Posts Tagged ‘Classic cars’

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SHARJAH CAR MUSEUM

August 6, 2008

I always thought that we would see either Dubai or Abu Dhabi complete this feat first, but Sharjah has beaten them to the punch.

While many car collections remain in the private residences of owners across the UAE, Sharjah has decided to take one step in the right direction in this rapidly developing market.

If you want to know more about the new RTA law on cars older than 20 years and what you can do to protect your classic car please seach the Latest News Section on a dedicated piece to guide you along your way.

While the Sharjah Car Museum isnt exactly littered with Duesenbergs, Lincon Zyphers or Auburn Boattail Speedsters, it certainly does have its fair share of very nice Rolls Royce’s and other marques you would certainly expect to see out here in the Middle East.

The majority of cars need work, as does the clubs ethos in reaching the correct base it wants to attract to its Membership rota.

With a dedicated clubhouse, pool table, books, magazines and a soon to operate coffee house – it has all the humble beginnings of an organisation that can sprout to much larger proportions in the very near future. Winter occasions will be supported by the large outdoor space with manicured lawns that adorn the entire purpose built facility just next to the Sharjah Airport.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem is a member of the Federally recognized club that aims to protect owners and put them on an equal footing with one another during Member gatherings with specially made historic plates and an individual registration process.

A trip to the Museum is well worth it and I do believe that it will be a template for Dubai and Abu Dhabi to celebrate the mass hoard of trophies and true spectacles of Rolling Art littered throughout the UAE.

Do feel free to get in touch should you need more information at info@rollingartemporium.com

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America in recession? I dont think so says Classic Car market…

August 6, 2008

Many are of the opinion that buying classic cars in the US would be the best thing for people outside its four walls at this point in time.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

At a time when many say that the USA is going into recession, the classic car market has not been recorded at a stronger point in the last 12 months, especially with the most recent auction results.

Sure, there may be certain distress sales, but when your talking about pure classics and muscle, you better bring a good bank account with you to the table, as the bidding is going through the roof. Alternatively, if you have been sitting and converting your hard earned cash into Euros – you bet well and can buy more.

SCM and its analysts have a great few things to say about what is and what isn’t hitting the mark in terms of estimates for certain Hemi packed cars or Cobra stinging AC’s  going up on the auction block. Have a look at what they have to say here in an article entitled “Recession Proof Muscle Cars”

http://www.sportscarmarket.com/articles/archives/1429

If you need more convincing, how about a $ 1 Million Ford while youy here? Think I’m joking? Think again. Have a look here:

http://money.cnn.com/video/#/video/fortune/2008/03/13/fortune.callaway.ford.fortune

But to top it all off, a ginger haired ex- Radio DJ from UK has gone and done what no man has done before. That is to buy a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder for over $ 11 Million (previously owned by a certain J Coburn). The Internet still burns with stories covering the event itself. No doubt, the man loves his cars, but paid perhaps a tad too much we think.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/19/1961-ferrari-california-spyder-sells-for-record-10-894-900/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/motoringNews/idUKNOA03787520080520

http://www.luxurylaunches.com/auctions/ferrari_fetches_11_million_at_an_auction.php

There have been numerous records set and many broken this year, in fact so many, I didn’t want to list them just yet.

 We do still have 5 months left in 2008 and I will post the most exciting ones for last.

Till then,

Enjoy.

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RetroMod Muscle on the horizon…..

August 6, 2008

With so many cars now coming out as part of a retro inspired – back to the future style marketing ploy – we now find this…….have we really run out of new ideas?

Or is the classic car market really bubbling over into the new age market ?

A Challenger for every budget

A Challenger for every budget
Dodge recently launched a new microsite to help hype the 2009 Challenger.
photo courtesy Dodge

Rumors about the Dodge Challenger have been flying around since the concept first made its debut, at the New York International Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled its full 2009 Dodge Challenger model lineup which will include the SRT8 with a 425hp, 6.1-liter Hemi, the R/T with a 375hp, 5.7-liter Hemi and the SE with a 250hp, 3.5-liter V-6.

 

“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine representing the best from the past and present,” said Mike Accavitti, director of Dodge and SRT Global Marketing. “Thirty-five years following the debut of the original, we are bringing Dodge Challenger back and loading it with essential hardware, styling and technology desired by today’s buyer.” Numbers have yet to be revealed, but officials are saying that prices will start in the low $20,000s for the SE.

 

For complete information about the entire 2009 Challenger lineup, check out the elaborate microsite Dodge has set up.

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American Supercar. Mojo Rising…..

August 6, 2008

According to Hemmings News:

American supercar
The S5S Raptor concept came out of a partnership between American Specialty Cars and Saleen.

Having recently undergone major changes in administration and location, specialty manufacturer Saleen Inc. reinforced their high-end American performance status at the 2008 New York International Auto Show’s introduction of the S5S Raptor. American Specialty Cars (ASC) partnered with Saleen on the design and construction of this striking concept, which sports an aluminum chassis and composite bodywork.

 

The S5S Raptor is motivated by a mid-mounted, E85 ethanol-fueled, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 650hp and 630-lbs.ft. of torque; this power is fed through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels, allowing a 0-60 mph run of 3.2 seconds and a top speed north of 200 mph. Saleen hinted that production may begin in 2010, and the car could come to market with a sticker price of $185,000, making it a bargain in comparison to the even more potent 750hp, $555,000-plus S7 Twin Turbo.

 

Information is forthcoming at www.saleen.com.

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Complete Picture Coverage – Dubai Motor Show 2007

November 17, 2007

Thats right.

We have every single Classic and Exotic car picture you would want to see, download or share with your friends straight from the Dubai Motor Show 2007 on Facebook!

Think BMW CS Concept, Effigy, Saab Aero X, Rinspeed Concept, SSC Aero, Koenigsegg, Wisseman and much much more!

View our jammed packed albums here

Album 1

Album 2

Join our group on Facebook here – as well as our Monthly Newsletter on www.RollingArtEmporium.com to keep up to date with all the latest news, events, and competitions!

Enjoy.

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The Ultimate barn find in Portugal….

October 25, 2007

You may have heard this one before, but I could not help but post this on the Legends and Myths section of my blog.

It came to me a while ago from a friend in India – Mr. Girish Nydu – who continues to send me much material that you will see featured in my blog from time to time.

The story goes a little something like this:

Man goes to Portugal to retire.

Man buys large farmland property from a family looking to get rid of it.

Man moves to his retirement location.

Man finds 2 very, very large barns on the property – which he had not noticed before. The doors on the barn are rusted solid.

Once the doors and locks are broken and the door forced open, he finds the following greets him:

The barn that is home to 180 classic and exotic cars….

Since there are so many pictures to see (and believe) I suggest going to the source website which is “http://www.intuh.net/barnfinds/index.htm

There what you will find is the SCM (Sports Car Market) doing an amazing investigation into the story to solve the urban legend.

This is what really happened – or as they put it – The Story Behing The Story as told by Tom Cotter

http://www.sportscarmarket.com/articles/archives/1110”

Gaurav Dhar

This Blog is part of www.RollingArtEmporium.com – the only place in the Middle East dedicated to Classic and Exotic car Owners AND Enthusiasts alike.

We are home to the most Exclusive cars on Earth – not sold before in over 20 years from the World Famous BlackHawk Collection

Why not view our Local and Regional Market section to see what’s near you?

Or perhaps you would like to post your Classic or Exotic car on RAE for our customers to view?

Browse our selection of Collectibles and Memorabilia – Exclusive to the Middle East with the Rolling Art Emporium!

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Maserati GranTurismo Middle East Launch Exclusive !

October 24, 2007

Don’t ask why and don’t ask how.

For the time being – enjoy the pictures and video brought to you from the Launch before any other website and publication in the Middle East.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did being there.

Bon Appetite

Gaurav Dhar

Video link = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30o2UGuNwW4

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This Blog is part of www.RollingArtEmporium.com – the only place in the Middle East dedicated to Classic and Exotic car Owners AND Enthusiasts alike.

We are home to the most Exclusive cars on Earth – not sold before in over 20 years from the World Famous BlackHawk Collection

Why not view our Local and Regional Market section to see what’s near you?

Or perhaps you would like to post your Classic or Exotic car on RAE for our customers to view?

Browse our selection of Collectibles and Memorabilia – Exclusive to the Middle East with the Rolling Art Emporium!

Sign up to our Monthly Newsletter to keep in touch with all the latest News and Events Regionally and Internationally with competitions and more!