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Think of your favorite movies. What are some of the key elements that made those films so memorable? The characters? The story? Some of the greatest movies cemented their places in pop culture because of the cars featured in them. Let's take a glance at the seven best cars from the movies:
1. 2015 Aston Martin DB10 from "Spectre"
Some would argue that the defining characteristics of the James Bond films are the cars, specifically the Aston Martins. Each film features a newer, sexier version than the last. As a result, the latest 007 movie left audiences in awe of the Aston Martin DB10. The sleek body and tricked-out features will leave any car enthusiast drooling.
2. 1970 Dodge Charger from "The Fast and the Furious"
The FatF franchise is known for its crazy race scenes and modified cars. However, there is one vehicle that stands apart from the rest. Dom's classic Charger is a true thing of beauty. This car was also featured in the "Dukes of Hazzard" as the General Lee.
3. 1984 Ford Econoline from "Dumb and Dumber"
To avoid taking ourselves too seriously, we can all admit that we loved the Mutts Cutts van from the 1994 comedy classic. It's almost impossible not to giggle every time the shaggy, dog-faced Econoline comes chugging onto the screen.
4. 1973 Ford Falcon from "Mad Max"
Though the filmmakers altered the car to give it more of a wasteland appearance, the Ford Falcon still impressed audiences the moment it revved up. In fact, Popular Mechanics ranks this ride the 8th most popular car from movies.
5. 2008 Audi R8 from "Iron Man"
Any machinery that impresses Tony Stark should earn our respect. That is why when Iron Man himself rolled onto the scene in an Audi R8, we decided to take a moment to acknowledge the beauty and power behind the car. According to Auto Trader, this car is the first sports car from Audi and comes with a "420 horsepower V8 engine and Quattro all-wheel drive."
6. 1958 Plymouth Fury from "Christine"
What would this list be if we neglected to include the iconic Christine? If any car could take Arnie from geek to cool in a few scenes, it was the Plymouth Fury. Hopefully, drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of their own don't get the same evil urges he did
7. 1981 DeLorian from "Back to the Future"
While this car is last on our list, it's first in many of the hearts of film lovers. John DeLorian's brainchild redefined the limits for vehicle design. Though his product was a market flop, it's still fun to watch Doc and Marty punch it to a whopping 88 MPH to successfully travel through time.
Cinema could be considered a moving time capsule for different generations. Looking at movies across the decades, we can see what people found most attractive and interesting about the cars of the time. To find one of the cars on our list for yourself, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction website today.
Buying a car is serious business, and it can be an intimidating process. If you're considering purchasing a used car, things can get even trickier. Not all dealers have reputable sales methods. For this reason, it's important to understand the used car-buying process and ask the right questions.
Is this car in my budget?
The first step for any potential car buyer is to determine how much they can afford to spend. It's a smart idea to compile a list of cars you are interested in to get insurance quotes, check tax rates and compare payments. This will help you narrow down your list to vehicles that will fit comfortably in your predetermined budget. Remember that selecting a car you can't afford can lead to poor credit and other negative consequences. Consult with a financial advisor if you need help establishing a budget.
Does it have a vehicle history report?
Before you purchase a car, you should run a vehicle history report. All you need is the Vehicle Identification Number to determine if the purchase you are about to make it a good one. These reports will outline the vehicle's past ownership. The Department of Motor Vehicles also reports that these will also tell you if the car has ever had maintenance done, if there have ever been problems with the title, if there are any liens on the vehicle, if the car was ever involved in an accident and whether the car has ever been classified as a "lemon." A vehicle history report will ensure that the used vehicle you select will operate as you expect it to.
Did I notice anything unusual in the test drive?
The test drive is another important part of the car-buying process. It allows you to get behind the wheel of your desired car and see how it handles. A test drive will also alert potential buyers to any issues before a sale. During a test drive, you should be vigilant for any problems with performance. Your test drive doesn't end once you return to the car lot, though. You should open and close all doors, windows, the trunk and the hood to make sure that they operate properly.
Am I getting this car for the best price?
Everyone wants to make sure they are getting the best price when buying a car, but to guarantee this, you must do a little research. Online price guides will tell you how much the model year is worth, but it's up to you to negotiate the true value. If the car has had significant work done, it is usually smart to talk the price down.
Buying your first used car may seem like an overwhelming experience. However, if you educate yourself and ask the right questions, you will find yourself in a much better position to purchase the used car of your dreams.
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Attendees of the 2016 New York International Auto Show were treated to a first look at Lincoln's new Navigator concept car. The unusual model probably had onlookers half-expecting the vehicle to set sails or take flight – anything but simply drive down the street.
According to Yahoo! Finance, the statement-making Lincoln Navigator concept took its inspiration from yachting. The model boasts large, graceful gullwing doors that sweep out from either side of the vehicle and a classy retro interior that features seaworthy teak detailing.
The reveal of the impressive vehicle follows a years-long effort by the Lincoln brand to revive its image and boost sales. The brand, owned by Ford, believes the new design, is just what consumers need – even if it is a little over-the-top.
"Gullwing doors are not at the top of [consumers] needs right now," said president of the Lincoln brand Kumar Galhotra in an interview with USA Today. "There are two reasons that we did this. One is that it's a concept. Concept (vehicles) offer great ways to explore ideas. The second is that the interior of the vehicle is very important … and this is a great way to showcase that interior."
Rehabbing the brand
The past several years have not been easy for Lincoln. According to Yahoo! Finance, the brand sold a miniscule 80,000 vehicles in 2014 – compared to around 250,000 a year in the early 1990s. Its most famous offering, the Lincoln Continental, had since retired, and its last remaining major player, the Lincoln Navigator, was a clunky SUV that cost a small fortune just to fill up, explained the source.
Ford was considering shuttering Lincoln's doors forever, but Mark Fields, who would later become Ford's CEO, talked the then-CEO out of it, feeling a renewed sense of hope in the brand's future.
Key to the brand's future were two things: a commitment to "quiet luxury" as the Lincoln mantra and Matthew McConaughey.
You've seen the commercials: A suave McConaughey drives a Lincoln around while muttering weird things. Sometimes he's en route to a fancy dinner party, sometimes he's randomly in the desert facing down a bull. No matter the setting, you can be sure he's going to say some strange stuff like:
"Sometimes you gotta go back to actually move forward." Or: "That's a big bull." Or even: "I just liked it."
What are you trying to say, Matthew?! The ads are odd and unconventional, that's for sure. But they certainly worked, despite of – or perhaps because of – their weirdness. After the premier of the ads, Lincoln had its strongest October sales since 2007, with sales up 25 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A wave of parodies followed suit, the most famous of which were a series of SNL skits starring Jim Carrey. According to THR, the skits led to a more than 100 percent increase in Lincoln brand visibility on social media.
Quiet luxury soars
The many, many parodies of the McConaughey ads aside, Lincoln's new image took flight. With lots of luxury vehicles on the market that emphasized engine power and other hard performance specs, Lincoln leadership wanted to appeal to wealthy consumers that didn't care for hefty horsepower or turbo-charged stats, explained Yahoo! Finance. "Quiet luxury" was what Lincoln wanted to represent, and it seems to be working.
"We made a very big commitment to Lincoln about three years ago, saying we want to turn Lincoln into a world-class luxury brand with a client experience to match," said current Ford CEO Mark in an interview with Business Insider, as reported by Yahoo! Finance. "And we've had a lot of success implementing that strategy. We grew our sales and our market share two years in a row. In the first couple of months of this year our sales are up 19%."
And the gullwing-boasting Lincoln Navigator is all about taking that quiet luxury to new heights. According to USA Today, the production version of the vehicle is slated to go on sale in 2017, which is exactly 20 years after the original Navigator was introduced to the world.
But you don't need to be a millionaire – or Matthew McConaughey – to drive a Lincoln. Head to NJ State Auto today to find a Lincoln that suits your wallet, and your needs.
The Academy Awards show is widely considered to be the most prestigious ceremony in Hollywood. Every year, the Academy recognizes the best creative minds the film industry has to offer, and those who are lucky enough to nab a nomination in the acting categories often go on to become some of the world's biggest stars.
Regardless of who takes home the coveted statue, all nominees often become fixtures in Hollywood. That means you'll be seeing a lot more of these faces and learning many of the details about their lives – including what kind of cars they're driving. Answer Financial got a head start on this by digging up the vehicle choices for this year's nominees.
Celebrities love luxury
If there's one thing many of this year's Oscar nominees love, it's their luxury cars. That's especially true among the individuals in the Best Actor category. Frontrunners Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton, who have been nominated for their roles in "The Theory of Everything" and "Birdman," respectively, are fans of Audi. Redmayne was seen in a silver Audi Q7 SUV, while Keaton – a former cab driver – now gets behind the wheel of an Audi S4.
These actors may be the favorites in their race, but they still have to beat out competitors Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell and Benedict Cumberbatch. Cooper, nominated for his performance in "American Sniper," regularly drives a Mercedes G55 Wagon, while Carell, who received a nod for his role in "Foxcatcher," was previously spotted driving a Porsche.
Few low-key rides
Not every nominee chooses to get behind the wheel of a high-priced vehicle. Julianne Moore, who is the heavy favorite to win the prize for Best Actress thanks to her emotional performance in "Still Alice," prefers to drive a Toyota Prius. That's a far cry from some of her fellow nominees. Reese Witherspoon, who turned heads in "Wild," drives a Lexus RX, while "Two Days One Night" star Marion Cotillard owns a Jaguar XF. Rosamund Pike has similar taste. The "Gone Girl" actress has been seen in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, according to Answer Financial.
Even if you can't afford the same expensive vehicles the stars have, you can still make sure you're driving a quality automobile. Not sure where to begin? Head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is home to hundreds of Carfax-certified used cars, and one of these vehicles could be the right investment for you.
Ever heard of Warren Buffett? This tremendously successful businessman has been one of the biggest industry leaders for decades. While you may not know the details about his dealings, you've probably heard about his massive net worth and numerous charitable endeavors. His latest move is no different, as Buffett is putting one of his used cars up for auction to benefit an organization in his town of Omaha, Nebraska.
About the auction
Buffett donated his 2006 Cadillac DTS to Girls Inc. of Omaha. The charity, which was founded in part by the businessman's late wife and aims to empower young women, is selling the car to the highest bidder in an effort to raise money.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the 8-year-old car has accumulated a little over 20,300 miles in its life. However, its vehicle history isn't totally clean: Buffett was involved in a fender-bender with the car in 2006, but he had the vehicle repaired, and it's been well-maintained ever since. It hasn't been wasting away in his garage, either – the source noted that Buffett drove the car until 2014 and then chose to donate it.
The Cadillac's value is about $12,000, but the association with Buffett is going to raise the price tag. Also contributing to its worth is the Buffett autograph scrawled on the dashboard and the fact that the tycoon is offering to hand over the keys to the winner in person. All the car's new driver has to do is get to Nebraska and pick up the ride. Bids are being collected online from Feb. 11 to 19.
Pick up your own vehicle
The starting bid for the Cadillac is $10,000, and the final bid will likely be much higher. While that may be too rich for your taste, there are still ways you can find used cars for sale without raising your budget or sacrificing performance on the road.
At New Jersey State Auto, for instance, you can browse through used car deals that come in under that $10,000 mark. Not only are these vehicles great for your wallet, but they still have the safety features and high quality you're looking for. No matter what your budget is, you can find a vehicle – and financing option – that works for you.
Chances are you were one of the hundreds of millions of people who tuned into the Super Bowl. While fans of the New England Patriots are reveling in their championship joy and the Seattle Seahawks faithful are in despair over play calling, those with no rooting interest are probably more interested in the commercials.
There were plenty of memorable ads that aired during the big game, but some stood out more than others. Many of these spots came from the auto industry. While there were fewer commercials from automakers than in recent years, the spots certainly had some resonance. Here's three things we learned from these ads.
1. Technology matters
Chevrolet decided to give Super Bowl viewers – all 100-million plus of them – a brief scare in the early minutes of the game. The ad began with a Super Bowl introduction before the screen abruptly cut to black. Then it returned with a simple message: "What would you do if your TV went out?" Although viewers were likely breathing huge sighs of relief, they also got the chance to think about the Chevy Colorado and its built-in Wi-Fi.
In another tech-centric ad, BMW used a 20-year-old clip from "The Today Show," which featured anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel attempting to talk about the Internet. Then the scene cut to the present day, with the two newscasters sitting in a BMW and trying to wrap their minds around the new advancements.
2. We love adventure
Automakers have long tried to appeal to drivers' sense of adventure. That's certainly what Jeep was going for in its ad. The 90-second commercial including some sweeping shots of global landscapes, all set to "This Land is Your Land." The Detroit Free Press noted that this "Beautiful Lands" campaign aims to raise awareness of safe water supplies as well as Jeep models.
3. Humor is overrated
In the past, commercials have competed to be the funniest of the night. They usually employ a combination of celebrities, athletes and outrageous situations. This year was a bit different. Although Fiat elicited some chuckles with a spot centered around a special blue pill enhancing a 500X crossover, many commercials were a bit somber, with several focusing on fathers, life lessons and sharing special moments.
With something for everyone, these commercials may have struck a chord with prospective buyers. If that's the case for you, be sure to head to New Jersey State Auto Auction, which has hundreds of Carfax-certified used cars for sale.
Cars and celebrities are a match made in heaven, and auto manufacturers know it. This is why more stars have been driving their way into ad campaigns in recent years. Using star power to sell a product is far from new, but the double glitz factor of famous people in fancy cars is particularly intriguing for consumers. Especially when it comes to high-end luxury models, pairing a famous face with a high-end car can be a good way for manufacturers to generate an added buying incentive for those who may be on the fence about splurging on a new set of wheels.
Here are some of the more recent and high-profile celebrity car campaigns:
The German car company launched a campaign back in March to raise awareness of its new A3, the first in the manufacturer's line of affordable luxury cars, AutoNews.com reported. In order to generate buzz, the company turned to several celebrities in a minute-long commercial mixing Hollywood star power, intriguing cuts of the Audi A3 and the music of rock superstars Queen.
Everyone from athletes to musicians to actors lent their talent to the project. One of the most notable additions was Ricky Gervais, comedian and television producer responsible for shows like "The Office." The funny man's appearance book-ended the commercial, with the messaging encouraging viewers to "stay uncompromised."
This veteran of the luxury market recently embraced and celebrated its U.K. heritage by enlisting the help of several prominent English celebrities in its new campaign. According to MarketingWeek, jaguar's campaign, dubbed FeelXE, sees British superstars such as Idris Elba loaning their faces and voices to the company's cause. Post-2008 recession, Jaguar is looking to reestablish the wow factor driving a high-end luxury car can evoke, and pairing its sleek wheels with some of the most well-known individuals from the U.K. is certainly a move aimed at doing just that.
Of course, not all campaigns are designed around selling luxury cars. Some, like Avis' recent star-studded series, just want to give people what they need. The rental car company launched a handful of spots featuring celebrities such as fashion photographer Nigel Barker and beach volleyball player Gabriella Reece, GlobalNewswire stated in a press release. Rather than position expensive cars as solid buys, the celebs advocated Avis as a sensible rental option for business travelers in need of a car while on the road.
If you're looking to buy a high-quality used car, head to NJ State Auto Auction. There are hundreds of Carfax-certified cars on the lot, and the dedicated finance team can help create an affordable financing solution.
We hold our celebrities in such high regard that sometimes we can forget that they're people just like we are. And just like us, sometimes they need to get from point A to point B. Some our favorite and most visible celebrities have made headlines with flashy wheels and custom rides. While maybe not strictly practical, many of the cars some of the biggest entertainment personalities drive are attractions in their own right. Take a look into some of these celebrity driveways and peek through the windows of the cars of the stars.
The Canadian golden-boy-turned-bad-boy certainly isn't afraid to show off when it comes to his choice in autos. In fact, the crooner is a textbook example of the stereotype of celebrity fiscal irresponsibility of the four-wheeled variety. According to Celebrity Cars Blog, the pop star isn't content to just own one super stylish ride – he has a veritable fleet of fancy cars to fit any occasion. The guiding theme seems to be matte black, as he sports a Cadillac CTS-V, a Range Rover and even a Smart Car decked out in the finish.
The notoriously cocky musician and producer isn't one for subtlety, and this is reflected in his choice of autos as well. When it comes to wheels, it's nothing but the best of the best for Mr. West, who boasts a collection consisting of several Mercedes-Benz models ranging from the SLR Stirling Moss convertible to the massively imposing G63 SUV. Celebrity Cars Blog pointed out that Kanye even owns a Lamborghini Aventador, further distinguishing himself from the crowd by driving one of the industry's flashiest roadsters.
The queen of hotel royalty takes her appointment very seriously, even when it comes to her choice in cars. You may have heard that it's appropriate to match your shoes and purse to your outfit, but Ms. Hilton felt the need to take things a step further and add her auto to the mix as well. As Huffington Post reported, the notoriously pink-loving public figure turned heads by driving around in a pink dress, pink shoes and a pink Bentley to match. It raises the question if she has cars to match the rest of her outfits as well.
When you're shopping for a pre-owned car, head to NJ State Auto Auction. You'll find hundreds of Carfax-certified cars on the lot, and the in-house finance team can help you find a financing option that's right for you.
Summer is the perfect season for hot dogs, apple pie, baseball and other icons of Americana. One fixture that's equally as iconic in the U.S. identity is the classic car. From the muscle cars and roadsters every teen boy dreams about to the vintage luxury cars of the upper classes, the U.S. has a long and colorful history with a wide variety of handsome autos. This summer, take some time to share in the national appreciation of the country's coolest cars, starting with some of these automotive icons.
If ever there was a car that embodied the spirit of the classic American roadster, it would be Ford's famous Mustang. Revving its way into the hearts of auto enthusiasts since 1964, this classic "pony car" is practically synonymous with the open road. Available as either a hard-top or convertible, the four-seat fireball is the gold standard for sexy sports car, and continues to claim its place even to this day. The 'Stang has seen constant production since its introduction in 1964, according to AskMen, and its popularity has remained red-hot ever since, indicating that this classic car is far from slowing down.
Not content to let Ford monopolize the U.S. roadster market, Chevrolet's Corvette is classic sports car royalty in its own right. Tearing up U.S. roadways since 1953, the Corvette is one of the oldest and longest-running sports cars boasted by the nation. In fact, the 'Vette is considered such an integral part of U.S. culture that in 2008, a special edition collectible silver dollar was minted featuring the classic car. Designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of General Motors, the Corvette coin depicts the car in bright yellow, complete with pop-up headlights that light up, Jalopnik reported.
Americans like to pride themselves on their rugged, indomitable spirit and history of conquering frontiers, and the Jeep Wrangler embodies this spirit in car form. Descended from the World War II General Purpose – G.P., or "Jeep" – vehicles, the Wrangler is now practically synonymous with outdoor excursions and adventures. While perhaps not the most practical car around, if you're looking for a symbol of the U.S. identity, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better car.
When shopping for a used car, head to NJ State Auto Auction. You'll find hundreds of Carfax-certified vehicles on the lot, and the in-house finance team is on hand to help you make your purchase affordable.
If there's one thing America loves more than cars, it's movies. Blockbuster films and sexy wheels seem like a match made in heaven, and many Hollywood directors have been sprucing up their flicks with cool cars for decades. In fact, some of the most well-known cars of today have been catapulted to icon status by their starring roles in our favorite movies. Here's a look at some of Hollywood's most motor-friendly movies, as well as the classic cars that stole the spotlight in them.
Few things are more synonymous with cool cars than Mr. 007 himself, James Bond. The British spy has been leading the charge as a purveyor of the finest wheels for decades, and is almost as famous for his souped up cars as he is for his daring exploits. From the classic Aston Martin DB-5 in 1964's "Goldfinger" – complete with oil slicks and ejector seat – to the classy BMW 7 Series that could be driven with a cellphone in 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," filmgoers always know that they're always in for a wild time when they ride along with Bond.
'Back to the Future'
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of the relationship between film and cars than the 1985 series "Back to the Future." The famous film trilogy almost single-handedly elevated the DeLorean DMC-12 from little-known auto industry curiosity to monolithic pop culture icon. Though the quirky steel car's starring role in the time-traveling adventure may not have brought the huge boost in sales the Texas-based manufacturer may have been hoping, it did firmly cement the car into the American consciousness. Over the past several years, DeLorean fan clubs, swaps and meetups have sprung up, and DeLorean Motor Company has resurfaced, ready to showcase the car to future generations of auto enthusiasts.
With its electric engine and self-driving capabilities, the yellow and green Ford Explorer from 1993's "Jurassic Park" is cited by Edmunds as one of the 100 greatest movie cars of all time. Whether peacefully taking parkgoers on a tour of the prehistoric island's dinosaurs or simply helping them run away, the sport utility vehicle is beloved by many fans as a constant stalwart companion throughout the film. According to Business Insider, the intrepid Explorer is allegedly being replaced in the upcoming 2015 sequel by the Mercedes G63 AMG, stepping aside for a new generation of rugged cars to help tourists run away from T-Rex's.
If you're looking for the perfect used car for you, head to NJ State Auto Auction. With hundreds of Carfax-certified cars on the lot and an in-house finance department to help approve you for a loan, you may just drive away with a high-quality used car, truck or van.
One relationship that has been even steadier and more reliable than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is the relationship between celebrities and automobiles. Whether they're athletes, actors or musicians, our celebrities seem constantly fascinated by fancy or expensive cars – especially if they go fast. Many of our celebrities love collecting luxury cars, but once a year there's an event that gives a handful of them the chance to drive one.
As part of Toyota's 40th Annual Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, 15 stars from sports, music and movies will have the chance to climb behind the wheel of custom race-outfitted Scion FR-S cars to compete in the 2014 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Celebrities will be competing against professional drivers in a 1.97-mile street course through Long Beach, the official press release stated. Among the field of celebrity speedsters are actors Adrien Brody and Sam Witwer, radio host Lisa Stanley and Olympic gold medal sprinter Carmelita Jeter.
Celebs and pros alike are taking to the track to support the "Racing For Kids" program aimed at raising money for children's hospitals nationwide. The race has been run since 1991, and in that time over $2 million has been donated to children's hospitals around the U.S. on behalf of the generous racers.
If you're looking to rekindle your love for the automobile, head to NJ State Auto Auction. There are hundreds of Carfax-certified cars on the lot, and the in-house finance department is available to help you afford the used car you love.
James Bond, the International Man of Mystery, is known around the world for his debonair attitude, world-saving heroics and sleek cars. In fact, the world's most famous spy regularly gets behind the wheel of expensive, lustrous vehicles, and when those automobiles make an appearance in one of the James Bond films, they get a fair amount of publicity.
The hype surrounding the James Bond vehicles makes them a big draw for collectors, which is why one multimillionaire took the time to accrue a multitude of these cars. In 2011, American real estate investor Michael Dezer purchased dozens of these automobiles from the official Bond Museum in England, adding to his collection along the way to acquire nearly 60 cars, according to The London Express.
Now, he is planning on selling the cars, and the sticker price is beginning at $33.25 million. That may seem like a hefty sum, but it's likely chump change for a used car collection that includes six Aston Martins, a Lotus Espirit from "The Spy Who Loved Me," the Land Rover Defender 110 from the opening scenes of the recent "Skyfall" and even a Renault 11 that was chopped in half for "A View To Kill."
"It is the best private collection of Bond cars in the world, but it is probably in the wrong place being in Miami," Barbara Donovan, a sales representative for the current owner, told The London Express. "When we found the collection, we shipped it all out the U.S.A. Hopefully we'll be able to ship it back to a British buyer so the public can enjoy the collection."
While your budget may not allow you the freedom to purchase a Bond car, you can at least get a high-quality option at lots such as NJ State Auto. There, you can browse through hundreds of Carfax-certified cars, trucks and vans, searching for the automobile that is just the right fit.
There are a few vehicles that have likely made such an imprint on your mind that they are impossible to forget. Whether it's the station wagon that you took family trips in when you were young or your very first car, these automobiles shaped many of your fondest memories.
Much like those cars are important to you, there are a wide variety of special models that have influenced American culture. To discover more about these vehicles, Cars.com created a list of the Top 10 Most Iconic Cars – but with a few limitations.
"Aside from Hollywood, there's no industry that creates as many icons as the car business," said Patrick Olsen of Cars.com. "With so many to choose from, we decided to narrow our focus to cars from the past 25 years, and we looked at which cars truly made a statement."
Topping the list was the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius. As one of the first major strides made in the green-car movement, the effects of the Prius can still be felt today, making this model a special one. It was followed by distinctive rides like the Mazda Miata, Volkswagen New Beetle, Ford Mustang and Dodge Viper. Not all of the entires on the list were sports cars, however. The Jeep Wrangler and Hummer H2 also earned slots thanks to their sporty styles and, in the case of the H2, the controversy that followed.
Hunting down the most iconic cars of all time may be difficult, but that doesn't mean you can't start searching for a used car that will be at the center of many new memories. At NJ State Auto, you can browse through a wide selection of Carfax-certified vehicles that may be just the automobile you need to create a whole new set of memories.
The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is one of the most famous annual car-related events, and the outstanding success the gathering had in 2014 should only continue to raise its profile for years to come. While the auction is a hot spot for many used cars, the vehicles featured at the 2014 sale were among some of the coolest classic cars, celebrity rides and custom concepts on the market.
This year's auction featured nearly 1,400 cars sold, and in total, those vehicles brought in more than $113 million. Additionally, world-record prices were set for sales of rare Corvette and Thunderbird models. Between the records broken and the sheer amount of interest in the auction, organizers are confident that this was the most successful to date, and they hope to build on that for the future.
"We sold some great cars for charity, attendance exceeded 300,000 and the celebrity turnout was great," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Scottsdale 2014 witnessed an increase in the value of American cars as well as the general strengthening of the value of the cars we sold."
Without a doubt, the biggest draw was a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2-Door Coupe, which sold for a whopping $3.85 million. That was the most expensive lot featured during the six-day event, soundly beating a 1969 Corvette that sold for $2.86 million. Also among the most popular models was a 2008 Bugatti Veyron once owned by music mogul Simon Cowell.
Drivers who would rather stick within their budgets can check out the selection of vehicles at New Jersey State Auto Auction. There they can browse through hundreds of Carfax-certified cars, trucks and vans, many of which are available at reasonable prices and still offer high quality.
Car commercials have become a part of popular culture, with many of the ads sticking with audiences long after they have aired. The One Club recently decided to honor some of these recent commercials with the Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards, which were given out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Honda emerged as the big winner, taking home
the prize for the best broadcast television commercial and best online video ad. Hyundai and Fiat won for the top interactive and print ad, respectively, while Toyota and BMW tied for the No. 1 spot in the experiential advertising category.
"Automotive advertising has been elevated to a true art form," said Bob Shuman, chairman of the North American International Auto Show 2014. "Content now includes story lines, character development and many qualities that are found in the production of fine films and TV programs. The delivery of this content is becoming increasingly progressive, embracing social media and other alternative forms of communication. We are very excited to be associated with this award and congratulate the winners."
However, one commercial viewers may be disappointed to see fall short of the top spot comes from the Dodge Durango. The vehicle's most recent ads feature comedian Will Ferrell in his role as the '70s-era anchorman Ron Burgundy. While those ads may have elicited a lot of laughs, they did not strike a chord with the judges and were passed up for accolades.
Commercials only tell part of the story. Drivers who want to get a closed look at the ins and outs of used cars can check out the selection at NJ State Auto Auction. There, they can browse through hundreds of Carfax-certified cars, trucks and vans to find the option that will be right for them.
Each year, car lovers flock to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction. In January 2014, the 43rd running of this event will take place, providing fans and collectors alike with an opportunity to check out some of the coolest new and used vehicles in the world.
In addition to the classic automobiles that are featured as a part of this auction, there are a number of cars that have connections to famous faces. Celebrities and auto legends alike regularly participate in this event, providing entertainment and iconic rides to the festivities. However, the cars put up for sale are without a doubt the highlight.
"The trust that is given to Barrett-Jackson by our consignors is always humbling," said Steve Davis, president of the auction. "Our company has a long-standing tradition of working closely with our consignors. We cherish the relationships we have built with all of our consignors at the pinnacle of their careers and look forward to celebrating with them at this year's Scottsdale auction."
Some of the biggest draws at this year's auction include a 2001 Mitsubishi Evo, which was used in the film "2 Fast 2 Furious," starring the late Paul Walker. Moviegoers who saw the award-winning film "Driving Miss Daisy" may also recognize the 1949 Hudson Commodore 8, which is going up for auction as well. Other vehicles to keep an eye on include a 2008 Bugatti Veyron owned by famed music producer Simon Cowell and a 1986 Ferrari driven by cultural icon Michael Jackson.
The Barrett-Jackson Auction may be a bit outside of your price range, but you can find more affordable vehicles at NJ State Auto. This lot is home to hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans. It also has its own financing department, which provides buyers with the information and resources they need to decide on auto loans and other financial options.
Drivers who have deep pockets and an affinity for the "Fast & Furious" franchise may have their eyes set on one current sale. A German owner is selling a Nissan Skyline GT-R used in the series' fourth installment, made famous thanks to the driving of the film's stars – including Paul Walker.
While this vehicle would have commanded a big price tag anyway, its value skyrocketed following Walker's untimely death. As one of the stars of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Walker was a mainstay in the films and even drove this Skyline GT-R in the film. In the wake of his death, the asking price for the vehicle tripled to $1.4 million. Its previous price tag was about $413,000, according to Yahoo Autos.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R took quite an unusual route to its current home. It was manufactured in Japan, and unlike other Nissan models, it was supposed to stay in its home country due to U.S. regulations on imports. Filmmakers managed to get this GT-R, along with seven other models, to the country because of a loophole in the law that allowed them to finish the manufacturing process on American soil.
Although the other seven vehicles were destroyed in the filming of the movie, this Nissan vehicle remained. It was impounded in 2009 in response to the import laws, but it eventually found its way to the German owner currently selling it.
Although celebrity cars may be a bit out of your price range, other suitable vehicles are available for purchase at spots like NJ Auto Auction. With hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, all in a variety of styles and equipped with a range of features, the lot is the perfect place to go when you're searching for a used car.
It's common for people to upgrade their vehicles when they strike it rich, but one NFL player is committed to sticking with his reliable used car. Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris had been driving a 1991 Mazda 626 since his college days, and instead of purchasing a new ride when he signed his first professional contract, he decided to reaffirm his dedication to his beloved car.
Nicknamed "Bentley," the Mazda 626 is being completely refurbished by a Washington, D.C.-area dealership. The overhaul has been ongoing since July 22, and the final product will be unveiled Oct. 15, but the vehicle is only receiving enough updates to make it road-ready once again.
"I just had a crack on my dash, so fixing things like that," Morris told The Washington Post. "They'll make sure the engine is in tip-top condition, maybe if the transmission is not so good, rebuilding the transmission – just making sure that it can run 20 more years so I don't have to worry about it, like, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to put it on the road. It might break down, and I'll be stranded.' Just to get that worry out of the way."
Mazda loaned Morris another automobile to use in the meantime, but the second-year pro has said that he can't wait to get his "baby back on the road," the news source reported.
If you have a used car that needs to be fixed up, consider taking it to the Total Car Care Center at New Jersey Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can address any issues you may have. In the case your vehicle is beyond repair, you can search through the hundreds of CARFAX-certified options on the lot and potentially find your next ride.