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
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
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
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
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