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 I’d like to know what you think about it. 

So in honor of our 50th issue, The $50k Challenge will be our Readers’ Forum question. 

Let’s say you have $50k to spend in the market right now. You can buy whatever car you want — but only one car. It can be less than $50k, but not more. What’s the best buy right now, in your opinion? Justify it however you want: return on investment, fun factor, etc. I want to know what you’re buying with that budget, what condition it’s in, and why you’ve picked it.

Is it a glossy C10 Resto-Mod? A needy LS6 Chevelle? A driver-level Road Runner? The best low-miles 5.0 Mustang you can find? A used Hellcat?

Let’s talk about it in the comments below, or send me a note at comments@americancarcollector.com before Monday, Feb 3. Look for your comments in the next issue of American Car Collector!


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  1. Jim, over the years I have seen markets come and go, one of the main reasons why I love this mag so much. However, when a market gets hot folks come out of the woodwork to dump money in old projects to get them to market. What seems to happen next is a segment that might have 4-5 offerings are more like 20 offerings. Because of this I felt that there were some good deals on Blazers especially at Barrett-Jackson. To meet this challenge my hands would have been in the air for Lots 533.1 1970 Blazer (out the door $36K), 695 1970 Blazer ($44K) and 834 1971 Blazer ($45K). All of these are advertised as recently restored (some frame up), which with trying to find one and the degree of work involved it would be hard to do it yourself for less. Good deals on a great deal of fun.