Jim’s Blog: Snapshots from SEMA 2019

SEMA’s a great place to go see what’s new in the car world, but you can’t just walk into the place off the Vegas strip. The event, while huge, is not open to the public — and that’s why I always tote a nice camera with me.

I spent three days on-site at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week, and I’ll have a complete review of my favorite new products and influential builds in the next issue of American Read More

Jim’s Blog: It’s SEMA Time!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about spotting old car trends using the weather. The SEMA show is another great way to see which older cars or trucks younger members of the car world are starting to consider cool in the old car market. That show starts today.

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas is where the car world comes to show off its skill in fabrication, finish, and innovation — both in Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Mopars to Buy Now

Traditionally speaking, the market has been good to Mopar. Some of the biggest muscle car pricing boosts in the 2000s went to Dodges and Plymouths, and they’re still among the most valued muscle machines — especially anything with a Hemi.

That leaves buyers in a tough spot. If you want to score a Mopar, in most cases you’ve got to pay up to own one — Chargers, Road Runners, ’Cudas, Super Bees, Challengers and the like tend to be expensive. Read More

Jim’s Blog: What Can Weather Teach Us About the Market?

Values and trends. That’s what ACC is about. 

How can we see trends before they really start to take hold? Well, it can be complicated, and it isn’t always an exact science. But there’s one trick to spotting trends I’ve been thinking about lately: Weather.

Weather? Really? OK, that may seem a little strange, but stick with me here for a second and I’ll explain what I mean.

When the weather is nice, you’ll often see classics out and Read More

Jim’s Blog: Project or Storage?

I’ve been watching the leaves change color in my neighborhood over the past few days, and it’s been prompting me to get out and drive my old cars as much as I can before the weather turns south. Here at ACC, we’ve already started work on our annual Scottsdale insider’s guide for the upcoming January auctions. These things together are my annual reminder that winter is coming. Soon.

For a lot of us, that means it’s time to put cars Read More