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Tiffany Classic Vintage Cars: What Makes Them Special?

If you are a true classic car enthusiast, you must be aware of the aura brought in by the Tiffany classic vintage cars. There is hardly any classic car lover who has not heard about Tiffany cars. This article will inform you about the features embedded in the Tiffany classic vintage cars. We’ll be discussing about one of the most celebrated vehicle models of this make for getting familiar to the aura of these cars. The model Tiffany vehicle model we’ll be discussing about is the Tiffany Classic Elite Coupe.

The Tiffany Classic Elite Coupes were the car models which got excellent feedbacks even from the car critics. The final production of the car occurred in 1988 and since then the company has decided to discontinue this car model. We will be discussing about the most upgraded version of these vintage coupes i.e. the 1988 models.

What are the most notable features of the 1988 models of these Tiffany classics? These cars were among the most technically advanced vehicles available in the market during the 80s. They were equipped with advanced features like power sunroofs, carriage opera roofs, fog lamps. Automatic deeming mirrors etc. The designers working at Tiffany made sure that the car’s interior attracts the buyers. They used pure red leather for the doing the upholstery of the comfortable seats of the car. An exclusive trim of these series of Tiffany cars were also launched by the company; it was referred to as the Tiffany Elite. The Tiffany Elite cars came with gold plated grilles, luggage racks equipped with trunk straps made from high quality leather, power moon roofs etc. All the trims of this series of Tiffany classic vintage cars had fuel injected V-8 engines having fuel capacity of 5.0 liter. The engines included in all these vehicles were multi ported.

What are the other highlights of these car models manufactured by Tiffani Cars? There are many and it’s hard to mention all the features at one go. It can be said that the cars of this series were among the most advanced vehicles available during the 80s due to features like high end air conditioning, cruise control, wheelbase of 145 inches, gas tank with capacity of holding a up to 25 gallons of fuel etc. Another admired model manufactured by the company was the Tiffany Flatback.

Classic Motor Carriages Corportate Headquarters

This place was huge. 160,000 square feet of kit car building bliss. It had a 45 foot steel tower with a rotating platform that displayed cars.

Wire fraud case against Classic Motor Carriages, AKA "StreetBeasts"

In 1994, the Florida Attorney General's office filed suit against Classic Motor Carriages, on behalf of hundreds of defrauded customers, in USA v. GGL d/b/a Classic Motor Carriages. ("GGL" are the initials of George G. Levin, the owner of Classic Motor Carriages). For the relevant court documents, see: Streetbeasts_fraud_charges.pdf and Streetbeasts_judgement.pdf.

The case stated that, over a period of eleven years, Classic Motor Carriages defrauded people by "knowingly and willfully" making "false and misleading statements, representations, and promises" in regard to the "quality of the kit car purchased, the delivery time to the customer and the required assembly time." In addition, "false and fraudulent representations" were made to obtain deposits from prospective customers. Finally, the case stated that Classic Motor Carriages induced its customers to pay for kit cars, and then "failed to provide the automotive parts necessary for complete assembly."

Classic Motor Carriages eventually pleaded guilty to the charges in summer of 1999, and was ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution. Shortly thereafter, sales plummeted, and Classic Motor Carriages was evicted from its headquarters. Around the same time, the owner of Classic Motor Carriages, George G. Levin, re-opened the kit car business under a new name: "Auto Resolutions" (later changed to "StreetBeasts").


Henry Ford was always convinced that people should satisfy themselves with nothing more than a good, simple and economical car. At the price of great efforts, his inner circle finally succeed in eroding his stubborness and, in May 1927, after having produced more than 15,000,000 Model Ts since 1908, Ford closes his plants for many months in order to retool his assembly lines for the production of his next legend: the Model A. The latter will ultimately be produced in 5,000,000 copies between 1928 and 1931. This new miracle is equally attributable to Henry and his son Edsel. Henry will dedicate himself to the mechanical aspects and Edsel will bring a whole new look to the «people’s car». Whereas the Model T was nicknamed “Tin Lizzie”, the Model A will be known as the «Baby Lincoln».

No new automobile has ever been so expected in History. The competition sharply felt the hurt of this waiting period (as much as tens of thousands of Ford employees which were temporarily laid off) since many were putting off their puchase of a new car in order to see what Henry was going to pull out of his hat
this time.

When the New Ford is unveiled in December of 1927, riots occur in a few cities. 25,000,000 Americans (more than one out of every five man, woman and child in the U.S.A.) literally assault Ford showrooms in the space of only one week!

A fresh jaunty look, sparkling performances, easy drivability and a low price all contribute to half a million sales on the spot!

Ford easily retakes first place in sales, but will loose it in 1931 at the hand of Chevrolet.

Compared to the Model T, technical improvements are numerous although certain anachronisms persist. For example, the conestoga-wagon  transverse semi-eleptical suspension is kept.

On the other hand, a water pump, an oil pump and hydraulic shock absorbers are added. The 2-speed planetary transmission is replaced by a modern 3-speed gear box. But since it is not synchronized, the driver must now master the double-clutching technique.

The engine is a 4 cylinder affair of 200.5 cubic inch, producing 40 horsepower. A comfortable cruising speed is 40-45 miles an hour and a top speed of 65 miles an hour can be reached. Compression ratio has been expressely kept low (4:22 / 1). Of course, this low ratio lowers horsepower output and speed but, on the other hand, allows the use of lower grade fuels even if de-carbonization of cylinder heads isn’t performed regularly. Longevity, dependability and simplicity were more important to Ford than performances.

Wheelbase is 103.5 inches. Track is 56 inches. Weight varies from 2,050 to 2,386 pounds depending on the model.

In 1930, the appearance of the Model A is refreshed. The grill is higher as well as the hood line. The front fender curve is more graceful. Wheel diameter is reduced from 21 inches to 19 inches.

At the end of WWII, the Model A will become the unchallenged queen of the vintage car scene. This brief moment in automobile history (1928-1931) will generate the largest gathering of enthusiasm around a single model that no other has ever equalled since. Two gigantic Clubs and an entire spare part industry see the light of day. The abundance and ease with which technical information and new or refurbished parts can be found have made the Model A the easiest vintage car to buy, understand and maintain. One could even be able to assemble a completely new Model A from all the new parts that can be found on the market today! However, assembling the 6,800 distinct items to do so could well run over $50,000.

Brakes are now on all 4 wheels and are actuated by steel rods. Henry will insist that his brakes remain mechanical all through the 30s even though all his competitors have adopted the hydraulic system. He took satisfaction in explaining that a single small leak could incapacitate the entire hydraulic system «But have you ever seen all 4 rods from a mecanical system break at the same time?». He will relent only in 1939 after years of supplications from Edsel.