Small block, big block, and LS Chevrolet V8s tend to find their way into all kinds of classic cars. Should they?
I’m all about making a vintage car more drivable — from steering and brake upgrades all the way through the addition of modern fuel injection. All of these things can make a classic car more usable in today’s busy traffic world. But what about that engine?
I’ve been talking with ACC columnist Jay Harden about this at length Read More
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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