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An icon that belonged to an icon. This little piece of cinematic history will be going home with someone (maybe you?) come November 17, 2018. The 1956, Raven Black Ford Thunderbird that once belonged to screen legend Marilyn Monroe is set to go to auction later this year.

Juliens in Los Angeles will auction the two-seater convertible roadster that Monroe bought in 1955 and drove until 1962. It is said that the little rag top carried her and Arthur Miller to their June 28, 1956, civil wedding ceremony and then two days later to their private wedding. Now it is hitting the auction block and is expected to fetch somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000 to $500,000.

That’s a pretty nice neighborhood.

The car is raven black with black and white interior and has a detachable hard top as well as a canvas convertible top. The 1955 Thunderbird was Ford’s response to Chevrolet’s 1953 Corvette. It debuted late in 1954 and marketed as a personal luxury car. Consumers went crazy for it and demand far exceeded Ford’s expectations.

Monroe’s model had a 312 cubic inch V8 that kicked out 225 horsepower, along with the Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission. The little car was completely tricked out with power window, brakes, seats, and steering. It also included the Continental kit which had several key features, including the spare tire mounted on the rear bumper.

Monroe gave her beloved T-Bird to the son of Lee Strasberg (her acting coach) for his 18th birthday in 1962. The legal transfer took place, according to several sources, just months before her tragic death on August 5, 1962.

The current owner is unnamed but does claim to have the necessary documents that prove the authenticity of the car. This includes documentation from Connecticut as well as a letter that an insurance company sent to Monroe regarding the car. The car has been completely restored to its original appearance and the engine has been rebuilt.

Marilyn would be proud.

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When a child is sick and confined to a hospital they don’t get to enjoy all the things that other kids do. Their days are consumed by hospital beds, doctors and nurses, and often unpleasant procedures and treatments. They miss out on a lot, but one non-profit is seeking to brighten their days a little – and using exotic cars to do it.

Redline4Kids, known by its hashtag #R4K, is a 501 (c) 3 organization that is comprised of volunteers who are on a mission to give sick kids a very unique experience with a very special, very hands-on “show and tell” with exotic cars.

They roll up to the hospital doors, much to the delight of the youngsters who get a kick out of honking the horns, sitting in the driver’s seat, revving the engines, and pretending to drive some of the priciest, most luxurious cars on the planet. In a world that is usually “hands off” when it comes to Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other exotics, this organization turns the rules upside down to give sick children a little joy and lots of cool memories.

Chance Wynn, #R4K’s founder and exotic car owner, knows all too well how it feels to be a child confined in a hospital. When he was just four years old he was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Arthritis, a condition that he fights even now as an adult.

Chance recalled his days in the hospital and how he felt, the things he missed out on like little league and sleepovers. Instead he, like so many other sick kids, spent his childhood in and out of the hospital, avoiding any activity that could make his condition worse. When he got an exotic car of is own he knew that he wanted to use it to brighten the days of sick children who were also missing out on just being kids.

If you want to see those sweet smiles up close, check out this video of a recent #R4K event.

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As the last of the summer classic car shows draw to a close and the aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air, your thoughts naturally turn toward cooler weather and preparations for winter. Cover the pool, clean the chimney, check the furnace pilot light, and make sure your classic car is properly prepared for the chilly months to come.

If your classic is only on the road for brief jaunts during the year, it needs special attention. Not driving it for long stretches of time, it can lead to problems that your daily driver typically won’t face. Before you put your classic beauty into hibernation, take these steps.

Wash it thoroughly.

Give your car a good cleaning, inside and out. Wash, dry well, and wax it to protect the paint. Clean the interior as well and apply a preservative to any leather, vinyl, or rubber to prevent cracking. Any surfaces that are not painted should be coated with a rust inhibitor. If you have a rag top, store it with the top up. This does double duty to prevent shrinkage of the top and to protect the interior.

Change the oil.

You should change the oil in your car at least once a year – even if you only put a few miles on it. Sometimes contaminants or water can get into your used oil. When left to sit in the engine for several months, it could cause problems that you really don’t need like pitting in the bearings. Clean oil does not have water or contaminants and it is better to be safe than sorry. Do a complete oil change, including changing the oil filter.

Protect the tires.

When a car is parked in one spot without moving for a long time can lead to flat spots on the tires. Many classic car experts recommend inflating your tires a little higher than usual, about 10 to 15 psi. This will make them firmer and less prone to flat spots. Other experts recommend releasing some of the air in the tires to take pressure off of the suspension. However, they all agree that the best way to store a classic is on jacks.

Use a fuel stabilizer.

Fill your fuel tank with the highest grade gasoline you can and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent phase separation due to moisture. Run your car for a few minutes so that the fuel stabilizer can move through the engine: injectors, fuel rails, carburetor, and other engine components. If the tank is full there is less room for air which contains moisture. This can cause rust inside the tank, cause the ethanol (which absorbs water) and gas to separate, and even lead to the contamination of the fuel, so a fuller tank means less room for the bad stuff.

Store the battery.

Lack of use combined with cold air can really take a toll on your car’s battery. If the temperature drops low enough the battery can even freeze. If this happens and the plastic case happens to crack, you will have some major problems on your hands. There are several ways to approach this. Some experts say you should go ahead and disconnect the battery, remove it from the car, and store it in a more protected area where you can keep it warm and charged. Others advise hooking your batter to a charger.

Keep out the critters.

When the temps drop animals start looking for places where they can be sheltered from the weather. You don’t want them seeking harborage in your car. Use a breathable cloth cover (not plastic) which will provide some protection from animals and help preserve the paint job. Also, take these steps:

  • Place mothballs inside the car, under the seats, on the floorboards, and throughout the interior.
  • Put baking soda refrigerator packages in the trunk and interior of the car.
  • Place mothballs in the trunk.
  • Cover the air inlet and air cleaner with a plastic bag and tape so it is sealed.
  • Place mothballs under the dashboard.
  • Cover the tailpipe.

You should also check your insurance policy if your car will be stored off-site. Some companies require that the location’s address is reported to them.

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Having a family doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and performance. Many of the exotic car manufacturers have noticed the wild popularity of family sized vehicles and are answering the call. Here is a small sampling of some of the best exotic family cars for 2018. This is not your typical soccer mom mobile.

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga is everything you would expect from an SUV created by Bentley. It is one of the most luxurious, hand-built, all-terrain vehicles on Earth - a car in which technology, speed and power have come together to offer an extraordinary driving experience. With the Bentayga Hybrid, the world’s first luxury plug-in SUV hybrid is set to redefine the category – and is the first step on Bentley’s journey to electrification.

Rolls Royce Cullinan

The Cullinan bills itself as the world's first super-luxury all-terrain SUV. And we certainly couldn't argue with that - given that the Cullinan features a viewing suite that reveals two leather seats and a cocktail table at the back of the SUV - invoked through the click of a button. Other features include full off-road capabilities, a retractible glass partition, and a center console drinks cabinet.

Maserati Levante

This sleek, stylish SUV has the double bonus of being both beautiful and safe. The Maserati Q4 intelligent all wheel drive means you can rest easy when the family is on board. It comes with either a V6 or V8 engine as well as the famous Maserati Skyhook performance suspension.

Lamborghini Urus

It’s a Lambo that the whole family can enjoy. The twin turbo V8 4-liter packs 641 horsepower which means it can scoot. It also features an all-wheel drive system, so you can stay on the road, along with an air suspension for a comfy ride. Now THAT’S how you get to soccer practice!

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Who doesn’t love classic cars? Whether you are appreciating the beautiful lines and gorgeous craftsmanship or love the nostalgia and want to be transported to a different time, there is just something about the classics. The website recently conducted an analysis of the online searches for classics and came up with a list of the most popular in each of the states. They evaluated more than 3.7 million hits over one year and listed the most popular searches by state.

Looking at just makes and models, the Dodge Charger comes out on top as the most searched collectible car in the United States. The model years between 1966 and 1978 were the top picks for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.

Other cars that dominated the list:

  • Mustang
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Louisiana
    • Montana
    • New Mexico
    • Oregon
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
    • Wyoming
  • Camaro
    • Colorado
    • Indiana
    • New Hampshire
    • South Carolina
  • Corvette
    • Alaska
    • Hawaii
    • North Dakota
    • Rhode Island
    • Washington

Other states went for less conventional classics. The Chevy El Camino was a favorite in Illinois and South Dakota while Connecticut favored the Ford Custom. Oklahoma’s main pick was the Ford Fairlane and Idaho leaned toward the Ford Pickup.

Interestingly, Nebraska has a yen for a classic European ride. The British MGB roadster took the most searched for prize in that state.

Here’s the breakdown, state by state:

  • Alabama: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  • Alaska: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Arizona: 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
  • Arkansas: 1968 Pontiac Firebird
  • California: 1967 Ford Mustang
  • Colorado: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Connecticut: 1949 Ford Custom
  • Delaware: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
  • District of Columbia: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Florida: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Georgia: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Hawaii: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Idaho: 1935 Ford Pickup
  • Illinois: 1969 Chevrolet El Camino
  • Indiana: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Iowa: 1964 Pontiac GTO
  • Kansas: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Kentucky: 1967 Chevrolet Impala
  • Louisiana: 1971 Ford Mustang
  • Maine: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  • Maryland: 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Massachusetts: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Michigan: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Minnesota: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Mississippi: 1969 Ford Bronco
  • Missouri: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Montana: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
  • Nebraska: 1980 MG MGB
  • Nevada: 1956 Ford F100
  • New Hampshire: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
  • New Jersey: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • New Mexico: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
  • New York: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • North Carolina: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • North Dakota: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Ohio: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Oklahoma: 1964 Ford Fairlane
  • Oregon: 1970 Ford Mustang
  • Pennsylvania: 1967 Chevrolet Nova
  • Rhode Island: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
  • South Carolina: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
  • South Dakota: 1960 Chevrolet El Camino
  • Tennessee: 1965 Chevrolet Impala
  • Texas: 1969 Dodge Charger
  • Utah: 1923 Ford T-bucket
  • Vermont: 1967 Oldsmobile 442
  • Virginia: 1967 Ford Mustang
  • Washington: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
  • West Virginia: 1966 Ford Mustang
  • Wisconsin: 1969 Ford Mustang
  • Wyoming: 1965 Ford Mustang

Which is your favorite? How did your state stack up?

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Thinking about safety features for cars, the first thing that comes to mind are four-door sedans and soccer mom-mobiles. However, some of the hottest, fastest cars out there have some pretty impressive standard safety features. We’ve taken a look at some popular exotic models and examined the ways they are protecting the humans inside.

Some of the top safety features for 2018 exotics include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Driveline Traction Control
  • Driver Assistance System: May include lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot view, automatic lighting, automatic lane centering, Bluetooth for hands free cell use, and more.
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Back Up Camera
  • Airbags: Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front & Door-Mounted Side
  • Restricted Driving Mode

Some of the top names in exotic cars have many of these features as standard options on several models. The McLaren 720S has a laundry list of high tech safety features – and is arguably one of the safest exotics on the road. They even have a McLaren Driver Safety Policy for their McLaren Driving Permit. The Lamborghini Urus has many standard safety features and others that are optional. The Ferrari 488 GTB holds its own in regard to standard safety features with ABS, stability control, and front impact airbags.

The Porsche Macan has their own Porsche Stability Management system, build to boost driving safety. Sensors are placed at specific points on the car, monitoring speed, driving direction, lateral acceleration and more. The Maserati Ghibli is a prime example of what the carmaker aims to achieve with innovative safety features that keep the vehicle on the road and out of trouble.

When you look at these exotics you might see pretty, but with these cars you see both attractive and safe.

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On one summer night in 1997, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was stolen. The “gadget car” from 1964 Bond classic Goldfinger was stored in a hangar at a Boca Raton airport. It seemingly vanished into thin air. Police and insurance investigators scoured the area looking for clues. However, all they found were a set of tire marks. They began at the hangar and ended, abruptly, a short distance away. There were no clues why the marks just stopped or where the car went from there, leaving everyone baffled – until now.

The insurance firm that has been searching for the DB5 hired Art Recovery International (ARI) to help find the stolen car. They have never given up their quest and their persistence is paying off. ARI now reports that they have received information that names a specific location in the Middle East where the car is being held. A hefty six figure reward (in British pounds) has been offered for any information that will help bring the car home.

Chief Executive of ARI, Christopher Marinello, says he received a “specific tip” that provided very good information about the car’s whereabouts. The company is turning to the collector car community, including mechanics, to enlist their help. He wants to show them that ARI is very serious about getting this iconic Aston Martin back to its rightful owner. They are asking anyone who may see the car or work on it to get a shot of the chassis, so they can match the number – dp/216/1.

There is a possibility that the DB5 that has been spotted in the Middle East is just a copy. That is why the close up shot of the chassis where the number can be clearly seen is so vital.

Are they close to ending the mystery? Or is this another dead end?

We’re all just going to have to wait and see.

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If you keep your classic car as a showpiece, whether it’s for the occasional local auto show or if you are running the big time auto show circuit, it needs to be in tip top shape. There are a lot of things that can affect a classic car’s value and knowing what some of them are will help you ensure that your classic holds its value.

Do keep it clean. Don’t let dirt or dust build up on your car, keep it clean all year round – even when you have it parked. Dirt and dust can cause a lot of problems like impaired performance, chipping paint, and rust. After washing, rinse your car well and use a chamois or other soft rag to dry it thoroughly. This removes any residual soap scum and prevents water marks. A good coat of wax can add another layer of protection and enhance the car’s beauty.

Don’t make modifications. It might be tempting to make some cool modifications to your classic car, but if you are trying to maintain its value, you should just say no. While it may be fun for you when you drive your car, if you decide to sell the value will definitely be impacted – and not in a good way.

Do keep it as original as possible. Original is almost always best when it comes to preserving the value of a classic. Repair parts when you can or try to locate a stock part. You want to avoid using a modern part in a classic car because it’s the value that will take the hit.

Don’t skimp on regular maintenance. Regular maintenance is a good idea regardless of the car, but it is especially important for classics. Repairs can be expensive, but maintenance can help you catch issues before they become real problems. It also provides documentation that demonstrates how well you have cared for the car. A beautiful paint job does not trump mechanical problems or trouble under the hood.

Do make sure it is stored properly. If you are in an area that has extreme weather: very cold, very hot, very humid, or excessive precipitation, you want to try to keep your car indoors. The cold can cause mechanical problems, the sun can fade a paint job, and humidity can cause rust.

If you keep your classic car well maintained, it can actually increase in value.

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Every year exotic car makers start teasing us with mysterious sightings, juicy rumors, and mind-blowing concept cars. Here are a few tasty tidbits that we’ve picked up here and there to clue you in to what you can expect in 2019.

Aston Martin DB11 AMR

All we really need to say is 630 horsepower, but there’s also the V12 grand touring jaw dropper. It is replacing the existing DB11 V12 but still has all the bells and whistles when it comes to high performance and a great ride. Starting price is upwards of $241,000 and it will be hitting the US market sometime this summer.

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Luxury interior and air suspension are exactly what you would expect from a Rolls. What you might not expect is the fact that this vehicle is four-wheel drive with rear axle steering, it has a V12 that gets 563 horsepower, and hits a top speed of 155 mph. Ready to be blindsided? The Cullinan is a Rolls Royce SUV.

It’s OK, go ahead and take a moment.

Bentley Continental GT

If you’ve been waiting for Bentley to finally give their Continental GT an overhaul, your wait is over. There will be a few little tweaks here and there for the exterior, same luxe Bentley amenities in the cabin, then you get to the 6.0 liver W12 engine that kicks out 626 horsepower. Look for this bad boy later this summer.

McLaren Hypercar

If you had your sights set on snagging one of the 106 that were built, you are too late. They have found homes - $2.5 million price tag and all. Still, it doesn’t hurt to look. The powerful hybrid engine sits under the sleek hood with three seats. We’re short on details here, but we just had to tempt you a little.

In other news: Tesla is coming out with a pick-up. Details are sketchy, so we’ll just have to wait and see. A McLaren Senna has been lurking about on the US roads. As you may know, a pre-production prototype made its rounds in England. Now it has been seen in Detroit, Nashville, and a number of cities in between. Aston Martin is ending its run of the Vantage by producing 14 special edition cars. Seven of the V12 Vantage V600 cars will be coupes and seven will be convertibles. What a sendoff! And finally, the new Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador cars will be plug in hybrids. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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When you are planning your summer fun this year, don’t forget to hit up a few classic car shows. We’ve compiled this handy little list of some of the biggest shows across the country. So, grab the family and hit the road for some fun, festivities, and cars – lots and lots of cars.

June 2018 Classic Car Shows

The Elegance at Hershey
June 8-10
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Concours event held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Proof that the fabled city has a lot more to offer than just chocolatey goodness.

34th Annual Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals
June 22-24
Colorado State Fairgrounds
Pueblo, Colorado

Classic street rods, swap meet, and a whole lot more. All vehicles are 1988 or earlier. Get more information on the event right here.

July 2018 Classic Car Shows

Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet
July 12-14
Iola, Wisconsin

Old cars take over the town of Iola for this incredible weekend of festivities. Special guests this year include Henry Winkler (The Fonz) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), along with some incredible, one of a kind rides.

August 2018 Classic Car Shows

Hot August Nights
August 3-4
Virginia City, Nevada

This is actually a two-parter. It starts in Virginia City and continues in Reno and Sparks. There’s food, give aways, and plenty of fun for all.

Hot August Nights
August 7-12
Reno/Sparks, Nevada

A continuation of the Virginia City festivities with more give aways, a craft fair and more.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance & Automotive Week
August 21-26
Pebble Beach, California

This classic car show is one of the most highly anticipated of the year. With auctions, an art exhibit, and of course the car show, there’s something for everyone.

Woodward Dream Cruise
August 28
Detroit, Michigan

Touted as the “World’s Biggest Cruise,” the Woodward Dream Cruise is a popular even that draws crowds from all over. There’s so much to do and see, make sure you check out all the events.

When you hit the classic car shows this summer, make sure you go prepared! You never know when you’ll wander into that car corral and see the vintage beauty that will steal your heart. At Woodside Credit we make it easy to own the classic car to complete your collection or to add to your garage. Visit our site today and fill out a Quick Quote to get started.

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