It’s been a big couple of weeks for ACC. On Wednesday, we shipped our second issue to the press, complete with all of our 2012 Scottsdale coverage. I think it’s even better than our first issue – it includes a number of new features, including a poll of what our subscribers bought in Scottsdale and a look at some of the best junkyards in the U.S. Subscribers should see it in their mailboxes sometime around the end of the month.
The whirlwind Scottsdale auction week is over. The ACC crew is now back in the office and knee-deep in production of ACC’s second issue, which is going to feature an in-depth look at everything that happened in the Arizona desert this year.
The results were great news for the American car market, with a grand total of $184m sold at 6 auctions. And the biggest trend? American muscle values seem to be on the rise.
ACC’s staff and writers all Read More
I just returned from the 63rd Annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA—perhaps the most important hot rod event of the year. The title of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster went to a flawless 1927 Ford owned by Bill Indig and built by the veteran crew at So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona. Dave Lane from Fast Lane Rod Shop was crowned Builder of the Year.
Seven buildings showcased hundreds of cars, along with an Read More
The ACC crew’s boots are on the ground in Arizona, where it’s currently about 70 degrees and sunny. We left Portland this morning in the midst of a rare valley snow ‘event,’ which will likely only end up producing a few inches of the white stuff – but it’ll shut the town down just the same. I love snow in the Portland area, so although the plane to Phoenix was a timely escape, I was a little sad Read More
My daughter Katie has been with us for six weeks now, and during that time, I’ve talked about my Camaro and its small back seat to just about anyone who’d listen. Sure, you could make a baby seat fit in the back, but getting it secured was tricky. And try doing it in a small parking spot in the rain, or in the dark. Unfortunately, although I’d loved my SS Camaro, its time had come, so I had to sell Read More
Editor’s note: B. Mitchell Carlson, a key contributor to American Car Collector, sent us this heartfelt note about the closure of Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The world is forever changing all around us, but some changes are much harder than others.
We saw it coming during the last three years, but it is still difficult to realize that the last auto assembly plant in Minnesota closed on December 16.
The last Read More
Jim Pickering, the usual mastermind of this blog on American Car Collecting, is busy with his new baby daughter, so I’m taking it out for a short spin.
I just got back from a week in Troncones, Mexico, which is a terrific small town nestled against the blue, warm Pacific Ocean. This spot is mostly about surfing, fishing and loafing on the beach, but there were a couple of memorable car sightings in this tropical paradise.
First, I confess that Read More
Even if you don’t count yourself a Shelby enthusiast, this full-length interview with the man is guaranteed to captivate you from beginning to end and leave you wanting more. Shelby’s pursuit of perfection is the stuff of legend, but I didn’t realize the fantastic, down-to-earth charisma he’d have on camera.
For two years now, my brother and I have been documenting the amazing wealth of vintage automobiles parked along Portland’s curbs. Our photo blog is called Old Parked cars, and you can check it out here. You wouldn’t think that rust-prone old cars would do well in the soggy Pacific Northwest climate, but apparently that doesn’t matter. The number of oddball, unrestored, daily drivers still slowly acquiring patina and putt-putting around this town is truly remarkable. Check out some highlights after Read More