9 January 2017

Instagram Jump Start: Top posts of 2016 (and last week)

We know classic car lovers have a bit of an aversion to hybrids, but you’re going to have to trust us – you don’t want to miss this one. Instagram Jump Start is mixing it up a bit this time around. In addition to showing you the top posts on HagertyClassicCars from the past week, we’re also looking back at the top posts of 2016.

Enjoy oddball concept cars? We’ve got ’em. Time-lapse video? Check. Icons? You came to the right place. The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was obviously a treasure trove as three photos from that event made our top five pics of the year.

Jump start your work week by checking out our top posts of 2016 … and last week:

TOP POSTS OF 2016

  1. 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula Coupe (posted 5/9/16 … 6,265 likes) – Featuring an unusually large and bulbous rear window, this 1952 Pegaso Z-102 is the only survivor to be fitted with the so-called “Cupula” coupe bodywork by coachbuilder Enasa. We admired it in Florida in March at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
    1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula Coupe

  2. Chrysler Hemi Rebuild video clip (12/22/16 … 4,407 likes) – Our Redline Rebuild team has done it again, this time tackling a Chrysler Hemi FirePower engine. It was a bit trickier than previous projects, but after 10 months, more than 40,000 photos and plenty of blood, sweat, tears and grease, Davin and Matt got it done – and so did our video team. Like what you see? Watch the entire Redline Rebuild at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XJE-2KNH-Y.

  3. 1968 Mini (posted 5/7/16 … 3,187 likes) – This 1968 Mini, photographed by Joseph Puhy near California’s Salton Sea, is among the “Hard to Kill” cars featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Hagerty magazine. The Austin/Morris Mini retained its basic design for more than four decades.
    1968 Mini Cooper

  4. 1953 Studebaker Manta Ray (posted 3/13/16 … 3,108 likes) – Glenn Hire and Vernon Antoine, who worked in the jet aircraft division of North American Aviation, debuted their airplane-inspired Manta Ray in 1953. The Studebaker-based concept car appeared on the cover of Motor Trend magazine that year. It was on display in the “Concepts Beyond Detroit” class at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
    1953 Studebaker Manta Ray

  5. 1938 Heinz Phantom (posted 3/13/16 … 3,007 likes) – Designed by Rust Heinz, this aerodynamic 1938 Phantom Corsair six-passenger coupe was created for $24,000 – equal to a whopping $394,308 in today’s economy. The car, built on a modified Cord 810 chassis, carries a V-8 Lycoming engine and has a top speed of 115 mph. Heinz planned to market the car, but he died before it reached the production stage.
    1938 Heinz Phantom

TOP POSTS OF THE WEEK

  1. 1957 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman (1,330 likes) – MSRP for the 1957 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman was $3,614. Adjusting for inflation, that’s about $30,971 in today’s economy.
    1957 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman

  2. 1951 Ford Custom Victoria (1,240 likes) – The 1951 Custom Victoria was Ford’s first hardtop and proved popular, outselling Chevrolet’s Bel Air by about 7,000 units. The Victoria was equipped with a flathead V-8 engine and three-speed transmission with overdrive.
    1951 Ford Custom Victoria

  3. Ford Model A (1,239 likes) – Six years ago, Hagerty’s Jonathan Klinger drove a 1930 Model A for a full year for fun – and yes that included plenty of cold starts and snow-covered roads (this is northern Michigan, after all). So taking the A out for a winter drive these days is like a walk in the park.
    Ford Model A

  4. 1957 Plymouth Belvedere (1,239 likes) – Advertising for Plymouth’s 1957 line shouted, “Suddenly it’s 1960!” The lower, longer, wider Belvedere featured rear fins, curved glass and hooded headlights. This one has been customized a bit.
    1957 Plymouth Belvedere

  5. 1966 Chrysler Newport (1,202 likes) – One year after being completely restyled, the 1966 Chrysler Newport’s grille was revised and fender skirts became standard.
    1966 Chrysler Newport

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