You may think your classic is safe as long as you keep it in a garage, but you should think twice. Dr. Phil learned this lesson; and luckily, he got his classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air back with little damage — though it did take several months.
A few years ago, thieves singled out Phil McGraw’s classic Chevy, then stole it from a Burbank, California, repair shop. The story has a happy ending, though — the police recovered his $100,000 classic Chevy along with 13 other stolen cars.
Repair shops are not the only place that thieves will break into. If a thief knows what is in your garage or driveway, the thief could steal your classic from you much easier than at a repair shop. Repair shops and dealerships such as Classic Chevrolet have tight security and often store classics inside the bays while they are in for repairs or bodywork. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Even if you garage your Chevy, you should have additional locks on the vehicle. You should use a club on the steering wheel, plus have an alarm installed in your vehicle. Preferably, you should have an alarm with starter kill. If you hear the car alarm, simply press a button on the remote to stop the car. It won’t start again until you reset the alarm.
The club is a visible deterrent. Most thieves won’t try to steal a car that is equipped with a club. If you combine a club with a car alarm with starter kill, you have double protection in the event that a thief is able to remove the club.
Furthermore, thieves look for easy targets. If you keep your car in the garage, lock the garage doors and the car doors. If a thief is determined, he or she will be considerably slowed by having to get past the locks, but, in most cases, unless the thief is desperate for your particular make and model, the thief will pass by your securely locked vehicle. Keep your alarm remote in the same room as you so you are able to kill the engine quickly should a thief trip the alarm.
If you have any questions about installing security alarms or otherwise protecting your vehicle — or questions about service or our new and used car inventory, give Classic Chevrolet a call for more information.
It’s hard to believe that the Chevy Camaro is turning 50. When the sports car was introduced to the world in 1966, the auto industry changed forever. For the last 50 years, the Camaro has continued to shock car enthusiasts and the competition by staying ahead of the curve in terms of power, performance, technology and safety. The 2017 Camaro is now meaner, lighter, leaner and more head-turning than ever before.
The following are six reasons why you are guaranteed to be wowed by the sixth-generation Camaro as soon as you lay eyes on it.
1. It has been sculpted to perfection. The 2017 Camaro is designed to smaller and lighter than the previous generation, which means you enjoy a tighter driving experience. More responsive breaks and a more streamlined design allow you to take tight corners with ease.
2. It turns heads. The 2017 Camaro’s new “reverse Mohawk” roof channel, wider opening, unique grille draft angle, lift-reducing spoiler and carefully designed edges were extensively wind tunnel tested to ensure optimal performance and airflow on the roads and at the track.
3. You’ll feel like a professional. The interior of the new Chevrolet Camaro makes you feel like you get paid to drive. Tailored stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rotating HVAC dials, an ergonomic center console, aggressive heated and ventilated seats and countless other features combine to ensure that you enjoy your most luxurious driving experience yet.
4. You can customize your interior. Drivers who choose the Camaro 2SS or the Camaro 2LT can enjoy interior spectrum lighting that allows you to choose one of 24 colors to illuminate the interior of your vehicle and the radio console. Change your interior to suit your mood at the push of a button.
5. You can literally feel the wind in your hair. Opt for the Camaro Convertible, which offers the same stylish roof line and curves as the Camaro Coupe, and you’ll be able to put the top down to feel the wind in your hair. The fully-automatic soft top disappears beneath a hard cover, making the Camaro one of the most streamlined convertibles in the industry.
6. You can actually take it to the track. Choose the Camaro’s famous 1LE Track Package, and you’ll enjoy performance that the pros will envy. Stiffer suspension, aggressive tires, better cooling and advanced breaking provide the performance you’ve been seeking from your dream sports car.
Make your dreams come true by purchasing a brand new Chevrolet Camaro right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. We’re your No. 1 Chevy dealer in Texas, offering the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for the best prices in the industry, whether you’re seeking the high performance Camaro, the rugged Colorado, the fuel-efficient Cruze or any of Chevy’s other must-see models.
Enjoy the racing spirit brought to you with the original 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, of which only five prototypes were made, but influenced power models throughout the years. While this model is not yet available to dealerships, it will be available at Classic Chevrolet this summer. This lightweight sports car will be powered by the legendary LT1 6.2-liter engine.
The Grand Sport’s design was inspired by the model’s heritage and focuses on track and suspension elements, as were the five race cars that were built in 1963. The new model takes advantage of new technology and includes a downforce-producing aerodynamics package, electronic limited slip differential, enhanced cooling package, dry sump oil system and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. This model will offer up 1.05g in cornering and up to 1.2g when you add the Z07 package.
If you like “fast,” you’ll love the Grand Sport. It is estimated to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds; and 11.8 seconds in the quarter mile at 118 mph when you add the Z07 performance package and the available eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift.
You’ll have 10 exterior colors to choose from; and they are the same palette that the Stingray offers. Interior colors are also the same choices available for the Stingray. When you add the available Heritage package, you’ll be able to choose hash-mark fender graphics in six different colors and five colors of full length stripes. Additional customizations include five wheel choices and carbon fiber ground effects.
Later in the year, you’ll be able to pick up a Grand Sport Collector edition; and this model will feature Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior, tension blue hash-mark graphics, black wheels, black satin full length stripes and a tension blue full leather and suede interior.
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If you are in the market for a sporty vehicle but prefer a smaller engine, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro with the V-6 engine. While most people wouldn’t call a vehicle with a V-6 a muscle car, this one might have you changing your mind. The Camaro has 335 horsepower, which is only 90 less than the BMW M4. Add a six-speed manual transmission for the ultimate fun muscle-non-muscle car.
Shifting and Acceleration
One thing the Camaro will do, which is a rare find in a V-6, is spin the tires if you give it too much gas when you launch from a stop. The manual transmission is easy to shift; and shifting feels more like V-8 shifting with a tighter clutch and shifter. And, in the 1LT version, the shifter has a “short throw” feel, so you’re not moving the shifter into the back seat to get into gear.
The Camaro also features strong pulling through the mid-range and top end. Even if you are cruising in 6th gear, you don’t have to drop to 5th to pass other traffic.
You can’t hardly call a vehicle that doesn’t have a throaty roar a muscle car. But when you add the optional dual exhaust to the V-6, you do get that nice roar since GM tries to avoid high-pitched six-cylinder engines. However, GM didn’t muffle all of the sound, so the V-6 version has that V-8 sound.
Ride and Handling
Forget the bulky feel of previous V-6 models. The 2016 Camaro features a sport suspension system, and if you order the RS package, 20-inch wheels. This gives the V-6 excellent cornering with almost no body roll. And, when you’re on the highway, the suspension plants the tires for great traction, even at higher speeds. Kiss the instability of typical base model V-6 cars goodbye.
And, you get this without compromising the quality of the ride. The suspension takes road roughness in stride; and you can barely feel the small bumps and imperfections in the road.
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Choosing the perfect mid-size car for your everyday driving needs can seem impossible with so many options on the market. But there’s a reason so many drivers are choosing the affordable, luxurious and fuel efficient 2016 Chevy Malibu over competitors, like the 2016 Toyota Camry or 2016 Honda Accord. The following are six reasons why you should join the masses and choose Chevy.
1. The Chevy Malibu costs less.
You’ll save thousands by choosing the lower-priced Malibu Premier FWD over the comparably-equipped Honda and Toyota models.
2. You’ll enjoy more space.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu features an overall width of 73 inches, an overall wheelbase of 111.4 inches and front head room of 39.1 inches, all of which dwarf the competition. When you need more space for friends, family and cargo, the Malibu is the mid-size vehicle for you.
3. You enjoy industry-leading features.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu is equipped with the latest and greatest vehicle features, like in-vehicle communications and assistance, electronic stability control, keyless entry and more.
4. You’ll get more miles per gallon.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu gets an EPA estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and an EPA estimate 33 miles per gallon on the highway — both of which are more miles per gallon than the Toyota Camry achieves. That means you’ll save money long after you make your purchase.
5. You’ll enjoy more years of roadside assistance.
Your purchase of a 2016 Malibu comes with 5 years of roadside assistance, while the Toyota Camry is only covered for 2 years.
6. You can feel confident with your Chevy purchase.
Enjoy the peace of mind of purchasing a Chevy with a Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty of 36,000 miles and a Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty of 60,000 miles.
Stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to find out how you can own the Chevy Malibu for the best price in the industry today.
Chevrolet is getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Camaro with a special edition that will be called the 50th Anniversary Edition, soon to be available at Classic Chevy. It will be available as a coupe and a convertible; and will feature a nightfall gray metallic paint job. Orange and black stripes will accent the paint – they will run down the hood and trunk lid.
The Camaro will also feature 20-inch alloy wheels, a new front splitter, “Fifty” emblems on the front fenders, and the RS package including HID headlights, a trunk-mounted spoiler and LED taillights. The interior features black leather upholstery, 50th Anniversary badges on the seat backs, steering wheel and instrument panels, orange contrast stitching on the dashboard and seats and illuminated door sills.
The 50th Anniversary Edition will come in two trim levels: the 2LT and the 2SS. According to Randy Fox, a Chevrolet spokesperson, the 50th Anniversary Edition will give buyers a choice of a four-cylinder engine, six-cylinder engine and an eight-cylinder engine. All of the engines come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, though buyers can opt for the optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet will be organizing a birthday bash for when the Camaro blows out the 50th candle on September 26, 2016. Keep your eye on this space for more information on the Camaro as it becomes available and about the Chevrolet Camaro birthday bash that Chevy may be planning for this fall.
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If you were planning on buying a black Chevy truck from Classic Chevrolet last year and missed out, you have another chance. Chevy trucks are back in black for 2016. And, there’s more to choose from, including the 2016 Silverado 1500 Z71 and the 2016 Colorado Z71.
Last year, the black truck specials helped Chevrolet increase its sales by 27 percent last year; and that increase was double for the total truck market. The special edition trucks were popular last year, Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet’s truck marketing director, said; and those truck sold in a third of the time it took to sell other models. Plus, the special edition trucks appealed to a younger, more affluent audience.
The most popular special edition black truck in 2015 was the Silverado 1500 Midnight. The trucks were sold out in mere months. This year, Chevrolet will be producing Midnight editions for the 2016 model year, plus the Silverado 2500 HD Z71, making the midnight edition available in light duty, heavy duty and midsize versions.
The Midnight version include additional features including a locking rear differential; off road suspension; hill descent control; a transfer case shield; Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires; an all black front end; black grille, bumper, tow hooks, headlight bezels and fog lights; black painted alloy wheels; black side moldings; black belt line moldings; a black spray-in bedliner; black Chevrolet bowties for the front and rear; and special Z71 badges on the doors.
Additional special editions include the 2016 Silverado Realtree, the 2016 Silverado Special Ops and the 2016 Colorado Trail Boss. Chevrolet will introduce additional black special edition models later this year.
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The Chevrolet logo is one of the most recognized in the world. However, most people don’t even know what it is or what the recognizable, crisscrossed logo means. The Chevrolet bowtie was introduced in 1913 by the automobile company’s founder William C. Durant, and it has remained the symbol of the brand since.
Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Chevrolet bowtie? The following four stories are just a few of the countless legends surrounding the fabled Chevrolet logo.
1. It was inspired by a French hotel. Durant explains that he developed the logo from a unique wallpaper in a Paris hotel. An official Chevrolet publication issued for the company’s 50th anniversary in 1961 backed Durant’s story and explained that the world traveler tore off a piece of the hotel’s wallpaper to later use as a nameplate for his company’s vehicles. Conflicting accounts of Durant’s story, from Durant and others, have stirred even more mystery into the pot.
2. It was a dinner-table sketch. William Durant’s daughter published a book about her father in 1929. The book described how Durant sketched the Chevrolet logo while waiting for his meal at the family dinner table one evening.
3. It was taken from a newspaper ad. Another story regarding the Chevrolet bowtie emerged in 1986. A story based on an interview with Durant’s widow (Catherine) explained how she and her husband saw the design while reading a newspaper in a Hot Springs, Va., hotel room. Historian Ken Kaufmann later searched for a similar edition of The Constitution newspaper, and found a logo resembling the Chevrolet icon used for a coal company named “Coalettes.”
4. It was borrowed from the Swiss flag. Another version of the Chevrolet bowtie mystery explains the logo as an altered version of the cross seen on the Swiss flag. Louis Chevrolet was born at La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland on Christmas Day of 1878. The striking similarity of the logo and the flag’s emblem has led many historians and Chevrolet fans to agree that this must be the logo’s true origin.
No matter what the origin of the Chevrolet bowtie may be, the logo has certainly stood the test of time. In fact, despite slight changes in color and detail, the true shape of the logo hasn’t changed since the day it was created in 1913. Vehicle owners always know they can trust any vehicle donned with the famous Chevrolet bowtie.
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When you visit Classic Chevrolet, be sure to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, an IIHS top safety pick for 2016 when equipped with forward collision alert. You’ll find that this model has tons of features, making the Equinox perfect for road trips and commuting, since it gets excellent gas mileage.
The front of the Equinox was restyled for the 2016 model year. The chrome-accented dual-port grille gives the Equinox a more aggressive look. Additional new features that contribute to the Equinox’s new look include new halogen projector beam headlights, sculpted taillights and bright accents in the rear. The tailpipes have a new rectangular shape on the 3.6-liter model. The LTZ also features custom 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2016 model year has several new features including a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, new storage options, premium cloth seats for the L, LS and LT models, a new Saddle Up interior color for the LTZ and more rear legroom.
The Multi-Flex sliding rear seat adds 8 inches of rear legroom by sliding back when you need more passenger space; and slides forward when you need more cargo space. Or, fold the seats down when you need the full 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space. If you need cargo space and also have a passenger in the rear, the 60/40 split seat folds down so you can have the best of both worlds.
Standard safety features include a rear vision camera and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking assist, lane departure warning and forward collision alert.
Additional safety features include hill start assist, brake assist, rear child safety door locks, the LATCH system for child safety seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, StabiliTrak and traction control.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox also features 4G LTE WiFi, Siri Eyes Free, voice activation, Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar Remote Link.
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A new years mean it’s time to make some changes. And if you’re still driving your family around in an old, beat-up SUV, it’s time upgrade to the 2016 Chevy Suburban. The new Suburban is guaranteed to improve your lifestyle by saving you money on fuel, providing peace of mind through a long list of safety features and ensuring a more comfortable ride everywhere you travel.
These top eight reasons to get into the brand-new Chevy Suburban are just a few of the many that will make you happy you decided to make a change.
1. The Chevy Suburban was completely redesigned in 2015, which means you enjoy more convenience, comfort, functionality and performance than ever before. The 2016 model takes the best of the new-and-improved 2015 model and adds even more frills.
2. The 2016 Chevy Suburban is designed to keep you safe with an Enhanced Driver Alert Package that features forward collision alerts, power-adjustable pedals, lane keep assist, IntelliBeam headlamps and a state-of-the-art safety alert seat.
3. The new Chevy suburban is loaded with the industry’s latest and greatest technology. Drivers and passengers enjoy a standard 8-inch color touch screen radio with 4G LTE WiFi capabilities. You’ll never hear, “Are we there yet?” again.
4. The 2016 Chevy Suburban makes it easy to connect your phone to the Chevrolet MyLink system, which allows you to use your device without taking your eyes of the road. The MyLink system also features Apple CarPlay capabilities.
5. This year’s Suburban is available even more new colors, including Iridescent Pearl Tricoat and Siren Red Tintcoat, which are guaranteed to turn heads on the road.
6. The new Suburban is available in LS, LT and LTZ models, which means you can choose the amenities and performance you want based on your budget. Whichever model you choose, you’re guaranteed to appreciate that this year’s Suburban gets nearly 10-percent greater highway efficiency than previous models.
7. The 2016 Chevy Suburban features up to six power outlets and USB ports as well as a 110-volt, three-prong outlet. You will never have to deal with arguments over the phone charger or power outlets on long road trips again.
8. The Chevy Suburban is designed to handle all of your biggest adventures. This year’s model features 121.1 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded, and it can trailer a capacity of 8,300 pounds. You can forget about considering a pick-up truck.
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