Posted by Steve White on Dec 05, 2013
There are no shortage of reasons why Cadillacs are the classic cars known as “The Standard of the World.”
In 1902, Henry Leland founded Cadillac. The company was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit. The Cadillac family’s coat of arms inspired the Cadillac crest we are all so familiar with today.
Mass production of the Cadillac didn’t begin until six years after the company was founded, and it was the first company to demonstrate the interchangeability of precision parts. The Cadillac was also the first company to ever win the coveted Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. Cadillac actually won this prestigious award twice for its innovative car design.
In the 1910′s, women were thrilled when Cadillac developed the first self-starting engine. Computer technology was also integrated into the design, and Cadillac began offering a variety of color choices, when all of its competitors only offered black, or other dark, drab colors.
In the 1930′s, the V16 engine was developed, which gave the Cadillac a smooth, quiet ride, unlike any other. By mid-century, Cadillac was producing sixty-eight body styles, and it was obvious that Cadillac was all about beauty and luxury.
Cadillac maintained their solid reputation through the years, and in 2008, they produced the first luxury hybrid SUV.
Check back on our blog for more classic cars history in our series on the top manufacturers of classic cars.
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Posted by Steve White on Nov 28, 2013
If you have a classic car, and you have yet to join a car club, what are you waiting for? Car clubs are a lot fun, and they’re something that every classic car enthusiast can enjoy. We’ve compiled four good reasons for you to join a classic car club right now!
Reason #1: Car shows – If you’ve spent time, energy and money restoring an old classic, a car club offers many car shows for you to show it off. Car shows are also good places to get ideas for future restoration projects.
Reason #2: Meet new people – One of the things people love the best about car clubs is getting to meet new people who love classic cars as much as they do. You’ll be amazed at the life-long friendships you make when you get to know people with a similar interest in classic cars.
Reason #3: Gain knowledge and expertise – Car clubs offer you the opportunity to learn from some of the best technical advisors in the business. These folks will help you when you get into sticky situations with your car, and you’ll treasure their advice.
Reason #4: Have fun – What good is having a classic car if there’s no fun involved? Car clubs offer plenty of opportunities to get together with other classic car owners, and good times are an absolute guarantee.
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Posted by Steve White on Nov 21, 2013
What classic cars enthusiast doesn’t have a deep appreciation for the Ford Mustang?
The Mustang made its appearance on April 17, 1964. Immediately, classic car lovers were enchanted by its sleek lines and beautiful design. Dealers all over the United States began to get many requests for the car, and in Garland Texas, a group of fifteen people gathered to place their bids on the same Mustang. In fact, the winner was so in love with his new car, he resorted to camping out in it until his checked cleared to make sure the car didn’t get sold out from under him.
Ford initially planned to sell about 100,000 Mustangs during the car’s first year. They were amazed when sales soared, and they ended up selling 417,000 of them. After two years on the market, Mustang sales increased even more, with an astounding two-year total of one million cars sold.
There was no doubt, by the initial reaction from the American people, that the Mustang was going to be a huge success. Their thoughts were confirmed when the Mustang was featured at the Indianapolis 500 as the pace car for the popular race.
What’s your favorite classic car’s story? We’d love to hear from you! Of course, keep checking back right here at Old Cars Online to find out more information about your favorite classic cars.
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Posted by Steve White on Nov 14, 2013
With winter right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about car storage. Here are a few tips to help you store your car safely, so that it’s in tip-top condition for you in the spring.
Detail your car: Clean it well, inside and out.
Change or drain fluids: Once you have your car parked for the colder season, change or drain all of the fluids, preferably when the engine in still warm. Bleed your brakes and drain your fuel and cooling systems as well.
Fill universal joints with grease: Carefully apply fresh grease on all of the steering and suspension fittings, and be sure to pack the wheel bearings.
Remove your car’s battery: Once it’s removed, you can wash it down with baking soda and water. Afterwards, store it on a shelf in a dry place in your garage.
Remove the tires: Raise up the car and place jack stands under your car’s suspension points. Stack the tires and cover them.
Depress and lock the clutch: Use a 2×4 to lock the clutch into position by bracing it against the seat.
You’re almost finished! A few finishing touches, like putting an old rag in the tailpipe and placing open boxes of baking soda inside, and your car storage process is complete. Simply cover it and start looking forward to the spring. Winter weather and salt on roads is not the best match for every classic car so keep in mind our tips if you feel that storage may be best for your Old Car.
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Posted by Steve White on Nov 07, 2013
It’s no secret that entering your classic car into car shows is one of the most enjoyable parts of owning a classic car. If you’re interested in entering your car for the first time, you might be wondering how to go about making an excellent presentation. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Review The Rulebook
Car shows are all different, and what works for one might not work for another. So obtain a copy of your upcoming show’s rulebook so you can be sure you’re following all of the guidelines to the letter.
Add An Accessory
While your car is sure to be the center of attention, it’s a good idea to add some interesting accessories to your display. For example, if your car was a restoration project, showcase a scrapbook that illustrates the restoration project from start to finish.
Consult A Mechanic
Find the name of a good, trustworthy classic car mechanic in your area. It’s not necessary for your car to be “original”, but a mechanic will be able to advise you about any work that should be done prior to entering your car in the show.
And last but not least? Enjoy the show! You’ll meet fascinating people there, and they’ll be car lovers too. However, be careful. Car shows can be quite addicting!
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