Jim’s Blog: Time to Buy or Time to Sell?

Scottsdale 2015 is in the books, and with $291.3m in sales out of this year’s six auctions, it was a record-breaker. We’ll have complete results in the next issue of ACC, which were working on building right now.

In general, more cars came to auction, and those cars brought bigger overall totals in Arizona this year. Custom trucks seemed to be strong, with a handful of $30k and $40k sales, and with Hemi prices again on the move, we saw Read More

Jim’s Blog: Firing Up a New Year

The auction year rumbles to life this week, with Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM, Gooding, Bonhams, and Silver all hosting auctions in sunny Arizona.

The Arizona stats speak for themselves. Typically, we see about 2,800 cars cross the auction blocks in the Grand Canyon State, and last year, 2,300 of them sold for a combined $253m — a highest-ever auction total out of the Janaury week. High-end million-dollar Read More

Jim’s Blog: The Best Buys of 2014

The new year is here, and before we get caught up in the whirlwind of Arizona auctions that starts in just a few days, it’s time to take a look back at some of the best deals of 2014.

If you’ve spent any time reading ACC’s market reports, I’m sure you’ve found a car or two you would have taken home had you been in the room. ACC’s writers and staff are no different, and we put a Best Buys Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s The Best Christmas Gift for a Car Guy?

Christmas is almost here, and with it comes the gifts of socks, sweaters, gloves, and probably more desserts than you should really be eating.

But if you’re a car guy, you’re probably not that interested in those socks, sweaters, or gloves. (Unless they’re Nomex racing socks, a car design sweater, or heavy-duty work gloves.)

I tend to give my dad car-related stuff on Christmas, and I’ve tried a little bit of everything over the years, from whatever the newest gadgety Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s Your Worst Automotive Missed Connection?

Live anywhere long enough and eventually you find car guy landmarks.

For me, they consist of interesting cars and where they are around my neighborhood. There’s the ’67 Malibu that sits outside near my parents’ place, and the mossy ’66 4×4 Chevy truck that’s about two blocks from my house. There’s a ’55 Chevy with a NOT FOR SALE sign in the window up by our local parts store (and it’s been there since the 1970s), and the ’70 El Read More

Jim’s Blog: How Do You Hunt for Parts?

If you’ve ever taken on a project car, then you know that the job of bringing it back to life is never really complete. Wear items wear out, and other things like wheels or performance parts tend to get swapped out as owners’ interests change.

Most car people also have a list of things they’d like to do to their cars eventually, usually as their budget allows, or when the rare part they’d like finally surfaces somewhere for the right Read More

Jim’s Blog: Knowing When to Say No

How do you determine when a DIY car project is just too much to handle? That’s what I’ve been wrestling with this week.

About three years ago I sold my daily driver 2001 Camaro SS and bought a 2006 Charger SRT8. I’d just had a kid, and I needed something with four doors. The Charger was a 40k-mile driver in really good shape, and the previous owner had already installed a $1k Magnaflow stainless catback system that sounded great. Over Read More

Jim’s Blog: What do you call Collectible?

I’m working on hunting down our profile cars for ACC #19 right now, and one of the things I’ve noticed from combing through recent auction sales is a lot more later-model cars offered at collector car auctions in recent months.

Don’t get me wrong — buyers have been turned on to performance cars of the ’80s and ’90s for a while now. We’ve seen 5.0 Mustangs and Grand Nationals bring decent interest and money at auction for years. But it Read More

Jim’s Blog: Show Us Your Favorite Junkyard!

Every car guy has a go-to parts place — the junkyard with a row of ’55 Chevys, or ’68 Chevelles, or ’69 Roadrunners. ACC ran a feature on our favorite junkyards in some of our early issues, and I think it’s time we do it again.

Back when I was building my ’66 Caprice, I spent almost every weekend at All American Classics up in Orchards, WA. They have a long row of ’65 and ’66 Chevy B-bodies, Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s the best way to get kids involved with cars?

We’re working on the November/December issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month.

Today’s kids have a lot of things going on in their lives. And as a lot of older gearheads will tell you, it doesn’t seem like cars are often at the top of their to-do lists. Gas is expensive, and with social media and smart phones everywhere, today’s young people don’t need wheels to get in touch Read More