Instagram Jump Start: Chrysler Hemi rebuild is holiday magic

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then – if our math is correct – our recently released Redline Rebuild video on YouTube must be worth about 40 million. Over a 10-month period, two members of our media team, Davin Reckow and Matt Lewis, rebuilt a Chrysler Hemi FirePower engine while our video team took 40,000 individual photos of the process. The result was a five-minute time-lapse video that created quite a stir across our social media channels. Happy holidays!

Even the small video clip we posted on Instagram took on a life of its own, with more than 270,000 views and counting. It was also our most “liked” post on HagertyClassicCars. So before you lose your holiday spirit, treat yourself to some automotive eye candy by checking out our top Instagram posts from the past week:

  1. Chrysler Hemi FirePower engine rebuild (1,907 likes) – Our Redline Rebuild team has done it again, this time tackling a Chrysler Hemi FirePower engine. It was a bit trickier that previous projects, but after 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 on YouTube; we placed a link in our bio.

  2. 1957 Ford Thunderbird (1,285) – Ford built 21,380 Thunderbirds in 1957, highest in the car’s first three years, but a complete redesign followed in 1958. It was Ford’s last non-racing two-seater until the 1982 EXP sport compact.
    1957 Ford Thunderbird

  3. 1970 Volvo 1800E (1,129) – This Swede ride is already spoken for, but we hope you find something just as special under your tree – or in your driveway – tomorrow morning! The 1970 Volvo 1800E is powered by a 130-hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine (along with plenty of holiday cheer, of course).
    1970 Volvo 1800E

  4. 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle (1,114) – Chevrolet billed the 1969 Chevelle as “America’s most popular mid-size car.” Styling updates included larger taillights that flowed into the quarter panels.
    1969 Chevrolet Chevelle

  5. 1948 Packard convertible (1,104) – Advertising for Packard’s redesigned 1948 lineup shouted: “Just watch the heads turn when this glossy new Packard glides up to the curb! Watch the envious glances that follow its daring new Free-Flow design.” Indeed, most people would have been envious of anyone driving this ’48 Victoria convertible. MSRP was $4,295 – equal to about $43,414 in today’s economy) – while the average household earned only $2,950. That’s $29,818 today.
    1948 Packard convertible

You Like It, We Loved It – Every week there’s a photo on HagertyClassicCars that we think deserved a lot more “likes” than it received. This one – of a 1948 Chris-Craft Custom Runabout – is one of those. We know it isn’t exactly auto related, but come on, people – it has ducks in it!
1948 Chris-Craft Custom Runabout

Best of the Rest – Amy Shore shoots for Octane, the Goodwood Revival and various other companies and outlets. She has a Christmas tradition wherein she visits the first shop she ever photographed – they had just turned out a Ferrari 330 P4 replica at the time. She rode over on her motorcycle again this year and celebrated with this post. Thanks for your gorgeous photos, Amy!
Ferrari 330 P4 replica

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