Rare Collectible Vehicles come to Temple Texas

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Collector Car Central announces the arrival of four historically significant vehicles to the Temple, Texas Facility.

Collector Car Central LLC in Temple Texas would like to announce the arrival of several historically significant automobiles to its Temple, TX facility. As a dealer in vintage automobiles CCC llc comes across many wonderful pieces of automotive history, but at this time they have four vehicles, all of which have a unique historical value.

The first vehicle is a 1958 Packard Hawk. This automobile is the result of the merging of Studebaker and Packard in the late 1950's. As Studebaker closed out the Packard line, they decided to build a special limited production car based around the popular Studebaker Golden Hawk. The Packard Hawk was born. It shared the chassis with the Golden Hawk but had a radically restyled nose and tail section. It did retain the Golden Hawk's distinctive fins. It was fitted with the 275hp supercharged V8. It had a deluxe leather interior that included external leather armrests on the outside of the doors. Only 588 Packard Hawks were built. It is unclear how many still exist today.

Next is a 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. These luxury cars were some of the first new models produced after World War 2. It was the height of American styling with an Art Deco inspired design. The 2dr convertible is powered by a Lincoln Zephyr V-12 flathead engine. It features automatic windows, a rarity for the time, and dark ruby red Lucite knobs and handles. The doors have a unique push button opening system. There were only 462 1948 Cabriolets Produced by Lincoln.

Moving into the muscle car years we have one of the 435 Mercury Cyclone Cobra Jet "R" code cars. This mid-sized Mercury was built with a fastback roof line that was designed to have a better aerodynamic profile on the new Super Speedways that were cropping up on the NASCAR circuit. The "R" code cars were fitted with a 428 Cubic Inch Cobra Jet engine developing 335hp in stock form, but these motors were capable of much greater output with minor modifications. The "R" code also brought the "Ram Air" hood with automatic opening hood scoop. This hood scoop opened under heavy throttle allowing greater airflow to the engine. This particular CJ is a one owner vehicle, originally purchased in Alamogordo, NM and later brought to Temple. In 37 years it has only accrued a verified 26,832 miles on the odometer.

And last we have a true oddity in the automotive world. A 1975 Bricklin SV1. Many people mistake the Bricklin for a kit car. It is in fact the brainchild of noted entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin. After making a small fortune by buying the rights to import Subaru cars in 1968, and the selling them in 1971, Brickin decided to open his own car company. Located in New Brunswick Canada, Bricklin Motor Vehicles LTD began producing a car that claimed to be the world's first "Safety Sports Car". The car featured a roll cage construction consisting of square steel tubing. It also featured unique "Gull Wing" doors years before the more well known DeLorean would arrive. The cars used a combination of Ford and AMC mechanicals. The unique body was composed of an Acrylic bonded fiberglass material that was molded in color. Only five colors were available and only one interior color option. Approximately 2900 SV1's were made between during Bricklin's 15 months of production starting in 1974 and ending in late 1975, when the company folded. The Bricklin Owners Club estimates that there are only about 1500 left in the world.

Collector Car Central LLC is dedicated to the preservation of the rich automotive history that is such a part of the American experience. L. Christian Mixon, an actor, avid car collector, and President of Collector Car Central LLC. is available to discuss these cars with media or potential collectors.


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