Jim’s Blog: Prepping for Auction Kickoff

Scottsdale’s auctions are next week and Mecum’s Kissimmee sale is already underway — the 2019 auction market is firing up, and we’ll soon have some news to report about fresh trends.

As always, ACC will be on site everywhere this month, covering the events as they happen. Our March/April issue ships to press just after the close of the auctions in Arizona, and it will include results and analysis from both Arizona and Kissimmee. If you want to know what Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Steps to a Better Car Photo

Whether we’re buying, selling, or just admiring, all of us need to take a car picture every once in a while. Of course, you want a gleaming shot with everything looking right. That’s hard to do, but here are a few tips to help you get there.

1. Look at the bigger picture

Busy backgrounds are the biggest problem with most car photography, and it’s one of the main things that we look to avoid with ACC’s cover choices each Read More

Jim’s Blog: Great Gifts for a Car Person

The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time to hunt down a good gift for the car person on your list. That’s sometimes pretty tough, especially when the person you’re shopping for seems to already have everything. I’ve got several people just like that on my list this year, and it got me thinking: what’s the best gift for the car person who doesn’t appear to need anything? Here are three ideas:

1. New, crisp screwdrivers

Everyone has Read More

Buying Smart

If you’re familiar with ACC, then you know that we’re all about value. Every Market Report and car profile that appears in these pages tells you the price paid for each car at auction.

Was this car, at this price, on this day, a good deal? Will it be a good deal tomorrow, or next month, or next year?

Our reports take an educated stance on these value statements, and we use decades of data and market analysis as our Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Cars to Watch

It’s November, which means the new year is going to be here before we know it. With it come the annual Arizona auctions, which kick off the collector car market each year in a big way. What cars are going to see increases this year? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, here are three models I think you should watch going into 2019.

Tri-Five Chevrolet

These cars have been the bread and butter of the American Read More

Jim’s Blog: Sights of SEMA 2018

With over a million square feet of automotive parts and accessories to see, SEMA is not something you can really do in a day and a half.

But I did. Or at least I tried to. And when I wasn’t meeting with people in the industry, I was shooting images of some of the interesting things I saw while I was on-site. 

Here are some of my favorite images from this year’s event.

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Jim’s Blog: It’s SEMA Time

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year — it’s SEMA time in Las Vegas.

SEMA is where the automotive aftermarket comes together to show off what it’s been working on for the past 12 months. This is where the newest trends in both new and old cars take hold, and it’s the best place on earth for a car builder who’s looking for the latest and greatest in carburetors, fuel injection, suspension, brakes, tires, wheels, tools, Read More

Jim’s Blog: Garage Upgrades

This past August, my wife and I bought a new house and moved across town. Distance-wise to AC HQ, it’s not much of a change from where I was before. But the new place has more room everywhere for my family — including in my garage.

Yes, I’m the happy new owner of a place with a three-car garage. I’ve spent the last month or so bringing that space up to standard for a car guy, as the people who Read More

A Modified Future

Ispent some quality wheel time in ACC’s ’66 Mustang this month, and it’s a great driver — there’s something special about a car that’s never been blown apart from new. Cars like this just feel more complete.

That X-factor is something that’s hard to describe, but if you’ve ever restored a car and found that your shiny, perfect classic isn’t really a car anymore when it’s done, but rather is a collection of parts that fit together into the shape Read More

Jim’s Blog: Do you use your old car?

A few weeks back, I was driving my ’66 Chevrolet home from the ACC office and sitting in traffic. A guy in a minivan pulled up next to me, rolled down his window, and started asking me all about the car. 

Now this isn’t really much of a story for those of us who use our cars regularly, but it stood out for me at the time. Why? Because it had been a while since I’d last had a Read More