Jim’s Blog: 1957 Chevrolet — Buy, Sell, or Hold?

The 1957 Chevrolet is probably the most iconic American classic car of all time. But with interest in 1950s cars cooling thanks to a changing demographic in the classic car world, is it still the collector car it once was?

The Chevrolet fin may not have been the biggest or boldest design of the rocket era, and in fact, it wasn’t really planned from the beginning. The story is the 1958 Chevrolet’s design took too long for a 1957 implementation, Read More

Jim’s Blog: ACC Question of the Month — What Car Should You Have Bought?

Jim’s Blog: ACC Question of the Month — What Car Should You Have Bought?

We’ve all been there: A great car comes up at a great price, but you just aren’t in a spot to do anything about it. Maybe it’s a lack of funds, maybe it’s a lack of parking places. Either way, the deal slips away, quickly becoming one of your car person regrets.

What car deals have you missed, and what were they? A 427 Cobra for Read More

Jim’s Blog: Check Those Rivets

Spring is here, and for a lot of us, that means it’s time to either wake up our classic cars — or to go to auction and buy something new to use through the summer.

Say you’re buying something new. You know to check for rust, and to look for previous damage, and to run whatever numbers you can find to be sure that the car you’re looking at is actually original. But have you thought to check the VIN Read More

Jim’s Blog: I Hate Gas Cans

This week, I became the guy I never wanted to be. I ran my ’66 Chevy out of gas in my own driveway.

OK, so I’ve been busy working on another C10 project lately, and I’ve needed the space inside my garage for photo work to support that project. So in and out the ’66 goes — regardless of weather. Or temperature. Or fuel level.

I knew the car was low on gas, and I had planned on running it Read More

Jim’s Blog: An American in Paris

Here at ACC, we’ve been talking about the rise in truck and SUV prices for years now. At auctions like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson, regardless of location, yesterday’s worker bee rigs have taken on a new life as coveted collectors items, with prices to match. In fact, it seems like those prices are inflating at every stop along the American auction calendar.

This was fresh in my mind as I boarded a plane for Paris in early February, bound for an Read More

Jim’s Blog: Sights from Arizona

ACC’s staff just returned from a week in the desert, just in time to build our Arizona results issue. By now the auctions have all ended, but numbers are still tricking in as post-block deals come together.

We’re working on our complete coverage of the Scottsdale and Kissimmee weeks now — you’ll be able to read our complete analysis in the March/April 2019 issue of American Car Collector, due out in February. In the meantime, here are some of my Read More

Jim’s Blog: Prepping for Auction Kickoff

Scottsdale’s auctions are next week and Mecum’s Kissimmee sale is already underway — the 2019 auction market is firing up, and we’ll soon have some news to report about fresh trends.

As always, ACC will be on site everywhere this month, covering the events as they happen. Our March/April issue ships to press just after the close of the auctions in Arizona, and it will include results and analysis from both Arizona and Kissimmee. If you want to know what Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Steps to a Better Car Photo

Whether we’re buying, selling, or just admiring, all of us need to take a car picture every once in a while. Of course, you want a gleaming shot with everything looking right. That’s hard to do, but here are a few tips to help you get there.

1. Look at the bigger picture

Busy backgrounds are the biggest problem with most car photography, and it’s one of the main things that we look to avoid with ACC’s cover choices each Read More

Jim’s Blog: Great Gifts for a Car Person

The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time to hunt down a good gift for the car person on your list. That’s sometimes pretty tough, especially when the person you’re shopping for seems to already have everything. I’ve got several people just like that on my list this year, and it got me thinking: what’s the best gift for the car person who doesn’t appear to need anything? Here are three ideas:

1. New, crisp screwdrivers

Everyone has Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Cars to Watch

It’s November, which means the new year is going to be here before we know it. With it come the annual Arizona auctions, which kick off the collector car market each year in a big way. What cars are going to see increases this year? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, here are three models I think you should watch going into 2019.

Tri-Five Chevrolet

These cars have been the bread and butter of the American Read More