Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Two Classic Cars That Will Skyrocket Over the Next Ten Years

Two Classic Cars That Will Skyrocket Over the Next Ten Years

McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty was recently interviewed about the current state of the collector classic car market and what they foresee for the future. According to Mr. Hagerty, the classic car market is slowing down, but a new market of younger buyers is emerging and driving up prices on more recent model cars. Auction...   Read More

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Car Loans for Classic Cars

Car Loans for Classic Cars

Many people don’t know that there are companies that provide loans to buy a classic car, just as you can get a loan for buying a new vehicle for everyday use. In fact, extended term financing is one of the biggest secrets in the business, one many classic car enthusiasts don’t know about. If you...   Read More

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Friday, May 18, 2018

5 Reasons Not to Restore a Classic Car

This might sound a little strange coming from a guy who owns a classic car and classic truck restoration shop. See, I’ve owned my shop since 1986 and have been restoring cars nearly my whole life. I love restoring classic cars, and this love has enabled me to feed my family. So, with a background...   Read More

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Barry Wilson Reflects of Some of His Favorite Car Restorations

Barry Wilson Reflects of Some of His Favorite Car Restorations

Like many of you, Wilson Auto Repair owner Barry Wilson was recently going through some old photos. And boy did Barry find some gems! Take a look at some of the cars and trucks Barry has owned and restored. This Chevrolet pickup was one of Barry’s first restorations. Another one of Barry’s early restorations was...   Read More

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Friday, May 4, 2018

So, What’s the Deal with Louvers?

So, What’s the Deal with Louvers?

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In the 1970s and 1980s, louvers were all the rage. Cars like the Datsun 260Z, Ford Mustang, and Honda Civic SI were popular choices to have louvers added to the rear windows. While matte black louvers added a tough look, they also served a functional purpose. They did not add to the aerodynamics of the car, but they did help keep the hatchbacks cooler in the sun.

Hot Sports Cars with Louvers

If you look back at photos of cars like the Datsun 260Z or the Chevy Iroc Camaro, you can easily see why the louvers were so helpful. Even with the air conditioning blasting, those huge rear windows would heat up sports cars rather quickly. Since many of the hot sports cars also had black interiors, the heat from those rear windows would make the interior temperature skyrocket. In the 1970s and 1980s, window tint film was available, but many communities did not allow drivers to use it unless they had permission from their physicians, so louvers were one of the only legal options to keep cars cool and provide a clear view for drivers, too.

The Problems with Louvers

Even though louvers provided relief from the heat, drivers often found them to be a nuisance. If they were after-market installations, they usually rattled every time cars hit bumps in the road. On cars like the Chevy Iroc Camaro, they made the rear hatches extremely heavy to lift. People who owned cars like the Datsun 260Z had smaller louvers, which looked great, but they made it challenging to keep the rear windows clean.

Louvers on the DeLorean

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Some cars actually came with louvers as a standard feature. The DeLorean DMC-12 had standard plastic louvers on the rear window as well as a defogger. The louvers added to the futuristic design of the car, but since the engine was in the back of the car, the louvers really did help keep the hot air from entering the passenger compartment. The louvers also prevented glare from the rear window, too.

Louvers on Today’s Cars

Louvers are still used today on a few different sports cars and trucks. Anyone who wants to beef up a muscle car (even the new “retro” models) can still find louvers. Pickup truck drivers also add louvers because there is such little space in the passenger compartments. In sunny climates, louvers can also keep upholstery from fading in the constant sunlight. Many of the new models of louvers are easy for do-it-yourselfers to install.

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