Ford introduces 2019 Bullitt Mustang alongside long-hidden 1968 original – Kurt Ernst at Hemmings

Photo by Ronan Glon

The Bullitt hero car alongside the 2019 Bullitt Mustang at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the limited-production Bullitt model to command a premium over the $43,990 base price of a 2018 Mustang GT Premium with the Performance Package. Ford is expecting deliveries to begin in the summer of 2018.

Read the article here at Hemmings

For some great pictures of the original Bullitt Mustang here on Jalopnik

Some more Bullitt stuff from a previous article

 

 

Hagerty Insurance Reacts to the California Wildfires

Following my recent article on the heartbreaking destruction of car collections by the California wildfires, I thought I’d look into how the Classic Car insurers are reacting.

Hagerty seem to be leading the pack as is often the way it seems?

Jonathan Klinger VP of PR for Hagerty was quoted in The ClassicCars.com Journal in an article by Bob Golfen here

“Obviously, we’ re most concerned about people’s safety and personal well-being, but it sure is a shame when you hear of someone losing a collector car they’re so passionate about,” said Jonathan Klinger, spokesman for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. “When you start to hear stories of vehicles that have been in the family and passed down through the generations, that’s always tough.”

Most of the collector cars, trucks and motorcycles lost to recent hurricanes and floods in other parts of the country could be salvaged to some extent, Klinger noted, but the vehicles lost to the fires were utterly destroyed with nothing left to soften the blow.

“So that’s the big difference between the hurricanes and the fires,” Klinger said. “Virtually all the cars were salvageable from the hurricanes. Even in the worst-case scenario, there are parts that are salvageable. In the case of these fires, that’s not happening.

“The vehicles that burned up in the fires, we’re not just talking about smoke damage or paint. You’ve seen the pictures, they’re gone, there’s no salvaging them

Also from Hagerty

Wildfires and floods destroy cars, so protecting documents is vital

Benjamin Preston has written an informative article on the Hagerty website regarding claims and the importance of documentation

In California, strong Santa Ana winds are raking wildfire across a desiccated California landscape, destroying countless acres of property and putting lives in danger. In the fire’s wake there are twisted, blackened hulks, which until recently were beloved vintage cars and trucks. Property can be replaced, but when calamity strikes and a classic car enthusiast’s once-gleaming pride and joy is reduced to smoldering wreckage, it’s good to have ownership documentation handy when filing an insurance claim. Without proof of ownership, it can be more difficult to lay hands on much-needed, post-disaster insurance money.

Read the rest of Benjamin’s article here

On a personal note this is particularly upsetting as we’ve holidayed in these areas over the years and seeing the residents and wildlife in distress and beautiful areas destroyed is terrible.

 

 

Beverly Hills, California: Maddux Inc. Lincoln Service Car – The Old Motor

The story of a high end recovery vehicle operating in a high level neighbourhood, more great stuff from the excellent The Old Motor.

 

Amazingly clean workshop area, with some very nice “clients”!

 

Read the rest at The Old Motor

Documenting Nostalgia on Route 66 – Teresa Mathew Citylab

Documenting Nostalgia on Route 66

Article from Teresa Mathew on Filmmaker and photographer Phil Donohue shooting scenes along the famed U.S. highway to explore what we long for and leave behind, very much reminds me of our trip on Route 66 a few years back, read the article here

If you are going to take the trip make sure you do your research in advance, plenty of great stuff out there but also some real dark stuff, it wasn’t all the way Nat described it!

 

Comparing HEMI to Flathead Engine Design – How Stuff Works

Hemi v Flathead

Article from How Stuff Works on the Hemi engine and the comparison with the venerable Flathead.

Read the complete article here

 

The Electric Car Future, Good or Bad?

Chevy Bolt EV

 

Don’t shoot me but I’ve been considering the electric car and what the impact on both the car hobby and the motor industry in general.

I’ve collected a few articles that may help to clarify where we all might end up?

The first article is by

Oliver Hazimeh is director and head of the global e-Mobility practice at PRTM, a global management consulting firm. He can be reached at ohazimeh@prtm.com.

The article is titled “Preparing For The Electric Car Future”

and was published by Forbes here

The article ” Morgan Stanley is wrong – electric cars aren’t going to take over” by Matthew DeBord gives a different slant to things here on Business Insider

 

Tesla Model 3

Regardless of what we think, wll the major manufacturers are introducing EV programmes which are being supported by the announcement of increasing regulation and eventual banning of the conventional ICE engined vehicle as we know it.

I’m actually looking forward to the convergence of my two areas of interest into one!

Cars Retrieved From Floods — Is There Hope? – Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage – Cars Retrieved From Floods — Is There Hope?

Following my previous article “Should You Buy a Flood Damaged Car” I carried on researching into the subject especially in regards to cars of the classic variety and came across an interesting article and approach from the Second Chance Garage Website.

The article describes a pragmatic step by step approach to tackling the restoration of a water damaged vehicle, you can read it here

 

 

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead V8 – From Jeff Zurschmeide at enginelabs.com

Excerpt from Jeff Zurschmeide’s Flathead V8 article on enginelabs.com

In the history of automotive engines, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the V8 design. By dividing the eight cylinders into two banks of four, engineers achieved a powerful, yet compact unit that could fit into the vast majority of engine bays also sized to fit four or six-cylinder engines.

Ford did not invent the V8 engine, but it can be fairly said that they brought it into everyday use. Some European marques and Cadillac had V8 engines decades before Ford developed the engine that would yield affordable performance and create the basis for hot rodding

Read the rest of the article here

 

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead

The Oldest Automobile Models Still In Production In 2018 – Bobby Kimbrough Rod Authority

Interesting article from Bobby Kimbrough of Rod Authority discusses the oldest marques still in production going into 2018

A very rare 1947 Chevy Suburban.

A very rare 1947 Chevy Suburban.

1937 Chevrolet Suburban.

1937 Chevrolet Suburban.

You can read the article here