Anatomy of a High Price

Back in the days before I had any real responsibilities, most of my weekends slipped by in the garage. In those days, daylight turned to dark unnoticed, as I spun wrenches on my ’66 Chevy. Sometimes I’d stop to eat.

My neighborhood, like many of yours, was built out of car waypoints. For those of us young people who spoke the car language, it’s how we navigated our world. There were Chevelles, GTOs, classic trucks and more sprinkled around. They Read More

Jim’s Blog: Which Car Do You Regret Selling?

Everybody’s got a story about a car they shouldn’t have let go. I’d bet most of us have several.

For those of you that read my ACC columns and blogs regularly, you’ll probably guess that I’d pick my old 1972 Chevrolet K10 pickup as my biggest sale regret. I bought it as a project, restored it, and then sold it at the Portland Swap Meet two years ago for $16,500 to make room for a modern 2016 GMC crew cab Read More

Jim’s Blog: Has the Truck Market Topped Out? Share Your Thoughts with ACC

We’re finishing up the March/April issue of ACC this week, which includes all our coverage of the Arizona auctions and Mecum Kissimmee in January.

Our Readers’ Forum question this month is all about classic trucks — specifically the market for them, and whether or not it’s hit a peak. This is something I touched on in my last blog — and here’s your chance to get in the conversation.

I’ve watched classic trucks come up in value over the Read More

Jim’s Blog: Is it Too Late to Buy a Classic Truck?

After a whirlwind week in Arizona where a number classic rigs brought huge prices, I can’t help but wonder if it’s too late to buy a classic truck.

Just after the close of the ACC Seminar, I had some time to kill, so ACC Contributors Jay Harden and Sam Stockham and I wandered the Barrett-Jackson auction tents for an hour or so, checking out the consignments and kicking tires on things we once owned or have always wanted to buy. Read More

Jim’s Blog: Gearing Up for Arizona

ACC’s offices have been buzzing since the start of the new year. This is when we prep for our trip to Arizona and start building our plan for another issue of the magazine, which ships to press just after the close of the upcoming auctions.

This is one of my favorite times of year, as it’s when the Arizona auction houses all show off what’s coming to their sales. For them, this is the culmination of months of work, from Read More

Jim’s Blog: Happy Holidays from ACC!

This past issue of ACC — our 37th — marks six years of the magazine. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already. But we’re here and better than ever, and 2018 should be even more interesting both for the market and for us, especially considering the top-level consignments planned for Scottsdale and Kissimmee this year.

So, as we wait for these 2018 auctions to fire up a new season of selling next month, I’d like to just take Read More

Jim’s Blog: The Future of Car Collecting?

Yesterday, while hunting Craigslist for first-gen Ford Mustangs for ACC, I tripped over this twin-turbo 1964 Plymouth Valiant for sale.

Yep, that’s right — someone took a slant-six powered Plymouth Valiant and swapped in a Japanese straight six. Specifically the 24-valve 6-cylinder Toyota 1JZ engine.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, those engines are well-known in the tuner world as decent performers, whereas that same crowd probably looks at the perfectly good Chrysler slant six with scorn, or Read More

Floor It!

When it comes to our classic cars — especially at a car show or when being sold at a collector-car auction — a first impression can have a huge impact on performance, from winning an award through bringing the right price across the auction block.

One of the simplest and most overlooked components in our cars is also one that suffers some of the most wear through use: interior carpet.

The carpet is trampled every time you get in or Read More

Out With the New

I’m about to do something I know I shouldn’t do. I’m going to ignore my own advice.

ACC’s Dodge Viper GTS ACR has been a staple in the garage since we bought it. It was minty fresh when it rolled off the enclosed carrier at ACC headquarters in 2014, bought for $42,500 with just 1,200 miles from new. After a new set of tires, I took it on several high-speed distance runs — first 200 miles to Brothers, OR, where Read More

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