Drive Your Way To The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

American Collectors Insurance Offers Insight Into What Types Of Vehicles Leading CEO's Collect

Cherry Hill, NJ April 2, 2005 -- As the old saying goes, "Dress for the job you want, not the job that you have." Well, that is true in all aspects, including the vehicle that you choose to drive. American Collectors Insurance has compiled a list of the top collector vehicles driven by CEO's to help when making the next strategic move up the corporate ladder.

"Today's CEO is likely to be seen in a collector car that represents his or her path to success," says Jill Bookman, CEO of American Collectors Insurance, Inc. "While there are always exceptions to the rule, most people want a collector vehicle that expresses some aspect of their personality. I'm in the process, for example, of purchasing a beautifully restored 1957 Coral Sand Ford Thunderbird with a white interior and black soft top. I think it says I don't mind messy hair!" Bookman likes the sharp, slanted tail fins, tall grilles and massive curved bumpers of the '57 Thunderbird. "To me, this car has it all - classic styling and timeless appeal."

The CEO involved with a financial corporation might appreciate a more conservative, comfortable and richly appointed vehicle such as:
? 1930 Pierce Arrow Model B Roadster valued at $98,000 in excellent condition
? 1932 Packard Model 900 Roadster valued at $45,000 in excellent condition
? 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible valued at $40,000 in excellent condition
? 1975 Rolls Royce Camarque valued at $55,000 in excellent condition

CEO's involved in manufacturing would appreciate innovative engineering and cutting edge technology. The collectible vehicles that top their list are:
? 1947 Ferrari Spider Corsa 166 2-door (personally designed by Ferrari's CEO Enzo Ferrari) valued at over $1,000,000 in mint condition
? 1957 Alfa Romeo Super Sprint 1900 2-door coupe valued at $35,000 in excellent condition
? 1964 Maserati Sebring 2-door coupe valued at $30,000 in excellent condition

Architectural CEO's, who often base their lives on being noticed, typically go for the "look at me" type vehicles. These are most commonly found in the chrome-laden cars of the 1950's with the very distinctive designs featuring massive grilles or tail fins. Leading the pack are:
? 1959 Cadillac Series 63 2-door Coupe Deville valued at $25,000 in "fine" condition
? 1956 Packard Caribbean valued at $68,000 in excellent condition
? 1948 Delahaye 135M/135MS valued at $275,000 in average condition

For those CEO's who picture themselves as perfectionists, possibly in the wine, publishing or historical professions, the vehicles below would appeal to them. They would be impressed by the amount of time it took to perfect them, and the fact that they are directly related to a historical era. The following vehicles aim to please:
? 1957 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing valued at $375,000 in excellent condition
? Chrysler 300 "Letter" cars ranging in value from $25,500 to $90,000 in mint condition

Finally, there are the power players whose goals are to let the world know that no competitor could ever even come close to contending. They want to roll in some of America's most influential contributions to the collector- car world known as muscle cars. Chart toppers are:
? 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Mustang is valued at $120,000 in excellent condition
? 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda "Cuda" convertible 426 Hemi is worth $1.5 to 1.7 million in excellent condition
? 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 convertible is worth $300,000 in excellent condition

No matter what collector vehicle you choose, it should reflect your tastes and personality. You want to send a message out to the world about who you are and where you're going. You never know, you might need more than one. Why not change cars with your moods?

About American Collectors Insurance
American Collectors Insurance, an industry leader and innovator since 1976, specializes in insurance for collector vehicles and collectibles. Based in Cherry Hill, NJ and licensed in 48 states, American Collectors offers products directly to consumers, as well as through independent insurance agents and brokers. For more information, visit or call 800-620-9223.

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