Jim’s Blog: What’s Your Current Project?

Since our usual car events are on hold right now, what are car people up to? 

Right now I’d normally be getting ready for the Portland Swap Meet, and a few local shows that take place in April. Instead, I’m working in my garage and spending a lot of time with my kids.

My ’66 Caprice needs a deep detail pretty badly, so that’s near the top of my list of things to do. I haven’t spent much time 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

Jim’s Blog: Five Car Projects to Do at Home

Stuck at home? Most of us are. Now’s a great time to turn off the news and get out in your garage. While a lot of things are closed, many parts suppliers aren’t — Summit Racing, Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts, Paragon Corvette, Original Parts Group, ZIP Corvettes, National Parts Depot, Camaro Central, Firebird Central, Muscle Car Central, Classic Chevrolet Parts, Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse, and more are still operating, 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

Jim’s Blog: Spinning the Great Cancellation

Auctions, shows, events, museums. Seems like everything is cancelled, postponed or closed. It’s for the best, but that doesn’t change the shocking nature of it all. 

However, while the stock market seems to be getting worse by the day, I don’t think value sentiment has changed much in the collector car world from where it was at the beginning of the month. The auctions aren’t happening the way they used to, but the ones that recently wrapped still reflected 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