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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

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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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Getting to Know You: Dallas Car Sharks' Ash Rabah

09/14/2015

33065_Ep210_008Dallas Car Sharks returns with an all new season Wednesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.
 
Ash "the wise guy" Rabah is back to kick some some serious a$h with his attitude and grit. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
 
What’s the number one thing you look for when purchasing a car?
Ash: Its resale value and desirability
 
What’s one modification a new owner can make that can really revamp their new used car?
Ash: Take it to a professional detailer
 
Is there a car you’ve bought that you’ve immediately regretted?
Ash: Yes, learned a lesson once by not walking around the whole car and discovered that it had been hit on the other side.

33065_ep212_005What sets you apart from the other sharks?
Ash: I am across the board as far as cars, my varity ranges from the moderately priced to the higher end.
 
What’s your favorite aspect of an auction?
Ash: Sliding bids past the competition without them knowing.
 
What’s your best piece of advice for the average car buyer looking to purchase a used vehicle?
Ash: Purchase an extended warranty, no one can predict the future and even new cars run into issues.
 
What occupies your schedule when you’re not working on Dallas Car Sharks?
Ash: My every day routine of work at Tampa Bay Motor Works, but most importantly spending quality time with my four lovely children. The biggest compliment I ever get is how well mannered they are.
 
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RAPID FIRE WITH ASH
 
What’s your go-to song while driving?
Ash: Kashmir by Led Zepplin and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
 
What’s your favorite car?
Ash: Corvette or first generation Camaro
 
When did you learn to change a tire?
Ash: 10 years old
 
What’s on your key ring?
Ash: A Swiss Army Knife
 
What is your favorite food?
Ash: Chilian Sea Bass
 
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Ash: EDBTZ2
 
 
 

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

Posted by Velocity on Sunday, September 13, 2015

American Dream Cars

08/20/2015

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. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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Dream Cars, Did Someone Say Dream Cars?

08/03/2015

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. 

So Velocity is running Dream Car Week.  That got me to thinking about what are my dream cars? That's a tough question to digest.  I had to break it into genres of cars.  So I figured I'd start with some exotics.

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You might be hard pressed to start with two more exotic automobiles.  On the left we have the McLaren P1.  It only produces an anemic 903-hp gas/hybrid from its 707 hp V8 plus 170 electric motor.  If you are one of the 375 lucky potential owners, you'll cough up a good 1.2 million.  That hefty price gets you zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and the governor restricts your top speed to 217 mph.

And what about that redhead on the right?  That's your very mundane LaFerrari.  Here we have a 6.3 liter V12 creating 788 hp at 9250 rpm redline.  Then you add the 161 hp electric motor. 499 people will have the chance to land one for 1.3 million dollars.  That bags you zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds and a mfr limited 217 mph.  

The photo taken at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance last year.  It took some convincing of the handlers on both sides.  We had a 918 on site as well (see below) but we couldn't find the keys to the Porsche.  Interesting to see them in proximity.  Take note of the similar door structures and other details. 

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