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 at Read More

Jim’s Blog: Hunting a Mustang

It’s time for ACC to get a new car for our garage. I’d like to find an early Ford Mustang.

The Mustang is a great collector car, as it’s iconic, simple, and parts are easy to find. In fact, there are a bunch for sale in ACC’s local area at any given time — but I don’t want just any Mustang — I’d like to find the right Mustang.

Here’a what I mean by that: First, the car needs to Read More

Jim’s Blog: Will Pintos Ever Be Collectible?

Ford’s compact Pinto, launched in 1971 as a response to the growing number of subcompact imports being sold in this country, isn’t exactly fondly remembered — except maybe by my mom, who bought one new and didn’t keep it long enough to get in any accidents.

However, we’ve been seeing more of these cars pop up at auction lately — some of them in very clean condition, down to the earth-tone paint colors and matching vinyl interiors. One such example Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s The Next Big Thing?

The auction world is starting to prepare for January’s Arizona events, with some companies already announcing certain special consignments to their auctions. That’s got me thinking: What’s going to be this year’s big new trend?

Last year we saw hefty pricing for 5.0 Mustangs from the 1990s. The year before that, it was big money Bandit-era Trans Ams. Prior to that? Several years of increases on good original-style trucks and SUVs from the 1960s and 1970s.

I think we’ll see Read More

Jim’s Blog: When it Rains it Pours

Now that I’ve completed the Holley Terminator Stealth fuel injection install on my car, the little issues I’ve been living with for years finally required solutions. After all, with the car now running better than ever, those small issues just needed to go away. Turn-key or bust, right?

First up was a broken console lens and a replacement neutral safety switch. The console lens just up and broke on me one day. The neutral safety switch had been Read More

Jim’s Blog: The Required Equipment

These days, I’m busy living the life of a new dad — up all night with a partying infant, running to doctor’s appointments, and spending more money than I expect at the baby store on a regular basis. From strollers to car seats, changing pads, diaper bags, bottles, pink room decorations, and more, I’m currently knee-deep in the equipment required to have a baby.

But every few days, I get an hour or so to go into my garage and Read More

Jim’s Blog: The Newest Model is Here

Like most of you, I’m a car addict. I spend most of my time thinking about cars, or working on cars, or thinking about working on cars. But not this week.

My wife and I just welcomed a baby girl into our household — Emma Jane Pickering, born 9/2/17 — and she’s shoved the car stuff in my life out of the way to make room for her 6-lb 1-oz self. I couldn’t be happier.

I’ll be back with a Read More

Jim’s Blog: My Car Week

The Monterey auctions and events, otherwise known as “Car Week,” are a tradition for me — I’ve been going to these events for years, first for Sports Car Market, and since 2011, for American Car Collector as well. But this year was different. While the SCM and ACC team headed south for Pebble Beach last week, I stayed at ACC HQ.

My wife’s about to have a baby — our second — and she still likes to talk about how Read More

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