Jim’s Blog: Spinning the Great Cancellation

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

From the Auction Desk: Amelia Island Best Buy

In this spot a few weeks ago, I highlighted the expected top-dollar American cars from Amelia Island.

The no-reserve 1930 Duesenberg Model J convertible I expected to be the top American-built sale from the island ended up second on that list at $1,132,500. A 1932 Duesenberg Model J Stationary Victoria topped it by selling at $1,325,000.

I’m a little surprised by those results. Drop tops typically garner more than hard tops — Read More

Jim’s Blog: Buy, Sell or Hold?

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

Jim’s Blog: Best C4 Buys

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

From the Auction Desk: Letter Series Deals in Greensboro

1957 Chrysler 300C convertible sold at $92,880

GAA Classic Cars held the first of three yearly sales this past weekend.

Few auctions run as consistently as GAA Classic Cars, with three per year in February, July and November, plus an occasional collection large enough to merit a sale all by its lonesome. And none of the other non-traveling sales feature the volume going through Greensboro.

As I scrolled through the results, a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible caught my eye Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s a Good Story Worth?

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