daughter is a senior in college. We had to develop life after kids. We have been going to cooking and wine classes and have really enjoyed trying different dishes. Also we have gotten into seeing some of the Beetle clone groups Fab Four and Hard Days Night. Maybe we will become Groupies!
 
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RAPID FIRE WITH MARTHA
 
What’s your go-to song while driving?
Martha: I don't listen to the radio in the car at all, its the only quiet time I have!
 
What’s your favorite car?
Martha: My favorite car is the one that makes me money.
 
When did you learn to change a tire?
Martha: I learned at an early age. Call somebody to change a tire, though. There are more important things to learn. That's why they make Fix-A-Flat. 
 
What’s on your key ring?
Martha: My exercise place fob.
 
What is your favorite food?
Martha: All food is my favorite especially if I made it.
 
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Martha: Mother hen.
 

#DallasCarSharks returns in just a few days with a brand new shark!

Posted by Velocity on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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