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Friday
Feb062015

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Snow, cold, more snow, more cold...its expected in winter.

Hopefully in your own way you are progressing towards "Making a Dent", agreed some days are more challenging than others.

Wondering what the new Ferrari 488GTB is all about? Take a moment, take a look, yes its a turbo motor.

Canadian Sales:

As anticiapted some manufacturers had a strong January, others endured the sales management they exercised in December of last year. It will be interesting to see how February develops to have a clearer perspective on the strategies. A few are on a downward spiral that seems bottomless.

Price of Gas:

Fascinating to see gas hit rock bottom at less than 90 cents a liter and then slowly and surely make its way back up towards 1.00 a liter, everyone wants to make some extra money. Lets give some back to CMS (Citizen Main Street) and then lets take it back, and so on.

Auto Show:

Yes...next week is the opening of the Toronto Auto Show...stay tuned.

Auto Loans:

You have to love it when pundits espouse the idea that auto loans are longer because cars last longer.

Old cars in the snow from the Winter Marathon Rally 2015

 

Thursday
Feb052015

Looking Back

This week it struck us that if you have been on this planet long enough, and have been in the auto business long enough too...at times looking back is influenced by a sense of nostalgia.

In no particular order:

409's: In the showroom it was the black Impala SS with the 409/425 chrome valve covers, huge air filter to cover the dual quads. The street reality was often a Biscayne coupe with a bench seat and rubber mats.

Big Block Corvette: The sidepipes, the sound, until you were in a roadster at a traffic light ingesting exhaust fumes. But the sound...

Duntov Cam: There is nothing like a small block Chevy with mechanical lifters, the lumpy idle, the iconic clacking, the streets creds...until you had to adjust the valves...do one side. Warm it up again do the other side.

Powerglides: Everybody wanted a Muncie rock crusher with a 2.20 first gear, and an 11 inch clutch, while everything had a powerglide...go figure.

Mercedes-Benz 6.9: Serious sedan, serious power, dry sump, hydrualic suspension, aluminum suspension arms...a wow car. Until you tried to resell one used...it became a wow car for all the wrong reasons.

Porsche Turbo: The early 911 turbo's with the 4 speed and 2 OD gears, what a ride, red turbo, downshift to second, what an experience way back in the day. Most folks would fly off the road backwards with them.

Brakes: Back in the day, you could not stop most cars with drum brakes...it was normal.

12 Cylinder: At some point in your life you need to own and enjoy a car with a V12, especially a twin turbo V12. Ideally one with tweaked computers, especially if you are a horsepower afficionado. You will also discover that nobody wants these cars once they are used. Somethings never change...

We could keep on going, but you surely grasp our meaning. For some reason stuff seems a little better when looking back...must be the nostalgia.

 

 

Wednesday
Feb042015

Global Sales 2014

When a chart tells the entire story...

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Monday
Feb022015

Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3

What do we, more specifically The Colonel remember of the 6.3?

Back in the day a 300SEL was the top of the line version of the S Class, while the numerals on the right hand side of the trunk added increased cachet.

The 6.3 was the equivalent of an S65...today. It was a serious hot rod from Stuttgart.

Those were the days when Mercedes-Benz was emerging from the vestiges of WWII, the plant in Sindelfingen was a previous airplane production facility. Especially in North America M-B needed a more forceful identity than simply diesel and 6 cylinder cars.

In typical M-B fashion the car was over engineered, with rudimentary convenience features, stiff Teutonic leather, the 4.5 V8 had morphed into the 6.3 from of the 600. With the 6.3 it was fashionable to remove the 6.3 from the trunk.

To uphold the Teutonic tradition of the day, which implied that if it was an expensive car it should cruise effortlessly at ridiculously high speeds on the autobahn. This was accomplished with a low numerical rear axle ratio, and usually a second gear start from the transmission.

Until you stopped, literally shifted the transmission to 1st gear, and throttle up it was not obvious how fast this car could accelerate. The transmission would bang through the shifts like an old school Hydra Matic in a truck.

Back in the day corrosion protection was rudimentary, and in Canada by the time these cars were 10 years old, there were serious corrosion issues, the air suspension was delicate, and the 6.3 consumed prodigious amounts of gasoline.

It was a landmark, benchmark car with superlative performance, while corroding and requiring expensive maintenance.

Here is Jay Leno driving and sharing his memories of the 6.3...

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jan302015

Vroom Room

Good Morning

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

In case you missed it...how could you? We have reached the end of January, yes it went by in a blink.

Yes...Corvette won the GTLM Class at the Rolex 24.

Next week it will be revealing to see the January sales results for Canada. Especially with a lower prime rate, lower gas prices, and a dramatically lower CDN dollar. Enough change to force most manufacturers to revisit their strategies and tactics.

Our Canandian Sales 2014 that we published had last week had its own "viral moment" for several days.

Our usual old race cars from Spa Six Hours.