From time to time, we get to come across incredibly rare vehicles. However this ’64 1/2 Mustang might be one of the most rare stangs that have come through our inventory. And the $1 million price tag is evidence of why. This Mustang not only paced the ’64 Indy 500, but it also was worked on by the legendary Holman Moody. However, we aren’t the only ones that have taken notice, our friends at Street Legal TV just ran an extensive story about the Mustang. It’s great to see this Mustang in the limelight again. You can see more photos and video here or You can read below for a more comprehensive look at the history that was extensively researched by our talented staff writer Josh Leatherwood: “The most significant historic Mustang in the world” is a tall claim but, once you hear this convertible’s incredible story, you’ll whole-heartedly agree. In 1964, Lee Iacocca was preparing a massive marketing blitz for Ford’s newly revealed pony car. Since the company’s Falcon compact had already secured pace car duties for the 1964 Indy 500, Iacocca made his newest muse a last minute substitution. During the first hour of Mustang production, three convertibles [...]
Welcome to the latest installment of our Wallpaper Wednesday! For this week we chose to go with a collector car that is brand new to our extensive showroom – A beautiful 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Enjoy the wallpaper and make sure you check back every Wednesday for our most recent collector car wallpaper. See our complete inventory of classics cars here. Check out last week’s Wallpaper Wednesday here.
Our ’69 Pro-Touring Camaro turned plenty of heads while on display at SEMA 2014. Located within the Mobil 1 booth in the Central hall, the LS7 powered F-body consistently stopped onlookers who just had to get a shot of the car. Before SEMA came to a close on Friday, we learned that our first-gen had been named one of the Top 5 SEMA Chevys of Friday by TheBlock.com. It joined a modern Z/28, ’66 Chevelle, ’55 Gasser Bel Air, and a ’14 Stingray. With so many incredible builds on hand, we consider this a humbling honor. This is only the tip of the iceberg for us at RK Motors Charlotte. See our complete 200+ classic car inventory by visiting our home on the web at RKMotorsCharlotte.com
SEMA is a gigantic show and there is so much to see and do. In our few days at the show, we might have seen one third of all the great vendors, displays and exhibits. While SEMA showcases great builds and the latest and greatest products, along with Hot Laps and drifting in new model cars and trucks, there are plenty of cool classic rides and custom builds based on good old American metal. This years’ show theme seemed to be HORSEPOWER and there was plenty of it on display! 2ooo HP cars were everywhere and we were like kids in a candy store. And you never know what or who you might see there too- even our RK Motors Performance Center 1991 Ford Bronco project, “Operation Fearless” showed up at the BDS Suspension booth and Richard Petty, the NASCAR legend made an appearance! Here are just a few of the coolest and interesting rides on display at the show. To really appreciate the magnitude and the quality of these rides, you really have to be here, but if you were not able to make it, here’s an up close look at a fraction of what’s here! Thanks for joining [...]
Working in the automotive and performance industry, there is no greater show than the annual SEMA show held every year in Las Vegas. Simply put, it is the Super Bowl of our industry. Officially kicking off today, we were lucky enough to have one of our immaculate RK Motors Builds featured not only in this year’s SEMA show, but on display in the Mobil 1 booth. The LS7 powered ’69 Camaro has already turned plenty of heads and its only day 1! When we weren’t speaking to the thousands of people in attendance we had the chance to get away for a brief moment and capture all the immaculate builds from 2014. And there is a theme that we discovered… Classic cars are still in! Everywhere we looked we found amazing classic cars. So we decided to bring you some of these incredible classics. Enjoy our photo gallery below and don’t forget to check out RKMotorsCharlotte.com to see more incredible collector cars.
Amongst the great concept and production cars introduced and displayed by Chevrolet, it was great to see a very cool classic represented. Jimmie Johnson’s LT1 powered ’71 Corvette, driven out tonight by Mr. 6 – time himself, was a big hit and a truly beautiful build and collaboration between him and Chevy engineers. The new crate motor is available for order and for around $10,000 you could have yourself one powerful small block V8 rated at 462 hp. Here’s a glimpse at some of the Chevy car and trucks unveiled tonight. Enjoy and tune in for more RK Motors 2014 SEMA updates.
With the weather improving greatly on Sunday morning, the 2nd day of the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance began with plenty of sun and cool breezes. The air was certainly chilly, but the cars and motorcycles soon began to heat up the fairways. In the American Performance class, there was certainly admirable competition, but our cars stood out from the sea of muscle cars. The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra garnished a ton of attention as did our 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible. The consensus of the day was that nearly everyone who stopped to look at the King Cobra commented on how they had not seen anything like it before and didn’t know the car even existed. One of the spectators even shared with us the whereabouts of the 2nd Bud Moore car- a museum in Tennessee, where it has been for quite some time. The day was filled with many conversations about the cars and our dealership and when it came time for the official judging, our cars were already the buzz on the fairway. While we did not win any ribbons on this day (I have a sneaky suspicion it was because we are a dealer of classic [...]
Despite the cold, rainy and windy weather here in Hilton Head Island, SC the show did go on! The first day of the 13th annual Hilton Head Island event commenced with some great cars spread across the 13th and 19th fairways of the Port Royal Golf Club. There was something for everyone and even the terrible weather could not keep spectators away. We enjoyed walking around speaking to fellow car enthusiasts and checking out all of the cool rides, from Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and of course, our favorites- muscle cars. Sunday is our day to show off the two cars we brought; a 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra and 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Tribute that will be judged in the American Performance class.. Wish us luck and stay tuned for our results and more great cars from the Concours.
Showcasing the unmatched power of the American muscle car era, RK Motors will display an extremely rare 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SuperSport convertible at the 13th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. Taking place this weekend, November 1-2 at Hilton Head’s Port Royal Golf Club, the Hilton Head Island Concours will feature many of the world’s finest classic and collector cars. Attendees will include automotive industry leaders such as Edsel B. Ford II, iconic designers J. Mays and Ian Callum and legendary racers Bobby Rahal, Hurley Haywood and Brian Redman. One of only two original prototypes, the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra features one-of-a-kind aerodynamic upgrades and a Boss 429 engine backed by a Toploader 4-speed transmission. With links to legends like Holman & Moody and Bud Moore Engineering, the “aero warrior”-themed Torino was developed by Ford to compete with Dodge’s Charger Daytona in NASCAR competition more than four decades ago. After 44 years, the Torino King Cobra prototype resurfaced to regain its glory as a near-mint, classic collectible. Taking its place alongside the Torino at the Port Royal Golf Club will be a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SuperSport, a stunning black-with-red convertible [...]
Want to know what’s it’s really like to visit RK Motors Charlotte? Here’s what one recent visitor had to say about it. We hope to see you in our showroom soon!
Welcome to the first in what will become a regular feature at RK Motors Charlotte – Wallpaper Wednesday. Today, we decided to kick off the feature with an incredibly rare ’67 Shelby GT350 that arrived in our showroom a couple weeks ago. The Shelby turned a lot of heads here as it is 1 of only 35 ’67 Shelbys to wear a supercharger factory from Shelby. It didn’t last long as it was quickly picked up from a savvy collector. Enjoy the wallpaper and make sure you check back every Wednesday for our most recent collector car wallpaper.
SEMA, the biggest and baddest automotive and performance show on the planet is less than a week away and if you plan to attend this year, you must come check out the RK Motor’s built ’69 Camaro Pro-Touring SS that will be on display in the Mobil 1 booth. This little beast packs a powerful LS7 engine, cranking out over 500 HP to the rear wheels through a 9″ Moser axle, and sticks to the road courtesy of a full Detroit Speed suspension and ultra-gripping Nitto tires. Enjoy the above video and make sure you stop by and introduce yourself at SEMA2014.
The weather was perfect and the cars were even better! Being fortunate enough to live in a fair weather southern state like Charlotte, NC we pretty much can see cool classic cars driving around almost everywhere. But, this past weekend the Goodguys South East Nationals rolled into town and the cars did too! From a Bugatti Veyron to Hot Rod Lincolns, this show had it all! If you were fortunate enough to be there in person, we hope you enjoyed the great show. If you were not able to be there, consider this your ringside seat to some of coolest cars around! Enjoy!
If you are planning to attend the SEMA show this November in Las Vegas, you might want to make it a point to stop at the Mobil 1 booth to check out our custom built 1969 Camaro SS Pro-Touring car. Coming off of a fresh build this year, this tricked out Camaro has it all. With an LS7 motor cranking out 513 RWHP, a complete Detroit Speed suspension, massive Baer brakes and huge Nitto tires, this little beast is ready to take on the pavement and other Pony cars with ease. Here are some of the car’s specs: 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 Tremec T56 6-speed Moser Super 9 rear end Detroit Speed suspension Power steering Baer four wheel power disc brakes 19 inch Rushforth wheels Custom leather interior Vintage Air conditioning Sony sound system This car is available for sale at RK Motors Charlotte. To learn more, follow this link, http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1969-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS/134726 Thanks to our friends at Theory Communications and Mobil 1 for making this possible! We hope to see you there!
Recently our founder Rob Kauffman was interviewed by Bloomberg TV. The brief interview can be viewed in its entirety by visiting our friends at BloombergTV, but during the chat they spoke on Rob’s beginnings as an investor but more importantly moved on to his one true love: Classic Cars. During the interview Rob spoke on some of his favorite vehicles in our inventory and in his personal collection: RKM Built ’69 Camaro SS 1971 Hemi Cuda 1928 Bentley 1934 Dusenberg 1991 Ferrari F40 You can check out more of his personal collection and our complete inventory of classic cars by visiting our home on the web at www.RKMotorscharlotte.com
Let’s face it, here at RK Motors Charlotte, our love for cars extends just way beyond just the classic car market. We love seeing cars compete wheel to wheel at breakneck speeds. That’s why when we had the opportunity to visit the 2014 SCCA Runoffs at the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we couldn’t turn it down. In what might be the purest form of racing left alive today, we marveled at the fact that we could watch Corvettes battle alongside Porsches and Mustangs in hopes of capturing a SCCA National Championship. Over 500 drivers entered into 27 classes and the racing was spectacular. For example check out this Corvette and Porsche battling through the famed turn-10, otherwise known as the corkscrew Video: What makes SCCA Racing So Great In short we loved our time at the track, and can’t wait to attend it again next year when the Runoffs are held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Check out our complete photo gallery from the event below:
If you are familiar with RK Motors Charlotte you more than likely remember the story of Adam Brown who tragically lost his life during a firefight in Afghanistan. The decorated Navy Seal Chief and his team were pinned down by the enemy. In an effort to protect his men, Adam charged the enemy from a better vantage point, drawing fire away from his pinned down comrades. His selfless action relieved the fire on his men, but it unfortunately resulted in Adam being struck by enemy fire. Adam was a 12-year veteran of the armed forces and a man that based his life around his family and his faith. The bravery of this man is an incredible story, and like most Americans his story caught the attention of all of us here at RK Motors. We then found out that Brown’s family and friends were organizing a massive build of Adam’s ’91 Ford Bronco, and knew we had to be involved. Over the next few months we worked together with the family and many companies to build a Bronco of the likes that had never been seen before. One of the companies that we partnered together with was BDS Suspension, and [...]
August 14th – 17th brought the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to the famed Laguna Seca. This year however,was extra special. 2014 marked the 100 year anniversary of the historic Italian luxury car producer Maserati. The event centered around four days of on-track racing, but also immersed visitors in car auctions, shows, rallies and the world’s premier Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Earlier this year, our friends at Laguna Seca gave us some great history behind the iconic Maserati Brand: Maserati was founded in Bologna, Italy and officially started operation on December 14, 1914. The nucleus of the company was then represented by Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto. Though engaged in all matters technical and commercial of their new enterprise, they all at one point sat behind the steering wheel of their racing cars in the golden days of motor racing. A fifth brother, Mario, is credited with designing the famed Maserati logo, drawing inspiration from the Neptune fountain in downtown Bologna. When it was all said and done, Nearly 550 invited historic race cars took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. In short, it was an incredible event. [...]
Most people, who walk into our massive classic car showroom at RK Motors Charlotte, know of our heavy involvement within the NASCAR world. Rob Kauffman, the owner/founder of RK Motors Charlotte is also the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, which fields the cars piloted by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, our reach into the motorsports world extends far beyond just the NASCAR world. Take for instance this past weekend, where our RK Motors Ferrari 458 captured 5th place in the V de V endurance series at Aragon Motorland Circuit in Spain. For those that might not be familiar, the V de V is a European GT only ‘Pro-Am’ format for GT2/3 cars (e.g LeMans, Daytona, Spa24). The races are 3-4 hour formats with a mandatory minimum number of pit stops and driver changes to maximize the competitive results. The #51 RK Motors Ferrari 458, piloted by Rob Kauffman and GT ace Rui Aguas, completed 111 laps in just over four hours. Not only did the team capture a hard fought fifth place, but they also set the fastest time in the race by lapping the 3.3-mile circuit in a blistering time of 1:59.914 [...]
Rob Kauffman, president of the Race Team Alliance and the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, said he’s pleased with NASCAR’s 2015 rules package, which was announced Tuesday, September 23, 2014. In announcing the new rules package NASCAR said it was looking to improve the quality of racing. In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com (Video link is below), Kauffman said that while the RTA isn’t taking an official position on the new rules package, which includes a total ban on testing, a reduction in horsepower and shorter rear spoilers, the results should be positive for all the teams. “I think Michael Waltrip Racing will have a seven-figure savings because of the ban on testing,” said Kauffman. Kauffman also said he was pleased at how NASCAR worked with the teams and drivers in crafting the new rules package. “The communication level is the highest it’s been in the eight years I’ve been in the sport,” said Kauffman. “Everyone wants the same things — good racing, rising attendance … saving money is good.” The RTA was formed in July 2014, with the owners looking for ways to help control costs and build long-term value for the teams. Kauffman said the RTA is already [...]
What can be said about the car that beat Ferrari in the fabled 1966 LeMans race? A lot, but for now here’s a first look at and drive of this iconic and legendary race car that is about to go under a comprehensive restoration at a world-renowned shop located in the North East United States.
As part of this week’s Fast & Foreign showcase at the Fall AutoFair, being held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21, RK Motors is displaying two extremely rare and exotic Super Cars. A 2002 Mercedes Benz CLK GTR Roadster, owned by Rob Kauffman, is only 1 of 6 Roadsters in the world. Mercedes-Benz saw this as an excellent platform to compete against Porsche and BMW in a Super Car grudge match. Mercedes had AMG start to design and build an intense racing machine. The result was a purpose built racing vehicle called the Mercedes CLK GTR. Visit the RK Motors Charlotte website to learn more about this car; http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/2002-Mercedes-Benz-CLK-GTR/134612 Next up is the 1995, 1 of 1 Mercedes Benz Lotec C1000. Built to be the fastest car in the world in 1995, this machine has a top speed of 268 mph and cost over $3M to build.To accomplish this, the German company Lotec was hired to build his ultimate dream car. Lotec then worked with Mercedes-Benz to design, fabricate, and test, a never seen before Super Car. Both amazing cars are on display for the next 3 days, so if you happen to be [...]
Here’s what it looks like from the driver’s seat of Rob Kauffman’s 1956 Ferrari 250GT Boano as he drives through the amazing mountains of Colorado. One word sums it up; breathtaking! Plus more photos from the Colorado Grand event:
The Colorado Grand event is run with the cooperation of the Colorado State Patrol and in towns where participants have lunch-such as Lake City, Walden, Paonia, Salida, Ridgway, Hotchkiss, and Meeker. Spectators are invited to see the cars and meet their owners along the way. September 13th is the last day of the event. Here’s a quick look at some of the cars on tour during this years’ Colorado Grand:
Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Held on August 14-17 at the Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca racing facility, approximately 550 vehicles were invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event. Vehicles are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. This year, the 100th anniversary of the iconic Italian automaker – Maserati – was the featured marque. Participants took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. RK Motors’ Chairman Rob Kauffman participated in three class races, 3B, 6A and 7A driving his 1972 McLaren M8FP, 1959 Lister Costin and 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, respectively. For more information on this race event, go to http://www.mazdaraceway.com/rolex-monterey-motorsports-reunion and to learn more about RK Motors Charlotte, visit our website at http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com.
The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September during fall color season, approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days. 2014 marks the 26th anniversary for this remarkable event. This years event is scheduled for September 8-13, 2014. This event continues to provide great help for Colorado charities and to date, the event has contributed more than $4 million dollars. The tour attracts entrants and enthusiasts from around the world and always includes 1920′s and 1930′s cars. Typical makes include Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati, Allard, and such exotic names as Amilcar, Cisitalia, Squire, Delahaye, and Talbot-Lago. Stay tuned for more event coverage. To see and learn more about the historically significant Ferrari that Rob Kauffman will be driving, follow this link to the RK Motors Charlotte website; http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1956-Ferrari-250-GT-Boano/134742
RK Motors Charlotte recently launched its new Google+ business page. Please visit our page by clicking the link here, http://www.tinyurl.com/rkmotorsgoogleplus. The new local page contains great photos from our expansive inventory of classic, American muscle and high-performance vehicles. You can also read reviews from our great customers! If you like what you see and want to be part of the RK Motors social experience, please follow us and share this page with others. Over time, we will post content related to our business and the classic car marketplace, as well as feature images of select cars available for sale.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to the second and final road course of the season at Watkins Glen International this weekend. The 11-turn road course has provided its share of on-track drama, including some exciting finishes and soap opera-like incidents with drivers and fans alike. Clint Bowyer isn’t looking for any drama, just a solid finish. His record at The Glen is currently among the best in the sport. In the past two races, Bowyer has the third best driving record with an average finish of 5.0 and the second best finish at road courses since February 2012, averaging a 5.2. After finishing in the top-five at Pocono last weekend in the number four spot, Bowyer is 14th out of a possible 16 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. “We’ve had some decent finishes at Watkins Glen the past few years. You’ve really got to have everything go right on the road courses. You can’t make dumb mistakes, dive bomb someone and crash, taking yourself out of the race. I think we can get a good finish, we just have to have everything go right and not do something that takes us out of the running.” When [...]
Clint Bowyer, the No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver finished fourth in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Pennsylvania at Pocono Raceway. The MWR driver started 14th and quickly demonstrated that he was one of the fastest cars on the track. Bowyer ran in the top-10, then drop to mid-pack at various times throughout the race. As the race neared completion, Clint’s driving strategy prevailed and he climbed to third with 15 laps remaining. At the re-start, Bowyer was in fourth place with four laps to go and held on to take that position at the checkered flag. The No.15 team heads to Watkins Glen International this Sunday. “I’m real proud of all of the guys that work so hard on this RK Motors Toyota. We just keep plugging away. Obviously we need to improve to get to where we can win one of these races, but we could keep inching closer and closer. If we can get the solid finishes, stay consistent and get ourselves in the Chase maybe we can win a championship.” Though this season’s win-less streak grew to 62, things are looking up with his fifth top-10 finish in the last seven Sprint Cup [...]