Corvette Museum Received Its Largest Donation from Late Enthusiast

2013 Chevy CorvetteBowling Green, just four hours west of Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC, is the home of the National Corvette Museum. This year the museum celebrates 60 years and seven generations of production of the beloved Chevrolet Corvette. It also remembers the life and generosity of Corvette collector Don Messner, who passed away last May.

Prior to the end of his battle with Melanoma, Messner arranged to donate his collection of 10 Corvettes to the museum, the museum’s largest donation; thus, the Corvette museum received its largest donation to date.

“He said he wanted to plant a seed. He wanted others in similar situations with rare Corvettes to see the museum as a place for them. Most of all, he wanted to inspire future generations to work hard to buy their own Corvettes some day so that they, too, could enjoy the lifestyle that goes with owning them,” Messner’s wife, Marlene, said.

A special display of Messner’s Corvettes can be seen in the Museum Exhibit Hall between May 10 and September, 12, 2014.

The collection ranged from a 1965 custom race-built Corvette to the 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette with R8C Museum Delivery. He personally delivered his 2013 Corvette before his passing. During the visit, he decided to donate the rest.

“When people see these cars,” Messner’s wife added, “I want them to remember Don Messner and his legacy. He was an amazing and very generous man.”

Here’s Looking at You, Kid | Bogart’s Buick at Auction

Humphrey Bogart CasablancaNext month, New York City will play host to an incredibly unique and exciting event: “What Dreams Are Made of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction” held by Bonhams.

Bonhams is a British auctioneer organization, specializing in auctions comprised of fine art and antiques. The company has several large salerooms in Britain, and they hold auctions here in the U.S. in San Fransisco, LA, Boston, and NYC.

This particular auction will feature 300+ highly collectible items like scripts, props, and costumes from classic movies of the 20th century.

Many of these items are high-dollar to say the least, and some are expected to go for hundreds of thousands. Some examples of iconic movie items to be showcased at the auction are Francis Ford Coppola’s working copy of The Godfather screenplay, a prototype prop of Han Solo in carbonite from Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, and a suit worn by Jack Nicholson during his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker in Batman.

Also up for auction (and the item we’re most excited about): the brown 1940 Buick convertible driven by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. According to Motor Authority, this Buick model is one of just 230 made from the 1940 model year, not that this makes it any more impressive because the fact that Bogart drove it was all we really needed to know.

Since Casablanca, this one-of-a-kind piece of historical cinema was first sold by Warner Brothers in 1970 to a private owner, and Bogart’s Buick switched hands last in 1995 when it went for just over $200k.

Wondering what Bogart’s Casablanca convertible will go for in November? Bonhams is expecting around half a million for the brown 1940 Buick which will be the only automotive attraction at auction and likely one of the leading stars of the show. Here’s looking at you, kid.

General Motors Exploring New Powertrain Possibilities

GMC YukonDespite the fact that the full-size SUV market isn’t cranking out as many models as it has in the past, General Motors is forging onward with its redesigned 2015 versions of the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL.

While GM’s big boy SUVs are all getting revamped with new design specs and model updates for 2015, there’s word that the automaker may even go so far as to introduce some a completely new powertrain option into the mix for the next generation.

According to Autoblog, GM is looking for ways to go above and beyond the competition in the full-size SUV market, and a redesigned powertrain offering improved performance and, of course, enhanced fuel efficiency would definitely be a bold and effective way to do it.

We’re expecting GM is hard at work thinking up a way to capitalize on the ever-improving and changing technologies available for powertrains—will the automaker go hybrid? What about diesel? Will we be surprised with something else entirely? We’re looking forward to finding out for the 2015 model year!

Timeless Buick Beauties

Buick Skylark

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Beautiful isn’t always an adjective associated with cars. Today, when it is, we usually think of flashy sports cars and expensive luxury sedans. But don’t forget about the timeless beauties—the models that have grown more beautiful over the years—their silhouettes still instantly recognizable no matter how much time passes.

MSN Autos recently featured a list of the 15 most beautiful American cars of all time. Not one. but two Buicks made the list.

The first is the 1953 Buick Skylark—Buick’s old-timey luxury drop top four-seater. With a cloth convertible top and windshield that sat lower than typical Buick convertibles of the time, the ’53 Skylark exuded its own unique sense of confidence and elegance that set itself apart from all other models of its time. Fat whitewall tires framing shiny wire wheels sat under a body that sported overstated body lines and basically screamed for attention.

The second, from ten model years later, is the 1963 Buick Riviera. Originally designed as a Cadillac, the Riviera found its eventual home under the Buick brand name. The ’63 Riviera sold like hotcakes in its first year, selling out of all 40,000 manufactured units. The luxury coupe boasted rigid lines and an elongated body—a sculpted marvel that turned as many heads back then as it still would today.

Check out the full list to see what other models were named alongside the Buick beauties, and come visit us at Hutch Chevy Buick GMC for your own taste of timeless.

Best Global Brands and the Bow Tie

2014 Chevy SilveradoChevrolet has been named one of Interbrand’s best global brands for 2013. Having previously been coined as the “Heartbeat of America,” Chevy’s manufacturing output makes up for over half of all of GM’s worldwide sales.

According to Interbrand’s report, the Chevy brand is present in nearly 150 countries and is currently focusing heavily on growth in the US, China, India, and Thailand. Landing on the best global brands list speaks to the strength of Chevrolet as not only an automaker, but the nod also attributes to the Bow Tie as a name and institution.

What will it take moving forward for the Chevy brand to retain its success and relevance? According to Interbrand: “If it can create sustainable growth, penetrate fast-developing markets, and see die-hard customers (like Silverado owners) come back for more, Chevrolet will have enough steam to build the next chapter of its storied history.”

Here’s to future penning of the Chevy history books!