The world of the automobile is constantly and continuously changing and shifting on a yearly basis, with new models entering the marketplace every single year, major overhauls and changes for some of our favorite vehicles exploding into the public perception, and major missteps made by some of the bigger brands leading the charge for all the Florida auto news cycles.
2013 was no different, and 2014 issue or to follow in the same footsteps when it comes to Florida auto news. However, there are certain things that are more exciting than others in the world of the automobile, and hopefully will be able to encapsulate some of the more interesting and exciting things from 2013 while paving the way for 2014’s fantastic auto news as well.
Let’s jump right in!
Classic cars sales blow through the roof
The classic cars have always been exciting, interesting, and fun to own – and for some people, even more fun to work on – we’ve never seen classic car values quite as high as they were in 2013.
The biggest auto news of the year would have to be all of the major auctions that occurred across the globe in 2013, pushing classic car values to the highest that they’ve ever been. In fact, according to some industry insiders – as well as the overwhelming majority of investment insiders – classic car values outpaced any other investment platform over the last five years.
That’s right, classic cars have been more valuable than stocks, bonds, commodities, gold and other precious metals, and even the real estate market – which has only served to drive their value even higher.
We saw a number of absolutely jaw-dropping numbers spent on classic cars all throughout 2013, but the big auto news focused on the major car auction known as the Lambrecht Auction. A historic classic car event if there ever was one, at this auction had 500 vintage vehicles go underneath the gavel – many of them in just about brand-new condition with single digit mileage on the odometer.
Most of them were owned by a car dealership owner and stored in various warehouses, bonds, and other locales the moment that they were purchased almost 50 years ago – making this a once-in-a-lifetime event that will probably never be duplicated or replicated ever again.
On top of that, we saw the most expensive vintage vehicles sell at auction time and time again, with cars going for $20 million, $30 million, $40 million, and even more in successive weeks – some of the highest values in human history.
Emerging marketplaces and economies like those in India and China are likely only going to continue to drive the value of classic cars higher and higher, but it’s certainly something worth paying attention to if you are interested in auto news.
A handful of vintage muscle cars get completely redone
Another major news trend in the world of automobiles would have to be the big time updates to the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Corvette.
Though the Mustang has had new life breathed into it in just the last 10 or 20 years and in most people would have imagined possible, the newest Mustang looks to be a true game changer in every sense of the word. With an all-new design that pays tribute to the late 60s and early 70s Fastback models while adding an more than a little bit of a modern feel and flair – in a ridiculous amount of modern technology and engineering – this has already been touted as the very best Ford Mustang ever produced.
That’s pretty big talk for what might be the most popular muscle car in human history, the kind of muscle car that turns heads regardless of which iteration it is. For people are more than a little bit excited at the prospect of seeing how this next generation of drivers reacts to their flagship muscle car, and vintage vehicle enthusiasts are also lining up and chomping at the bit to see if Ford has abandoned their love of American muscle in favor of something more eco-friendly.
The odds are fantastic that it’s something in between those two, but there’s never going to be anything that can eliminate the throaty howl of a Mustang as it’s working through the gears.
The other major classic car that got more than a little bit of an update is the Chevy Corvette, even though it’s been something of a “forgotten vehicle” ever since the early 2000’s.
Also taking design cues from a favorite model from the late 1960s and the early 1970s, the new Chevy Corvette is the re-imagined Stingray Corvette – and is definitely something of a looker.
Combining the clean lines of the Chevy Corvette C6 with the Stingray body that is immediately recognizable (however, the jury is still out as to whether or not there will be a T top version produced), this is a powerhouse vehicle that is going to turn heads the moment that it start showing up on American motorways.
More than a little bit fast (and something that is being called the perfect American supercar), this vehicle is finally getting the recognition due – and people are stacking it right up against the entry-level Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and other Italian jobs that had dominated the supercar market for some time.
Electric vehicles are exploding in popularity – and some of them are just plain exploding
In other Florida auto news, electronic vehicles and those that use hybrid technology are becoming more and more popular as days go on – though they probably aren’t getting the kind of attention that hybrid manufacturers or environmentalists were expecting when they were first produced.
Things are just now starting to pick up, and more and more companies are focusing on electric power plants and hybrid power plants as the demand continues to increase. Sales exploded exponentially in the final quarter of 2013, and they are anticipated to continue to climb as 2014 goes on.
Tesla, on the other hand, has done a bit of exploding all on their own – with the batteries responsible for their power plant mysteriously exploding from time to time on drivers that are cruising along. Obviously, this is a design flaw that needs to be attended to be for these cars can be seen as a viable alternative to traditional vehicles – but if anybody can lead the charge in making electric cars sexy, attractive, and fun for the world at large, it’s Elon Musk.