Instagram Jump Start: Serving up some alphabet soup (XKE, GTO…)


Happy New Year! After a whirlwind of holiday activity – and for some of us, some much needed vacation time – it’s time to get back to work. That ain’t all bad, not if you start your week by checking out our most-liked posts on Instagram.

A Jaguar XKE topped the list (where have we heard that before?), and one of our favorite orphans – Pontiac – put two in the top five. Jump start your week by checking out the top photos on HagertyClassicCars from the past week:

  1. 1963 Jaguar XKE (1,488 likes) – Although the car itself was completely new, the heartbeat of the 1963 Jaguar XKE roadster was the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine used in the previous Jaguar XK150S.The engine generated 265 hp, propelling the car to an advertised top speed of 150 mph.
    1963 Jaguar XKE
  2. 1968 Ford Fairlane (1,262) – The redesigned 1968 Ford Fairlane was a lower-cost alternative to the Torino; buyers could save about $220 by selecting a two-door hardtop Fairlane over a comparable Torino (that’s the equivalent of $1,535 today). Despite the savings, high-performance options were available on the Fairlane, however. Engine choices ranged from a 210-hp, 302-cid V-8 to a 390-hp, 427-cid V-8, and by year’s end a potent Cobra Jet 428 was offered.
    1968 Ford Fairlane
  3. 1968 Pontiac Firebird (1,214) – Wraparound turn signals on the front bumper were a new feature on the ‘68 Pontiac Firebird. This gorgeous convertible carries a 455-cid V-8 engine.
    1968 Pontiac Firebird
  4. 1925 Packard Phaeton (1,160) – Simple by today’s standards but sophisticated for its time, the 1925 Packard Phaeton featured a retractable roof, 85-hp straight-eight engine, wood steering wheel, dashboard clock and plenty of leg room – front and back.
    1925 Packard Phaeton
  5. 1967 Pontiac GTO (1,149) – In addition to its eye-catching good looks, this ‘67 Pontiac GTO convertible is equipped with a 400-cid V-8 with Hurst Performance Dual-Gate shifter.
    1967 Pontiac GTO

Best of the Rest – Less is more. Or so it has been said. Reminiscent of Volkswagen’s 1960 “Think Small” ad campaign, minimalist photographer Eva Gieselberg ( used a light blue matchbox car and an orange background to create an eye-catching photo that made us pause. It’s our favorite automotive Instagram post of the week.
Eva Gieselberg matchbox car

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