Jim’s Blog: I Hate Gas Cans

This week, I became the guy I never wanted to be. I ran my ’66 Chevy out of gas in my own driveway.

OK, so I’ve been busy working on another C10 project lately, and I’ve needed the space inside my garage for photo work to support that project. So in and out the ’66 goes — regardless of weather. Or temperature. Or fuel level.

I knew the car was low on gas, and I had planned on running it Read More

The Next Collectible

After years of watching the market at SCM and ACC, once thing has become clear: change is the only constant.

Scottsdale’s numbers are in. In total, the 2019 auctions brought $247m, which was pretty close to last year’s total of $249m. Combine that with Mecum’s $94m Kissimmee sale, and January 2019 kicked off with $341m in collector car sales. That’s good news for the market, but what can we learn from it?

In truth, the big numbers do tell a Read More

Jim’s Blog: An American in Paris

Here at ACC, we’ve been talking about the rise in truck and SUV prices for years now. At auctions like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson, regardless of location, yesterday’s worker bee rigs have taken on a new life as coveted collectors items, with prices to match. In fact, it seems like those prices are inflating at every stop along the American auction calendar.

This was fresh in my mind as I boarded a plane for Paris in early February, bound for an Read More

Jim’s Blog: Sights from Arizona

ACC’s staff just returned from a week in the desert, just in time to build our Arizona results issue. By now the auctions have all ended, but numbers are still tricking in as post-block deals come together.

We’re working on our complete coverage of the Scottsdale and Kissimmee weeks now — you’ll be able to read our complete analysis in the March/April 2019 issue of American Car Collector, due out in February. In the meantime, here are some of my Read More

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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