From the Auction Desk: Only 11 Weeks to Go

By now, many of us are getting used to days at home. Oregon’s governor mandated a stay-at-home policy on March 23, so it’s been two weeks-plus at home for most of ACC’s staff, although I started a week earlier since I’m part hermit.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones that has the ability to work from home and the days of the week still mean something to you. Perhaps the days are blurring together and the best way you Read More

From the Auction Desk: Distract Yourself Online and In the Garage

By this point, I’m sure most of us are pretty tired of the stay-at-home orders, or some level of social distancing, that have marked a profound change in our daily lives.

Yes, I know, you click on the car stuff to avoid reading about COVID-19, but this isn’t a political debate or your buddy’s new car that you don’t have to care about.

This is also nothing new for humans, as disasters natural and manmade have forced folk from their Read More

From the Auction Desk: Clearing the Spring Calendar

I think it’s safe to say that with at least 40% of our fellow citizens under stay-at-home orders, the vast majority of collector-car auctions have been called off for the next little while.

I’ve been crossing off auctions on my desk calendar left, right, up and down.

Branson announced on Monday that their spring sale has been postponed due to mandatory decreased capacity at their venue and social-distancing Read More

From the Auction Desk: Is Summer Here Yet?

Who else enjoyed a raucous night on Saint Patrick’s Day at home?

Anyone, anyone, anyone?

Maybe the bars/pubs/lounges are still open in your area, and you had a chance at some normalcy in these odd times.

You’re not going to find any sense of that in the auction calendar.

In addition to RM Auctions moving their Palm Beach sale exclusively online and Barrett-Jackson kicking their Palm Beach sale Read More

From the Auction Desk: Amelia Island Best Buy

In this spot a few weeks ago, I highlighted the expected top-dollar American cars from Amelia Island.

The no-reserve 1930 Duesenberg Model J convertible I expected to be the top American-built sale from the island ended up second on that list at $1,132,500. A 1932 Duesenberg Model J Stationary Victoria topped it by selling at $1,325,000.

I’m a little surprised by those results. Drop tops typically garner more than hard tops — Read More

From the Auction Desk: Letter Series Deals in Greensboro

1957 Chrysler 300C convertible sold at $92,880

GAA Classic Cars held the first of three yearly sales this past weekend.

Few auctions run as consistently as GAA Classic Cars, with three per year in February, July and November, plus an occasional collection large enough to merit a sale all by its lonesome. And none of the other non-traveling sales feature the volume going through Greensboro.

As I scrolled through the results, a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible caught my eye Read More

From the Auction Desk: GAA Classic Cars February 2020 Preview

The Scottsdale auctions are firmly in our rearview mirrors (be sure to check out our coverage in the latest issue of ACC), and — since our crazy little planet won’t stop spinning — there are plenty more chances to get the car of your dreams.

At the end of the month — February 27–29 — GAA Classic Cars is holding the first of their three yearly Read More

Pick Your Stick: Automatic or Manual?

Will automatic-transmission cars eventually be worth more than the manually shifted ones?

It’s a sort of bigger-picture question that needs to look at shifting demographics and project them into the future.

How many of us have a teenager or 20-something who can shift? How common is the joke that a manual is the new theft-prevention device? Let’s also account for how few manually shifted cars are rolling out of factories around the world, and Read More

1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor”

This is an original car from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” This car was used in the street scenes in the movie, and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Cinema Vehicle Services signed by Ray Claridge, president of Cinema Vehicle Services.

Also included is a license plate that was on the car in the movie. This Mustang is powered with a 351-ci Ford Motorsport crate engine mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, and it is equipped with Read More