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

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

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

Jim’s Blog: Buy, Sell or Hold?

Coronavirus is on the news. The stock market seems to be falling more each day. Your local store is all out of hand sanitizer and toilet paper. 

What does that all mean for the car market? If you were planning on making a classic car move in March or April, be it a buy, sell or hold, should your plans now change?

Well, I can’t predict the future, but we can learn a few things from looking at the Read More

Jim’s Blog: Best C4 Buys

We talk a lot about future trends here at ACC. Here’s something to use right now: Buy a C4 Corvette.

Why? Because they’re iconic for their era, numerous enough to be inexpensive, and they’re fun to drive. They also don’t have many mechanical issues overall, so that makes them great, livable next-gen collector cars.

The C5 is a better car — no doubt about it — but it hasn’t aged into its prime yet. Plus, as new Corvettes have gotten Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s a Good Story Worth?

Remember the story of Lambrecht Chevrolet? A small-town dealer in Pierce, NE, Ray Lambrecht was known for holding on to his unsold inventory. The cars, over the years, piled up in his closed dealership and on his property. When his family decided to sell them off via Vanderbrink Auctions back in 2013, it fired up a media frenzy. 30,000 people came to his small town. This was urban legend come to life.

No-mile MSO trucks and cars, many of which Read More

Jim’s Blog: Value

As a magazine that follows the market closely, you’ll find value as the centerpiece of pretty much everything ACC does. What is something worth? What should it sell for? Was it a good deal at a certain price? These are all important factors that every car person needs to consider, if just to understand how much insurance to buy on the car they’ve loved for decades.

Value can be a funny thing, because beyond all those objective factors is a Read More

Jim’s Blog: Your Cheapest Thrill?

The barn find trend may be dead, and as some of you noted last week, maybe that’s a good thing.

The trouble with barn finds, at least generally, is how expensive they really are. They are thrilling to some, at least in the moment when one is on the block, sitting there in an untouched state. But the premium for that thrill isn’t usually worth what it takes to bring one home, or bring one back Read More

Jim’s Blog: Are Barn Finds Dead?

Trends come and go. Sometimes this is a good thing. Anybody miss their custom Van from 1977?

One thing I saw less of this year, at least in Scottsdale, were barn-find cars. Sure, there were dusty originals on offer at places like Barrett-Jackson, but they were typically OE cars with delivery miles that were still on the MSO. What I’m talking about were the ratty, rusty, only-original-once muscle cars and trucks in need of everything, from body and paint all Read More

Jim’s Blog: The $50k Challenge

We’re working on finishing up ACC’s 50th issue this week, which is full of information out of Scottsdale, Kissimmee, and beyond. Looking at all these sales got me thinking about how the market has shifted over the past few years, both in terms of prices and the kinds of cars being offered.

What’s the best buy right now, and how has that changed from, say, 2015?

I could come up with a handful of different answers on my own, but Read More