17 09, 2018

Weekly Feature – Ford Bronco

By | 2018-09-10T12:36:30+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Ford Bronco was first produced in 1966 with the intentions of competing with the Jeep CJ-5. This was genius; though much-loved, the Mustang was based off the Ford Falcon and lacked that “one of a kind” vibe. The Bronco, however, had a unique frame, body, and extension and Ford was able to market it as one of the first civilian “Sports Utility” vehicles. I'd have to say Morrie's Heritage's 1973 Bronco fits the description perfectly! Looking under the hood, the ’66-’77 model had an inline 6 while the updated model was given a V8. It also gained a catalytic converter and emission controls. In 1978, Ford wanted to make Bronco bigger so they used F100 pickup truck chassis, its biggest competitor became the Chevy Blazer. Also, Like the Country Squire, the Bronco got folding rear seats and a roll down back window too. Oh, and of course, the popular external spare tire. In 1980, Ford made the Bronco lighter and shorter hoping for a more efficient powertrain. It was given an inline 6 engine again and only made it available in manual transmission. This time, it was built on an F150 chassis. In ’87 the Bronco got a facelift, mainly with the intentions of giving the truck better aerodynamics. They reshaped its front bumper and hood, gave it a flatter front grille, and gave it composite headlamps. In ’92 the last remodel took place focusing on safety updates such as crumple zones, seatbelts in the rear, more airbags and [...]

11 09, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – September 2018 Edition

By | 2018-09-11T14:08:12+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Perfect for those snowy trips to your local Whole Foods or a classy night out on the town, this luxurious 1989 Cadillac Stretch Limo is the opulent go-anywhere vehicle you need. This is the perfect vehicle for when your Hummer or Abrams tank is in the shop again, and for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy the sleek, wheel-less lines of this Cadillac. If you think 20-inch wheels look good on a Cadillac, these 20-ft tracks look TWELVE TIMES BETTER. A bargain at only $6,000 CAD, which is basically $48 and a 12-pack of Molson Ice in US currency. Located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. […]

11 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 10th, 2018

By | 2018-09-11T10:31:48+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This past weekend, a large number of Europe’s finest vintage racecars descended upon the historic Goodwood racing circuit for the annual Goodwood Revival. The Goodwood Revival is basically a time warp back to the 1950s, with period-correct cars, attire, and activities filling the grounds at the Goodwood estate. It’s pure sensory overload with all the sites and sounds of the past everywhere you look, and nowhere else will you see such intense wheel-to-wheel racing with cars that cost millions of dollars. Check out some highlight photos from the event here on Classic Driver and here on Petrolicious and make sure to check out some of the awesome racing highlight videos below as well. […]

10 09, 2018

Weekly Feature – Ferrari F430

By | 2018-09-10T07:56:05+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Ferrari F430 was produced from 2004 to 2009 as a revision of the 360 with aim to improve aerodynamics. The F430 has a handful of Ferrari heritage exterior design details. For example, the tail lights and engine cover vents replicate that of the Enzo’s. Just like the Testarossa, the driver’s side mirror has the name etched in it, and the oval openings on the front bumper resemble those of earlier Ferrari racing models.   The F430 was the first Ferrari to have the Manettino dials on the steering wheel. Manettino, meaning little lever, allows the driver to adjust things like suspension, traction and throttle response simply and quickly. So yeah, it’s basically a spaceship. Lastly, The F430 has a 4.3L V8 petrol engine. It has 343 lb-ft of torque, 80% which is available blew 3,500 RPM. Its top speed is 186mph and it has a 3.6s 0-60 time. This is .6s faster than the 360. The F430 also features what they call the “E-Diff”, a limited slip active differential, as well. This allows the distribution of torque to be varied depending on steering and acceleration.

10 09, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 9/10/18

By | 2018-09-12T11:11:49+00:00 September 10th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival — Friday, September 14th through Sunday, September 16th Our warm weather driving days are numbered and if you’re looking for one last epic drive of the season consider heading to Road America this weekend for the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (ELVF). The ELVF is similar to the big July vintage races at Road America, but a bit more laid back. Attendees will see a couple hundred vintage race cars on track throughout the weekend ranging from pre-war Bugattis to seventies Porsches to contemporary Indy cars.   Minneapolis Bike Tour – Sunday, September 16th “The 12th annual Minneapolis Bike Tour starts and ends at beautiful Boom Island and features multiple fully supported routes that take riders through the spectacular park and byway system of Minneapolis at their own pace, traffic free!” […]

7 09, 2018

Fall Spot – Taste of White Bear Lake

By | 2018-08-28T15:19:01+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Growing up there was no better incentive than “Free Samples” to get me to go grocery shopping with Mom on Sunday afternoons. Heck, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t recently make a pit stop at Kowalski’s on the way home from church just to see which gourmet cheese and cracker combo they had for me to try.  […]

4 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 3rd, 2018

By | 2018-09-04T15:47:16+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

2018 is the year of green. Everywhere you look, manufacturers are coming out with new cars in stunning hues such as Porsche’s bright and wild Lizard Green on the GT3RS or Audi’s classy and sophisticated Sonoma Green they used a launch color on the new RS5 Sportback. All signs are pointing to green being very much the “it” color right now and taking that trend to new heights is, of course, a small Italian company known as Automobili Amos who has embued their new reimagined Lancia Delta Futurista. Other than the price, which is $350,000, Automobili Amos hasn’t published any numbers about this new project. And that’s because, according to the creator of this project, the Delta Futurista isn’t about numbers. It’s about how it makes you feel; it’s about the emotion of driving the car. And to me, that’s pretty cool. Sure, it’s lighter, faster, and more luxurious than the original Delta Integrale, but that’s not the point. To learn more about the gorgeous and green Lancia Delta Futurista as reimagined by Automobili Amos, check out this article about it on Jalopnik. […]

4 09, 2018

Weekly Feature – 1971 Corvette

By | 2018-09-04T09:20:03+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The C3 Corvette was produced from ’68-’82. Morrie's Heritage's Corvette is a 1971, middle-model of the C3. The engine and chassis were the same as the previous generation, but the C3 got brand new interior and exterior aesthetics. Though the C3 model was titled the Stingray, the name was retired after the ’76 year until it returned in 2014. C2 C3 Differing from the previous gen, the concealed headlights moved using a vacuum operated system rather than electrics. The door handles were now flush to the door, the front fenders got functioning vents, and side vents were discontinued. For the first time in Corvette-history, the ’71 model C3 had air conditioning as an option and 53% of purchases chose it. Another change to the C3 was the relocation of the battery. It moved from the engine area to behind the seats for better weight distribution.  The base engine for the ’71 Vette was a 5.7L small block V8 which generated 270hp. Only in ’71 the LS6 was offered as well, which generated a terrifying 425hp and could be ordered in manual or automatic transmission. I’ll take one in every color, please!

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