David W finally found the car he’d been searching for, the first generation Ford Mustang – the 1967 convertible kind (yes, we’re all jealous) After a thorough inspection he made the purchase, now it was only the matter of actually getting the car to his home in Texas. “I had heard good things about United Routes from other classic car owners. The process was very smooth with good communication with the driver and I even received the car earlier than I expected.”
We had shipped David’s new car from Kentucky to Texas in an enclosed trailer – only the best for the original ‘pony car’. Although this was a convertible, Ford did offer a simpler hard-top version at the time. While many know Ford as the real deal “American” ride, ironically plenty of the assembly was done outside of Detroit, including Venezuela and Mexico. Ford offered models with either an I6 or V8 engine and a three or four speed transmission – with the three speed offered in both manual and automatic
Our happy customer wrote to us about this white 1964 GTO that we just shipped to Virginia for her.
Let’s just say we think she likes her new treat, just a little bit 🙂 Check out her story below.
I’ve always loved cars, grew up in the 50’s and 60’s during the height of the “car culture”. I got my driver’s license in 1964 which was the year the Mustang and GTO came out.
My first classic car was a pink 1957 Thunderbird which had an automatic transmission; I had a left knee injury and could no longer operate a clutch. I finally got a total knee replacement and joked with my surgeon that I wouldn’t know if the surgery was successful until I could drive a stick shift again! After I sold the baby bird a couple of years ago, I started looking for a 1964 to 1967 GTO convertible. I didn’t want a trailer queen; I wanted to drive! but also wanted a good looking car. I watched numerous classic car websites, eBay, etc. There were many GTOs but something was always missing.
In early May, I got an early morning email from ClassicCars.com featuring a 1964 GTO convertible. There were 72 photos of this car in Texas. I contacted the seller right away, got the asking price and told him I was very interested. I could not locate a professional appraiser in that area. I debated flying to Texas to look at it but couldn’t swing that so I contacted a friend in Texas and asked if she had any “car guy” buddies. “That would be Jim!” Jim is restoring a 1964 Cutlass Olds which is almost a twin of the GTO. The seller, a fellow vet of my vintage, promised he wouldn’t sell his car to anyone else until after my man had a chance to see it. He kept his word, Jim loved the car and I didn’t even try to negotiate the price!
On a roll, I decided to use classiccars.com this time to find a transporter to bring the car from Texas to Virginia. I requested estimates from six carriers. Not only was United Routes the lowest bidder, Jake was the only one who called me to see if I had any questions. As other bids dribbled in, slowly, I decided to reward customer support with my business.
Although I was anxious to get the car delivered, the seller had various commitments which delayed transport. Jake rolled with these punches and despite a holiday weekend, managed to set up a pick up time convenient for everyone. The driver Ivan was great about calling me to let me know when he thought he’d arrive and finally, on a Sunday afternoon, I laid eyes on my new ’64 GTO for the first time! Ivan told me it was the nicest GTO he had transported in 4 years that he’s been doing this. Of course, I sucked that right up!
So here is my ’64 GTO, 389 tripower, 4 speed, factory air, white with red interior. and it really moves!
The funny thing is that when I finally got behind the wheel to take my first drive, I couldn’t reach the pedals or see over the steering wheel! A couple of pillows later, top down, off we went!
At a Christmas party in December, we all had to bring ornaments for the tree that represented our goals or hopes for the coming year. I had a GTO ornament. Today I collected it off the tree, the first one to do so. I might just have to hang that from the rear view mirror!
I am now looking for a license plate frame that says “I got a knee replacement for this!”
This week we are so proud to feature this 69′ Chevrolet Corvette. We were able to provide a classic car transport from Texas to Georgia. There are some great pictures above, some even include actor Gary Sinise. Our customer Jeff shared the incredible story about the cars original owner.
It’s a very appropriate time as this past Monday was Memorial Day. We would like to thank all our countries’ servicemen and servicewomen for putting their lives on the line every day for the safety of our country. We love you and G-d bless America.
“This car and kids story is really impressive. It was purchased new in August of 1969 for a young man who had just signed up to go and fight with his oldest brother in Nam. He took some road trips with his buddies, then he reported to basic at Ft. Bennington in GA. After completing his training, he took another trip or two in his new Vette. He left for Nam, he was there for 21 days before he was killed in battle helping his fellow platoon members. He received the Bronze Star for his bravery that day on the battlefield.
His distraught parents put the car away in the garage for the next 44 years. His mom and dad have since passed, his oldest brother passed from the effects of Agent Orange. His surviving brother lives in Sarasota. This is a special car with a very special story, I just can’t believe how damn hard it’s been to get any traction on this story, kid and his car. They write country western songs about this stuff….
It’s going to be April tomorrow and you know what that means. The spectacular Barret-Jackson Collectors car auction is just around the corner. Preview day (must have valid pass) will be Thursday April 10th from 8:00am – 3:00pm followed by a special charity auction from 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Gates will open for the public at 8:00am Friday April 11th. If you are looking to ship a car to this auction look no further then our classic car transport service. United Routes offers both open and enclosed car transport and will available to discuss any questions you may have. Please call us at 866 352 8180
The event will be featuring a wide range of cars including a 1970 Jaguar XKE as well as a 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen Re-Creation. Attendees can also participate in the automobile auction which be between the hours of 10:00am and 12:00pm on Friday.
The event will be open on Saturday the 12th and Sunday 13th as well. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Mid-August in sunny La Jolla, California, the Concourse d’Elegance was almost underway. The spectacular event was close to ready – with one crucial puzzle piece missing. The Aston Martin’s centerpiece beauty was sitting in Illinois. The DB5 was in serious need of a classic car shipping company and of course, this pricey historic gem required an enclosed car transport – No questions asked. Let’s put it this way, if your bank account only has six digits then this car is not for you.
Movie buffs may recognize the 65′ Db5, this luxury grand tourer was driven by a living legend named Connery, Sean Connery. First appearing in 007 Goldfinger the DB5 is well known for being a cinematic auto icon. Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera is credited with creating the superb design. Standard on most DB5’s include wool pile carpets, twin fuel tanks, chrome wire wheels and a full leather cabin trim.
It only makes sense to have such an elegant piece of history at this show “The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style”
Our reliable classic auto shipping service made sure the DB5 was there to wow the crowd, and they were definitely wowed. The trip from Illinois to California was quick and simple. We were happy to be a part of this DB5’s history.
Charles purchased this classy classic back in December 2013. This 1965 Corvette Roadster boasts a 327 cubic inch engine making it a powerhouse of a vehicle. This 365 horsepower car is one of only 5,011 cars manufactured with that engine in ’65. It was originally built with disc brakes, knock off wheels and a teak steering. It’s recently been updated to include solid lifters and a special cam. United Routes was right for the job with our specialized classic car shipping service utilizing an enclosed car transport.
“The transportation process was excellent and the car arrived early and in very good shape.”
Enclosed Auto Transport Of The Week 1967 Chevy Camaro to Timonium, MD
The largest indoor All-American invitational car and motorcycle show on the east coast was about to be underway and Bruce was making sure he wasn’t going to miss out. United Routes was ready to transport his beautiful Chevy. Bruce is the sole owner of this 1967 Chevy Camaro Official Pace car. Written across this white classic is “Official Pace Car | 51st Annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race – May 30, 1967”. There have been only 560 produced and he had his restored August 2012, putting the final touches on in mid 2013. For classic car shipping during the wacky winter we have been having the only solid option would be an enclosed auto transport. We appreciate great classics and make sure to give these cars (and drivers) the respect they deserve. As Bruce puts it “Great customer service, from understanding my needs through delivery of the car to the Show and back to my Home [in the snow]…I searched for a professional, reliable car transporter to move the car from our home to the East Coast Indoor Nationals in Timonium, MD and then return home. Although this was a short trip, very precious cargo was contained in the enclosed trailer. The driver arrived ahead of schedule on both legs, carefully loaded and secured the car and maneuvered the two vehicle trailer though some challenging locations, including approximately 5 inches of snow on the return. I am looking forward to the next show and opportunity to re-engage United Routes.” We were glad we could help and look forward to the 25th Anniversary East Coast Indoor Nationals, taking place December 2014. See you there!