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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

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

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

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

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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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The Denali Ultimate trim is new for 2023.

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The GMC Yukon has always been a luxurious family hauler with beefy capability, but it moved even more upmarket in recent years with added tech and upscale interior materials. GMC just announced an even cushier version of the SUV for the 2023 model year. The Yukon Ultimate Denali gets unique styling touches and upgrades that take the already plush SUV to another level.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate22-inch wheels are standard GMC

The Denali Ultimate gets exclusive upgrades over other trims that include 22-inch wheels and chrome accents outside. The full-size SUV just got a complete redesign for 2021, which brought updated boxy styling, and a sleek look, so there are no additional exterior changes for 2023.

GMC offers three engines in the standard Yukon, but only two make it into the Ultimate. The standard powertrain includes a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel is also available that makes 277 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission is standard for all engines, and four-wheel drive is available.

Inside, the Ultimate comes with Alpine Umber full-grain leather upholstery with 16-way power front seats and massaging. Trim-exclusive contrast stitching and aluminum trim accent the space, and the top model gets an 18-speaker Bose audio system with stainless steel speaker grilles.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali UltimateGrained leather upholstery and upscale interior finishes are standard. GMC

A 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and offers Google services built in. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, along with wireless phone charging. A Wi-Fi hotspot and Amazon Alexa functionality are available. GMC also offers Super Cruise hands-free driving system in the Denali Ultimate.

GMC hasn’t detailed pricing for the new SUV yet, but we expect it to start at a premium over the standard Denali, which starts at just over $70,000.

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