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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

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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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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The first all-electric Karma Automotive model is set to debut next year.

Photo courtesy of Karma Automotive

Karma Automotive is promising to debut its first all-electric car in 2021. To understand how we got here, it's important to look back a decade.

Fisker Automotive was founded by heralded car designer Henrik Fisker in 2007. For a brief moment in history, it produced the Fisker Karma, one of the world's first production luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The first Karma was delivered in 2011 but by 2014, the company was staring down liquidation.

That year, Fisker Automotive's Karma vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing facility were purchased by Wanxiang Group, the largest China-based automotive components company by revenue. Henrik Fisker retried the Fisker trademarks and rights to the Fisker brand. He went on to launch Fisker Inc., a separate company that has big plans for all-electric vehicles, in 2016. Wanxiang Group renamed its vehicle company Karma Automotive.

And now here we are.

Karma Automotive has released an image of the GS as a teaser.

Karma Automotive says that the 2021 debut will be the first public step in a full line, which includes electrification options and leans on technological advancements to set itself apart. The GS Series model will be Karma's first-ever battery electric luxury sedan.

The new models will retain much of the same design as the Revero.

"We are pleased to announce that Karma will now offer our first all-electric vehicle next year as part of the GS series," said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma's CEO. "Cost reductions in the BOM, streamlining our supply chain and standardized production methods also allowed for a new, more attainable pricing structure for the GS lineup allowing for higher market penetration, opening up the market to a larger group of entry level luxury buyers."

Though its looks, range, pricing, and options aren't yet public knowledge, customers can currently reserve their model at http://www.karmaautomotive.com/reserve. All reservations require a fully-refundable $100 deposit.

For years Chinese brands have been looking to break into the U.S. market without much success. Though there are a growing number of Karma dealerships in the U.S., sales of the vehicles are few and far between.

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