The 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R Will Be Back!

195 Shelby Crew

The Shelby gang’s back together again. Calling themselves the Original Venice Crew, former Shelby American team members have joined forces to create an essentially new and moderately updated version of the Shelby GT350R.


This crew consists of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta, and Ted Sutton—and they’re channeling Carroll Shelby’s spirit.


Shelby hit upon some road-racing magic when he got his hands on the 1965 Ford Mustang, . He turned what he called a “secretary’s car” into a real street-legal race car. It was dubbed the Shelby GT350R and it was fitted with a modified version of Ford’s K-Code engine. They also had drum brakes, four-speed gearboxes, and live rear axles. If you want to own one today, you’d need to come up with a serious pile of cash and find someone willing to part with their car. ford mustang

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5 American Classics That Could Double In Value

1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Speculation has never been the best reason to buy a collector car. More often than not, the buyer loses money on a car that he or she didn’t want in the first place. On the other hand, there’s no shame in buying something that you love, enjoying it for a few years, then making some change and trading up to something else that you love. And while there’s no such thing as a sure thing, here are five that are a good bet to appreciate significantly in the next five years:


  1. 2001 Panoz Esperante – If a Dodge Viper is a bit too much of a blunt instrument for you, might we suggest a Panoz Esperante. A race-bred, all-American sports car from Georgia, its well-engineered suspension and generous use of aluminum (plus a Ford modular V8) make it an ideal track day weapon that you won’t see in every paddock. Only its looks, forgettable from the rear and bulbous from the front, detract. The car remains in low production, but if this changes, it’s not unreasonable to think that the Esperante is a good appreciation bet. Asking prices start at around $26,000.


  1. 1992-95 Dodge Viper RT/10 – And if it isn’t too much of a blunt instrument… Fat tires, 400+ horsepower, minimal weather protection (including flimsy side curtains and a toupée for a top) and side exhausts that sound like all of hell hound Cerberus’s heads belching in unison. It can only be a million dollar 427 Cobra, right? Not so fast, the first-gen Dodge Viper RT/10 checks all those boxes and it’s silly cheap at the moment. Early Vipers with some miles have asking prices of about $25,000, which means you can probably still snag one in the low twenties if you’re lucky. That’s cheaper than a mediocre Cobra replica. Fifty to sixty thousand dollars for one of these in five years doesn’t seem remotely unreasonable.


  1. 1992-97 Ferrari 456 GT – Ferrari is done with the clutch pedal and while those shopping for new Ferraris don’t seem to miss it, manual transmission Ferraris from the ‘90s and the aughts are hot at the moment in the collector market. Witness the meteoric rise of the 550 Maranello among others. The 456 GT has been somewhat overlooked. The autobox 456 GTA cars with transmissions that can cost over $25,000 to repair have been stuck in the forties and fifties for some time, but the manual trans GTs are about $25,000 to $35,000 more and probably climbing. Only about 1,500 were built making them almost as rare as Daytonas.


  1. 2008-09 Honda S2000CR – As affordable roadsters from the aughts go, the S2000 is far more entertaining than anything other than a BMW Z3 M roadster, maybe. And unless you like your torque and horsepower to be of the Jeffrey “the Dude” Lebowski lazy variety, it’s incredibly satisfying to drive with peak horsepower of around 240 coming at a remarkable 8,300 rpms. The CR or Club Racer was a rare North America-only variant with fewer comfort features and lower weight. Fewer than 700 were built over two model years and most have been put to their intended use and tracked to death. Surviving gently used examples are blue chip Japanese collectibles. They’re about $25,000 now. Anyone who thinks that fifty is silly hasn’t watched Acura NSX prices lately.


  1. 1982-91 Pontiac Trans Am – Of all the cars on the list, this one may come closest to a sure thing. We’ve all seen the Smokey and the Bandit-era 1976-77 Trans Ams go northbound over the last few years. In 2007, when Hagerty Price Guide publisher Dave Kinney decided to do the Bandit Run and write about it for the New York Times, he had his pick of good cars in the seven-to-ten thousand dollar range. Now those cars are in the $30-$50,000 range. Well guess what, the kids who couldn’t get enough of the show “Knight Rider” are now coming into some bucks and guess what they’re going to want? For the time being, these are about ten grand. Is double that unreasonable in five years? We think not.



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Telematics (Black Box) Car Insurance Explained

Pay how you drive (telematics)


Despite some confusion, Telematics is not an 1980s games show hosted by Noel Edmonds (that was Telly Addicts!). Telematics is a type of motor insurance policy which prices your premiums depending on how you drive.

A GPS device

A device inside your car monitors your actions behind the wheel. So the better you’re driving, the less you pay.


Remember, telematics policies have more aliases than a rap group. If you’re looking at “black box”, “smart box”, “pay-as-you-drive” or “usage-based” insurance then you’re looking at a telematics policy.


The black box feeds data back to your insurer, which takes this into account to reward you, with money back on your premiums, if you can prove you’re more Driving Miss Daisy and less Fast & Furious.


How much is a black box?


Once you’ve sign up for a policy, you’ll need to arrange a date for a black box to be fitted to your car. You don’t typically have to pay an upfront cost for the box but the price of it will be incorporated within the premium. Some insurers will impose a fee if you miss a fitting appointment, need to move the box to another car or want it removed.


And if you start tampering with it – thinking you can move it or trick it, and it breaks, expect a hefty bill for a replacement box.


How do they judge you?


It’s not just a case of keeping your hands at ten and two and shifting smoothly up the gears. Insurers will take the following into account.

  • The time of day or night you drive (11pm to 5am may cost more)
  • Your speed (stick to the limit)
  • Gentle braking reactions (hard and sharp stopping is not good)
  • Gentle acceleration and cornering is good (don’t treat your local roads like Silverstone)


Telematics providers will charge you more if you speed or start cornering like Lewis Hamilton. In addition, you won’t earn any rewards if you don’t drive responsibly. With insurance so expensive, any money back on your cover should be an incentive in itself.


While your insurer will be following your driving closely, there are relatively few restrictions on when and where you drive.


Some insurers, such as iKube and Co-op*, have curfews in place meaning driving at certain times (usually between 11pm and 5am but up to 6am with the Co-op) could result in a fine or an increase in premiums.





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