18 July 2016

Instagram Jump Start: Sink-hole Corvettes rise to the top

Yes, it’s Monday. But unless a giant sink-hole swallowed your treasured Corvette collection over the weekend, you have it way better than the National Corvette Museum did in February 2014, when eight vehicles tumbled into the abyss like Hot Wheels. A photo of a pair of those cars was the most-liked post on Hagerty’s Instagram account last week. Here are the top five:

  1. 1962 and 1993 Chevrolet Corvette (1,455 likes) – A sink hole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., swallowed eight Corvettes on Feb. 12, 2014. Among those damaged were a 1962 Corvette (top) and 1993 40th Anniversary model nicknamed Ruby. Although Ruby was one of three Corvettes on top of the pile, she also fell the farthest, having been on display at the top of a lift. The ’62 will be restored, but since the damage to the ’93 Corvette exceeded the car’s value, it will remain on display as is.
    1962 and 1993 Chevrolet Corvette

  2. 1963 VW Type 2 Super Deluxe (1,300) – This 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Super Deluxe (23-window) Microbus is powered by a 50-bhp, 1.6-liter air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. According to its original paperwork, the Microbus was completed in Wolfsburg, Germany, on March 13, 1963 and was sold new in San Francisco.
    1963 VW Type 2 Super Deluxe

  3. 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 clone (1,270) – It may look like a Shelby Mustang GT350, but this clone began its life as a ’65 Mustang fastback. It has a 302-ci, 400-hp V-8 under the hood.
    Shelby GT350

  4. 1968 Dodge Custom Sportsman (1,060) – The engine in the 1968 Dodge Custom Sportsman is situated under a sound-insulated cover between the driver and front passenger, a design feature referred to as Forward Control styling.
    1968 Dodge Custom Sportsman

  5. 1935 Auburn 653 Coupe (1,019) – This 1935 Auburn 653 Coupe (at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum in Indiana) sold new for $835. Adjusting for inflation, that’s equal to about $14,739 in today’s economy – a steal in any era.
    1935 Auburn 653 Coupe

Best of the Rest – Come on, @hannesoosthuizen27, that just isn’t fair. Iconic car, gorgeous sunset and exotic location? How could we resist? We couldn’t. Your photo of a Jaguar E-Type on the shore of South Africa’s Hout Bay is simply irresistible. Guess it’s time to book a flight.
Jaguar E-Type

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