1954 Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado Convertible
Wednesday November 19, 2014
For General Motors and Cadillac, 1953 had been a year of celebrations, with both entities celebrating a 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion, GM’s top three Divisions had created limited edition convertibles for the show circuit, but only the Cadillac Eldorado found favor enough to be used in the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower as President. With the success of the Eldorado building traffic and bringing Cadillac to the forefront of the luxury-car market, 1954 was set up to be a great year for Cadillac in general, with 77,345 luxury cars sold, and the Series 62 was the core of that success. (more…)
“The past is gone. The future may never see a car like this. It is one of the brutes, and all it needs is a way of staying in contact with terra firma”
-Hot Rod Magazine, May 1970- (more…)
Join Heacock Classic Insurance and HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing, LTD.) at the legendary Daytona International Speedway for the Classic 24 Hour Race and Daytona Historics. Daytona in November always attracts a strong field of racers and this year will be no exception.
Daytona has held significant sports car racing events since 1961, and in 1966, the 24 Hours of Daytona was born. The Classic 24 Hours is dedicated to cars that have raced Daytona endurance races in the past. It’s a celebration of great classic racecars, high speeds, high banks, and a long night of performance driving in cars from 1961 – 2010. Heacock Classic is pleased to be the official insurance provider for the entire event.
The Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2014 will be the longest and the toughest historic car race in North America, an American-flavored version of the Le Mans Classic 24 hour historic car race that runs every other summer on the famous Le Mans 24 hour circuit in France. Competitors will race on the full nine-turn, 3.56-mile Daytona 24 Hour road-oval circuit that includes the infield road course and the steeply banked 2.5-mile Daytona “tri-oval”.
“That Daytona tradition will continue in the Classic 24 Hour on November 15th and 16th,” said HSR President David Hinton. “This event really struck a nerve internationally. We already have over 140 entries in the six race groups for the Classic 24, many from European teams. The latest is a Porsche 907/LH entered by Willi Kauhsen Motorsport to be driven by Le Mans winner Jurgen Barth.”
A fleet of European Group C prototypes from the 1980s is expected, along with a cadre of Daytona’s endurance racing’s all-stars. Five-time Daytona 24 Hour winner Hurley Haywood leads a cast of Daytona superstars who will race on November 15-16, 2014. Joining Haywood on the Classic 24 grid will be:
An early Classic 24 entry is the Porsche 934 raced by the late Bob Wollek in the 1976 and 1977 World Championship in races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours and 1,000kms of the Nurburgring.
Take advantage of a limited number of VIP packages that are available, which include access to the Drivers Club in the lounge level of the 500 Club onsite, where you can mingle with the drivers, enjoy a great view of the racing, and enjoy food and beverages, and enjoy special behind the scenes tours. Heacock Classic is proud to sponsor the Drivers Club, and we hope you’ll purchase a VIP package and join us for a great racing weekend.
Building off of the TR3’s success, Triumph unveiled the sleek new TR4 in 1961. It’s a very logical British step forward in the evolution of these fine sports cars, and the TR4 combined a low cost of entry with capable performance to become one of Triumph’s best-loved open cars.
Stylistically, the TR4 was quite a departure from the TR3. Gone were the low-cut doors and somewhat polarizing grille of its predecessor, and in their place was a more modern design courtesy of Giovanni Michelotti. A spacious trunk, high beltline, full-sized doors with roll-up windows, and a revised front look brought the TR Series into a new era. (more…)
John DeLorean’s self-named sports car was the talk of the auto world long before it ever hit the streets. There was talk in the mid 1970s of his radical coupe with an unpainted stainless steel body sporting exotic gull-wing doors. Mr. DeLorean was already somewhat of an auto industry legend for designing one of the most important muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO. He was also known for his fast rise through the ranks at General Motors, where he gained a reputation as a rebellious visionary. He quit GM in 1973 and formed the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC). The production version of his car debuted in 1981 with mixed reviews, but by 1983 financial difficulties had doomed the company and it closed after producing fewer than 10,000 cars. (more…)