From the Auction Desk: Barrett-Jackson Auctions Update

It appears that the last weekend in June won’t be the car-selling fest that I predicted after the initial wave of COVID-19 rescheduling.

Barrett-Jackson announced on Monday morning that their June 24–27 Northeast sale, usually at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, will not be held due to coronavirus concerns.

“We spent a great deal of time consulting with local public health and government officials,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The team Read More

Jim’s Blog: Snowballs in Spring

If there’s ever a time for a car project to snowball out of control, it’s right now.

We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s as simple as a carb adjustment turned rebuild. Other times it’s a tune-up that turns into a top-end rebuild. Or maybe it’s that one little section of rust repair that becomes a complete body and paint job. Could we leave well enough alone? Sure, but where’s the fun in that?

Last week, I mentioned that I was Read More

From the Auction Desk: Shifting Online

It’s a whole new world for collector-car auctions.

One that can be measured in photo file size and pixels.

Wave after wave of cancellation, postponement and rescheduling notices — it’s been seven weeks since they started popping up in my inbox — gave way to a big one breaking late last week. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance announced they were canceling this year’s event. Gooding & Company, the official auction of Pebble, followed suit within the hour.

I expect we’ll hear Read More

Jim’s Blog: Share Your Projects

If there’s one takeaway from all these weeks of stay-at-home recommendations and/or orders, it’s this: Projects are a lot more important than they once were.

We all need stuff to do to recharge, and if you’re the kind of car person that likes to work with your hands, an old car is a great focus. Now, with the rest of the world on hold, your projects can get a lot more of your attention — and your days at home Read More

From the Auction Desk: VanDerBrink Auction Updates

Maybe you’re just sick and tired of being stuck at home by now.

No one can blame you or your family for feeling that way.

But we’re not out of this yet. Over 42k of our fellow citizens have died because of this virus since January. It’s currently the leading cause of death in the United States.

But what’s the point of getting back to what was normal, if so many are no longer there?

Federal Read More

Jim’s Blog: A New Market Ahead

Last week, I talked about things to look for in your next buy — specifically things relating to cosmetically and mechanically restored cars coming out of the Coronavirus era.

But as reader Jeff pointed out, there are some larger questions looming out there as well, so let’s take a minute to look at them.

“With all due respect, I’m wondering if you’re avoiding the elephant in the room. For most, ‘your next buy’ will be affected by math, economically Read More

From the Auction Desk: $15,500 McLaren

With land auctions closed down, our options for buying and selling cars are very limited at the moment.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t strange and interesting discoveries to make. Check out this ’89 Turbo Grand Prix ASC/McLaren that sold on Monday for $15,500.

You can read the auction-site copy for in-depth details on this specific car, but ASC/McLaren, you might remember, was a subcontractor to many of the auto manufacturers around the world for convertible bodies Read More