Jim’s Blog: Will You Buy Online?

The car of your dreams is for sale and you’ve got the cash in hand. Only one problem. You can’t see it in person first.

That’s the challenge in front of a lot of buyers right now, and auctions are working to make that challenge less of a concern by being as forthcoming and helpful as possible. Still, how do you really feel about buying something like an LS6 Chevelle or Boss 302 without laying hands on it first?

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From the Auction Desk: We’re Getting Closer

Many parts of the country are starting to reopen after weeks to months under stay-at-home orders. The first bars and restaurants started taking diners again in my county out here in Oregon. I hope they did well, considering the situation.

Decisions in March and April gutted the spring auction calendar, with postponements and cancelations galore. But, given the enormous push from some sectors to reopen the economy, it appears that we’ll have some sales to actually attend in June.

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From the Auction Desk: Barrett-Jackson Sells $425k Intimidator Race Car for Charity

The numbers are atypical, I absolutely agree there.

Preliminary results from Barrett-Jackson Online Only May sale showed 45 of 85 lots sold for $3,560,525, which is far from the normal Barrett-Jackson bottom line.

This was a far-from-normal sale, however.

I counted only four cars listed as no reserve. In recent years, that number might have been the total number of cars with reserve at one sale, such as the Northeast or Palm Beach auctions.

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Jim’s Blog: Share Your Project With ACC

Big projects are great, but sometimes it’s the small stuff that makes the biggest difference. Most of us can appreciate a complete restoration job on a car that really needed it — but sometimes just finding a fixing a squeak or rattle on you weekend classic is all it takes to boost your peace of mind and the usability of the car. We’ve all had a lot of time on our hands lately, and it’s been the perfect time to Read More

From the Auction Desk: Resetting the Auction Calendar Again

States are implementing phases for opening businesses back up, and that has some auction companies back in the office getting to work.

According to Jason McCormick of McCormick’s Classic Car Auctions in California, “We have been classed as an ‘essential business’ by the City of Palm Springs and Riverside County, and will return to full time operation with all staff on Monday May 11. We will be operating under all CDC guidelines to protect you and Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s Hiding in Your Neighborhood?

When I was a kid, there were rumors of a ’69 Hurst/Olds hiding in a little old lady’s garage up the street from my house.

It had belonged to her late husband, so the story went, and she never drove it. It was said to just sit behind that forever-closed garage door.

The young car guys in the neighborhood always wondered what was really behind those white curtained garage door windows, but as far as I can tell, the only Read More