Jim’s Blog: The $50k Challenge

We’re working on finishing up ACC’s 50th issue this week, which is full of information out of Scottsdale, Kissimmee, and beyond. Looking at all these sales got me thinking about how the market has shifted over the past few years, both in terms of prices and the kinds of cars being offered.

What’s the best buy right now, and how has that changed from, say, 2015?

I could come up with a handful of different answers on my own, but Read More

Jim’s Blog: The Best Buy in Arizona

The Arizona auctions are now complete. The ACC team has returned back to HQ, and we’re working on making sense of the numbers that came out of last week’s sales. This year’s totals highlight some interesting trends and tell us a few things about the market — and that’s stuff you’ll be able to read in the next issue of ACC, which we’re building right now.

In the meantime, I’d like to know what you thought of this year’s auctions. Read More

Jim’s Blog: What To Buy, Sell and Hold?

As you’re reading this, the ACC Seminar is taking place at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. This year’s topic: Cars to Buy/Sell/Hold in 2020.

This year’s panel — B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Elana Scherr and Ken Lingenfelter — have a bunch of thoughts on the matter, but I can’t share them here yet. However, it’s the perfect time to bring the same question to you. So, with that in mind, what cars would you buy, sell, and hold this year and why?Read More

Jim’s Blog: New Year Resolutions

The collector car year is just about to start in a big way, with Kissimmee already underway this week and Scottsdale kicking off with Barrett-Jackson on Saturday. We’ll know soon just how much McQueen’s Mustang is worth, and what the trends are for 2020 out of the desert.

But before all that, it’s time to take a second and think about what the new year can bring for you and your cars. What are your new Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s McQueen’s Mustang Worth?

By now you’ve probably seen the news that the Bullitt Mustang is heading to auction at Mecum Kissimmee in a few weeks. 

The car, VIN 8R02S125559, is a 1968 Mustang GT 390. It’s Highland Green, fitted with a 4-speed, and still looks just as it did when it tore up the streets of San Francisco while trying to lose that black ’68 Charger. It’s basically untouched from its movie look after a long life with Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three More Holiday Gifts

Last week, I listed out three holiday gifts for the car person on your list. Still need more ideas? Here are a couple more items to consider for your car friends — or for yourself.

Mychanic pod light

This is a great tool for a lot of reasons, but the soft, magnetic base makes this perfect for underhood fixes. Stick it to the fender, or the inner fender liner, or to the bottom of the hood and point the light Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Great Holiday Gifts

The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time again to shop for something for that car person on your list. Or, if we’re being honest, it’s time for the non car people in your life to start shopping for you. 

What do you want this year? If you don’t clear it up now, prepare for more socks. Here are a couple of better ideas you can sprinkle on your loved ones — or use for your fellow Read More

Rise of the Resto-Mod

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a car traditionalist. I love American muscle in every form. But here at ACC, we understand that rare muscle should stay in its prime, untouched form. A ’69 GTO Judge should stay Carousel Red, which is really orange, and it should be carbureted. A ’70 Boss 302 should sit on Magnum 500s. A Road Runner should have rubber mats and a pistol grip.

When an owner has something rare or inherently valuable — such as Read More

Jim’s Blog: Is a Manual a Bonus?

Is a manual transmission a bonus when you’re shopping for American muscle?

That might seem like a dumb question — but I think the answer is changing.

There’s a certain glory that comes with winding up a big block and dumping a clutch. You can’t get that same feeling with an automatic no matter how high your converter stall speed is or how many gears you have. Automatic cars may be faster and therefore “better” today, but to a lot Read More