Virtual Car Show

WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: April 11, 2020

This Corvette Stingray is just one of the vehicles featured in this week's Virtual Car Show.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Zurschmeide

In celebration of our first full month of Virtual Car Shows, we're switching it up a bit. This week, we have four fantastic vehicles for you to feast your eyes on.

As you scroll down the page, you'll notice that at the end of this week's show, you have the opportunity to vote on the "Best in Show" from all the Virtual Car Shows so far. The winners will be announced on April 13 on AutomotiveMap's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

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1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95

Photo courtesy of Greg Wrobleske

This ramp side truck was purchased by Greg Wrobleske of Magnolia, Texas in 2001. He'd been looking for a unique truck to use around his home and since he was already into Corvairs, this model was the logical choice.

Since he purchased the model, he's given it new paint, wheels, and tires. The engine has been rebuilt and all the mechanicals have been overhauled. The restoration was complete in 2016.

1966 Ford Mustang

Photo courtesy of Juan Garcia

Like many, it was Juan Garcia's childhood dream to own a 1966 Ford Mustang. His dad, a Chevy guy, got him into classic cars when Garcia was still a boy. The elder Garcia has owned a 1966 Chevrolet Impala and a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette.

In 2016, Juan paid $8,000 for the '66 Mustang, purchasing it from the Mustangs Only restoration shop. He told AutomotiveMap the story:

"Jim Hangley, former owner of Mustangs Only, acquired the 1966 Ford Mustang I now own, from a man in Culver City, California. Jim dedicated more than 30 years of his life restoring classic Mustangs. In May 2016, Jim died from pancreatic cancer. Tracy Fietz, his wife, sold me the 1966 Ford Mustang in August 2016 ... and she recited to me the work that needed to be done to the Mustang from a handwritten note Jim left in the glove compartment. Had it not been for Jim and Tracy's passion for Mustangs, I wouldn't have my 1966 Ford mustang today."

Since he has owned the car, he's given it new brakes; refurbished the transmission; added fresh exhaust manifolds, dual tail exhaust pipes, mufflers, and GT fog lights. There's also a new radiator, shocks, four-barrel carburetor, radial tires, wires and hoses, interior carpet, and new welded panels under the driver and passenger seats.

1978 Pontiac Trans Am

Photo courtesy of John Dermody

John Dermody purchased this 1978 Trans Am online in 2015 for $40,000. He wanted to replace the 1977 Trans Am he'd sold in 1980. That one had been the first new vehicle he'd ever purchased and, like they say, there's nothing like your first time.

He tells the story, "The day I picked it up I had an engagement ring in the center console and proposed to my wife in that car. I have always enjoyed the ride, style and handling of the second-gen Trans Am."

Since he purchased this '78, he's updated the paint, done some interior work, and replaced the wheels. He says, "This car originated in Phoenix ,Arizona and was an Arizona car until 2001. The motor, transmission, body panels, and frame are original. The car is absolutely rust free. I wanted to keep the car as true to original as possible. The car rides and drives as if it just came off the showroom in 1978. After the restoration I've never had to do any mechanical work except for replacing an alternator, and oil changes. If the weather cooperates I drive the car once a week to keep it reliable."

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Photo courtesy of Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide of Lake Oswego, Oregon has wanted a third-generation Corvette since he was 10 years old. He purchased this model in 2011 for $12,000. How could he not? "I have a weakness for yellow cars, and for the C3 Corvette," he told AutomotiveMap. "The big swoopy fenders, the roar of the engine - this Corvette has serious panache."

Since purchase, Zurschmeide has given the car a new paint job, transmission, and brakes. It now strikes a loud exhaust note thanks to a new system. Inside, it sports leather seats from a 1976 Corvette.

"The funniest thing is that people make assumptions about you when you show up in a car like this - but they'd make entirely different assumptions if I showed up in my 1961 Mini Cooper," said Zurschmeide. "You can't judge someone by his or her taste in cars - we're too eclectic for that."

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New SUV

New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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New off-roader

Ford Bronco Production Officially Begins

The Ford Bronco is finally ready for primetime.

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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