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
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
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
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
The Arizona auctions are now complete. The ACC team has returned back to HQ, and we’re working on making sense of the numbers that came out of last week’s sales. This year’s totals highlight some interesting trends and tell us a few things about the market — and that’s stuff you’ll be able to read in the next issue of ACC, which we’re building right now.
In the meantime, I’d like to know what you thought of this year’s auctions. Read More
The collector car year is just about to start in a big way, with Kissimmee already underway this week and Scottsdale kicking off with Barrett-Jackson on Saturday. We’ll know soon just how much McQueen’s Mustang is worth, and what the trends are for 2020 out of the desert.
But before all that, it’s time to take a second and think about what the new year can bring for you and your cars. What are your new Read More
By now you’ve probably seen the news that the Bullitt Mustang is heading to auction at Mecum Kissimmee in a few weeks.
The car, VIN 8R02S125559, is a 1968 Mustang GT 390. It’s Highland Green, fitted with a 4-speed, and still looks just as it did when it tore up the streets of San Francisco while trying to lose that black ’68 Charger. It’s basically untouched from its movie look after a long life with Read More
Last week, I listed out three holiday gifts for the car person on your list. Still need more ideas? Here are a couple more items to consider for your car friends — or for yourself.
Mychanic pod light
This is a great tool for a lot of reasons, but the soft, magnetic base makes this perfect for underhood fixes. Stick it to the fender, or the inner fender liner, or to the bottom of the hood and point the light Read More
The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time again to shop for something for that car person on your list. Or, if we’re being honest, it’s time for the non car people in your life to start shopping for you.
What do you want this year? If you don’t clear it up now, prepare for more socks. Here are a couple of better ideas you can sprinkle on your loved ones — or use for your fellow Read More
Is a manual transmission a bonus when you’re shopping for American muscle?
That might seem like a dumb question — but I think the answer is changing.
There’s a certain glory that comes with winding up a big block and dumping a clutch. You can’t get that same feeling with an automatic no matter how high your converter stall speed is or how many gears you have. Automatic cars may be faster and therefore “better” today, but to a lot Read More