Friday, December 15, 2017


Winter can sometimes mean locking away a prized classic car and simply waiting for the sun to come out again. However, it doesn’t have to end planned trips entirely, as long as the weather isn’t consistently icy. It is important to avoid especially harsh conditions, as well as dangerous ice and damaging salt on the roads. Classic cars are made to be driven, and they benefit in many ways from being brought out regularly. Taking the car out on a jaunt prevents small critters from nesting within and disrupting components of the engine or leaving chewed holes in the upholstery. These drives can also be a good way to make sure that the car is operating as desired, and it will help owners determine if additional maintenance may be needed later. During the winter, driving can be difficult, but by following a few simple tips, it can be easy for owners to enjoy their drive without causing unwanted damage to the vehicle.


lightGive every component of the vehicle a thorough check to make sure that every section is in good repair. Doing this before heading out during the winter can be one of the best ways to prevent further damage to the car. If there are any parts that need to be replaced or repaired, it is important to begin working there before taking the car out. The last thing that a driver wants is to find themselves stranded on the side of the road in freezing temperatures, so guaranteeing that the car’s condition is optimal beforehand helps avoid such a fate. In addition to the mechanical components of the vehicle, it is a good idea to check out the battery and make sure that it is full of charge. If the battery has already been recharged, then the cold air can be particularly harmful, and it will leave owners in need of a jump. In order to avoid this problem, simply set the car with a fresh battery for the coming winter months.


tire treadThis is one of the most crucial steps to avoid potential accidents and damage to vehicles when out on the road. Even classic cars can be successfully outfitted with snow tires, and while drivers will want to take their vehicles out on days where there is no ice on the ground, it is important to avoid being caught unaware by a dangerous hidden patch. Drivers should make sure that the tires are not looking flat or worn. They should also be replaced if they are too old. Like any other material, rubber degrades over time, so drivers should check the date the set was purchased, and if they are over five years old, individuals should get them checked for quality. The safest option is to always replace the tires right away. Tread separation is dangerous any time of the year, but for the winter especially, drivers should be sure to get tires that are designed to grip in icy conditions to avoid loss of control.


car winter rustUsing a spray designed to prevent corrosion is particularly good protection against the risk of elemental exposure. The presence of moisture in the air can result in a variety of problems for the vehicle, especially if owners have never taken their car out during the winter before. A spray will help reduce the buildup of rust and reduce the appearance of deterioration on the vehicle. There are numerous options for this spray, and they are all designed to work well. A solvent-free preventative and lubricant made with lanolin is one of the most popular options. One generous coating at the start of the colder season will last through the winter as long as users ensure the car’s overall cleanliness between rides. This chemical protection bars oxygen molecules from bonding with the vehicle’s metallic components, securing it against rusting without interfering with normal operations of the engine. As a bonus, many of the anti-corrosive sprays available will also protect paints and plastics, improving the overall lifespan of the classic car while making it easier for drivers to bring their vehicles to a car show during the winter.


When the car is ready for driving, it is important for owners to take their time and avoid overexerting their vehicle. When users start slow, it gives the classic car a chance to really warm up and get the oil circulating. The slow warmth also allows the vehicle to burn off any condensation left behind by the cold air. If drivers do not run the engine long enough during their trips, then the sludge can build up within, and that would cause the vehicle to run less smoothly or even leave lasting damage on delicate parts. Idling alone will not cut it either, so drivers should be sure to begin at slow speeds to get everything heated evenly. By the time the heater is beginning to breathe warm air, the car will be ready to go up to highway speeds. This process usually does not take longer than 15 minutes, and it can be fun to slowly and steadily accelerate during the drive.


winter carEven though drivers should always be looking for the driest winter days to take their vehicle out, there is no reason to risk corrosion damage from persistent puddles or muddy snowbanks piled beside roads. Owners should be sure to prepare ahead of time to rinse the dirt away, especially on the undercarriage, as this will help protect the car during drives. With a five-gallon bucket or two and a mitt loaded with soap, drivers can manually clean off most of the road’s grime very easily. The cleaning process involves individuals wiping down the wheel wells and the engine bay as well. A quick spray along the undercarriage will loosen and free any particles that could otherwise create rusted spots. Ideally, the driver will want to rinse the car inside the garage to prevent even clean water from turning into ice over the vehicle. If drivers do not have space on their own property to perform the wash, they can simply find a car wash nearby, which will provide many of the same services at an affordable premium.

All drivers should remember to check up on their classic cars regularly when the road becomes too rough for driving. Just as importantly, the best way to avoid potential damage to the vehicle is to take it out when the weather is not particularly difficult to drive in. Driving on cold and clear days will allow individuals to enjoy the winter months even more, especially behind the wheel of an attractive classic car. Taking the car out for a fun ride in those fortuitous times is also a good way to prepare it for another few weeks, where drivers can repeat the process every so often until spring arrives. If owners are not sure what products will work best with their vehicle, it can be a good idea to consult the owner’s manual.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Automotive fans can be tricky to shop for if you're not into cars or an actual gearhead yourself. Not to worry! We've picked 23 of the coolest and useful gifts any car enthusiast will love.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Clever Ways to Wrap Keys When Giving Someone a Car as a Gift

If you recently have purchased or plan to purchase a car for a loved one, you may want to consider a few creative ways to wrap the keys and to present your loved one with the gift. Wrapping car keys can be tricky because they jingle. Someone shaking a box of car keys likely will guess what is inside. Instead, use your creativity to keep the big gift a secret until the right time.

Model Car

Buy a miniature car replica of the car you purchased, and insert the keys inside the car. Many model cars have doors that open. Place the keys across the front seat or tape a car key on the bottom of the car or inside the hood. Include a greeting card that gives the recipient a clue or two about where to look for the key or keys.

Miniature Leather Key Case

Purchase a miniature leather key case. Put the car key or keys on the attached key ring of the key case, which looks like a miniature wallet. Then, insert the attached key inside the key case and snap it closed. This will keep the key secure and will mask noise if the gift recipient shakes the gift box.

Candy Box Keys

Fill a decorative gift box with "noisy" candy--such as gumballs, jelly beans and other hard candy. Throw the keys in the box with a creative, candy-themed key chain and a card announcing the gift recipient's "Sweet Ride."

Gift Bags

Place car keys in a small gift bag filled with crinkled paper confetti. Gift bags are a good solution to "an oddly shaped gift," according to Alternately, wrap the keys in colored tissue paper and place them in the gift bag. Cover the gift bag in car stickers if you would like to be more overt about the gift inside.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

1936 Packard Super 8 Convertible Coupe from Robert Pass Classic Cars

1936  Packard Super 8 Convertible Coupe
COMING SOON: Wonderful genuine 1936 Packard SU 8 Convertible Coupe ready to enjoy. Only 1500 Super Eights were built in 1936. Important to note that 1936 was the last year for the 385 cubic inch straight eight engine, as the smaller 325 cubic inch engine replaced it in 1937. Many styling changes including the 5 degree "tilted" back radiator shell added more style to the beautiful bodies offered. This Packard has a known history from NEW!!! Documented History: 1936 Packard 1404 Super-8 Convertible Coupe Roadster -- Vehicle ID# 14th 959-239 Sold new in Calgary, Alberta to Mr. Jack Baxter. He paid $5000 Canadian for the new Packard. He sold the car to Jim Brewster (Tour bus operator) several years later. It stayed in Canada with Murray Gamon next and shipped to Barph, Alberta where it stayed for many years. Murray shipped the Packard to Custom Auto in Santa Ana, California in 1966-67 for restortion. Completed, he drove it back to Victoria, B.C. to the classic Car museum in 1971. in 1991 it was sold to Gordon Levitt of Vancouver, B.C. It finally went to Seattle, Washington in 1997 and remained in a private collection until 2013. The collector passed away in 2013 and I purchased the Packard in the restored condition as it is presented today. This is one of the best SOLID Packards I have ever driven. It is amazing AND includes a 2 speed rear end for highway crusing.

Friday, November 3, 2017

1962 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider

1962 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider - This 1962 was one of the last 2000’s built with a minor change of the two functional hood scoops. Luckily Alfa did not change the split front bumper configuration that gives the car a great look.

1962 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider This 1962 was one of the last 2000’s built with a minor change of the two functional hood scoops. Luckily Alfa did not change the split front bumper configuration that gives the car a great look. In addition, side vent windows were not added to the interim model change. These last cars were built in 1961, however were titled as 1962 models when sold. This particular California car is truly rust free top to bottom as the pictures show. The five speed transmission is mated to the very reliable and strong 2000 liter 4 cylinder motor for wonderful highway cruising. It drives and shifts perfectly through all 5 gears. Alfa Romeo designed the 2000 for just that purpose, as it was heavier than the smaller Giulia models. Finished in Alfa red with red and black leather interior, it makes a great statement. Seat belts have been added front and rear (for the little ones). These Alfas are skyrocketing in value and are excellent investment grade sports cars. In fact, when you look at the body, one thinks of the Maserati 3500 –which is valued at over 3 times the price of the Alfa. Buy at $92,500.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

1959 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III

1959 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III 1959 was a significant year for this marque. The DB 2/4 Coupe sported the newly designed grille that would forever be associated with James Bond. In fact, Bond drove a Mark III in the movie Goldfinger !! . The DB 2/4, descriptive of the occasional rear seating (found below a folding panel), added much needed storage room and seating for tiny children as well. This Aston has benefited from an excellent restoration on a California rust free car. The undercarriage is tidy and shows no signs of rust problems associated with many cars. Although it was painted several years ago, the black paint and laser straight panels are excellent. All of the chrome is like new as well as the chrome wire wheels. Red leather compliments the interior and has very few signs of use. An Aston Martin six-cylinder engine and transmission are available with the car, however it has been replaced with a much more powerful and user friendly engine and mated to a 5 speed transmission. It is a performance Chevy 350 V8 with four bolt mains, Edelbrock performance camshaft and intake package. That includes an Edelbrock 750 CFM Avenger carburetor, and freshly built 1968 DZ302 cylinder heads (Z28 heads) The powerplant idles smoothly and performs as it should!! The engine and transmission fit perfectly on the existing chassis. Only 83 LHD DB 2/4 III's were built out of the total of 462 cars. This Aston can be totally enjoyed as is or have the 6 cylinder engine and transmission rebuilt for a future transplant if desired. $250,000.

Friday, April 14, 2017

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer by LeBaron Isotta Fraschini was known for the production of cars which were among the most luxurious and prestigious ever built. The company was founded in 1900 by Cesare Isotta, Vincenzo Oreste and Antonio Fraschini. They were among the early pioneers of the overhead camshaft engine, designed by Giustino Cattaneo. Isotta Fraschini introduced the Tipo 8 in 1919 at the Paris Salon. It was the first production automobile to be powered by a straight -8 engine. Of the estimated 400-600 Tipo 8 chassis built, number 489 with engine 500 is one of only 20 surviving Tipo 8 Isottas with LeBaron coachwork. By 1924, the final year of production for the Tip 8, Isotta had become one of the most prestigious marques in the world.

 Known as the Italian Duesenberg, owners included Rudolph Valentino, boxer Jack Dempsey, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and even His holiness , the Pope. Ownership of this car in the U.S. was traced back to George Piperno/NY, William Pollack/PA, Al Rodway Museum/OH, Walter Wimer/PA and Laverne Johnson/ MI ( over 40 years). The combined total of the above owners spanned over 60 years. In 2000 Clark Patton of Michigan performed a mechanical restoration which included an engine rebuild. Further work was performed by Brian Joseph Restorations in Michigan in 2014, including a clutch, replacing the transmission pilot bearing, cleaning and adjusting the clutch spines, inspecting the brakes and installing new tires for safe touring.

The Tipo 8 is a myth in the automobile world in that it only produced rolling chassis. They never built bodies. All customer orders were sent to body craftsmen of their choosing. Therefore, each car had its own history and personality. Seriously affected by the economic crisis of the 1930’s and by the disruption of WW II, Isotta stopped manufacturing in 1949. Specifications follow: 5.9 litre massive overhead cam shaft 80 hp. 360 cu.inch engine. Inline 8 cylinders, 3 speed transmission, Vacuum servo-assisted Dewandre drum brakes, TOP SPEED: 90 MPH List price of chassis only: $10,000. This is a great find for a serious collector. Trades gladly accepted.