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What Do I Like To Do Business Concepts – I Like To Fix Up Old Cars and Do Restoration

As a car enthusiast, I’ve been to at least 50 auto shows, car museums, and many classic car rallies. Over the years, I’ve also been engaged in high-end auto detailing, so I’ve been able to put my cotton picking hands on some of the most exotic and expensive classic automobiles around. If you are also a car enthusiast and you love cars, perhaps you might want to consider starting a business which can incorporate your classic car consumption in a moneymaking venture. Okay so, let’s talk about this for second shall we?

What if you start a business as a Classic Car Restoration Consultant?

You see, it takes a lot of research to restore a classic or antique automobile to original, and not everyone has the patience for that. If you have a classic car and you take it to an auto show there are contests for the most original. Thus, you have to be very careful not to have modified the car in any way. In fact, people often seek out special materials which do not exist anymore, or try to re-create the same types of materials using similar processes. There are all sorts of catalogs for classic cars so you can get the parts you need, to keep it fully original. It’s a tricky business.

Another way you can take your love of automobiles and classic cars and turn it into a passionate business model is to buy a franchise where you will be appraising classic, exotic, and antique cars. Folks that buy and sell at the auto auctions need to know what their cars are worth at any given time. Insurance companies also need to know the value of the car, and therefore antique car appraisers are highly sought after. It’s a good way to make money, and it is yet another way to get up close and personal with some of the most exotic antique cars in your state.

Finally, you might consider starting an auto detailing business. If you specialize in only high-end antiques, sports cars, and classics you’ll be surprised how much you can get paid keeping everything pristine. Lastly, if you love the open road and traveling, you might get a job transporting these classic antique cars to auto auctions, museums, and other events. People pay a lot of money to make sure their cars are not damaged, and they always hire professional car transportation services.

Why not start a business doing something what you love and have the perfect excuse for being around the automobiles that you dream about? Please consider all this and think on it.

Cars Fit For Superman

If you ask a hand full of older auto enthusiasts what their favorite sports or muscle car is; you will most likely get a list filled with Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs. With the traditional combination of style and power, who would disagree with any of these classic choices?

The consumer’s addiction to performance, power, and speed has influenced auto manufacturers to continually push the limits of high end sports/muscle cars. The result; an entirely new breed of car appropriately dubbed the ‘supercar’. In 1965 the world’s first ‘supercar’ was produced named the “AC cobra 427″. From this, an entire industry has developed continually striving to produce the best performing “super” car.

Unlike most cars, supercars have a specialized array of analogous features that enable these vehicles to perform at the levels they do. Below is a list of features that have aided in the transformation of sports cars into the beasts we know today as supercars.

Light Weight Bodies
-Aluminum and other light weight materials are used to reduce the vehicles weight.

Aluminum Engines
- Aluminum reduces weight and aluminum block engines improve various oiling capabilities and the basic structure of the engine.

Engine Size
-Dramatic increases in engine size, horsepower, and torque have drastically increased acceleration and top speeds.

Turbo/Super Chargers
-Changes the density of air entering the engine creating more power. Many super cars use multiple turbos or super chargers to significantly increase power.

Aerodynamic Shape
- Creates less ‘drag’ from wind resistance resulting in a higher attainable speed.

Carbon Fiber

-Lightweight material that easily disperses heat and can be used to induct air enhancing engine cooling.

Specialized Exhaust Systems

-Enables the engines to fully maximize potential and horsepower by routing and releasing optimal amounts of exhaust.

There are also various additional features of super cars that do not necessarily increase speed, but are directly related to the components that do.

Specialized Breaking Systems

-Essential to controlling the speed and handling of a supercar.

Spoiler Systems

-Increases aerodynamic lift or creates drag.

Specialized wide wheelbase

-Better traction, speed, and handling.

Specialized Suspension

-To handle high speeds and aggressive driving capable of supercars.

Many ‘supercars’ have gained recognition and appeal around the world for their eye catching exotic looks and their mind blowing performance. Popular names of such recent supercars include the Ferarri Enzo and the McLaren F1. In 1998, Volkswagen decided to join the supercar game by purchasing the rights to produce vehicles under the famous French Bugatti name.

By 2000, Volkswagen had founded The Bugatti Automobiles SAS. Later that year at the Paris, Geneva and Detroit auto shows, VW introduced the brand new EB 16/4 Veyron concept under the Bugatti name. The concept Veyron housed a 16-cylinder quad-turbocharged engine rated at 987 bhp.

By late 2005 the Veyron had entered production and was delivered to its first customers in early 2006. Within 8 short years of purchasing the Bugatti name, Volkswagen was able to successful deliver the world’s fastest supercar reaching 253 mph. In 2007 Shelby Super Cars released a Twin turbo version of a car named the SSC Ultimate Aero, surpassing the Veyron for the world’s fastest supercar at 257 mph.

Below is a list of the top six fastest supercars on the market and some comparable statics.

1. SSC Ultimate Aero – Cost: $654K Top Speed: 257 mph, 0 to 60 in:2.7sec, HP: 1183, Engine: Twin-Turbo V8 (1287 hp in 2009 edition), Uniqueness: Currently the world’s fastest car.

2. Bugatti Veyron – Cost: $1.7Mil Top Speed: 253 mph, 0 to 60 in: 2.5sec, HP: 1001, Engine: W16 Engine
Uniqueness: The quickest-accelerating production car in history.

3. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo – Cost: $555K Top Speed: 248 mph, 0 to 60 in: 3.2sec, HP: 750, Engine: Twin Turbo V8

4. Koenigsegg CCX – Cost: $545K Top Speed: 245 mph, 0 to 60 in: 3.2sec, HP: 806, Engine: 90 Degree V8

5. McLaren F1 – Cost: $970K Top Speed: 240 mph, 0 to 60 in: 3.2sec, HP: 627, Engine: S70/2 60 Degree V12

6. Ferrari Enzo – Cost: $670K Top Speed: 217 mph, 0 to 60 in: 3.4sec, HP: 660, Engine: F140 Aluminum V12

With bank-breaking prices, (some much worse than others), today a plethora of muscle charged super cars are available around the world. Though some may still prefer classic muscle over towering prices and outrageous power, the transformation and development of supercars will continue to be fueled by an ever growing community of speed and performance enthusiasts.

Mercedes Concept A-Class Transcends Earthly Realm

Mercedes-Benz is calling the car its “Concept A-Class,” but in all likelihood this car will be built or something very close to it. Without benefit of being able to show you a picture means that my words will have to sketch in your mind what this vehicle will look like. Importantly, I must explain the importance of bringing such a vehicle to market.

Auto Show Stopper

Scheduled to debut at auto shows in Shanghai and in New York this month, the Concept A-Class is a subcompact three-door hatchback with a long hood, narrow side windows and a tapered rear deck. Seating four passengers, the concept sits on huge wheels and is powered by its front wheels. Underneath its hood, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder direction injection engine resides, paired with a dual clutch transmission. This car is all about presenting an athletic look and backing it up with a compact engine that can move it with authority.

Inside, the concept evokes an airliner theme, with an aircraft styled dashboard, thrust lever and a center stack resembling the flight control panel you’d see on a commercial jet. In an unusual touch, Mercedes has made the dials shine bright red, evoking comparisons to the afterburners on a jet. Inside and out, you get the feeling that this car is fast and won’t play second fiddle to anything else on the road.

Cabin Seat Comfort

Seating four passengers, the Concept A-Class offers a non-skid storage area immediately behind the rear seats. All four seat placements are bucket seats, demonstrating Mercedes’ interest in offering individual seating comfort. This car features integrated smartphone technology and a three-dimensional center stack screen for navigation and entertainment purposes.

Getting the Concept A-Class to market shouldn’t be much of a challenge. Whether it’ll look like the car on display at auto shows in 2011 remains to be seen. Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz, will be gauging customer reaction. Likely, the footprint for this concept will underpin whatever M-B builds, with some smoothing out of the lines and calming down of the interior, but not by much. After all, Mercedes is in this market to win it, and it won’t do so by playing it safe.

Build It, Buy It

Mercedes has been building subcompact cars for years and selling these models in Europe. In America, small, premium cars haven’t been offered, because consumer tastes have always centered on cars that are big, roomy and powerful. With gas prices pushing near record levels, the trend to smaller, premium cars appears to be catching on. If M-B decides to build the Concept A-Class, chances are consumers will buy it.